Sunday, 28 February 2010

The Darcy Cousins: Official Launch Day Today!

Today's the day! The official launch day of the UK hardcover edition of The Darcy Cousins!

Between you and me, The Darcy Cousins feels rather special to me because I had a good time writing it. The Other Mr Darcy was a book that required toil and a lot of energy. Getting into Miss Bingley's mind wasn't easy, and it was also a challenge to show Robert Darcy entirely from her viewpoint. I was determined throughout not to show things from the hero's perspective, because that's what Jane Austen did with Mr Darcy, apart from the famous letter, of course. Don't get me wrong. It wasn't an uphill struggle by any stretch of the imagination, but it required sustained effort.

By the time I got to write The Darcy Cousins, I began to work out how Jane Austen really did that. Her sly style is very deceptive. She doesn't show his point of view, but because of the omniscient narrator there's a great deal that gets slipped in so that we don't miss his point of view at all. I had fun with that idea. I also had fun with having Georgiana and Clarissa interacting -- two very different young ladies with very different ideas about how to approach attractive young gentlemen. And I really enjoyed writing about Lady Catherine, who takes her villainy a step farther. Plus I was able to write about Mr Darcy as a brother, and to give some insight into the Darcys' happy marriage from a different perspective.

In other words, there was a great deal of fun to be had.

Of course all writing is labour intensive, so I should add that the notion of 'fun' is relative...

So here it is -- the one and only: The Darcy Cousins, now available for purchase at Waterstones, and for my international audience, from The Book Depository.

I hereby cut the ribbon and launch the new publication.

I will however have to excuse myself immediately because I hear champagne flutes clinking in another room. Could they possibly have opened the bottle without me?

Monday, 15 February 2010

An Improper Suitor: New Paperback Large Print Edition

My Regency novel, An Improper Suitor, has now come out in a paperback Large Print edition by Camden Press/Chivers. This is very reasonably priced and is available in the UK from BBC audiobooks. The original release is still available from The Book Depository with free international shipping.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Jane Austen and Sir Walter Scott: pioneers of the novel

I have a new blog up on my group blog, Historical Romance UK, in which I talk about how novels were perceived during the time of Jane Austen. So if you'd like to head over there and tell me what you think, I'd love it.

See you there!

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

The Other Mr Darcy named Buried Treasure 2009 on All About Romance

Senior Reviewer Rike Horstmann at All About Romance selected The Other Mr. Darcy as her Buried Treasure pick for 2009!

I'm really thrilled to see my name up there on the list. It really is an honor, since this means it's one of only 16 books from smaller publishers or new authors that has been highlighted as deserving special attention. Hurray!

Monday, 1 February 2010

The Other Mr Darcy now available on Kindle

Unfortunately, The Other Mr Darcy has been temporarily removed from Kindle. I'm not sure about the reason, but I believe it is being sorted out. I hope to be able to announce that it is back up again soon. Many apologies for the inconvenience!

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Just wanted to let those of you who are in possession of this marvelous space-saver that The Other Mr Darcy is available internationally on Kindle. This means that those of you who own Kindle can now download it wherever your are, so I no longer need to talk about US editions and UK editions, which is far more democratic, in my mind.

Click here to see more about the Kindle edition of The Other Mr Darcy.

Of course, Kindle isn't exactly a freebee...