Yours truly has been a very busy girl! While yet in the throes of launch activities for My Dearest Mr. Darcy I was happily bombarded with loads of news and chores for future novels. I have waited to share until now so I could keep all focus on my fabulous third novel. But, now that My Dearest Mr. Darcy is out and about, flying off the bookshelves of the world, I am bursting to reveal the latest news!
The next novel in the Darcy Saga series has been titled Romancing Mr. Darcy. Bear in mind that titles and covers can change, although this one looks to be a keeper. Dominique Raccah, publisher and CEO of Sourcebooks, has final say and personally decides the title and appearance of each novel, which I think amazing considering they publish over 300 titles each year! The end product will look different with the gorgeous silvery foiling that beautifully accents the oval, but hopefully the painting will remain as I LOVE IT!!!!
I am SO in love with this cover!! Dare I say it is the best one ever? That is a tough call as I love all of them, but the ballroom scene is divine and absolutely perfect for this novel as there are two balls occurring within the pages. And the byline!
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that everyone wants to fall in love….
How utterly fabulous is that? *sigh Yes, I am very happy and I made sure my editor knew! Let’s keep our fingers crossed! Romancing Mr. Darcy is scheduled for release on October 1 of this year. Last week I completed the first round of edits. The process was painless and actually very fun. My wonderful editor, Deb Werksman, requested I try to tighten a few portions and cut where I felt possible to do so. She was entirely open to my wishes, but was correct that the length was on the edge of being too long. So, proceeding line by line with her thoughts and suggestions in mind, I trimmed nearly 9000 words. Have no fear! The story is still intact and over 135,000 words at this point, so there is plenty of the Darcys forthcoming! Now it is in the hands of a copyeditor who will make sure all the grammar is correct and so on.
Following right on the heels of that, and actually overlapping, was news on the Christmas anthology due for release in mid-November. This is a special Sourcebooks project that I was invited to partake of and I had the option of writing anything I wanted. Rather tempting, but I chose to stay with my beloved characters and the Saga. However, I have written a novella that is completely independent for those readers unfamiliar with my work. I am so proud of it! Better yet, my editor was blown away! She said it was “brilliant” – a wonderful word choice, let me tell you!
I am totally in love with this cover too! Wow! I shall say it again: Sourcebooks design creates stunning covers. As you can see, the other authors are Amanda Grange and Carolyn Eberhart. Amanda is well known, of course, as the author of Mr. Darcy’s Diary and Mr. Darcy, Vampyre. It is an incredible honor to be in a book alongside her. Carolyn is a debut author. Naturally I will talk more about this novel as the time grows closer. As of this Tuesday I completed the first round of edits for my novella, once again needing to do very little overall. I have a remarkable editor who flawlessly notices those places that are jarring in some way, too modern sounding, or need to be reworked for clarity. It is a fun process, actually, and I learn so much each time.
So there you have it! I probably have a month or less before copyedits will be returned to me for another line-by-line inspection. Until then I am back to writing! I cracked open Darcy #5 yesterday and have already dug in. Fun, fun, fun!!