Today I received some Jane Austen ten-pound notes from a great friend in England. I’ve also been cleaning my office. What does this have to do with giving gifts? Oh my goodness! You can’t imagine how many treasures I’ve found. Pemberley t-shirts, Pride & Prejudice scarves, Jane Austen candles, tea, Pride & Prejudice peacock edition notebooks, journals, Jane Austen ink & pens…and the list goes on.
I’m going in for surgery this next week to get a new hip (I’m thrilled). After the recovery, I plan to box all the goodies up and send them off to individuals selected from my mailing list. Yes, I ship internationally.
This is EXCITING!!! (Are you signed up? If not, look to the right of this post for the link, please.)
I’m literally squealing with delight. I was selected for another BookBub deal where one of my books, Compromised!, will be FREE for the next five days on all Amazon markets. The first 90 minutes after it was announced there had already been 8,517 copies downloaded. The super cool thing about this is the ability to get the audiobook (read by Stevie Zimmerman) for a hugely reduced price. At least they allowed it in the past. I’m hoping Amazon/Audible still offers this service.
Here is the link for the US store: Compromised!
Yesterday saw the release of my latest and final audiobook for Christie Capps, which means that all four stories are available at all markets in print, eBook, and audio.
I also released a boxed set of these four stories. It’s entitled, “Something: Old, New, Later, True” and is available at all major retailers in print and eBook. Here is the Amazon link: Something
Will there be any more short stories? Not this year. Next year? I’m not as set in my mind as I was so there may be. In fact, I’ve purchased covers just in case the muse pushes and shoves until it gets its way.
My FINAL Christie Capps story, “A Forever Kind of Love” went live on Amazon yesterday for Kindle. Other markets such as Nook, Google Play, iTunes, and Kobo should be up and running over the next week. The cover for the print book is being formatted and I’m hoping to have it ready to upload within the week. Audio production is being arranged. Here’s the link: Forever Love
I will share that of all four Christie Capps stories I’ve written in the past few months, this particular one is my favorite. Mr. Darcy is struggling with the realization he has reached middle age in addition to attempting to take charge of finding the perfect mate for his eldest son. This story is romantic (and slightly laced with humor). I fell a bit in love with Alexander Darcy and the young woman who finally caught his eye. I hope you do as well.
Also available this week is the audiobook for Mr. Darcy’s Mail-Order Bride. The narrator did an outstanding job. I’m so proud!
I look forward to hearing your opinions of these offerings from both Christie Capps and J Dawn King – or, of course, me.
My local newspaper is filled with advertisements advertising school supplies for students heading back to school. While I had no interest in purchasing pencils, folders, or glue, I LOVE the idea of a discount.
Therefore, I decided to discount ALL of my J Dawn King books until August 31st. Happy shopping!
Here’s an easy link: J Dawn King
I am very pleased to announce the release of my modern Pride & Prejudice Novella entitled, “The Perfect Present”. I adore this story and hope you do as well. Reviewers online left the following comments:
“I absolutely loved this story. Easily 5-star worthy. Sweet, romantic, and excessively funny.”
“I needed a good laugh and there is nothing better than a sweet, funny Darcy.”
“A delightful story. I loved it.”
This is written in the style of “Mr. Darcy’s Bad Day” although it is set in the fictitious town of Meryton, somewhere in the USA.
Here is the Amazon link: The Perfect Gift
This story is also available at all other retail markets in eBook format and will be released in print within the next week or so. Audio production has also started with an expected release date the end of September.
Thank you, Cat Gardiner, for posting this on Facebook this morning. It was a lovely surprise to wake up to.
Happy July 5th already.
I am visiting the lovely Janet Taylor at her blog: More Agreeably Engaged with a post about family relationships in Jane Austen’s writings. Do you have sisters? Were you the bossy older sister or the indulged youngest? I was the middle girl who had to wait until I moved out to get my own bedroom. Privacy at last! However, I did miss the pleasant companionship of my sisters. Who knew?
I’ve included a nice little giveaway for those who answer the question at the bottom of Janet’s post. I’d love to hear your replies.
All the best to you!
Recently, a few of my friends journeyed to England. I followed their photographs religiously as they went from one Jane Austen site to another. My heart filled with the joy of discovery as I vicariously packed my bags and went with them. Thank you, Christina Boyd, Claudine Pepe, and Dung Vu for sharing your trip on social media. I swooned and sighed with each lovely vista.
Then, it occurred to me, how often the people living in England drive by these sites without paying any particular attention to them at all. Why did my mind go there? Because I lived 20 miles from the Pacific ocean for the majority of my life and rarely went to the beach. For the past three years, we have lived two miles from Wildlife Safari, an outstanding drive-through game park. Do you know how many times we have been? Not once. Yet, both places are destinations of choice for many, many tourists.
So, I have a new plan. Since we will not be traveling to England or even Ecuador in the near future, this summer John and I will become tourists in our own back yard. We will take the wine tour of our county, visit lakes and streams, hike trails, and let the sand filter through our toes. Yes, we will even go to the beach and drive through the Wildlife Safari.
What places in your area would you take first-time visitors to see? Where is your heart longing to travel? I’d love to know.
I have great news and some not-so-great news. First, my latest J Dawn King story, Friends and Enemies, is available for pre-order and will release this coming Monday, June 5th. Yay! The print book is in the review stage and should be available by this weekend. Here is the link if you want to check it out: Friends and Enemies
Now, for the not-so-good news. Jennifer Joy and I had the month of June filled with scheduled writing/publishing/release dates. However, I finished before she did. Therefore, instead of her releasing the final book in her Meryton Mystery series at the first of June and me releasing Friends and Enemies at the end, we swapped. Jennifer’s story should be launched prior to the end of June. Sigh! I was so looking forward to seeing how Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth reached their happily-ever-after, who gets murdered, and who dun it. Drat! Now, like everyone else, I have to wait.
I hate waiting. So, even though my latest is at Amazon, I’m still waiting for the file review of the print edition. Then I need to wait until my proof can be reviewed. Then I need to wait for it to publish. I’m still waiting for the audio file review of For Pemberley, my latest Christie Capps audiobook and then I will need to wait another two weeks for it to be available in the marketplaces. And, as mentioned, I’m waiting for Jennifer to finish the last few chapters, then I wait for editing and proofreading, and then for the formatting and publishing. (Deep sigh, again!) Wait! Wait! Wait!
Do you hate to wait?