- Adam's Media
- Release Date
- January 2011
- Book 1 of Wild and Wanton
Erotic Romance, Historical Romance
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife . . . in bed. Unfortunately, we've never been able to see Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam in flagrante delicto--until now.
In this deliciously naughty updating of the beloved classic, you can peek behind the closed doors of Pemberley's sexiest master bedroom--and revel in the sexual delights of your favorite couple.
From first kiss to orgasmic finish, this book is every Austen fan's dream come true--the story you love, with the heat turned up to high. It will come as no surprise that the dashing Mr. Darcy is as passionate and intense with his knickers off as he is with them on. And admit it, we've all wanted to see him sans knickers!
Feb 19, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
212 people found the following review helpful
It's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE -- only BETTER! Think of the ‘wild and wanton' additions as the chocolate, whipped cream and cherry on your favorite ice cream-decadent extravagances for something already sooo delicious. Yummo!
This wasn't my first go around with PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. It happens to have a very special place in my heart as one of the first romance novels I have ever read. With such regard already in place, I'll admit I was seriously nervous that any additions to my beloved story would only take away from the ohmygodthisissoperfectness of it.
But fear not. The wild and wanton actually made it so much more fun! Mr. Darcy is still Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet is still Elizabeth Bennet, we just get a peek into their behind closed doors moments. *sigh*
The first time I read this story, I was a naive girl. It was wild and wanton enough for me. Now *gasp* twenty five years later (How can that possibly be??), I NEED a little more realism to my romance. Let's face it, the lurvin' is part of falling in love.
As I said, the entire Pride and Prejudice story is here in its entirety. Nothing is deleted. BUT you will find additions scattered throughout the book in a very blackened bold font. Those are the additions that Annabella Bloom (aka the most awesomeness author Michelle M. Pillow) has inserted to add a little spice and reality to this timeless tale.
For those of you unfamiliar with PRIDE AND PREJUDICE , it is set in the United Kingdom 150 years ago. Mrs. Bennet's primary focus is marrying off her five daughters. When wealthy Mr. Bingly rents a home nearby, the town is all abuzz. And the fact that he happens to have many wealthy male friends that come to visit just fans those flames of hope for all those wistful females. One of his friends, Mr. Darcy, finds Miss Elizabeth Bennet annoying, while she finds him haughty and irksome. Obviously, these two are going to hook up. And to not get the deets of what went on in those sheets until now was a travesty.
If you've been meaning to read this classic, but have put it off, this just might offer the extra something you need to entice you into jumping right in. And if you enjoyed the classic and can handle a little heat in your romance, this is most definitely a way to enjoy an old friend in a new way. Enjoy!
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BOOK INTERVIEW on March 2011
Hi Michelle, thanks for taking the time to answer our questions!
Thank you for having me!
Q: As much as I secretly wanted to know the more private aspects of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy's world, it never occurred to me that this could even be done. What prompted this project?
I was approached through an agent by the publisher (Adams Media) to work on the book for a brand new line they were starting called The Wild and Wanton Editions. They liked my writing style and wanted me on the project. Before this I had published and won awards for original historical romances, as well as other fiction genres. I never even dreamed of doing something like this before I was asked, but having said that, I love to try new things and took the job.
The W&W books are editions of the original, not a complete rewrite. Roughly, it is 70% Jane Austen, 30% New.
Q: That's very interesting. Who are you? What do you do?
I'm multi-published author Michelle M. Pillow. I write historical, contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, fantasy, dark paranormal romances. I have a photography degree. I am a journalist for Paranormal Underground Magazine. I co-own The Raven Books with author Mandy M. Roth. I guess you could say I do a lot. I love research and trying new things, and I'm always open to new opportunities. Currently, I am working toward my degree in History.
Q: Who is Annabella Bloom?
Annabella Bloom is a house pen name for various authors writing for the Wild and Wanton line of re-imagined classics for Adams Media Publishing. For Pride and Prejudice: The Wild and Wanton Edition the name is for Michelle M. Pillow writing with Jane Austen. I am not the co-author for the entire Wild and Wanton series.
Q: What did you find the most challenging about your endeavor?
It can be a little daunting to work on such a beloved classic. You want to honor the book while bringing an original interpretation to the work. The best part of it, though, is that the original book is still out there for those purists who don't like change, and this new version will be available for those who want to delve into the more sensual side of the characters' lives. In the end, I think the fact that so many people want to read and learn more about these couples is one of the best compliments an author can get. Austen's characters are timeless. As authors, we all hope to achieve such a thing.
Q: Jane Austen wrote PRIDE AND PREJUDICE in 1813 in England. Her voice might have been common for the time, but in contemporary writing, it would take some conscious mental maneuvering. How in the world did you get your writing voice to match Austen's so well? By the third page I was stunned at how seamless the voice was. The only thing that gave it away was the bolded font of your additions.
Thank you so much for that. I think it came from years of reading the classics, like Austen. I tried to immerse myself in the writing style, language and mannerisms of the time. I love studying history, and had already researched the time period and Regency-Victorian culture. When writing I try to block out the world and just work. Since I was so familiar with the story, it made delving into it a truly fun experience. I also knew that I respected the story and characters, and went in with a great respect for the work.
I'm not a fan of the bolding in the book. The series is a "house project" and the final look was a publisher decision. I only mention this because it is the most asked question in my inbox.
Q: Was there a particular character that was more challenging to work with?
Jane and Bingley. I wanted to keep their purity and sense of innocence, while keeping with the project to steam up the classic story.
Q: What was your favorite part of the original story?
I'm a romantic. I love dynamic between Elizabeth and Darcy and how they grow and change throughout the book. I really love Mr. Darcy's character and how he's misunderstood, even though he is a little arrogant. His actions speak for themselves, but he covers his emotions well. His first proposal makes me giddy every time—even though it's botched.
Q: What was your favorite addition to the story?
I absolutely LOVE Mr. Darcy, and I fall a little bit more in love with him every time I read the story. I always wanted to know what he was thinking when I read the original. Getting to interpret his thoughts was the highlight of the project for me. I also have to admit that a scene between Charlotte and Collins had me chuckling to myself.
Q: If you could pick out another classic to add a little wild and wanton fun to (not from just this period, but any), which would you choose and why?
I think one of the gothic monsters would be fun to play with – Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein.
Q: Were there things about the characters or the plot itself that you worried about affecting too much? And how did you work to keep the aspects of the book you cherished whole?
I've written a lot of my ‘own' books before tackling this project, so I inserted the scenes where they felt natural to me as a writer. If I found myself wondering what Darcy was thinking, or what Elizabeth was truly feeling but not saying aloud, I tried to capture that in the moment. It was also important that the characters didn't comprise their values by doing too much, too early. I'd say more, but I don't want to give too much away for those who want to read the new version.
Q: Why re-imagine the existing classic at all?
Austen is timeless. Her stories are true classics. That said, we live in a different world than Austen. We're allowed to express sexuality in a way she would have never dreamt possible. We also know that people were having sex in the "olden days", even if they weren't acknowledging it in mainstream society. This book is just attempting to fill in the blanks and bring the story to a new crop of readers who like a little more spice in their books, while offering a re-imagining of a beloved story to those who already know what happens but want to rediscover the romantic tale.
Q: What if someone did that to your books?
You'll have to wait for 70 years after my death (or whatever the current laws are at that time) before you have the right to play with my worlds—all rights reserved copyright law and all—but when that day comes and they're in the public domain, have at ‘em, and know I'll be thrilled people are still reading my stories.
Q: Was this easier or more challenging than writing a new novel?
That is an excellent question. They're both challenging in their own ways. I think for this book, it was challenging to take on such a popular story.
I love Jane Austen. I started reading her in High School along with other classic authors. Getting to work on Pride & Prejudice was a dream come true, a dream I had never dared to have. Of course I liked to imagine what Elizabeth and Darcy were like after they married, but I never thought to embellish on such a perfect story. I can still remember getting giddy the first time I read Darcy's proposal.
Then an offer came from Adams Media for a new line they were thinking about starting. It has been a thrill to be allowed to play in Austen's world. The love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy is one of the greatest romances ever written and I, like many Pride & Prejudice fans, long to peek behind the veil of this complicated relationship into the lives and private thoughts of these beloved characters (especially the enigmatic and often misunderstood Darcy).
Nothing can compare to the originality of Jane Austen and I have the greatest respect for her talent. This is an edition of that work, simply for the fun of it.
Q: What can fans expect from you in the coming months?
I actually have several original books coming out this year. My historical paranormal romance, The Mists of Midnight, re-releases in ebook from The Raven Books (Feb. 22, 2011). It is a romantic ghost story set in 1812, and takes place in the English countryside. This was my very first published novel, so it has a dear place in my heart.
Some of my straight historical romances are Maiden and the Monster and Emerald Knight. I also have paranormal historical and medieval fantasy romances.
Q: Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
Michelle is giving away a copy of her book Mists of Midnight to one lucky winner!
Mechanics of the contest:
You can do either or both of the following to enter the drawing:
1. Write a comment or question below in the comment box (3 chances to win) from now to March 31;
2. Check out our contest page from March 9 to 11 to enter your email address (1 chance to win).
The winner will be announced in the comment box in April.
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