Monday, October 31, 2011

A Mr. Darcy's Bite Vignette on Austen Authors

Today I have a post on Austen Authors in connection with Mr. Darcy's Bite. I hope you will read it. It's a howling good tail and perfect for Halloween.

Last Day of Blog Tour for Mr. Darcy's Bite - Interview + Giveaway

Happy Halloween! Today is the last day of the blog tour for Mr. Darcy's Bite. My final stop is at SOS Aloha visiting with Kim. I hope you will stop by to read my fascinating review or at least for the giveaway. Thanks.

P.S. Mr. Darcy's Bite was mentioned in the Daytona Beach News Journal, the Parkersburg, WV Sentinel, and Anohki, a Canadian magazine. I'm thrilled. :)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Closing out the Mr. Darcy's Bite Blog Tour

October 31 - SOS Aloha

I hope you will join me as I conclude the blog tour for Mr. Darcy's Bite. Thanks to all who participated.

Candy at So Little Time... reviews Mr. Darcy's Bite.

Good news for Mr. Darcy's Bite: My book was featured in the Parkersburg, WV Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News Journal, and Anohki, a Canadian magazine. I'm thrilled.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Blog Stop at Love Romance Passion

Today, I am Keira's guest at Love Romance Passion. I hope you will stop by. I talk about writing historical fiction.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Blog Stop at The Long and Short of It - Questions I would ask JA

Today I have a guest post on The Long and Short of It. I was asked what questions I would ask Jane Austen. I had a bunch. I hope you will stop by.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Blog Stop at Historical Hussies

Today I am the guest of Linda Banche at Historical Hussies. We talk about werewolves in "Mr. Darcy Grows Fur!" I hope you will stop by and leave a comment.

Andrew Davies at the AGM

One of the highlights of the JASNA Annual General Meeting in Fort Worth was listening to Andrew Davies talk about his screenplays, the most famous of which is the 1995 A&E adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. This production was also Davies’s favorite, and he talked about how he did not want to open the drama with the usual “It is a truth universally acknowledged…” Instead, he showed Bingley and Darcy riding full out with Elizabeth admiring them from a hilltop perch. He also talked about Colin Firth’s tortured portrayal of Darcy composing his letter to Elizabeth in which he explained his motives for making his obnoxious proposal. At the start of the scene, Darcy is wearing about three layers of clothes. By the end, he’s nearly down to his underwear.

With the theme of the AGM being the 200th anniversary of the publication of Sense and Sensibility, Davies talked about the 2008 S&S production with Hattie Morahan and Dan Stevens. Like most readers of S&S, Davies understood that Austen’s first published novels has lots of problems, including how to get readers/viewers to like our hero, Edward Ferrars. There’s not much to admire in his behavior, and although his presence is “felt” throughout the story, we actually see very little of him. The screenwriter’s task was to make Edward “likeable” as Emma Thompson had done in her S&S screenplay with the sword-fighting scene between Edward and Margaret. Davies also used Margaret as a way to achieve his end in the scene where Edward (Dan Stevens) takes Margaret for a ride on his horse.

After softening Edward up, the producers thought that Ferrars wasn’t “butch” enough for a modern audience, and so Davies wrote the log-chopping scene (something he had always wanted to do) with Edward wielding an axe in the rain while Elinor Dashwood admires his obvious masculine skills and very wet shirt.

Davies was an absolutely delightful speaker, but his funniest comments were reserved for Emma. More on that in the next post.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Blog Stop at Deb's Book Bag + Giveaway

On Monday, October 24, I will be visiting Deb's Book Bag for an interview and giveaway as part of the blog tour for Mr. Darcy's Bite.. I hope you will stop by.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Blog Stop at Mur-y-Castell Today

I will be visiting with Blodeuedd today at Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell. She is hosting a giveaway of one copy of Mr. Darcy's Bite. I hope you will stop by.

Don't forget to visit with Anna at Diary of an Eccentric for a chance to win a copy of Mr. Darcy's Bite. Giveaway closes on October 30.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Excerpt from Mr. Darcy's Bite and Giveaway for Spook-A-Licious

A Scene at the Darcy estate, Pemberley,  from Mr. Darcy’s Bite:

“I love you, Elizabeth Bennet...” After stepping away from her, he continued. “I actually never thought I would fall in love for reasons I shall shortly explain. However, I am in love—deeply and profoundly in love—and if after I share my secret you have not run back to Pemberley, I shall have a question to ask you.”

“Mr. Darcy, what secret could you possibly have that would cause me to run away from you?”

“That is a good question, and my answer begins with an event that happened fourteen years ago when my father and I were traveling in the Black Forest in Germany. Our carriage became mired in mud, and while the men tried to dig it out, I went into the woods. Not very deep, but Nature called... At that moment, a wolf walked by. She had not seen me, and because I had startled her, she scratched me with her fang. I know it was an accident because she began to cower and whimper.”

“Mr. Darcy,” Lizzy said, interrupting, “are you saying that you were bitten by a wolf in the forest and this wild animal was trying to apologize for biting you?

“That is close to what I am saying, but I need to add one other detail. It was not a wolf who bit me, but a werewolf.”

Lizzy now burst out laughing. “Shame on you, Mr. Darcy, for going on in such a way. Is this what I have to look forward to? Scary stories on the night of a full moon?” Lizzy waited for Mr. Darcy to break out into his wonderful smile—to let her know that he had been teasing her—but he did not. “Mr. Darcy, please tell me you are in jest.”

“I wish I could, but that would be a lie, and I promise  I shall never lie to you,” he said, and Lizzy could hear the tension in his voice. “Elizabeth, as a result of that bite, I became a werewolf...”

Lizzy, horrified by his story, started to walk backwards, moving in the direction of Pemberley, but Mr. Darcy reached out to stop her.

“That is the reason I had to leave Hertfordshire so often, the reason I must leave you now. This is where I need to be during my transformation, and tonight is a full moon. At dusk, the change will begin. I am sure, at this moment, you are thinking about how quickly you can leave Pemberley, but I would ask that you stay. While I am gone, Georgiana and Anne will be with you to explain everything. We have arranged a signal. If you want to see me as a werewolf, they will light the candle in the window in a front bedroom, and I will come and introduce myself. If, however, there is no candle, I will remain in the woods, and I promise I will never see you again. You can go on with your life acting as if none of this happened. Whether or not we are together is now in your hands.”

Mr. Darcy extended his arm, but as the pair walked to the manor house, not a word was exchanged between them.

I hope you will let me know what you think of my story. If you leave a comment and an e-mail address, you will be entered in a giveaway of an ARC (advanced reader's copy) of Mr. Darcy's Bite. Thanks for stopping by.

Mr. Darcy's Bite is worldwide.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Winners of Mr. Darcy's Bite Are:

The winner of the ARC for Mr. Darcy's Bite from my blog is Sophia Rose.
The winner of Mr. Darcy's Bite from the Austen Authors entry is Margaret.

Congratulations, Ladies. You will be receiving an e-mail from me shortly asking for your mailing information. If you enjoy the story, I hope you will let me know and consider posting a review on Barnes and Noble and/or Amazon. If you don't like it, please remember that silence is golden.

 Thank you to everyone who stopped by my blog and Austen Authors to help me celebrate my launch.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Final Day to Enter Giveaways for Mr. Darcy's Bite

Today is the last day to enter giveaways here on my blog and at Austen Authors as well. All you have to do is leave a comment along with your e-mail address. That's it. Winners will be announced tomorrow here and at Austen Authors.

Launch - Jane Austen Made Me Do It

Today at Austen Authors, Laurel Ann Nattress (aka Austenprose) launches her short story anthology, Jane Austen Made Me Do It. Here is the introduction to her Austen Authors post:

Many thanks to all of the Austen Authors for hosting me on my very special day. Today, October 11th, my anthology, Jane Austen Made Me Do It, releases from Ballantine Books. I have been working on it for close to two years now so this day is very exciting for me and the twenty four contributing authors – four of which are your members: Diana Birchall, Monica Fairview, Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway. To continue reading, please click here

A huge congratulations to Laurel Ann and all the authors included in this anthology! The following authors also have guest posts on Austen Authors as part of the launch: Monica Fairview, Jane Odiwe, Diana Birchall, and Jane Rubino. Please stop by and celebrate with them.

Blog Tour Stops at Eva's Sanctuary, Thoughts in Progress & Psychotic State

While I am in Fort Worth attending the Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America, please stop by these blogs for an interview or blog post. I promise you will be excessively diverted.

October 11 - Eva's Sanctuary 
October 12 - Thoughts in Progress
October 13 - Psychotic State

Monday, October 10, 2011

Today at Austenesque Reviews and Sunday in Fort Worth

I was scheduled to visit with Meredith at Austenesque Reviews today, but I had a conflict. So I asked Georgiana Darcy and Anne de Bourgh if they would fill in, and they were happy to do so. Please stop by for a chat with Mr. Darcy's sister and cousin because Meredith is hosting a GIVEAWAY!!!!!

I'm heading to Fort Worth for the Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North American (October 14-16). Several Austen Authors will be having an informal gathering at the Barnes & Noble in downtown Fort Worth (Sundance Square) at 1:00 on October 16. Please stop by and say hello. If you have one of our titles, we will be happy to sign it for you. We will also have bookmarks for all the Austen Authors. We would love to see you. Sincerely, C. Allyn Pierson, Sharon Lathan, Karen Doornebos, Abigail Reynolds, Cindy Jones, Susan Mason-Milks and yours truly.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Blog Tour for Mr. Darcy's Bite

There has been so much going on with Mr. Darcy's Bite. But I am happy to say that the paperback version is now available, free of all printing errors. If you have been holding back on buying the book, you can now do so. Thank you for your patience.

Here are the stops I have made to date on the blog tour for Mr. Darcy's Bite:

Austenprose - Five-Star Review by Kimberley Denny-Ryder
Austenprose - Guest post and giveaway (ends October 19)
Mr. Jane Austen Book Club - Guest post and giveaway (ends October 10)
Savvy Verse and Wit - Guest post on S&S and P&P
Savvy Verse and Wit - Review

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Launch of Mr. Darcy's Bite at Austen Authors and A Moment of Your Time

It’s party time again. I am pleased to announce the launch of Mr. Darcy’s Bite, my first venture into paranormal or Gothic or just something different. A fuller description of the novel and details of a giveaway can be found at Austen Authors. As part of the celebration on this blog, I am giving away an advanced reader’s copy (ARC) of Mr. Darcy’s Bite. The usual rules apply. You must leave an e-mail address in the comments section by October 11th so I may contact you. The winner will be announced on October 12th. But this giveaway is a little different. Rather than ask for a comment, I would like a moment of your time.

From the time I started to write fiction in 2006, the world of publishing has changed. More people are now reading novels on e-book readers than in print form. Because of this change, I have decided to go independent, and Mr. Darcy’s Bite will be my last book with Sourcebooks. But when someone leaves a publisher, they also leave behind the support staff who arranges for the blog tour, publicity, preparation of the Amazon and B&N pages, etc.  This is where you come in. You, the reader, are now my support staff.

Reviews on Amazon and Barnes and Noble have become critical to the success of a book. A few good reviews can really sell a book. And that’s where I need your help. Although I receive lots of e-mails and Facebook posts from readers who say they enjoy my books, for one reason or another, they do not post reviews on Amazon or B&N. As we all know, we are more likely to take action over something negative or unpleasant. This is as true on Amazon as anywhere else, and a few bad reviews can kill a book. What I am asking (as well as other Austen authors--actually any author) is that if you enjoy a book, please consider posting a review on Amazon and/or Barnes and Noble. As an independent author, I can tell you good reviews on these sites are now the most critical element in making a book a success. If you do post a review, please let me know at: 

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Best of luck in the giveaway.

P.S. To double your chances to win a copy of Mr. Darcy's Bite, visit Austen Authors.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Blog Tour for Mr. Darcy's Bite Starts Today

I kick off my blog tour for Mr. Darcy's Bite at Austenprose. Laurel Ann is giving away three copies of my novel so I hope you will stop by.

10/3     Austenprose
10/4     My Jane Austen Book Club (Review and Giveaway)
10/6     Savvy Verse and Wit
10/10   Austenesque Reviews
10/11   Eva’s Sanctuary
10/12   Thoughts in Progress
10/13   Psychotic State Book Reviews
10/17   Diary of an Eccentric
10/20   Books for Life
20/24   Deb’s Book Bag
10/26   Historical Hussies
10/27   The Long and Short of It
10/28   Love Romance Passion
10/30   Romantic Crush Junkies
10/31   SOS Aloha