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?
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 –
My daughter, Jennifer Joy, is sneaky. However, she is not nearly as sneaky as her mother. Each time she releases a new book, she tries to keep it from me so I don’t announce it before she does. Ha!!! Wait until her daughter publishes her own book. She will totally understand my motivation.
Here goes! Jennifer has a new book!!! Yep! The mystery element is excellent, but this Darcy? Oh, my word. When did that girl learn to write such a romantic leading man?
This is a follow-up to her Meryton Mystery #1 where Wickham was murdered. This time? Boy, was I surprised.
Here’s the link: Jennifer’s New Book
Here’s the blurb:
Two determined women. One murder. No eyewitnesses.
Lady Catherine has come to Meryton.
When a devastating secret is revealed, putting Elizabeth Bennet’s future happiness and the loyalty of the man she loves in the balance, her hopes for a Happily-Ever-After are dashed to pieces. Threats are made and family obligations are enforced, leading to an event no one could foresee. Another murder in Meryton.
Fitzwilliam Darcy is more determined than ever to win Elizabeth’s love — no matter what obstacles their families place between them. When a matron is found murdered in the midst of a militia parade, he soon discovers the strength of the woman’s enemies … and their closeness to Elizabeth. Can Darcy protect her when she is determined to bring the murderer to justice?
With a killer on the loose and their hearts on the line, can Darcy and Elizabeth work together to solve another mystery while fighting for each other? Or will the pressure break them apart forever?
Bestselling author, Jennifer Joy, brings you The Indomitable Miss Elizabeth, the second standalone novel in the A Meryton Mystery romance series. If you like falling in love with characters as they fall for each other while uncovering shocking secrets, then you’ll love this mystery romance.
Read The Indomitable Miss Elizabeth today to satisfy your craving for a fast-paced mystery interwoven with a heartwarming, sweet romance!
Oh, drat!!! She beat me to it. Sigh!!! That’s one out of ten. My success rate isn’t so bad.
Just to freshen things up a bit, my cover designer, Jane Dixon-Smith of JD Smith Designs, has updated the cover to the anthology I published last year called “One Love – Two Hearts – Three Stories”. It should be online by the end of the week – I hope.
The two of us arranged two photo shoots in the spring of 2016. The first one was for the cover of “The Abominable Mr. Darcy (TAMD)”. If you look closely, you will notice the clothing on my work-in-progress cover is the same as worn by the male model for TAMD. A bit of fancy Photoshopping, I think. The second shoot had several Regency period-correct costumes and several female models. The ladies from my new anthology cover and the cover to “Friends and Enemies” are both from that shoot.
Here is the new cover in comparison with the old. Definitely more fitting to the overall themes of the three stories, don’t you think? (Old – left, New – right)
Despite the chaos of my life right now, my cover designer has been working her fingers to the bone. Not only did she finish the cover for the story I’m currently posting on fanfiction.net and beyondausten.com (Friends and Enemies), she’s redesigning the cover for my anthology, “One Love – Two Hearts – Three Stories”. I hope to have a sneak peek of its new cover out to you soon.
“Friends and Enemies” tells a story of change. The tale starts with Miss Lydia Bennet boldly telling Fitzwilliam Darcy how much her sister despises him. When this is followed up by criticism from both Charles Bingley and Colonel Fitzwilliam, he vows to change. However, circumstances place him in close contact with Elizabeth Bennet where her wary heart does not automatically return his regard nor see his attempts in self-improvement. Of course, they will have their happily-ever-after, but not until they are both stripped bare of pretense and pride. They both use their disappointment with themselves (and each other) to build marvelous characters. Oh, sigh! This is, by far, my most angst-ridden novel.
Without further ado, here is the front cover of “Friends and Enemies” –
I hate to disappoint. It’s the eBook that is free, not Mr. Darcy himself. Though would you want him when he’s still abominable? Would you be able to motivate him to change like Miss Elizabeth Bennet did? I hope so. Poor man! He desperately needed some feminine guidance.
Due to being accepted for a BookBub deal (a huge thing in book advertising), this eBook will be free in ALL Amazon markets until the 24th so be sure and get your copy today. Some who have taken advantage of this sale were also able to obtain the audiobook via Audible.com for only $1.99. How is that for a bargain?
Here’s the US link: Amazon
While I loved the original cover of Love Letters, not everyone saw my vision. So I went shopping at Richard Jenkins Photography in the UK and purchased the licensing for another image. I LOVE it! You want to see?
It should be live by tonight for eBook and the weekend for print. Audio will take a few weeks. Lovely, isn’t she?
I’m beyond excited to reveal my latest book, which is now available for pre-order at Amazon. The release date is next Thursday, November 24th. Even though that date is the national day of Thanksgiving, I’m truly grateful and thankful each day for the blessings I have.
Here’s the link should you want to check it out:Mr. Darcy’s Mail-Order Bride
Thank you so much for your reader support. It means the world to me.