After many trips back and forth between my incredibly talented editor, Christina Boyd, and myself, The Abominable Mr. Darcy, is ready to make its way into the publishing world and onto bookshelves and e-readers. The arrival date is June 2nd.
This particular story is very special to me for several reasons.
First, the cover. As much as I love having real men and women grace my covers, the amount of Regency models out there is pretty slim and those who are have been used and used and used. As a reader, I was tired of seeing them in various poses on the books I buy. At the recommendation of my designer, Jane Dixon-Smith, we rented period-correct costumes and tried a photo shoot of our own. Set in Jane’s home country of England, the photo series was spectacular and it was difficult to choose only one. Many thanks to her for her ingenuity and desire to go where few have gone before.
Secondly, this is my first time publishing a book that has had a professional editor for both copy and story edit. The result is a much tighter script. I’m so proud.
Thirdly, this is also my first time trying to corral my character’s point of view. Talk about HARD. However, it was such a wonderful learning experience working with Christina that my next story is from the deep 3rd person point of view (Darcy’s).
When you are able to read The Abominable Mr. Darcy, I hope you let me know if my efforts were worth the nail biting and hair pulling. I always appreciate your opinions.
Here’s the blurb:
Mr. Darcy was an enigma… until he spoke. Then, he was the enemy.
Miss Elizabeth Bennet’s eyes are instantly drawn towards a handsome, mysterious guest who arrives at the Meryton Assembly with the Bingley party. The gentleman destroys her illusions by delivering an insult that turns him from Mr. Divinely Attractive to the Abominable Mr. Darcy.
While Elizabeth sets in motion her strategy for retaliation, Darcy plans to win the campaign being waged in the genteel drawing rooms of Hertfordshire. As more players from Jane Austen’s beloved cast of characters enter the fray, complications arise–some with irreversible consequences. Can a truce be called before their hearts become casualties as well? How many times can two people go from enemies to friends and back again before it’s too late?
A Regency romance from best-selling author, J. Dawn King, inspired by Pride and Prejudice.
BONUS: Read the first chapter of Elizabeth Ann West’s full-length novel, “To Capture Mr. Darcy”. It is now available.
Very exciting! You have so many wonderful tales going right now. Best Wishes, Joy. Jen Red
Thank you so much, Jennifer. I’m in this writing frenzy right now, but I’m waiting to hit the wall or have the well run dry. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. You rock, JenRed!
I am buying this book but not pre-ordering as I was told that Amazon doesn’t count pre-orders in looking at a book’s popularity and ratings. Date of publication?
Trust me, Sheila, Amazon counts pre-orders. For an author they are the cat’s whiskers as they gather in one pile which Amazon “counts” on the date of release (which is June 2nd) to boost an author’s ranking from the get-go. They also donate some much appreciated advertising of pre-orders to customers they believe might be a good fit.
Hugs to you for looking out for us.
Really looking forward to your fans and new readers to read ” The Abominable Darcy” and hope they like it as much as your previous work! It has been a pleasure to work with, Joy. You are a class act and so devoted to fine tuning the craft. Thank you for your confidence in me, and I look forward to working with you again.
Coolness! Let me tell you about my latest tale…
I really need to stop sleeping so I can work more so I can buy all these wonderful stories… And then I will need to stop working to have time to read them!! Oh well! Please add a link to the pre-order page for overworked people like me… pretty please??
The link should be there now. Maybe we need more hours in a day? Or fewer work days? I completely understand. I write to support my reading habit, I think.