Months of intensive effort have come to fruition; my “darling child” Return to Longbourn is finished, published, and successfully launched. Phew! It was a lot of work, and I feel a real sense of accomplishment. I suppose there could also be some danger of experiencing a let down at this point, now that this labor of love (bringing a new book into the world) is over. But I have no time for the literary equivalent of postpartum depression (or “baby blues” as my mom says it used to be called). I’m going on blog tour!
Upon the whole, therefore, she found… that an event to which she had been looking with impatient desire did not, in taking place, bring all the satisfaction she had promised herself. It was consequently necessary to name some other period for the commencement of actual felicity – to have some other point on which her wishes and hopes might be fixed, and by again enjoying the pleasure of anticipation, console herself… Her tour to the Lakes was now the object of her happiest thoughts. (Pride and Prejudice, chapter 42)
By using this quote, I don’t mean to imply that the publication of Return to Longbourn has failed to bring satisfaction, only that there is still much for me to look forward to! Blog tours (the modern-day substitute for book-signing tours) are a lot of fun. And I’m starting my tour with a visit to Austenprose – a Jane Austen Blog… where supposedly “There is a monstrous deal of stupid quizzing and common-place nonsense talked, but hardly any wit” (Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra in a letter).
Begin reading my guest blog post here, and then please follow the link to Austenprose. I’m giving away three more books there too!
Thanks, Laurel, for having me here today. It’s always a pleasure to visit Austenprose, especially when I have a new story to share!
Following last year’s publication of For Myself Alone, I longed to return to my first love, to the world of Pride and Prejudice. Even after tying up lots of loose ends in The Darcys of Pemberley, there were interesting avenues left to explore.
Yes, Elizabeth and Jane are well settled, and it would be pleasant to visit them again. As for Lydia… well, that’s another story. But I was chiefly intrigued by what lay ahead for the other two Bennet daughters… (continue here)