Hope of the Future extras + a fun quiz

Hope of the Future extras + a fun quiz

Release Celebration Day #2! Let the games begin!


First on today’s agenda is sharing a few website changes and links.

*click for Hope of the Future Image Gallery

As I have done with all of my novels thus far, the reams of images I gather during the writing process have been placed into my Novel Image Gallery. I may add a few more in time but the gallery is complete enough to go live for readers to enjoy. Images are designed to enhance the novel through visuals. In this case, a great number of the pictures are of locations in London. These, especially, can be helpful for those readers not hugely familiar with St. James’s Palace, Westminster Abbey, Covent Garden, and many others. Click the image to the right, or here:
Darcy & Elizabeth: Hope of the Future Image Gallery

Also, as some of you may have noticed, I spent a bit of time doing some cosmetic work on my website. The header seen above was changed a bit, including a photo of me! The pic was taken about two months ago, by my photographer husband, on the front porch of our Kentucky home. It was a spontaneous photo but turned out nicely, so I decided to make it my latest portfolio shot. I still love the drawing of the woman reading a book, which has been a part of my header for years, but figured it was time to present a more professional appearance.

Then, because I am a fan of symmetry and cohesiveness, I created new title graphics for the header and each website page. I used Cool Text and my graphic skills with GIMP to create them. What do you think? Each page on the website was spruced up and gone through, some changes small and others more significant. I encourage looking around to see what I have here, particularly the Regency Glossary and Cast of Characters pages.

The Library at Pemberley was not changed but was added onto. I went through ALL my blog posts, yes, all the way back to the first ones dating to 2009! It was time to do some housecleaning, so to speak. The main reason, however, was to make sure every historical article was cross-posted into the Library. And, while I was at it, I created two new forums for Movie Reviews and Recipes. Basically, this is an easier, quicker way to read past blogs without searching through the archives by month.

Naturally, as I did with the other novels, a forum has been created for reviews and excerpts for Darcy & Elizabeth: Hope of the Future. The image to the left links directly to the forum.

Each of my novels has its own page with a synopsis, the back cover blurb, purchasing links, and more information. The page for the Darcy Saga Prequel Duo #2, my newest novel, can be reached via the title above. A general directory of ALL novels is HERE with linkage to each novel’s page. I do my best to keep everything organized and easy to find!

Purchasing Update!

Just this morning I am finally seeing the paperback version available on Barnes & Noble. Yeah! Click the link, if this is your preferred online marketplace.


Now that the business is taken care of – LOL! – let’s have some fun!

Yesterday’s blog post contains all the purchasing links, as well as information about the novel and my thought process regarding three significant scenes. The floor is open for discussion with the author – ME! – and any questions. PLEASE join in HERE.


For tomorrow I have prepared a “quiz” to test your recollection of Darcy Saga events, so brush up on the story! Today, the challenge is a different quiz. After so many novels with these characters, I am betting that even if you haven’t yet read Darcy & Elizabeth: Hope of the Future, you will be able to guess who is the speaker of the ten following quotes. Ready to prove me right? Give it a whirl! Fill in the blanks with your guesses and click the “ANSWER” button. (I will extend one hint: None of the quotes are by Mr. Darcy or Elizabeth!)

All entrants will be added to the Giveaway, no matter whether the answers are correct or not. This quiz is all in good fun! And speaking of the GIVEAWAY, be sure to enter using the Rafflecopter form on the right sidebar. FIVE (5) copies of Hope of the Future are up for grabs!

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“Ooh la! Fancy Mrs. Darcy to have a fancy lady’s maid. Shall I wear the taffeta or the silk? The mink or the ermine? Oh! And what jewels shall I choose?”
“You really need to pay more attention to gossip. I have been back in Town for less than two weeks, spent half of that time running an errand for you to Pemberley, and still managed to get an earful. Maybe I should become a spy.”
“Obsession? Over Mr. Darcy? Absurd! I care not one whit for the man!”
“Oh, we have so much to talk about! I have known Fitzwilliam since he was born, you know? Just imagine the stories I have accumulated.”
“Indeed, Miss Bennet. Mr. Darcy always has tea this time of the day. And I am always the one to deliver it. An expectation he has undoubtedly grown weary of. Might I impose upon you to tend to the task for me? Just this once, of course.”
“You two want to make a grand entrance, do you not? Trust me,” he added, winking. “You two just concentrate on breathing. I can’t drag both of you down the aisle.”
“Be that as it may, he is no more a doctor than I am. That is the source of my disapproval. People should not claim to be what they are not, especially in exalting themselves to a station above what is divinely accorded.”
“A colonel, you say? Mr. Darcy’s cousin is a colonel? And he is coming to the wedding? Well, well. Would this officer and son of an earl be a bachelor by chance?”
“You practiced that whole speech, didn’t you? Quite persuasive. I am greatly impressed. You know, William, I have friends in Parliament who could easily get you a seat in the Commons. Interested?”
“I have never hosted a tea party all on my own and admit that doing so unnerves me. Why I initiated the idea is unfathomable! What if I spill hot tea on Miss Elizabeth? What if I drop a blob of jam onto Miss Bennet’s dress? What if I embarrass us by saying something inappropriate?"

QUIZ IS NOW CLOSED! Answers will be posted on the blog on Monday, August 21.

4 Comments for Hope of the Future extras + a fun quiz

  1. Fun quiz! I may have accidentally gotten one correct! Hahaha!

    Congrats on your latest, and thanks for the giveaway!

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