Darcy’s eavesdropping, and I’m giving books away!

Darcy’s eavesdropping, and I’m giving books away!

It’s that time again … I have completed another novel. 🙂 This one is called Darcy Overhears. It is 43,038 words and 216 printed pages of awesomeness, if I do say so myself. <3


This story began as a tiny “what if.” What if Darcy overheard something about Elizabeth? It wasn’t much to go on, and I wasted a lot of time trying to get ODC together slowly, which did not work. It’s just not my style. I ended up reworking the first few chapters, and once that happened, words flowed out my fingers like water over a dam. It was beautiful to watch, and to experience. <3

What I learned from that experience is that, even though my books tend to be “low-angst” and fluffy, that’s ok. Not everyone is going to read me. If a particular person prefers Darcy to be a jerk and Elizabeth to be an angry ball of fire for 399 pages, and if that person only wants to read three pages of them being together, then my books are not going to be to that person’s taste. However, I know for a fact that people like my books, and that my stories fill a need that people have. I know because they tell me. They tell me in emails, in Facebook and blog comments, and via their patronage at Patreon. And, filling the needs of readers fills a need in me, so it’s a win-win situation. <3


If you follow my blog, you know that I have posted the entire rough draft over the course of the last month or two. At first it was dribs and drabs, but then it became full chapters, and now at the end, it’s two chapters a week. 🙂 By the time this post goes live, it will also have been posted at DarcyandLizzy and will be available at a discount at my Gumroad store. Preorders on Amazon and anywhere else I can figure them out should be up by then, as well. This will be my first time doing a preorder, and I confess to a little trepidation, as always happens with something new, but I know it will all work out in the end.

I decided to only give you the blurb today, which I will share below. If you read beyond that, there are details about the giveaway. 🙂


His enemy, her reputation, their love

Fitzwilliam Darcy has fallen deeply in love with the most gorgeous, warm-hearted, and amusing woman he has ever met. When he overhears a former friend threaten her, he goes to the lady’s father, hoping they can form an alliance to safeguard her.

Elizabeth Bennet eagerly anticipates the quiet times of reflection and escape from chaos that her daily walks afford her. She never thought her most cherished freedom could become the source of her greatest fears. When she is endangered, who can she trust to protect her?

Darcy Overhears is a Pride and Prejudice novel variation by Zoe Burton. If you love your JAFF to have strong heroes, feisty heroines, and love stories forged amidst calamity in a Regency setting, this story is for you. Grab your copy today and lose yourself in Zoe’s world of sweet romance and happily ever after.


I am giving away two ebook copies of Darcy Overhears. The giveaway is open internationally, and the ebooks will be delivered via Bookfunnel. I have used them for my last several giveaways, but if you are not familiar with them, they are a wonderful bunch of people who have technology skills far above my own. They can get an ebook onto the device of the most technologically-unlearned person that exists. <3

Anyway, two ebooks being given away, internationally. To enter the drawing, simply leave a comment here on my Austen Authors blog post before 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 21, 2018. Winners will be announced on Sunday, October 28, 2018.


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55 Responses to Darcy’s eavesdropping, and I’m giving books away!

  1. What an intriguing premise. I very much look forward to reading this story. Your work is always gentle and creative.

  2. I love the premise Zoe, Darcy as Elizabeth’s protector soon into their acquaintance is my favorite. Congratulations on your new release and thanks for the generous giveaway.

  3. Low angst books are a lifesaver in times of stress for me! Love your books and look forward very much to reading them.

  4. I am fanatic of ODC/P & P. Almost all story variations are interesting to me as long as they end up together and they don’t physically hurt each other. I also love sort of co-dependence stories. This story seems to be one of them. Thank you for the opportunity/give-away. Good luck.

    • I’m not sure what you mean by “co-dependence” stories. When I hear that, I think drug/alcohol addiction and physical abuse, none of which happens in this story. I’m hoping you mean soul mates, because that is definitely how I think of them! <3 Best wishes in the drawing. 🙂

  5. Congratulations on the impending publication, Zoe! I like that you have chosen Regency models to depict the cover. It’s beautiful and immediately draws my attention. Thanks for sponsoring the prizes too.

  6. Dear Zoe,
    I really enjoy your stories!! They are my favorite kind. D and E getting together quickly with lots of love and angst from outside source. Thank you for sharing and giveaway. As readers, we are blessed to have such delightful stories about our favorite couple.

  7. I am one of those people that hates to read 397 pages of … how did you say it… Darcy as a jerk and a Lizzy that is an angry ball of fire. Then there are one or two pages where they get together, if that much! That just kills me. Thank you for not doing that. I need my D&E time. This sounds amazing. I have it on my wish list. Blessings on the launch of this work.

  8. Congratulations! I’ve been enjoying the story on your blog. I like how you have Lizzy taking steps to protect herself and her sisters, and her seeing her father’s indolence as too dangerous to ignore. Nice twist on Mr. Bennet.

  9. It’s a lovely story. I have been following it on your blog. I like how Lizzy is taking action to safeguard her sisters. An interesting twist on Mr. Bennet’s character.

  10. It sounds intriguing rather than fluff. There’s times I like a low angst high fluff read to recover from a high tension ones. I give high credit to any author who goes to so much effort to feed my enjoyment and relaxation. At least they are not in the cliset like the rough drafts to 4 novels I completed and put away when younger. The history dissertation and article faired much better, but heck, I want lovely romantic escapes. One of the shelf novels might have possibilities, but I outgrew it. You don’t outgrow Jaff.

    • I bet the stories are better than you think! I spent 40+ years thinking I could not write at all, but I’m glad I shared my first one with the world. <3 Thanks so much for reading my books and sharing your thoughts on them! Best wishes in the drawing! <3

  11. I love low angst, high fluff books especially after reading a highly angst one since I need the happiness to lift my spirits. I already have a copy of Darcy Overhears so no need to include me in the drawing. Congrats on this release!!!

  12. Congratulations on your new release. The excerpt has me anticipating a good read. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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