You may have heard around the interwebz, but there’s a new Austenesque anthology coming in May called THE DARCY MONOLOGUES. Fifteen stories, both modern and Regency, and all from Darcy’s point of view! *swoon*
Why do I mention it? Well, two of the stories are by Austen Variation’s own Caitlin Williams and yep, me!
Caitlin’s story is called DEATH OF A BACHELOR. Here’s what she has to say about it:
This story is made up of snippets of ideas that have I been playing with for some time. It’s a short sequel of sorts to Pride and Prejudice and deals with Mr Darcy’s thoughts on becoming a married man. We follow him as he visits Longbourn to call on Elizabeth a few days before their wedding. I wanted to portray Darcy in a realistic light, and describe the doubts and fears that would have been natural to a man born of that time. He adores Elizabeth, but taking on a wife also meant taking on her family, and that was a big responsibility.
I also wanted to touch on how difficult the subject of marriage was for women, and have Darcy realize what a strong, bold move it was for Elizabeth to turn him down on the first occasion, and to appreciate her courage. I am sure most women would have snapped him up, and she is extraordinary because she doesn’t, even though her future at that time was so uncertain. The story moves on to describe their wedding night through Darcy’s exasperated eyes – when nothing goes to plan.
Sounds awesome! I love the teaser photo on the right, and I can’t wait to read how nothing goes to plan on their wedding night! 😉
My story is called THE BEAST OF PEMBERLEY. It’s a fantastical/Regency mashup of PRIDE & PREJUDICE and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
After the wizard Wickham puts a curse on Darcy and all of Pemberley, Darcy hides away from the world. But then he sees Elizabeth in his enchanted mirror and falls in love with her. He persuades her father to make her his bride, but she’s angry and resentful at being forced to marry a man who won’t even show her his face. Darcy must learn to put aside his temper and his pride and show Elizabeth that he is not the beast he appears to be.
THE DARCY MONOLOGUES comes out May 21st, but it’s already up for pre-order! You can check it out here.