Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Giveaway and Launch of Darcy on the Hudson
It’s me again. Back with another launch. But this one is special. Why? Because it is my favorite type of novel: a historical setting with protagonists (Darcy and Elizabeth) provided by Jane Austen. In Darcy on the Hudson, Darcy, Georgiana, and Charles Bingley travel to New York's Hudson River Valley to visit with Charles’s Uncle Richard. Once in New York, he meets American, Elizabeth Bennet, and it’s on.
At first, Lizzy and Darcy are convinced that they are engaged in a harmless flirtation, but as their feelings deepen, they realize that there are hurdles—probably insurmountable—because England and America’s class structures are so very different. On a visit to England three years earlier, Lizzy had been criticized for her outspoken opinions, something Darcy has experienced firsthand. Another problem. The story is set against the background of the upcoming War of 1812. Great Britain and the United States are very close to going to war over impressment, trade restrictions, and British interference with Native American tribes on the western frontier. Will these difficulties keep our favorite couple apart?
The usual suspects are in play: Villains George Wickham and Caroline Bingley, our favorite bore, Mr. Collins, the five Bennet sisters, Charlotte Lucas, and Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. But there is a sprinkling of new characters (a love interest for Georgiana) to make it interesting and one major character change: Mrs. Bennet. My Mrs. Bennet is not silly, ill-mannered, or undereducated. Instead, she is a wise woman who can look after her family without throwing her daughters in front of every passing bachelor.
As part of the research for Darcy on the Hudson, my husband and I spent a week traveling up and down the Hudson River Valley from Manhattan to Troy, New York. We visited a dozen historical sites, and I spent a small fortune on history books. But it was wonderful, and I hope when you read the novel, you will be able to visualize the places we visited. This is a full-length novel. In order to entice you to read it, I am pricing it at $3.99 for the month of September. After that it will go up to $5.99.
Other rules: Comment by September 8. Winner will be announced September 9. Please leave your e-mail. No e-mail, no can win. Open worldwide. Looking forward to reading your comments.
P.S. My daughter, Meg, designed the cover. Isn't she talented? Answer: Yes.