Monday, 28 October 2019

When Charlotte Became Romantic by Victoria Kincaid - Guest Post and Giveaway

Book cover: When Charlotte Became Romantic by Victoria Kincaid
Victoria Kincaid is visiting us today to tell us about her latest story, When Charlotte Became Romantic. This is focusing on Charlotte Lucas, who, as we all know was prudent rather than romantic... but what if things had been different? Let's take a look at the blurb and then hand over to Victoria, who has brought an excerpt of the book for us to enjoy and a giveaway.

Book Description

In the original Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet’s friend, Charlotte Lucas marries the silly and obsequious clergyman, Mr. Collins.  But what if fate—and love—intervened?

Desperate to escape her parents’ constant criticism, Charlotte has accepted a proposal from Mr. Collins despite recognizing his stupid and selfish nature.  But when a mysterious man from her past visits Meryton for the Christmas season, he arouses long-buried feelings and causes her to doubt her decision. 

James Sinclair’s mistakes cost him a chance with Charlotte three years ago, and he is devastated to find her engaged to another man.  Honor demands that he step aside, but his heart will not allow him to leave Meryton.  Their mutual attraction deepens; however, breaking an engagement is not a simple matter and scandal looms.  If they are to be happy, Charlotte and James must contend with her parents’ opposition, Lady Catherine’s nastiness, and dangerous figures from James’s past. 

Charlotte had forsworn romance years ago; is it possible for her to become romantic again?


Guest Post from Victoria Kincaid and Excerpt from When Charlotte Became Romantic

Hi Ceri, Thank you for having me back for a visit! Have you ever thought that Charlotte Lucas got a raw deal? Have you ever wondered how her life would be different if she hadn’t married Collins? After spending quite a bit of time wondering about it, I decided to write a book the envisioned a different future for Charlotte. It was a bit of an experiment to see what happened when we challenge our assumptions about her.
She marries Collins in part because she feels she has no choice. But what if she did have another option (even if that option had its own disadvantages)? She claims not to be romantic. But what if some romance was deeply buried in her soul—in a place that even she didn’t recognize? She puts up with Collins’s stupidity and selfishness. But what if pushed back against him instead?
Below is an excerpt from close to the beginning of When Charlotte Became Romantic—set at a Lucas Lodge Christmas soiree. Enjoy!
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Book cover: When Charlotte Became Romantic by Victoria Kincaid
Did you hear the news?” Lydia asked, bouncing on her feet. “Mrs. Hargrave has a visitor for the season! A young man. A young man of good fortune. And he is unmarried!”

A shock blazed through Charlotte. Surely it was not— No, that would be a ridiculous coincidence.
Elizabeth rolled her eyes. “Lydia, every single man of good fortune is not in search of a wife.”
But he must be! He is terribly old. Eight and twenty.”
The age he would be! Charlotte’s heart beat faster, and her hands trembled. “Pray tell, how is this visitor connected with Mrs. Hargrave?”
Lydia waved her fan. “La! He is her nephew or some such.”
Knots formed in Charlotte’s stomach. “Did you learn his name?” Apparently she had spoken with unusual intensity, for Elizabeth regarded her strangely.
Lydia frowned. “Mr….James Sinclair. I believe he is hereabouts.” Her gesture encompassed the entire house. “Catherine Bell said he would attend tonight.”
Oh, good Lord.
Charlotte’s body might have fallen into a frozen lake, her limbs were so cold and immobile. James, here? When I might turn around and encounter him at any minute? When her sister Maria might approach her and whisper something about how fine the man appeared? When she might spy him partnering another woman in a dance? Or, worse, he might invite her to dance?
Charlotte?” Elizabeth face expressed concern. How had she guessed—? Oh. Charlotte’s entire body tilted toward the entrance of the drawing room as if she could somehow escape.
Instantly, her eyes darted about the crowded room, searching for danger. She clasped her trembling hands together and resolutely pointed her gaze at the floor. She could not draw attention to herself. At any second James might appear, and she had been oblivious to the danger. She had wandered onto a battlefield, blissfully unaware that she might be shot.
Unlucky fate that placed him in a party at her own home! Were she at a neighbor’s house, she might order the carriage to take her home early, as she had done at countless previous events. But she could not retire early from a soiree at Lucas Lodge.
However, the party was quite a crush. Perhaps she would not encounter James.
And if she did… Well, I am engaged, she reminded herself sternly. James does not know Mr. Collins; he will only know that I am betrothed to another. He cannot see into my heart.
Surely she could survive a conversation with James Sinclair.
Charlotte thought she might be sick.
Charlotte?” Elizabeth said again. “Are you quite well? You are extremely pale.”
She seized on the excuse. “I am feeling a bit— Perhaps I will go upstairs to lie down.”
If she remained in her bedchamber until the party was nearly over, then he would have departed by the time she emerged again. Perhaps she was being cowardly, but she simply was not equal to encountering the man. Thank goodness Elizabeth did not know of her history with him.
Elizabeth trailed in her wake as Charlotte hastened into the front hall. With her head lowered to ensure that she did not trip on the hem of her gown, she did not notice who was in front of her until a voice intoned, “Char—Miss Lucas?”
Reflexively looking up, her gaze was caught by brown eyes, as warm and kind as she remembered—and yet impossible to turn away from. For a moment her voice deserted her; then she managed a thin and reedy approximation of her normal tones. “Mr. Sinclair…er, greetings.” She had the sinking feeling of having been just a little too slow; a minute sooner and she would have made it to safety.

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Author Bio

Victoria has a Ph.D. in English literature and has taught composition to unwilling college students. Today she teaches business writing to willing office professionals and tries to give voice to the demanding cast of characters in her head.

She lives in Virginia with an overly affectionate cat, two children who are learning how much fun Austen’s characters can be, and a husband who fortunately is not jealous of Mr. Darcy. A lifelong Austen fan, Victoria has read more Jane Austen variations and sequels than she can count – and confesses to an extreme partiality for the Colin Firth miniseries version of Pride and Prejudice.

Visit her at www.victoriakincaid.com

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When Charlotte Became Romantic is available to buy now in ebook and paperback!

Giveaway Time!

Book cover: When Charlotte Became Romantic by Victoria Kincaid
Victoria Kincaid is very kindly offering to give away an ebook of When Charlotte Became Romantic to one of you! To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post by the end of the day worldwide on Sunday 3 November. Please ensure you include your name with your comment.

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26 comments:

  1. So Charlotte can be affected by the right gentleman

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    1. Well that's a thought isn't it. I remember that Charlotte in canon said that she had never been romantic, but that could just have been because she never met the right person.

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  2. Patricia finnegan

    This sounds a little bit like persuasion!

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    1. Yes. I am a sucker for second chance romances. Go Jane Austen, for inventing a trope!

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  3. Poor Charlotte so close to escaping.

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    1. Well I am hoping that her failure to escape here might mean that she escapes marriage to Mr Collins, and then it will be worth the upset!

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  4. Love this premise and the excerpt. And I don't usually care much about book covers one way or the other, but I have to say that this one really caught my eye. Who's the cover artist?

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    1. I often can take or leave covers, but this one is really attractive and eye-catching isn't it! It stood out to me too, Debbie, as I was putting the post together.

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  5. I do love seeing Charlotte get her chance to be swoony. :) I'll be reading this one soon.

    Please don't enter me, Ceri. :)

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    1. I agree, Sophia. I think Charlotte is the prosaic face of marriage in P&P and an example of how many people might have settled for a suitable match. I like to see her get some romance.

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  6. Love the blurb! I hope Charlotte finds happiness!

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  7. Wonderful excerpt. I am curious to read this alternate Charlotte story. Thanks for the chance to win

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the excerpt, Becky!

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  8. Charlotte is starting to regret her choice here? The prospective of marrying Mr Collins do not look anymore so good for her, here...

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    1. Maybe she is... but it's not too late yet! Thanks for commenting Euridice!

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  9. Yes, yes, yes! To the power of kind, warm brown eyes! I really must read this!

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    1. Lovely! Hope you get to read this one soon, Agnes.

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  10. It sounds like a great Charlotte book, I love seeing her happy. Congratulations Victoria.

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  11. Great cover – I like the sound of this new take on Charlotte!

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    1. It's a gorgeous cover isn't it NovElla!

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  12. Oh this is disheartening.. But this is nice to have a story about EB's best friend. Like Charlotte as she is almost like EB just practical. Eager to know more what happens next

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    1. We must take heart and trust Victoria to lead us to a satisfactory conclusion, Buturot! Thanks for commenting :)

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  13. Love that Charlotte is getting her own story and hopefully happiness in marriage. Love your stories Victoria, looking forward to reading this one as well!

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    1. I know in P&P Charlotte makes her choice with her eyes open but I can't help but feel sorry for her being stuck with Mr Collins!

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