J. Dawn King/Christie Capps

Bestselling author of Jane Austen variations

New Story: The Letter of the Law

I’ve removed this story to prepare for publication. 

Hello! I hope you have been healthy and happy during my absence. My newly replaced hip is doing remarkably well so I am FINALLY able to sit in a chair long enough to get some words down on paper. I’ve been so anxious to get back to writing something new. I will be entirely honest, there are multiple stories begging to be written. I chose “The Letter of the Law” to write first. Here’s a basic description:

Upon his father’s death, Fitzwilliam Darcy had been overwhelmed with the responsibility of becoming Master of Pemberley and guardian to his young sister. Thinking he had plenty of time before his ten-year-old sister turned sixteen, he pushed to the background the codicil in his father’s will that either he or his co-guardian, Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam, be wed by the time Miss Georgiana Darcy started preparations for her debut into society. Now, the date loomed in front of the two gentlemen like an ax ready to fall. Rather than lose her care to his cantankerous aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Darcy decides to accept an invitation to help his friend manage his new estate close to the farm community of Meryton in Hertfordshire in hopes of finding a country-bred lady to become the Mistress of his heart.

Elizabeth Bennet was not impressed with the gentleman. His stoic demeanor and harsh criticisms of herself and her loved ones set him as the most despised man of her acquaintance. When he continues to seek her out, she wonders at his purpose. Will they ever be able to move past their rocky start? Can love grow from such horrible beginnings? Will they both end up desiring to follow the letter of the law?




  1. So glad you’re back writing. We can see , fireworks are coming.

  2. I’m so glad you are writing again and that your operation was a success.
    I am liking this idea and can only hope that due to his desperation to find a wife Darcy won’t insult Elizabeth.
    Looking forward to more.

  3. Welcome back and glad you are back in the saddle…so to speak! First, I love the cover…very appropriate. Second, I love the first chapter…the angst is already up there! I can just imagine his ‘open mouth insert foot’ syndrome coming to the fore! Then there is Miss Talons, I mean Miss Bingley to out maneuver! Another day in paradise for Darcy! Sounds like fun!

  4. Both the story and the cover are looking good Joy! Going to enjoy following this new tale. The Meryton Assembly promises to be interesting if Darcy’s going to dance there!. Glad your recovery is proceeding well.

  5. Welcome back and please do not kill the Colonel off – you never know he might get married first

  6. Lenora Robinson

    December 5, 2017 at 8:23 am

    a brilliant twist on the story, I can not wait to read more. Also so happy to hear your hip is doing better. I had both needs replaced last year and the best advice I was given by my surgeon was walk and keep moving or it will lock up.

    • Thanks, Lenora. That’s great advice from your surgeon. I spent about 1 1/2 hours in my chair yesterday without getting up and I paid for it the rest of the day. I’ll try to do better today. And tomorrow. And…

  7. Great start. Looking forward to reading more! Glad you are feeling better.

  8. Sheila L. Majczan

    December 6, 2017 at 2:30 am

    I just received Chapter three…don’t know why I didn’t get the first two chapter. I am always amazed at how authors come up with new ideas. This has been an enjoyable start to a new story. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Wonderfol first 3 chapters. Thank you.

  10. Only discovered this story today as Debbie mentioned and recommended it on GR. I’m very grateful that she did as I’m totally intrigued!!
    Wonderful first chapter! I’m off to read chapter two!

  11. If this is what your unedited work is like, your editor must be severely overpaid. Love this!

    • Oh my goodness! That’s very kind. However, you should know that every single chapter comes back with so much red on it that I want to pull my hair out or scream. Or, cry. It’s all part of it though. I’m pleased you are reading this. Very pleased.

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