Divided Between Work and Play

Divided Between Work and Play

I have a new obsession, it seems. Perhaps ‘diversion’ is a more fitting term. I know it often feels that way while I am focusing on this particular activity when I know I ought to be writing instead.

What is it, you ask? It’s making videos. The time I spend creating videos is really when work feels like play. I’d produce several a day if I thought I could get away with it. My latest endeavor is featured below.

If you follow me on Facebook, you know I have a new release that’s coming very soon. It’s titled Impertinent Strangers, and it is already available for pre-order on iBooks, Nook, and Kobo.  Why not Amazon? It’s complicated. Suffice it to say, Impertinent Strangers will be available in Kindle eBook edition on the day it goes live at the other eBook vendors. The official release date is July 15th, but I suspect it will be released sooner than that.

What’s more, the paperback edition (270 pages) will be available even sooner.

Here’s a sneak peek. Enjoy!

Chapter 2 Excerpt

After an energetic early morning horseback ride with his cousin, Darcy walked into his apartment with a little less spring in his step than when he had left. That morning’s excursion had been particularly strenuous. The hot bath that awaited his return was precisely what was called for to soothe his aching muscles, as well as quiet his busy mind of the troubling thoughts that simply would not go away; thoughts of the beguiling country miss who had robbed him of his equanimity for the past twelve hours or so.

Listening to his valet uncharacteristically ramble on also turned out to be a welcome distraction. When the bath waters began to cool, Darcy climbed out of the tub, dried himself off, put on his rich velvet robe, and drifted over to the window to admire the view.

What he saw proved worthy of his admiration. There she was walking up the path to the manor house—Miss Elizabeth Bennet. His body’s telling response in seeing her further bolstered a nagging suspicion that if he were not careful, he would be in grave danger from that young woman.

So much for my hastily spoken words that Miss Elizabeth Bennet is not handsome enough to tempt me. He had cited her impertinence as further proof of this, but he had to admit to finding that particular flaw in her character to be rather intriguing.

With what brashness did she respond to his aunt’s barrage of questions, suggestions, and innuendos the evening before, and in such a manner that even Lady Catherine herself could not take complete umbrage. In truth, this Elizabeth Bennet was unlike any other young woman of his acquaintance.

I recall her saying that she is not yet one and twenty, Darcy silently pondered as he remained frozen in place, unable to tear his eyes away from Elizabeth as she neared the house. What is more, she is the second eldest of five daughters—all of them single. He remembered Miss Bennet’s telling reaction to Lady Catherine’s frank assessment of the Bennet daughters’ dismal marital prospects. However harshly expressed, the dire prognosis was unfortunately very true. Darcy did not envy that family’s plight one bit.

Of course, he had his own future marital situation with which to contend. At eight and twenty, he had been most fastidious in regulating himself around members of the opposite sex. One never knew if the hordes of young women who showered him with deference and officious attention with such ardent alacrity did so out of sincerity or if their motives were merely mercenary.

He laughed a little. “One thing is certain; I shall garner no such civility from Miss Bennet.”





What’s a sneak peek at a new release without a giveaway? I invite you to comment for a chance to win a signed copy of Impertinent Strangers. One winner will be chosen. A US mailing address is required to receive the paperback. Otherwise, an eBook edition will be awarded to the winner. The giveaway contest ends on Tuesday, July 5th.

118 Responses to Divided Between Work and Play

  1. I LOVED this excerpt!!!! Darcy is his charming self!!! It is clear that he is losing the battle to remain under “good regulation” around Elizabeth!!!!

    • Hi Daniela! I’m delighted to know how much you enjoy reading and listening to my stories. Thanks! I hope you’ll love Impertinent Strangers. 🙂

  2. Just bought two of your ebooks, can’t wait to add this one to my collection — ebook or paperback. A very provocative excerpt, and I presume the rest of the story is equally so!

    • I’d say Darcy has a rather healthy imagination! Thanks so much for adding my books to your collection. I hope you’ll love reading all of them. 🙂

    • Thanks for your kind words, Norma! I’m delighted to know how much you enjoy my stories. I hope you’ll love Impertinent Strangers just as much.

  3. Ms. Dixon,
    I can’t wait for the new novel and it is sounding just as good as all the others you have written. I think all your covers are beautiful and this one being no exception. It sure would be nice to have more videos when previewing novels. That was a great idea on your part! Thanks again for the chance at a giveaway. Love your writing and as I have told you before my most favorite is about the little knight.

    • Thanks for your kind words, MaryAnn. Knowing my writing is so well received means so much to me. It’s the reason I keep trying hard to improve my skills with each new story. I’m very happy that my videos are well received too. 🙂 I have so much fun producing them, and I always like to consider what my readers will enjoy.

      I hope you’ll love Impertinent Strangers.

  4. I have ready many (too many according to my husband ; )) Jane Austen variations and I believe you are one of the best, most authentic authors. Thank you for the many hours of pleasure you have given me.

  5. Love the video and am looking forward to your latest take in Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. I have all of them!

    • Thanks so much for reading and enjoying all my stories, Kathy. I’m glad you love the video. I hope you’ll love this latest take on ODC. 🙂

  6. I really like the theme of this story so far. He seem to know that he’s in for something he didn’t think could happen. I glad he realizes that Lizzy wont fawn and fall all over him because of who he is.

    • I’m delighted to hear that, Carol! The paperback edition of Impertinent Strangers is now available on Amazon and the Kindle edition will soon be available as well, which means it’s time for more videos. 🙂 I hope you’ll love what’s in store.

  7. I think you and Abigail Reynolds are at the very apex of authors of Jane Austen variations. Your portrayals of Darcy and Lizzy remain true ot Ms. Austen’s vision and, like her, the dialogue between them is at the center of your novels. Keep it up. I look forward to Impertinent Strangers and the novels following it.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Jules. I’m delighted to know how much you enjoy my stories. I hope you’ll love Impertinent Strangers.

  8. You have done it again. By providing us a slightly open window into this new book you have captured our attention and have us now waiting to actually get our hands on it. I have added it to my calendar to order as soon as I am able. I still prefer to hold a book as to an ebook. Thank you for sharing your wonderful literary talents with us.

    • It’s my pleasure! Thanks so much for your enthusiasm for the new book. I hope you’ll be holding a paperback edition in your hands within the week. 🙂 I’ll let everyone know when it’s available on Amazon.

  9. Am already very impatient to discover this new book. I enjoyed very much reading Lady Elizabeth and Bewitched Body and soul, which are certainly among my favorite JAFF (which I read quite a lot lastly). I am not native English speaking, and enjoy the challenge of reading a book written in a good English, especially when the characters are very well described, such it is in PO Dixon’s books. This one looks promising as well!

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, Caroline. I am honored that Lady Elizabeth and Bewitched, Body and Soul are among your favorite JAFF stories. They’re certainly two of my P O Dixon favorites. I hope Impertinent Strangers will rank high among your favorites as well. 🙂

  10. I’ve always found it interesting how the things that attracts us at first end up annoying us later on…and with Darcy the reverse is the story. “He had cited her impertinence as further proof of this, but he had to admit to finding that particular flaw in her character to be rather intriguing.” Can’t wait to read more.

  11. What I love most about your books, is the depth of character you are able to weave. I feel the emotions portrayed in our favorite characters as a result of your artistry. For me, that makes the difference in an outstanding story.
    Being able to read the excerpt from your new book, I can tell it is going to be another outstanding read. Congratulations and thank you!!

    • Thanks for telling me what you love most about my books. It really means a lot to me to know that. I’m so glad you enjoyed the excerpt. I hope you’ll love the story. 🙂

  12. The longest days are between finishing your current book and the release of your next. ?

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