Of Keys and Giveaways … by Zoe Burton

Of Keys and Giveaways … by Zoe Burton

Okay, this post is not really about keys, though a key is in the title of my new book.

When I wrote last month, I told you a bit about the storyline and gave you a little preview of my then-WIP. I set myself the goal of getting it written and edited and on sale by the end of this month. Happily, I have met that goal. <3

The title I came up with for this book is Mr. Darcy: The Key to Her Heart. It is currently on pre-order at Amazon and will go “live” in two days … on March 30th. I’ll be giving away two digital copies of this new book. Details will be at the bottom of the post.

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It took me a little longer than I had hoped to finish the book. Then, I thought I was done and as I went through and started the editing process, I realized I had left a few loose threads, so I had to write another chapter to tie it all up. I came away with a happy feeling about ODC and their love. I hope you all will, as well.

Last month, I gave you a short excerpt of about four paragraphs, containing the “meet cute” between Darcy and Elizabeth. This month, I’m going to share the cover with you and I’m going to give you the same scene from Elizabeth’s side of things.

If you will recall, I said in February’s post that this story is told from two points of view. It alternates between Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s, with each getting an entire chapter. So, the first chapter is Darcy’s point of view, the second is Elizabeth’s, the third is Darcy’s, the fourth is Elizabeth’s, and so on. The first and last chapters are Darcy’s point of view. I’ve written at least one other story in this format, but it’s been a while.

So, I hope you enjoy learning what Miss Lizzy thought of Mr. Darcy when she first saw him.

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Elizabeth Bennet watched the gentlemen enter the room. All were well-dressed and clearly at ease with their companions. They laughed and nudged each other. All except one, who entered at the back of the group. The young man was tall and broad, and solemn. Her heart raced as she examined his features.

Forcing her attention back to her hostess, she just caught her mother saying something outrageous in response to Mrs. Darcy’s supercilious question. It was clear to Elizabeth that their hostess thought very highly of herself, and not so well of her guests.

Elizabeth blushed at her mother’s words, but when Lady Lucas added her two pence, she had to hide her smirk behind her tea cup. She glanced to the side and gave her friend, Charlotte, a sympathetic look. She looked down at her cup and took a sip when she suddenly felt as though she were being stared at. She brought her eyes up to see the young man she had noticed a few minutes ago. He was looking intently at her, his gaze snaring hers. She could not look away, though she knew she should. It took a poke to her side from Charlotte’s elbow before she was able to pull her attention from him.

Elizabeth was relieved when Mrs. Darcy began to introduce the gentlemen. Finally, I will learn his name, she thought. She curtseyed to each of the men as they were introduced.

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. What a funny name! I wonder if it is a family name. Elizabeth’s eyes met his and, as before, held for a long moment. It was only when her friend was introduced that she was able to look away. She watched as Charlotte curtseyed to the gentlemen, but her ears and every other sense were focused on the one she had just been introduced to.

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Many of you made guesses last month as to just who Grace and Theodosia were … as I’m certain you have deciphered from this month’s post, they are Darcy’s paternal aunt and cousin. The Mrs. Darcy referred to in the excerpt is Fitzwilliam Darcy’s father’s brother’s wife. LOL Her husband, Joseph, is our Darcy’s uncle … his father’s brother. Grace is Grace Darcy, our Darcy’s cousin.

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As for the giveaway … as I said above, I am giving away two digital (eBook) copies of Mr. Darcy: The Key to Her Heart.

To enter, all you have to do is comment on this post no later than 11:59 pm ET on Monday, April 4, 2022. Your comment doesn’t have to be long or even profound. Just a short one will do … like, “Hey, congrats!” or “Thanks for doing a giveaway!” or even “Nice!” or whatever else you can come up with. : ) 

Anyway, Regina will announce the winners on Sunday, April 10, 2022 here on the blog.

The giveaway is open internationally. The prizes will be awarded via Bookfunnel, which means I’ll send you a link and you can download it from that site. Please note that I take Sundays off, which means it will likely be Monday before I send prizes out.

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Jennifer
Jennifer
April 3, 2022 11:17 AM

Interesting!

Mary Langton
Mary Langton
April 3, 2022 10:01 AM

Thank you so much for the excerpt and for the giveaway. I always love your inventive stories!

Marsha B
Marsha B
April 1, 2022 10:05 PM

This new book was an interesting and well written story. I enjoyed having a 2 disputable family members in it!

Leslie Waters
Leslie Waters
March 31, 2022 2:07 AM

Thanks for the giveaway

Randi Chance
Randi Chance
March 30, 2022 11:14 PM

It’s rather refreshing to see Lizzy realize that she’s attracted to Darcy from the start, lol! But I did a double-take at the name “Mrs. Darcy.” Relieved to discover that she’s actually an aunt and that “our” Mr Darcy isn’t already married! Looks like a fun read, Zoe!

Rebecca L McBrayer
Rebecca L McBrayer
March 30, 2022 9:09 PM

Sounds like a fun read, Zoe!

Ginna
Ginna
March 30, 2022 2:52 PM

As always, I’m looking forward to enjoying a new story by you.

Zoe Burton
Zoe Burton
March 30, 2022 8:39 PM
Reply to  Ginna

Awesome! Best wishes in the drawing. <3

Robin G.
Robin G.
March 30, 2022 12:31 PM

I enjoy reading stories about love (or at least infatuation) at first sight. Congratulations and best wishes on the new release!

Nikki
Nikki
March 30, 2022 12:23 PM

I love the idea of meeting new relatives of Darcy’s! Good luck with your new book

Glynis
Glynis
March 30, 2022 10:23 AM

Well it seems as if both Darcy and Elizabeth are instantly attracted! I do wonder if this Aunt expects him to marry her daughter?

Jean Stillman
Jean Stillman
March 30, 2022 8:36 AM

Thanks for sharing an excerpt! I look forward to reading this! Thanks for doing a giveaway and good luck to all!

charlene capodice
charlene capodice
March 30, 2022 7:54 AM

congratulations on your new book! thanks for the chance to win!

SamH.
SamH.
March 30, 2022 7:33 AM

Congratulations on your new release. Your books never disappoint when ODC get to find each other quickly!
Looking forward to reading this.

Charmaine M
Charmaine M
March 29, 2022 11:14 AM

Well Ms. Zoe, I look forward to adding this to my collection. I love your books.

Caryl Kane
Caryl Kane
March 29, 2022 10:59 AM

Congratulations on your new book!

Shana Jefferis
Shana Jefferis
March 29, 2022 12:23 AM

Congrats on the new book! I anticipate that Mrs. Darcy is going to have a pretty firm opinion on whom her nephew should (and should not) be paying his addresses.

Buturot
Buturot
March 29, 2022 12:23 AM

Congratulations on your new book. Thank you for sharing an excerpt and the chance to win a copy. (looking forward to learning how these new characters affect ODC story)

Liz
Liz
March 28, 2022 10:41 PM

I wonder if Aunt and Uncle Darcy took Netherfield.

Cath E
Cath E
March 28, 2022 4:27 PM

Congratulations on the new book, I’m looking forward to reading it. Thank you for the chance to win a copy

Cristina Jockin
Cristina Jockin
March 28, 2022 4:21 PM

Can’t wait to read it!

DarcyBennett
DarcyBennett
March 28, 2022 4:13 PM

Congrats on the release!

Satu
Satu
March 28, 2022 3:07 PM

I need a vacation as my list of books to read just got longer ?. Luckily we have Good Friday and Easter Monday off in the country I live in… though the children expect their mom to spend time with them instead of Kindle.

Leila
Leila
March 28, 2022 2:48 PM

I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! Congratulations ??. More power to you!

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Judy
Judy
March 28, 2022 2:32 PM

Congratulations on your new book. It’s always fun for me to read your latest creation. It’s nice that you give away a few copies. Thank you for the opportunity to win one.

J. W. Garrett.
J. W. Garrett.
March 28, 2022 2:29 PM

Congratulations on the completion and launch of this new work. Oh, you stopped the excerpt just as things were heating up. I’ll just have to read it to see what you have done with our dear couple. I can’t wait to see what trouble his aunt and cousin get into. I look forward to reading this. Blessings on the success of this launch and good luck to all in the drawing.

Mary Campbell
Mary Campbell
March 28, 2022 11:25 AM

Congrats on another new book. I have several of your books, and have enjoyed them all. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

Linda
Linda
March 28, 2022 10:08 AM

Yea, more wonderful words to read. Love your books. Keep it up.

Linda A.
Linda A.
March 28, 2022 9:50 AM

Congratulations on the book! Sundays are “a day of rest.” I figure, if I do something or don’t do something, it doesn’t matter and I’m not going to “should” on myself on Sundays.

ForeverHis
ForeverHis
March 28, 2022 8:54 AM

I’m intrigued! Congrats on publishing a new work. (And I also take Sundays off!)

Regina Jeffers
Admin
March 28, 2022 8:02 AM

Regina does the announcing, but a random organizer does the choosing for the winners.

Congrats on the new book. I eagerly await its arrival in my inbox.

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