Good Afternoon everyone,
I hope this week is treating you well and that you’re keeping safe. After a busy day at work, I am really happy to return to Bonnetland to receive Sue Barr at From Pemberley to Milton. Sue’s first visit was back in 2017 with a review of her book Caroline, and this time she is here with an excerpt of Fitzwilliam Darcy Undone which focuses on mainly Elizabeth and Darcy.
I hope you all enjoy it, and don’t forget, let us know your opinion to enter the generous giveaway the author is offering.
Thank you for visiting once more Sue, and thank you for all the help with the organization of the tour Christina!
Thank you for hosting me today and allowing me to share an excerpt from my latest release, Fitzwilliam Darcy ~ Undone.
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that Fitzwilliam Darcy becomes completely undone by his affection for one Miss Elizabeth Bennet. In canon, ODB admits that he ‘began to feel the danger of paying Elizabeth too much attention‘. I float the premise he felt the danger the first night at the Assembly. How did I come up with that saucy thought? In the line above he calls her Elizabeth, not Miss Bennet. He’s well and truly caught although he puts himself through the wringer for another five months before stumbling into a dismal proposal that was doomed before he even placed a size thirteen into his mouth.
I began to think – what if a little touch of magic hurried him along? This scene immediately follows Darcy after the fated Assembly ends.
Warning: although this scene is not explicit, there is a somewhat intimate action that may leave some readers uncomfortable.
She was dreaming of him.
With her hair pinned up in a simple bun, wearing the lovely dress she had on earlier in the evening, Darcy knew immediately she was reliving that night’s assembly. He saw himself, standing stiff along the edges of the ball room, watching her with hooded eyes. So, that was how she saw him, dark and brooding. Dream Darcy approached her and asked her for a dance. Something he regretted not doing in real life.
“I thought I was not tolerable enough for you Mr. Darcy.”
Another thing he regretted, most heartily. It was time to adjust her view of him.
With a whispered word, he replaced the ‘dream’ Darcy with himself and replied, “I was a fool, Miss Elizabeth. You are the handsomest woman of my acquaintance.”
Her eyes widened and she laughed. Without another word, he took her hand and drew her to the dance floor, willing the orchestra to play the scandalous waltz and gathered her close. Her figure was light and pleasing, her scent a now familiar mixture of lavender and honeysuckle. The crowd dissipated and soon it was only he and Elizabeth swirling around the empty room. She tilted back her head and laughed again, exposing the long line of her neck.
Without thought, he brushed his mouth over the sensitive area behind her ear, drawing the tender skin into his mouth and softly sucked. She turned her head, which gave him better access and he feathered kisses down her neck to the small pulse which hammered against his lips. One hand slid around her waist, the other cupped her breast. Urgency thundered through his body and he clamored to possess her, yet knew he could not. To take that which she did not want to give willingly, was wrong.
He lifted his head and gazed down at her. Within his arms, her face was achingly close, her eyes wide and questioning. His gaze drifted down to her mouth, her lips ripe and plump, ready for the picking. Her flawless skin shimmered in the candlelight and he soaked in all the details, committing them to memory Dear God in heaven, he needed to be with her. Alone. For hours on end in order to slake this thirst. He planned on exploring every inch of her with his hands and mouth.
Her whisper held a hint of confusion. With one thought, Elizabeth could leave the dream. That she stayed within the circle of his arms told him she was not afraid and nothing kept her there, save her own desires. It also told him that she trusted him.
She trusted him.
His arms fell to his side and she stepped back.
“Thank you for the dance, Miss Elizabeth.”
He gave her a polite half bow and released the dream back to her. Before he left for Netherfield, he shimmered into the sister’s bedroom and stood at the foot of their bed. Jane, a soft smile on her face, slumbered peacefully. Elizabeth showed signs of waking, so he whispered a few words, waved his hand in an intricate movement and left their chamber.
She’s the outcast in her family…
Elizabeth knows she’s different from the rest of her family. She has visions and strange dreams and sees things others do not. With the advent of the odious Mr. Darcy and his friends from Netherfield Park, as well as the amiable Mr. Wickham of the _____shire Militia, her powers seem to increase and her greatest fear is that she won’t be able to contain them and will be discovered.
He has eight hundred years of tradition to uphold…
No Darcy has married a non-magical woman since arriving on the shores of England with William the Conqueror in 1066. However, his kind – Miatharans – are dwindling in numbers. Miatharan magic only flows through aristocratic blood lines, so his strange obsession with Miss Elizabeth Bennet is puzzling as she is not of noble blood. Just a country squire’s beautiful daughter who has him slowly becoming undone.
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Sue started writing in 2009 and sold her first manuscript in 2010. Always a reader of Regency romance, she discovered Jane Austen Fan Fiction in 2014 and almost immediately wanted to know – Whatever happened to Caroline Bingley after her brother and Mr. Darcy became engaged to a Bennet sister? From that question, her first JAFF book ‘Caroline’ was launched.
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Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B010I53Z1C
Sue Barr will giveaway an ebook of this latest novel to 3 random winners for entire blog tour. Follow the tour and join in the comments to be entered to win. Sue will choose the random winners and announce the winners on social media on December 5.
Good Luck everyone!