Friday, November 29th, 2013
It’s a HUGE Black Friday sale! All my Sourcebooks ebook are marked down to $1.99 – even the ones that are usually $9.99 at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. These are the ones that are almost never marked down, and I don’t know how long this will last, so move quickly! Includes Mr. Darcy’s Obsession, Mr. Darcy’s Undoing, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World, What Would Mr. Darcy Do, To Conquer Mr. Darcy and The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice. And it’s not just my books – lots of other Sourcebooks ebooks are on sale, including other Austen inspired favorites like Sharon Lathan, Jack Caldwell, Mary Simonsen, Jane Odiwe, Susan Adriani, and Nina Benneton. And it’s a great time to stock up on Georgette Heyer!
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totally fine to download it for free, but paying something encourages other authors to do the same thing with their unpublished work, or in my case, with the scenes that were cut from my published works.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.
Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
It looks like I’m going to survive my big move to Cape Cod! I’m mostly unpacked, but the wall are bare and the furniture needs some major rearranging – why does it never look in reality the way it does in my head? Good thing I’m a writer, not an interior decorator! Anyway, I thought a celebration was in order, and since I can’t give all my readers champagne, how about a special sale on Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections for $0.99? That’s right, I’m putting my most recent book on sale at 80% off through 9/14. I’m probably crazy, but you already knew that. You can buy the ebook at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It’s supposed to be on sale at Kobo, too, but the price change hasn’t gone through yet, so keep checking there!
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
I’m celebrating the fantastic reviews from the release of Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections with a sale on my previous release. This week you can pick up an ebook copy of Mr. Darcy’s Refuge for only $0.99! It’s available for Kindle, Nook and Kobo. The sale price is good through July 6, 2013. Also, if you buy the Kindle ebook for $0.99, you can buy the audiobook for $1.99 instead of the usual $19.99. It doesn’t even matter if you don’t have a Kindle – you can still buy the ebook just to get the audiobook discount! All my other books are available in audio format as well except for Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections, which will be available early this autumn.
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!
Monday, June 10th, 2013
It’s here at last! After several delays, my new book, Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections, is out in Nook, Kindle, Kobo, and paperback. It’s getting some great responses from readers, and if my goal in life was to prevent my readers from sleeping, I apparently did pretty well with this book! You can read the blurb and the first chapter here. As a special bonus, I’ve compiled pictures of the settings of key scenes here.
Rather than telling you about the book myself, I’m going to quote in full an early Amazon review by Dara Montyne:
Abigail Reynolds was the author that got me hooked on JAFF. She still remains my favorite Austenesque author. Previously, The Last Man in the World was my favorite of her novels–it had angst and passion. Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections is similar. It definitely has the angst and the romance to take the top spot on my list of Abigail Reynolds’ novels!
The story takes place shortly after Darcy’s first proposal at Hunsford. Instead of meeting again at Pemberley, Darcy and Elizabeth meet at a house party at Bentham Park, the home of Elizabeth’s friend Lady Eleanor and Darcy’s cousins. Thrown into the mix are many new characters whose matchmaking and flirtations end up with Elizabeth and Darcy thrust into each other’s company so soon after Elizabeth’s rejection. Emotions run high for Darcy and Elizabeth upon first encountering each other. Darcy tries to act indifferent to Elizabeth, but, happily, we know it will all be for naught. Reynolds, however, throws a delightful twist in the form of Lord Charles Carlisle (Eleanor’s brother and notorious rake). Lord Charles appears as a suitor to Elizabeth, which, of course, does not make for a happy Darcy! Chaos ensues as Darcy tries to protect Elizabeth from Lord Charles as well as help his friend Geoffrey Paxton (whose low connections do not endear him to the Eleanor’s family) meet Lady Eleanor in secret. I won’t go into more detail of plot, as you’ll just have to read it yourself!
I cannot remember the last time I read a JAFF novel where I literally felt like my stomach was being twisted in a million different knots. The emotions Elizabeth and Darcy were put through left me feeling emotionally exhausted (in a good way!). Reynolds truly has a gift of placing the reader in the minds of her characters. You feel their joy, their passion, their heartache. Yes, this novel has angst, but don’t let that deter you from reading it if you’re not a big fan of the angst. Granted, there were a few moments in the novel where I was afraid for Darcy and Elizabeth, but I knew Reynolds wouldn’t let me down with my desired happily-ever-after! The ending of the novel and the stolen moments between Elizabeth and Darcy are reward enough for surviving the angst!
It is such a worthwhile, emotional journey when you read one of Abigail Reynolds’ novels. Lovers of Darcy and Elizabeth will rejoice when picking up this novel. Reynolds truly has a love for Darcy and Elizabeth and she understands that her readers do, too. She is always spot on with her characterizations. I always feel like I understand Darcy and Elizabeth a little bit better after reading one of her novels. So if you want a passionate, angsty read or you just want to spend a little extra time with Darcy and Elizabeth, read this book. You won’t think of hairpins the same way again!
I’ll be posting a few more times this week with more news. I hope you enjoy the book!
Bentham Park, aka Castle Howard
Monday, February 11th, 2013
It seems like there’s always something I need to catch everyone up on, or at least to distract everyone from the February weather. First, there’s a giveaway. You can win a free ebook copy of Mr. Darcy’s Refuge or one of many other wonderful books at the League of British Actors Valentine’s Day giveaway. Leave a comment anytime between now and February 20 for a chance to win! Next up is news about the four new audiobooks that are now available at Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. You can now get Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World, Mr. Darcy’s Obsession, Mr. Darcy’s Undoing, and By Force of Instinct, in addition to the four already available. A note for bargain hunters: the audiobooks of Mr. Darcy’s Refuge, Mr. Darcy’s Letter, and The Man Who Loved Pride &Prejudice are available for $1.99 if you own the Kindle version of the book – even if it was a free promotional download. So if you want one of those audiobooks, buy the Kindle ebook for $4.99 first (it doesn’t matter if you have a Kindle or not), and then get the audiobook for $1.99, which is less than half the price of the audiobook alone. And yes, my other three books will be appearing in audio later in the spring!
If you’re interested in meeting me in person, I’ll be making an appearance at the Jane Austen’s Life & Times event at the Schuster Mansion in Milwaukee on Saturday, March 16. There’ll be lots of fun activities and opportunities to learn about Jane Austen, and it takes place in a gorgeous restored mansion. Tickets will be limited, so don’t wait until the last minute.
And finally, the one thing my readers may actually care about: my next book. I’ve been on a writing binge this month, and it’s starting to look like my new book may actually be ready to go in April or May as I’d originally planned. Who’d have thunk it? It’s a new Pemberley Variation that’s currently going by the catchy working title of P&P/MP2, but I’m hoping to come up with something a little more interesting by the time it’s published.
Stay warm and read about Darcy!
Monday, January 28th, 2013
Pride & Prejudice first edition
It’s a big day for birthdays in my house. Today my son turns 19, and Pride & Prejudice turns 200. I’m taking part in today’s Pride & Prejudice Anniversary Blog Hop, hosted by my fellow Austen Author Alyssa Goodnight, so I sat down to think about what I could say to celebrate Jane Austen and Pride & Prejudice – - and drew a complete blank. That’s a little scary, given how much I adore both the author and the book! Then I realized why I was stumped. I celebrate Jane Austen and Pride & Prejudice every single day, usually multiple times. So I decided instead to figure out all the different ways I’ve celebrated her in the last week.
- Writing and editing my new variation of Pride & Prejudice
- Writing the first chapter of The Bennet Brother, an interactive group writing project at Austen Authors
- Blogging at Austen Authors about the effect having a son would have had on the Bennet family, and responding to 30+ reader comments about their views.
- Giving a 45 minute interview to the Wall Street Journal for their fantastic article on Austen Power
- Making a video about how Jane Austen inspires me for the BBC anniversary celebration
- Adding my two bits to the Austen Authors anniversary post
- Celebrating the audiobook release of By Force of Instinct and preparing for the upcoming release of the audiobook of Mr. Darcy’s Obsession (released today!)
- Proof-listening to the audiobook of Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World (to be released in late February)
- Tweeting as @edwbennet as preparation for unveiling of The Bennet Brother
- Preparing for a Jane Austen Day in Milwaukee in March
- Last but not least, during the course of these 7 days, I opened my pdf of the text of Pride & Prejudice 23 different times, and Mansfield Park 3 times.
No wonder I have nothing left to say besides this:
Happy 200th Birthday to Pride & Prejudice
My life wouldn’t be the same without you!
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
Happy New Year to all my readers!
To start out the New Year, several other authors and I are holding a Load Up Your Kindle/Nook sale. I’ve cut the prices on five ebooks by up to 65% for January 2-4, so it’s a great time to stock up. Prices are good at both Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Due to a problem at Amazon, there are actually two editions of some of these ebooks, and only one has the sale price, so the titles below are a direct link to the correct editions. There are also books on sale by Regina Jeffers, Mary Lydon Simonsen, Shannon Winslow, Maria Grace and Marilyn Brant – 28 books in all! Click here for the complete list.
Also, there will be a special one-day sale on another of my ebooks on Saturday, January 5. Stop by my Facebook page any time after 11 AM Eastern Time on January 5 for the announcement.
Interested in my next book? I’ve posted a long excerpt from it over at Austen Authors.
Mr. Darcy’s Refuge – now $2.99
Mr. Darcy’s Letter
- now $2.99
A Pemberley Medley - now $0.99
Morning Light - now $0.99
By Force of Instinct – now $2.99 - only available at B&N because Amazon is having problems with the listing, but should eventually be on sale there as well.
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
Now through November 17, the Kindle version of my book Mr. Darcy’s Letter is free to all readers. This is one of the surprise gifts as part of the November Revels at Austen Authors where we’re celebrating the 200th anniversary of the wedding of Elizabeth and Darcy. This is likely to be the only time that one of my full-length novels will be free, so please take advantage of it. If you have friends who haven’t given Austen-inspired fiction a try, maybe this will convince them. ;)
Also, the sale on the ebook version of What Would Mr. Darcy Do for $1.99 will continue for the rest of November. It’s available for all ebook readers, not just Kindle.
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