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It’s always a pleasure to feature Amy D’Orazio on the blog, so I’m delighted that she’s back today to celebrate the release of A Lady’s Reputation. Today she’s here to talk about a fan favorite character, Viscount Saye. Please give her a warm welcome!

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Back when I began writing my stories and posting them online at AHA, a character sort of wormed his way into my writing. He wasn’t part of the first two I wrote but by the third story, A Willful Misunderstanding (unpublished), he had begun to make himself known.

I can’t say I’ve always had a clear idea of him— it might sound odd to say so but he really sort of forced his way in and took on a life of his own. He’s the elder brother of Colonel Fitzwilliam, an unnamed and vaguely present entity that doesn’t appear in canon but who has come to figure large in my stories!

I have named him Viscount Saye, Antony Fitzwilliam. He is about 3 years older than Colonel Fitzwilliam which makes him around 5 years older than Darcy. He is heir to his father’s earldom (which in my stories is usually called Matlock) as well as his fortune.

Saye is a little bit rakish, and enjoyed the London scene very well as a young bachelor. He is wealthy, handsome, irreverent and impertinent. He knows his is a rarefied and privileged position and he enjoys every bit of the status and wealth afforded to him.

Although he likes to tease, and even torment, however, he loves his brother and his cousin Darcy. As a good friend of mine once put it, “Saye loves to do good as long as he’s sure no one will catch him at it.”

The love of his life is a young lady of the ton called Lillian—her maiden name was Miss Goddard and in my most recent book, A Lady’s Reputation, they are engaged. Sometimes they’re already married, it all depends on the story!

I have something of an enormous crush on my Saye (sometimes even more than Darcy but shh, don’t tell!) and it was a huge compliment to me when a recent reviewer wrote “He’s such a natural extension of the Fitzwilliam family that it’s hard to believe that he wasn’t in Austen’s original.”

From A Lady’s Reputation

The scene within the Gardiner residence was not one Darcy could have contrived in his wildest imagination.

His aunt sat in a chair next to Elizabeth on a small settee. Colonel Fitzwilliam sat across from them on another sofa with Mr and Mrs Gardiner on either side. As Darcy and Saye were shown in, all save Elizabeth turned to look at them. Uneasiness made Darcy pause, but Saye had no such scruple, all but leaping into the room with eagerness and going directly to Elizabeth.

“So then! This is Miss Elizabeth Bennet, the centre of our most recent Fitzwilliam Family Furore!”

Elizabeth looked at him in shock as he strode towards her, belatedly rising for the introduction. Saye bowed low over Elizabeth’s hand, boldly kissing it as she watched with clear amazement.

“Enchanté, my dear. Is it too soon to call you Cousin?” Saye settled himself on the settee, still holding Elizabeth’s hand, thus forcing her to sit as well.

“Saye,” Lady Matlock said, a warning tone in her voice.

He disregarded his mother, leaning so close to Elizabeth it almost appeared he would kiss her. “Fitzwilliam Family Furore…I challenge you to say it twenty times fast. I thought of nothing else but that for the entire journey here. Try it with me. Fitzwilliam Family Furore, Fitzwilliam Family Furore, Fitzwilliam Family Furore—”

He stopped suddenly, leaning back and looking concerned for a moment. “Though to be perfectly just, I must own that perhaps it cannot truly be regarded as a Fitzwilliam Family Furore since Darcy is the originator of all this. Or can it? For we must concede, he is half Fitzwilliam…and his given name is Fitzwilliam…so yes, I must conclude it works, much to the delight of all.”

He beamed at Elizabeth as she recovered from her astonishment and, to the great surprise of everyone in the room, began to laugh, her fingers pressed to her lips and her eyes twinkling merrily.

Colonel Fitzwilliam closed his eyes and pinched the bridge of his nose while Lady Matlock admonished, “Saye, stop being ridiculous at once.”

“Why should I? I daresay, of us all at this moment, I am likely Miss Elizabeth’s favourite Fitzwilliam. Can you deny it?”

He addressed the last to Elizabeth, and she replied with laughter still in her tone, “I have no wish to deny it, sir. This is indeed the most enjoyable five minutes I have had these three days together.”

“You see?” Saye gave his relations a smug little smirk.

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About A Lady’s Reputation

“Mr. Darcy, I am eager to hear your explanation for the fact that quite a few people believe we are engaged.”

It starts with a bit of well-meant advice. Colonel Fitzwilliam suggests to his cousin Darcy that, before he proposes to Elizabeth Bennet in Kent, perhaps he ought to discuss his plans with their families first.

What neither man could have predicted however was that Lord Matlock would write the news to his sister or Viscount Saye would overhear, and tell his friends, or that his friends might slip a little and let their friends know as well. The news spreads just as quickly through Hertfordshire once Mrs Bennet opens the express Mr Bennet receives from Mr Darcy, and in a matter of days, it seems like everyone knows that Mr Darcy has proposed marriage to Elizabeth Bennet.

Everyone, that is, except Elizabeth herself.

Her refusal is quick and definite—until matters of reputation, hers as well as Jane’s, are considered. Then Mr Darcy makes another offer: summer at Pemberley, so that Jane can be reunited with Mr Bingley and so that he can prove to Elizabeth he is not what she thinks of him. Falling in love with him is naturally impossible…but once she knows the man he truly is, will she be able to help herself?

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About the Author

Amy D’Orazio

Amy D’Orazio is a long-time devotee of Jane Austen and fiction related to her characters. She began writing her own little stories to amuse herself during hours spent at sports practices and the like and soon discovered a passion for it. By far, however, the thing she loves most is the connections she has made with readers and other writers of Austenesque fiction.

Amy currently lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and daughters, as well as three Jack Russell terriers who often make appearances (in a human form) in her book.

Amy’s other releases include “A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity” and the “The Best Part of Love,” a Readers Choice Gold Medal Winner for 2017. She has also contributed short stories to “Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues,” “Rational Creatures: Stirrings of Feminism in the Hearts of Jane Austen’s Fine Ladies” and “Yuletide: A Jane Austen-inspired Collection of Stories.”

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Giveaway

You are encouraged to visit all the stops on the blog tour and comment. Quills & Quartos Publishing will be giving away one $50 Amazon gift card to one enthusiastic follower! You get one point for every blog stop you visit and leave a comment. Good luck! (See Blog Tour banner)

A big thank you to Amy for being my guest today. Congratulations on your latest novel!

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