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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Dear Jane, from Fitzwilliam Darcy (and Sharon Lathan) + Giveaway

Dear Jane,

First, allow me to extend my apologies for the informality of the above address. The intimacy of the salutation is uncomfortable I assure you, I preferring “Miss Austen” as the proper format when a married gentlemen composes a missive to an unmarried lady who is not kin, that in and of itself a breach of protocol I have never committed. However, my wife, Mrs. Darcy, has conveyed to me with all the elements of command she possesses, and since you are familiar with the former Miss Bennet then you comprehend my meaning, that “Dear Jane” is allowable in this express instance. Frankly I was rather taken aback by her leniency as my wife, you probably are not surprised to discover since you originally created her character, flawed as it is, has a moderate jealous streak, a fact proven true during a particularly unpleasant, albeit humorous, episode while vacationing near Greater Yarmouth.

As I suspected, writing those sentences has annoyed Mrs. Darcy, who was, of course, standing over my shoulder to “assist” me in this letter’s wording, and she has now exited the room. Fortunately I am highly adept at softening my beloved wife’s temper with those arts of persuasion gifted to me, presumably by you although I appreciate that subsequent pens have enhanced my attributes beyond what you undoubtedly imagined. Revealed within that last statement is a far allotment of arrogance and pride, I do confess, attributes tempered over the course of time but remaining to a certain degree, especially in regards to the relationship I share with Mrs. Darcy.

This latter topic is the main point of this letter. Although it may be be deduced from the previous paragraphs that it was Mrs. Darcy’s superb arts of persuasion, no less effective upon me than mine are upon her, that caused me to write this letter, that would be an error in assumption. In point of fact I am pleased to apply my ink saturated steel tipped pen to parchment and endeavor to express my deepest, sincerest thanks to the artist who created the story of my life.

In the case of me and Mrs. Darcy, trials and tribulations, prejudices and prideful attitudes, mysteries and misunderstanding abounded as is necessary for an enthralling tale designed to provoke readers. Indeed I applaud you for weaving with literary brilliance rivaling the greatest masters of storytelling. Nevertheless, my appreciation for how you chose to conclude my story is tenfold that attained from a finely wrought tale of adventure or intrigue. Novels of woe or doom may titillate upon occasion yet I judge that none satisfy the reader as profoundly as those that end upon the classic supposition that the characters went on to live “happily ever after.”

For my particular situation I can attest that my satisfaction in the ending granted me, dear lady authoress, is immense. My reward, as undeserving as I am, in being bestowed the love of my dearest, loveliest Elizabeth was more than sufficient.

Yet, to my unending delight, generations of gratified readers eventually succumbed to the stirrings of discontentment that often roil within our breast when we realize that indeed the story has ended and we are no longer as gratified as we initially supposed. We then muse upon what hidden tales could have been told or what might have transpired in the months subsequent to the fatal “the end.” Many talented souls have bravely taken the quill from your hand as it were and dipped deeply into the inkwell to thus etch upon the paper page their vision of the rest of the story.

Therefore, my precious wife and I have not been left to dwell in the dark abyss of vague imaginings but have been given lives abundantly lived in a host of ways, none as fulfilling as the evolution and joyous consummation of our marriage in true felicity. Indeed it feels as if we shall eternally live on.

Thus, and in conclusion, although I delight in teasing my wife - she who has so thoroughly delighted in teasing me since the earliest days of our acquaintance and has taught me the pleasure in such frivolity - writing this letter to you, even with the informal “Dear Jane” address, is not a challenge or chore or displeasing proposition but rather an honor as it provides me the opportunity to extend my humble appreciation for creating us in the first place.

Your servant, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Master of Pemberley

*Placing the words of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice hero, Mr. Darcy, into a “Dear Jane” letter is Sharon Lathan, author of The Darcy Saga sequel series, now five novels and one novella strong. For more on Sharon’s vision of life for the Darcys and their friends and family visit her website at: www.sharonlathan.net

Thanks to the generosity of Sharon and of Sourcebooks, I have a nice little giveaway for you.  Both Sharon and Sourcebooks have offered copies of The Trouble with Mr Darcy to give away!

One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of The Trouble with Mr Darcy, courtest of Sharon,
and another winner will also receive a copy (unsigned), courtesy of Sourcebooks!

To enter:
Fill out the form.
Leave some love for Sharon
Bonus: +5 to anyone who writes their own Dear Jane letter and links it to the JnJ Linky Page.
Ends June 30th

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  1. I love the letter, it made me laugh!
    I am a huge Sharon Lathan fan but I don't have The Trouble with Mr. Darcy yet, so thank you for the chance!

  2. I enjoyed the letter, Sharon! I suppose Darcy would be pleased to have had his life extended and his felicity expanded upon by Janite authors that came along later. Although, I fancy he might have also considered it an invasion of privacy to have all of us poking around in his bedroom and his business!

  3. Hi Sharon! This letter is too funny! It was an honor to meet you at the recent JASNA-SW gala. I'd be thrilled to win a copy of your book!
    Syrie James

  4. Thanks to Misty for allowing me to dig into the mind of Mr. Darcy and imagine what he might say to Miss Austen if given the change. Clearly this particular "Mr. Darcy" is mine and the letter from the POV I have enhanced, but I think all Darcy lovers would agree that he would express appreciation to Jane if he could.

    Lieder, Thanks for the kind words. I do hope you get your hands on a copy of "Trouble" real soon! Best of luck in this contest. :-)

    Hi Shannon! Yes, I doubt if the "real" Mr. Darcy would want his privacy invaded, but then what he doesn't know can't disturb him. LOL! Let's keep all these sequels our secret so as not to hurt his feelings. ;-)

    Syrie! It was a delight to meet you! I only wish we had had more time to chat. Perhaps at the AGM!

  5. I love the letter. Sometimes I can't get enough of Darcy and Lizzy and want to know how they live their married life together.

  6. Sharon thanks for the giveaway. Love the letter. Cant wait to read the book. Tore923@aol.com

  7. Hi Sharon

    I loved the letter. Given the amount of time dedicated to the practice of persuasive arts gifted him, I'm surprised he had the time to write one! Hehe I love that Lizzy was standing behind him. I do remember the vacation incident and it was awesome. Since Dear Jane is in the great Pemberley in the sky, I suppose she doesn't pose much of a threat, though. I love the Darcy Saga and hope there will be more books forthcoming.

  8. Sharon,
    Your "insights" never cease to amaze me.

  9. Love the letter! I just can't get enough of Darcy and Lizzy!

  10. Love the letter! I can't get enough Darcy and Elizabeth.

  11. Loved the witty letter, it made me giggle. It is good to have more D&E out there!

  12. Thanks for stopping by everyone! I sure do appreciate it and I know Misty does too.

    Yes, there will be more Darcy books eventually! I am trying to keep up the pace!

    I really had fun writing this letter. Mr. Darcy can be quiet at times and needs a nudge to express himself publicly. Of course he had no idea this letter was going to be seen by the masses. I am sure he will be quite vexed with me when he finds out! Oh well, I'll just send Elizabeth in to calm him down - she does that very well....


  13. There really is no other set of books that I would be quite as content to curl up on the couch with a cup of coffee and read on a rainy day more so than those penned by Sharon Lathan. Always intriguing, full of every emotion, and leaving me waiting impatiently for the next installment. Thanks for writing Sharon!

  14. Thank YOU, Jennifer! Folks like you make it possible for me. :-)

  15. I enjoyed this letter. I'm thankful for the authors who've given us a glimpse of their married life.

  16. What a delightful letter and loved the literary language you used, thank you Sharon! :-)

  17. The letter was great. I'm happy to see Mr. Darcy gives credit to the Mrs. for his gift of tease!

  18. What great letter! Thanks for the giveaway!


  19. What a fun letter! ;) Darcy can be so cute. Thank you!

    kah_cherub at hotmail dot com


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