New Release – Darcy’s Winter Delight

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One snowed-in night reveals the depth of Elizabeth’s desire and all Mr. Darcy will do to fulfill it…

When Lady Catherine’s misguided marital advice leads Mrs. Elizabeth Darcy to flee Rosings, the loving couple find themselves in a cottage, snowed in, together. One night will reveal the depths of Elizabeth’s desire and all Mr. Darcy will do to fulfill it. But what of Elizabeth’s secret?

Find out in Darcy’s Winter Delight, a steamy Pride and Prejudice variation guaranteed to keep you hot and bothered, turning pages, to a very happy ending.

If you love steamy Pride and Prejudice variations, start reading Darcy’s Winter Delight now!

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Darcy’s Winter Delight – Chapter 1

Mrs. Elizabeth Darcy sat across from Lady Catherine, cradling a cup of lukewarm tea as she shifted on the finely upholstered yet unyielding chair of the lady’s ostentatious drawing room. Portraits stared down in flat-eyed judgment. Every surface was covered in finery: elaborate plaster molding along the ceiling, lace clothes over the tables scattered with statuary that seemed caught in a perpetual state of flight. Elizabeth wished to flee with them, but marriage required certain niceties; honoring her husband’s family – now her family – amongst the height of them.

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Darcy’s Winter Delight – Chapter 2

“Beets. We must serve her a diet of pickled beets. I craved them so when I was with child. And we shall call for a surgeon to bleed her. With such fervor, the child will grow too large and far too restless.”

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Darcy’s Winter Delight – Chapter 3

Elizabeth wished it were not improper for ladies to wish interruptions of this sort to the blazing fires of sin. Oh, but her husband’s mouth. His hands. Her face heated again. They had only begun, and Elizabeth still ached for him.

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Darcy’s Winter Delight – Chapter 6

Upon the piled pair of duvets in front of the crackling fire, Elizabeth studied the flicker of light over his bare shoulders and chest. She wore only her chemise, her gown and stays tossed into a pile atop a short, low-backed chair just outside the firelight. Elizabeth pulled her hairpins out, one by one, caught between the heat of her own desire and the intention in her husband’s gaze.

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Happy Birthday Jane Austen! Contest, Austen Home Brewing and More…

Happy Birthday Jane Austen
Happy Birthday Jane Austen

On December 16th, 1775, A Star Was Born!

This post includes fun facts about Jane Austen and a contest! Enjoy!

Jane Austen was born in Steventon, Hampshire, England on December 16, 1775 to George Austen, a rector, and Cassandra Austen. She was the second-youngest of eight, and fell in love with books partially due to  her father George’s vast home library.  (Makes you wonder how much of Mr. Bennet’s character was inspired by George Austen.) 

Jane Austen also put her money where her mouth was and, in 1801 at 27-years-old with no income, turned down a marriage proposal from Harris Bigg-Wither, which while it would have provided her with financial stability did not promise love.  You can read more about Jane Austen’s life here

Austen originally published all of her books anonymously, under the byline, “A Lady.”  If you’re wondering why so many Austen inspired works on Amazon are co-authored by ‘A Lady,’  think of it as a homage to Austen’s original pen name!

Inspired by first person, epistolary works of her time, Jane Austen helped invent the third person, limited point of view by allowing readers to hear the characters thoughts as a part of the third person narrative.  This is a tool writers of all genres use to this day. 

And Jane Austen brewed her own beer. She wasn’t the only Regency-era woman to craft brew, either. Brewing beer was part of women’s lives for centuries.  One of Austen’s specialties was spruce beer, a kind of cousin of root beer that contained hops and molasses.  You can learn more about Austen’s home brewing here

In summation, Jane Austen was a popular fiction author and a woman who stood by her convictions. Convictions that imbued her fiction work. I think that’s why her books still touch our hearts. 

So onto the contest! Because Jane Austen was an author who spoke to the popular spirit, I couldn’t help but think this mug would be a perfect thing to give away on her birthday week. 

Contest ends Sunday, Dec. 22nd, 2019. 

Winners will be announced on Monday,  Dec. 23rd, 2019. 

Enter the Straight Outta Jane Austen's Birthday Contest Here:

This mug is also available on Etsy for purchase.

Let me know what you think about the contest, Austen’s birthday, and anything else that tickles your funny bone in the comments. 

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An Unsuitable Governess – Chapter 1

Beneath a gray and weeping sky, a Royal Mail stagecoach trundled north towards Derbyshire. Miss Elizabeth Bennet wished to pretend it was all a grand adventure, but three days being jounced about until her muscles and teeth ached and three nights in tiny coaching inn rooms with the thin, ill-tempered maid Mrs. Gardiner had insisted Elizabeth bring as a chaperone, had robbed Elizabeth of her sense of wonder. Her eyelids were stiff, her hair itched, and she stank.

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Darcy’s Hidden Desire – Chapters 1-2

Mrs. Elizabeth Darcy woke as her husband pulled his arm from around her and sat up. She wished Fitzwilliam had only awakened to use the chamber pot and not to steal away from her bed. The bed she wished they shared.

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“Lizzy, you have convinced me.” Mr. Bennet stood, his lips tight with the corners turned downwards with an uncharacteristic frown. “If our Lydia is incapable of weathering the perils of Brighton on her own, then you, being possessed of a keen sense and an agile mind, must accompany her.”

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Darcy’s Stolen Rendezvous – Chapter 1

The afternoon sky hung gray and heavy over Pemberley, an ill portent for the afternoon ride to the posting inn and an excellent one for the evening with her husband. After ten days apart, Elizabeth would spend the evening tangled in Mr. Darcy’s arms as the rain pounded the posting inn’s roof.

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Mr. Darcy’s Missing Bride – Prologue

Thirst. Elizabeth that she had never truly been thirsty before. Before, drinking happened without a second thought; a servant was called, and Elizabeth drank. Now, her tongue lay like dry dough in her mouth. Elizabeth ran her fingers along the damp, stone floor. Her chained leg clinked with her movement. The links ran to an iron ring nailed into the wall, too dark and too far away to see.

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What Made You Fall in Love with Jane Austen and Why?

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How Were You... Austen Inspired?

Like many of us, I first read Jane Austen in high school. I enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, but I didn’t really appreciate it until I returned to it as an adult. I think what really brought the book to life for me was the BBC mini-series. The acting was phenomenal and it inspired me to revisit the book. 

One of the things that most delighted me to learn is Jane Austen invented the internal thought in first person.  It is such a common narrative device now, and one I use throughout my own writing.  I learned this when I picked up The Great Courses, The English Novel, an excellent course with two sections on the 19th century centering Jane Austen and her work.

Also, who doesn’t love themselves some Mr. Darcy? 

So what first got you…Austen Inspired? 

Share your love in the comments!

And if you are looking for more inspiration, enjoy this wonderful video via Ted Education.

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An Unsuitable Governess – Chapter 1

Beneath a gray and weeping sky, a Royal Mail stagecoach trundled north towards Derbyshire. Miss Elizabeth Bennet wished to pretend it was all a grand adventure, but three days being jounced about until her muscles and teeth ached and three nights in tiny coaching inn rooms with the thin, ill-tempered maid Mrs. Gardiner had insisted Elizabeth bring as a chaperone, had robbed Elizabeth of her sense of wonder. Her eyelids were stiff, her hair itched, and she stank.

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Darcy’s Hidden Desire – Chapters 1-2

Mrs. Elizabeth Darcy woke as her husband pulled his arm from around her and sat up. She wished Fitzwilliam had only awakened to use the chamber pot and not to steal away from her bed. The bed she wished they shared.

Read More »
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Mr. Darcy’s Seaside Romance – Chapters 1-2

“Lizzy, you have convinced me.” Mr. Bennet stood, his lips tight with the corners turned downwards with an uncharacteristic frown. “If our Lydia is incapable of weathering the perils of Brighton on her own, then you, being possessed of a keen sense and an agile mind, must accompany her.”

Read More »
Darcy's Stolen Rendezvous Graphic

Darcy’s Stolen Rendezvous – Chapter 1

The afternoon sky hung gray and heavy over Pemberley, an ill portent for the afternoon ride to the posting inn and an excellent one for the evening with her husband. After ten days apart, Elizabeth would spend the evening tangled in Mr. Darcy’s arms as the rain pounded the posting inn’s roof.

Read More »
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Mr. Darcy’s Missing Bride – Prologue

Thirst. Elizabeth that she had never truly been thirsty before. Before, drinking happened without a second thought; a servant was called, and Elizabeth drank. Now, her tongue lay like dry dough in her mouth. Elizabeth ran her fingers along the damp, stone floor. Her chained leg clinked with her movement. The links ran to an iron ring nailed into the wall, too dark and too far away to see.

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