Monday, May 26, 2014

J Dawn King, author of "A Father's Sins" ~ Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I've invited J Dawn King, author of A Father's Sins, to visit us today, and she was kind enough to bring gifts along with her! It's a pleasure to have you here, and thank you for your generosity! 




I am delighted to accept your invitation, Candy. It has been such a wonderful roller-coaster ride so far.

Probably because my book is about how the bad decisions of a father can impact their children, I am most often asked about my development of the secondary characters. Even though Darcy and Elizabeth are the stars of the show, people like the Bingleys and Fitzwilliams, play major supporting roles. These characters had to become real in my mind; what they looked like, what they wore, how they responded. I ended up falling in love with Charles Bingley, Colonel Fitzwilliam, and his father, Lord Matlock. One reviewer said of my book, “God bless the Gardiners!” Yes, I love them too.

Mr. Charles Bingley: He became a cross between a young David Beckham, Cary Elwes, and Sam Heughan. He would be kind, good-natured, fun, and regularly teased by the older Fitzwilliam brothers and Darcy who treated him as a kid brother.



Colonel Fitzwilliam: I imagined a 30 year old Gerard Butler and Richard Armitage combination who was ruggedly handsome, a born commander of men, and sometimes impetuous. How could you not love this man? Impossible!





Lord Matlock: Pure Sean Connery. A gentle man who filled the room with his presence with white hair, a deep gravelly voice, and eyes that could pierce you to your soul.






Here is an excerpt from chapter eleven where we find Lady Matlock (who was very Helen Mirren). Please enjoy getting to know her a bit better. Mr. Bennet had just had a very public confrontation at Netherfield. It was witnessed by the Hursts, the Fitzwilliams, and the Bingleys.





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In the drawing room, Miss Bingley could not help but snicker at the damage done to Miss Elizabeth’s reputation with the Fitzwilliam and Darcy family. Lady Matlock heard. The Lady was like the Darcys in nature, quiet and reserved. However, she was not a member of one of the most respected members of society for nothing.

“And, what about this situation do you find so amusing, Miss Bingley?” Until this point, Lady Matlock had chosen to stand back and allow her husband and sons to take charge. However, she recognized that these two women coveted a higher position in society and had determined that the Darcys would help them to attain that position. This was a familiar game to anyone who had reached the first circles of the ton. Though common enough, it was not palatable to Lady Matlock, especially since her niece and nephew were the targets of exploitation.

“Excuse me, Lady Matlock,” said Miss Caroline Bingley quickly, “I merely had something in my throat. I am certain that a cup of tea will be the answer. Would you like me to pour for you too?”

“Miss Bingley, do not underestimate my intelligence or my experience in dealing with women of your caliber. That young woman, whom you seek to demean in my eyes, is now performing a service in behalf of my family that will not soon be forgotten. She has proved her value and her valor in these most fearful times. You both would benefit by imitating her attitude and actions.” With that, she swept out the door and up to her nephew’s room.


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When you close your eyes and imagine these secondary characters, who or what do they look like to you? Please feel free to answer if you chose to post a comment.







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~ ~ ~ GIVEAWAY ~ ~ ~

As I said above, the lovely Ms King brings with her some awesome gifts! She has two e-copies (kindle only) of her book, A Father's Sins, and one $50 Amazon gift card to give away! Woot!  To enter to win one of these wonder gifts, please enter the Rafflecopter below!

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97 comments:

  1. Glad to see that someone knows what Caroline is up to. I have a copy of this book which I look forward to reading in the next couple of weeks

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    1. Vesper, thank you for your comment and for the Tweet. Best of wishes for the giveaway. Do you think of either Caroline in the 1995 or 2005 movie versions or someone else when she comes to mind? I would like to know please.

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    2. the 1980 version, but then that is my favourite of the miniseries or films, I think all the characters in that version are better than the others. Yes even the Darcy is better than Colin Firth - did I really say that!

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    3. Such a bold statement so early in the morning. I need to watch that version again. Thanks for the comment.

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    4. I watched the 1980 version just a couple of weeks ago (in the UK, it's available on YouTube, don't know about anywhere else in the world). Darcy was played by David Rintoul and was my favourite until 1995. Looking back on the 1980 version, the acting seems a bit wooden to me now. Mr. Rintoul definitely fitted the part in looks and did proud and haughty very well.

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    5. I can stream it here from Amazon Prime so can watch it while we are in the US. We don't return to Ecuador for 3 more weeks. Plenty of time. Thanks so much Vesper and Anji for the recommendation. Don't know how we missed it.

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    6. I need to watch the 1980 version. I don't remember watching it, but I'm sure I have!

      Now, let me say, Matthew Macfadyen is my favorite Darcy! hmmm...love him! :)

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    7. Matthew M has such wonderful presence on the screen. The intro he does in The Three Muskateers is marvelous. His work varies so much. Great actor.

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  2. The excerpt makes this book even more intriguing than ever. I have the ebbok and it is on my TBR. I am looking forward to reading it! :-). I like Sean Connery as Lord Matlock and your vision of Bingley & the Colonel. The pics were very helpful for the visualizations. Thank you for them

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    1. You are certainly welcome, Deborah Ann. Who comes to your mind when you think of Caroline Bingley?

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    2. By the way, if you are chosen as the eBook winner, you can always gift it to a friend since you already have a copy. Hope you enjoy reading it.

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    3. I am thinking Angelina Jolie. She makes a good Maleficent, so quite probably she'd do a good job. As for Darcy, MM all the way. I like the shy reticent type. My husband is that way around strangers and so people think he's haughty. My son is the same. They are, xoincidebtally, descendants of the original D'Arcy who came over from France with William the Conquerer.

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    4. Sorry...big typo...coincidentally....dumb virtual keyboard and autocorrect.

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    5. Yes!! Matthew for me too! Oh! That's so cool they are descendants of the original D'Arcys!

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  3. I've never heard of Sam Heughan before so I'm gonna check it out. I see from IMDB that he is starring in Outlander mini-series and several other TV projects that I have never heard of. Anyway, I think James McAvoy would make a fantastic Charles Bingley and I agree with your choice of Richard Armitage as Colonel Fitzwilliam. I wonder from the excerpt who the other woman that Lady Matlock is referring to. Is it by chance Louisa Hurst?

    Thanks for the generous giveaway, Dawn.

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  4. Good catch! Yes, it is Mrs. Hurst. I've not heard of James McAvoy so will check him out now. Thanks for the suggestion and you are most welcome. Best wishes for the giveaway.

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  5. Here, here, Vesper!

    Ever since the 1995 dramatisation, I've always heard Anna Chancellor's voice as Miss Bingley. I thought she was excruciatingly wonderful in that role. As to your suggestions above, I can see where you're coming from with most of them except Sean Connery. As he always seems to retain the Scottish accent in whatever voice he's doing, I can't see him as Lord Matlock. What about Anthony Hopkins?

    I've read the free sample of this from the Kindle Store and would definitely like to read more.

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    1. Great suggestion, Anji. Funny thing about imagination. My Darcy always looks like Colin and sounds like Matthew. Lord Matlock could look like Sean and sound like Anthony. Hmmmmmm.... Will think about this. Thanks for your comment and best wishes for giveaway.

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    2. Yes, that combination could work for Lord Matlock. My Darcy both looks and sounds like Colin, however.

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    3. Just had a thought. In Death Comes to Pemberley, the Colonel was played by Tom Ward. Not sure if you've seen that in the US yet. Google images for "Tom Ward Colonel Fitzwilliam" and you'll see what I mean. He's done period drama before (Vanity Fair) and also a historical episode of Doctor Who. He looks rather good in those high pointed collars and a cravat and especially in a red coat!

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    4. Anji, you are the second person to comment about Tom Ward. I looked him up and agree he is a great Colonel. Haven't seen the movie as we live in Ecuador and are in the US for only six weeks. We go back home on June 19th. Not much time for watching TV. Especially when it is baseball season.

      I've tried and tried to explain to my husband, John, how good a man looks in Regency clothes with no success. Jeans and a t-shirt with an occasional button-down.

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    5. By the way, Anji, who is your Darcy?

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    6. Hi again Joy. I'm afraid I can't yet get past Colin Firth. I see and hear him whenever I read an Austenesque novel or the original. It'll soon be 20 years since he played the role and I guess I should try to move on but he did set the bar very high. Although Matthew MacFadyen was OK, he just wasn't MY Darcy. Up until Mr Firth, David Rintoul from 1980 had been my favourite

      If we're going to try to look forward, I expect Aiden Turner is out of the running now he's playing Ross Poldark, so speaking as a Game of Thrones fangirl, what about Richard Madden or possibly Kit Harington?

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    7. Oh my, oh my. I've penned all three gentlemen you mentioned to my Darcy board on Pinterest. Such handsome men and all have the Darcy curls. Thank you so much for the suggestions. I've heard of Game of Thrones but have not watched it so do not know of the actors. Might have to now. Glad you commented Anji.

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    8. Joy, the TV series Game of Thrones is a really good interpretation of A Song of Ice and Fire novels of George R.R. Martin and I have read all the ones published so far. Be warned though, that there are copious amounts of violence with associated red stuff flying around so if you're squeamish, it won't be for you! There is also rather a lot of nudity and something that has been nicknamed "sexposition" instead of exposition as quite a lot of plot points are explained in a way that is obvious from the nickname!

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    9. Thank you, Anji. I will pass on the series but thank you for the Mr. Darcy recommendations. Let me know if you think of more that I can pin. Swoon!

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  6. Oh this sounds intriguing! I love that Lady Matlock can see through Caroline Bingley.
    And I love the combination of Gerard Butler and Richard Armitage for Col Fitzwilliam! Perfect!

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    1. In my next book, Mr. Bingley, the good Colonel is described as ruggedly handsome. I do believe either man would work. Thanks so much for your comment.

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  7. This is the first I've heard of this book and it's intriguing! I love all P&P variations that follow Caroline Bingley, who is deliciously snobby.

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    1. Caroline is a secondary character who ended up providing comic relief for Georgiana Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam. I LOVE your description and may need to borrow that for my next variation. Thanks for your comment and the idea, Lori.

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  8. I am curious about what Caroline will do.

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    1. Caroline is an intelligent woman whose views are skewed by her ambitions. Best wishes for the giveaway so that you can get the rest of the story. Thank you for commenting.

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  9. Oh the books sound so interesting can't wait to read it. I love the combination you chose for Col. Fitzwilliam and who you chose for Lady Matlock. Glad to see that Lady Matlock is as sharp as an eagle to see though Caroline Bingley. Detest that snob!

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    1. How about Bingley? Janet Taylor is working on the cover for my next book, Mr. Bingley. She needs ideas for both Bingley and Jane. Please share any you may have. I feel the same about Caroline.

      Thank you for your opinions and hope you get to read this soon.

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  10. I'm glad Caroline was put in place by Lady Matlock!

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    1. Me too, Heidi. The fun parts are so much easier for me to write than the angst parts. The compromise scene later in the book is a hoot! I still laugh when I read it. I liked Colonel Fitzwilliam before I wrote this, but fell head over heels after he reacted to Caroline's failed attempt with Darcy. Yes, I just shared a spoiler, but it is just too, too funny.

      Since I first read P&P, I wanted to do exactly what Lady Matlock did to Miss Bingley. Thanks for your comment.

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  11. Oh!! I'm loving all the comments! Thank you all so much!

    I love Gerard Butler as Col F! Perfect! And Helen Mirren as Lady M, oh yes! So classy! I've never really thought about it much. I have my own visions of the characters in my head. Usually, they aren't anyone particular, and they can change with the tone of the book.

    J Dawn King, thank you so much for guest posting today, your generous giveaway and to your quick feedback to my lovely readers! I appreciate it!

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    1. Candy, it is my pleasure. It tickles me to read of other's strongly held opinions of Jane Austen's secondary characters. I can't help but think that would have brought her pleasure and satisfaction. You are a wonderful host. How deeply I appreciate the JA community. Who is Bingley to you? Thanks!!! (Woot!)

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  12. I read this book and enjoyed it! Great storytelling! With the interest in Bingley and Fitzwilliam, when can we expect more???!!!

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    1. I am typing as fast as I can. Thank you for asking and for your kind words. How are you coming with your debut novel, Jennifer? Keep typing! Best wishes for the giveaway.

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  13. I tend to picture 1995 however if the author is basing it on 2005 then I picture those characters. I find it hard to picture the Colonel as I feel most movies have not done him any justice and I like the colonel, Tom Ward was quite pleasing on the eyes! I do like your selections, I love Richard Armitage . Thank you J Dawn and Candy for the giveaway!

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    1. I had not seen Tom Ward as the Colonel. Thanks for letting me know and I will definitely check it out. I do love Mr. Armitage as well. Sigh!

      Thank you for commenting and best of wishes for the giveaway.

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  14. By the way, I'm just "Joy" though I do answer to Joy Dawn (which is what my Mom used to call me when I was in trouble - you have to say it fast and mean so it will sound right, though). Smile Mom if you read this, please.

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    1. Thanks, Joy! I was wondering. Haha! I won't call you Joy Dawn! ;)

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    2. My Mom read it and I was immediately grateful and I'm 57 years old and she is almost 77 years old and I can still run faster than she can. Whew! Close call!

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  15. Sounds intriguing. I always enjoy finding out how someone else visualizes a character, and to see if their vision matches mine!

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    1. Wendy, I am the same. Thank you for your comment and I hope the best for the giveaway.

      Who is Darcy to you? Bingley? Caroline? Inquiring minds want to know!

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  16. This seems like it's right up my alley. I love books that bring in new characters or explore more of the canon ones. Lady Matlock seems like I will like her very much. I prefer a Lady Matlock that is pro-Elizabeth. A bonus is Caroline being put in her place. Looking forward to reading it :)

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    1. Stephanie, All of the Matlock's adore Lizzy. I will not tell you why as that is for the book to explain. Lord Matlock gives me warm fuzzys and I truly like their sons. They are a close family. Wishing you success in the giveaway. Thanks for writing.

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  17. Read this book last weekend and I simply LOVED it! Your character choices are perfectly accurate to what I felt they would be like! Lady Matlock was one of my favorites in this story. Georgiana was wonderful as well! I absolutely hated Mr Bennet!
    Lovely story, well written! That is the way we like them! You wrote a wonderful, different, what if and I appreciate that newness so much!!

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    1. Angie, thank you so much for your kind comments. I feel the same way about the characters. Have you been following Maria Grace's posts on Austen Variations? Mr. Bennet is equally despicable.

      Who did you imagine Mr. Bingley, Caroline, the Fitzwilliams to be as you read? I would love to know.

      Best wishes for the giveaway and thank you for your comments. My smile is truly ridiculous at this point!!!

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    2. Oh yeah, that Mr Bennet is horrible!

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  18. I loved this post, Joy! The excerpt was just perfect, and I can easily picture Helen Miren delivering such an impeccable set down! I also loved the mental picture you created for Col Fitzwilliam, not just the look-alikes, but also the description: ruggedly handsome, a born commander of men, and sometimes impetuous - just perfect! This is a book I can't wait to read! Thanks for the chance to take part in the giveaway!

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    1. You are certainly welcome, Joana. I do have to admit to a bit of a crush on the good Colonel (my husband is OK with it). Though he has success with the ladies, he is truly a man's man. I wanted to use a picture of my husband, but if looks could kill, well, my funeral would have been last weekend.

      Best of wishes with the giveaway. Hope you get to read it soon. By the way, why are you on here? You should be typing your next book. I'm waiting!!!!

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    2. I meant that the COLONEL had success with the ladies - not my husband. Whew! That was close.

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  19. Impressive! You'll never go wrong with the characters choices, as I would pick myself the same. But I'm wondering who would be the preference pick for Darcy and Elizabeth? Thank for the opportunity to chance on your giveaway.

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I just love it when someone agrees with me. The truth is that I usually picture Colin Firth with Matthew Macfadyen's voice. HOWEVER, someone pointed out Henry Cavill to me and, WOW! Very, very Darcyish. I have had Orlando Bloom, John Hamm, Jude Law, and a young Sean Connery recommended as well. That tells me that we each have our own Darcy to dream about, don't we?

      Hope you do well with the giveaway.

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  20. I just LOVE when Lady Matlock (or even Lady Catherine) puts Caroline in her place! Oh my goodness.

    The characters' appearances in my head tend to shift somewhat, depending on the story and whether it's regency or modern. I almost never visualize MM and KK as Darcy & Lizzy, even when the author specifically states I should. My Darcy and Lizzy are like a mix of so many different people! lol

    Caroline I always imagine as very Anna Chancellor-ish. Bingley varies - he could be Crispin Bonham Carter or Rupert Penry Jones or Prince Harry. Colonel Fitzwilliam looks like Dierks Bentley to me (in case you don't follow country music, he's a country singer). Though Gerard Butler could be a good fit, too!

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    1. Monica, it's funny that you should mention Prince Harry as he is on my Pinterest board with the others for Charles Bingley. I did think it would be a bit presumptuous to add the grandson of the Queen of England to my photo gallery here. I had not considered Dierks Bentley (we have all his CD's) for the Colonel. Yes, I can see it now.

      By the way, in my mind, I AM Elizabeth Bennet. That means that in the past two years of reading variations, I have been steam-punk'ed, had life-threatening accidents, lost my memory, my father, my mother, and my sister, married a Duke and Mr. Collins, had a child out of wed-lock, been a governess, lost my mind, nursed a variety of people, and entertained the ton with my beautiful soprano and/or contralto voice. That is just about the one character that does not change as I read. Imagine that!

      Rupert Penry Jones with his fashionable Regency togs truly makes me sigh. My husband was at sea for 21 years and he always came home sun-tanned, a bit scruffy, and smelling like diesel. Never has he donned a cravat and breeches after getting off the boats. Hmmmm... I think we missed out on something good.

      Thanks so much for your comments and best wishes for the giveaway. Are you done with book #2 yet? I'm waiting!!!

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    2. Monica, Prince Harry...good call!

      Joy, LOL! So funny! I love that you picture yourself as Elizabeth!

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    3. No, I don't think I do? I used to see Keira Knightley, but not so much anymore. It really depends on the story.

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  21. MonicaP, my sincerest apology for mixing you up with Monica F. I think I have done so before. I've had two strokes (for real) and my brain gets easily confused. That's why I demanded you get busy with book two. Silly me. Or, do you have book one that I do not know about and are, in fact, working on its sequel? Now, we all need to know. (I am sorry the Reds lost yesterday)

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    1. That's ok - I don't mind! It isn't as if there are a lot of us Monicas running around the JAFF sites! I wish I could wrangle some ideas out of my imagination onto some paper - maybe someday, who knows. The problem with reading JAFF almost constantly for years is that I'm no longer sure which are my original ideas and which are things stored in my brain from things I've read.

      I hate that they lost, too. I was excited to get to see part of the game. I don't have cable & now that I moved away from Cincinnati I don't get to see many games :(

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  22. I was already in love with Colonel Fitzwilliam but now that I imagine him as Gerard Butler...I'm deeply in love! XD
    I like you choose Sean Connery for Lord Matlok! He has the same charme above all as he appeared in First knight!

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    1. Loren, that is exactly the same movie I was thinking of for Sean Connery/Lord Matlock. He is charming, dignified, and powerful in that movie - exactly the same as I imagine him in A Father's Sins. Gerard Butler? Well, he has that element of fun in him but can be intensely serious when needed. That, and his charming good looks, make him the Colonel for me.

      Thank you so much for commenting. Enjoy your day!

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  23. I think that it's quite funny that few have expressed a preference for who they think of when they read about Miss Elizabeth Bennet. If you read the comments above you will find that I imagine MYSELF as her when I read. Do I get involved in a book? Absolutely. In fact, when I read Kara Louise's pirate story, it was me that was tied to Darcy with his arms around me swinging from the yard arm. Am I the only one that does this? Imagine themselves as the heroine - not just swing from yard arms? Please comment and let me know. Please!

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  24. I don't see what is so special about Mr. Darcy. Had he not been rich and popular, none of the girls would have wanted him. Now, Lizzy Bennet, there's a character for you. Every woman should be like her, willing to change for her man. That comment ought to stir up a hornets nest among the female population.

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    1. Dearest John. I do realize that as the husband of a fledgling author who thinks about Mr. Darcy, dreams about Mr. Darcy, writes about Mr. Darcy, and talks about Mr. Darcy, you have solid reason for being disgruntled. Candy, please do NOT enter him in the giveaway as there needs to be recompense for his statement about our dear Elizabeth - and, for that matter, all women. Maybe it is because our lives have focused around the Regency era that he feels justified in making such a remark. He truly is a sweet man,a bit Bingley-ish on a normal day. Thank you for commenting.

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    2. Joy, Lol! Not to worry! John is not entered unless he filled out the Rafflecopter above! ;)

      John, I don't think it was Darcy's money or standing that appeals to most women, at least not to me anyway. For me it's his loyalty and integrity. He is always an honorable man. Sure he made some mistakes, but he learn from them. Now, Elizabeth didn't change, she just needed to understand Darcy better. ;)

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    3. Oh! And we all love Colonel Fitzwilliam, and he's just a second son!

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    4. Very well put, Candy. It's funny because my husband, John, really does like Darcy. The qualities you mentioned describe him perfectly. John also has that fun, relaxed personality that we love about Bingley.

      John may have filled out the rafflecoper. It is his first time EVER making a comment on a blog or entering anything on-line. He was proud! (A minor victory for those technologically challenged.)

      Might I try to express my absolute delight with your duties as a hostess. This has been an awesome experience. Every evening, we read the comments together. My Mom reads them as well and made the comment that it seems like we all know each other. Commonality of the enjoyment of JA certainly has the ability to unite a diverse group or a motley crew. Thanks so much.

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    5. Good point about the Colonel.

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    6. Thank you so much, Joy! You've been a wonderful guest, and I love the conversation you have going on here! It's been a pleasure! The JA community is certainly a wonderful group!

      Hurrah! to John for his first blog post comment! Woot! :D

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  25. I like the celebrity comparisons because it gives me a clear picture of how the characters look which helps a lot when reading a book .

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    1. Me too, Chavonne. Best wishes for the giveaway and thank you for your insight.

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  26. I love your visualizations for the Fitzwilliams! I would be at complete loss if I were to choose Lord Matlock between Sean Connery and Anthony Hopkins though:) Can't we have two strong characters in your next book where both Sean Connery and Anthony Hopkins could fit in, I wonder:)))
    Although I am a hardcore fan of 1995 adaptation, with so many wonderful and talented actors and actresses, sometimes I think that I would like to see new Pride&Prejudice series (a movie would be too short to my liking).
    Last year one of London theaters performed Pride and Prejudice on stage with David Oakes as Mr.Darcy. I did not have a pleasure to watch this performance, and although I like David Oakes, I have some doubts whether or not Mr.Darcy was a befitting role for him.
    Also recently as I have become a fan of Tom Hiddlestone, I have started to wonder whether he would be good for Darcy (with his personality and golden locks he would be perfect for Mr.Bingley, if he were not a little bit old. But with his expressiveness, great talent in playing various controversial characters and his hair dyed black, he might be perfect for a new Darcy).
    As for Lizzy, I still have some problems with accepting anyone else but Jenniffer Ehle:)
    Thank you for sharing an excerpt. I like it when Darcy's relatives are likable, as it would mean less trouble for Lizzy.
    And thank you for wonderful giveaway!

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    1. You are most welcome. Thank you for your insightful comment. I, too, have recently began appreciating the talent of Tom Hiddleston. It had not occurred to me to think of him as Darcy. Certainly, his acting skill would not be questioned. His looks? Hair dye! It could work. I'll have to ponder that a bit. Who, then, would be your Lizzy in a remake? Certainly Jennifer is too old.

      I will have to check out Mr. Oakes. This is the first time I have heard of him.

      My next book, Mr. Bingley has two strong older male characters but one is NOT nice. Which would you have him be?

      Thank you again for the comment and best wishes for the giveaway.

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    2. If I were to look for a great actor to play an older not nice male character (particularly, clever intelligent powerful coldhearted) I would choose Charles Dance. I like Sean Connery to play nice guys, and as for Anthony Hopkins (although he is good at everything) I would also like to see him play someone positive:) If your not nice male character was not old, I would recommend already mentioned David Oakes, because he is good at playing charming half crazy baddies.
      As for Lizzy, that would be more tricky:) Jenniffer Ehle in pair with Colin Firth has become iconic Lizzy for me, so I will hardly be objective if I were to look for new Elizabeth Bennet. But just now absolutely crazy idea visited me:) I think it could be fun to see Natalie Dormer try being Lizzy. Natalie has that playfulness, archness and impertinence that every Lizzy Bennet should possess, and Natalie will look good next to Tom Hiddlestone;) What would you say?
      If you were a producer of new P&P series, whom you would like to play leading roles?

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    3. Looks like you're watching Game of Thrones, oloore. Charles Dance would indeed make a good older, not-nice character. He does Tywin Lannister so well. Natalie Dormer's character in the aforementioned series (Margaery Tyrell) is sometimes playful, arch and impertinent but also rather sly and manipulative. I could see her more easily as Caroline Bingley. I didn't see her portrayal of Anne Boleyn in The Tudors, though.

      Another couple of GoT alumni occurred to me as possibilities for Elizabeth before I saw oloore's post. Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) plays her role in a blonde wig but is naturally brunette and Rose Leslie (Ygritte) is redheaded but could go down the Jennifer Ehle route and wear a wig if we want our Lizzie to be dark haired. Both play strong willed characters in the series.

      One possibility just sprang to mind for Mr. Bingley. How about Russell Tovey? He's good in everything he does and featured with Aiden Turner in Being Human. To me, he has a slightly gawky look about him that fits quite well with my idea of Bingley.

      Joy, I like your idea! Loki as Darcy - there's an image to conjure with. Now you've got me going through the list of actors from the Marvel Universe in my mind, thinking who they could play in our new dramatisation of P & P. I'll have a think about that and maybe get back to you.

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    4. Sorry, oloore and Joy, just realised it was oloore's idea about Tom Hiddleston playing Darcy. Must read previous posts properly in future!

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    5. You are completely right about me watching Game of Thrones:) I think birds of a feather flock together:))) I have seen Natalie Dormer only in sly manipulative roles (well, only in two roles actually, Margaery and Anne Boleyn), but I would be interested to see her in something nice. Though I like your suggestions about Emilia Clarke and Rose Leslie. Well, I think we have got almost all important roles for new P&P adaptation (except for Wickham, but I don't care about who would play him), so only a little left to do - to find lots of money to produce this new adaptation and convince chosen actors/actresses to participate. Any ideas how we could do it?:)

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    6. As it happens, we were just watching a couple of episodes of Season 3 of GoT last night. With the whole "recasting P & P" thing still fresh in my mind, I was half on the look out for someone to cast as Wickham. The only name I could come up with was Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) but at 45, (though he doesn't look it) he's probably a bit too old.

      Joy, if you Google for images of him, you'll se what I mean. Possibly a candidate for the Colonel as well?

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    7. As to funding, cast availabilty etc, the imagination is a wonderful thing, is it not? Some day, some one will decide it's time for a new dramatisation, probably when I'm even older and greyer than I already am. Then, when we watch it, we'll think " Gosh, Colin & Jennifer (or Matthew and Keira) were good, but these guys totally nailed it!" Just hope I'm still around to see it.

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  27. Oloore and Anji, I thank you both for giving this such thought. You are right, some people seem to be nice people that need to be in nice rolls. However, that is not always true. Something to ponder so I thank you for your comments. I just LOVE this.

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    1. Anji and Oloore, you two are a hoot! Thank you so very, very much for your comments. It is a wonderful way to close out this post. Only 16 hours left. Deep sigh! This has been delightful as we all get to know each other better. Your imaginations and visionary skill is highly impressive. When are your P&P variations coming out?

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    2. Where is my editor!!! How about, "your imaginations and visionary skills ARE highly impressive". Whew! It's not that early in the morning. Such sloppy writing! Please, I beg forgiveness.

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    1. Too typo filled to keep my comment so I deleted it. Please see below and forgive the grammar and punctuation errors. I was overjoyed as I read back over the comments that my new friends had made. Be still my heart!!! Actually, that's not true. I LOVE all of this.

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  29. A GREAT BIG THANKS to all who entered and commented. This has been so encouraging to me to continue writing about these characters. I am currently finishing chapter 10 of "Mr. Bingley: A Pride and Prejudice Variation" which tells the story of how Bingley and Jane finally reach their happily ever after - maybe! Then it's on to the good (or should I say "bad") Colonel Fitzwilliam who is traversing his own road to true love. Poor man! He just doesn't get women even though he thinks he has us all figured out. His road is not only rocky - it's filled with holes, canyons maybe. Oh well. Colonel Fitzwilliam seems to have to learn things the hard way. Bingley is not doing much better in his own journey. Men!!!

    Thank you again, Candy, for your superb skills as hostess. Maybe some day we will meet face to face for a cup of tea and a long conversation about our love of Austen.

    Always, Joy Dawn King

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    1. Thanks to you Joy! I can't wait to read your new variation about Mr. Bingley and Jane. I'm happy that our comments can help you don't give up! Good luck for your work!
      And many thanks to Candy for hosting the giveaway!

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    2. CongrTs on winning the gift certificate. Enjoy!

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  30. I finally started the book last night and am halfway through. Will finish tonite. I must say that I can't decidenif Ibdislike Maria Grace's or your version of E's father more. A wonderful read.

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    1. Deborah Ann, if you are the same Deborah Ann that comments on Austen Variations weekly serial stories, I LOVE your comments, your Lizzy Bennet witn and your enthusiasm. I always look for your name and cNt wait to get your point of view. I am excited to see what you have to say about A Father's Sins. Enjoy!

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    2. Gracious, Deborah Ann, where is my editor. Sincerely apologize for horrible typos.

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    3. Don't worry about the typos. In cases you haven't noticed, I have plenty too. You flatter me with your compliment. I am embarrassed. But, yes, I am the Deborah that posts on AV.

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    4. Good. Then I really hope you end my book with a smile. Please let me know at jdawnking at gmail.com or by a review on Amazon or Goodreads. Thanks for commenting here.

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