October 2021 is the month that officially marks my Tenth Anniversary as a full-time writer. Hooray! What a journey this has been. A thousand thanks for all your support along the way.
Prior to writing full time, I published two stories: To Have His Cake (and Eat it Too) and What He Would Not Do.
I shared this quote here at Austen Authors once before about endings and beginnings. It speaks to me still.
“Amidst the rush of worldly comings and goings, observe how endings become beginnings.” – Lao Tzu
He Taught Me to Hope was the first story I published once I went all in, leaving my professional career behind.
So far, I have published more than forty Pride and Prejudice variations as novels, novellas, short stories, and even a few vignettes. Here are my top five Amazon bestselling eBooks to date:
#1 To Have His Cake (and Eat it Too)
#2 Bewitched, Body and Soul
#3 A Lasting Love Affair
#4 Impertinent Strangers
#5 He Taught Me to Hope
Honorable mention goes to Lady Elizabeth, which ranks #6.
Years ago, I launched a new feature on my author website, Two Centuries Beyond Pemberley, called The Stories Behind the Stories. Its purpose was to provide story insights/author notes and applicable book passages from featured titles. Despite having lots of content, I did not share as much as I’d hoped to. I’m thinking now is a good time to pick up where I left off in 2017. I will resume sharing story insights this month and, in most instances, include special savings offers for readers wishing to grab a copy of the story and keep reading. It’s a win-win for all.
Here is an example of what interested readers can expect:
An Engagement of a Peculiar Kind
The idea of an arranged marriage is one I’ve long found intriguing, which is why I am particularly amused by Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s dogged insistence that her daughter, Anne, and her nephew Mr. Darcy were intended for each other in Jane Austen’s timeless classic, Pride and Prejudice.
My fascination caused me to wonder what if the elder Mr. Darcy had entertained the idea of an arranged marriage as well. What if his first-born son was promised to Mr. Thomas Bennet’s first-born daughter?
Mr. Bennet drew on his pipe as he continued to reflect on how things had come to be. He recalled his old friend citing in his letters on more than one occasion that his son, who was more like his aristocratic Fitzwilliam relations than not, might first appear a bit aloof. Haughty and proud is precisely how the young man had been described. On the other hand, his friend had also said his son had proven on many occasions to be a most loyal friend, and one who would do anything in the world for those whom he cared about the most.
Pray, my Jane will meet the young man’s approval and pierce his elusive facade, Mr. Bennet silently considered. We are all depending on her. The thought of what life would be like back at Longbourn should this alliance not take place gave him considerable pause.
My dear wife would be beside herself with grief. Jane’s marriage is meant to put all the other daughters in the path of rich young men who would marry each one of them in their turn, including Lizzy. With little to no dowries to speak of, such a fate was crucial. He laughed a little despite himself in recollection of his wife’s favorite antics.
Once again, he took up the task of admiring the beautiful scenery rushing by the carriage window. His wife’s words echoed in his mind: “Surely my Jane cannot be so beautiful for nothing. Young Darcy would have to be a fool not to fall madly in love with her.”
Many of you likely have read By Reason, by Reflection, by Everything. If so, I hope you enjoyed the story as much as I enjoyed writing it. Just in case you have yet to read it, you can grab a FREE eBook edition (mobi and epub formats) from my Payhip store. Click here now. Hurry! This limited-time offer ends Monday, October 18th.
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In Other News!
Impertinent Strangers is only 99 cents worldwide for a limited time only.