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Saturday, 2 April 2016

Darcy vs Bennet by Victoria Kincaid - Guest Post, Excerpt and Giveaway

Book cover: 'Darcy vs. Bennet' by Victoria KincaidToday I'm pleased to be welcoming Victoria Kincaid, writer of some excellent Austenesque reads which have seen variations such as a trip to Napoleonic France, a proposal from Colonel Fitzwilliam and even Elizabeth being saved from marrying Mr Collins. Her latest 'Pride and Prejudice' variation, 'Darcy vs Bennet' sees a very different dynamic in our dear couple's relationship. Here, Mr Darcy senior is still alive and the head of his family, meaning that Darcy is not yet master of Pemberley and therefore he has less freedom over his actions. Here, he and Elizabeth are kept apart by a family feud. I will hand over to Victoria for more about this alluring story, and a chance to win a copy for yourself!


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I love the story of Romeo and Juliet.  I think everyone can empathize with the idea of lovers who are able to love each other despite familial prejudices and kept apart by forces beyond their control.  So I’ve always wanted to write a Romeo and Juliet-type story (with a happy ending instead of people dying in a tomb).  I liked the idea of combining R&J with Pride and Prejudice in part because it gives our heroes, and especially Mr. Darcy, a different set of obstacles to overcome.
 
We’re very accustomed to seeing Darcy as the master of his fate, with complete control over his estate and his fortune.  But in Darcy vs. Bennet, his father is alive and very much in charge of these things.  His father also hates the Bennets because of a longstanding feud.  So this creates a very interesting dynamic; Darcy must always consider his father’s reaction to his relationship with Elizabeth.  Darcy is still a very strong character, but he must overcome a new set of challenges. 


Writing is always a process of discovery.  When I start a book I always think I am prepared for the upcoming twists and turns in plot and characterization, but I’m always taken off guard by what ends up happening.  While much of Darcy vs. Bennet follows the basic plot of Pride and Prejudice, adding a family feud and a new major character resulted in some new and surprising plot developments.  I was very pleased how it turned out; and hopefully my readers will be as well!

Excerpt
Colonel Fitzwilliam is asking Darcy about a mystery woman he met at a masquerade.

 “What happened to this woman?” Richard asked.

“She disappeared,” Darcy mumbled.  “She simply left—left us, left the ball, everything.” 

Richard rubbed his chin.  “A woman ran away from Fitzwilliam Darcy?”

Darcy shot his cousin a quelling look, disliking this levity at his expense.  “It is not as if there are many women running to me.”

“There would be if you wanted them.”

Darcy had no desire to have this conversation once more.  He fell wearily into his chair.  “I asked her if I could court her.”

“What?”  Richard leaned forward so abruptly, some of his brandy spilled on the floor.  “Why, that is wonderful!”

“She said no.”

Darcy’s cousin blinked and then frowned.  “Are you certain you understood her correctly, Cuz?  You are the kind of man all women dream of.”

Rather than being flattered, Darcy bristled at this compliment.  “Apparently not all.  She took the first opportunity to escape my company.”

“Perhaps she misunderstood your intentions.  If you visit her house…”

“I cannot,” Darcy replied.  “I know neither her surname nor where she lives.”  He levered himself out of his chair and poured himself more brandy at the sideboard.  This conversation required more alcohol.

“No surname?” Richard exclaimed.

“It was a masquerade,” Darcy ground out.  “I expected to learn her identity at midnight, but she was gone by then.”

“Surely your host could tell you—”

Darcy was already shaking his head.  “There were three Elizabeths invited, but none were young and unmarried—with a headful of dark curls.”

“She was uninvited?”

“Apparently.  I care nothing for that.  But I wish I knew her name…”

“Perhaps she was from a neighboring estate.”

“I considered that as well.  I questioned the Berwicks at length.  No doubt they thought me unhinged.  But they have no neighbors named Elizabeth who fit that description.”

“Perhaps she gave you a false name.”

“It is possible.”  Darcy thought about how the name seemed to suit her.  He threw himself back into his chair, unconcerned about how his clothes would crease.  “Why did she run?  I cared not that she was uninvited.  But she is the first woman I ever—”  He stopped before revealing too much.  Richard might be his best friend, but Darcy did not discuss his feelings with anyone.  He rubbed his face with his hands.  “She did not know my name or that I am the heir of Pemberley, and yet she liked me.  I swear she liked me!” 

“Perhaps something else caused her to flee,” Richard suggested.

Darcy stared moodily into his brandy glass.  “Such as?”

“She might be a member of a notorious smuggling ring…or perhaps a French spy.  Or maybe she ran off to join the gypsies.”  Richard grinned.

Darcy snorted.  Under other circumstances he might have laughed. 

Richard made an expansive gesture.  “Now that you know what kind of woman you find attractive, you may look for—”

Darcy’s teeth ground together.  “There are no other women like her!  Do you know how many women I have met in this quest for a wife?  Hundreds!  They all simper and agree with everything I say.”

“And Elizabeth did not?”

Darcy paused to think how he would describe her.  “No…she…teased me.  Challenged me.  I do not know why I find that appealing.”

A smile quirked one side of Richard’s mouth.  “Perhaps because no other woman does so?”

“Perhaps.”  Darcy stood again, leaning an arm against the mantel.

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Book cover: 'Darcy vs. Bennet' by Victoria KincaidBook Blurb:
Elizabeth Bennet is drawn to a handsome, mysterious man she meets at a masquerade ball. However, she gives up all hope for a future with him when she learns he is the son of George Darcy, the man who ruined her father’s life. Despite her father’s demand that she avoid the younger Darcy, when he appears in Hertfordshire Elizabeth cannot stop thinking about him, or seeking him out, or welcoming his kisses….

Fitzwilliam Darcy has struggled to carve out a life independent from his father’s vindictive temperament and domineering ways, although the elder Darcy still controls the purse strings. After meeting Elizabeth Bennet, Darcy cannot imagine marrying anyone else, even though his father despises her family. More than anything he wants to make her his wife, but doing so would mean sacrificing everything else….

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Hmm, I wonder who Darcy met at the masquerade?!! Since Victoria Kincaid has promised us a happy ending this is a variation that I'm very keen to read, particularly as I mentally re-wrote the ending of Romeo and Juliet after I read it, no tragic outcomes for me!

Giveaway time!

Victoria Kincaid has kindly offered to give away an e-book copy of 'Darcy vs. Bennet' to one of you. To enter, just comment on this blog post by the end of the day on Saturday 9 April. This is giveaway is open internationally.

If you cannot wait that long to read this book, it's available to buy now, in e-book or paperback
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Thanks to Victoria for this peep at her new story, and of course for the lovely giveaway. If you'd like to know more about Victoria Kincaid, or her other works, check out the links below:

41 comments:

  1. I think Darcy is going to need the help of Richard if he wants to win Eizabeth

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    1. Hi Vesper. Yep! Thanks for your interest; good luck!

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    2. Hi Vesper! With so much against them and so little personal power I agree with you that he's going to need all the help he can get!

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  2. He is going to need all the help he can get... and Elizabeth too!

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    1. That's for sure. Thank you for your interest and good luck with the giveaway!

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    2. I agree with you, tgruy. Let's hope they get the help they need.

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  3. Can't wait to read this premise especially with a HEA!

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    1. Hi Dung, HEA guaranteed! Good luck with the giveaway!

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    2. Me too, Dung. I enjoyed R&J but thought the ending could so easily have been happy, and I always like a happy ending :)

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  4. Enticing bit of a can't-put-down story. Buy it, friends, if you have not yet done so, and enjoy it. I liked it very much.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Betty! I am glad to hear you enjoyed the story, I hope to start it this evening.

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  5. Sounds delightful. A little trouble before true happiness makes for a wonderful read.

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    1. I know just what you mean, schilds, overcoming obstacles makes the happy ending all the sweeter.

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  6. Good to see Richard there to help. I love to see more of his character. I am intrigued by this twist.

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    1. Hi Becky. I am with you, I've read lots of different types of variations but I don't think I've come across a Romeo and Juliet angle before.

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    1. It' a great excerpt isn't it! Thanks for commenting, Denise :)

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  8. Ow Darcy and Elizabeth meeting at a masquerade what a great idea :) I really enjoyed the excerpt! Would love to read the whole story :D

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  9. I'm not a Romeo and Juliet fan b/c of the ending, but leading up to it, sure thing. I love the idea of the family feud added and that Darcy's father is alive. Curious dynamics.

    Fun excerpt! Love when the cousins are good friends in the story.

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    1. I could say exactly the same, Sophia, the story is so romantic, but then, for the want of about 5 minutes it all ends in tragedy! Why couldn't Romeo have been a procrastinator like Hamlet? He'd still have been dithering when Juliet woke up!

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  10. Ahh, Romeo and Juliet... Such a romantic yet terrible story! I like the idea of choosing a plot like that one to write something Austen related. I'm very curious to read it!

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    1. Hi Maria, I am with you, very interesting to read a storyline like that mixed in with P&P!

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  11. Carole in Canada3 April 2016 at 14:55

    What a 'novel' twist to this story! Looking forward to reading it!

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    1. Hehe! I'm looking forward to it too, Carole :)

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  12. This comment is on behalf of Janis Barau, who can't comment on here directly:

    I do so enjoy the camaraderie between Darcy and Fitzwilliam and am looking forward to reading how *they* manage to contrive a happy ending. :)

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    1. I always like to see Darcy and his cousin being good friends, and he will need a friend he can trust with this sort of secret!

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  13. This excerpt was great! Especially after reading the previous one, the scene at the ball, on From Pemberley to Milton. I was figuring that FD would be devastated, and this shows it. Can't wait to read this book.

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    1. I hadn't read that excerpt, so I just popped over to read it, and it's delicious! For those who don't know there is also a giveaway for 'Darcy vs. Bennet' over at Pemberley to Milton: https://frompemberleytomilton.wordpress.com/2016/04/03/darcy-vs-bennet-excerpt-giveaway/

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  14. I love P&P and am always on the hunt for different versions of the story. D'Arcy v Bennett sounds fantastic. I love that old Mr D'Arcy is still alive. The excerpt is great I've always like col.fitzwillam he had such a dry wit it's a perfect contrast to D'Arcy pride. Can't wait to get my hands on the book. Well done Victoria

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    1. I liked the idea of Mr Darcy senior being alive, but my goodness, he's a horrible character here, as you might expect from somebody who goes in for feuding!

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  15. I love P&P and am always on the hunt for different versions of the story. D'Arcy v Bennett sounds fantastic. I love that old Mr D'Arcy is still alive. The excerpt is great I've always like col.fitzwillam he had such a dry wit it's a perfect contrast to D'Arcy pride. Can't wait to get my hands on the book. Well done Victoria

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  16. "Romeo and Juliet" incorporated into "Pride and Prejudice"? Count me in! Sounds wonderful!

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    Pam
    Pamh5230 at yahoo dot com

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    1. I was excited to see the mix of the two storylines too, Pamela. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  17. I've been hearing so much about DvB and am so excited to read it! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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    1. Hi Priscilla! Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the giveaway :)

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  18. Great review - great story. I enjoyed it also.

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    1. Hi Sheila. Glad you enjoyed reading it :)

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  19. I enjoyed what Ive read, it sounds an interesting concept.

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    1. I like the idea too, TheLadyMaggie :)

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  20. Giveaway winner has been posted: http://babblingsofabookworm.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/darcy-vs-bennet-by-victoria-kincaid_13.html

    Thank you all for your comments :)

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