Can you tell I am excited? This has been a wild year. I have seen all 3 of my novels published! Wow! The road has been long and quite arduous at times, but through it all, I have shared the joys with each one of you who buy my books. Your support and encouragement are profoundly inspiring. I literally would not be here, on my website, hosting this celebration if not for my fans and friends. Thank you.
And now that the honest, heartfelt, and mushy sentimentality is stated – LETS PARTY!!!
I designated January 2 and 3 for my official My Dearest Mr. Darcy Launch Fete activities, but after some thought realized there is no reason to limit the giveaway fun to just these two days. Many folks are traveling or busy recuperating from the holidays, so checking in today and tomorrow may be difficult. So, instead I have decided to post the quizzes, excerpts, and open discussions in separate entries today AND I will keep the contest open through until midnight on Friday, January 8. On Saturday I will post the quiz answers and the winners for 2 signed copies of My Dearest Mr. Darcy. All you have to do for your name to be entered is to chime in on a discussion, answer a quiz, or just say howdy. No pain, I promise! *Alas I must again state that only US residents are open for the giveaway.
Here she is, looking gorgeous in my proud hands! Aah… I finally received my author’s copies on the 30th and was SO pleased to see that the book looked exactly as I imagined. The shiny foiling over the blue is perfect. Wow! Easy to spot from a mile away! I love this cover, even if there isn’t snow or sledding in this portion of the story. It is just so pretty, whimsical and playful, instantly conveying a tone of fun and happiness. And the 3 novels together are a beautiful compliment. I am very happy!
Reports have been delivered to me since the 28th that pre-orders are being delivered and stores are placing the books onto the shelves. By now it should be easy to find my sparkling new book at a bookstore near you, or at least readily in-stock at online retailers. Keep me informed! I love hearing from happy readers!
A number of ladies are already diving in, chatting with me on Facebook about certain parts or general delight in the story. I love that my novel is, to some people, a wonderful New Year’s treat. How cool is that? I can’t thank you all enough or find the words to express how encouraging it is to receive the positive feedback.
And speaking of positive feedback – My first official editorial reviews are coming in! Any and all acclaim is fantastic and SO essential for my continued success, but obtaining high marks from those people who receive ARCs from Sourcebooks and then read with a practiced eye to critique, well, that is awesome.
First is from Sandy M. at The Good, The Bad, and The Unread. She gave me an “A” and her written review is stunning. Thanks Sandy! I encourage you to click over and not only read the full report of my novel, but all the reviews listed there. This is a terrific website to get an honest, sensibly written commentary on romance novels.
Here is a snippet:
As terrific as the historical aspect of this series is, as fun as it is having Darcy family and friends together for whatever reason, as intriguing as the mishaps, little tiffs, and other circumstances throughout are, it’s the love, the romance between these two characters that outshines it all, and Ms. Lathan has kept that front and center and kept it true to these characters who are loved the world over. Darcy and Lizzy are the epitome of that love and romance as Ms. Lathan first envisioned them and has now written them in her interpretation of their life together. I doubt anyone could have done it much better. Not even Jane Austen herself.
My next wonderful surprise was a glowing review from Jen at Awaiting Diana. Her 5-star review – also posted on Amazon – is incredible. Thank you Jen! Both Sandy and Jen mention Dr. Darcy, and that alone adds warmth to my heart as I so love that man.
Here is a snippet:
At the center of this story are an iconic couple who have captured the hearts of readers for decades. Their story continues with the Darcy Saga in a very romantic, sweet and uplifting fashion. You just cannot help but love these characters as they are written by this author. Sharon Lathan has a true vision for the Darcys in a happy and highly amorous marriage that she never deviates from. It is a nice diversion from some of the unhappy and delusional places we sometimes find this couple in other renderings of their story.
Hopefully, these are the first two of dozens more. Yep, forever the optimist! Naturally, I will share them with you all as they roll in.
As I begin the celebration here on The Darcy Saga, I am gearing up for the events stretching out before me in the weeks ahead. I will be popping up all over the blog-o-sphere at websites whose owners are so gracious as to share the spotlight with authors. I know life interferes with fun, but I hope many of you can find the time to read my guest blogs and interviews. There will be book giveaways at most sites!
Highlights to mention now:
Tomorrow, January 3, I am celebrating the release of My Dearest Mr. Darcy with my fellow Sourcebooks writers at our Casablanca Authors Blog. As part of my celebration, I wrote an “Interview with the Darcys” that you do not want to miss! It was a departure for me, going tongue-in-cheek with Lizzy and Darcy, but so much fun. Please try to come over and party with us there as well AND take a peek at the wonderful novels that the romance line of Sourcebooks publishes.On top of all that, I will be giving away another signed copy of My Dearest Mr. Darcy. Yippee!
On Saturday, January 9, I will be holding my first solo book signing. Yikes! I will be hanging out at the Borders Bookstore on Mooney Blvd. in Visalia, CA from 12-4pm. I am well aware that this is a tad out-of-the-way for most of you – Ha! – but if you live in the general area, be sure to stop by. The rest of you can say a prayer that I don’t sit there for 4 hours looking like an idiot!
OK, now on to the fun and games……