Friday, March 20, 2015

Paperback Release of THE PROUD AND THE PREJUDICED Just In Time for Jane Austen Literary Festival!
Greetings, dear readers!
Hot off the press! Saturday, March 21st, 2015, is the official release of the paperback edition of The Proud and the Prejudiced: A Modern Twist on Pride and Prejudice. This is in conjunction with The Jane Austen Literary Festival in Mandeville, Louisiana, where I will be signing it as well as Pulse and Prejudice and a few other books, too.

The Festival has a full schedule of events both Saturday and Sunday, including a Regency dance on Saturday evening and both brunch and a Regency cake and champagne reception. Also, on Sunday at 3:00, I will be speaking on a panel with fellow Austen Variation Authors Maria Grace and Jack Caldwell! 

If you can't make it to the festival, you can order your copy today! In addition to eBook formats, the print editions also available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, or ask for it at
your favorite book store!

Hope to see you this weekend!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Kiss Me Once, Kiss Me Twice... Excerpt from The Proud and the Prejudice for My Sexy Saturday

Welcome to My Sexy Saturday!

After the last two weeks revisiting Pulse and Prejudice with excerpts from the story of Mr. Darcy, vampire, this week's theme allows me to present another sample from my modern twist on Pride and Prejudice - The Proud and the Prejudiced
"Remember the song that has the lyric ‘Kiss me once and kiss me twice and kiss me once again, it’s been a long, long time”? Well, we hope so as this was the basis for this week’s theme. As we were coming up with something for the week, and yes there are times when the sexiness just doesn’t come as quickly as one might thing, this song popped into our heads. Yeah, the rest of the parts will come at different times this year....It could be something involving new lovers, or how about old lovers being reunited after being apart."

After being apart following the cast party (a/k/a the "Netherfield Ball" scene from Pride and Prejudice) Peter and Alice are reunited....and it feels so good.... (at least for a while because, well, you know what happened at the parsonage!)

Peter dragged Alice off the stage and out onto Bourbon Street. She had no idea where he was taking her at this frantic pace, navigating through the crowds on the street and sidewalk, and everything happened too quickly for her to wonder or protest. Then he led her into an empty alley, but halfway down, he stopped and turned around. They were both breathing heavily from the exertion, and a sheen of sweat glistened on his forehead.

“I’m sorry,” he said. “I can’t take it anymore.”

He wrapped his arms around her, brought her tight against his body, and covered her mouth with his. 

A sensation she could only identify as relief flooded through her, relief in finally getting something she didn’t even know she had been needing. Her arms crawled up around his neck, and he walked her back against a brick wall, providing him leverage to deepen the kiss even more. His hands roamed over her body then made their way up her shirt, flesh to flesh, as their tongues continued to tangle.

The kiss continued on and on, for minutes, maybe hours. She didn’t know or care or want it to end, but end it did. He pulled his hands out from beneath her shirt to hold her head between them, and he broke the kiss to regain his breath.

As he laid kisses on her forehead, eyes, cheeks, nose, he whispered, “Thank God, thank God, thank God,” again and again.

Then his mouth returned to cover hers, and she could have cried out a prayer of thanks that their lips and tongues were back where they belonged. He claimed her. In that moment, he owned her and could lead her wherever he wanted and she would follow. Now Available in All formats $2.99:
The paperback edition will be released on March 21. 2015, at the Jane Austen Literary Festival in Mandeville, Louisiana. If you can't make it to the festival, you can pre-order your copy today!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

THE DARCY BROTHERS Blog Tour! Abigail Reynolds Joins Me for Coffee

Good morning, dear readers! 

Coffee with ColetteI know it has been some time since I have had a visitor, but I didn't think I would ever get this author to stop by.  I am absolutely delighted to have Abigail Reynolds joining me for coffee this week! I must confess, I have been a huge fan of hers since I first knew of such a thing as Pride and Prejudice variations; and she warmly welcomed me into the family. (That's right, you have her to blame for my contributions to the sub-genre!) I have read and re-read her variations until I am in a fair way of soon knowing them by heart! And she is probably regretting ever giving me her contact information since I keep harassing her for a new release for my JAFF obsession!

Fortunately, for my sanity (and I use the term loosely), she and four other fellow Austen Variations Authors have provided us with a delicious treat: The Darcy Brothers! When I learned that this amazing collaborative effort was being released, I couldn't wait to jump on the Blog Tour bandwagon!  

The Darcy Brothers was first conceived as an interactive group writing project and has developed into a full-length novel featuring the charismatic Theo Darcy. Theo Darcy is everything his disapproving elder brother, Fitzwilliam, is not – easy-going, charming, and full of fun. A tragic event as children severed their bond of friendship, but now they are together again. They are still at odds, though, this time over the love of Miss Elizabeth Bennet and the truth about George Wickham. Will Wickham manage to divide the brothers again? And more importantly, which Mr. Darcy will Elizabeth choose?

Find out as the two brothers lock horns in this unique Pride & Prejudice variation collectively written by five respected authors. PLUS they are offering a giveaway of two eBook copies of The Darcy Brothers. To enter the giveaway contest, simply leave a comment or ask Theo or the authors a question below. (
Readers can increase their chances of winning by visiting multiple stops along the tour; but once you read this excerpt, I bet you won't want to wait!)

It is a truth universally acknowledged that no fictional character could possibly knock Mr. Darcy off his throne of perfection. At least that’s what most writers in the peculiar sub-genre known as Austen-inspired fiction believe! When I sat down with four other Austenesque writers to create a new hero for a new collaborative Pride & Prejudice variation, I didn’t really think our new character could really be as, well, heroic as Mr. Darcy. I was wrong. Mr. Theo Darcy took on a life of his own and gives his elder brother a run for his money!

A Pride & Prejudice variation starts out with the characters and settings from Pride & Prejudice, but then adds a twist – a change in plot, circumstances, or characters. The twist that Monica Fairview, Maria Grace, Cassandra Grafton, Susan Mason-Milks and I – all published authors of well-received Austenesque fiction – chose for our variation was to give Mr. Darcy a younger brother. Actually, we gave him two younger brothers, but that’s getting ahead of the story!

Our early discussions were fast and furious email exchanges as we tried to decide what Mr. Darcy’s brother would be like. First we had to name him. Given that Darcy’s parents had chosen long, complex names for their children Fitzwilliam and Georgiana, it didn’t seem likely the new brother would be Charles or James. So he became Theophilus Darcy, Theo for short. Darcy had to find him annoying, because older brothers always find younger brothers annoying, and because we needed a conflict between them to make a good story.
Once we started talking about their childhood, the conflict became obvious. Both would have grown up with the nefarious but charming George Wickham. Darcy sees through him fairly quickly and rejects him. Theo, a few years younger, is more susceptible to the charms of an older boy like Wickham, and ends up sharing in Darcy’s disapproval. By the time The Darcy Brothers opens, Darcy is convinced Theo is irresponsible and flighty, and is unable to recognize that Theo, unlike Wickham, has grown into his responsibility. Theo rebels against his brother’s condemnation while secretly wishing for his approval. As the two journey together to Rosings Park, Theo becomes aware his brother is in poor spirits, but cannot ascertain the cause – at least until he meets the fetching Miss Elizabeth Bennet!

Here’s an excerpt to give you a flavor for Theo and Darcy’s relationship, taking place after Theo accidentally encounters Elizabeth for the first time, believing her to be the new Mrs. Collins. Pray permit me to introduce you to the charming, witty Mr. Theo Darcy!