Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Nefarious Blog Tour ~ Guest Post & Giveaway!

Hello, friends! I'm so excited to be part of the Nefarious Blog Tour! I have an excellent post for you today! Nicole Clarkston is here with the backstory of how Nefarious came to be.  The first part is from Nicole, and the second part is from J. W. [Jeanne] Garrett, who brought the idea of the story to Nicole's attention. I hope you enjoy it!





A Different Darcy

Nefarious was born (for me) on May 4 of 2018. I had been corresponding with one of the JAFF community’s most enthusiastic members, J.W. (Jeanne) Garrett, and she sent me what she felt was a Prologue for a story. “A Different Darcy” was the concept—someone so battle-scarred and resentful that he was barely recognizable. 

What she sent me was a monologue opener of 2125 words: Darcy standing at the crypt of his former wife Elizabeth and blasting her and her wretched schemes against him for all the destroyed hopes of his life. What fascinated me was that this was not the man we knew, but at the same time, he was. His unreformed pride was still fresh at the surface, but his almost manic insistence on honesty had been so thoroughly disappointed and abused that it was almost as if the core of his being was raw. The man was bleeding.

Quoted below is some of the original text. Other parts made it into the opening pages of the book. These paragraphs did not, as we chose to show these sentiments through Darcy’s actions and words to others as the story developed. However, the bones of the concept are here. 


“I eagerly anticipate the freedom of being away from here for several months. While I am at Netherfield… I have instructed Mrs. Reynolds to scour your chambers in order to remove your stench. I have never considered you the mistress of Pemberley, and I want any evidence of your presence removed. I have also instructed her to fill the room with lavender. I’ve always loved lavender and I well remember that you hated it.”

Darcy couldn’t help but chuckle. “For the first time in my life, I fully intend to enjoy myself. I may even allow myself to laugh and… heaven forbid… to dance. I intend to open myself to new experiences. I want to find love, and this time, I will be careful. I will no longer be tempted or drawn to the first circles. I have discovered it is a house of cards with no substance to support it. You were of my station… of the first circles, rumored to have a glorious dowry, a beauty among beauties, full of wit and imbued with all the accomplishments ladies of the ton needed to grace any parlor or sitting room… lies… one and all. Deceit is my abhorrence. I intend to step down and look at the daughters of the landed gentry. I feel they are closer to the things I love… the land, country living and fresh air.  –J.W.Garrett

The kicker of this whole scheme? The wicked wife who made his life hell was named Elizabeth. As you know, I loved the idea. I told Jeanne that she should write it herself, but she declined, saying, “I was just supposed to write the prologue.”

Sadly, the story had to go on the shelf for several months, not seeing full publication until just over a year later. We dusted the concept off again in January, revisiting all those first brainstorming emails, and the subject line of one of them caught my attention. We had been building Darcy’s back story, piecing out exactly why he was so bitter towards his late wife and her family. We were also talking about another story idea I was developing (more on that to come this winter). Jeanne threw out a single word to sum it all up. Nefarious.

We wrought all kinds of delicious mayhem developing the early layout of the story. Darcy was still his prideful, conceited self when he met this woman who wrecked all his happiness. This woman was unrepentant and despicable. Poor Darcy… we had an obscene amount of fun coming up with new ways to torture him! Much wicked giggling was heard over the email wires, and pretty quickly, Darcy began to leap off the screen for me. 

I started off in the usual way—third person, deep perspective. However, by the time I was halfway through Chapter Two, I knew that was not right for this book. Though it scared me to death, I emailed Jeanne and told her that I thought this book should be written in first person. Darcy’s POV, Darcy’s brain, start to finish. It makes him, and who he has become, a more sympathetic figure, and that was so important. She giggled and agreed. 

Darcy has always reminded me a little of my husband in his immutable demand for honesty and respect. In a balanced individual, these traits are given as freely as they are received, but in a man whose most basic needs have been so utterly and irreversibly destroyed, I believe things would unravel at an alarming rate. His character is still there—the core decency, the repugnance of all things wicked or dishonest—but he is less controlled, less tempered than before. He might even do something he would forever regret.

All I can say is “Thank goodness for Charles Bingley,” because he does exert something of a calming influence over his frazzled buddy. However, Darcy is suffered to go on unchecked in some of his more high-handed behaviours, ultimately driving even the unflappable Charles Bingley to the brink of madness. And the cause of such a fracture? Why, a woman, of course.

One of the shockers in the opening chapters of Nefarious is that Darcy is not reluctantly drawn to Elizabeth Bennet at the Assembly. Instead, he is instantly caught and enraptured by her sister, her complete opposite. Poor, sweet-tempered Jane Bennet is vanilla instead of Rocky Road, and Darcy is in such a state that he thinks Jane’s simple purity might be just what he is looking for. Unfortunately, Charles Bingley is thinking the same thing.

The fun of the first third of the book is watching Darcy’s bumbling efforts to pursue Jane, all while trying to convince himself of how dangerous Elizabeth is for him. However, the more he watches the younger sister in an effort to thwart her, the more he cannot look away. Soon, and without his full understanding or awareness, Elizabeth Bennet has consumed his thoughts.

Well, as any good P&P story should, this one involves a set-down… or three. Actually, I lost count of how many times Darcy’s nearest and dearest have to correct him, but eventually, the old Darcy emerges from his shell, sans pride and humbly aching for forgiveness. And who should be there to do the forgiving but Elizabeth Bennet?

Tackling Elizabeth’s character in this book followed a different strategy from my usual. We never get to see her perspective at all. What we learn of her is all through the eyes of our very unreliable narrator, a man who truly does not understand her at first. Because the focus of this book is on Darcy and his struggles, we see less of Elizabeth Bennet’s “Prejudice,” although it is still there and actively at work. 

In order for her to see Darcy for who he truly is, we needed to highlight Elizabeth’s intelligence and the restraint that a gentlewoman of the day was expected to have. She gives him regular tongue lashings, but all with a smile. Though she might have gone to her bedroom and screamed into her pillow later, she kept her dignity intact in public. 

From the beginning, we wanted hints that she finds Darcy fascinating, even if she is unwilling to confess it (and he is undeserving). She enjoys matching wits with him, she watches and pays attention to him, and even touches her hair or changes colors at certain moments. The girl is wise enough to keep her distance when Darcy is such a hateful bully, but she is still intrigued by him. 

I was afraid that she might come off looking like too much of a goody-two-shoes, but she is far from perfect. What she does do perfectly is learn to forgive, and our Darcy is a better man for it. He is drowning, and she casts him a rope. 

I do hope you enjoy our little story. I know that Jeanne and I had fun with it, and it has been tremendously enjoyable to chat on the blog with all the readers who would like to give Darcy what-for. Thank you for stopping by, and a huge thank you to Candy for hosting today!

-NC



Jeanne's Thoughts

I’ve been friends with Nicole since October 7, 2016, when we friended each other in a GoodReads Austenesque discussion group. In cyberspace that is a long time for a friendship. Over the years, I have enjoyed all her Austen variation books. Darcy and Elizabeth are my all-time favorite romance couple. I noticed that Nicole had another writing passion that I wanted to experience; however, it required that I first read Elizabeth Gaskell’s ‘North and South.’ I was then able to read Nicole’s other books that focused on the romance between John Thornton and Margaret Hale. Heavy sigh… I am learning to love them too. 

Plot bunnies are strange creatures. They invade your thoughts when you should be doing or thinking about something else. I don’t even remember what I was originally doing or thinking when it hit me like a flash. I immediately saw Darcy standing before a crypt broken, bitter, angry, and spewing forth a vitriolic diatribe at the cold, stone slab. I also knew there was a manipulation/redirection of the reader with the name on the crypt… Elizabeth. That was mean of me, I know, but it was all there, a story that needed to be told. I also felt that I did not have it in me to create it. Never attempt what you know in your heart you cannot complete. 

Over the years, Nicole and I had worked together on other projects. I beta read, did ARC [advance-reader-copy] and regular reviews for her and even helped with a bit of research. I felt I could trust her with this story and asked if she would look at it. The rest they say… yeah, that one. Nicole has been very generous to show the better parts of that prologue. I had several ridiculous ideas that just would not have worked in this story and I am so glad she didn’t choose them. I actually think I was a bit more vicious than the direction she took. Her instincts and decisions have been spot-on. I have been blown away with her wisdom, creativity, word choice, listening to her characters [their wants and desires], that list of names they called each other [hilarious], her love of the genre and simply creating magic. 

Did we have fun? Of course! Was it possible to laugh across cyberspace? Are you kidding? I think I cracked a rib at one point. In spite of there being half a dozen states between us and a two-hour time difference, we managed to brainstorm and debate strategies. We actually threw out more than we kept. Thank goodness for computers and file storage. You would need a ream of paper if you printed all the emails we generated over this story. I have loved every minute of this experience. Nicole is a genius and I wish all the accolades possible for her. She has earned it. 

Blessings to you Nicole and thank you for taking a simple thought and creating this marvelous work. I’ll never forget the day you sent me the mock-up for the cover. When I opened that email and saw that face, I had cold-chills and knew that this was going to be something great. It will always be special to me.

J. W. [Jeanne] Garrett


Wow! I had so many emotions just reading both Nicole's and Jeanne's thoughts! I can't wait to read the whole story! 






Nefarious 
by Nicole Clarkston

Book blurb:

He hates everything about her. 
She despises him even more. 
So why is his heart so determined to belong to her? 

Once trapped by marriage to a woman he loathed, Fitzwilliam Darcy is finally free again. Resentful, bewildered, and angry, he is eager to begin his life over—preferably with a woman who is the exact opposite of his wife. 

He never imagined a short stay in Hertfordshire would bring him face to face with his worst nightmare; a woman similar in face, form, and name. He certainly never expected her to be so impossible to ignore. 

Torn between what he believes he wants and what his heart cannot live without, his dignity begins to unravel. Will his desperation to escape his past drive a wedge into his closest friendship and destroy any hope of a future? 

Will Miss Elizabeth Bennet prove to be as nefarious as his wife? Or, will the last woman in the world be his only chance at happiness?

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About the Author

Nicole Clarkston is a book lover and a happily married mom of three. Originally from Idaho, she now lives in Oregon with her own romantic hero, several horses, and one very fat dog. She has loved crafting alternate stories and sequels since she was a child watching Disney’s Robin Hood, and she is never found sitting quietly without a book of some sort.

Nicole discovered Jane Austen rather by guilt in her early thirties―how does any bookworm really live that long without a little P&P? She has never looked back. A year or so later, during a major house renovation project, she discovered Elizabeth Gaskell and fell completely in love. Her need for more time with these characters led her to simultaneously write Rumours & Recklessness, a P&P inspired novel, and No Such Thing as Luck, a N&S inspired novel. The success she had with her first attempt at writing led her to write four other novels that are her pitiful homage to two authors who have so deeply inspired her.

Nicole contributes to Austenvariations.com, a group of talented authors in the Jane Austen Fiction genre. In addition to her work with the Austen Variations blog, Nicole can be reached through Facebook at http://fb.me/NicoleClarkstonAuthor, Twitter @N_Clarkston, her blog at Goodreads.com, or her personal blog and website, NicoleClarkson.com.



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Nefarious Blog Stops

June 3rd - More Agreeably Engaged; Vignette, Giveaway
June 4th – From Pemberley to Milton; Review, Giveaway
June 7th - Austenesque Reviews; Vignette, Giveaway
June 8th – Babblings of a Bookworm; Vignette, Giveaway
June 11th – So Little Time…; Guest Post, Giveaway
June 13th - Savvy Verse & Wit; Guest Post, Giveaway
June 15th – Diary of an Eccentric; Review, Giveaway 




* * * GIVEAWAY * * *

It's giveaway time! Nicole is having a giveaway at each blog tour stop! Woot! Which means one of my lucky readers will win one of two options. To enter, please leave a comment below! 

Option 1: $10 Amazon Gift Card plus eBook or Audiobook of winner’s choice; International


Option 2: Signed Paperback of winner’s choice; US only


  • One person will win either option 1 (International) or Option 2 (US Only)
  • To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below.
  • The last day to enter the giveaway is June 18, 2019, 11: 59 PM, Pacific Time.

Good luck!



Many thanks go to both Nicole and Jeanne for the peek into the beginnings of Nefarious

So, friends, what did you think of Nicole and Jeanne's thoughts? When I first read them I was like, "No! No! No! Not Elizabeth!" ...  "Oh, ok" (Phew!) ... "Oh, no! Not with Jane!" Haha! So many emotions! 

Please remember to leave a comment, question, or show some love for Nicole or Jeanne! And for more chances to win check out the other blogs on the tour! 

60 comments:

  1. I do hope we read about his first marriage and how all that came about

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    1. Hey, Vesper!! There is a section that explains in detail that first 'horrid' marriage. Nicole left a lot of hints leading up to that section before it is fully explained. As you read... you think, man, that must have been really bad. But then you read the account and you see that it was 'really, really bad.' Thanks for commenting.

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    2. What Jeanne said. BAD. Like lock her in an institution bad. Thanks for stopping by, Vesper!

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  2. I love this story. Just when you think all is well it becomes hopeless. What a rollercoaster ride.

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    1. So glad you love this story, Debbie. I don't do well on roller-coasters and this was a wild ride for sure. Thanks for your support.

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    2. I hate angst. Maybe I shouldn't read it.

      I mean... whoops!

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  3. I have co-written a book with a friend (my first one that got published) and I know the experience firsthand. It’s amazing! Hilarious, rewarding, fulfilling and the lessons to be taught… endless.
    If cyberspace was a country, I’m sure we had covered several square kilometers of it--the equivalent of whole cities-- with emails back and forth...if anyone cared or dared to print them. Ideas, forsaken ideas, ridiculous ideas etc.
    So it was extra fun reading your experiences. It brought back memories and as you’ll see yourselves they'll be treasured for years.
    Thank you, all, for sharing this!
    Alexandra

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    1. Oh, Alexandra, what fun!! Yay, for friends that let us tag along with them on their publishing journey. You are so kind to share your experience and you nailed it. Everything you said about your experience I have felt. Wow! I am still on a high... em... uh... hey, I don't smoke or do stuff. Please don't get the wrong idea here. Perhaps I should use a different phrase. Well... there aren't words... what Alexandra said... ditto. LOL!!

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    2. Aw, isn't it fun, Alexandra? Thank you for sharing your joy. It really is amazing to have someone helping to sound off on the crazy ideas or to giggle with you as you rub your hands in glee over what's coming. Working with Jeanne has been a pure delight.

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  4. Congratulations on your new book!!

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    1. Thanks Bookluver88! So kind of you to stop by and leave a comment.

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    2. Thank you so much, BookLuver88!

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  5. I'm so excited for Nicole and Jeanne through this new release period of their book. Fun seeing how their collaboration came about and the early work together on it. I have no doubt it is masterful and deeply touching.

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    1. Hello, Sophia Rose. So good to hear from you. Thank you, my dear. This has certainly been fun. You've seen me around cyberspace for a few years and you know what fun this has been for us. Thanks for stopping by and lending your support.

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    2. That was such a sweet thing to say. Thank you, Sophia! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I really enjoyed reading the chapters that were posted. Congrats on the release and thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. Thank you, darcybennet. That was fun posting those first few chapters. I think I enjoyed the comment sections as much or more than I did the posted chapters. We enjoyed exchanging a few words. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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    2. Thanks, Darcybennett! You are always so kind, what a treat to chat with you on the blog stops!

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  7. When I read the Candy's post on Facebook today regarding 'The background story' of the creation of Nefarious I had to check in and read this. Even though I've read other bits of this collaboration since Nicole started posting chapters on AV, this has been by far the most revealing. And I just ate it up! Loved it. Thank you so much. The book is simply divine, ladies. Ten stars. The ending is priceless.

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    1. Ten stars!! OMG! Michelle H, that is amazing. Thank you for stopping by and leaving stars for us. Wow!! You are so much fun. I enjoyed your comments too back at AU. I have loved this so much as I have gotten to be in contact with so many fans. Thanks for your support.

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    2. AV... that was AV Austen Variations. I can't even blame auto-correct... grrr!

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    3. Wow, Michelle, Ten stars? I need to write another book so it averages out! Thank you, sweet friend, you are so kind. I'm glad you had fun reading how Nefarious came about. I've never had so much fun on a book before, and I said that last year about London Holiday. Jeanne made it special, and I am deeply indebted to her for her brilliance.

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    4. Aaah, Nicole!! ** blushing furiously **

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  8. Ah, I love your idea Jeanne and your collaboration with Nicole! You ladies sure make a wonderful team. I agree that Darcy & Elizabeth are my all time favorite romance characters. I usually don't ready WIP, but was hooked from the very start. I'm reading it now and loving all the vignettes from Elizabeth's point of view on the blog tour and how you creative you are with some of the dialogue from cannon and spinning it to have another person say those same words. You are truly an amazing author! Cheers to Nefarious! Wishing you both a wonderful successful launch!

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    1. Dung, you are so kind! Thank you for following the tour. It is so much fun chatting with you! And thank you for your sweet words. They have put a smile on my very exhausted face this evening. Bless you!

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  9. Oh, Dung, thanks for stopping by. How are you? I am so glad you are enjoying Nicole's genius with the dialogue. Man, she blew me away. Many times she would send me a short or a scene and I would just email back and say 'WOW!' or 'OMG!' because she would simple leave me speechless. Now, you know me and that is a very unusual predicament to find my self... speechless??? Doesn't happen very often. I agree with you completely that Nicole is an amazing author. Thanks for commenting. See you in cyberspace!!

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  10. Love that Jeanne was in collaboration with Nicole. I love the except of the book and it on my TRP. I have heard wonderful reviews about this book. Thanks for the chance in the giveaway. If I don’t win would the author and Jeanne consider signing a book for me at my expense?

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    1. That would be lovely, Shelley! It's very sweet of you to ask. Jeanne and I live in different parts of the country, so we'll have to ship it back and forth some. What say you, Jeanne?

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  11. I enjoyed learning about the backstory to this book. Thanks for sharing with us! Really looking forward to reading this book. [But then, after all the anticipation, there's the awful part when the book is over. :-( ]

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    1. Aw, I know your pain, Ginna. The good news is I know there are some great releases coming up this summer! Hopefully your kindle won't be bereft for long. ;-) Thank you for following the tour and for your support!

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    2. Ginna, you are a gem. Thanks for the compliments and following the blog tour.

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  12. Candy, thank you for hosting! I'm so sorry I was late to the party today. I woke up and we had a stray horse here! Oddly, it consumed most of my day dealing with it. Last thing I would have seen coming...

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    1. Nicole - Oh, my! I hope you found your horse! No worries here! I'm so happy to host you! This post is truly wonderful. I loved hearing about the collaboration between you and Jeanne! Thank you so very much for being here! {{hugs}}

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    2. Candy, it was so much fun visiting your blog. Thank you for being part of the blog tour. Nicole is very special and I wish all the best for her.

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  13. Hi ladies,
    Isn’t it amazing how inspiration can strike when we least expect it?The Muse,in her infinite wisdom, whispers an idea into Jeanne’s ear,plants a germ of a story that infuriatingly niggles away until it’s satisfied that something will be done,that the story will appear in paper. And so it happened,with a wonderful collaboration between two like minded friends! Heartiest congrats to you both on this,your first joint endeavour! I trust it will the start of things to come! ☘️

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    1. Thank you, Mary! It was so much fun working on this together. I think that helped keep the humor in the story, and that was so important! Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Mary, you are a dear to stop by and say hello. Bless your heart. What wonderful things to say about this work. You are so kind. Thanks for stopping by. See you in the comments and news feeds. ☘

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  14. Learning of the origin for this story makes it all the more intriguing! I look forward to reading this one! I hope that elusive stray did not get into too much trouble. :)

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    1. The stray... oh, what a tale I could tell about that! But I will reserve my comments for another time. Thanks for saying Hello, Kelly!

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    2. Hey Kelly. Leave it to Nicole to find a stray horse. I bet she isn't telling us the whole story. I imagine it acted badly and was obstinate and stubborn when she tried to wrangle him/her/it into the corral or paddock. Perhaps we should name this horse Darcy. Or, perhaps, we should consider Nefarious ** snicker ** I couldn't help it. It sounds nefarious.

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  15. It was so fun reading about the experience you two shared while writing this story! I love the whole concept of Jeanne having an idea and Nicole taking it and running with it! You two created a gem, and I thank you for allowing me the privilege of reading along as you wrote. There was never a doubt in my mind, but that you had a winner! Congratulations ladies!

    Thanks for hosting, Candy!

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    1. Loved the cover Janet... genius. I think it just makes it.

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  16. Thank you, Janet! I couldn't wait to send each chapter off to you to see if we were on track! (Threats to smack me over the head with your reader usually just egged us on, BTW.)

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  17. Hi ladies, congratulations on your new book! It sounds so intriguing and such an emotional rollercoaster! Thank you for the giveaway

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    1. Hope you get a chance to read it soon, Sophia. Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. We appreciate your comments.

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  18. Hello ladies. I am so glad to see that this story took off. I knew from the Goodreads group that Jeanne had come up with a wonderful concept for a story which Nicole had breathed life into, and I love this story of how you two worked together. I don't have it in me to be a writer, but I can imagine the thrill that it must have given Jeanne to have an idea that made it to publication. I am really looking forward to reading this.

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    1. So good to hear from you, Ceri. I am awed and amazed at what Nicole has done for this story idea. Man, she took a little over 2-thousand words and created magic. I know I keep saying that, but that is what happened. She is brilliant and her instincts are spot-on. I love this story. I appreciate you stopping by. You are so generous with your time and your comments.

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  19. Oh I love reading about the 'behind the scenes' of books wnd finding out how a story came about

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    1. Thank you, Caracoleta07! It was a fun project to work on. Good luck in the drawing!

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    2. Thanks for commenting and good luck in the drawing. I hope you love the story as much as we do.

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  20. It's been so much fun reading anout how Nefarious came to be. I'm a member of the same Goodreads group as Jeanne and I've always loved her sense of humour, especially the way she kept teasing us as the early chapters were posted at AV. I've no doubt that it's going to be an amazing read. If only I had a muse like that. I do have a plot bunny running around in my head (a modern, sci-fi type, not Regency), but the simple act of writing it down seemed to make the ideas dry up!

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    1. Hey, Anji, thanks for stopping by and commenting. This tour has been so much fun. I have loved it. Yeah, we do have fun over at GoodReads. I appreciate your friendship and support.
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  21. It's been a long while since I've had a great plot beta on a story, and it makes me nostalgic for those brainstorming sessions. You're so lucky to have Jeanne, Nicole. And vice-versa, since for the reader, the plot beta role is a way to get to that story they love to read. And we all love to read Nicole's work. Thanks to everyone involved for bringing this book and this post to your fans!

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    1. Aaah, Suzan, that was so nice. Thank you. Nicole was amazing to watch as she created this story right before my eyes. Wow! I just kept emailing 'WOW' all the time. This certainly has been an experience.

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  22. Thank you telling us how this variation came to be born, Nicole and Jeanne. When I read the first chapter posted on Austen Variations, I felt like I was going through an emotional roller coaster ride. I admit the idea behind Nefarious is unlike what I have read so far and it makes for a more fascinating story. I wanted to learn more about Darcy's deceased wife and how she caused him to be so hurt and prideful.

    Candy, please enter me for the international giveaway. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Lúthien84. That first chapter was pretty traumatizing wasn't it? It must have been something I ate that gave me that nightmare... just kidding. I was fully awake when I thought of that scene. Then Nicole tweaked it and made it magic. There is that word again. Thanks for stopping by and for your support.

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  23. Jeanne and Nicole - I enjoyed your comments and explanations more than I can say!! Fascinating stuff! So glad you decided on this collaboration and I am very much looking forward to reading this book!

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    1. Ooops, this is Laurie McClain, by the way!

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