Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Darius! by Grace Burrowes
Darius Lindsey was going to be T-R-O-U-B-L-E, but I couldn't get the fellow to tell me what kind of trouble, so I tried to ignore him.
Ha. As I wrote a lovely story for Lord Valentine Windham, Darius elbowed his way onto the pages again, looking even more peaked and wan, more sullen and despairing, for all he was a loyal friend to Lord Valentine, and a protective siblings to his brother and sister. Same thing happened when I wrote a story for Darius' brother, Trenton Lindsey.
Hmm. What's an author to do?
Rejoice, that's what. Darius was stubborn, only giving me his story in little flashes and what-ifs, parting with his truths grudgingly. It finally dawned on me that Darius was ashamed, not sullen. Exhausted, not quiet.
I wrote this story with a sense of one hand slapped over my eyes, the other typing as fast I could. Darius is a different hero, one who has made Bad Choices that he can't seem to undo. His father has stolen his funds, his siblings cannot help him, and the only way Darius can support his dependents is by providing intimate favors for bored, wealthy ladies of Polite Society. So far, Darius has avoided the ultimate compromise, but it's a very near thing, and his self-disgust is about to choke him.
Enter Lady Vivian, a genteel, soft-spoken woman who's also looking to Darius to solve her problems... And boy, does he ever. Funny thing is, though it appears she and Darius have no future, she solves his problems too, spectacularly ever after.
If you'd like to read the first three chapters, they're available here (with ordering links at the bottom). And as long as you're browsing, Nick has two chapters up here.
What I'd like to know is....
Who has been a white knight for you? Who has come up with solutions when all you saw were problems? Who listened and sorted through your muddles with you until your calm and confidence were restored, and your questions had answers?
To two commenters, I will send signed copies of "Darius."