It was a shared love for Jane Austen and a fascination with the world she so vividly portrayed in her novels that brought the international writing team of Gail McEwen and Tina Moncton together. Meeting on an internet chat board devoted to Miss Austen, they soon discovered, despite living on opposite ends of the globe, they had quite a bit in common—not the least of which was a mutual frustrated passion for writing—and what began as a virtual acquaintance quickly blossomed into a true friendship.
When they began to experiment with writing together, they chose a path somewhat different than might be expected from such ardent fans. Rather than explore the what-if’s and variations possible within Austen’s existing works and much loved characters, Moncton and McEwen introduced two new players to navigate the Regency world of Pride and Prejudice alongside Miss Bennet and Mr Darcy.
This experiment was so successful and satisfying that it led to an entire series of P&P companion stories. One reviewer writes: [The authors] add a new layer to the beloved story of Pride and Prejudice, and introduce two marvelous new characters; Holly Tournier and Lord Baugham with a dash of insight into the private lives of Darcy and Elizabeth. I wouldn’t classify The Lord and Lady Baugham Stories as ‘what if’ P & P stories, but rather as excellent companions to the original that are so well written as to be capable of standing on their own, and very successfully!
Twixt Two Equal Armies is the first story in the Lord and Lady Baugham series and recounts how the two met, behaved most uncivilly and unexpectedly towards one another but ended up entrusting their life, love and happiness to the other’s keeping for the rest of their days.