I’ve been so busy these past three weeks that I completely forgot to update my Novel Passage! Well, I have done so tonight, keeping with my plan to share excerpts from Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy ~ Two Shall Become One. As always my desire is to give a tantalizing taste of what the novel includes. In this instance I have chosen a bedroom scene – one very typical in tone, language, and detail to all the others – for your reading, um, pleasure. OK, a lame joke, but I do have a point.
I have never pretended, not for a second, that intimacy is absent from my story. Rather I state it boldly as a necessary (in my opinion) aspect of exploring the blossoming relationship between Darcy and Elizabeth. Preferences and attitudes will vary, naturally, in what one is comfortable reading. I am perfectly fine with that. In addition, I suppose people have differing definitions for the words steamy, smutty, excessive, erotic, sexual, and so on. That is fine too, although I do believe there are standard meanings that most would agree on, such as ‘smutty’ being a very derogatory word generally saved for pornography.
Semantics and personal reading preferences aside, what I want to make clear is that despite some notations stating otherwise, Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy is not a novel chock full of one sex scene after another. It just isn’t. I was beginning to wonder myself, in fact! I started to question my own memory, wondering if perhaps a different book had been published than the one I wrote! Had my publisher pulled a fast one on me? I am happy to say that is not the case. What I wrote is now available for you to leaf through for yourself, to make a decision based on your own observation. The various excerpts I have here on the website, including this most recent Novel Passage, are the best proof of what is in between the pages of my gorgeous book. And, if cold, hard facts are helpful, I went further and did the math. Generously counting every page including a lovemaking scene, starting at the first kiss or touch and continuing through any aftermath conversation and cuddling, even those scenes where nothing is described at all but it fades to black, I came up with 40 out of a 295 total. That is 13.5%, or roughly 1/8th of the whole. I doubt there is a mathematician in the world who would consider that the majority!