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|David Gandy: Photo - 2012 Elle Style Awards|
I deeply appreciate your invitation to be a guest on your blog, Ceri. I am happy to be here. And, I’m happy with the release of my latest book, ONE LOVE – TWO HEARTS – THREE STORIES: A Pride and Prejudice Anthology. For your viewing pleasure, here is my inspiration for Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy in all three stories. (I did change his eyes to dark brown in one just to change things up a bit.) Are you surprised it’s not Colin Firth or Matthew MacFadyen? For this book, it was David Gandy, U.K.’s #1 male Super Model all the way. Why? Besides the stunning good looks, he loves cars, books, and puppies. How could he not be the Darcy we all know and love?
Writing three different stories with the same characters in one book meant I had to ponder long and hard the qualities a strong romantic leading man was made of. I’ve read stories where Fitzwilliam Darcy is shy where in others he is entirely arrogant. Some have Darcy struggle with speaking in public, in others he remains quiet because he feels the company is so far beneath him that it would be a travesty to waste his intelligence on them. What is your understanding of Darcy?
When you think of the most romantic leading man in literature, is Mr. Darcy first on your list? Surprisingly, he was not the first that came to my mind. How can that possibly be? Has Joy Dawn King finally lost ALL of her marbles?
Think of the following male characters and compare them to what you know about Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy. How do they compare to Darcy’s profession of loving Elizabeth Bennet where he says, ““In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”?
Jamie Fraser – OUTLANDER
“When the day shall come that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, “if my last words are not ‘I love you’-ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.”
“You are my courage, as I am your conscience,” he whispered. “You are my heart—and I your compassion. We are neither of us whole, alone. Do ye not know that, Sassenach?”
“Because I wanted you.” He turned from the window to face me. “More than I ever wanted anything in my life,” he added softly.
“To see the years touch ye gives me joy”, he whispered, “for it means that ye live.”
John Thornton – NORTH AND SOUTH
“I have never loved any woman before. Now I love, and will love.”
Noah – THE NOTEBOOK
“I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough..”
“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.”
“You are, and always have been, my dream.”
“I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours. ”
Edward Rochester – JANE EYRE
“I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you – especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous Channel, and two hundred miles or so of land come broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapped; and then I’ve a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly. As for you – you’d forget me.”
“Our honeymoon will shine our life long: its beams will only fade over your grave or mine.”
Or, would your selection include Rhett Butler - GONE WITH THE WIND; Heathcliff - WUTHERING HEIGHTS; Gabriel Oak - FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD; or, someone else? Mine? This decision was a piece of cake. (Drum roll please!)
Westley – THE PRINCESS BRIDE
For, what lover of romantic fiction would not swoon and sigh over a handsome man uttering at her every request, “as you wish”?
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As you know, Joy, I am a fellow ardent admirer of Mr Gandy's work, and I am completely unsurprised that he could inspire your writing. I just applaud your good taste :) Thank you so much for this entertaining post!
If you are wondering what my answer is to the question, my favourite hero is Mr Darcy. Not so much for what he says but what he does. The fact that he wants to change, not to win Elizabeth's approval, but because her opinion matters to him, and her view of him has made him reassess himself. And to put the cherry on top of the cake, he saves Lydia for Elizabeth's peace of mind and takes steps to try and ensure she doesn't find out in case she feels beholden to him.
About the Author:
As an avid reader, Joy Dawn King did not read Jane Austen until she was 55 years old. It was love at first read. While living in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador in 2014, she wrote her debut novel, A Father’s Sins: A Pride and Prejudice Variation. Joy is currently living back in the US, in the beautiful state of Oregon, with her husband, John, and is finishing the revisions for her Bingley/Jane story called Finding Their Way.
One Love - Two Hearts - Three Stories: A Pride & Prejudice Anthology: The Library, Married!, Ramsgate
This is a collection of two novella length stories and one full-length novel.
The Library - (voted #1 at Jaffrecs.com)
What happens when Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are alone in the library at Netherfield Park and they decide to talk instead of ignore each other? In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the half hour passes without either our hero or our heroine speaking one word to each other. This sweet variation has them breaking their silence. What follows is a conversation filled with confrontation, clarification, and love.
Fitzwilliam Darcy needs a wife! Elizabeth Bennet needs a husband!
What results when two strong-minded, kind-hearted strangers unite in this most sacred state? Will love grow? In this full-length novel, Darcy and Elizabeth are faced with frustrations and blossoming feelings of tenderness. Our favorite couple finally reach their happily ever after. Or, do they?
When Miss Georgiana Darcy stumbles upon her beloved George Wickham willingly wrapped in a passionate embrace with someone else, the elopement is off. Running to her new friend, Miss Elizabeth Bennet, she involves her in a plan to get help from her brother, Fitzwilliam Darcy, and bring Wickham to justice.
In this novella length story, does Darcy marry Elizabeth? Does Colonel Fitzwilliam find the woman of his dreams? And, what happens to the nefarious Mr. Wickham? Enjoy this alternate path to our favorite couple’s happily ever after.
Joy has very kindly offered a giveaway of one eBook and one signed print copy of her newest release, ONE LOVE – TWO HEARTS – THREE STORIES. This giveaway is open internationally. Just leave a comment below to enter the giveaway, ensuring that you leave a way for me to contact you (email, twitter details etc.) and please state if you'd only like to enter for one format or both. I will draw the print copy winner first. The closing date to enter the giveaway is 8 June 2015 - Please note this giveaway is now closed.
In addition, as a welcome to Joy’s website, if you go to jdawnking.com and leave a comment, follow her, or sign up for her newsletter, you will be entered for a HUGE giveaway of Jane Austen memorabilia which will be drawn on 31 July 2015. Again, this giveaway is open internationally.
Thank you, Joy, for your generosity, and good luck to everybody in the giveaways.