It’s official! My first-born literary child just turned one! It’s been a full year since The Darcys of Pemberley began hitting bookshelves and e-readers around the world, and its success has far exceeded my expectations. So I feel like celebrating!
If you are a parent, you know what it’s like to send your child off on a new venture - be it kindergarten, college, an audition, or a job interview. You’re proud of your kid and you’re anxious that s/he should be well received by the world. It’s the same for an author. Your book is your “baby” and you want everybody to love it like you do.
Okay, so not quite everybody has read The Darcys of Pemberley (not yet, at least), but I’m so grateful for all those who have – especially for those who enjoyed it enough to recommend it to friends. I’m honored to think that something I wrote with much TLC may have been the topic of conversation over your girls-lunch-out, at book club, or at the gym.
To express my appreciation, I’m throwing a little party. I wish I could have you all over for birthday cake (chocolate, of course) and a spirited game of charades or whist, but my house is a little too small for that. So I’ll do what authors usually do and give away books to celebrate!
The main drawing is open to everybody, with five winners having their choice of prizes - any one of my books in your preferred format, or whatever other goodies I can come up with. Simply leave a lovely comment below and check back September 1st to see if you’ve won. Then I’ll contact you to find out your choice of prize.
But in addition, I want to do something kind of special for one true DOP fan. I’m offering a signed copy with hand-written annotations. Would you like to know the derivation of the names Sanditon and Heatheridge used in the book? Did you catch all the inside jokes? There’s actually a quote from The Godfather contained in the book. Did anybody notice that? Here’s your chance to find out all the inside scoop.
So, if you’ve already read The Darcys of Pemberley (or will have before the end of August), you can also enter to a win the specially annotated copy by sending me an e-mail (subject line: annotated DOP) at email@example.com. In it, quote the opening sentence of chapter 32 to confirm you own the book.
I wish my budget could afford giving away and all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii, but a virtual visit to Regency England through the pages of a book will have to do. Thanks again to everyone who has supported me through this past year. You really have helped to make my dream come true!
I wish you joy of your birthday twenty times over. I shall be able to send this to the post today, which exalts me to the utmost pinnacle of human felicity, and makes me bask in the sunshine of prosperity, or gives me any other sensation of pleasure in studied language which you may prefer. ( from a letter to her sister Cassandra, dated January 8, 1799)