Friday, October 28, 2016

12 Reasons Mr. Darcy Makes a Perfect Vampire with Colette L. Saucier

12 Reasons Mr. Darcy Makes a Perfect Vampire

I began writing Book 1 of “The Confession of Mr. Darcy, Vampire”—Pulse and Prejudice—because I thought Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice better suited to a vampire paranormal than one with zombies and ninjas! The character of Mr. Darcy in particular lent itself well to a vampire characterization.  In fact, I wrote I wrote Pulse and Prejudice as a complete adaptation of the classic love story as if Miss Austen had always conceived the character of Mr. Darcy as a vampire but just never told us.

Here are just a few ways in which Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy makes such a perfect vampire that allowed it allowed me to continue building on that character in the sequel, Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth.

(Spoiler alert! If you are not familiar with Pride and Prejudice, this list does contain details of the plot. Fortunately, Pulse and Prejudice is a standalone adaptation and requires no prior knowledge of Jane Austen’s story.)

  1. Nocturnal - He is most active and alert at night. We see him at his best in the evenings - at Netherfield whether debating Elizabeth or dancing with her at the ball, at the gathering at Lucas Lodge, and even at Rosings. Frequently during the day he is dumbstruck or tongue-tied, either not saying anything at all or not making much sense, causing confusion and misunderstandings with Elizabeth. Yet he expressed himself uncommonly well in the letter he wrote into the wee hours of the morning.
  2. Byronic - Darcy shares many qualities with Lord Byron, the model of Polidori's The Vampyre and created the mythology of the gentleman vampire. (Before then, they really were described more like zombies!)  Mr. Darcy is the quintessential “Byronic hero” - intelligent, arrogant, introspective, and cynical.
  3. Makes excuses for evil - "There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil - a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome."
  4. Mind control - Is Bingley his Renfield? Colonel Fitzwilliam declares himself "at his disposal." Darcy even was able to make Mrs. Phillips be quiet (but, sadly, not elegant).
  5. Inhumanly handsome - Everyone who sees him or his likeness, even if they despise him, gushes about his appearance. (Colin Firth, anyone?)
  6. Dark and brooding, suave and debonair - Like any self-respecting gentleman vampire should be. (See #2.)
  7. Does not interact well with mortals - He admits, "I cannot catch their tone of conversation." He wants nothing to do with the good people of Meryton until he fixates on Elizabeth, and then he usually just stares at her or hovers as she converses with others. He misinterprets Jane’s feelings for Bingley and Elizabeth's feelings for him.
  8. Amazing powers of persuasion - He persuaded Wickham to marry Lydia and Mr. Gardiner to allow him to bear the expense, and he was shocked that Elizabeth could resist first. As Mr. Bennet stated, "He is the kind of man, indeed, to whom I should never dare refuse anything...."
  9. Precognition - He just happened to show up at Ramsgate before Wickham could elope with Georgianna, and he appeared at Pembereley at the exact moment Elizabeth would be there.
  10. Seductive - Although Elizabeth had declared him the last man in the world she could be prevailed upon to marry, eventually he overwhelms her resistance and brings about a complete reversal of her feelings.
  11. Predatory - He was able to track down Wickham and Lydia in the bustling metropolis of London, and he always knew how to find Elizabeth on her rambles around Rosings.
  12. Immortal - He must be. After 200 years, Mr. Darcy is still thriving.

Martin Amis wrote in The Atlantic, “I wouldn’t have minded a rather more detailed conclusion (to Pride and Prejudice) — say, a twenty-page sex scene featuring the two principals, with Mr. Darcy, furthermore, acquitting himself uncommonly well.” I couldn’t agree more! So in addition to adapting Miss Austen’s story in Pulse and Prejudice, I added an original section, “Beyond Pride and Prejudice,” that provides a peek at the passion, lust, and desire that simmers just under the surface in the original. The sequel, now unhindered by the source material, Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth provides a darker, bloodier, and sexier continuation of Darcy and Elizabeth’s love story.

Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth
The Confession of Mr. Darcy, Vampire
Book II
Colette L. Saucier

Genre:  Historical paranormal romance

Publisher: Southern Girl Press

Date of Publication: eBook August 8, 2016;
Date of Publication: print October, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9969974-0-9
ISBN: 978-0-9863718-8-2
ASIN:  B01K3DP652

Word Count: 80,000

Cover Artist: Dawné Dominique

Book Description:

The Confession of Mr. Darcy, Vampire

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy - elegant, dark, brooding...vampire. In Pulse and Prejudice, the definitive vampire adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic, the Master of Pemberley reveals his haunting tale of unquenchable desire and forbidden love.

His story continues in Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth, the lurid, lusty sequel to Pulse and Prejudice, as death shadows the newlywed Darcys from Pemberley to the parlors of Regency London to the courtyards of Antebellum New Orleans.  As Elizabeth discovers the trials and travails of marriage to a vampire, can Darcy ever believe that she loves him as he is?  Or will his jealousy tear them apart?

Note:  Pulse and Prejudice is not “fan fiction” but a complete stand-alone adaptation. No prior knowledge of Pride and Prejudice is required for full enjoyment of this remarkable novel.

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Crimson drops fell onto the white snow, staining it pink.
Darcy had not intended this—to drink from his wife—when he claimed his prize of a kiss after catching her as they raced through the hedge maze at Pemberley. Elizabeth had actually done surprisingly well in evading him, considering his intuitive abilities; but, of course, he caught her—laughing in his arms, eyes ablaze, cheeks chafed from the cold.
“And now my prize!” As had so often occurred in the span of their brief marriage, his tender kiss had escalated quickly into fervent ardour. The laughter then in her eyes, his wife had taken hold of the lapels of his greatcoat and, falling back onto the snow, pulled him down with her. As their kisses deepened, so, too, had his hunger and desire. He pulled off his gloves and trailed his cold fingers down her face. Untying her bonnet and unfastening her cape, he exposed her neck for his lips and his teeth.
She moaned softly as he drew the blood from her throat, sharing her warmth and her pulse, savouring the rich, metallic taste. He pulled back to watch her, only then noticing that a few precious drops of lifeblood had escaped his embrace and fallen onto the snow.
“William,” she whispered in a half-plea, her hand running over the front of his trousers to convey her intent.
He gazed into her eyes. “Should we not go in? Are not you cold?”
“Cover me to keep me warm.” She wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled his mouth onto hers, sharing the taste of her blood as their tongues intertwined.

Darcy pulled at her skirts and brought the hem to her knees. He reached his hand up between her cold thighs to the hot core that drew him in. She gasped against his mouth as he touched her there, but he wasted little time in freeing himself from his trousers and thrusting deep within her.

About the Author:

Colette Saucier began writing poems, short stories, and novellas in grade school. Her interest in literature led her to marry her college English professor, but eventually a love of history encouraged her to trade up to a British historian.

Technical writing dominated her career for twenty years, but finding little room for creativity in that genre, she is now a full-time author of fiction.

Pulse and Prejudice was named “A Most Inventive Adaptation” by Elle Magazine (April, 2016). It was the 1st Place Winner in its category in the 2013 Chatelaine Awards Romantic Fiction Contest and is listed in Chanticleer’s 2013 Best Book Listing. Colette dedicated 15 months traveling to Europe and Britain, researching Regency England and vampire lore and literature, to complete for historical accuracy. It remains faithful to nineteenth century literary conventions and Jane Austen’s narrative to create a compelling, thrilling paranormal adaptation.

Colette was selected a “2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award” Semi-finalist and named “Debut Author of the Year” by Austenprose for All My Tomorrows—now expanded and republished as The Proud and the Prejudiced—which was also chosen Austenesque Reviews “Favorite Modern Adaptation” 2013.
Colette’s romantic thriller Alicia’s Possession was the publisher’s #1 Bestselling Romantic Suspense for 4 straight weeks following its debut in June of 2013 and then again in January, 2014, after being voted a “Top Ten Romance Novel of 2013” (P&E Reader’s Poll). Colette is also the author of the controversial and erotic noir romantic suspense The Widow, an Amazon bestselling new release and Kobo bestseller.

Colette’s latest novel—Book II: The Confession of Mr. Darcy, Vampire—entitled Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth, follows the newlywed Vampire Darcy and his bride Elizabeth from Britain to Antebellum New Orleans. Due to her devotion to historical accuracy, she spent two years researching Creole Society and Nouvelle Orleans in the years following the War of 1812.

A bestselling and award-winning author under multiple pseudonyms, she is currently working on multiple projects including a parody of Wuthering Heights and a children’s book based on the inspiration for the dog Amadeus from Pulse and Prejudice and Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth.

Colette lives in a lakeside community in South Louisiana with her historian husband and their two dogs.

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