Meet an author: Colette Saucier


Colette L.
Saucier is a bestselling and award-winning author in a variety of genres under
multiple pseudonyms. Her novel Pulse and
Prejudice, Book I: The Confession of Mr. Darcy, Vampire;
highly-acclaimed paranormal adaptation of the Jane Austen classic, was the 2013
Chatelaine Awards 1st Place Winner in Category, Romantic Fiction. An abridged
version of The Proud and the Prejudiced:
A Modern Twist on Pride and Prejudice
was selected a 2013 Amazon
Breakthrough Novel Semi-finalist and Austensque Reviews’ Favorite Modern
Adaptation under the title All My
latest release is the controversial erotic noir suspense, The Widow. She will be releasing Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth, Book II: The Confession of Mr. Darcy, Vampire in eBook August, 2016, and
print in October.
A writer,
world-traveler, empty-nester, and a literature, history, wine & cheese
lover; Colette lives in Southeast Louisiana with her historian husband and their

How many times have you been to Authors After Dark?
This will be my
FIFTH time!  I am only sorry it is the
Will you be doing anything special for the final AAD?
In addition to the
fabulous event and sitting on a couple of panels (one as my naughtier
alter-ego), I will be launching my latest release at the conference – Book II: The Confession of Mr. Darcy,
Vampire – Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth.
And here, for the
first time for our AAD readers, I am allowing a “sneak peek” at the cover even
before the main reveal!
Where did the idea come from for the book?
This is the sequel to Book
I: Pulse and Prejudice
the award-winning vampire adaptation of the Jane Austen classic. (If I may be
allowed to brag a bit, this past April, Elle
Magazine named it a “Most Creative Adaptation” of Pride and Prejudice.)
Dearest Bloodiest
follows the just-wed Elizabeth and Vampire Darcy through the
first two years of marriage, and we follow them from Regency England to
Antebellum New Orleans.
What genre does your book fall under?
Paranormal Historical Romance
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 
Interview with the Vampire meets Gone
With the Wind
 with a
nod to Othello.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your
I should say years, as I actually began it in 2013; but
other plot ideas kept jumping in my brain and interrupting!  While writing Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth, I
also published two novels under another name (and a sequel to one keep trying
to infiltrate!), as well as two myself in the romantic suspense genre:  Alicia’s
and The Widow, the
latter of which could also fall under crime noir.  (As a warning, both of these are far more
erotic than my adaptations of Pride and Prejudice.)
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Honestly, my daughter – who insisted I write the original vampire
adaptation of Miss Austen’s classic – did not like how I ended Pulse
and Prejudice
! So I began writing a sequel to appease her. Then so many
readers of the first novel began begging for a second, and I couldn’t
disappoint them!
The plot itself has been influenced by Shakespeare, Margaret
Mitchell, Joy Division, and my own warped imagination.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Whereas Pulse and Prejudice remained
faithful to Austen’s narrative, Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth takes
the Darcys in a much darker direction, and it is far more violent, bloodier,
and sexier than its predecessor.  Although
they are still recognizable as Darcy and Elizabeth, their personalities
mature and evolve through their experiences. As Elizabeth says in Pride
and Prejudice
, “People themselves alter so much that there is
something new to be observed in them forever.”
In this lurid, lusty sequel to Pulse and Prejudice, death
shadows the newlywed Darcys from Pemberley to the parlors of Regency London to
the courtyards of Antebellum New Orleans.
As Elizabeth discovers the trials and travails of marriage to a vampire,
can Darcy ever believe that she loves him as he is?  Or will his jealousy tear them apart?
Here is a short
Crimson drops
fell onto the white snow, staining it pink. Darcy had not intended this – to
drink from his wife – when he claimed his prize of a kiss after catching her as
they raced through the hedge maze at Pemberley. Elizabeth had actually done
surprisingly well in evading him, considering his intuitive abilities; but, of
course, he had caught her – laughing in his arms, eyes ablaze, cheeks chafed
from the cold.
“And now
my prize!”  As had so often occurred in the span of their brief
marriage, his tender kiss had escalated quickly into fervent
ardour.  The laughter then in her eyes, his wife had taken hold of
the lapels of his greatcoat and, falling back onto the snow, pulled him down
with her.  As their kisses had deepened, so, too, had his hunger and
desire.  He pulled off his gloves and trailed his cold fingers down
her face.  Untying her bonnet and unfastening her cape, he exposed
her neck for his lips and his teeth.
moaned softly as he drew the blood from her throat, sharing her warmth and her
pulse, savouring the rich, metallic taste.  He pulled back to look at
her, only then noticing that a few precious drops of lifeblood had escaped his
embrace and fallen onto the snow.
she whispered in a half-plea, her hand running over the front of his trousers
to convey her intent.
He gazed
into her eyes.  “Should we not go in?  Are you not cold?
me to keep me warm.”  She wrapped her arms around his neck and pulled
his mouth onto hers, sharing the taste of her blood as their tongues
pulled at her skirts and brought the hem to her knees.  He reached
his hand up between her cold thighs to the hot core that drew him
in.  She gasped against his mouth as he touched her there, but he
wasted little time in freeing himself from his trousers and thrusting deep
within her.








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