~ Cherri Trotter ~
Yeah!! Cherri Trotter is this week’s lucky winner of an advanced reader copy (ARC) of The Passions of Dr. Darcy. Whoot! Chosen by random.org and the Rafflecopter form, Cherri will very soon have my upcoming April release in her hot hands. I am confident she will absolutely love it!
As a reminder, I am giving away one ARC, signed by me, each week through March 12, 2013. Entries are open to US & Canada addresses only *sorry* and there are numerous ways to enter, some that can be done multiple times (such as Twitter and Facebook shares, or leaving reviews at online retailers, etc.) Use the form below. Huge thanks to Cherri and June A – the two winners so far – and to each and every last one of you who have helped me by spreading the word of The Passions of Dr. Darcy. With your dedicated support, I am able to continue writing about all of the Darcys and their friends!
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Today is a special day in the world of Austen lovers: It is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s “darling child” Pride and Prejudice!
Bloggers all over the web are sharing their love for Pride and Prejudice today. Indeed it is a BIG event! Lots of fun & lots of giveaways! I am going to share my thoughts and other fun bits in a moment, but let’s begin with a short history lesson. According to Wikipedia (and cross-referenced at several other places for accuracy) here are the facts–
Austen began writing the novel after staying at Goodnestone Park in Kent with her brother Edward and his wife in 1796. The novel was originally titled First Impressions, and was written between October 1796 and August 1797. On 1 November 1797 Austen’s father sent a letter to London bookseller Thomas Cadell to ask if he had any interest in seeing the manuscript, but the offer was declined by return of post.
Austen made significant revisions to the manuscript for First Impressions between 1811 and 1812. She later renamed the story Pride and Prejudice, possibly to avoid confusion with other works. In the years between the completion of First Impressions and its revision into Pride and Prejudice, two other works had been published with the original name: a novel by Margaret Holford and a comedy by Horace Smith.
Austen sold the copyright for the novel to Thomas Egerton of Whitehall in exchange for £110 (Austen had asked for £150). This proved a costly decision. Austen had published Sense and Sensibility on a commission basis, whereby she indemnified the publisher against any losses and received any profits, less costs and the publisher’s commission. Unaware that Sense and Sensibility would sell out its edition, making her £140, she passed the copyright to Egerton for a one-off payment, meaning that all the risk (and all the profits) would be his. Jan Fergus has calculated that Egerton subsequently made around £450 from just the first two editions of the book.
Egerton published the first edition of Pride and Prejudice in three hardcover volumes in January 1813, priced at 18 shillings. Favourable reviews saw this edition sold out, with a second edition published in November that year. A third edition was published in 1817. It was translated into French in 1813.
My appreciation for Pride and Prejudice, and then Jane Austen, came later in my life and was not originally inspired by the novel. My first initiation into the world inhabited by Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet was the 2005 movie adaptation by Joe Wright, starring Matthew Macfadyen and Keira Knightley. I anxiously walked into the movie theater over Thanksgiving weekend in 2005 not because I was enthused about an Austen adaptation, but simply because I adore period movies and love stories. I was excited about the movie, true, yet did not anticipate it being a turning point in my life. Everything about the movie knocked my socks off – the acting, cinematography, music, story, all of it! I thought it was Fabulous! An obsession to learn more about the movie creators immediately drove me to the internet. Fortuitously, my daughter returned to school after the holiday break and began reading Pride and Prejudice in her AP Literature class. What a boon! I bought a copy, and together we read the novel and conducted her class studies together. From there it was one snowballing step after another, the story of my immersion into writing and Austen told in greater depth on the About Me and FAQ pages. For me, love of Austen and this novel go hand-in-hand with love for the movie. I no longer apologize for this. One does not have to be mutually exclusive from the other, which is why my novels blend the visuals and altered interpretations from the movie with the story as written by Jane Austen. I love and revere both!
YouTube is replete with videos clips from the various cinema adaptations, humorous outtakes, novel recitations, and so much more. Personally I never tire of the numerous montages created of scenes from the 2005 movie version. My absolute favorite plays to the song, “It is You I Have Loved” by Dana Glover and can be watched on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/GPpfb3_EFtQ
Another fabulous montage playing to Alison Krauss singing “When You Say Nothing at All” can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/9XXBAydMdKU
http://youtu.be/XGmCZnliYmg Matthew Macfadyen reading from Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy’s first proposal. Yummy! Link from there to other MM readings of P&P.
http://youtu.be/IVyYEmlASfw Pride and Prejudice in 100 Seconds. Pretty funny!
http://youtu.be/gTchxR4suto Pride and Prejudice and Posh Dancing. Mr. Darcy doing the conga?
In my Portrait Gallery I have image albums for each of my novels, Regency, Georgian, and Indian fashion, and also an album of stills from the 2005 movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. On top of that I have a wonderful collection of publicity photos and film shots of Matthew Macfadyen! Check it out: Sharon Lathan’s Portrait Gallery
Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice have withstood the passage of time and are stronger than ever. What other author has persevered for as long, amassing an ever-increasing number of fans and spawning a plethora of cinema adaptations, fan-fiction novels, merchandise, websites, scholarly societies, a whole romance genre, and so much more? I can’t think of a one!
Lots of Austenesque bloggers are celebrating this week. Check out the HUGE event hosted by fellow Austen Author Alyssa Goodnight – author of Austentatious and Austensibly Ordinary – and Stiletto Storytime by clicking the image to the right. Loads of giveaways from authors and bloggers all over the web!
To add to the fun, I am including one copy of my debut novel, Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One, an eBook version (Kindle or Nook), to one lucky person! Just comment on this post, telling me when you first read Pride & Prejudice and who your favorite character is. Deadline for this giveaway is January 31, 2013, but of course my ongoing weekly giveaway for an ARC of The Passions of Dr. Darcy won’t end until March!
FABULOUS news to share! Over the past two weeks both Abigail Reynolds and I were interviewed (along with lots of other people, as you will see) for a Wall Street Journal article celebrating the enduring passion for Jane Austen. On the eve of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Austen’s “darling child” – that being Pride and Prejudice, which was released on January 28, 1813 – everyone is talking about Austen, even the Wall Street Journal! I was especially fortunate to casually mention the memorabilia I have collected, most of them gifts from my wonderful fans, and the reporter Alexandra Alter was so intrigued that I scored a photo shoot! Talk about surreal. Photographer Annie Tritt – her website here – drove over 3 hours from San Francisco and spent nearly 3 hours snapping pictures in my modest office. At the behest of Annie and my husband Steve, I donned my favorite Regency ballgown and did my best Top Model impression while we chatted between poses. LOL!
The article posted today. Yeah! It is a marvelous article well worth reading for the wealth of Jane Austen information and love that is relayed. Alexandra Alter certainly did her homework and wrote a stunning narrative. I am honored to be mentioned, and super thrilled to have my picture featured. Unbelievable!
Unless one subscribes to the Wall Street Journal online, accessing can be tricky. The direct link does not work. You can read the article, but here is what you have to do:
1. Go go Google and type in “Wall Street Journal Austen Power”
2. Click the first link that comes up. If it does not work, try again, or go to another browser. Eventually you will be able to access the full article and video.
The article is also in the print version of the Wall Street Journal, in the “Arena” section. It is exactly the same written article, but with many more images. Just in case you can’t access the article either way, I have screenshots of the online version and scans of the print. Click the thumbnails below for a bigger view.
Screenshots of online version of “Austen Power” by Alexandra Alter–
Scans of pages from the print version of “Austen Power”–
One of the options for entering The Passions of Dr. Darcy ARC giveaway is to answer the following question: What George Darcy past event are you most curious to read about? I wish the form allowed the answers to be seen publicly, but I have been looking at what all of you are curious about. I can’t answer everything in depth (or then you wouldn’t need to read the novel!), but I can share a few hints to ease your minds and further pique your interest.
The biggest interest was about his past loves, especially Jharna Ullas. What I will reveal is that during George’s nearly 30 years in India he will love three women who are significant. There are other affairs briefly mentioned – George is not a monk! – but these three women will greatly influence his life and touch his heart the deepest. If you have read of George in my previous novels then you know Jharna is the true love of his life (at least while in India). This relationship will be explored in detail, both their longtime friendship while she is the wife of his mentor and dearest friend Dr. Kshitij Ullas, and then the gradual evolution into love. Jharna and the Ullas family are major players throughout the novel, so you will get to know them all very well.
Along this same line, it was asked what her sons thought of the relationship between George and Jharna. Great question! George’s importance to Nimesh and Sasi Ullas cannot be understated, and vice versa. One of my tremendous joys was to breathe life into these two characters, both of whom were little more than names to me before. I am confident you will love them as much as I, and George, do. How George fits into the extended family of Hindus surrounding Jharna is a huge theme within the story.
Why did he address his journal to her? This question will be answered as well. All I can say now is that George always addresses his journal to a person significant to his life. The whys of how the habit was established, and who gets chosen during the course of his life, is a clue into his soul.
What made George go to India? At one point Dr. Ullas talks about fate and destiny, telling George that the reasons why he came to India may not entirely be what he thinks they are. Kshitij is very Hindu that way! Yet, he ends up being correct in his insight. George does have a reason for leaving England, and I do explore that. But as Dr. Ullas suspects, those reasons are not what keep him there.
His travels and all that he has seen are another frequent anticipation. I wish I could say I covered ALL Dr. Darcy’s travels and recounted ALL he has seen/done, but that would have taken several more thick books! This is a man who spent thirty years journeying from Bombay in the west to Calcutta in the east, Katmandu in the north to Ceylon in the south, and just about every point in between! I hit the highlights as best I could, but alas there are some adventures that must remain a mystery. Or for another book.
Why does he wear Indian garments? Believe it or not, social practicality was originally the reason. I do explain why, and it wasn’t for the comfort or flashy colors. Of course, those reasons became important, especially to the forever flamboyant George Darcy!
His childhood and teen years, and what his life was like before leaving home. Hmmm…. Hate to disappoint. I begin the novel with George as a 22 year old man, already a physician who is set to embark on his maiden voyage halfway around the world. Delving extensively into his life prior to that was never a major goal for me. However, that does not mean there aren’t glimpses of his youth, especially in regards to his relationship with his siblings and twin brother Alex.
His medical practices. Titling the novel the “passions” of Dr. Darcy was primarily to reference his passion for medicine. George is passionate about a number of things – women, food, clothing, family, friends, adventure – but none of those passions trump his obsession with medicine. This is truly the driving force of his life, so indeed the novel does cover his experiences in learning and applying his medical expertise.
How often was there contact with his family in England? George travels home to England three times during his years in India, not counting the fourth “visit” that ends up not being a visit after all. One of the facts I discovered upon deeper research is that a one-way sea voyage from England to Bombay, India took 5-6 months. That means a whole year just on the trip itself! I realized that George would need a very good reason to leave his life in India, and for a man who hates sea travel and loves India, even the draw of missing family wasn’t strong enough to undertake the journey too often. When he did, it was significant and I do cover those trips. Mail would also take 5-6 months to get from one place to another, delivery even longer during those times George was in Calcutta or a remote locale. Nevertheless, while it may be old news by the time a letter from England reached George, and vice versa, regular correspondence was maintained. Letters from James Darcy, the elder Mr. Darcy, Fitzwilliam, and other siblings and friends are referenced frequently.
How did he cope with his parents’ deaths? George’s mother, Emily Darcy, dies before this story begins, as does his twin Alex. Mr. James Darcy, George’s father, dies later, prompting George’s first trip home. How George deals with death and loss during the stages of his life is a major theme of the novel. Be prepared to suffer along with him because over the years he will be parted from a number of significant loved ones.
Why did he return to Pemberley? Ah! The million dollar question! And I can’t answer this without giving too much away! How about a small snippet to partially answer the question? Here is it—
McIntyre chuckled at George’s confused expression, so rarely seen on the confident man’s face. He took over, giving the brief rundown while pouring Raul a glass of wine. George said nothing, his eyes staring at his hands and the letter from William until McIntyre finished.
“I see,” were the first and only words out of Raul’s mouth.
George looked up, one brow arched. “‘I see’? What is that supposed to mean?”
“It means I see. I understand. That is all. It really has nothing to do with me, now does it?” He took a sip of wine, black eyes peering calm and steady at the wide-eyed George over the rim of the wine glass. “Unless, of course, I was to remind you that you do owe me a trip to England.”
“I owe you,” George sputtered, ignoring McIntyre’s snicker. “Who’s fault was it that you stumbled over your own clown feet and broke an arm? Owe you, my ass!”
Raul shrugged, it a regal lift of one shoulder and followed by another sip of wine. “You did promise you would take me on your next trip though.”
“Maybe, although I don’t recall the word ‘promise’ in there anywhere. And nothing about when that would be. Hell, I might have meant twenty years from now.”
“True. But here is an opportunity for you to fulfill your promise and not be beholden to me for twenty years.”
George cast a glower at each of them. “Is this some sort of conspiracy?” Neither deigned to reply. “You know Governor Nepean will have a seizure if we all leave at once?”
“He has a strong heart. I know because I assessed his physical health last month. He already has my replacement picked out—Dr. Ertham—so it would just be ye two, and it isn’t like the EIC isn’t used to ye rewriting contracts, George. I wonder why they bother wasting the paper after all this time.”
George couldn’t deny that truth, having often wondered the same, but like all bureaucracies, they weren’t capable of surviving without stacks of documents to prove their worth. Desperate, he tried a different angle. “Anoop will be devastated if I leave him. I can’t do that to him again.”
“Take him along. An adventure will benefit him as well. He has become as stodgy an old man as ye.”
“Nimesh and Sasi are planning a major celebration for my fiftieth birthday. At Pandey’s haveli in Kalyan. Impossible for me to cancel that.”
“Are ye deaf or so old ye canna remember the months? I said I was leaving next month, which is February, and ye birthday is in two weeks. I know ’cause we are invited to the party. Are you done making excuses?”
George gaped at Searc, who was grinning, and then turned to Raul, who continued to sip his wine as if bored by the whole conversation. The gleam in his eye proved otherwise. At a loss for words, George stared from one man to the other. Then, as the panic rose to the point of choking his air supply, George glanced down at the letter still clutched between his fingers.
I now have hope where none existed before that Pemberley shall once again be the joyous home of my youth, and as Father recounted from his childhood. The ancestral Darcy abode filled with laughter, children, and the touch of a devoted mistress who loves the manor as she deserves to be loved. I pray this image warms your heart as it does mine.
It did warm his heart and brought back fond memories. Mostly, however, he wondered who this Elizabeth Bennet, now presumably Elizabeth Darcy, was that she possessed the magical powers not only to transform a house too long mired in grief, but also a man’s entire being. His curiosity was sparked, and if there was one unstoppable force in the world, it was George Darcy when he was curious!
Okay, that gave more than a little bit away. LOL! I hope you enjoyed the snippet, and the answers to your questions. Keep trying to snag an ARC so you can neener-neener everyone else who must wait. The Rafflecopter form is on the post below. But if not so lucky, The Passions of Dr. Darcy will be released on April 2 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon and B&N. Less than 3 months away!
Another wonderful surprise came to my doorstep today – more ARCs (advanced reader copies) of The Passions of Dr. Darcy. Yeah! I am very excited about this because now I can add a few more to the giveaway I am conducting here on the blog AND I can send a few to reviewers of my choice. Works out really nice! And aren’t they just gorgeous? I sure think so!
So many of my fabulous readers have already added their names to the Rafflecopter entry form. You have tweeted, shared on Facebook, followed my newsfeed, etc. Such devotion! I love you all and am immensely appreciative. Therefore it makes me very happy to be able to give away an ARC every week instead of every other week. On top of that wonderful news, I can extend the giveaway a bit longer!
Between today and the new giveaway deadline of March 12, I will pick a weekly winner, meaning that instead of 3 lucky early recipients of George’s epic story, there will be 8! Yes, you read that right… EIGHT WINNERS! And here is the first—–
I will pick another winner on January 29, and then each Tuesday thereafter. Keep sharing about my newest novel and entering the Rafflecopter form below to increase your chances to win! If you are a professional reviewer with a novel review website, contact me privately using the form on the Contact Page.
The day before Christmas I received a wonderful surprise delivered to my door: 5 advanced reader copies of The Passions of Dr. Darcy. Whoot! I was not expecting them until January, so having that box dropped on my stoop – along with all the ordered gifts I was expecting – was one of my best Christmas presents! Due to the holidays and my big December giveaway event, I decided with some difficulty to dampen my giddy delight and wait a bit to share the joy with all of you. Now I can no longer contain myself!
I am SO happy with this novel! Naturally the final cover will have the pretty “foiling” on the title section which will give it depth and a nice sheen. Still, it is fairly marvelous as is, and looks super cool on its stand next to my other novels. And no matter how many times I read the manuscript on my computer, it always feels special to read the story in a gorgeous bound book!
The official release date for The Passions of Dr. Darcy – according to Amazon – is April 2, 2013. Right around the corner! Yet still almost 3 months away. How would YOU like a chance to read my latest novel a bit early? I do have extra copies of my ARCs lying around, after all…
So, I will be giving away one copy every 2 weeks for the next 6 weeks. That is 3 copies of the advanced reader version of The Passions of Dr. Darcy to 3 lucky winners! Just use the Rafflecopter form below, choosing as many options as you wish – more options completed, more points toward winning! On January 29, and February 12, and then on February 26 I will select a name (using Rafflecopter and random.org), sending the ARC to the winner for her/his reading pleasure. What a deal!
I am VERY excited to share the epic tale of George Darcy. I wish I could speed the final publication along! Alas, we all must wait…. expect for reviewers and 3 lucky winners from my blog!
George Darcy is the second son of a wealthy landowner in Georgian Era England and, at 22, is considered to be a brilliant, rising star in England’s field of medicine. However, Dr. Darcy refuses the easy, comfortable pathway and enlists as a physician with the British East India Company, embarking on a personal quest where he strives to change the face of medicine while yearning to fill the void left within his soul at the death of his twin. His search for family, enduring love, and lost companionship is a quest not wholly realized until his return to England and Pemberley after thirty years of amazing adventures. It is then that a new generation of family and friends will heal the physician, and to his greatest surprise, where the true love of his life awaits.
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