Thursday, 2 January 2014

SPOTLIGHT ON ... A LASTING LOVE AFFAIR: DARCY AND ELIZABETH BY P. O. DIXON + GIVEAWAY



From the Author: I never tire of imagining various ways for Darcy and Elizabeth to overcome their pride and prejudices and fall in love. I enjoy introducing challenges easily relatable to those faced by young lovers today especially. It speaks to the timelessness of Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship—a lasting love affair.
 P. O. Dixon 

The Book
                                                  
A Lasting Love Affair: Darcy and Elizabeth

It’s the centuries old love affair that keeps us coming back for more.

Darcy was not looking to fall in love. He thought he had it all: wealth, privilege, and ardent passion for his sport. Then he meets Miss Elizabeth Bennet, and soon thereafter he knows that she is the woman with whom he is destined to spend his life.


Having suffered a traumatic loss, Elizabeth knows the pain of heartache. She is determined to shield herself against forming strong attachments so she might never feel that way again. Then Mr. Darcy comes along, and he has a way of melting all her defenses.


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Excerpt (Reprinted with Author’s Permission. All Rights Reserved.)
                                                                 

“Pardon me, Miss—” The tall, striking gentleman immediately knelt before Elizabeth, and one by one he handed her the toppled parcels and books scattered about on the ground. Amazed at finding herself in such a position even though she saw it coming but had been unable to avoid it, she accepted the packages in silence.
He stood and cleared his throat. “I understand it is the established mode for a young gentlewoman not to speak with unknown gentlemen, but a proper ‘thank you’ surely is in order,” said he, still holding one of the books she had dropped.
Elizabeth had been in a sour mood all morning, what with her aunt’s insistence she wear that ridiculous pink garb with the flouncy bottom. It was certainly not one that Elizabeth would have chosen for herself, for she much preferred muslin over silk for such an occasion. Then, too, her aunt had insisted that Elizabeth take the carriage to the village when it was a perfectly fine day for a walk. The gentleman’s superior attitude only increased her ire.
“Sir, if you had been paying attention to where you were going, then our near collision would have been avoided in its entirety.”
He bowed ever so slightly. “Your point is well taken.” He turned over the book in his hand and silently read the title. It was but one of several books she had procured to familiarise herself with horse racing. He arched his brow. “My, what interesting taste in books you have, young lady.”
His tone dripping with sarcasm did nothing to recommend him. Before she could fashion a retort, Betsy bounced from around the corner. “Miss Eliza—” As if remembering her place, she coloured and corrected her manner of speaking. “Miss Bennet, I beg your pardon for not coming to your aid sooner.”
“Miss Elizabeth Bennet.” An amused looked played across his face. “Your burden is heavy. May I assist you and see you to your carriage?”
Elizabeth handed her armload over to Betsy. She extended her gloved hand to the stranger, silently beckoning him to surrender her book. “No, sir, it is entirely unnecessary.” He still did not relinquish the book—the last relic between them. She arched her brow.
Eventually he looked down, and he must have recalled that he was indeed holding something that belonged to her. He handed it over. “Enjoy your reading, Miss Elizabeth Bennet.”
“I have every intention of doing just that, sir, and I would ask you to pay attention to where you are walking.”
Elizabeth and her companion walked away, and she had the satisfaction of believing that she had prickled the haughty stranger’s swollen pride if only a little. By his manner of dress, his manner of speech, and his proud mien, he was a nobleman—perhaps even a Duke. I wager he is not accustomed to women who do not bow at his feet.
“Arrogant, pompous man,” Elizabeth said in a low voice intended for her own gratification.
Betsy gaped. “Miss Elizabeth, are you not aware with whom you were speaking just then?”
Elizabeth shrugged. Whomever he was made no difference to her. “No—I have no idea.”


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26 comments:

Lúthien84 said...

The excerpt is tantalising and I would love to read the novel. But how do I enter the giveaway, Maria, as indicated in the title?

Ceri said...

Why do I read excerpts?! I want to know more now!

windycindy said...

Who doesn't enjoy a wonderful love story with what sounds like a happy ending?!
Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

dstoutholcomb said...

interesting tidbit

junewilliams7 said...

Heh-heh! I wonder if Darcy heard her comment about "arrogant, pompous man" - and what he thinks of her interest in horse racing. Very enticing excerpt.

Anemailname said...

Looking forward to reading what I am sure will be another wonderful story! I do love your work already!
Thank you for the giveaway as well!

P. O. Dixon said...

I'm delighted to know you enjoyed the excerpt, Lúthien84, and that you are looking forward to more. Thanks so much for taking part in the giveaway contest!

P. O. Dixon said...

Sounds wonderful, Ceri! I hope you will enjoy this Darcy and Elizabeth happily ever after story. Thank you for taking part in the giveaway!

P. O. Dixon said...

Excellent question, Cindi! I know I'm always in search of a good love story, especially historicals. I truly hope you will enjoy A Lasting Love Affair. Thanks for taking part in the giveaway.

P. O. Dixon said...

Thanks, dstoutholcomb! I'm glad you were intrigued by the excerpt. I hope you will enjoy the story. Thank you for participating in the giveaway contest.

P. O. Dixon said...

Fortunately, Darcy did not hear Elizabeth's remarks, junewilliams7. Your comment, however, has sparked an idea for a story in which he is aware of Elizabeth's animosity towards him from the start. (~_^) I hope you will enjoy reading A Lasting Love Affair. Thanks for taking part in the giveaway ... and the plot bunny!

P. O. Dixon said...

You're welcome, Anemailname. Thanks for reading and enjoying my stories. I hope you will enjoy A Lasting Love Affair just as much. Thank you for taking part in the giveaway!

Joana Starnes said...

Such an intriguing excerpt! It sounds very much like the Elizabeth we know and love! Thanks for the chance to take part in the giveaway!

Joanne said...

What do I think?? I want to read more! LOL This will definitely be going on my 'must purchase' list.

Vesper Meikle said...

Horse racing? - wondering where that interest comes from. Still expect a happy ending though

P. O. Dixon said...

You're welcome, Joana! I'm so glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for taking part in the giveaway contest.

P. O. Dixon said...

I'm delighted to know that you look forward to reading A Lasting Love Affair, Joanne. I really hope you will enjoy this story. Thanks so much for participating in the giveaway!

P. O. Dixon said...

We know how Elizabeth is always improving her mind through extensive reading, Vesper. (^◡^) I really hope you enjoy reading this Darcy and Elizabeth happily ever after story. Thanks for taking part in the giveaway contest.

schilds said...

Thank you for the giveaway. This is one I have to read. I have loved all you work and I know that this book will be just as good.

Tiffany M. Oharriz said...

thanks for the great giveaway... Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorite books and the excerpt of A Lasting Love Affair made me giddy with anticipation lol I have to read this asap :)

P. O. Dixon said...

You're welcome, schilds! Thanks so much for reading and enjoying all my stories. I hope you will enjoy reading A Lasting Love Affair just as much. Thank you for taking part in the giveaway contest.

P. O. Dixon said...

Pride and Prejudice is a favorite of mine as well. I'm so glad you enjoyed the excerpt, Tiffany. I really hope you will enjoy this Darcy and Elizabeth happily ever after story. Thanks for participating in the giveaway!

Loren Dushku said...

It is a very interesting plot, can't wait to read more about Elizabeth's loss and fealings!

Adi M said...

The preview looks very promising, I'd love to read the rest!
Thank you for the giveaway!

P. O. Dixon said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt, Loren. I hope you will enjoy reading A Lasting Love Affair. Thanks for taking part in the giveaway contest!

P. O. Dixon said...

You're welcome, Adi. Thank you for participating. I really hope you will enjoy reading A Lasting Love Affair.