Friday, August 07, 2015

Excerpt from Pride and Proposals by Victoria Kincaid

Today I welcome the lovely Victoria Kincaid back to my blog, with an excerpt from her latest story Pride and Proposals - and there is a giveaway!


"What if Mr. Darcy’s proposal was too late?

Darcy has been bewitched by Elizabeth Bennet since he met her in Hertfordshire.  He can no longer fight this overwhelming attraction and must admit he is hopelessly in love.

During Elizabeth’s visit to Kent she has been forced to endure the company of the difficult and disapproving Mr. Darcy, but she has enjoyed making the acquaintance of his affable cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam. 

Finally resolved, Darcy arrives at Hunsford Parsonage prepared to propose—only to discover that Elizabeth has just accepted a proposal from the Colonel, Darcy’s dearest friend in the world. 

As he watches the couple prepare for a lifetime together, Darcy vows never to speak of what is in his heart.  Elizabeth has reason to dislike Darcy, but finds that he haunts her thoughts and stirs her emotions in strange ways.  

Can Darcy and Elizabeth find their happily ever after?"

 
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“I invited you here early.  I wished to speak with you privately.”

“Oh?”  Without waiting for Richard’s assistance, Darcy rose and visited the sideboard to refill his brandy glass.

“About Elizabeth.”  

Darcy froze in place.  Could his cousin suspect something?  He willed himself to act normally, but his hand shook, and he spilled a small puddle of brandy, cursing under his breath.  

Richard peered over.  “Never mind.  The servants will clean.”

Having poured a generous amount of brandy on his second attempt, Darcy gulped, hoping to calm the coil of anxiety in his stomach.  He sank back into his seat, regarding his cousin warily. 

Richard was rubbing his hands together, gazing absentmindedly at the window.  Darcy believed he had been successful in concealing his feelings for Elizabeth, but Richard knew him better than anyone.  Perhaps he had guessed. 

Darcy stared into the fire.  He could do nothing but admit the truth.  There was nothing he could say in his own defense, even though such an admission might irreparably damage his friendship with Richard irreparably.  Damn!  How had they come to this pass?  He valued Richard’s friendship above all others.

Finally, Richard sighed heavily. “Elizabeth believes you do not like her.”

“Pardon?”  Darcy’s hand jerked, and he almost spilled more brandy.  Surely he had not heard aright.

Richard’s expression was somewhat apologetic.  “She … believes you do not approve of her family and find fault with her behavior.”

Darcy pulled his gaze from his cousin’s face and stared at the window next to the fireplace, suppressing the temptation to laugh.  Only he was in a position to appreciate the irony.  “No… I ….”  Darcy’s voice was choked.  “That is not the case at all.”

“So I told her.  I said you disapprove of most people, and even those who meet your approval often see you as proud and distant.”

Darcy grimaced.  “I thank you kindly for that endorsement of my character.”

Richard shrugged unapologetically.  Darcy rapidly reviewed his carefully stored memories of his conversations with Elizabeth.  How had he created such a misimpression?

Unable to look at his cousin, he fixed his eyes on the inch of brandy in his glass.  “I do not disapprove of Miss Bennet at all.  I believe you have made an excellent choice.”  God willing, Richard would never know how excellent.  “Her family’s situation is unfortunate and some of her relatives can be … difficult …”

Richard chuckled.  “I have been to Longbourn,” he said drily.

Darcy chose each word carefully.  “But I believe Miss Bennet to be of superior understanding and excellent conversation.  I am often of a taciturn disposition in company, you know this.”

His cousin grinned.  “Yes.  But I have known you my whole life.  Elizabeth believes you spent the greater part of your visit at Rosings staring at her disapprovingly.”

Thank God Richard remained ignorant of the true reason for those stares.  That would make the situation intolerable.  Well, more intolerable. 

Richard stood and used the poker to idly rearrange the logs in the fireplace.  It had been unseasonably cold for April, and the room was cooling rapidly as the fire died.  “There is more.”  Darcy’s gut clenched in apprehension.  “Elizabeth’s opinion of you was influenced by lies provided by Wickham during his time in Meryton.”

Darcy let loose an oath, startling his cousin.

He had believed nothing would be worse than the revelation that she thought he disliked her.  But now he found that when he thought she flirted and teased him at Rosings, she thought him a blackguard and could not wait to escape his company. 

Darcy rubbed his face with one hand.  He hated that Elizabeth would give credence to Wickham’s opinion on any topic, particularly himself.  Truth be told, Darcy did not like the idea of Wickham breathing the same air as Elizabeth. 

Despite being consumed with jealousy, Darcy reflected that he should be grateful she had chosen Richard, who would treat her honorably.  At the Netherfield ball, she had appeared to be partial to Wickham; the thought of that alliance could not be borne.

Perhaps he should be grateful that Richard had proposed before Darcy had the opportunity.  Apparently, he had saved Darcy from a very embarrassing situation.  Somehow the thought was not comforting.



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What a great extract! Poor Darcy! I can't wait to read the whole book! 


 ** GIVEAWAY - ends Friday August 14th**

I am very lucky to be able to offer a giveaway of one copy of this story, any formant - the winner can choose between a paperback or an ebook. This giveaway is international.

To enter please leave a comment below and include your email address so that I can contact the randomly selected winner.

Good luck!


I wish Victoria all the best with this story as well as any other stories in the future!



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18 comments:

  1. Stephaniejoclapp@gmail.com
    Sounds intereating.

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  2. Thank you for the giveaway! robmwmj at gmail dot com

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  3. Great excerpt! Can't wait to read the whole book! Lizehinger@gmail.com

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  4. Sounds very thought provoking. So does Darcy win out in the end or is it just Richard doing what he does best to get Darcy to spill the beans about his feelings for Elizabeth? Something to think about~ Looking forward to reading this thought provoking novel.
    Thank you for sharing with us and the giveaway.
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  5. I love the plot twists, seems like a great new edge. I can't wait to read it. alluralothary@gmail.com

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  6. Thank you for the excerpt ! Sound"s great !!! Ican't wait to read the entire book :) Thankyou for the giveaway :)
    Good luck everyone !

    Miette

    miette68@hotmail.fr

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  7. Thanks for the giveaway! jcn at CenturyTel dot net

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  8. As I am not Elizabeth Bennet I would prefer to marry the Colonel, but then I presume somehow this will be resolved, can Darcy and the Colonel both be happy with the outcome?

    meikleblog at gmail dot com

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  9. I am about 65% done with your newest book and am thoroughly enjoying it. In fact, I'm getting off here so I can finish. Well done, Victoria. (That kiss on the balcony - Wowza!)

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  10. I just cannot begin to comprehend how this can be resolved. How can Darcy possibly not let Colonel Fitzwilliam know his own feelings for Elizabeth? Thank you for the giveaway. evamedmonds(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Sounds like a great read. I've always liked Colonel Fitzwilliam (but not married to Elizabeth!) I hope he gets his happy ending. Thanks for the giveaway.

    malloryreynolds.01@gmail.com

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  12. I really liked that excerpt! Thank you for
    this giveaway.
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  13. You write very well. Nicely done. I am a old Darcy Lizzie person so I do not want to see her with anyone else. So I do not think she would ever be with the Colonel. I am one of the stick in the mud types on this book. But I was not sure I would like the Death comes at Pemberley and It grew on me. I want to enter the contest too. I want to read more of your books. You are a real writer Lady God bless This is Monroe Taylor using her son:s Gmail

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  15. My heart tugs for Darcy every time... So much torment for him! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  16. Interesting premise! Always fun to read a story from a another character's perspective. I'm a great fan of anything Austen- or P&P-inspired! Would love to read the entire story! Good luck with your launch!

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  17. Sounds like my cup of tea.Can't wait.
    louannlajeunesse@gmail.com

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  18. Cannot wait to read the book. Mr. Darcy is my cuppa tea. bobbyford61@gmail.com

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