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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Wendi Sotis: The Healing Power of Darcy--Thank you, Darcyholics!

Welcome Wendi Sotis to Darcyholic Diversions!
The Continuing Countdown to the Decatur Book Festival...
29 Days to Go!
Hi, Darcyholics!  Today we visit with Wendi Sotis, who is a miracle and a testimony to the healing power of Darcyholism!  I am not only happy to have her back at Darcyholic Diversions, but I am happy that she able to be back with us as she has had some medical issues (to say the least) since she visited with us last. 

The information on Decatur Book Festival was updated on 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!

And I am Announcing initial plans for a Darcyholic Holiday eBook Festival.  More Information to come, but send me an email at barbaratillercole@gmail.com if you are an author and would like to participate!!

If you have not read all of the posts for the month of June, there are still seven authors with open drawings.  Check out the archives on the right and read posts from Pam Dixon, Marilyn Brant, Karen Aminadra, Jennifer Petkus, Amy Cecil, William Deresiewicz and Maria Grace and leave a comment.  I will be drawing for all but William's and Maria's on Monday so you have over the weekend for a last chance to leave a comment to win!

Upcoming Guest Posts Are As Follows:
August 5--Laura Dabundo
August 7--Laura Hile
August 10--Abigail Reynolds
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--Lory Lilian
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 21--Moira B.
November 2--Amy Patterson
November 13--Karen Doornebos
And Many more to come!
Comments on Wendi Sotis's post will be included in a drawing for 1 softcover (USA) and 1 eBook (International) of her new book Dreams and Expectations. Your comment will also be entries into the monthly drawings here at Darcyholic Diversions.  Entries will be based on comments on blog posts; 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 me on Facebook, clicking 'like’ on Barbara Tiller Cole, Author's Facebook page, Join Darcyholic Diversions Facebook Page or following BarbTCole on Twitter.

The Healing Power of Darcy--Thank you, Darcyholics
As many of you know, back in March, a sudden illness left me without the ability to control any voluntary movements. During the weeks that I was hospitalized, my husband Matt kept in touch with a few Darcyholics who passed on all of your encouraging messages. I can’t tell you how much all of that meant to us, and to this day, still does. Knowing fellow Darcyholics were out there thinking of and praying for me kept me going.

Retraining my body how to function again has been exhausting, and especially while in the hospital, I had a lot of down time. There was not much for me to do while resting, and I was in great danger of slipping into a state of self-pity at those times.

Deciding to catch up on all the JAFF I had purchased at Christmas, I then found another huge roadblock. Instead of being able to focus, my eyes kept drifting – they were not yet coordinated enough.

I could not read.

Darcyholism to the rescue! Without Barb’s story “I am a Darcyholic”, I would have never known that my Kindle could read to me. JAFF and a pair of headphones literally kept me from going bonkers all those weeks.

So, not only am I an admitted Darcyholic—dependent on reading about our favorite literary gentleman and his friends in every form and situation possible—but I have Darcyholics everywhere to thank for my sanity!

Love and hugs to you all!  Wendi

P.S. The release of Dreams and Expectations was delayed by all this, but now it is out! We are giving away copies, so be sure to sign up!

Blurb: While staying true to the characters of Jane Austen's much loved tale, this novel takes Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy on a much different journey than Austen did in Pride and Prejudice. 

Darcy and Elizabeth quickly recognize their feelings for each other and form a friendship, but misunderstandings and a bit of mystery and adventure hinder their path to happiness.

 Kindlegraph lets authors send personalized inscriptions and signatures ("kindlegraphs") directly to the electronic reading devices of their fans. Also available for download in pdf format.


  1. How cool that your talking Kindle helped keep your spirits up at such a tough time. Mr. Darcy just makes everything better! I'm so glad you're doing well. Dreams & Expectations was one of the first JAFF stories I ever read and I'm looking forward to reading the published version!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    *I follow @barbtcole on twitter

    1. Hi, Monica! Thanks for commenting :) Good luck

  2. I think Jane Austen would be delighted that her fans can come together as a community. So very glad you are doing better now! And yay for your Matt, being your Knightley, Brandon, and Darcy.

    1. Thanks, June! Good luck in the giveaway!

  3. Welcome to Wendi!!!!
    Dreams & Expectations sounds like a book i would read!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!!

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    1. Hi! Thanks for the kind response. Good luck :)

  4. I just can't get enough of Mr. Darcy. Excited about the new book coming out. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Did all the extras


  5. Your story is amazing and inspirational. I am glad to hear that you are doing better now but you had a tough road to travel. Isn't it wonderful how Darcyholism can help in so many ways in our lives. I feel as if I know many of you just from reading your posts, blogs, etc. It seems that Darcyholics are a very caring bunch of people! Glad you had your Mr. Darcy by your side! :)

    Your new book sounds fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

    1. Thanks for the response, Janet! Good luck!

  6. WENDI! So happy to see you here. So, you listened your favorite stories when you couldn't read them. What a great idea! Did you manage to listen to the stories on the forums too? Tell me how. I want to follow my favorite WIPs while I am driving or anything else.
    Congrats for your recovery. Great job!

    1. China, I'm not sure if you can listen to the stories on the forums. I'll give it a try and let you know!

    2. China, I wasn't able to get the Kindle to read from a website. Sorry!

  7. Your story is amazing...glad you are on the mend..
    thanks for the giveaway

  8. Thanks for commenting! Good luck everyone!


  9. So glad you're feeling better. Even sick, you managed to get a tremendous amount of work done. I'm so impressed. Eyes straight ahead, one foot in front of the other. You'll make it.

  10. Thanks, Gayle! You've been a wonderful source of support through it all, as always :)

  11. So good to hear from you Wendi! You have been an inspiration to us all! I am so glad you found out your kindle could read to you...wonderful! I can sort of relate (please no comparison) because I drive 40 minutes to work each way and sometimes I am so anxious to get here or there I end up speeding and my husband is always afraid I am going to get a ticket of get into a crash (I do have an anxiety disorder). However, recently I discovered another great tool (I don't know how to make my kindle read to me yet) called audible.com and it is an app in my phone as well. Now I go to work almost under the speed limit (LOL) cruising in a sea of tranquility listening to audio books. I arrived at work with a smile on my face ready to start the day. God bless technology, right? Sending all the hope my heart can hold to you and your lovely career as an author. May it be a very long and prolific one!

  12. Hi, Rita! Thanks for the tip about audible.com. I'm sure you want to hang out in the car and listen longer, too, lol! They keep saying if I sign up, I'll get 2 free books - but I already have so many I'd like to read on my kindle! I will probably sign up one of these days.


  13. I'm so glad that you're better, Wendi, and I love your stories. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks, Robin! And thanks for all your support :D

  14. Wendi, thanks so much for sharing your story with us. I'm so glad you're better and back to writing again.


  15. I also didn't know that a Kindle can read out loud! And I'm so glad you're better! Keep on writing, Wendi!

    1. Isn't it wonderful! My triplets have the least expensive version and were disappointed that it didn't read out loud, but my "keyboard" Kindle does. Thanks, Jamie!

  16. definitely some journey to health you're on, Wendy!
    having recently been struck w/ bell's palsy, i know the loss of vision is not easy. i'm still struggling w/ limited use of my eye - cutting down my computer time, reading, andything that uses my eye to a point of pain or tiredness has to be shortened!
    love that my kindle has voice capability as well. i've always loved having stories read to me :)
    congrats on your book being avlbl now! a great success and wishing that continues for you !

    1. I hope you recover quickly, Faith Hope. I know someone who has Bell's Palsy, and it is difficult. Thanks!

  17. Sorry to hear that you are unwell for the past few months. I wish that you have a speedy recovery and gain back your full strength. Don't tax your body too much and rest more.

    1. Sorry, I forgot to mention that I'm international.

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  18. Thanks, Luthien! Good luck with the giveaway!