Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth
The Confession of Mr. Darcy, Vampire, #2
by Colette L. Saucier
Date of Publication: eBook August 8th 2016;
Date of Publication: print October, 2016
Publisher: Southern Girl Press
Cover Artist: Dawné Dominique
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
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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PULSE AND PREJUDICE
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.
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PULSE AND PREJUDICE
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MY INTERVIEW WITH COLETTE L. SAUCIER
How would you describe you style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
I prefer to write in deep-deep-deep third person point of view, also known as “limited omniscient narrator;” but I get so deep into the characters’ heads that comes close to being a first person narrative. I spend a lot of time meditating on how my characters would react to keep it as authentic as possible.
I am also obsessed with details and historical accuracy. Both Books 1 & 2 of The Confession of Mr. Darcy, Vampire (Pulse & Prejudice and Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth) are written in Austenian language and are faithful to 19th century literary style and conventions. They are both historically accurate down to the weather.
In my contemporary noir romantic suspense The Widow, in addition to having several technical advisors for both federal agents and computer viruses, the language is completely authentic; and I even went so far as to refer to actual bus and flight schedules to get the timing correct.
What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write (in general whether you are working on a project or just free writing)?
It all begins with an idea. Once the idea takes root, I begin to “see” different scenes in my head and “hear” lines of dialogue. From there I write out a detailed outline, but this is just a skeleton that needs to be fleshed out as the characters develop, or a road map that is open for detours. I usually begin by writing down some notes, often ending up with Post-it notes all over the place as ideas come to me. Now the arthritis in my hands has become so debilitating that I now dictate the scenes, which are then transcribed using Dragon.
Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you people watch to help with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
Definitely. For Books 1 & 2 of The Confession of Mr. Darcy, Vampire, because I was writing about existing characters from Pride and Prejudice, I did a thorough character analysis of both Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet to ensure they remained true to Miss Austen even in this new paranormal world.
For original characters, I might begin with an idea of some basic features as far as age, personality, and physical appearance; but it is as I write that they actually come to life. Sometimes they even have ideas of their own that do take them on unexpected detours. In The Proud and the Prejudiced, I had not planned on the couple having sex—but they had other ideas! For a novel I wrote under another name, I told my husband for over a month that it was almost finished, but the characters just kept talking! What was I to do?
Have you found yourself bonding with any particular character? If so which one(s)?
I find myself bonding with the couples and their relationships. This was especially true with Peter and Alice in The Proud and the Prejudiced, David and Catherine in The Widow, and that couple I mentioned above that had so much to say to one another. If I can make MYSELF sigh, I feel like I have created realistic characters and relationships!
Do you have a character that you have been working on that you can't wait to put to paper?
Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. What a compelling character! I am working on background and research for a Steampunk Shapeshifter Parody of that novel, with Heathcliff as a werewolf howling on the moors! The title will be Withering Frights.
Have you ever felt that there was something inside of you that you couldn't control? If so what? If no what spurs you to reach for the unexperienced?
I “came out” a few years ago about my struggle with Major Depressive Disorder, and often something will trigger a painful memory that will then begin a downward spiral. I wish I could exorcize these ghosts from the past that haunt me. I have drawn on my own personal experiences with this in developing some of my characters, for example in The Widow and Alicia’s Possession.
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.