Friday, September 11th, 2015
My latest book, Alone with Mr. Darcy, just received a fantastic 5-star review from the notoriously picky Austenprose, so to celebrate I’m putting it on sale for 5 days – one for each star! Get it while it’s hot for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, and other online retailers.
Here’s a quote from the review by Kimberley Denny-Ryder which still makes me blush:
Way back in 2011 when reviewing What Would Mr. Darcy Do? for my blog I wrote, “I would like to hereby bestow the title of ‘Queen of the Austen Retelling’ to Abigail Reynolds.” Although many years have passed since my proclamation, not much has changed. Every time I get to read a new work by Reynolds I’m always so excited to get a slice of her creative energy that makes her works so exciting. It also doesn’t hurt that her variations typically involve the always handsome and charming Mr. Darcy in some type of a Pride and Prejudice reimagining. With this being said, I quickly devoured this work and got these thoughts on paper immediately, such is the effect that Reynolds has on my reading habits!
It’s been a while since Reynolds has come out with a new work, so I was building up my hopes as the time came for Alone With Mr. Darcy to finally hit the shelves. I am happy to report that Reynolds has met my high expectations and given me even more to be excited about. I consider her to be a cornerstone in the Jane Austen fan fiction community, and I’m so grateful that she is still writing such intriguing stories to share with us. Alone With Mr. Darcy is another great addition to this lineup, and it is full of fantastic and imaginative scenery and plot lines that are sure to make you read all of Reynolds’ works if you haven’t already.
I hope you read it, enjoy it, and tell me what you think!
Thursday, April 16th, 2015
At long last, Alone with Mr. Darcy is finally available! Here’s the blurb:
Elizabeth Bennet can’t imagine anything worse than being stranded by a blizzard in a tiny cottage with proud and unpleasant Mr. Darcy. But being trapped there for days – and nights – with an injured and confused Mr. Darcy who keeps saying the oddest things about her, is even worse. At least he possesses the useful ability of lighting a fire to keep them from freezing to death. But when he puts his arms around her, she discovers the hearth isn’t the only place he knows how to build a fire. And the little half-frozen kitten he finds in a woodpile isn’t proving to be much of a chaperone.
She doesn’t really believe his promises to marry her if anyone finds out they spent two nights alone together, especially after learning he was betrayed by another woman in the past. When her worst fears are realized and her reputation is in tatters, she isn’t surprised to discover Mr. Darcy has vanished into thin air, leaving her no choice but to find a husband as soon as possible before her whole family is ruined. Any husband, no matter how much she dislikes him. Even if she can’t stop thinking of Mr. Darcy….
And yes, for those of you who follow me on Facebook, the little half-frozen kitten is based on Snowdrop, though she goes by Snowball in the book. One time when I was stuck writing the book, readers suggested putting Snowdrop in the story, and lo and behold, I realized it would solve all my problems. I have the best readers in the world!
For those of you wanting to know the nitty gritty details of Alone with Mr. Darcy, here are answers to some of the usual suspect questions:
- Lots of Darcy and Elizabeth time? Heavens, yes. It’s a third of the way through the book before any other character enters the story.
- Lots of original characters? No. If you like JAFF that is far off the beaten path, you won’t like this one. It’s all traditional P&P characters in traditional P&P places, though Darcy’s family history is a bit different. If you want original, read Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections instead.
- Lots of action? Not really.
- Angst? Yes.
- Excessive angst? No.
- Previously published under another title? No.
- Sex scenes? Not this time.
- Passionate and sensual kissing? Of course, silly! I wrote it, after all.
- A small white cat? Of course!
- A huge white cliff? Well, you’ll have to read it and find out!
- Formats? Paperback, Nook, Kindle, Kobo. Audio coming in July 2015.
- Paperback size? 5”x8”, 376 pgs., Garamond 12pt font
- Word count? 91,664
- Dedication? To Snowdrop, for fearlessly throwing herself into the story and displaying an amazing will to live beyond all odds.
In case you missed it when I posted an excerpt, you can read the first three chapters here.
It usually takes less than a day after one of my books is released before readers start asking about the next one, so here’s the scoop. I’m about 10,000 words into a fun new Pemberley Variation where Elizabeth and Darcy become caught up in the events of the Luddite revolt. I’m also gearing up to start a new project I’m very, very excited about in collaboration with the talented Monica Fairview. It was one of those midnight crazy ideas that my Muse just won’t let go of. I can’t give you the details yet, but it’s going to be a completely new kind of Pride & Prejudice variation, and I’m just chomping at the bit to start writing it!
Here are links for buying this book:
Alone with Mr. Darcy on Kindle
Alone with Mr. Darcy on Nook
Alone with Mr. Darcy in paperback
Alone with Mr. Darcy on Kobo
And don’t forget to stop by my launch post on Austen Variations which has all the same information, but also a fantastic giveaway including antique Regency jewelry (the jewels are paste, but it’s genuine Regency) and various Jane Austen items.
Saturday, April 4th, 2015
My new book Alone with Mr. Darcy will be published on April 15!!! I’m extra excited because this book has had to overcome a number of hurdles to get to this point, but it finally did! My beta readers have loved it, and one even says it’s the best thing I’ve written, but I’m in my usual pre-publication phase of thinking it’s probably horrible and everyone will hate it. 😉
Anyway, it’s already available for pre-order for Kindle and Kobo, and the Nook and paperback versions will be out on April 15. I hope you’ll give it a try!
Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
I’m hard at work on the next Pemberley Variation and will be posting some out-takes from it soon, but I’m taking a break to tell you about the big ebook sale at Austen Variations. Five of my ebooks are on sale for $0.99 through Sept 5, 2014 at Amazon, B&N and Kobo:
It’s also a great time to pick up books from these other fantastic authors of Jane Austen-inspired fiction:
On sale for $0.99:
- Darcy’s Decision by Maria Grace
- The Future Mrs. Darcy by Maria Grace
- When They Fell in Love by Mary Simonsen
- Becoming Elizabeth Darcy by Mary Simonsen
- Darcy on the Hudson by Mary Simonsen
- The Second Date by Mary Simonsen
- Three’s a Crowd by Mary Simonsen
- For Myself Alone by Shannon Winslow
- Mr. Darcy Came to Dinner by Jack Caldwell
- Steampunk Darcy by Monica Fairview
- Disappointed Hopes by Cassandra Grafton
On sale for $1.99:
- All the Appearance of Goodness by Maria Grace
- Another Place in Time by Mary Simonsen
- Pirates and Prejudice by Kara Louise
- Pemberley Celebrations by Kara Louise
- Master Under Good Regulation by Kara Louise
- Mr. Darcy’s Proposal by Susan Mason-Milks
- Searching for Captain Wentworth by Jane Odiwe
- Project Darcy by Jane Odiwe
- Mr. Darcy’s Pledge by Monica Fairview
On sale for $2.99:
- Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match by Marilyn Brant
- A Fair Prospect (3 Volume Set) by Cassandra Grafton
You can find links to buy these books at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords, etc. at Austen Variations. Happy reading!
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
Want to win a Limoges porcelain shell, a set of Jane Austen stamps, autographed books, or dozens of other Austen-inspired prizes? A group of Austen-inspired authors and others are raising money for the fabulous folks at Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, UK. Donate $5 or more to the fundraiser to win prizes like $100 Amazon gift certificate, a birdcage cake stand donated, Jane Austen Pocket Notepads, and Jane Said It Best magnets. And there’s lots more at http://austenvariations.com/fundraiser-for-jane-austens-house-museum/.
The museum was Jane Austen’s home in the last eight years of her life and where she did some of her finest writing. The ability to visit Chawton Cottage and walk through the rooms where she lived and wrote is an incredible privilege, and we want to make sure it remains available for future Austen-lovers. Please consider donating to this excellent cause, and we’ll do our best to give you a reward for it!
Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Chocolate and books – how can you go wrong? I’ll be signing books at Books by the Sea in Osterville from 1:00-3:00 as part of the amazing Osterville Chocolate Festival. There’s a chocolate dessert contest and tasting, plus events and free samples throughout the village. Books by the Sea will also have samples of chocolate covered cranberries and chocolate cranberry truffles. It’s a great chance to support a fine independent bookseller and enjoy a chocolate-filled day. I’d love to meet some of my readers there!
Monday, January 27th, 2014
Every so often it’s good to try to do something impossible, like creating a major website in just a couple of days. And, thanks to the help of many Austenesque writers and amazingly supportive readers and bloggers, the impossible has just happened. Austen Variations is open for business! Stop by and see this new multi-author site dedicated to Jane Austen-inspired fiction and the people who love it. I’m one of the founders, and I’m very proud of it.
If you haven’t discovered the amazing group story The Darcy Brothers, it just moved to Austen Variations and you can catch up on the story to date there. Enjoy the free downloadable stories and enter the truly massive opening week giveaway including 25 ebooks , 12 autographed paperbacks, 4 Jane Austen magnets, 3 tote bags, 2 audiobooks, and a Jane Austen wristwatch.*
It’s going to be a grand adventure. I got to write the opening day post, which has more details of the plans ahead for this exciting site.
*The partridge in a pear tree is prohibited by local regulations.
Monday, November 4th, 2013
Back when I first wrote To Conquer Mr. Darcy (first published as Impulse & Initiative) for a Jane Austen fanfic sites, I wrote two versions of the story, one with intimate scenes and one without. The two versions started off the same, but then the ‘PG’ version, The Rule of Reason, went off in a completely different direction, so I ended up with two different books that shared the same beginning. I could only choose one version to publish, but so many readers have requested copies of The Rule of Reason that I decided to make the pdf version available to everyone. How much does it cost? Whatever you want. You can get it for free, or you can pay what you wish.
Since I first announced this yesterday, there have been lots of questions. I’ll try to answer them all here.
- Is it a Pride & Prejudice variation? – Yes.
- How different is it from Impulse & Initiative? – The beginning third is close to identical, but contains a Caroline Bingley subplot that was cut from I&I. The stories diverge during the visit to Pemberley. One section of the later part was adapted into the short story, “Reason’s Rule”, published in my anthology A Pemberley Medley.
- Which is it – is it free or do I have to pay for it? It’s up to you. You name the price – anywhere from $0.00 on up. If you enter $0 in the price box, the part asking for your credit card info will disappear.
- Why would I pay when I can have it for free? It’s totally fine to download it for free, but paying something encourages other authors to do the same thing with their unpublished work, or in my case, with the scenes that were cut from my published works. It also helps support Gumroad which is being kind enough to host this at their own expense.
- Why did you write 2 versions of the same book anyway? I didn’t mean to. I was posting the story as I wrote it on two fanfic boards, one with a PG rating and one with an R rating. I planned for the story to have a PG rating, but as the characters developed, I realized that wasn’t what they had in mind. Rather than stop posting at the PG site and leave the readers there hanging, I decided to write an alternate chapter or two to avoid the intimate scenes, thinking the story lines would come together again after that. Unfortunately, I discovered that you can’t change a decision made by a character without altering the outcome. Elizabeth and Darcy’s decision to anticipate their wedding vows made them into different people, and the story lines never came together again.
- Why didn’t you just publish The Rule of Reason? Because I couldn’t ask readers to pay twice for two books that shared the same beginning. I had to choose between the two versions, and overall I thought Impulse & Initiative was the stronger story.
- Gumroad wants my email address before I can download it. Am I going to get spam? No. At most you’ll receive a notification if another one of my stories becomes available at Gumroad, or a thank you from me if you decide to pay for it.
- Wait a minute – why do you have other pdfs available for sale there? None of my usual outlets (Amazon, B&N and Kobo) sell pdf versions. Since some people prefer pdfs, I’ve made those available through my website via Gumroad.
I think that covers everything! You can get your copy here.
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Readers are still jumping in as part of the Austenesque Reviews Group Read for Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections, and I’ve been thrilled with the comments it’s been getting there. A lot of readers have said they think it’s my best book yet, which means a lot to me because it has 11 other competitors, and I’ve had lots of requests for follow-up stories about the characters. It’s not too late to post a comment at the Group Read for a chance to win one of the many prizes – books, ebooks and more!
And if you’re interested, Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections now has a Pinterest board with lots of photos of the settings, plus the requisite set of diamond hairpins to tempt Mr. Darcy’s fancy.
Now I’m back to work on The Darcys of Derbyshire: What are Men to Rocks and Mountains. The first draft is close to done!
Friday, June 21st, 2013
I’ve always wondered if people actually read the “About the Author” section in books. Apparently the answer is very few, since only one person has asked me why that section in my new book, Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections, says I live in Massachusetts when I actually live in Wisconsin. Some people might have thought I was just tired of being called a Cheesehead, but in fact I’m moving to Massachusetts at the end of the summer.
This is both exciting and terrifying. I’ve lived in this house for 25 years and raised two children here, so clearing it out is going to be a big job, but once it’s done, I’ll be living on Cape Cod, which is something I’ve wanted to do since I spent a summer there almot 30 years ago. I’ll be living near Woods Hole, where The Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice is set, and I’ll be able to walk through Cassie’s salt marsh whenever I want to. My new home is located about a mile (and $3 million) away from Cassie & Calder’s house on the bay.
I know, I know! This is all well and good, but what does it have to with my books? For one thing, it determined what my next project would be, since I didn’t want to have to take a long break to move in the middle of writing a novel. It’s too easy to lose the momentum and the feeling of a story when I do that. Instead, I pulled out one of my ideas for a novella. The scenario is an accidental meeting between Darcy and Elizabeth in Derbyshire, but not at Pemberley, and it incorporates the story of Darcy’s parents meeting for the first time as a story within the story. It’s called The Darcys of Derbyshire: What are Men to Rocks and Mountains? It’s sweet and angst free, and about 2/3 of the first draft is already done.
Wish me luck!
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