“More Happiness in Giving!”

Is it true? Is there more happiness in giving than receiving? Oh, yes!

So you know, the giveaway for my June newsletter is four (4) Amazon gift cards valued at $25.00 each. While it would be wonderful to receive one, I’m REALLY looking forward to July’s giveaway. I’ve been shopping and collecting again. My husband, John, is sincerely happy I’m giving. Thankfully, he understands me.

Be sure to sign up for my newsletter (that’s all it takes to enter) because here’s what’s coming July 1st:

  • Sock-It-To-Me “Socks & Sensibility” Knee High Socks
  • Socksmith “Jane Austen” Socks
  • “I’d Rather Be at Pemberley” Coffee Mug
  • Jane Austen Memo Pad
  • Jane Austen Books Coaster Set

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    Best of wishes to you all! (I’d love to keep the coaster set. They are tile with a cork back in a gorgeous wood case. And, of course, I’d love to drink my tea in the mug, wear the socks when my feet get chilled and take copious notes in the memo pad. Sigh! They aren’t for me.)

I’m thinking August will be all about Pride & Prejudice. I have notebooks and a tote bag and a cosmetic bag and…I’m still shopping! Poor John!!! (Tee-Hee!)

I HAVE A SECRET!!!

For the most part, my life is an opened book. However, since the first of the year, I’ve been hiding something from JAFF readers and it has been a HUGE challenge for me to keep it to myself. Well, almost to myself. With the exception of a few close friends and family members, nobody knew. Are you curious?

I’ve been writing short stories under a pen name. Yes, I’m Christie Capps, author of Mr. Darcy’s Bad Day and For Pemberley. To discover why I’ve kept this a secret, please click over to Rita Deodato’s blog: From Pemberley to Milton

This exciting news comes with a giveaway on her site. Please don’t forget to comment on her post (not this one) so you can be entered.

If you don’t want to click the link, here is a little glimpse of my work. (Ok, a fairly large glimpse.)

Mr Darcys Bad Day

Finished! “Friends & Enemies” is done. Yay!

The first draft of ‘Friends & Enemies’ is done and posted online at BeyondAusten.com and fanfiction.net. I will be leaving them up until May 10th so read fast or you won’t be able to finish while it’s free.

The reviews so far have been excellent. There are over 1,000 comments on the fanfiction.net site for this story. Incredible! Even I cried when I wrote the Epilogue. Oh, my! This Darcy is quite the man.

So, please do not forget the timeline – May 10th is the day it disappears until it goes up on Amazon in the summer. The editing process has already started and the cover, which I revealed in an earlier post, but will share again, is ready.  I’m very excited for this one to be in my hands and on my shelf.

Here’s my cover – friends-and-enemies-cover-medium-web

Richard Armitage!!! (Faints/Swoons)

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As you can see from my copy of Elizabeth’s Gaskell’s North & South, I am a fan of Richard Armitage. Why? He’s an excellent actor, he’s tall and handsome, and he has one of the best male reading voices I’ve ever heard.

As my newsletter subscribers know, I contacted him about narrating my next release, Friends and Enemies. Since the story is from Darcy’s point-of-view, I wanted a male narrator/producer.

Here is an update.

I received an email from his representatives on April 3rd. In my reply, I told them I would have the finished first draft to them on Monday, April  17th.

This is why I’ve been practically invisible on social media. I’m typing like a crazed person trying to get this story done. On Monday of this week, I went back to chapter one and did a word-by-word clean-up. Now, I’m pressing on to the end. I have approximately 8,000 words to go—I hope.

Click below for a video interview which should give you a hint why I’m desperately hoping he agrees to my project.

I will keep you apprised of the process. Of course, if he agrees, you will undoubtedly hear my screams right before I faint.

Would you like to hear Mr. Armitage read Fitzwilliam Darcy? Boy, I would.

Enjoy!

Winner!

DU17_01_whiteJA CoinCONGRATULATIONS!!! Julie R. you have won the coin set which was the prize for my 3rd publishing anniversary celebration. I have sent you an email announcing your win. If I do not hear from you by April 1st, I will have to choose another winner. Please check your email.

Thank you to all who commented on the post. It was heartwarming to read how many enjoy my efforts in writing stories about Darcy and Elizabeth. Stay tuned for more.