Hi all! I have a number of sound bits to report.
Been too busy to post each one individually! Life!
First up, this weekend I am heading to Southern California, specifically Santa Ana just below Anaheim to hang with my writer pals and attend the SoCalRWA Writers Conference. Very much looking forward to that! As part of the fun, I will partake in their BIG book signing event. If you are in the area, stop in to see me!
Here are the details:
Date: Sunday, March 17
Time: 1:00 to 2:30 PM
Where: Doubletree Hilton in Santa Ana, CA at 201 MacArthur Blvd.
Sponsor: Barnes & Noble
Books Signing: Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Miss Darcy Falls in Love
*Unfortunately, outside books are not allowed into the signing area. However, I will be bringing my new bookmarks to sign!
The Passions of Dr. Darcy will be released in LESS THAN 3 WEEKS!! Right around the corner! The official release date is April 2. I am very excited! Are you? I sure hope so! I am not conducting an extensive blog tour this time around. That is far too time consuming. I am trusting that my fans will be anxious to by this book. *fingers crossed* I will be celebrating, of course, here and at Austen Authors, as well as a few other places, so be on the lookout for that.
Today I am sharing an excerpt at Austen Authors. A never read wee bit for your reading pleasure! Pop over to read and comment.
The Passions of Dr. Darcy can be pre-ordered, print or eBook editions, so that your copy will arrive right on schedule.
My giveaway for an advanced reader copy has ended. Thank you to ALL who entered! Your entry helped me tremendously with Twitter messages, reviews, Pinterest and Facebook postings, and so much more! I wish I had more ARCs to hand out, but alas I am at the end. Congratulations to the lucky winners. I hope you enjoyed the early peek and would love to see your thoughts shared here.
The Pride and Prejudice Readers Choice project at Austen Authors is going strong. If you haven’t read the story so far, it isn’t too late to catch up! The previous 4 scenes can be read on The Writers Block. Yesterday it was my turn to take the reins! Following the scene written by C. Allyn Pierson, a bandit attack on the way to Pemberley left Mr. Darcy shot. Oh My!! How did I deal with the aftermath, while also weaving in the “readers choice” winning plot option which was that Lizzy found a pocket watch dropped by the bandit who shot Mr. Darcy? Come to the blog and see! I had a blast writing my part. Voting is over, and next up is Marilyn Brant.
A late discovery on my part since my publisher did not tell me this interesting tidbit, but I found out that my novella A Darcy Christmas can now be purchase as a separate eBook. Nice!
Originally a part of the anthology A Darcy Christmas that was released for the holiday season of 2010, my novella accompanied two other wonderful holiday-themed stories by Amanda Grange and Carolyn Eberhart. The book is awesome, if I say so myself. However, it is nice that each novella can now be purchased individually on Kindle and Nook. For only 0.99 cents too!
Here are the links–
Based on the Darcy Saga series by Sharon Lathan, this novella takes the reader down the passage of time with ten individual snippets of the evolving Darcy family celebrating. Beginning on the Christmas Eve after meeting Lizzy Bennet, Mr. Darcy is a man tortured by visions and emotions he is unable – or unwilling – to deal with. Thereafter follows a succession of Christmas Eves and Days with Mr. Darcy as a happily married man surrounded by his wife and an ever-increasing family, giving glimpses of their future.
For more information on my novella, and the anthology, visit the
A Darcy Christmas page.
Don’t forget that for the entire month of November Miss Darcy Falls in Love is also on sale! At B&N and Amazon, search for my most recent release and get the eBook/digital version while you can for $1.99. Great savings! On Amazon HERE.
I am very, very excited to unveil the new, vastly improved version of the cover for The Passions of Dr. Darcy. Yippee!! The designers at Sourcebooks listened to the feedback offered by me and many of you when I showed the original version last month on Facebook. Those of you who saw it there (and you still can if you scroll down a bit) will recall that over all I absolutely loved the design. The “concerns” were minimal. Nevertheless, I am delighted beyond words to see that not only were my wishes attended to, but they went a few steps further in increasing the stun-factor to the cover. I was literally dancing with joy when I opened my email, and I still am!
Now George has the blue eyes he should have, and the excessive rosiness to his lips was toned down. On top of that, the portrait is clearer and less dark hued, and the painting of the Taj Mahal is enhanced with sharper colors. I can honestly say that although I have liked/loved all of my covers, The Passion of Dr. Darcy is my absolute favorite.
What do you think? Isn’t he yummy?! I know George intimately, and can assure you that although I never saw this portrait before and my mental vision was slightly different, this man IS Dr. George Darcy. Feedback is welcome, of course. The release date is scheduled for April 1, 2013 and the novel can already be pre-ordered on Amazon HERE. Hurry up April!
The latest version of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel Anna Karenina is coming to “select” US theaters on November 16, 2012. I am very excited about this movie! Directed by the brilliant Joe Wright, the movie stars Keira Knightley as Anna and the wonderful, oh-so-handsome Matthew Macfadyen as Anna’s brother Stepan “Stiva” Arkadyevitch Oblonsky. Sort of strange to think of Matthew playing Keira’s brother after being her romantic interest in Pride & Prejudice! Nevertheless, this promises to be an epic movie.
Other stars include Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kelly MacDonald, Emily Watson, and many other fine British actors. Places to learn more about the movie and see images–
2005 Pride & Prejudice Blog – Jeane keeps up on the P&P stars and has lots of links to online magazines, etc. about Anna Karenina
The reviews so far all look to be very positive. A Google search will bring them up, but here is one list of links: IMDB Anna Karenina reviews How faithful it is to the novel is a big question. I haven’t read the novel so doubt that aspect with bother me! If the movie is as lush and epic as it appears to be from the trailers, I will be happy. Plus, I get to stare at Matthew again. That always is a perk.
Bottom line is that the time spent creating the gorgeous newsletters I have attempted to send once a month is considerable. Hence the reason I don’t manage to accomplish sending a newsletter once a month! I have taken several classes lately to keep up on the ever-shifting trends in social media and how to reach readers most efficiently. I have learned a ton of secrets, not that I can do all of them at once or that the “best way” won’t be different in six months! I am going to try my hardest, however.
One of many suggestions was to utilize one’s blog as the MAIN way to keep readers informed and reach new people out in cyberworld. Yes, better than Facebook or Twitter, if done correctly. So, I am vowing to place more of my energy and precious time into my blog. More posts – some silly fun, some relevant to history or Jane Austen, some news of my writing, some excerpts, and whatever else I think interesting – is my #1 goal. Of course, great posts do no good if no one reads them! But I am applying some of those aforementioned “secrets” to help improve traffic. Wish me luck on that.
Getting back to the concept of a newsletter, the opinion of the experts is that automatic updates to readers not only frees my time, but informs mailing list subscribers of blog posts as they occur. No more wondering if Sharon Lathan has anything new on her blog, and then wasting your precious time to pop over, only to find out I do not! The email updates will only be sent once a day – and only if there is something new on the blog – and the graphics, while not as pretty as my artistic newsletter, will load easier. Best of all, the blog post can be read within your email! No need to click over to my blog unless you wish to comment – Which I do love, by the way
Making use of embedded RSS feedburners, I need do nothing to make sure YOU know what is happening here on Sharon Lathan’s blog. Pretty cool!
What YOU need to do to help me out is subscribe to the list. It is a simple matter of entering your email in the box on the upper left sidebar, or the one on the Mailing List page, or the one below. You will receive a verification email, just to make sure you are you, and with a single click you are in. Sweet! Unfortunately the one negative is that the RSS feedburner does not provide a way for me to import the over 1000 subscribers I have on my newsletter mailing list. I have to enter each one individually, and I think you can imagine how much time that would take!
Thanks for bearing with me as I make this transition. I hope it is the last, but in this wild techno world we live in I rather doubt it.
Today - Sunday September 16 - is my scheduled LIVE online chat on Austenesque Reviews
For the month long Austenesque Extravaganza event
I am joining fellow Austen Author Colette Saucier - Pulse and Prejudice - for the Sociable Sunday interactive audio chat Q&A.
Everyone is welcome!
Chat starts at 4:00 pm PST (7pm EST)
Direct link to chatroom: http://www.justin.tv/
Giveaways galore are happening all month.
For this chat I will be giving away an e-Book copy of
Miss Darcy Falls in Love
to one lucky winner who pops in to chat with me!