While attempting to suppress his own desire to dance with Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy flees the Netherfield ballroom only to stumble upon a half-dressed Lydia Bennet in the library. After being discovered with her in a compromising position, Darcy is forced to make her an offer of marriage.
Fearing the Bennets will attempt a similar “trick” with their brother, Mr. Bingley’s sisters convince him to leave Hertfordshire without any intention of returning. After Elizabeth refuses Mr. Collins, a heartbroken Jane Bennet accepts his proposal.
Having resolved to propose to Jane, Bingley returns to Longbourn; but when he learns of her betrothal, he makes an offer to Elizabeth instead. She accepts, with the hope that Jane will change her mind if Bingley remains at Netherfield.
Meanwhile, Sir William Lucas is aware that Wickham had actually compromised Lydia in the Netherfield library and blackmails him into proposing to Charlotte Lucas, who is in danger of becoming an old maid.
Hertfordshire has become a tangled web of misbegotten betrothals.
Although Darcy yearns for Elizabeth, he feels honor bound by his promise. Elizabeth is also developing feelings for the master of Pemberley, but he has never seemed so far out of her reach. How can Darcy and Elizabeth unravel this tangle and reach their happily ever after?
Recently I was honored to be invited to join Austen Authors, a wonderful group of dedicated Jane Austen Fan Fiction writers. Today is my debut blog on the Austen Authors page — where I address the question of “Why Does Jane Get All the Fan Fiction?” In other words, why aren’t we reading and writing fan fiction based on Melville, Dickens or Poe? These thoughts have been knocking around in my head for a while, so I hope you find them interesting.
The biggest Jane Austen conference in the US isn’t until October, but registration opened today. I registered 40 minutes after it opened and some events were already full. 😦 But it’s good to know there are so many Jane Austen fans out there! There were still lots of great events that I did sign up for (listed below). It’s in Washington DC this year so I plan to really do it up. I’m hoping to see lots of friends at the AGM!
Okay, so when we last left our heroine, a struggling writer 🙂 , she was publishing a new novella and was finishing the first draft of a new, longer novel. The novella, When Mary Met the Colonel, is published and doing well. It’s not selling as well as my novels, but that may be because it’s a Mary/Colonel Fitzwilliam story. Secondary character stories tend not to sell as well as Darcy/Elizabeth stories. However, it has received some lovely reviews on Amazon and from various JAFF bloggers, so I am very please with it!
I also finished the latest draft of my new novel, Darcy vs. Bennet, a Elizabeth and Darcy P&P variation set during the Regency. No, it’s not about a court case (or a lip sync contest, LOL). The premise is that Darcy’s father (who is alive) and Mr. Bennet have a long-standing feud–which leads to many new complications for our heroes. I’m working on an official blurb and will publish it when it’s ready. The novel is now with the editor and the beta readers. When I’ve completed the final edits from them, it will be ready to publish-hopefully in a couple weeks.
And…This has been a very productive, distraction-free weekend for me. So, once I finished the draft of Darcy vs. Bennet, I started on my next novel. This is also a P&P variation focused on D&E–although it will have scenes from other characters’ POVs as well (something I haven’t really done before), so it will be a bit more of an ensemble piece. I’m having fun writing it. In the past two days I’ve written nearly 11,500 words! Unfortunately I’m now heading back to the land of distractions (although I love them dearly), so my pace will slow down.
Stay tuned for more…Same JAFF-time, Same JAFF-channel. 🙂