January 1, 2010 – just 4 days, give or take a few hours, from today – is when My Dearest Mr. Darcy will be officially available. Yippee! Crack the champagne!
In honor of the release of my third novel, I will be hosting another fun-filled Launch Fete here at The Darcy Saga blog. I figured folks will be otherwise occupied on New Year’s Day itself, so will be holding the extravaganza on January 2 & 3. I know that is a Saturday and Sunday, days notoriously slow on blogs all over the blog-o-sphere, but I am hoping that some of you aren’t too wiped out from prior festivities and are still in the mood to celebrate this momentous time with me. Pop in for the fun! And, of course, the entertaining bits will remain active for participation on through the week.
So, what does your clever authoress have up her sleeve?
Aside from the virtual champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries, party balloons and confetti streamers, I will be posting a series of Loving Mr. Darcy quizzes, an excerpt or two, reopening the discussions from the previous novels, and starting a discussion for what you anticipate in My Dearest Mr. Darcy. Very low-key and purely entertaining. All you have to do is show up! Go ahead and dig out your copy of Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy and Loving Mr. Darcy to flip through and have handy. Get mentally prepared to participate with comments because…..
2 SIGNED COPIES OF MY DEAREST MR. DARCY ARE UP FOR GRABS!!
That’s right! I will be gifting a personally signed copy of my third novel to two lucky people. Just comment, answer a quiz, say howdy, or whatever strikes your fancy to be entered in the drawing. *Sadly I must limit the giveaway to US residents, as my budget can’t cover shipping overseas! So sorry! But please do not let that sway you from joining into the fun!!
I really hope to see a slew of you stopping by to join me in this wonderful day. I am so excited! I am very proud of my Saga and this novel. Nothing pleases me more than to know my story of love and happiness for the Darcys and their friends is bringing a measure of joy to my readers. I very much want to share this time with those of you who make it possible for me to continue.
Now, a few announcements:
I am seeing on some of the online sites, such as Amazon, that My Dearest Mr. Darcy is available. Other places still have it as “pre-order.” A few ladies have reported to me that they have received notices that their pre-ordered copy is to be shipped by Dec. 31! What this means is that the book could be popping up at any moment!! Although, to be honest, it most likely won’t be largely available until after Jan. 1, especially in brick-and-mortar bookstores. Keep your eyes peeled and let me know when you see it! I love receiving photos and reports!!
I have yet to receive my author’s copies, but be assured I will be sharing photos of a grinning, glowing me as soon as I get my hot hands on them!
Remember that I have a wonderful collection of photos over at my Portrait Gallery. Each novel has its own album with gorgeous pictures, many of a historic nature, that are designed to follow the stories and enhance the visual.
A bit of sad news is that Target has opted not to carry My Dearest Mr. Darcy at this time. The simple reality is that there are bigger names than mine with books coming out, so they take precedence. I totally understand this, but it is still a bummer. Now, my editor says they will continue to carry the first two novels, and Sourcebooks is renegotiating for My Dearest Mr. Darcy to be on Target’s February plan-o-gram, so keep your fingers crossed!
The only review I have received thus far is short but sweet, written by Bridget at Readaholic:
Elizabeth, Mistress of Pemberley, and her husband Darcy are so happy to be together. Their life as man and wife could not be happier. When they have their first child, they find that their love for each other grows even more. Taking trips and celebrating life together, these two have a precious love that readers everywhere will envy.I used to hate romance books. I thought that I just wasn’t a fan of the mooshy stuff, but come to find out, I hated them because I wanted a love like that and I was convinced that that was only possible in fiction. Then, I got together with my husband and I learned that true love isn’t fiction and that it is the best emotion in the universe. Now, with my blindness removed, I am able to fully enjoy books like this one.
Thanks Bridget! As more – hopefully – come in I will naturally be sharing them with you. My Virtual Book Tour officially kicks off on January 3 over at the Casablanca Authors Blog where I will be celebrating my newest release with my fellow Sourcebooks authors. I will be giving away a signed book there as well, so add that to your list of places to visit! In fact, I hope I will be seeing many of you following me around as I appear nearly every day at a website, blogging or answering interviews. At most of the websites there will be a copy of My Dearest Mr. Darcy as a giveaway, so mark these dates (also on the Launch Events page with direct links) –
1/7 Fresh Fiction
1/11 My Reading Room
1/12 This Book For Free
1/14 Hist-Fic Chick
1/21 Psychotic State
1/27 Anna’s Book Blog
1/28 Seductive Musings
There you have it for now! The next weeks promise to be very busy ones for me. I love launch time!! And I very much want to delight in this – with all of you – since the next one won’t be until October 1, 2010 for the release of, are you ready?
Romancing Mr. Darcy
Like it? That is the current popular title choice by the Sourcebooks’ powers-that-be for the fourth installment in the Darcy Saga series. Things could change in the title department, but more on all that as time marches on. For now, let’s get ready to PARTY!!! See you all on January 2!!