Something Old – Something New!

There are particular events in an author’s life when they are invited to do something really special. This happened to me in the autumn of 2015.

The two books shown above are tribute pieces. The gentlemen who told me their life stories are now gone. However, their youthful tales will live on in the “When Boys Were Men – Life In The Woods” series.

I learned two valuable lessons from listening to the stories of Si King in Book One of When Boys Were Men and Jack Chambers in Book Two.

First, it is worth making any effort to be an active listener to our loved ones, asking them questions to stir their memories from the dust. Then, write it down. Time passes so quickly and once they are gone — the memories are gone as well.

Both men never hesitated to share not only their successes and their failures. What I realized was how trusted I was to have them share such intimate details with me. Yet, it wasn’t solely for me. It was for them as well. Neither man was ready to die, yet they stared it in the face with quiet dignity. What they held in common was the desire to be remembered and the desire to be assured that their time on earth held value. They were hardworking, humble men who tried to finish out their lives in the best way they knew how – by sharing their lessons learned with those they loved.

So, if you have the opportunity or can make the opportunity to do this for your elderly or terminally-ill family members, please do so. You will have no regrets.

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A special thanks to Sarah Johnson for the amazing covers. How does she do this?

 

Congratulations! One Love-Two Hearts – Three Stories!

JT Award

This is such exciting good new! “One Love – Two Hearts – Three Stories” has been selected by MORE AGREEABLY ENGAGED as 2015 Favorite Anthology. Yippee! Read here for the terrific selection of other Jane Austen books that were listed as favorites.

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My daughter, Jennifer Joy, has her debut novel on the list as well. Could a mother be any prouder? Nope!

Giveaway and Guest Appearance

Leslie L. Diamond’s “Ask the Author” has been one of my favorite blogs to follow for 2015. It’s coming to the end and I’m December’s victim. I’m so EXCITED!!!

Please follow the link to the blog for your opportunity to ask whatever you would like (except how much I weigh, of course) to be entered for a wonderful giveaway of a Jane Austen charm bracelet. I have one in a different color and LOVE it.

You have until December 11th to participate. The giveaway is open internationally.

Here’s the link: http://lldiamondwrites.com/2015/12/07/december-j-dawn-king/

Here is a photo of the giveaway prize.JA Charm Bracelet

History in the Making – The Spencer

In the interest of making my husband, John, more fashion forward, I have been shopping further afield than our local community for pieces that would build an expanded wardrobe for him. What I found provided something for the both of us.

As a Regency period historical fiction author, I have interests in the backgrounds of all things early 19th century. Finding a blog post that had snippets of delightfully presented information about the “spencer” was a treat. And, the sweater/jumper is GORGEOUS!!!

I’m attaching a link to the post and have done so with the permission of its author, Philipp Joha of The Bavarian Lion. http://thebavarianlion.tumblr.com/post/131953409258/gentlemen-though-this-blog-was-never-intended#notes

Compromised! is OUT!!!

Now available as EBook!
Now available as EBook!

In marriage-minded Regency England, one simple word can ruin your life. Compromise! can bring down a virtuous maiden, like Miss Elizabeth Bennet, and her entire family along with her.

When Elizabeth finds Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy outside Netherfield, alone and at his most vulnerable, she must make a quick decision to bend the rules of propriety to help him or turn her back on someone in need. Her tender heart reaches out to him and his wounded one grabs hold of her well-intentioned support. Discovery changes the course of their lives as Elizabeth is forced to accept a reluctant proposal of marriage from this man whom she has just barely begun to respect. Can Jane Austen’s most beloved couple reach a compromise that might turn a tenuous friendship into a loving marriage?  Will it survive as desperate, unscrupulous, and foolish people alike set compromising machinations into motion for their own greedy ends?

Follow Elizabeth and Darcy in this novella-length Regency romance as J. Dawn King takes them through a sweet variation of Pride and Prejudice where compromises abound and outcomes will surprise you.

COMING SOON!!! – Compromised! should be available in print before September 1st and has been sent to the narrator to be produced as audio. The audiobook should be available in the next several months. Stay tuned!

UPDATE: It’s available in print. Yippee!

Winners Announced!

For all of the hours it took to write down the names of all who tweeted/re-tweeted/favorite-d on Twitter, shared/liked/commented on Facebook and Google+ and commented/liked on this website, it was shockingly quick to draw the names of the winners. (I stopped counting at 400) I had listed all of the prizes and just filled in the names as they were drawn.

I do need to tell you that I combined four of the drawings into two sets as it would have been strange to have them separated. Therefore, I added a few extra prizes from the Jane Austen Gift Shop in Bath to make up for my last-minute decision. So, without further ado, here are the winners and their prizes.

“Obstinate, Headstrong Girl” pocketbook: Monica Perry

Jane Austen figure – pink: MaryAnn Nagy

Jane Austen figure – green: PdxIrishGirl

Cosmetic bag – green: Kelli Weekly

Mr. Darcy tote bag: Ruzaika Deen

Playing cards: tgruy

Bandages/Plasters: Lynn Bischoff

Tattoos: Gail Brosnan

Bookmark – Lizzy: Bianca Hernandez

Bookmark – Darcy: Jane Austen Tours

Bookmark – Lizzy walking: Ana Darcy

Drawing – heroines: Anji Dale

Drawing – heroes: Pamela Lynne

Drawings – Darcy & Lizzy: Zoe Burton

Drawings – D&L w/words: Christina Boyd

Drawing – D&L walking: Ralph Christopher Pepe

Drawing – Lizzy & Georgiana: Meredith Esparza

Jane Austen mug: Victoria Kincaid

“Pemberley” teacup & saucer: Fawn George

“Pemberley” teacup & saucer: Loren Dushku

If you have won a prize, please send me your mailing address by PM on Facebook or Twitter or via email at jdawnking@gmail.com

Congratulations to those who won prizes and my heartiest thank you to all who entered. LEGAL JARGON for the winners: If I do not hear from you by Tuesday, August 4th, another name will be selected from my bowl (which I will keep just in case). At that point, you will have forfeited all claims to the prize.

New Prizes Added!!! Drawing Friday Morning!

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I will confess to you now that I have thoroughly enjoyed selecting the prizes for the giveaway this Friday. The drawing will be held at 8:00 a.m. Pacific time. I will contact the winners via email and they will have until Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. Pacific time to respond. If I have not heard from the winners I will draw another name. The prize for any that do not respond in a timely manner will be forfeited. (There! All the official rules have been stated.)

Let me tell you what’s new in the gift basket. There is a lovely Pride and Prejudice cosmetic bag in a pale green. It has a white peacock on the front. It’s gorgeous!!! Also added are three pieces of original artwork. Two are the men and women of Jane Austen’s writings and the third is Lizzy Bennet at the pianoforte. They, too, are lovely.

There’s still time for me to add your name to the bowl. Yes, my highly technical method of choosing winners is to put all the names (one for each time you comment or like on my web site, my Facebook page (J Dawn King), and on Twitter (@Jdawnking) into a huge stainless steel bowl. I still have plenty of room for your name.

As a reminder, this drawing is open internationally. All of the winners will be notified at the same time. If you reply first and have a preference for a prize, you are able to select your choice. If you do not have a preference, I will select the prize for you. There are no duplicate items. Here is what’s up for grabs:IMG_1785

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Six – 5/7’s and Three Bookmarks

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Let’s see, have I forgotten anything? I hope not.