It's the Bicentennial Anniversary of Pride and Prejudice - GET A CLUE!

200 years old already! Gosh - it seems like only yesterday that Pride and Prejudice was just a tiny line on my required reading list for junior high school. If Sister Felix could see me now! Who would have believed that this little romance novel could have everlasting consequences, not just on my life but throughout the Western world - and beyond! (Lest we forget the Bollywood tribute Bride and Prejudice!)

I don't know about you, but I have not one but TWO bottles of champagne chilled (one for each century) and a birthday cake on order. We have a dinner planned fit for the master of a grand estate (although I doubt white soup will be on the menu).

I think, too, it might be time for me to re-read The Pride of the Peacock by Victoria Holt - the first romance novel I ever read. I think it may have planted the seeds for my desire to become an authority on Miss Austen's classic.

LAST CHANCE - MONDAY ONLY - January 28th, Pulse and Prejudice - the vampire adaptation of Jane Austen's classic - will be available at a discount of 25% off on all eBook formats at the Secret Cravings store! That's only $4.88!***

So this is the perfect opportunity for you to grab your copy and get ready for the Dark Jane Austen Book Club, as Pulse and Prejudice is their book-of-the-month for February!

***Also available from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and everywhere else at regular price.

And now, without further ado...The first clue for the Pulse and Prejudice Pop Culture Challenge!


As  promised, throughout the contest period, I will be providing clues to help you along in this scavenger hunt. In honour of this momentous occasion, I offer a clue to one of the most difficult references in Pulse and Prejudice (unless, like yours truly, you had at one time been married to an English professor!). The allusion to William Faulkner can be found early in Volume 2, Chapter 3 of Pulse and Prejudice (and I mean very early - like in the first two paragraphs!) and it comes from Faulkner's novel The Wild Palms

If you want to make sure you don't miss any clues, just follow this blog.

PLUS -  Leave a comment below telling me what actor you would choose to play the Vampire Darcy, and you will be entered in a drawing to win an autographed copy of All My Tomorrows - my modern twist on Pride and Prejudice - and a few other birthday treats! Happy birthday, Mr. Darcy! You don't look a day over 28!

PS: In case you missed it, yesterday's Sunday Six is a snippet from Pulse and Prejudice at the Netherfield Ball.

About Pulse and Prejudice

In this thrilling and sensual adaptation of the classic love story, Elizabeth Bennet and the citizens of Hertfordshire know Fitzwilliam Darcy to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man, but they never suspect the dark secret of his true nature.  He is not a man at all – but a vampire.

When the haughty and wealthy Fitzwilliam Darcy arrives in the rural county of Hertfordshire, he finds he cannot control his attraction to Elizabeth Bennet – a horrifying thought because, as she is too far below his social standing to ignite his heart, he fears she must appeal to the dark impulses he struggles to suppress.

Set against the vivid backdrop of historical Regency England, this adaptation of Pride and Prejudice follows the cursed Mr. Darcy as he endeavours to overcome both his love and his bloodlust for Miss Elizabeth Bennet.   Although Pulse and Prejudice adheres to the original plot and style of the Jane Austen classic, it is not a “mash-up” but an imaginative, thrilling variation told primarily from Mr. Darcy’s point of view as he descends into the seedier side of London and introduces Elizabeth to a world of passion and the paranormal she never knew existed.

Pulse and Prejudice has been meticulously researched for historical accuracy and remains faithful to nineteenth century literary conventions and Miss Austen’s narrative.  The author spent fifteen months traveling to Britain and researching Regency England, as well as vampire lore and literature.  In the few instances in which the plots overlap, excerpts from canon have been expertly woven in so that prior knowledge of Pride and Prejudice is not required for full enjoyment of this remarkable novel.

Click here for more information, excerpts, and reviews.


  1. Victoria Holt was my first romance author, too! I can't remember which book - Bride of Pendorric or maybe Menfreya in the Morning? Sounds like a good idea to reread/revisit those stories!

  2. Patrick Stewart should play the role. Daphne Du Maurier is my favorite ever author. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. I think Hugh Jackman would be a great Darcy. Maybe a little old, but then again, if you're dressed up nobody will notice!

  4. I love Victoria Holt and her other personages and that's awesome to see she got you started into Historical Romance.

    I'm not good at the who actor to character thing, but I'll say Richard Armitage because I love his voice.

    TY for the giveaway opportunity.
    sophiarose1816 at gmail dot com


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