J. Dawn King/Christie Capps

Bestselling author of Jane Austen variations

Author: J "Joy" Dawn King (page 2 of 11)

Update: Letter of the Law & Other Stuff

Time has passed quickly since my last post. I hope you have enjoyed your summer and been able to stay out of the smoke and/or floods. The fires have been nasty. (We have now covered the weather. Should we discuss the roads?)

My Mom has kept both John and me hopping. We had a lovely visit from our daughter Jennifer and her family. While they were here, Mom decided she wanted the whole house refreshed with new paint and flooring. I have to tell you that the rooms look really, really good. I’m so proud of her. She’s lost a ton of weight and she looks good. Although her body is weak, she has a will of iron. I want to be like her when I grow up! We were able to have four-generation photographs taken. They are a treasure.

I am happy to share that I’m finishing the final chapter in my major rewrite of “Letter of the Law”. Oh my, but I do like this so, so, so much better. Apparently, I’m in the mood for adventure because the last chapters are filled with smugglers, ships, dueling pistols, and kidnapping.

What? Whatever are you up to, Joy King? Have you lost your marbles? Not entirely. In all honesty, life’s circumstances had robbed me of a bit of my joy. Now that things have leveled off in our personal life, I was able to recall why I like writing so much. Thus, why not make it fun? I simply could not resist. Darcy is quite the hero. Elizabeth Bennet is a hoot. Wickham had to resort to drugs to keep wily Lizzy B. from escaping. (Maybe he should have taken the laudanum instead of giving it to her. Hmmm! That’s an idea!)

So, here’s the plan. John just left to get dinner so I can stay at my computer to finish this chapter. I’ll do a quick reread then it’s off for editing. I’m going to crack the whip to get this back as quickly as possible. My son-in-law installed an amazing program on my computer where I can format my own books to look professionally done. If I can’t figure it out I’ll send it off to Marie Force’s formatting fairies (yes, that’s what they call themselves). The cover is finished so I’m hoping to have this available on Amazon shortly. Then I will format the print book. The audiobook will be later in the year.

Whew! I’m worn out just typing this. Not really. It’s just my lungs trying to filter out the ashes so I can get some oxygen particles to my brain. Anyway, I’m off to type. Have a joyful rest of your week.


Latest News from Joy

We received another blow today concerning my Mom’s health. Therefore, please excuse my absence from social media. I will still pull this story from this site on Sunday or Monday and will try to get it out. I just don’t have the heart for it right now. Thank you for your understanding.


Letter of the Law – Epilogue

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Letter of the Law – Chapter 22

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Letter of the Law – Chapter 21

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Letter of the Law – Chapter 20

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Letter of the Law – Chapter 19

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Letter of the Law – Chapter 18

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Letter of the Law – Chapter 17

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A Gift for You!

As mentioned in my last post, the muse can be a funny thing. My quirky story “Hide & Seek” morphed into “Lost & Found” a serious look at phobias. (Think For Pemberley without the assault). Here’s the blurb:


When he lost his heart to her, he found happiness.

Miss Elizabeth Bennet is missing—vanishing without a trace from the library at Rosings Park. Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy vows to find her but doing so leads to unexpected consequences for the both of them.

Mr. Darcy is her sworn enemy. Yet, when trapped with him for hours, each layer of his personality is stripped away until the man underneath the stoic countenance is revealed as one worthy of admiration.

In this sweet Regency variation of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, will Mr. Darcy’s arrogant pride keep him from finding the most intriguing woman of his acquaintance? Will her prejudice withstand trials so a man worthy of her affection will not be lost?

Enjoy this sweet Regency novella of about 100 pages in length, as our dear couple overcome all odds to find a love for the ages, or do they?

Lost and Found is appropriate for all readers.

 Since this story is now available on Amazon, I needed to take it offline in case I decide to be exclusive. Here is the link: Lost & Found

Here is the newest cover.












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