It has been a wild week! The official My Dearest Mr. Darcy Launch Fete began last Saturday and was quickly followed with my virtual blog tour and a number of terrific reviews. I won’t rehash all of it, but do encourage you to scroll down to read all about it.
Today, Saturday January 9, as you are reading this entry, I am sitting at a table in the Visalia Borders bookstore for my first solo signing. Hopefully I am surrounded by a surging crowd of people clamoring to have me sign the books they are dying to purchase! Then again, I may be twiddling my thumbs and watching my book trailer play over and over. LOL! However it turns out, there will be photos and a commentary on the blog in the days ahead. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, I will most likely be updating via my iPhone.
I appeared at 5 websites this week, either being interviewed or with a fun essay to share. All but one of those websites offered books to lucky people who commented. Next week I will be appearing at 7 different websites and there will be even more chances to win my novels! The Launch Events page has more details, and of course I will post daily reminders here.
Here are the winners announced so far—
For the Casablanca Authors celebration of my release: Margaret!
At Historical Hussies: Melanie of Melanie’s Musings!
And now – drum roll — the winners of a signed copy of My Dearest Mr. Darcy as part of The Darcy Saga Launch Fete activities are:
A huge thank you to everyone who participated in one way or another. You made my release week very special. The novel discussions are always open and the excerpts page will remain, so the fun lingers on indefinitely! I am going to post the quiz answers here, but of course you can always rapidly scroll past if you want to give them a shot. Answers–
- Happy Birthday Mr. Darcy
Darcy House Affairs
Return to Pemberley
North and East
Parties and Memories
Under the Willows
A Picnic at Rowan Lake
Happy Birthday Mrs. Darcy
Lazy Days of Summer
Fill in the Blanks
- Mr. Elliot Simpson
lemon flavored desserts and hot cocoa
Sir Wallace Dandridge
23 – a curricle for their anniversary
A big black spider!
Cotton milling and shipping
Mozart’s Don Giovanni
Raja, which means “prince” in Hindi
Rory and Julia Sitwell of Reniswahl Hall
Who Said it?
- b Lizzy
b Lady Matlock
d George Darcy
a Mrs. Hanford
c Mrs. Smyth
a Richard Fitzwilliam
c Mary Bennet
d Amy Griffin
a Countess de Lieven
In the midst of my wild and crazy week, I had two other interesting developments I wish to share with you all. First, I received a notice from my editor wherein I was informed that My Dearest Mr. Darcy debuted at #13 on the Neilson’s Bookscan romance list for best sales! In just one week over 1100 copies were sold! OK, it’s not NYT Bestseller material, but I am very happy and so are the folks at Sourcebooks. Both Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Loving Mr. Darcy are going strong with collective sales nearing 50,000 copies! All of you have made this happen for me, and I can’t thank you enough.
The second surprising development was contact from a reporter at the big newspaper out of Fresno, CA – The Bee. She wanted to do a piece on me for the South Valley portion of the paper. So we invited her over, Steve whipped up some fresh espresso, and for over an hour we chatted while she took pages of notes. So fun! This is my second newspaper interview, the first being for our local paper, The Hanford Sentinel, in July. This article will be printed within the next week or two. Naturally I will scan and share when it comes out, but here is a photo of Jill and I talking about the Darcys.