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Friday, August 30, 2013

Cover Reveal: Love at First Slight by J. Marie Croft

You may recall a cover reveal for J. Marie Croft's Mr Darcy Takes the Plunge, earlier in Austen in August. That one was leading up to this one, which is coming out in October from Rhemalda - it's Love at First Slight! Click through to check out the cheeky cover and synopsis, and don't forget you can enter to win a copy of Mr Darcy Takes the Plunge right here!

Love at First Slight by J. Marie Croft
“It may not be universally acknowledged, but the unvarnished truth is that a young widow in possession of a good fortune is not necessarily in want of another husband.”

In this humorous, topsy-turvy Pride & Prejudice variation, all the gender roles are reversed. It is Mr. Bennet’s greatest wish to see his five sons advantageously married. When the haughty Miss Elizabeth Darcy comes to Netherfield with the Widow Devonport nee Bingley, speculation—and prejudice—runs rampant.

William Bennet, a reluctant and irreverent future reverend, catches Miss Darcy’s eye even though he is beneath her station. However, his opinion of her was fixed when she slighted him at the Meryton Assembly. As her ardour grows, so does his disdain, and when she fully expects to receive an offer of marriage, he gives her something else entirely ….


J. Marie Croft, a Nova Scotia resident and avid reader all her life, discovered Jane Austen's works later than others but made up for lost time by devouring the six novels and as many adaptations and sequels as she could find. In the midst of reading prodigious amounts of Austen-based fan-fiction, she realized, "Hey, I can do that." In her spare time, when not working at a music school or on a wooded trail enjoying her geocaching hobby, she listens to the voices in her head and captures their thoughts and words in writing. Her stories are light-hearted; and her motto is Miss Austen's own quote, "Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery." J. Marie Croft is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America (Canada)
and admits to being "excessively attentive" to the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. She can be contacted at jmariecroft@gmail.com.

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  1. Wow! This sounds like a super-fun twist! Love the cover!!

  2. This sounds fun. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I like the sound of a gender swap, but I think it might be hard to do successfully in a historical setting. It'd be interesting to see how it's done.


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