So much is going on that I don’t even know where to start! To Conquer Mr. Darcy (formerly titled Impulse & Initiative) was released on August 2, but I still haven’t gotten around to doing a giveaway of it here because I’ve been busy working on an exciting new project which will be launched September 6. It’s something that Sharon Lathan and I dreamed up at the Romance Writers of America National Convention, an occasion which deserves a blog post of its own. It’s a group blog of authors of traditionally published Austen-related fiction, and we’ve been astonished with the enthusiastic response we’ve been getting from other writers. We’d optimistically hoped we could get 8 or so writers involved, but we’re up to almost 20 with new ones signing on every day, and even more offering to do guest posts from time to time. I’ll be doing a massive book giveaway there in September, including all my books from out-of-print to my latest release, and there will be tons of other giveaways as well. Be sure to stop by in September!
I’ve also been writing like mad. The next Pemberley Variation is almost finished, despite major efforts by Darcy, Elizabeth, and Georgiana to sidetrack the plot, not to mention the completely unplanned for steamy scene. Advice: don’t trust Jane and Georgiana if they offer to chaperone Lizzy and Darcy. Epic fail! Well, it’s true that I still don’t have the ending down, but it’s almost there. All that sidetracked me from the story I’ve been expanding at 50 Miles, but that’s next on the agenda.
Also on the books for the next couple of months are a totally revamped web site and (crossing fingers) the eventual release of the oft-delayed Morning Light, sequel to The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice. Meantime, the never-before-published Mr. Darcy’s Obsession is available for pre-order and is already garnering some great reviews, including one from Booklist that will be released next week (they were kind enough to give me a sneak peak).
Oh, yes, and I’ve been on the road all summer. I started out on July 1, managed 12 whole days at home in August, and am now off again until early September. Fortunately, there’s been lots of inspiration along the way between writers’ conferences and time in Woods Hole, and it’s been fun.
By the way, comments on this blog now have a slight publication delay, not because I want anyone to hesitate to comment but because there’s been a major problem with spam comments (part of the inspiration for the website revamp). But I do love your comments, and none of them are being censored unless they selling something.