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?
For the most part, my life is an opened book. However, since the first of the year, I’ve been hiding something from JAFF readers and it has been a HUGE challenge for me to keep it to myself. Well, almost to myself. With the exception of a few close friends and family members, nobody knew. Are you curious?
I’ve been writing short stories under a pen name. Yes, I’m Christie Capps, author of Mr. Darcy’s Bad Day and For Pemberley. To discover why I’ve kept this a secret, please click over to Rita Deodato’s blog: From Pemberley to Milton
This exciting news comes with a giveaway on her site. Please don’t forget to comment on her post (not this one) so you can be entered.
If you don’t want to click the link, here is a little glimpse of my work. (Ok, a fairly large glimpse.)
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 –
As you can see from my copy of Elizabeth’s Gaskell’s North & South, I am a fan of Richard Armitage. Why? He’s an excellent actor, he’s tall and handsome, and he has one of the best male reading voices I’ve ever heard.
As my newsletter subscribers know, I contacted him about narrating my next release, Friends and Enemies. Since the story is from Darcy’s point-of-view, I wanted a male narrator/producer.
Here is an update.
I received an email from his representatives on April 3rd. In my reply, I told them I would have the finished first draft to them on Monday, April 17th.
This is why I’ve been practically invisible on social media. I’m typing like a crazed person trying to get this story done. On Monday of this week, I went back to chapter one and did a word-by-word clean-up. Now, I’m pressing on to the end. I have approximately 8,000 words to go—I hope.
Click below for a video interview which should give you a hint why I’m desperately hoping he agrees to my project.
I will keep you apprised of the process. Of course, if he agrees, you will undoubtedly hear my screams right before I faint.
Would you like to hear Mr. Armitage read Fitzwilliam Darcy? Boy, I would.
This is a joyous day for me. Three years! Never could I have imagined the difference publishing my first book would make for my family. I have ten books out and Jennifer has nine. Both of us have received so many blessings that it would take too much time to write and I need to get a chapter done of my work-in-progress.
Anniversaries call for a celebration and instead of presents for me, it’s a present opportunity for you. One newsletter subscriber will be chosen on Saturday, March 25th to win the 2017 United Kingdom Annual Coin Set from The Royal Mint. Why is this special? The 2-pound coin included in the set is a special edition marking the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. How fitting this falls on the anniversary date of my birth as a published author.
Here’s a link: 2017 Royal Mint Set
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all who have supported my career by reading, reviewing, and caring.
(PS: The set arrived yesterday and I so badly want to tear off the plastic wrap to see inside. Grrrrr! I need to leave it alone, but my curiosity is killing me. I apologize in advance to the winner if I can’t cultivate some self-control before it goes back into the mail. BTW, this is open internationally.)
One Love – Two Hearts – Three Stories, the anthology I published in June 2015, is FREE until March 22nd. Why? To celebrate three years of publishing on Amazon, of course. Can you believe it? Three Years.
A Father’s Sins, my first published book, will forever have a soft spot in my heart. However, I changed as an author since my debut story. Before writing and releasing One Love – Two Hearts – Three Stories, I had an epiphany. People’s lives, as a rule, are like being on a steep rollercoaster ride. They are challenging with many ups and downs. Whether it’s family problems, health, or economic, we all need happy news, don’t we? Thus, the three stories grew from a need to feel good.
Therefore, if you want to read two short stories and one long story that makes you smile, this book is for you. To make you even happier, you can download it for free on all Amazon markets from March 18 – 22, 2017. Here are the links:
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.
The book that began it all for my daughter, Jennifer Joy, is FREE for the next four days only.
When Fitzwilliam Darcy’s arranged life falls to pieces, his father, Mr. George Darcy, gives him an ultimatum: Marry by the end of the London Season or risk disinheritance. Can Darcy cast aside society’s frigid attitude toward marriage and find true love? Or will his desire to honor his deceased mother’s memory hold him back?
Elizabeth Bennet faces the greatest challenge of her life: Find a husband by the end… of the London Season or be forced to marry the heir apparent of her family home, Mr. Collins. A romantic at heart, will Elizabeth find a gentleman to meet her high expectations?
After a disastrous meeting, Darcy and Elizabeth determine not to like each other.
But, the London Season has only begun…
Here is the link: Darcy’s Ultimatum