Announcing A Duel in Meryton! + Giveaway! +

Announcing A Duel in Meryton! + Giveaway! +

Hello Everyone! We are very happy to announce that we’ve finally published A Duel in Meryton! In celebration, we have for you the blurb, an excerpt and, best of all, a giveaway!


With his young sister Georgiana’s reticence a constant reminder that his onetime friend, George Wickham, should not be trusted, Darcy decides a trip to rural Hertfordshire is in order, for both him and Georgiana. Darcy believes the people there are of so little consequence, Georgiana will know no fear in interacting with them. He soon learns he’s wrong about both his sister and Hertfordshire, but not about Wickham.

Even bearing the brunt of Mr. Darcy’s insult doesn’t soften Elizabeth to her husband-hunting cousin, Mr. Collins, and her first reaction is to disdain both men. As the two join forces against Meryton’s newest militia member, the charming Mr. Wickham, Elizabeth comes to see a different side of both Mr. Darcy and Mr. Collins. Their presence in Hertfordshire, along with that of Mr. Darcy’s other companions, will forever alter the lives of Elizabeth and those she cares for most.


At the infamous assembly, Bingley has brought more guests. Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam is there, and Georgiana Darcy managed to persuade her brother to let her come…Darcy still behaves badly.

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After what felt like hours, Richard left off dancing and headed Darcy’s way. Darcy dared to hope his cousin had come to his senses. It was high time they headed back to Netherfield Park.

“Georgiana isn’t going to come to any harm,” Richard said. “You should dance.”

Darcy grimaced. “Why? You know how I detest it unless I am particularly acquainted with my partner. I danced once already with Georgiana and both of Bingley’s sisters. All are engaged now.”

“You shouldn’t need me to point it out to you, but there are other women here,” Richard said. “Many of whom are in want of a partner each set, there being a shortage of gentlemen.”

Darcy shook his head. “Bingley is monopolizing the only beautiful woman in the room. There is no one else here who is pretty enough to dance with.”

Richard looked over to where Bingley spoke with a young woman Darcy had come to understand was Miss Bennet, eldest of the five Bennet sisters, whom Mr. Hurst had mentioned.

“She is beautiful, and very pleasant as well,” Richard said. He turned back to Darcy, grinned, and held up a finger. “First, it is your duty as a gentleman to dance.” He added a finger. “Second, as I warned you long ago, Bingley is wont to monopolize the most beautiful woman in every room.” A third finger, and a pleasant expression aimed over Darcy’s shoulder. “Third, Miss Bennet’s sister, Miss Elizabeth Bennet, is very pretty, and she is behind you. I could introduce you to her.”

“Which do you mean?” Darcy turned around and caught the eyes of a young woman who stood a few paces away, beside Miss Lucas. Her interested expression revealed she eavesdropped on their conversation. Her impudence caused him to frown. “She is tolerable, but not beautiful enough to tempt me; I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.”

The young woman’s eyes, which were far more tolerable than he’d acknowledged to Richard, widened slightly. Beside her, Miss Lucas issued a small gasp.

Darcy hid a wince. Perhaps, in his ire, he’d gone too far, but he wouldn’t apologize. He was a Darcy, after all, and these people were beneath him. There was little anyone, even Richard, could say to convince him otherwise.

Richard stepped around him, obscuring the two women and filling Darcy’s vision. “Darcy, come with me,” he said in a tone he had probably used for ordering troops.

Puzzled, Darcy took in his cousin’s hard expression. Richard gestured for Darcy to follow, then led the way toward an empty corner of the room, far from the dancing. Since the musicians were taking a break, conversations were increasingly filling the room, with everyone speaking louder to be heard over the din.

Richard reached the wall and turned. His censorious expression hadn’t slackened. “Darcy, you did me a great favor by helping me with Rosings and I’m going to do you one now.”

“I beg your pardon?” Darcy said, for Richard didn’t appear in the mood to grant a favor, but rather like he wished to lecture.

Richard’s mouth quirked in a wry smile. “The difference is, I appreciated your intervention. You will resent mine.”

Darcy held up a hand. “Can it not wait, then? This evening is already intolerable.”

Richard’s face became once more devoid of humor. “No, I do not believe it can wait,” he said, tone serious. “You behaved insufferably just now. You insulted a lady. Not only that, she overheard you. I don’t care how wealthy you are or how distinguished your ancestors were. I’ve heard from others that you are resented by many. I didn’t understand it before. Now I realize that is because I’ve only seen your behavior among people you respect.”

“Come now, it can hardly matter what I do here,” Darcy cut in defensively, chagrin surging through him.

“It always matters,” Richard said, implacable. “Good manners aren’t only about behaving properly when you want to. For no reason at all, you insulted a woman. If she’d any brothers, they’d be tempted to challenge you.” Richard shook his head. “I thought you were taught better than that. Your father would never have behaved that way.”

Annoyance and humiliation did war in Darcy’s gut. “My father knew how to insult people,” he muttered. “I’ve heard him do it.”

“Yes. So, have I, but he did so deliberately and when he had a reason. That woman did nothing to deserve your insult.”

“She didn’t have a partner,” Darcy said, that paltry excuse ringing hollow.

“What if it had been me?”

Darcy whirled to find Georgiana behind him.

To enter the Giveaway, comment below and, if you like, answer this question: Will Georgiana’s question cause Darcy to change his mind about his own behavior?

Giveaway runs through Wednesday, September 11th. Winners will be announced on Sunday, September 15th.

Good luck and Happy Reading!



56 Responses to Announcing A Duel in Meryton! + Giveaway! +

  1. I hope so. Darcy behave abhorrently in the Meryton assembly and it is right that Colonel Fitzwilliam reprimand him. I think it would be a wake up call for him to treat those below his station with respect and not let his feelings control his actions. Thanks for the giveaway, Renata.

  2. Excellent excerpt! I am glad that Colonel Fitzwilliam called Darcy on his behavior and especially Georgianna. Now her presence is a surprise. I wonder if Darcy will try to apologize.

  3. I would hope that Georgiana’s question would cause Darcy to reconsider his rude words, but in the mood he’s in at the moment, I would not count on it.

    Thanks for this intriguing excerpt!! I am interested in how Darcy will respond to his sister’s comment!!

    Susanne ?

  4. I see this going one of two ways. First, it’s “well no one would DARE insult a Darcy!” and second, “oh snap, I am such a jerk.” I hope it’s the second one. I also love that Richard is telling Darcy he’s heard things. Maybe Darce will actually LISTEN.

  5. Wow! What an excerpt. Good for Richard for calling Darcy to task for his abhorrent behavior. And Georgiana becoming part of the conversation–yes, I think that will give Darcy pause for thought and hopefully he will “man up” and apologize. Thank you for allowing me to enter the giveaway.

    • You’re very welcome 🙂 Let’s hope Darcy apologizes, rather than doing something to make things worse… 🙂 🙂

  6. Wow! Wonderful excerpt! Yay for Georgia! I don’t know that he would act immediately, but I definitely think that he will consider her question. Congratulations on your new release!

    • Thank you 🙂 I’m sure he’ll march right up to Elizabeth and apologize and all will be well… Just kidding! 🙂

  7. Oh, Georgiana… bless her heart. That questions should give Darcy pause. He was such a putz in that scene. Man, thank goodness our dear Colonel and Georgiana are nearby to keep him out of trouble. Yep… she did alright. Blessings on this launch, ladies. I wish you well in its success. Good luck to all in the drawing.

    • Thank you 🙂 Yes, having both Georgiana and Colonel Fitzwilliam there should help Darcy realize more quickly than usual that he is in the wrong… you’d think… 🙂

  8. Thank you for this giveaway and this sounds like a great book that I look forward to reading. I am also curious to see how Darcy reacts to Georgiana’s question and seeing more of this Georgiana. Congratulations on your newest release!

    • Thank you, Chelsea 🙂 We’re very excited about this book 🙂 Yes, you’ll get to see plenty of Georgiana 🙂

  9. This scene reminds me of a “playground challenge” we had at the fanfic site “A Happy Assembly called Best Set-Down. The way Col Fitzwilliam calls out Darcy certainly qualifies. Love it! And yes, I think Georgiana’s question will change his perspective and force him to reevaluate.

  10. I think it will cause darcy to contemplate. For one thing, he will definitely be ashamed that his little sister learned his rude/arrogant remark. He might dance with Lizzy (possibly appologize) just for the sake to even show his sister he is a likable man.
    Thankyou for the excerpt ( i enjoyed Richard giving Darcy this stern talk) and the chance to win.

  11. I did enjoy this book. It had several surprises, and all of them were welcome. Thanks for the excerpt. This Darcy was a little bit ruder and higher in the instep than most. He deserved everything he got. 🙂

    • Thank you for much, Gianna! He even deserved the time he gets to spend with everyone’s favorite clergyman? 🙂

  12. Love the excerpt – Darcy really put both feet into this time. The blurb is very intriguing – Darcy and Collins working together AND against Wickham! Thank you both for the chance to win a latest copy.
    PS I’m glad you didn’t forget the little guy!

    • Hi Patricia 🙂 You’re welcome. Thank you, too. It’s a really interesting book, if I do say so 🙂 There’s a nice progression of Darcy from unbearable to…well, the Darcy he should be.

      By little guy… Do you mean (shhh…) the bunny? 🙂 Because I’m sure there aren’t any bunnies. No bunnies to see here 🙂

  13. Finally! Someone who stands up to Darcy and points it out from the beginning. I’m sure with some pressure from both, he will see the light.

    Thanks for sharing!

  14. I believe Mr.Darcy will think alot about what he has said,because if anyone would have said those things to Georgiana Darcy would have called them out. Mr.Darcy will go to Elizabeth and apologize.

  15. With Georgianna’s question, Darcy is going to think long and hard about it. The love between them will make him regret what he said.

  16. Yes, Georgianna’s question will change Darcy to apologize to Elizabeth. He will realize that he would not want his sister to suffer such an insult and, perhaps, Darcy would not want to be compared to Wickham in poor behavior. Really like having Colonel Fitzwilliam take Darcy to task. Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

  17. Not sure if her question will COMPLETELY change him. But it will be food for thought, and perhaps alter his future behavior while in Meryton.

    • You’re welcome, Charlene 🙂 I’m not sure beginning-of-the-book Darcy is very good at rethinking his decisions 🙂

  18. I can’t wait to read this book. I’m dying to know how he will answer. Will he eat humble pie or make more excuses. Oh Darcy! It looks like you are in trouble as usual. Thanks for the preview.

    • You’re welcome, Jennifer 🙂 I don’t know if Darcy will be ready to admit he’s wrong quite yet 🙂

  19. Look forward to reading this adaption…love the twist of Georgiana and the Colonel at Netherfield Park from the start.
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    • You’re welcome, Stephanie 🙂 Yes, the two of them are fun to have around. Someone to pick on Darcy! (Aside from Elizabeth)

  20. I think Georgiana’s question will definitely cause him to re-evaulate his behavior. Perhaps, it might even prompt him to apologize. Love the addition of the Colonel and Georgiana to his trip.

  21. I think he will come to see the error of his ways. He loves and respects Georgians, so therefore he will take her question to heart. Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win a copy.Congratulations on the launch of your new book.

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