Welcome Abigail Reynolds (Another of the 27 Authors Participating in the Upcoming Decatur Book Festival) to Darcyholic Diversions...
Hi, Darcyholics! Today, we have Abigail Reynolds back to visit with us. She is posing here with her new puppy. She has a special give away of a proof of a yet to be released book that is a SPECIAL GIVEAWAY with an AUGUST 15TH deadline! I look forward to geting to know her as she is going to be at the upcoming Decatur Book Festival! And she, Regina Jeffers and William Deresiewicz will be presenting on the City Hall main stage at 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 1 during the festival.
The information on Decatur Book Festival was updated last Wednesday evening this week, so visit the link again and find out all the details as well as where YOU can stay as we are so excited to have 27--yes TWENTY-SEVEN Austen Inspired Authors participating with us! Here is the link! It included information about a large hotel room block you can take advantage of if you would like to be with us!
I am also announcing initial plans for a Darcyholic Holiday eBook Festival. More Information to come, but send me an email at email@example.com if you are an author and would like to participate!!
Upcoming Guest Posts Are As Follows:
August 12--Cynthia Hensley
August 14--Colette Saucier
August 17--Regina Jeffers
August 19--KaraLynne Mackrory
August 21--Sally Smith O'Rourke
August 24--Pamela Aidan
August 26--Reposting Decatur Book Festival Author Links!
August 28--Jack Caldwell
August 31--Decatur Book Festival Eve!
September 2--Live from the Decatur Book Festival
September 4--Fun Stories from the DBF
September 7--Jack Caldwell's Experiences at the DBF
September 11--Karen Cox's Experiences at the DBF
September 14--Mary Simonsen
September 18--Amber G.
September 18--Amber G.
September 21--Moira B.
November 2--Amy Patterson
November 13--Karen Doornebos
And Many more to come!
Abigail is giving an advance copy of Mr. Darcy's Refuge. As this is a special give away, it will not be a part of the regular monthly give aways as I want someone to win it before it is actually released! So the drawing for this will be on Wednesday, 8/15/12. Comments count as entries, but additional chances will be given for joining this site, tweeting this post, joining this site as a member via Google Friend Connect (GFC) (See the left hand column on the blog to join!), sharing this on Facebook or your blog, Friend Barbara Tiller Cole on Facebook, clicking 'like’ on Barbara Tiller Cole, Author's Facebook page, Join Darcyholic Diversions Facebook Page or following BarbTCole on Twitter.
Abigail Reynolds: A Flood for Mr. Darcy
It’s been a hot, dry summer in Wisconsin this year. The grass is brown, plants have died, and no one talks about anything but the heat. Fortunately for me, I have my own private escape from the extreme weather. My mind has been living in the cool, rainy weather of my new book, Mr. Darcy’s Refuge.
Here’s a little real-life weather history during the time-frame of Pride & Prejudice. The winter of 1811 was exceptionally cold in much of England. The Thames froze over completely in February.
‘A Frost Festival on the frozen Thames in February, 1811’
There were severe rainstorms throughout the spring. While I was unable to find records of specific floods during the early 19th century, the Kentish rivers frequently overflowed their banks. Wikipedia tells us that “The middle section of the [River] Medway above Tonbridge, because of the many tributaries entering the river in this stretch, has always been subject to extensive flooding. The town itself has suffered frequent flooding over the centuries - so much so that the higher part of the town to north is called Dryhill.” So Darcy goes to Hunsford in early April of 1811 to propose to Elizabeth Bennet when rivers had been iced-over as late as February, storms were frequent, and rivers prone to flooding. What more could a writer of Pride & Prejudice variations ask for?
Jane Austen tells us that the Hunsford Parsonage is separated from Rosings Park only by a lane, but what fun is that? I decided that one of the narrow Kentish rivers would be a more interesting barrier.
‘The River Medway, Kent’
That way a flood could strand Darcy at the parsonage with Elizabeth the night of his ill-fated proposal. Not only that, but there would be lots of rain to keep them wet and cold. That’s the scenario I explore in Mr. Darcy’s Refuge, which will be launched on September 1 at the Decatur Book Festival.
If you want a copy hot off the press, stop by the JASNA tent. I’ll also be part of a panel on Saturday afternoon with Regina Jeffers and William Deresiewicz, but without the new book. If you’re an audiobook fan, Mr. Darcy’s Refuge will be available in audiobook form within a few weeks of the launch, with my lovely five-star narrator Pearl Hewitt. It’ll be on both Kindle and Nook sometime around September 1, depending on the vagaries of Amazon and B&N.
Or if you really can’t wait to find out what happens to our cold and wet couple, leave a comment on this post, because I have a proof copy of Mr. Darcy’s Refuge that’s already in my hot little hands, and I’m giving it away to one lucky commenter!
I hope to see lots of readers at the Decatur Book Festival!
Ooh, i'd love to win this!!! araminta18 at gmail dot comReplyDelete
Oooh, I really really really can't wait to read Mr Darcy's Refuge! Sept 1 is soon but not soon enough!ReplyDelete
Abigail your books AMAZING! I so enjoy them, and look forward to all of the stories that you have yet to tell!!ReplyDelete
Would love to win. New fan of Ms. Reynolds and would love to get her new book quickly!ReplyDelete
Will this book bein KIndle? I still read real books, too, and I would love to have my own copy of this one!ReplyDelete
Yes, it'll be on both Kindle and Nook!Delete
This looks like it will be another Abigail Reynolds P&P must read! Keep writing!Delete
I love all of the books by Abigail Reynolds! I am so looking forward to this one.ReplyDelete
I've read and reviewed some of Abigail Reynolds' books over at my blog and I loooove her Darcy/Elizabeth spin-offs. I will have this read in a heartbeat as soon as I can lay my hands on it. I'd be thrilled if I won. Ms. Reynolds -- if you're looking for any reviewers for this, contact me please!ReplyDelete
I can't wait to read this- as a winner of the proof copy or as a purchased release. :)ReplyDelete
So happy to have you here Melissa!Delete
I can't wait for Mr. Darcy's refuge! I'm such a huge fan! September can't get here soon enough, but Mr. Darcy is always right on time!ReplyDelete
I just wanted to add...ReplyDelete
That shrieking you may have heard coming from the Midwest was me. I am SOOOO excited to find another Jane Austen fan site. I did not even know you guys existed until a friend posted a link on Twitter. I love Darcy and Elizabeth's story and read anything on them religiously. Darcyholic Diversions -- bookmarked, highlighted, saved, tattooed... (just kidding).
Glad you found us, Lauren. If you haven't discovered it already, be sure to check out Austen Authors (austenauthors.net) as well!Delete
As Abigail shared, yes, check out austenauthors as well. But I am very happy to have you here at Darcyholic Diversions, Lauren! Welcome. We have 27 authors that are taking part in the Decatur Book Festival including Abigail! Many more are posting in the next few weeks as well!Delete
So excited to read Mr. Darcy's refuge!ReplyDelete
Really eager for Mr. Darcy's Refuge. Is it sacrilege to admit when in a pinch and needing a quick Darcy infusion I go for one of Abigail's books? I love them all and can hardly wait for this new one.ReplyDelete
It may be sacrilege, but I love to hear it!Delete
I too understand and relate to what you say!
So excited about the new book!!!! How wonderful! Thank you so much for the giveaway I'm definitely keepinf my fingers and toes crossed!ReplyDelete
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It's ridiculous how much I love your books. Please keep writing, I'll keep buying!ReplyDelete
Turningbethanese@gmail.com is what I meant! Oops!Delete
Oooh, another one so soon! :))))ReplyDelete
Indeed, the summer has been drier than dry. A refuge in a deluge will be most satisfying!
So ready for another Abigail Reynolds book! Also so ready for some rain! We've had wildfires and 114 degrees. Blech. Thanks for the giveaway!! firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
I can see that I'll never be able to keep up with all the comments here, so I'll just say thanks to all of you for your interest in my new book!ReplyDelete
Abigail..Well you wanted to know what the reaction would be! LOL. I am so grateful that you decided to share a 'pre-release copy' and the story of this book with us here at Darcyholic Diversions!Delete
AND I can't wait to meet you! Hope some of your fans will come to Decatur to meet you and many others!
Your books all have pride of place on my shelf. I'm thrilled that you're coming out with a new one! But September is back to school (as a teacher and grad student) when time will be in short supply. Ah well; who needs sleep! Congratulations! I wish I could make it to Decatur. Have fun!ReplyDelete
Keep checking, Rachel - Amazon often gets books listed a few days before the release date, which might mean you could enjoy it over your last week of summer vacation!Delete
What a great idea for a story!! I'll be reading it for sure!ReplyDelete
I cannot wait to read this book! It has all the elements I love it a story: rain, being stranded, D&E alone together!! Ooh! I am so looking forward to this! Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyDelete
I enjoy your books the best of all jaff. I enjoyed the title contest too. I'd love to win this. good luck to me, eh. Sign me up!ReplyDelete
I really love your books. I want the copy please.ReplyDelete
The wait is almost over... but the DBF still seems to far away! I can't wait to meet you in a few weeks I love all of your books so much, a few even earning the prized nightstand water-ring medals. :)ReplyDelete
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I can't wait to meet YOU AND ABIGAIL. And believe me, Jan and I need till Labor Day weekend to get ready for everyone! But we are getting VERY excited!Delete
Yet another book to add to my collection that I will have the pleasure of rereading! Can't waitReplyDelete
It seems like the only thing I CANT wait for is AR's next book!!!ReplyDelete
Rubbing my rabbits foot while looking for pennies and four leaf clovers!
I feel like Charlie Sheen....A WINNER! Fingers crossed!!!!
So excits for this! Adds to the books I will read over and over again! Stay calm and bring me Mr Darcy!ReplyDelete
Congratulations Abigail on the release of your new book. I can't wait to read your latest; all your books are wonderful.ReplyDelete
Love this plot idea! Can't wait to read your latest work!ReplyDelete
I love Abigail's books! And I'm thrilled to see the final cover! I remember when she posted about not being able to pick between the covers and look, she picked the one I preferred :). Fingers crossed :)ReplyDelete
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Why must you tease us so:) Need to read, I love the river idea excellent. I also love that you made this avail in audio books for all us moms sometimes audio books are the best car rides. ThanksReplyDelete
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Glad you like the audiobook idea. The sales on the audiobook of Mr. Darcy's Letter haven't been what we hoped for, so I'm not sure I'll be able to get all my books on audio as I'd hoped, but there will be some. Mr. Darcy's Refuge and What Would Mr. Darcy Do (aka From Lambton to Longbourn) are in process, and To Conquer Mr. Darcy (aka Impulse & Initiative) is completed and should be available in the next couple of weeks.Delete
I understand audio books are not all the rage, I still love reading print too just for all those days with the kids being the "soccer mom" a the audio is nice. A break from "wheels on the bus go round and round" LOl somebooks are great audio and some are great print! Yours both:)Delete
Omg omg omg , pick me pick me pick me.....after all I AM your number 1 fan. Melissa Claire xxxxReplyDelete
I'd love to win this, have all your books all be it on kindle and sony but would love to own a paperback copyReplyDelete
oh wow!! & yays!!!ReplyDelete
thank you for the giveaway!!! can't wait to read it!!!!
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I can't wait for this book to be released. It's getting really hard to find good P&P variations or continuations. Abigail Reynolds is one of my favorite P&P authors. I can't get enough of Darcy and Elizabeth.ReplyDelete
As I have all of your books in paperback and kindle, and have read and reread countless times, and as it is my birthday, I would love this advance copy.ReplyDelete
And I hope you have a very happy birthday, Ruth!Delete
Hey Abigail! If I win this book your could sign it at DBF! :DReplyDelete
I'll sign it in any case, but I'm looking forward to meeting you at DBF!Delete
What an interesting twist on Hunsford- it sounds exciting and romantic. Looking forward to meeting everyone in Decatur - it's getting close!ReplyDelete
(Oh - and happy birthday RuthM :D )
I really love the fact that you have searched for matter such as the weather, it shows how serious you are about your book, and I have followed you steps for this book on auauFB (the choice of cover, the announce of the search on weather etc) so it is great to finally see the outcome of what I was eagerly expecting !!ReplyDelete
Using the flooding as of the main matter of the story line is awesome. and I'm already exited!!! and drooling thinking of Darcy+ rain . sorry .
Congratulation for getting your book into a kindle version and audio book. I remember that on auauFB we said how hard it was to get audio version or hardcover (number of pages matters) audio due to the cost.
well, Now I will enter this competition ><. I hope that you will read my comment :) as you may know I'm a huge fan :)
I've done what I can to keep the audiobook prices low. That's why it's only available by download rather than on CDs, since having CDs doubles or triples the price for everyone, and I figure people can always burn the downloaded audiobook onto CDs for themselves if that's how they want it. For people with an Audible membership, Mr. Darcy's Letter is $13.96, which is less than the full price of the paperback. Still a lot of money in this economy but the best I can do!Delete
Indeed you did your best. paying attention to your fans economic situation, that is very nice. It is also very handy to have a audio version downloaded, instead of CDS.Delete
What an exciting plot, Abigail! Sounds like our favorite heroin and hero are in for a nasty surprise! I hope to win this one! Maybe if I win this book you could sign it in Bath?!ReplyDelete
This book sounds good and really exciting! I wonder what Abigail Reynolds have put our favorite couple through this time!
I'd love to sign it, or anything else, in Bath! I'm not currently planning to bring copies of this particular book to Bath, but if you want to buy one, let me know and I'll be sure to tuck a copy in my luggage for you.Delete
I can't wait for this to come out. I've read the preview chapters and am already hooked. Darcy+Elizabeth+Rain= a happy Austen Addict. I love your books. I hope you are going to be in Bath in September.ReplyDelete
I'm planning to be in Bath Sept 14-17, and I'll have a booth in the Guild Hall on Saturday, September 15. :)Delete
Abigail, I look forward to any release from you, no matter the plot! You never fail to entertain! And I find myself reading them over and over. I am soooo excited about the chance to win an advanced copy. Thank you for the giveaway! cherringtonmb at sbcglobal dot netReplyDelete
I can't wait until this is released and hope it is available in Kindle format right away!ReplyDelete
If it isn't in Kindle right away, it should be available within the week. It's unpredictable which format will appear first on Amazon, but they should be pretty close.Delete
Abigail, I can't wait to read the variation you have masterfully concocted!! I have always enjoyed your books and can't wait for more. I am addicted to your P&P imagination!!!ReplyDelete
What a creative 'what if' concept! I love the stranded idea so I look forward to reading this one.ReplyDelete
I'm thrilled with the response to this giveaway, so I just told Barbara that I'm going to add an additional advance copy to double your chances!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Abigail! Great response and it has been less than 24 hours! :)Delete
a new novel?!!! yes, definitely crave it! :DReplyDelete
Let the countdown begin! 22 Days! :) Abigail & Barbara know my excitement about DBF & being a part of such an amazing event! Abigail, thanks for the giveaway & can't wait to get my ands on this intriguing book and get it autographed! :)ReplyDelete
Yes, Jakki! I am getting VERY excited about it! Can't wait to see everyone!Delete
I'm very excited about meeting you both at DBF!Delete
I'm rereading your other books in anticipation of Mr Darcy's Refuge. I can't wait for the new book!ReplyDelete
I have read and own almost all of your Diaries as well as A Darcy Christmas and I am really looking forward to your now book.ReplyDelete
Chelsea, forgive me for being blunt, but are you referring to Amanda Grange's diaries series? I think you got the name of the author mix up because Abigail Reynolds writes P&P variations and not diaries from the point of Austen men.Delete
Yes, I was thinking of Amanda Grange's Diaries. I read them at the same time as Abigail Reynolds' books and tend to think of them together because both authors give such a great voice to the characters. "Impulse & Initiative" and "The Last Man in the World" are my favorite of Abigail Reynolds P&P variations but I have read most of her others as well. Thank you for pointing out my mistake.Delete
I can't wait for your new book! I love your stories and the new twists to the classic Jane Austen plot.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the opportunity you gave us. I'm looking forward to read your new book. While I'm waiting, I'm reading your "By force of instinct" the only one of yours book I haven't read yet.ReplyDelete
The only thing I ever won was a fire extinguisher at the Fireman's Ball when I was 17. That was many years ago and maybe my luck has changed?ReplyDelete
Your books are well worth waiting for. September 1 is marked in my blackberry.
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A fire extinguisher at 17? LOL. I won a Deep Fat Fryer at the Shriner's Temple Bingo event when I was 6...LOL. But yours is a close second! :DDelete
I am thrilled that there is a new book to look forward to. Thanks Abigail for giving us readers the pleasure to experience another variation of P&P.ReplyDelete
Barbara, I follow via GFC, friend you on Facebook as Sylvia Claire Chan, click 'like’ on your author's Facebook page and join Darcyholic Diversions Facebook Page. In addition, I also share this on my blog @ http://forloveofausten.blogspot.com/2012/08/austenesque-book-giveaways-for-6-12.html
Thanks for loyally following Darcyholic Diversions Sylvia. AND for sharing this on your blog!Delete
Abigail, as usual I can't wait for the new book and to have it in audio!!! I know it is ridiculous but I love to read a book then listen to the audio, sometimes I read and listen at the same time, always picking up on things I missed when I hear another voice reading to me!!! In my defense, this obession is as much a result of my love for anything Jane Austen as it is the time I have to spend in airports and cars!! You have made my travels much easier to handle.ReplyDelete
I can't wait till the release of new P&P variation! And I'm very excited about this wonderful opportunity to try to win the book and read it even sooner than 1 September:) Thank you, Abigail, for this giveaway and for making it double. I love all P&P variations and can't have enough of them, so I'm really looking forward to reading Mr.Darcy's Refuge!ReplyDelete
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Love your books and can't wait until this one comes outReplyDelete
I really can't wait to read this book, the excerpts I've read have left me hungry for more! My favourite Jane Austen spin off is also by Abigail, Mr Darcy's Obsession, I'd heartily recommend it.ReplyDelete
I love all your books (even though The last man in the world is my favourite) and can't wait to read this one!ReplyDelete
I like the cover. A few months ago I read Mr. Darcy's Obsession. I really liked it. I got it through an interlibrary loan. I have two of your other books.ReplyDelete
Impulse and Initiative was the first P&P variation I read. There has been no going back. No matter how many times I read stories about Darcy and Elizabeth, I can never get enough! Books by Abigail Reynolds are always a must buy for me. I can't wait for Mr. Darcy's Refuge! I almost didn't want to read the first chapter on AR's site because I didn't want to have to stop! However, I'm glad I read it. It just makes me that much more excited! :)ReplyDelete
Always a big fan of your writing so I too would love to win a copy of your new story!ReplyDelete
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Abigail Reynolds can do no wrong! I would love to win a copy of Mr. Darcy's Refuge.ReplyDelete
Heather, if only you could convince my children of that! LOL!Delete
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I would love to win a copy of this new book by one of my all-time favorite authors... help me complete my A Reynold collection!!! LOL.ReplyDelete
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Ooops, apparently I left off a very important bit of info...
It's great to see all the excitement here! Mr. Darcy's Refuge now has an Amazon page owing to a minor crisis this morning when they accidentally released the book (don't get your hopes up - it's gone now), which was a problem since what they had was missing some of the extra material. Fortunately no one seems to have noticed, and it's nice to have the page there! http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Darcys-Refuge-Prejudice-Variation/dp/0615669751ReplyDelete
After reading the excerpt, I don't know how I can wait another 17 days!ReplyDelete
I do it purposely to torture you, Colette. I'm expecting you to mug me in Decatur to get your copy first! ;)Delete
I can't wait to get a copy! I keep checking if today is sept 1st. :). silly me, I know, but I can't wait to read what Lizzy is going to say to Darcy, in the morning, and after her difficult night, remembering his kiss. :). What will he do with all those people and her, in the middle of a storm? Please, make it set 1st come soooooon!!! :).ReplyDelete
a wonderful selection of options for your newest Abigail! audio in quick succession and w/ a great narrator - makes all the diff in listening pleasure :)! congrats on another successful addition to our reading world !! cheers ...ReplyDelete
I'm glad you like my narrator. I passed your comment along to her!Delete
Hi!! I'm a spanish speaker, so when I was a child my father made me to learn speak english. Now I'm 42 years old and I'm thankfully that I did, so I can read all this wonderfull stories about our lovly Mr Darcy, specially if AR is the writer.ReplyDelete
An advance copy of an original book by Abigail Reynolds, Hell ya! I have all your books and the kindle versions too. Definitely would love to win a copy!! Please, please please pick me! Now I problably sound like your kids. hehehe!!!ReplyDelete
Been eagerly waiting for your new book! :)ReplyDelete
Very interested! I like the change of geography (just a bit). I hope you're enjoying nicer weather in Wisco!ReplyDelete
I love Abigail's books. Would love to be entered. Thanks so much for the opportunity!ReplyDelete
Would love an advanced copy, yes please!!! :)ReplyDelete
@ Faith Hope Cherrytea, thank you for your lovely compliment. I am loving reading and narrating Abigail's books. I am the narrator of Mr. Darcy's Letter, which was released at the end of June and now working on her newest novel, Mr. Darcy's Refuge which but will be available a little later in September for download. No matter what format you choose, either the book, digital book or audiobook you are ALL in for a TREAT!!! Abigail has done it again! Her novel is WONDERFUL and grabs your attention. Her skills as an author make my job as a narrator so much easier and I look forward to narrating many more of her books in the future if she'll have me :)ReplyDelete
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