Welcome to the tenth installment of The Bennet Brother, the interactive group writing project from Austen Authors! At the end of this segment, you will have an opportunity to vote on what happens next. There are also extra details on Twitter, where this story has taken on a life of its own. Mr Edward Bennet (@edwbennet) already has a notable presence and regularly interacts with readers, including this interview with Miss Leatherberry on Leatherbound Reviews:
Full details on Pride & Prejudice Reader’s Choice can be read by clicking to the page via the menu above or the icon to the left.
Voting for today’s installment will end at 6 A.M. tomorrow, Thursday, April 18. Next week, the story continues with a new addition by Shannon Winslow. The previous nine installments can be read in order on The Writers Block.
And, now, below find Scene #10 by Regina Jeffers…
Georgiana chastised herself for tolerating George Wickham’s cavalier attitude once again. “My brother is not taking advantage of Miss Elizabeth. He admires her greatly,” Georgiana protested. If anything, Georgiana suspected her brother was more than half in love with Miss Elizabeth. “Fitzwilliam invited Miss Elizabeth and her sister here…”
“Because he thought you required friends.” Her companion snapped the twig in his hand. “Has it ever occurred to you, Georgiana, that had your brother been less arrogant and had not always assumed he knew what was the best course of action for everyone and every situation, you would not be so lacking in courage and confidence as you are now?”
She cringed inwardly, but Georgiana managed to argue, “Lacking in courage and confidence? You say as such when I have come to save your life?” Incensed at the man’s ingratitude, Georgiana added, “I should not have bothered.” She started for the rear of cottage where her horse awaited.
Mr Wickham caught her arm. He motioned her silence by holding up his hand. Cocking his head, he cautioned, “Someone is coming.”
She turned toward the sound of an approaching wagon. Georgiana’s eyes widened with the scene: Mr Bennet bounced awkwardly upon the wooden seat of an inelegant vegetable cart, along side of Ole Taylor, once one of her brother’s former grooms. Fitzwilliam had meant to pension off the man whose spell of heart troubles had left the groom incapable of earning a proper living. When Mr Taylor had refused his mater’s generosity, Darcy had permitted the man his honor. Ole Taylor’s left hand no longer worked as it should. It was the reason Georgiana had refused the ex-groom’s assistance on this day. Unfortunately, Mr Bennet had not been so inclined.
Mr Wickham said intimately, “It appears you may still need to save me yet, my girl.” He gave her arm a bit of a shake. “You must stall them, Georgie. Mine is a hanging offense.”
Georgiana’s eyes narrowed in displeasure. “I would have you well, but I cannot turn my head to your theft. Return the horse, and I will speak to Fitzwilliam in your behalf,” she pleaded. Continue reading →
Austen Authors is proud to announce the winners of our March Giveaways. If your name is below, please contact Regina Jeffers at firstname.lastname@example.org (or) email@example.com to claim your prize. In the email, please include your name and mailing address. Congratulations to our loyal followers, and check out the April giveaways posted yesterday.
Earlier in the month, Syrie James announced the winner from her Jane Austen Tour: Seascapes and Landscapes post: Emily Bell. Emily received an autographed copy of James’s The Missing Manuscript of Jane. Austen.
From Shannon Winslow‘s launch of Return to Longbourn, Lilyane Soltz and Tobin Leigh Freid were chosen as winners of autographed copies of the novel.
Now, for our March winners…
Monica P will receive an autographed copy of Shannon Winslow‘s The Darcys of Pemberley.
Audra will receive an ARC of Sharon Lathan‘s latest release The Passions of Dr. Darcy.
Maria Grace happily will reward Stephanie Carrico two “Jane Austen Said It Best” Magnets, the Bleeding Heart magnet and the Bluebird Magnet.
Vesper will receive a copy of Kate Fenton’s Vanity and Vexations, donated by Regina Jeffers.
From her launch of All the Appearance of Goodness, Maria Grace will present autographed copies of her latest novel to Denise Aulik and Bonnie Carlson.
Finally, from her launch of The Mysterious Death of Mr. Darcy, Regina Jeffers will present autographed copies of her latest novel to RosannaK and Karana.
Austen Authors offers a bit of everything this month. We have three launches of new titles, two guest posters, and our monthly giveaways. Look below for the different freebies. To be entered in the monthly giveaways, simply leave a comment on any or all of the daily posts (or) use the Rafflecopter option to connect to Social Media and earn extra opportunities to participate. Winners will be chosen at month’s end by Random.org. And now for our giveaways…
Sharon Lathan opens the month with the launch of her latest release, The Passions of Dr. Darcy. Sharon will reward one winner with an autographed copy of this fabulous novel. Another winner will earn an eBook version of the book.
April 8 will bring us the launch of Mary Simonsen’s When They Fall in Love. Simonsen will present two winners with eBook versions of her latest release.
On April 30, Jack Caldwell will bring our readers a new Pride and Prejudice adaptation, Mr. Darcy Came to Dinner.
The first of our guest posters is Pamela Jane, who will bring us a look at her Pride andPrejudice and Kitties: A Cat Lover’s Romp Through Jane Austen’s Classic. One lucky winner will receive an autographed copy of this novel.
Later in the month, authors Kathleen Anderson and Susan Jones will bring us Jane Austen’s Guide to Thrift: An Independent Woman’s Advice on Living within One’s Means. One lucky winner will earn an autographed copy of this April release.
One of our followers will receive an autographed copy of Colette Saucier’s Pulse and Prejudice and another will receive an eBook version of the novel.
Finally, one lucky winner will receive an autographed copy of Nina Benneton’s Compulsively Mr. Darcy.
Austen Authors and Syrie James are proud to announce the winner of James’s The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen from the Jane Austen Tour: Seascapes and Landscapes post. Emily Bell, please contact giveaway coordinator, Regina Jeffers at either firstname.lastname@example.org (or) email@example.com to claim your prize. In the email, leave your name and mailing address.
My newest release from Ulysses Press is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Million, as well as eBook formats. THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF MR. DARCY is a cozy mystery set in Dorset, and it is a real thriller. There are witches and resurrectionists and a mass murderer, oh my!!! I hope you enjoy the excerpt below. I am giving away two autographed copies of the book to those who leave comments below. The giveaway will end on March 31, 2013, so leave loads of comments and do not forget the Rafflecopter option for additional opportunities to win. In addition, tomorrow Maria Grace will launch her latest release, ALL THE APPEARANCE OF GOODNESS. Maria and I have decided to double your pleasure and double the fun. Those who comment below are also in the running to win a copy of Maria’s book, and those who comment on her post tomorrow will be eligible to win my title.
Fitzwilliam Darcy is devastated. The joy of his recent wedding has been cut short by the news of the sudden death of his father’s beloved cousin, Samuel Darcy. Elizabeth and Darcy travel to Dorset, a popular Regency resort area, to pay their respects to the well-traveled and eccentric Samuel. But this is no summer holiday. Danger bubbles beneath Dorset’s peaceful surface as strange and foreboding events begin to occur. Several of Samuel’s ancient treasures go missing, and then his body itself disappears. As Darcy and Elizabeth investigate this mystery and unravel its tangled ties to the haunting legends of Dark Dorset, the legendary couple’s love is put to the test when sinister forces strike close to home. Some secrets should remain secrets, but Darcy will do all he can to find answers—even if it means meeting his own end in the damp depths of a newly dug grave.
With malicious villains, dramatic revelations and heroic gestures, The Mysterious Death of Mr. Darcy will keep Austen fans turning the pages right up until its dramatic conclusion.
(Excerpt from Chapter 22)
Elizabeth had finally fallen asleep with her head resting on her folded arms on the small escritoire in her chambers. She had removed Samuel Darcy’s journals from the hiding place among her most intimate wear to return to the coded passages. With Darcy searching for Mr. Barriton, it became more vital for her to solve the mystery of his cousin’s words. Steadfastly, she had manipulated the possible dates for Perdita Sanderson’s birthday, for Elizabeth was certain, after learning something of Samuel Darcy’s history with the child’s grandmother, it seemed only natural for Darcy’s cousin to hold a perverted heightened interest in the girl named for Samuel’s great love.
It had taken Elizabeth thirteen attempts before she had come across the correct combination. “14 September 1808,” she had announced to the empty room. “Fitzwilliam shall will be surprised to learn Perdita Sanderson is a year older than my dear husband recalled.”
Diligently, she had translated several related passages. She found with gratitude that Samuel had used the same coded pattern for the entries. In his own words, Darcy’s cousin spoke of contacting a gentleman in a newly minted state in what was once known as the Northwest Territory in America. According to the late Mr. Darcy, Ohio had become a state in 1803. Surprisingly, Samuel spoke of having explored several sections of the land beyond the mountains of Virginia some fifteen years prior, and having made the acquaintance of a Giles O’Grady. The gentleman of Samuel’s acquaintance had passed some ten years prior, but Samuel had maintained his correspondence with Mr. O’Grady’s son, Peter.
Three years prior, the younger O’Grady had contacted Samuel Darcy with news of an invention Peter thought would awaken Samuel’s scientific hunger. Samuel and the younger O’Grady had corresponded regularly, and Darcy’s cousin Samuel had offered financial support for the man’s efforts.
Samuel Darcy had traveled to America twice in the past eight years. The earlier of the journeys had served as a duty call on the O’Grady’s, for Cousin Samuel had held a great affection for the elder. Samuel had written, “Giles O’Grady had saved my life when I foolishly stumbled into a bear trap. Giles nursed me to health over a six-weeks’ period. In gratitude, I had made O’Grady a gift of a loan so Giles could purchase his homestead. A proud one, Giles refused my thanks, but I finally convinced O’Grady to accept my money. I held no doubts of Giles’ success. My friend repaid me every penny.” Continue reading →
Shannon Winslow is happy to announce the winners of her launch of Return to Longbourn are Tobin Leigh Freid and Lilyane Soltz. Tobin and Lilyane, please contact Regina Jeffers at firstname.lastname@example.org (or) email@example.com to claim your prize. Please include your name and mailing address in the email Congratulations!!
The ARCs are in and in less than a week, my newest Austen-inspired cozy mystery will hit the shelves. THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF MR. DARCY is a thrilling story of murder and betrayal filled with the scandal, wit, and intrigue characteristic of Austen’s classic novels.
Ulysses Press and I had originally thought to release a “summer read” set in one of the Regency’s “seaside resorts.” However, if you know nothing else about me, you should know I never go for the predictable. Instead of Brighton and Bath, I chose to set this novel in Mudeford, one of George III’s favorite watering holes, but one that never achieved the popularity of the others frequented by the Royal Family. Once the place was chosen, my next task was discover other “tidbits” I could incorporate in the story line. As the manuscript was to be a Darcy and Elizabeth mystery, looking for the unusual was tantamount. Any writer of historical fiction can speak to the need to uncover accurate historical facts, a task which the Internet has made both easier, as well as more challenging. We all recognize how easily it is to manipulate a fact and see it spread across the Internet as the truth.
In the back of my books, I regularly incorporate Author Notes, which speak to the research used to create the story line. One of those Author Notes for The Mysterious Death of Mr. Darcy includes The Monoliths in Dorset.
Some 30 meters south of the River Stour in Bear Mead and two kilometers west of Wimborne in Dorset, a monolithic stone can be seen. Located at SY 986–993, the stone, of fine limestone, has a density of 2,650 kilograms per cubic meter, suggesting an approximate weight for the monolith of 1,076 kilograms. The stone is affectionately called the “Bearstone.” A similar toppled monolith can be found some 600 meters to the NNE, on the other side of the River Stour in Cowgrove. Of similar quality to Bearstone, “Moonstone” is approximately 1.2 meters high x .75 meters wide x 0.2 meters wide, with a weight of 477 kilograms. Continue reading →
Congratulations!!! Austen Authors is proud to announce the winners of our February Monthly Giveaways. The March Giveaways were announced yesterday, and the giving continues into the spring. If your name is listed below, please contact Regina Jeffers at firstname.lastname@example.org (or) email@example.com to claim your prize.
Earlier in the month, these winners were announced.
From Alyssa Goodnight‘s January 29 post, rae, Kathy, and Samantha McNulty won autographed copies of Austensibly Ordinary.
From Regina Jeffers‘ February post, Vee won an autographed copy and SuzeJA won an eBook copy of His: Two Regency Novellas.
The latest winners are…
Diane Scott Lewis has one an autographed copy of Abigail Reynolds’ Mr. Darcy’s Undoing.
Lieder Madchen will receive an autographed copy of Sally Smith O’Rourke‘s Christmas at Sea Pines Cottage.
An autographed copy of Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen, another Sally Smith O’Rourke creation, will go to Amy Z.
Lisa Lynn will receive an autographed copy of Susan Adriani‘s The Truth About Mr. Darcy.
LeslieGB is the lucky winner of an ARC of Sharon Lathan‘s The Passions of Dr. Darcy.
Erika will receive an “I Love Mr. Darcy” totebag from the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, a generous donation from Nina Benneton.
Austen Authors is pleased to offer some of the hottest Austen-inspired literature as part of our March giveaways. To be eligible for this month’s giveaways, simply leave a comment on the daily posts or use the Rafflecopter option for additional chances to win. The more often a person comments, the better his chances of winning. So, join us daily for informative post on Austen and the Regency Period, a well as wonderful excerpts and entertaining pieces.
First, Shannon Winslow introduced us to RETURN TO LONGBOURN on February 26. Her winners from the launch will be announced this month. Two of our commenters will receive autographed copies of the book.
On March 18, Regina Jeffers will introduce her newest Austen-inspired mystery. THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF MR. DARCY is set six months into the Darcys’ marriage and brings together mayhem and murder. Regina will present two lucky winners with autographed copies of the novel.
On March 19, Maria Grace will bring us the launch of her newest novel, ALL THE APPEARANCE OF GOODNESS. Two copies of the book are up for grabs. Print copies will be delivered to US residents and an eBook copy for our international visitors.
Our Monthly Giveaways brings a wide variety of items for our loyal followers. For example, Sharon Lathan will present one lucky winner with an ARC of her upcoming THE PASSIONS OF DR. DARCY.
Regina Jeffers is happy to announce the winners of her February Regency romance release of His: Two Regency Novellas. An autographed print copy goes to Vee, while an e-Book version will be presented to SuzeJA. Please contact Regina at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prizes. A special thanks goes out to all those who commented.