Have I mentioned before that I am not particularly tech-savvy? When I decided to pursue my dream of writing for an audience, I never considered that I would also have to become proficient in all the media used to publish and promote it, too. Sigh (big, sigh) — some of us are just not wired that way. (If I were Lady Catherine deBourgh, I could sit back and watch someone else do this part, all the while boasting of what a proficient I’d have been if I had ever learnt.)
But — GOOD NEWS!!! (the ‘Eureka’ part) — after several attempts and retries, I finally managed to get my collection of Pride & Prejudice-based short stories, Pride Revisited, formatted properly for wider ebook publication. So, as of yesterday, this book is now available for various ebook readers through Smashwords. (Click on the site’s name for a direct link.) If you’ve been considering it “if only” it was available in your chosen format, head on over there and check it out! (Of course, it is still available both in print and Kindle directly from Amazon as well.)
And now for the FORTHCOMING NEWS — While working on my current project (more on that in coming months) I have also been editing a P&P-based novel written in serialized form a couple years ago. A Fitzwilliam Legacy takes place a year after Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy wed, on the occasion of a Christmastide house party. This novel is currently in beta-read stage, with final edits expected to be made in July 2013 and publication release sometime in August. It’s going to be a busy summer for me, but in the best way.
So I hope that in a few months, to escape the late summer heat, you will travel with me to Pemberley, Derbyshire during the winter of 1798, there to join Lizzy and Darcy for two weeks as they attempt to celebrate Christmas quietly and then joyously ring in the new year of 1799. Coming along for the ride will be Colonel Fitzwilliam, Georgiana Darcy, Jane (nee Bennet) and Charles Bingley, Kitty Bennet, and a small contingent of other family and friends, some of them even invited. Some will be known to P&P fans, others are original characters.
In this two-volume novel, at least one guest arrives without warning or welcome; another is injured and consigned to her rooms to recuperate; at least six guests are in various stages of love with all its attendant miseries; Jane and Bingley are house hunting; an intrigue is brewing — and just when the Darcys think they have seen it all, one guest ends up on the drawing room carpet in a dead faint! With all that to contend with, what is a couple to do? Why… throw a Twelfth Night ball, of course!
‘Stay tuned’ for more info on this release, including a sneak preview at the volume covers!