I’m hard at work on my new book, and you’ll be hearing more about that soon, but in the meantime, I have some news about two of my favorite older books. Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections and The Darcys of Derbyshire have new covers! I was never completely happy with the old ones which I designed myself, and they clashed with my other covers, so I turned to my talented cover designer, Jane Dixon-Smith, and asked her to make them right. As usual, she did a brilliant job, and made them true to the stories as well.
Here’s Mr. Darcy’s Noble Connections, which takes place while Elizabeth is visiting an aristocratic childhood friend in Yorkshire, only to discover Darcy is staying at a neighboring estate. The new cover shows a key scene where Elizabeth wanders in search of Darcy at a ruined abbey on the grounds of the fictional Bentham Park. I first conceived of the scene while walking the grounds of Fountains Abbey, but we borrowed the background picture from Rievaulx Abbey, also in Yorkshire, for the cover. I think it’s perfect! Want to know more about the book? You can read the first chapter here.
In The Darcys of Derbyshire, Elizabeth travels to Derbyshire with the Gardiners as usual, but instead of encountering Darcy at Pemberley, she runs into him at the Black Rocks, a gritstone outcropping in Derbyshire, from the top of which you can see a beautiful view of the countryside. As he walks her to the top of the rocks, he tells her the romantic story of his parents’s courtship, how father refused to give up when Lady Anne Darcy said she could not marry him, and how they finally came together atop the Black Rocks. Naturally, this leads to a new understanding, great banter, and some amazing kisses. Want more? The first chapter’s here.
If you own a Kindle ebook of either book and would like the new cover, you can download the updated version for free in the ‘Your Content and Devices’ section at Amazon.
There’s a third semi-kinda-new cover coming soon, but you probably won’t notice the difference. Since so many people said they disliked the models on the cover of Conceit & Concealment, I decided to swap out for a new model while I was making changes. The new cover isn’t available yet, but here’s what it’ll look like.
I know you’d rather have a new book than new covers, but I hope these will entertain you a bit while I finish torturing Darcy in my new, angsty variation. 🙂