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Boy, oh boy! I owe a huge shout of thanks to my readers. Today is Windswept’s three week anniversary. During that time my story wore the orange #1 banner with style until yesterday. I woke this morning to a sweet #2. (I’m grateful!) I’ve had over 1,200,000 page reads in Kindle Unlimited since the launch. THANK YOU!

Additionally, special thanks to JW Garrett. The new title to my work-in-progress is Pride & Prejudice on the Oregon Trail. (I’ll post an updated image of the cover below.) I’m having a ball researching this period. It’s far different than Regency England. My most enjoyable task is finding pictures of the characters to match my imagination. For example:

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet (In this story I adore Mr. Bennet. He’s so proud of himself for stepping outside of his comfort zone that he is completely oblivious to how much his wife is actually responsible for their being in Independence, MO. After all, there are far more men than women in Oregon and with five daughters… Do you recognize them and the movie they are in?

There will be two original characters who are older fur traders with slightly rough edges. Their mischief frustrates Darcy, who they have known for years, and delights Elizabeth, who they lovingly call Princess. Do you recognize them? Do you know which movies these images are from? I’m not sure about Kevin Costner. It might be a copy of a promotion image rather than an actual movie.

Henry “Hank” Elam

Jackson “Rowdy” Burke

George Wickham (a young Kevin Costner)

Fitzwilliam “Will” Darcy – in this story Darcy is a young Sam Elliott with a mustache that’s slightly less pronounced because of, well, you know, the first kiss and all. This is what Darcy looks like when Elizabeth convinces him to shave. (Yes, I deliberately made his picture larger than Wickham’s.)

And here is the updated cover with my Elizabeth:

It’s time to quit playing with pictures and get some words written. Please have an enjoyable Wednesday wherever you are in the world.



  • Ree H

    Oh my goodness. I’m really looking forward to this one. That pic of Kevin Costner … I don’t think I have ever see that one. I never thought his looks were too much to write home about, but gee whiz! His eyes in that pic. Wowsa! I know Wickham was supposed to be very handsome, but I like it when Darcy is more handsome than he. Great characters and pics for your inspiration though. Love it.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      I completely agree with Wickham’s/Costner’s eyes. WOWZA! In my mind, Darcy is the perfect mix of Sam Elliott and Henry Cavill. In fact, I have them side by side on my laptop. Their faces have character, which is why I chose them for Darcy. Plus, he has real presence in the way he carries himself. If you can find a picture of who you would have as your wagon master Darcy, I would love to see it.

  • Jeanne Garrett

    OMG! Thank you JDK for choosing the new title. I love the concept and your pictures help put a face on the story. John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara were the best together. Was it McClintock? She and he were in so many movies together. My mother and I loved the ‘The Quiet Man.’ It would be on TV and we’d call each other and quote our favorite dialogue and laugh at the funny scenes where he’d chase after her. My mother has been gone since ’07 and seeing that photo brought back many fun memories. I look forward to reading your story. Blessings on its launch and I wish you much success.

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      Autumn is the perfect season here. The October air is crisp in the morning but warm in the afternoons. Unless it rains, of course. We live in the middle of many vineyards. When the leaves turn it is gorgeous. Please email me at jdawnking@gmail.com when it gets close to time and I can share my favorite places.

  • Cathy

    Oh my goodness have you been playing the Oregon Trail game??? I’m obsessed! These are two of my favorite things combined and I can’t wait!!!

    • J "Joy" Dawn King

      Oregon Trail game? Really? (Rubbing my hands together as I plan to download the app as soon as I hit reply.) Since I was in elementary school I have wanted to write an Oregon Train adventure. Now that I am well along in years, I want to add a bit of romantic tension. I will be honest, I have never been this excited to write.

  • Debbie Brown

    Windswept is a wonderful book – no wonder it hung in there for so long! Looking forward to reading Pride & Prejudice on the Oregon Trail. Keep up the great writing!

  • J "Joy" Dawn King

    For those of you who wonder, John Wayne and Maureen O’Haha were in McClintock. Richard Farnsworth (Henry “Hank” Elam) was Matthew Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables. Ben Johnson (Jackson “Rowdy” Burke) is from The Sacketts.

    If you have any ideas who might be a good Darcy (besides Sam Elliott), please let me know. I’m trying to complete my vision board and this picture just isn’t doing it for me.

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