I’m Having a “Proud Mom” Moment

It’s my daughter’s first blog interview at Janet B. Taylor’s More Agreeably Engaged. What a delightful coincidence that my very first blog interview was also on Janet’s blog. That was one year ago when I released A Father’s Sins. Next week, I’m posting an excerpt from my latest release at the same site.

How does that make me feel? Absolutely, positively appreciative for Janet’s kind support and welcome.

Please check out Jennifer’s post at: http://moreagreeablyengaged.blogspot.com/2015/06/dear-readers-we-have-special-guest-today.html?spref=fb

In Joy’s World

A fellow author of Jane Austen fan fiction, Victoria Kincaid, has been nominated for a prestigious RONE award for 2015. I could not be more proud. Her debut book, The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth: A Pride and Prejudice Variation is outstanding and very deserving of an award.

Recently, my daughter, Jennifer Joy, published her very first book. Darcy’s Ultimatum has had tremendous success, spending almost the whole of its first month with a #1 banner from Amazon under it’s gorgeous cover. Recently, Abigail Reynolds and Sarah Johnson’s new releases also hit that coveted #1 spot.

So, what about A Father’s Sins? How did it do it’s first year? In January 2015, A Father’s Sins was chosen as a Highlight from 2014 at Sophie Andrews’ blog, Laughing With Lizzy. Here is what she said:” really enjoyed this story. It was unique and different. This is a much more serious variation than I usually read, but it was an interesting and enjoyable change … The story was very dramatic and fast paced but had romance and humour – a perfect mix! Joy really is a talented author and I can’t wait for more!” Thank you! Thank you very much!

If you would like to read the rest of her selections, please pop on over to: http://laughingwithlizzie.blogspot.co.uk/2015_01_01_archive.html

In other news – JAFF Recs has a blog and Facebook page that highlights and indexes many Jane Austen fan fiction stories. Each month she has readers vote for their top 5 favorites that have been posted as complete for the prior month. For April, I have two stories in the running. If you would like to check out this site and read some incredible stories, please click the following: http://www.jaffrecs.com/top-5-vote-here/

If you look closely you will see mine – The Library and Forgotten. If you would like to read either of them, here are the links:

The Library: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11081185/1/The-Library

Forgotten!: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11128949/1/Forgotten

As a note, The Library will be renamed “Mr. Darcy’s Courtship” and bundled with another short story entitled “Summer at Ramsgate“. These will be released the first part of May 2015 (yes, soon!).

Let’s see – OH, another story is just finishing edits but is also available. It’s a 50,000 word story called “Married!”. It will soon be released as “Fitzwilliam Darcy, Married!”, but is also available to read for free online at: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11116679/1/Married

Finally, the audio clip is being uploaded as I type this for A Father’s Sins. Yippee! Please enjoy!

Jane Austen Fan Fiction Rules the Charts!

Look what I found today. The top four books in this category at Amazon are all Pride and Prejudice variations. They are good stories written by wonderful women.

Zoe 4-6-15

Jennifer Joy is my daughter and this is her debut book. Leenie Brown is also a first time author. Zoe Burton is a fellow NASCAR/Jane Austen devotee, and Rose Fairbanks is one of the best at character development. Four distinct personalities with one great love – Darcy and Elizabeth.

Please check out the sample pages for confirmation that I am not exaggerating, especially for my daughter. If it was my GRANDDAUGHTER? Of course I would exaggerate. That’s my job!

What’s New in Joy’s World?

I am in a crazed writing frenzy. I have short stories churning around in my pea-sized brain and they are screaming to get out. So, I’m posting them at:

fanfiction.net – DarcyandLizzy.com – BeyondAusten.com

It was my intent to post them on A Happy Assembly as well, but I’m going to start pulling them off the forums and publishing them about April 15, 2015.

In the meantime, please check out my stories.

Married! – a work-in-progress about our dear couple https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11116679/1/Married

The Library – Complete  https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11081185/1/The-Library

Forgotten! – a one-shot where Darcy has amnesia https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11128949/1/Forgotten

Please leave a comment here or with the story and let me know what you think. I’m all anticipation!

Hello world!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that I am a little bit intimidated by my computer. What if I push the wrong button? What if I accidentally do something that will cause permanent damage? These are real worries to me. They cause stress and anxiety. Odd? I don’t think I’m alone in this.

I have always been a bit of a risk taker, though I’m much more cautious in my old age. Bungee jumping, hang gliding, hot air ballooning, and scuba diving were part of my youth. Yet, I just bought a new laptop with a touch screen and I am TERRIFIED of my Mom slapping my hands if she saw the fingerprints. Go figure!

So, I become a writer. Who types! On a computer! What foolishness is this? Since I love what I do, I think I need to become friends with this machine. We shall see!