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Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Rewards of Being a Darcyholic: Give Away Winners Announced!

The Rewards of Being a Darcyholic
Give Away Winners Announced!
Congratulations to the Following Book Winners:
Winners of Wendi Sotis's Book--Rita Watts and Luthein!
Winner of  Laura Hile's Book--Michelle F.!
Winner of Cynthia Hensley's Book--Ambre!
Winners of Colette Saucier's Books--Monica P and Moira B.!
Winners of Regina Jeffers Books--Candy M. and Evie C.!
Winner of KaraLynne Mackrory's Book--Sophia Rose!
Winners of Pamela Aidan's Books--Jamie and June!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Discovering Darcy with Juliet Archer

Darcyholic Diversions is Honored to Welcome Juliet Archer
Darcyholic Diversions has given me the extreme pleasure of getting a chance to know some of my favorite authors.  Today I am very happy to be able to have Juliet Archer doing a guest post with us.  I hope you enjoy getting to know her! 


I am also announcing initial plans for a Darcyholic Holiday eBook Festival
More Information to come, but send me an email at barbaratillercole@gmail.com if you are an author and would like to participate!!
Upcoming Guest Posts Are As Follows:
September 21--Moira B.
September 23--Barbara Tiller Cole and the DBF
September 25--C. Allyn Pierson
September 28--Juliet Archer
October 2--Rebecca Young
October 5--Jan Hahn and Janet Taylor's Jane Austenland Adventure
October 9--Karen W.
November 2--Amy Patterson
November 13--Karen Doornebos
And Many more to come!

Juliet is giving away a signed copy of Persuade Me and a signed copy of The Importance of Being Emma to two Darcyholic Diversions readers. To enter, just leave a comment below the post, with your email address and your book preference – The Importance of Being Emma or Persuade Me. Juliet has been gracious to open this drawing world wide. Winners will be selected as part of the September give aways in October. Chances will be given for joining this site, tweeting this post, joining this site as a member via Google Friend Connect (GFC) (See the left hand column on the blog to join!), sharing this on Facebook or your blog, Friend Barbara Tiller Cole on Facebook,  clicking 'like’ on Barbara Tiller Cole, Author's Facebook Page.

Discovering Darcy with Juliet Archer

Hello from Hertfordshire, England – Pride & Prejudice country!

I’m delighted to be at Darcyholic Diversions talking about two of my favourite subjects, Jane Austen and Darcy. Thank you, Barbara, for inviting me!

I’d also like to give away a signed copy of Persuade Me and a signed copy of The Importance of Being Emma to two Darcyholic Diversions readers. To enter, just leave a comment below the post, with your email address and your book preference – The Importance of Being Emma or Persuade Me.

For this post, in a moment of madness, I have decided to interview myself. It’s not that confusing for me – as a writer, I’m always hearing voices! Here goes:

Q: What does ‘discovering Darcy’ mean to you?
A: Something special that’s been happening for most of my life. Every time I read Pride & Prejudice, or watch one of the screen adaptations, I learn more about Jane Austen’s most successful hero. And Discovering Darcy is also the title of my next novel, the third in my series of Jane Austen modernisations, ‘Darcy & Friends’. Because, in parallel to Elizabeth’s voyage of discovery about herself and about Darcy, we see Darcy growing in self-awareness too. 

Q: How did you discover Jane Austen?
A: My mum passed on her love of Austen to me – perhaps it’s in my genes! I remember discussing the Elizabeth Garvie/David Rintoul adaptation with her, shortly before she died. Many years later I started writing fan fiction on C19, inspired by the BBC’s adaptation of North & South – and particularly Richard Armitage as John Thornton. But I very soon returned to Jane Austen for inspiration. For me, her wit and comic genius set her apart from most other classic authors.
Q: What do you like best about Austen’s works? 
A: She portrays human nature in all its splendour and silliness, leaving me with either tears in my eyes or a big grin on my face – or both. And there’s a richness and elegance about her writing that means I never tire of reading her. 

Q: Who is your favourite Austen hero? And if it’s Darcy, which one?
A: It feels like my favourite is always the one I’m updating at the moment, but then I haven’t reached Edmund Bertram or Edward Ferrars yet … So it has to be Darcy. My favourite portrayal of him? Austen’s original, although Colin Firth comes very, very close to perfection and Matthew Macfadyen is pretty good too. If only Richard Armitage could be tempted by the role …

Q: And second favourite?
A: Captain Wentworth. There’s something so romantic about him and his struggles to avoid falling in love with Anne second time round. And perhaps, like Mrs Bennet, I can’t resist a man in uniform! 

'Persuade Me' on Amazon 
Shortlisted for the 2011 Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read Award
'A stand-alone story of remarkable strength, humor, emotion, suspense, and depth-of-feeling.' Austenprose
‘Archer achieves a fine balance between sharp humour and the keenly felt pain of long-lost love.' Jane Austen's Regency World

'The Importance of Being Emma' on Amazon

Winner of the Big Red Read Book of the Year 2011 Fiction Award and shortlisted for the 2009 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance
'An ingenious, often effective and very affectionate tribute to a great predecessor, with some witty contemporary versions of characters that I think Jane Austen herself would have loved.' Joanna Trollope
'Lively, funny and inventive retelling of Emma for a 21st-century audience ... I devoured it at one sitting. Scrumptious!' Jane Austen's Regency World

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Emma Woodhouse of DarcyholicMatch Interviews Author Barbara Tiller Cole

Emma Woodhouse of DarcyholicMatch
Interviews Author Barbara Tiller Cole
A Special Post for Austenesque Extravaganza

Emma:  It is my pleasure to be here in Atlanta and welcome Barbara Tiller Cole to this special feature of DarcyholicMatch.com.  As the star of her upcoming book, Adventures of a Darcyholic, I am thrilled to be able to visit with her today.
BTCole:  Emma, you are not the star of the book.  Will Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are the main characters.
Emma:  Barbara, am I or am I not the group leader of the Fan Fiction Anonymous meeting where your Will and Elizabeth meet for the first time?
BTCole:  Well, yes, but…
Emma:  Am I not the matchmaker that is behind the match and assists in forwarding it?
BTCole:  Well, yes, but…
Emma:  Would they have gotten together if not for me?
BTCole:  Emma, Stop!  You are supposed to be a recovering matchmaker! Now you know that…
Emma:  But don’t you know that I relapsed only to assist YOUR characters?
BTCole:  And when did you happen to launch DarcyholicMatch.com?  Was it DURING your relapse?  Or, are you still IN relapse, back into your matchmaking ways?
Emma:  Well, perhaps I have relapsed but I am so happily matched myself I have no cause to repine.
BTCole:  Where is Richard tonight anyway? 
Emma:  Oh, he is consulting the writers of NCIS on their latest season.  The former Captain Richard Fitzwilliam went on to work with NCIS after leading his own SEAL team doing covert ops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
BTCole:  What does Richard think about your new matchmaking service, Emma?
Emma:  Oh, what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him I always say.
BTCole:  He doesn’t know?
WDarcy:  What doesn’t my cousin know, Emma?  Are you back in the matching making business?  Haven’t you learned by now…
Emma:  Now Will Darcy!  After being so successfully matched how can you say such a thing!  I took my work with YOU quite seriously after all!
WDarcy:  Emma you did NOT find my Elizabeth for me.  You tried for years and I accidentally met her when she wandered into your support group. If it hadn’t been for your poor leadership skills we might not have had so much trouble in our relationship in the first time.
EDarcy:  Now darling, she did help.  Well, so did Richard as far as that goes.  In fact he might have helped more than dear Emma.  But if she finds purpose in being a working woman… 
WDarcy:  Not this again!  Haven’t I apologized for putting down your career enough now?
EDarcy:  Yes, my dear.  But you know how I love to tease you. 
WDarcy:  You know how much I like to follow your philosophy of remembering the past only as it gives me pleasure.
EDarcy:  And pleasure we do have…
BTCole:  Cool it you two.
EDarcy:  Oh, hello dear author.  How we love you and the adventures you created for us!  I can’t wait to get back to creating more adventures!
Emma:  This is getting out of control.  I am supposed to be interviewing Ms. Cole.  After all, now that I am so wonderfully matched I want to help Ms. Cole find her match as well.
BTCole:  Thanks Emma.  I do not need your help.  I made my own match quite a while ago now–thank you–with no help needed from you. 
EDarcy:  Oh, tell us more Barbara.  We would love to know about your own love match, wouldn’t we Will?
WDarcy:  What I really want to know is how your relationship might have inspired this upcoming story?
BTCole:  Well, the first time ‘my Darcy’ asked me out I turned him down flat.  The second time was 3 years later and we met again at a mall.  He followed me around until he convinced me to give him my phone number. I finally did just to get rid of him.
WDarcy:  Was he arrogant?  Did he say something insulting the first time you met?
Emma:  I wish I had been there.  I am sure that I could have made things go smoother. 
BTCole:  No, Emma, he didn’t insult me, and I would call him confident, not arrogant.  We both needed to grow up. I was just 21 when I first met him and had no real experience with men.  I went to small North Georgia college, and was a music major, dating men who were not yet ready to come out of the closet.  So, needless to say I had not dated any straight men when I met my future husband.  I didn’t know enough to KNOW that they were not straight at the time.  And I certainly was not ready for a confident man.  Truth be told, I was a bit scared of him when we first met.
EDarcy:  So what happened after you gave him your phone number?
BTCole:  He called several times to ask me out, and I always seemed to have something to do.  Eventually, I finally said yes.  The first time he took me out to a 5 star restaurant and a traveling Broadway play that had come to Atlanta.  The second time to an equally nice restaurant, and on the third date he took me to see Johnny Mathis under the stars at an open amphitheater.  He had a catered dinner brought in.
WDarcy:  Yes, yes, sounds very much like something that I would do…  So he confessed his love for you that night and you lived happily ever after?
BTCole:  Oh no!  Well, he did confess his love for me. However, I told him I didn’t think I was even attracted to him.  He was not too happy with that comment, and told me he thought I didn’t know what to do with a heterosexual, which was probably true.  It was a very Hunsfordesque fight!
Emma:  Like I said, I should have been there…
EDarcy:  Oh, be quiet, Emma.  I am still ashamed of some of the things I have said in the past…
WDarcy:  Oh, love, there is nothing to be ashamed about now!
Emma:  So what happened?
BTCole:  I called him to help me on my resume a couple of months later to see if he was still real mad and he agreed to help. He was a professional writer and said yes.  I also checked to see if the other guys I had gone out with were really out of the picture and they were. I called him on Valentine’s Day about 6 months after that awful night and told him I was sorry. 
EDarcy:  You got married a couple weeks later?
BTCole:  No, but it was only 6 months later! 
WDarcy:  So your life experience prepared you to write about Darcy and Elizabeth. I believe that this is your third novel scheduled for release in November?
BTCole:  Yes, it is.
FitzwilliamEbenezerDarcy:  (entering the door) And I would most likely have never found my Elizabeth without the intervention of Ms. Cole and her many ghosts. 
Mrs.FEbenezerDarcy:  Oh, my love, you just had to come for me.  I was awaiting you on Oakham Mount, praying for the day you would return to me. 
WDarcy:  You look a bit like me, Ebenezer!
FitzwilliamEbenezerDarcy:  All of Ms. Cole’s Darcys look like us.  I tried to get her Fitzwilliam Darcy from White Lies to come along with me tonight as well, but he and his Elizabeth just had another baby and wanted to stay at Pemberley! 
You should know that we ALL look like Colin Firth to her!  Must be confusing to have so many varieties of Darcy in your mind, and they are all twins!
Emma:  So Ms. Cole, if I could give you an opportunity to meet Mr. Firth would you welcome it?  Would your husband mind?
BTCole:  Oh, we have an agreement!  If I ever get a chance for a night with Colin he will understand, and if he ever gets a chance to be with Kate Beckinsale - he gets the chance! 
Mrs.FEbenezerDarcy and EDarcy GASP:  NO!  You wouldn’t!
BTCole:  I think we are both pretty safe at this point and time in our lives!  But I can dream can’t I!  Why do you think I like to write!
Emma:  Kate Beckinsale, hmmm… Another Emma!  Of course!  So your husband has a thing about Emma? 
BTCole:  No, I think it was seeing her in leather in some kind of futuristic film. 
RichardFitzwilliam:  (walks into the gathering unsuspecting) Emma, darling we are going to be late for dinner if you don’t come along soon!  Wow, you have quite the room full here!
Emma:  Well, let’s ALL go out to dinner!  But let me wrap up here!  Thanks to my reading audience.  And don’t forget, if you haven’t yet met the Darcy or Elizabeth of YOUR dreams I would be VERY happy to help you!  Come visit me at DarcyholicMatch.com.
RichardFitzwillaim:  Good Lord!  She’s back to her old tricks?  Maybe WE are going to have to do an intervention on HER this time!
BTCole:  Or perhaps an intervention on me…
All laugh!

My Darcy and I at the Highland Games a few years back!
Thanks to Meredith and her team for asking me to be a special part of Austenesque Extravaganza.  Comments on this post will enter you into a contest to win one of 2 give aways, one of my books of your choice (this includes the future release if you are willing to wait for it). Extra chances will be given for joining this site, tweeting this post, joining via Google Friend Connect, clicking 'like' for Barbara Tiller Cole, Author's Facebook page, sharing on your Facebook page, Friending Barbara Tiller Cole on Facebook, or joining the Darcyholic Diversions Facebook Group.
Barbara Tiller Cole, Author
Barbara Tiller Cole, a professional therapist and clinical manager in the field of addiction, is a Decatur, Georgia native. Under her professional name, she is included on various Who's Who listings, including Who's Who in American Women, and has been named to The Honorable Order of  Kentucky Colonels.  While she was encouraged by her mother to expand her mind through extensive reading, her father gave her the unconditional love she needed to test her wings in various pursuits. Barbara's writing has been influenced by the works of Jane Austen and today she proudly refers to herself as a Darcyholic.  She has published two successful Austen inspired novels, White Lies and Other Half Truths andFitzwilliam Ebenezer Darcy.  Her next novel, Adventures of a Darcyholic, a modern romantic comedy, will be released late Fall, 2012. 

Barbara Tiller Cole's Amazon Author Page

Barbara Tiller Cole's Books

Coming This Fall--Adventures of a Darcyholic

It is a proven fact that when a man or woman become obsessed with an object of desire, particularly when that personification is a fictional character such as one Fitzwilliam Darcy, it may be necessary to surrender and admit defect to intervention, and seek help when simple infatuation becomes an addiction.  In Adventures of a Darcyholic our hero and heroine have a deep need to find some balance in their lives. Is support available to assist them to find a path back to normal?  But then again, if Darcy is the problem do they wish for a cure?

Barbara Tiller Cole, an Atlanta native and author of her third novel, brings to light this Jane Austen inspired laugh-out-loud comedic delight.

Fitzwilliam Ebenezer Darcy
'Pride and Prejudice' meets 'A Christmas Carol' A Jane Austen/Charles Dickens crossover story, 'Fitzwilliam Ebenezer Darcy' takes the best of both classics and spins them into a delightful Holiday treat! F.E. Darcy has fallen into pitiful self-loathing and sorrowful angst-ridden despair; all of this due to his belief that he has lost forever the chance to marry the only woman he has ever loved—Elizabeth Bennet. Seeing her son in such a state, the Ghost of Anne Darcy reaches out to him; informing him that three ghosts would visit him and give him hope. Will these Spirits provide him with the courage to try again to win the esteem of his one true soul mate? Barbara Tiller Cole, an Atlanta native and the writer of the popular book 'White Lies and Other Half Truths', presents this family friendly classic—a delightful combination of the best of her two favorite authors, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. Barbara credits her parents with fostering a love for both of these authors. Each Christmas, Barbara’s father would sit and read Dicken’s classic 'A Christmas Carol' to the family. Her mother consistently challenged her to improve her mind by extensive reading, Jane Austen style. This book is dedicated to the memory of Cliff and Jeanne and the season they loved the best.

Barbara Tiller Cole shines a comedic, sexy light on the characters of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, turning it into a delightful romp. Open the pages and take a look at maiden fears, the consequences of white lies, and the hope for redemption. If Fitzwilliam Darcy were alive today he would say, "If Jane Austen had written a Regency Sex Manual, this would be it!" Elizabeth Bennet would have said, "A fun, light, sexy yarn! What I would give to be taught by Professor Darcy!" Take a delightful journey with your beloved characters as you read this delightful farce!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Barbara Tiller Cole: Ever Go to the Movies to See The Previews?

Ever Go to The Movies To See 
The Previews of Coming Attractions?
Maria Grace tagged me in ‘The Next Big Thing’ .  So I decided to give it a try!  Here are my answers:

What is the working title of your book?
Adventures of a Darcyholic is the book that I am currently preparing for publication.  It is a modern romantic comedy.  I will answer the remainder of these questions about THAT particular project. 
Of course, as many authors I have a couple more projects that are churning away in my mind.  One is a project that has been on a back burner for awhile and I might be able to bring it out of hiding before too long.  That project’s working title is My Name is Will D.  The project combines my day job (this is my 25th year working in the field of addiction) and my love for Jane Austen’s characters.  The story is NOT a canon story and will be about an alcoholic Will Darcy trying to find recovery from his addiction.  I have been considering changing the names of the characters to give it a wider appeal, but have not yet decided. 
I also have a Regency project that is out there as well.  Working title is A Diva for Darcy.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
On my way to working on My Name is Will D my uncle committed suicide in his 22nd year of sobriety.  With that went my muse for the project for a period of time. 
While contemplating how to get myself back to writing again, I thought about writing the comedic flip side of the story.  There is an addictive quality to Jane Austen’s characters, Darcy in particular. When you consider how many websites, blogs, sequels, prequels, movies, art projects, museums, pinterest items, etc. that are related to him you can see how the idea might have sprouted in my mind. Like my romantic heroine lead for the piece, I am a ‘bit addicted’ to Darcy.  So began my comedic adventure.
What genre does your book fall under?
It is a Modern Romantic Comedy with a Jane Austen twist.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmmm.  I actually went in search for a ‘young Colin Firth’ to play my lead and I thought I had found one in Matt Boomer from the USA series ‘White Collar’.  He has the right look.  But he is gay.  And if you know my romantic history (I went to church sponsored music school before guys decided to come out of the closet—enough said) I just CAN’T let him stay in that place.  
So my Darcy is a younger Colin Firth.  In fact as I write this I am watching a PRE-P&P Colin Firth in the Ruth Rendell Mysteries just to get his younger self back into my head.  For Elizabeth Bennet, I always cast some version of myself.  She might not LOOK like me, but I find putting ME into her characterization is what works the best.  The character of Richard Fitzwilliam in my story is portrayed by Michael Weatherly from the TV show NCIS in my head.  Past that I am not sure. 
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
It is a truth universally acknowledged that when a hobby becomes a habit, family and friends often find it necessary to intervene.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
My current plans are for publication through a small press, Darcy’s Kiss Publications.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I am not finished yet, but I have been working on the story for approximately a year.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
That is very difficult.  This story is very unique.  Perhaps I could call it a cross between One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Pride and Prejudice.  But that is a pretty tall stretch. 
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My job and my need to escape from it along with some lovely ladies that called Georgia Girls Rock, A Jane Austen Inspired Literature support group.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
For those who spend time in the Jane Austen inspired literature community they may see themselves in the story.  This will be true for those in other fan fiction communities.  And for those who just need a good laugh, it will be a fun ride. 
Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.
Tags are here for Maria Grace who tagged me.
And also:
Tag you’re IT now!

Rules of The Next Big Thing
***Use this format for your post
***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress)
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.
Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:
What is the working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Include the link of who tagged you and this explanation for the people you have tagged.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Moira Bianchi: A Hot Rio Chic Visits Austen's World

Welcome Back Moira Bianchi! 
A Hot Rio Chic Visits Darcyholic Diversions!
Jane Austen Inspired literature is a worldwide phenomenon!  And nothing says that more than our guest today from Rio.  I have traveled the world with Austen's characters.  I recently 'met' Moira through her posted story and on Facebook and invited her to visit with us.  Welcome Moira!


Upcoming Guest Posts Are As Follows:
September 23--Barbara Tiller Cole and the DBF
September 25--C. Allyn Pierson
September 28--Juliet Archer
October 2--Rebecca Young
October 5--Jan Hahn and Janet Taylor's Jane Austenland Adventure
October 9--Karen W.
October 12--Sally Smith O'Rourke
November 2--Amy Patterson
November 13--Karen Doornebos
And Many more to come!

Comments on this post will enter you into the monthly drawings here at Darcyholic Diversions.  Entries will be given for joining this site, tweeting this post, joining this site as a member via Google Friend Connect (GFC) (See the left hand column on the blog to join!), sharing this on Facebook or your blog, Friend Barbara Tiller Cole on Facebook,  clicking 'like’ on Barbara Tiller Cole, Author's Facebook Page.
A Hot Rio Chic Visits Austen's World
Hello there!
I was very flattered -and surprised - by Barb's invitation. It's a great reward for me to be included in a group with my favorite Darcy authors.
I'm Brazilian, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro and studied English from 8 to 18 years old. Writing my ‘Friendship of a special kind’ aka ‘How William Darcy persuaded Lizzy Bennett to love again’, a 180k words story completely in English was easier than I first imagined, incredibly enough. Maybe it was Mr. Darcy’s doing.
My relationship with ODC started in 2006 by chance. A few years before a dear friend challenged me to read the biggest international classic novels since I had addicted her to Harry Potter. It really wasn't fair of her since my first task was Dorian Gray, followed by The Hobbit and the LotR trilogy. From those my enthusiasm only grew and Austen was a must. I chose S&S because of Emma Thompson but it didn't get to me. I wanted Elinor to be stronger.
Well, in 2006 I finally met Lizzy and her impertinence. It was love at first line! When Austen told me exactly was going on in Darcy's head, I fell head over heels for him. Canon led to Google, and Mr. Google to ‘Mrs. Darcy’ site. I got so addicted that I started buying your excellent stories in books online and, as the delivery is expensive, I bought them by half a dozen!
              After years of being a silent member of the most excellent Mr. Darcy's fandom, he and Lizzy started talking to me. A particular scene looped in my head constantly.
I needed a while to find courage to write it down, though. Until, on a poorly slept nights period during my baby son's adaptation from crib to bed, I thought that instead of lying awake I could, you know... Write! So that's how I started: shyly, in the middle of the night, not a single lamp on, writing on my iPhone! As crazy as it may sound, I wrote a 41 chapters story in less than five months using a 3,5 inches screen.
It was awesome! The characters talked to me in the wee hours of the night at first, then all the time! They babbled and quarreled and complained and made love and told me what to write. I only had to type it. I felt exhilarated, proud of myself for accomplishing such a feat.
I wrote a story that I would like to read. E&D are together since the beginning, it's about their relationship, how they struggle to keep together. My betas often called to my attention that they were too forward, that Darcy would never give Lizzy a kiss on the cheek on the second time they met. Or that Lizzy wouldn´t drink beer, but wine. Well… I’m Brazilian, so these D&E have a zest of Brazil too. Why not?
So they are forward and a bit naughty sometimes. Darcy hacks into her IPhone so he can keep in touch while Lizzy is only interested in Darcy as a one night stand. It´s not a retelling, it´s a P&P inspired story.
Here´s a glimpse of Chapter 3.
When he (Darcy) agreed to spend these vacations (in Meryton) with his longtime friends he just expected to take a break from his responsibilities at Darcy Inc., since the mergers he started a year ago were practically concluded. Financially, it meant his bank balance grew considerably; and as work usually did, it also meant another emotional hideaway.
He couldn’t believe his luck on finding this sexy woman (Lizzy) who now was in the bathroom and almost flying the coop. This thought woke him up from his daydreaming and he decided to take action. He wouldn’t mind to keep in touch with her, but it would be best if he could do it directly, without in betweens.
During these last two weeks since he first met her, Darcy had to go great lengths to find something about Lizzy, and the results were meager. He wouldn’t ask just anyone and risk having the Holy Inquisition to answer to, although what he tried was as frustrating as it could be. After the guys made him acknowledge that he liked her at the fishing trip, he decided to reach out for Lizzy asking Thorn to ask Charlo – of all people. Darcy could never have known that Charlo was Napoleon on the ‘Save Elizabeth Bennett Army’. When Charlo came to Netherfield earlier in the week and they met in person, he made Darcy squirm just to get simple info such as her age, whether she was in a relationship or not, and if she would be back at Meryton before he left.
He thought about asking for her number but dismissed the idea because he wouldn’t want to look needy. He could use his charms and casually ask her while they had lunch together, in a few minutes. She might even offer him her numbers spontaneously, as any other woman he had dated. But she didn’t already, even though she took her phone from the bathroom and left it on his dresser. His dresser! He smiled wickedly to himself. Lizzy was so sassy in bed, she bought him drinks; she flirted with him and then fled… Obviously she left her phone where he could take it! Fate had brought him a temptress! Darcy could not believe his good, good luck!
She wanted him to hack into her phone, and of course he would oblige. He grinned to himself. During lunch he could come up with some excuse to make her call him so she would find out that he had done what she had expected him to do and, one thing leading to another… Darcy was already sizzling with just the thought of a night with this beautiful siren. He didn’t want this encounter to end. He justified himself with the certainty that he wouldn’t browse her data in details – that would be a horrible crime - he would just get her contacts. Darcy had one more second to hesitate, then jumped and took her phone.
“Thank God I know how this works.” He thought happily, almost shaking in his excitement. Not for one second he thought that Lizzy might actually not want his contacts, or see him ever again.
Only after more than six months of its finish I could find courage in me to post this story online. It felt like I was an intruder on my favorite author’s playground. But one thing lead to another and now I have three more stories (small ones), two cooking in my head and am preparing to publish. Wow, how exciting is that?
When asked why I write in English, I can only answer that it was how I learned to love Darcy. You amazing girls and boys gave him to me and it was an effing good gift! Thank you all.

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