Pride, Prejudice & Secrets Blog Tour – Jan 4-19, 2015

Just in time for the new year, Pride, Prejudice & Secrets, by C P Odom, starts it’s blog tour on January 4th.  Follow the tour to read excerpts from the book, read reviews, learn more about Odom, and participate in giveaways of the book. This is Odom’s much anticipated third novel published with Meryton Press.

“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken.”

Jane Austen

It is always the completely unforeseen events that lead to the most unexpected consequences, and such is the case in this variation on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. One of the crucial points in Austen’s novel is Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s fiery and passionate refusal and denunciation of the equally passionate but infinitely more repressed Fitzwilliam Darcy. What might eventuate if the robustly healthy Elizabeth falls prey to illness for almost the first time in her life just when Darcy comes to call? Bemused by her illness, she hardly comprehends what Darcy is asking, and her simple nod of acknowledgment is misinterpreted as acceptance of his suit by a joyous Darcy. By the time Elizabeth regains her health, it seems that every one of her acquaintance and many outside of it accept that she has become engaged to the last man in the world she would ever have considered marrying. Can she openly demand her engagement to the amorous but prideful Darcy be broken, a course fraught with hazards in the social milieu of Regency England? In a maelstrom of confusion, choices have to be made and disclosures closely considered. Elizabeth knows that nothing in her life will ever be the same, and the consequences will likely spread further than she can imagine.


CP Odom
CP Odom

C. P. (Colin) Odom is a retired Electrical/Software Engineer born in Texas, raised in Oklahoma, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. Sandwiched between the start and end of his collegiate studies was a stint in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as an instructor in cryptographic repair.

After graduation, Colin and his first wife, Margaret, moved to Tempe, Arizona, spending the next thirty-five years as an engineer for a large electronics firm while raising two now-grown sons. Always a voracious reader, Colin has admitted to having a serious book addiction problem. Luckily, he also learned a modicum of woodworking skills, which allowed him to build bookcases for housing this “addiction.” His favorite genres were (and are) science fiction, historical fiction, and histories.

Colin came to Jane Austen rather later than most. Following Margaret’s untimely death from cancer, he read through her well-worn copies of Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Persuasion. His liking for this new genre led to the discovery of a number of Jane Austen fan-fiction websites. After reading a number of well-written stories on those sites, Colin ventured to write an alternative version of Pride and Prejudice called A Most Civil Proposal, becoming his first published book from Meryton Press.

Colin currently lives in Chandler, Arizona with his second wife, Jeanine, their two daughters, two stubbornly untrainable dogs, and a pair of very strange cats. Books and reading remains a large part of his life, along with helping to raise their girls, following Oklahoma Sooner and ASU Sun Devil football as well as Formula One racing. Colin often states that “retirement is all that I hoped it would be,” giving him time to work on a books for Meryton Press. Consequences, also a Pride and Prejudice variation was published in December of 2013.

Find Colin at:

website |

Blog Tour Schedule to Date:

(some stops may be added)

1/4: Guest Post & Giveaway at My Jane Austen Book Club 
1/5: Review at Margie’s Must Reads
1/6: Guest Post & Giveaway at Babblings of a Bookworm 
1/7: Review at Diary of an Eccentric
1/8: Review at Wings of Paper
1/10: Review at The Calico Critic
1/11: Excerpt & Giveaway at My Love for Jane Austen 
1/12: Guest Post & Giveaway at So Little Time…
1/13: Excerpt & Giveaway at Best Sellers and Best Stellars 
1/14: Author Interview at Wings of Paper 
1/15: Excerpt & Giveaway at Everything Books & Authors 
1/18: Review at The Delighted Reader
1/19: Guest Post at More Agreeably Engaged

7 Responses

  1. tJean

    Hey Sgt. Rake, happily surprised to see your new blog here at Meryton Press. Congrats!!!

    Thumbs up!

  2. tJean

    p.s. FYI? I clicked on the web link above “website | ” but it takes me to Jessica Evan’s page? Is it just me or something wrong with the link?

    Hmmm? Strange? Well if I just copy & paste: – it then takes me directly to Colin’s web site (shrugs?) but clicking on above link doesn’t?

    • admin

      Thanks for the heads up. The problem has now been corrected. 🙂

  3. Wim Goossen (aka Duckie)

    The start of the New Year looks better and better. Looking forward to reading your book. I personally think there are to few male writes/readers? of Jane Austen Fanfiction. So those happy few should stick together.

    Merry X-mas and a Happy New Year.


  4. Christina Boyd

    Looks like a great blog tour– exciting! Looking forward to it, Colin!

  5. C. P. (Colin) Odom

    I hope readers enjoy my efforts. This book is the first one that is completely new and was not previously published as fan-fiction, and I have a couple of plot twists that are new (at least to me!). And speaking of fan-fiction, it’s good to hear from you, tJean. For people who don’t know, tJean helped me greatly during my fan-fiction period by beta-reading my efforts and making me look better than I was. Many thanks, tJean. And, for Duckie, it is interesting being one of the few male writers, but I don’t find it burdensome at all. All the ladies have been gracious and friendly over the years — except when I killed off Darcy in “Consequences” of course, but who’s counting that?


  6. Christina Boyd

    Ha! In “Consequences”, Colin, you killed every one off!! in that “first Book”. Thank God, “Part 2” was a total reversal– and the Austen-like happily ever after was even more sweet.

    Having read “Secrets” several times through editing process, I think your readers will be pleasantly surprised with your twists– all justified & believable! Can’t wait for it to be read by other JAFFers.