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Surprise! Surprise!

Yes, I had two wonderful surprises today. First, as already mentioned, my paperbacks arrived for Mistaken Identity. Not long after, Amazon linked the audiobook. WOW! That was quick. (Thank you, Amazon)

It has to be a challenge for a narrator to bounce between character voices when a story is action-packed, which is the case with Mistaken Identity. Yet, Stevie did it flawlessly. She is also particularly adept at getting the tone, the urgency, and the emotion as she narrates. To me, she is without peer in the world of Austen audiobooks.

Here is a link to the sample at Audible: Audible sample

Here is the link to the audiobook: Amazon audio

Mistaken Identity is Live!

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I am delighted to share that my latest book is available in all Amazon markets. This is the type of story where, after an initial case of mistaken identity, Darcy and Elizabeth team up to solve a mystery.

What I loved about both of the main characters in this story was their loyalty to their friends. While it was possibly misguided loyalty, it showed that, especially in Mr. Darcy’s case, he staunchly believed the best in others he came to trust. His trust was hard earned. Yet, once it was there he was a true friend.

The book is also fast paced, which is my favorite type of read.

Here are the links:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon Global

Paperback

Audible: Stevie Zimmerman is currently producing the audiobook

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In other news, my newsletter “Reasons for Joy” will be brought back to life during 2022. With each issue, which should be every few months, you will receive a free complete story I am calling Story Shots. They are shorter than my Christie Capps were so are terribly challenging to write. However, they are fun.

If you would like, please click on the “Newsletter Signup” on the menu under the picture at the top of this page to receive the story. This will direct you to Book Funnel to access my very first Story Shot: The Smartest Man in the World.

If you formerly received my newsletter, you will still need to sign up since that mailing list is now extinct.

Story Shot #1

Thank you, friends. Happy reading!

Mistaken Identity: Blurb

TAGLINE: Two men with the same name. Two ladies with the same appearance. What happens when they meet? MURDER!!!

When Fitzwilliam Darcy’s life is threatened, he seeks refuge in Hertfordshire where he meets a woman who looks remarkably like the female who twice shot at him. Why was Elizabeth Bennet trying to kill him? How could he be attracted to her when he should do everything in his power to stay away?

Accidentally mistaking Mr. Darcy for someone else, Elizabeth Bennet determines to have nothing to do with him until she learns that her first impression might have been a mistake. Where she expected arrogance, he was kind. When she anticipated a lie, he proved himself trustworthy. Who was the man behind the name, Fitzwilliam Darcy, and why was she drawn to him despite knowing he was dangerous?

In this Regency romance with a hint of dark mystery written by bestselling author, J Dawn King, the true nature of the characters from Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice are revealed as they search through a complex web of deceit to find hope and lasting love.

What do you think? I’m REALLY nervous about this one.

The Best Laid Plans…

I am pleased to tell you that I finished the first draft of Mistaken Identity and am within three chapters of finishing the rewrites. Then editing begins. As I mentioned before when I showed you my lovely cover where Elizabeth is wearing that gorgeous peach dress, this is a mystery. Well, that is where my plans went awry.

In typing what will be my longest story EVER, I realized that my cover that I wanted to use so badly would no longer work. Sigh! Someone is MURDERED!!! My designer went into action and I now have a cover that more accurately represents the story (my daughter and grandchildren agree – they helped me choose the final cover.) Without further ado, here is what was, and what is.

This needs a far more lighthearted tale, I am afraid. Double sigh!!!
My new cover. Isn’t it stunning?

Author Note: I will confess that after Mr. Collins showed up at Longbourn I was tempted to have him murdered to shut him up. Oh, dear. Perhaps I did. Or maybe I did not. Hmmm! Is there a character you would “off” if you had the chance?

New Boxed Set Launched!!!

I am very pleased to announce that my final boxed set for my Christie Capps novellas is available on Amazon as an eBook. I have ordered the print cover. It should be ready by next week.

There are not words to describe what is in my heart right now. Half of me is pleased to have this task completed. The other half is in mourning because I am fond of my little books.

I will be running an Amazon Countdown Deal on the first two boxed sets beginning on the 11th. At least that is my plan. If it doesn’t show up, please check back the next day.

In other news, I passed 20,000 words for my work-in-progress. That Colonel Fitzwilliam! He insisted on having his own thread in my story so I am currently rewriting the beginning. Stubborn man!

I hope you are all doing well and staying safe.

Here is the link for my final boxed set: Amazon

I’m Writing!

After plotting out the whole of my next story, I am currently typing chapter seven of what will be a long book. This is the portion of the story I LOVE to write. For the first six chapters there was a massive misunderstanding between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. Several times writing it made me chuckle. From this point on (unless the muse hijacks me again) our dear couple will work together to solve a mystery. Yes, a mystery element, which is something very new for me. As they gather clues they will fall madly in love, I guarantee it. I promise!

My goal is to keep my nose to the grindstone. As usual, my daughter (Jennifer Joy) and my friend (Nicole Clarkston) are pushing. I will confess that both of these ladies are loveliness personified. Yet, when they want to know the rest of the story they can be fierce.

For inspiration, my cover designer has provided me with a stunning design for this story. I hope I can do it justice. What do you think? I think it is lovely. Sigh! I set the image over a background of the moon since much of this tale is still up in the air and very much in my imagination. Hopefully, the Elizabeth on the cover will hit the ground soon.

Coming Soon! The Matchmaker

WOW! I can’t seem to make the image smaller. That’s one BIG cover, isn’t it?

I am writing the final two chapters then it goes through edits. It’s the longest of all my Christie Capps stories which means I am breaking my own rule of 20,000 words. Since this is my FINAL novella, I chose to let the story be as long as it needed to be.

Why is this my final Christie Capps novella? The first reason is because the stories I have in mind for the future are all full-length novels. Secondly, when I began writing Christie Capps, there were few novellas being offered. Now, many authors have taken up the challenge so the need for a complete story to be read in a small amount of time has been filled. Lastly, writing a novella has been an exercise in frustration. Many, many times I have had to cut out scenes to trim the word count to meet my goal. I will admit that this has been great for developing my craft. I will continue to read novellas but I won’t be writing them. At least, that’s my decision for now.

What is this particular story about? Georgiana Darcy believes her brother is heartbroken when she catches a glimpse of a sad expression on his face once he returns from Kent. Determined to cure what ails him, she decides to find him a wife. To kill two birds with one stone, she expands her efforts to include her cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam in her matchmaking. Therefore, when she meets Jane and Elizabeth Bennet at an inn, Georgiana is overjoyed at finding the perfect matches – Fitzwilliam Darcy with Jane Bennet and the colonel with Elizabeth. Oops! How did that happen? As a reader, we know who will end up with whom. Poor Georgie is clueless.

This is a light-hearted tale where love follows the course set over 200 years ago for Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. For the colonel and Jane? How could they not fall head over heels for each other.

Uh-oh! What about Mr. Bingley? Is he in the story? He certainly is, as is his shrewish sisters. But do not worry, please. He walks away with his heart intact. (No, he does NOT end up with Georgiana!!!)

Here is what Nicole Clarkston said about the last chapter I sent her (she is reading my work in progress as I am reading hers), “Yeee haw!!! Keep going!!!” Who am I to argue with her?

Keep safe and healthy. Happy reading!

Thank you!

Please accept my sincerest appreciation for your lovely reviews of my newest story. The launch yesterday went well. Today, Amazon stuffed my book into a bizarre category for me – British & Irish Plays & Dramas. What? It pushed me to #1 for New Releases in that category and placed me in front of JK Rowling but… my book is not a play. Amazon said they should have it changed within the next 72 hours. I had to laugh.

Stevie Zimmerman has completed narration of the book. We are waiting on Audible to approve the files. They are seriously backed up so we shall see how long it takes.

In the meantime, for those who have read “The Long Journey Home”, I thought you might enjoy this deleted scene:

Simon Glenhart had been the sold proprietor of a small haberdashery by the docks for the past thirty years. Within a glance, he could tell whether a customer was there to browse or to make a purchase. When Madame Vartan pushed open the door before her husband could reach for it, Mr. Glenhart knew who that she would be the one he needed to please.

Without hesitation, the woman placed a shiny gold coin on the counter then began listing all that his staff would need to gather within 45 minutes; the time the matron allowed before the threesome would walk back out the door.

As her husband, followed by a young lad, perused the tools and weapons in the back room, the lady had bolts of fabric pulled from the shelves, measured, cut, and folded. Searching through the readymade garments hanging from pegs on the wall, she pulled down heavy coats and other outerwear in sizes fitting each of the three of them. Yarn, thread, needles, pins, two thimbles, hair pins, three combs, one brush, a heavy iron skillet, two pots (one small, one large), tins of spices and blended tea, sharp-edged knives, enough tableware for six, three heavy quilts, six pairs of gloves and heavy stockings, and three hats were added to the growing pile.

As the man and boy moved in her direction, she gave her head a shake, sending them to where he had large trunks stored. With careful packing, the one her man chose would easily hold their purchases.

That was until she found the books. Giving only a quick glance to the titles, she tasked Mr. Gerhart with choosing a selection of interest to a young lad. A slate. graphite pencils, ink, paper, and quills were pulled from the glass display.

“Come with me,” the lady whispered so only the proprietor could hear. “I have something special I require.”

As his staff wrapped the items and stored them in the trunk for shipping, she moved toward the shelf next to where the few clocks he had in his possession were to be found. Pointing to a round item that could be held in the palm of a man’s hand, she directed me to give special attention to how it was packed.

As a man of business, I knew it was not my place to pry. Yet, I could not help but ask its purpose.

The look she gave that young boy warmed the store owner’s heart.

“With that,” she pointed at the compass, “he will always find his way home.”

Exactly twelve minutes later, the three of them left the building. Two hired men carted their trunk to their waiting ship.

Simon doubted he would ever see them again. But he would not forget them any time soon.

Pre-Order is Live!

WOW!!! This is the quickest Amazon has ever been in getting my eBook online. As soon as I receive the cover for the print version from the designer then I will upload the paperback. At that point, ARC reviews are very welcome.

Something unexpectedly exciting is that Stevie Zimmerman is already recording the audiobook. In fact, she was narrating the chapters as I sent them to her. We will be reviewing the files and then presenting them to Audible for production.

All in all, I’m stunned at how things are flowing quickly to get “The Long Journey Home” to the market.

Note: I had to change the title since there were other JAFF books that used “The Journey Home” in part or in full in their titles. I did a search but wasn’t as thorough as I needed to be.

Here is the blurb:

Love is being in the wrong place at the right time!

Mistaken for someone else, Elizabeth and Darcy are kidnapped from a ballroom in Hertfordshire, England. Their only hope for freedom is to overcome their deeply set opinions of each other—to work as a team.

Against all odds, they each make extraordinary sacrifices to discover a love for the ages and find their way home.

The Long Journey Home is a perilous tale of adventure where Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, Jane Austen’s beloved heroes of Pride & Prejudice are forced to rely on each other for survival.

This full-length Regency novel is written by bestselling author, J Dawn King, who also writes as Christie Capps. The Long Journey Home is appropriate for all ages.

Here is the link: Amazon

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