The Darcy Brothers Virtual Book Launch Party with Authors, Monica Fairview, Maria Grace, Cassandra Grafton, Susan Mason-Milks and Abigail Reynolds

We are very pleased to welcome Monica Fairview, Maria Grace, Cassandra Grafton, Susan Mason-Milks, and Abigail Reynolds to Austenprose for the official virtual book launch party of their new novel The Darcy Brothers, released today by White Soup Press.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, The Darcy Brothers is an original variation based on Austen’s classic in which Mr. Darcy has a charming younger brother named Theo who meets Elizabeth Bennet and vies for her affections. Written by five Austenesque authors, you may well ask, as we did ourselves, how they could pool their talents and create one novel together? Abigail Reynolds has kindly supplied a revealing guest blog to share the experience with you.

And, any celebration would not be complete without gifts. Please enter a chance to win one of the four fabulous prizes being offered by their publisher by leaving a comment. The giveaway details are listed at the end of this post. Good luck to all!


Easy-going Theophilus Darcy is the opposite of his controlled older brother. Where Fitzwilliam Darcy is proud and awkward among strangers, Theo is a charmer. Fitzwilliam took his studies seriously, while Theo was sent down from Oxford for his pranks. Still, the brothers were the best of friends until tragedy and George Wickham tore them apart.

What if Theo were to meet Miss Elizabeth Bennet? Would he charm the young lady’s stockings off… or would he help his brother win her hand? Find out as the two brothers lock horns in this unique Pride & Prejudice variation collectively written by five respected authors.

The Darcy Brothers was first conceived as an interactive group writing project and has developed into a full-length novel featuring the charismatic Theo Darcy.


What’s even better than writing a book? Writing a book with other authors, of course! Group writing projects can be stimulating experiences that can push your writing to a new level, so when I had the chance to join a small group of writers I respected in writing a Pride & Prejudice variation novel, I jumped at it.

My partners were Monica Fairview, author of Mr. Darcy’s Pledge, Cassandra Grafton, author of A Fair Prospect, Maria Grace, author of the Given Good Principles series, and Susan Mason-Milks, author of Mr. Darcy’s Proposal. We had all participated earlier in a much larger group story, a P&P variation where Elizabeth Bennet had a brother, so when we started brainstorming for our new small group project, the next step was obvious – a  story where Darcy had a brother.

I don’t remember who came up with the idea first, but we knew right away it was the right one. The emails started flying fast and furious as we tossed around ideas. Eventually, we landed on the idea of Theo Darcy, two years younger than his brother Fitzwilliam and his opposite in many ways. Theo charms everyone while Darcy is always giving offense. Theo is sociable, witty, playful and full of interesting conversation, with a dry sense of humor. Everyone likes Theo – except his brother. And there’s nothing Theo likes better than poking a little fun of his oh-so-serious elder brother!

But now we had a problem. A big one. We’d created a great character, but also one who happened to be just what Elizabeth Bennet thought she wanted in a man. What was going to happen when they meet? We all know Elizabeth dislikes Darcy in the first half of Pride & Prejudice. What would happen if she started falling in love with his younger brother…and her feelings were returned? Would Darcy try to stop the match, or would he stand back to allow Elizabeth happiness?

Then it got really complicated because it turns out there are long-standing problems between the two brothers. Remember George Wickham (and who could forget him)? When Darcy went off to school and lost interest in Wickham and his hi-jinks, there was another boy for Wickham to attach himself to, a younger, more impressionable boy – Theo.

Needless to say, our dear Mr. Darcy does not react well to this! Especially when Theo decides to follow in Wickham’s footsteps and ‘study’ law. As we all know, Darcy is very good at jumping to conclusions, and not letting little things like evidence get in the way of his prejudices! Add to this a deep, dark secret which the brothers are determined never to discuss, and you have the recipe for the deep rift between the brothers.

By the time we were half-way through the book, we’d half-forgotten the original Darcy didn’t have a brother. Adding Theo to the mix let us explore so many different sides of Darcy, and the contrast between them added focus to the characters. When writing our own stories, we kept forgetting that Darcy didn’t have a brother in the original!

Having the opportunity to work with other writers whose work I admired was a tremendous privilege, not to mention a learning experience! It was exhilarating to have so much creative thinking power available for story dilemmas, and the synergy was unbelievable. The characters we created working together have greater depth, and their dilemmas are more multifaceted.

We quickly adapted our writing styles to work together so there wouldn’t be any big jumps. At first, we started out with one writer doing each chapter, but as the story progressed, we began to work more closely, switching back and forth by scene and discussing each detail in detail. Each of us probably spent almost as much time working on our fifth of this book that we do on a single book of our own!

But the end result is worth it. We’re all very proud of Theo Darcy – and more than a little in love with him! We hope you love him as much as we do.

Best regards, Abigail Reynolds


In addition to their collaborative effort in The Darcy Brothers, Monica Fairview, Maria Grace, Cassandra Grafton, Susan Mason-Milks and Abigail Reynolds between them have published over two dozen Austen-inspired books, including national bestsellers. Monica Fairview (Mr. Darcy’s Pledge) holds down the fort for the team in London while Abigail Reynolds (Alone with Mr. Darcy) supplies cute cat pictures from Cape Cod, Susan Mason-Milks (Mr. Darcy’s Proposal) inspires with views of the Seattle skyline, Maria Grace (Remember the Past) frolics in the Texas bluebells, and British expat Cassandra Grafton (A Fair Prospect) has the critical responsibility of keeping the team supplied with much-needed chocolate from her home in Switzerland.

Look for them at the Austen Variations group blog where they are all founding members.

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In celebration of the official book launch of The Darcy Brothers, enter a giveaway contest for four prizes including three copies of the book (print or eBook) and one grand prize: a selection of Jane Austen-themed items and one copy of The Darcy Brothers (print or eBook). To qualify for the drawing please leave a comment with this post before 11:59 pm PT, Wednesday, February 11, 2015, stating why you would love to read the book, or what characters from Jane Austen’s original novel you hope have been included. The four lucky winners will be announced on Thursday, February 12, 2015. The items will be shipped internationally. Good luck to all!


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Jane Austen Silhouette – Sterling Silver Pendant

This charming Jane Austen silhouette pendant was inspired by “L’aimable Jane” – a circa 1810-1815 image of Jane Austen by an unknown artist.  It can also be used as a charm and added to your collection of charms. Handcrafted in Somerset, UK of 925 silver especially for the Jane Austen Centre Gift Shop, the pendant measures 15 mm and is presented in an exclusive Jane Austen Centre antique style box.

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This Jane Austen themed ensemble includes six stylish postcards with quotes from Jane Austen, an ‘I’d Rather Be At Pemberley’ compact mirror, a hand woven dupion silk bookmark with Jane Austen quote, a pocket-sized edition of Pride & Prejudice, a Jane Austen silhouette pin, a Theo Darcy magnet and one copy of The Darcy Brothers (print or digital).

Our congratulation go out to authors Monica Fairview, Maria Grace, Cassandra Grafton, Susan Mason-Milks and Abigail Reynolds for the release of their new novel. Many thanks to Abigail Reynolds for her guest blog and to White Soup Press for their generous giveaways.   

  • The Darcy Brothers, by Monica Fairview, Maria Grace, Cassandra Grafton, Susan Mason-Milks, and Abigail Reynolds
  • White Soup Press (2015)
  • Trade paperback and eBook (398) pages
  • ISBN: 978-0692370308


Cover image courtesy of White Soup Press © 2015; text Abigail Reynold © 2015,

163 thoughts on “The Darcy Brothers Virtual Book Launch Party with Authors, Monica Fairview, Maria Grace, Cassandra Grafton, Susan Mason-Milks and Abigail Reynolds

  1. Reblogged this on Cassandra Grafton and commented:
    Exciting news!

    I am delighted to announce the release today of The Darcy Brothers, a story co-written by five Austenesque authors (including me!)

    Come and enter the fab giveaways at Austenprose and follow Theo Darcy as he goes ‘on tour’ (but shhh, don’t tell his brother!!!)

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  2. I very much look forward to reading this book. I have already read some books from these authors and I enjoyed them. I discovered the Austenvariatons site when the novel was already in its last chapters and couldn’t have a look at it at that time. Could Theo meet Mary and give her some of his joyfulness?

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  3. I can only imagine Mrs. Bennet thinking Theo would be perfect for her 2nd daughter. And, Caroline Bingley? Which brother would she rabidly pursue? What would Lydia think of such a pleasant man (even if he doesn’t wear a red coat)? So much to know!

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  4. I’m so excited to read this book. I read and followed the creation of this story. It was wonderful and getting to read it again should be amazing. I have a Theo mug and he’s my new hero! Can’t wait!

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    • The colonel has a fairly minor role, but we’ve introduced another original character, Sir Montgomery, who’s a friend of Theo’s. I think you might like him!

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  5. I have looked forward to the publication of this book. It’s already on my TBR list I so enjoy all 5 authors’ work very much so know it will be great.


  6. Colonel Fitzwilliam has always been a favorite character of mine. I thought of him as Darcy’s brother. It is interesting to see how Darcy actually having a brother impacts that relationship.
    Thanks for the story!

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    • Very good! Most people don’t know about the origin of Theo’s name! Sorry to disappoint, but he’s not really cut out for the church any more than Wickham is – but for completely different reasons. Theo’s talents lie in a different direction.

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  7. I,too, looked for theo in P & p as I recently reread it . He has taken a life of his own and seamlessly fits into the story of Darcy
    and Elizabeth .
    I greatly enjoyed the installments but look forward to reading it in book form .

    Welcome back theo! You were missed!!

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  8. What an excellent premise for a book! That alone makes me excited to read it. The fact that it is a collaborative work by so many talented authors makes me even more intrigued. This one sounds absolutely fabulous! Congratulations on it’s release!

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  9. I’m excited to read this book as it is a collaborative effort–that fascinates me! To take five authors’ ideas and create a cohesive story just seems like magic. I wish we could hear more about how they worked together, though I’m sure the chocolate had a lot to do with it!

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  10. Congratulations to all the authors! Would love to see the final published book! It is an amazing accomplishment and I remember eagerly awaiting and then enjoying each new installment as they came out… delighting in the creative talents of the writers and their amazing ability to follow each other seamlessly in chapter after chapter. They have created such a fun new story with the delightful Theo, who has almost become real to me, as his handsome face shares space with other family and friends on the refrigerator. :-)

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  11. Oh I have always wanted to read this twist! I am glad we get a little bit of all these incredible writers in one story – it sounds like a great read already. Congrats to all of you and thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. This collaborative book by the five authors should be a great one. All the authors are excellent writers. I just downloaded to my Kindle. No need to enter me in the contest.

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  13. Cannot wait to read this. I cannot begin to imagine Darcy with a younger brother that has a 180 degree different outlook on life. I cannot see Darcy without Elizabeth either. Super contest from great authors.

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  14. New scenes?!!! I can’t wait to read it again with those! Oh be still my beating heart…more Theo! Hmm, I wonder how Darcy and Theo have been getting along lately. So delighted that this will be a published work. It deserves every accolade! Thank you for your generosity too!

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  15. I first read P&P the summer I was 13. And here decades later I am still in love with Fitzwilliam. (though since 1995 he has looked a bit like Collin Firth). I devour and prequel, sequel, what-ifs or pretty much anything to do with Mr. and Mrs .F. Darcy. Maybe Kitty can get her own Mr. Darcy?

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  16. I am excessively diverted! How wonderful that you have written this book together. I have enjoyed each author’s work for some time. I anticipate each new book. Some books I own in paperback and ebooks. I have enjoyed what versions of Theo Darcy you have put online and would love to be part of the drawing. Thank you so much already for hours and hours of great company and enjoyment.

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  17. After the heartbreaking loss of the Seahawks last night– I really need a win! And a younger Darcy brother would set me up forever– or at least ’til the sun comes out :) And if the Seahawks didn’t win, at least we’ll have #TomBradysBeautifulSkin to look at all week. Le sigh.

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  18. Congratulations, ladies, on this monumental achievement! Although it was a labor of true love, I know it was also a lot of just plain hard work. Now that it’s finished, though, I’m sure Theo Darcy and his story will be delighting readers for years to come. Well done!

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  19. I remember when this first started out as a group writing project online, and readers voted on how they thought the story should progress. I am anxious to see the final result! As for original characters, I’m wondering what Elizabeth’s meddling mother thought of Theo. I’m guessing she recommended him to Elizabeth over his moody brother!

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  20. I can’t wait to read this book! I have read & enjoyed books from each of the authors involved in this project. It will be nice to see what they created together.

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  21. I did not keep up with this one as I had hoped, so I am eager to read it. Lizzy in love with Darcy’s younger brother. OMG! My interest is so captured and compounded by the fact that all my favorite austen authors contributed. I am dancing in my chair.

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  22. Can’t wait to read this one! I have high hopes that Lady Catherine shows up to cause some trouble along the way! I enjoyed reading works from all the authors involved, so I have no doubt that this story will be awesome. :-)

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  23. Can’t wait to read it! Looking forward especially to see how Georgiana acts with her two brothers, her relationship with her older brother has always been a favorite of mine :)

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  24. I so enjoyed following the story of Theo and William as each episode was being published. It was a great story and I can’t wait to see it as a novel! Thank you for the chance to win these wonderful prizes, and to take part in this release.

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  25. It is not that I like him but I would like to read how Theo deals with Mr Collins ^^

    I will like to read the nove l because it seems a different twist, Darcy having a brother!!! and a brother with such a different behaviour from him!! To be honest, it sounds very strage to me!!
    What I have read from Abigail Reynolds or Cassandra Grafton is really good. However, I still have to read works from the other authors.

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  26. Oh, I’m certainly hoping Mrs. Bennet makes an appearance. Just imagine the flutterings and spasms to be caused by TWO rich, handsome gentlemen competing for Lizzy’s affections!

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  27. I thoroughly enjoyed the reader participation in The Darcy Brothers as it was published online last year. The writing was seamless, especially when more than one of our writers collaborated in a single chapter. As many have said, it was hard, particularly at the time, to remember that Fitzwilliam DIDN’T have a younger brother.

    I have a Theo key ring hanging up on display on the bookcase in my study from a giveaway at the time, and it came with some of the aforementioned Swiss chocolate from Cassandra (thanks so much for that!). The chocolate is but a dim and distant memory but Theo lives on.

    The prospect of new chapters is fantastic and I’m looking forward to reading the published version in it’s entirety rather than in weekly installments.

    Good luck with the launch ladies, and Theo! (Don’t give your brother too hard a time.)

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  28. I have no suggesstions as I already know who is included. It was so much fun to read along as it was created and I am just as excited now for the release of it in print! Can’t wait to read it again. So happy for you ladies! Congratulations! Theo is quite the character!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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    • I asked Theo, and he tells me he cannot say, since he could not possibly know who his descendants would be unless they could somehow travel through time. But then he had to rush off to examine a giant blue item marked ‘Police Box’ which had suddenly appeared, so I couldn’t ask him any further questions. ;)

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  29. I began reading The Darcy Brothers when it was first being posted in weekly chapters and really enjoyed the “back and forth” between the two brothers which sometimes bordered on real tension: Darcy being his responsible somewhat stuffy self and Theo being a bit like a younger Richard. Having a second brother must have a tremendous impact on Georgiana, too, not to mention Elizabeth! Conflicts must be on the horizon! Would very much like to read the finished product; best of luck ladies on the new release!

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  30. I loved reading this during its creation, but I would love to see it in print. This is such a grand giveaway. Thanks to all the authors for their hard work you all are so talented.

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  31. New parts??? Omigosh, you wrote MORE!! I enjoyed reading it as a WIP, but the promise of new parts is tantalizing. Do the new parts show more of Theo’s work in the courtroom?

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  32. I enjoyed reading it as a WIP and cannot wait to see what else is added. I hope that Caroline is in the book because she would definitely push Theo towards Elizabeth so she would get Darcy. How would Theo thwart her? Thank you for the great giveaways.

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  33. I’m excited to read this book! Imagine a little brother along the lines of Wickham! Poor Fitzwilliam. I read that neither Caroline or Colonel Fitzwilliam play much of a role, but didn’t find much on Bingley. I sure hope that Darcy does have a good friend by his side!
    Can’t wait to read this!

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  34. I’ve been waiting for this book! Theo sounds like a mischief maker. I wonder if he’s good friends with Colonel Fitzwilliam? Seems those two would get on!

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  35. This book brings together so many fantastic Austen authors, I can not wait to read their collaboration to bring another adaptation of Pride & Prejudice to life again. Such delights in store for us Austen lovers! Will the infamous DeBourgh meddle in the Darcy brother affairs? Will the young Darcy double cross Whickam and sweep Lydia off her feet instead to vex Lizzy? Or will Bingley turn out to be the ring leader of the shameful Wichkam and young Darcy? Anticipation for what these authors have cooked up is delightful! Any wait to read! Congratulations!!

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  36. I enjoyed reading this as it was revealed chapter by chapter on the blog and was fascinated by the idea of a second Darcy brother. I think that is interesting about the point Abigail made how that having Theo revealed more about Darcy. Looking forward to reading it all together in one story! Congrats, ladies, on your new book!

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  37. I know I read it while it was a WIP, but to hear there are some more changes makes me want to go read it again! I couldn’t get enough of Theo before and he is such a handsome wonderful character. We need a series of books on him! :). Looking sssoooooo much to reading about him again!

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  38. Congratulations on the launch of the book! It was great to read at Austen Variations, and I will look forward to what new things you’ve added. In JAFF, I always love reading more about Darcy’s relationships with his family, so can’t to hear more from his outgoing younger brother, and his devoted younger sister.

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  39. I read this as they were posting it as a WIP & would like to see what changes were made in the final version. It was a fun story to follow, and Theo was a great character!

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  40. How fun! I’d love to read it because of the dilemma that is sure to ensue. I really love how Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth rankle each other at first, then come to love each other over the course of the novel, will be fun to see how that plays out with Theo thrown into the mix!

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  41. I loved reading this story as it unfolded week by week, and I am so excited to read it again straight through, especially with the new scenes added! My Theo mug keeps me company at work (for hot chocolate, of course, as the latin name for chocolate is “theobroma”). I also love Theo’s participation in the book tour, his Facebook Page, and Tweets. I do hope this is just the first in a series of Theo books/stories.

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  42. This sounds like it’s going to be a excellent read just base on all the wonderful authors involved with project. Excited to see how all your works combined in creating this story. It’s not everyday that you have five author write a story.

    So many questions…I’m wondering if Georgiana is still a part of the novel or is it just Darcy & Theo!

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  43. I wonder if Colonel Fitzwilliam will make an appearance and if so what his relationship with Theo will be like. Will Darcy having a brother effect his relationship with the Colonel? Guess I’ll have to wait and see!

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  44. I have always loved Colonel Fitzwilliam for many of the reasons that I think I’ll like Theo… I love the easy mannered charmer 😊 Looking forward to starting this story!

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  45. Any and all things Austen….i do so enjoy! I am a big fan of Abigail’s work and love a good plot twist. Darcy’s younger brother sounds like this would be very intriguing. Rereading Persuasion now so you see, Jane’s work is never truly far from my reach!

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