Fitzwilliam Darcy, Traitor – Excerpt and Giveaway

Good Afternoon everyone

I’m very pleased to announce that Jennifer Joy released a new book yesterday and I personally can not wait to start reading it! Jennifer Joys’s writing is very appealing to readers because it makes us feel good about the characters and the story, when I start reading one of her books I feel immediately pulled into it and I’m sure Fitzwilliam Darcy, Traitor will be no exception.

Today we are sharing with you the book blurb and an excerpt that shows just how swoon worthy this book is 🙂 I hope you like it!!! And don’t forget there is a very generous giveaway too, please charge your thoughts with us to be included in it.

Hero or villain? Gentleman or traitor?

What if your life depended on discerning one man’s character?

He wants to honor his family legacy.

Fitzwilliam Darcy takes his responsibilities seriously. He excels in every endeavor he pursues and upholds the highest standards … and he has little patience for those who flaunt their flaws like the Bennets do.

She wants to fall in love with a hero.

Elizabeth Bennet longs for the toe-curling romance she reads about in novels. She dreams of an honorable man — loyal and generous to the less fortunate … everything Mr. Darcy is not.

Now, he’s England’s most wanted criminal … and she’s stuck with him.

Besieged by highwaymen and left for dead in a snowstorm, Mr. Darcy seeks help only to get arrested for treason. A split second decision forever attaches Elizabeth to his side, and together, they’re on the run.

When adversity reveals their true character, will Elizabeth regret her decision? Or will she find her hero in Mr. Darcy? Can such a rigid, proper man return the passion she craves?

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Traitor is a sweet and clean romantic suspense variation of Jane Austen’s timeless classic, Pride and Prejudice.

If you like swoon-worthy romance and pulse-pounding action, then you’ll love this book!

You can find Fitzwilliam Darcy, Traitor at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

I’m an 80’s child with a special place in my heart for 80’s music. So when Bonnie Tyler comes on the radio, I sing along. You know one of her hits, Holding Out For a Hero? She talks about waiting for a good man to come along. He’s got to be strong, fast, fresh from the fight… She dreams of this hero, and she refuses to settle for less. Sounds like someone we know, huh? A young lady who said: “I am determined that nothing but the deepest love could ever induce me into matrimony.”

My goal with Fitzwilliam Darcy, Traitor was to give Elizabeth her hero. Now, my favorite heroes are those who overcome seemingly impossible odds without compromising their true nature. What could possibly happen to Mr. Darcy to test his character to the limits? That’s what I wrote about, and in doing so, Darcy not only becomes the hero of Elizabeth’s dreams but she becomes the woman who saves him. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Traitor is my most romantic story to date, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved writing it.

Here’s to the men of our dreams! And to Bonnie Tyler for giving me this book’s theme song!

Here’s a taste of what awaits you:

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She did not want to open her eyes, and when she finally did, the sight of Mr. Darcy staring at her coiled her into knots again. He probably thought it was the height of impropriety for her and Jane to allow him to see their hair loose while in his presence. What was she supposed to do? Let her hair snarl into a knot resembling a bird’s nest?

She could have pointed out to him that there was nothing proper about their current circumstances, but he spared her from defending her behavior when he jerked open the latch and stepped outside, slamming the door behind him.

Jane exclaimed, “He does not have his coat on. He will freeze to death.”

Mr. Bingley snored, and Elizabeth imagined Mr. Darcy falling ill with a cold. Undesirous of caring for two ailing gentlemen, she charged over to the woodpile and grabbed his greatcoat. It was mostly dry thanks to its proximity to the fire.

“I will take this to him,” she said with all the enthusiasm of a martyr. If Mr. Darcy thought she would attend to him as tenderly as Jane cared for Mr. Bingley in his illness, he was in for a surprise. She would sooner slap him over the face with a cold rag than gently bathe his brow.

Donning her pelisse, her dislike for Mr. Darcy growing more severe as the damp fabric chilled her skin, Elizabeth pulled the collar up and braced herself. Taking a deep breath, she opened the door and secured it behind her in one fluid motion.

Her entire body shivered, and her chin shook.

Propriety be hanged! She wrapped Mr. Darcy’s greatcoat around her like a cloak. Snuggling into the thick wool, Elizabeth breathed in smoky oak and earth — odors that would forever remind her of Mr. Darcy. She sniffed the fresh air, trying to rid herself of it.

Mr. Darcy stood at the edge of visibility, his dark hair whipping around his face in the wind and his coattails flapping against his breeches.

Did he want to catch a cold? Kicking the snow away to save her skirts, she joined him, shoving the coat in front of him.

He pushed it back to her.

She had little patience for a man who would stand in the frigid wind without his coat. “What are you doing? Have you gone mad?”

Mr. Darcy threw his arms up in the air. “I must be,” he exclaimed with more energy than Elizabeth could ever recall him speaking.

She did not understand what had brought on this episode, but it did not change the fact that he needed his coat. She shoved it toward him again. “Then be so kind as to put your coat on. If you are to lose your mind, you might as well be warm.”

He cackled harshly, taking the coat and putting it on.

She looked at him from the corner of her eyes. What had come over him?

He made no effort to return to the house, and she stood with him for as long as she could, rubbing her arms and bouncing up and down to keep what little warmth she could retain. When her teeth began to chatter, she said, “Mr. Darcy, I cannot stay in the cold much longer, and yet I do not trust you alone out here. You are not well.”

He folded his arms over his chest and peered down at her. She must have been a pitiful sight. He slid his coat off and wrapped it around her shoulders quicker than she could protest. “What do you care? You despise me,” he said, pulling his coat around her snugly.

He looked at her as if her answer was important.

Unable to think of something clever when he had been nice to her and when she was certain her brain had frozen, she said, “You crossed the line when you interfered with my sister’s happiness, but the truth is, I do not know what to think of you. Yes, there are times I despise you, but then you will do something so honorable and sincere, I doubt my reasons for disliking you.” Lest he use her words to minimize his betrayal, she added, “How would you feel if someone, no matter how well-intentioned, ruined the prospects of your sister?”

She wanted him to feel her sister’s pain, to understand what he had made her suffer.

He stepped toward her, leaning forward so he filled her vision. The look in his eyes was so fierce it frightened her. “I would hate him forever. He would be dead to me.”

Overwhelmed by his intensity, Elizabeth stood firmly rooted in place, the wind whipping her skirts around her legs and pulling her hair loose to whirl around her head. She was aware of her surroundings, but they had no impact on her. Not when he allowed her to see him fully in his vulnerability. What she saw moved her. She felt Mr. Darcy’s pain at her very core. He understood her, and he hated himself.

If that was not enough to inspire her sympathy, nothing could. She tugged on his sleeve, urging him, “Come inside, Mr. Darcy. You see how thick the snow falls. None of us can leave here today.”

He allowed her to pull him inside the cottage where he spent the rest of the day in contemplative silence. He was vigilant assisting with the few measures they could take to ease Mr. Bingley’s discomfort, but he withdrew into himself.

Elizabeth’s curiosity grew the more she pondered Mr. Darcy. Opinions and gossip aside, who was he really? She burned to know.


What did you think of the excerpt? I found it very appealing and if this is a sample of the entire book I’m sure it will be a 5 star read :)))

I would like to thank Jennifer Joy for visiting today with the excerpt, it is always a pleasure to receive her at my blog and work with her. She is a very kind person and talented writer 🙂 She is also very generous and would like to celebrate this new release with all of you by offering a giveaway of 4 ebooks of Fitzwilliam Darcy Traitor.

All you have to do is comment on this post until the 31st of October and let us know what you thought of the excerpt.

The giveaway is international and the winners will be announced shortly after.

Good luck everyone!

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76 responses to “Fitzwilliam Darcy, Traitor – Excerpt and Giveaway

  1. Sophia Rose

    Agreed, Rita! The sampling just has me hungry for more. She writes such wonderful suspenseful situations.

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  2. I loved both Darcy and Elizabeth equally in this book. His honor and her conviction of his innocence warred with circumstances that continually broke the rules of propriety no matter how hard they tried to do the right thing. I swooned and sighed for all 400+ pages. Congrats, Jennifer! Thanks, Rita.❤️🌺❤️

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  3. virginiakohl

    Congratulations, Joy! What an interesting blurb and excerpt 🙂 Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

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  4. It is a very interesting concept! The excerpt left me wanting to read more!

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  5. Maria

    I’d love to read this. I have loved other books by Jennifer Joy so i fully expect I’d love this one too. It sounds intriguing.

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  6. Maureen C

    Wow! This definitely makes me want to read more! Sounds like a fun read!

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  7. Glynis

    I’ve been loving the idea of this book since I first saw it mentioned a couple of weeks ago. I prefer books where Darcy and Elizabeth get together early and save problems together so this is a winner for me. Great excerpt – looks like Elizabeth is warming (in his coat) towards him.
    Please don’t enter me in the giveaway as I couldn’t wait and bought it so I’m just finishing my current book and then ………….. 🙂

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  8. Loved the excerpt. I really like the premise as well as some of my favorite stories are where two characters go on a journey together so I can’t wait to see what adventures they have while they are on the run.

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  9. Available on KU so I am going to put down what I am reading and read this today. I am sure I will love it. I have read her other books, even those not JAFF, and enjoyed them. She obviously inherited her talent from her mother. ;^)

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  10. What a plot Jennifer. I love when Darcy and Elizabeth grow to know each other under difficult circumstances, and they have to learn to rely and trust each other.
    Thanks for the generous giveaway. Congratulations on your new release.

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  11. J. W. Garrett

    Oh, Rita, thank you for hosting today. Oh-My-Goodness, as I continued to read, I caught myself leaning ever closer toward my computer. I didn’t want to miss a single word. Oh, when Darcy leaned in closer to Elizabeth, I nearly swooned. I am surprised she didn’t. Those are the most powerful words I’ve ever seen written of Darcy’s feelings toward Wickham. Wow!

    Thanks to our author Jennifer Joy for sharing this excerpt and for the generous giveaway. I am so excited to read this work.

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  12. Jennifer Redlarczyk

    I can’t wait to read this new book by Jennifer Joy! Thanks for the excerpts.

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  13. At least there is no doubt what Elizabeth thinks of Darcy now – it can only get better. Thanks for the giveaway

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  14. Katzanne

    Thank you, Rita for sharing the excerpt. There are a few authors whose books I snatch up to read as soon as I learn of them. Jennifer Joy and J. Dawn King are definitely two of those writers. Jennifer’s characters and stories has such a level of energy that sweeps you from one scene to the next. Looking forward to reading this story as I did her others. Congratulations! Jennifer.

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  15. Pam Hunter

    Wonderful excerpt, Jennifer! I do love a good, angst-y book! Thank for the chance to win a copy.
    Beautiful cover, too!

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  16. Leah Pruett

    I am so excited to read this book! Congrats! And thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. Pascale

    Oh I love the idea!! But whisky are they in this situation and what will next happen? I cannot sait to know 😳😊

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  18. evamedmonds

    What is going on? Obviously, Jane and Mr. Bingley have met again. One would assume that both couples are compromised being together in the cabin. Elizabeth and Darcy are both caring for each other as both want the other to wear the great coat. The blurb of the book is fascinating. I agee that the books written by Jennifer Joy are always a please. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  19. schilds

    That was wonderful. Poor Mr. DARCY knows exactly how she should feel. It was beautifully written.

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  20. Intriguing idea; well-written. Great dialogue always draws me in. Keep up the good …writing!

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  21. Tamara Scire

    Ooh, so intriguing! I might have to buy it before the contest is decided!

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  22. Tamara Scire

    It looks like a good one! Can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the review Rita!

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  23. Well, I’m hooked already! Gotta add this to my Must-Read list! Many thanks Rita and Jennifer!

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  24. Cheryl Kepler

    Dang!, I thought he was going to kiss her, right there in the snow and wind! Great excerpt and should be a fun read, with Jane and Bingley involved. I’ve read several “on their own” and “on the run” stories with just D & E, but this should have lots of interesting twists with the other couple along. You seem to be well on your way to accomplishing your stated goal for heroes, for them to “overcome seemingly impossible odds without compromising their true nature.” Can’t wait to read it!

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  25. Ginna

    Very intriguing excerpt. I’d love to know the circumstances that have put them where they are. Love the cover – love the look on his face.

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  26. Suzanne Zelin

    The constant misunderstanding, what we all see in Elizabeth and Darcy. Live the suspense, mystery and your storyline. Thank you Jennifer!

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  27. caroleincanada

    Jennifer you are one amazing author! Congratulations and I look forward to reading this one. Looks like a ‘total eclipse of the heart’! I am way behind in my reading but know I am thrilled to have another one of your books on my Kindle. Please do not enter me in the giveaway, I am off to buy it!

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  28. Congrats on the new release, Jennifer Joy! What an intriguing premise and oh my, the yummy excerpt! What can be better than *both* couples caught together in a snowstorm? Your great new game, that’s what: “How many improprieties can Darcy commit in a day”? 😀 ❤ 😀

    Love that and I can't wait to start counting!!

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  29. Mariaf81

    The sampler is great I’m hooked already. Thanks!!

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  30. Mary Coble

    I got this from KU as soon as I saw the email. After reading the blurb, I cannot wait to get started. I love stories where Lizzy and Darcy are “trapped” and must confront their feelings. Your many books have given me much reading pleasure and I look forward to adding this one to the list. Thank you for your books and for using KU as a distribution method.

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    • My pleasure, Mary! Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy this story 🙂

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      • Mary Coble

        I have just finished!!!! Even better than anticipated. A wonderful story – engrossing to the end. Angst and adventure — and of course the Lizzy Darcy romance. I liked your Jane – a beauty with some “steel.”
        Thank you for a very enjoyable read.

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  31. Loved the excerpt. Can’t wait to read it! I love versions where they are trapped together. :-). Thanks for the chance to win!

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  32. Cyndy Henry

    The book looks like it will be wonderful! Thanks for the chanc to win a copy.

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  33. Leah Pruett

    I can’t wait to read this book! I picked it up on KU, It’s next on my TBR list!

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  34. Debbie Fortin

    What a fabulous excerpt. I cannot wait to read the story in its entirety. So Darcy is angry at himself…this is very interesting. Thank you for the generous give away.

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  35. Great excerpt! Would love to read it sometime, so really hope I win the giveaway. 😊

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  36. I’m already curious to learn what happened that made Bingley fall ill and wondering where are they. I’m guessing it’s is in a cottage or cabin in the middle of a blizzard. Thanks for sharing the excerpt and offering some generous prizes, Jennifer.

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  37. Talia Sommer

    Congratulations on your new book! I love the cover and title. So naughty. Thank you for the giveaway.

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