40 of you left comments qualifying you for a chance to win one of three copies available of Mr. Darcy Forever, by Victoria Connelly. The winners drawn at random are:
- Becky C. who left a comment on April, 01, 2012
- Krista who left a comment on April 01, 2012
- Lennette Daniels who left a comment on April 03, 2012
Congratulations ladies! To claim your prize, please contact me with your full name and address by April 18, 2012. Shipment of print books to US and Canadian addresses only. Ebook shipment internationally.
A big thank you to author Victoria Connelly for her great guest blog, and to her publisher Sourcebooks for offering the giveaway copies. Congrats to the winners. Enjoy!
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Please join us today in welcoming author Victoria Connelly on her blog tour of her third novel in the Austen Addicts series, Mr. Darcy Forever.
We really enjoyed the first two novels in the series: A Weekend with Mr. Darcy and Dreaming of Mr. Darcy and look forward to reading this one too. Each of the novels are contemporary tales inspired by Jane Austen’s novels and characters and have been widely praised.
Today is its publication date and we are celebrating its release with a guest blog with Victoria and a grand giveaway of three copies.
It’s really exciting to see Mr. Darcy Forever hit the shelves. It hardly seems a minute ago since I came up with the idea for a trilogy about Jane Austen addicts. I had been visiting many of the Austen locations: Chawton, Steventon, and Winchester in Hampshire, Lyme Regis in Dorset and the Georgian city of Bath. I’ve always thought they were all so beautiful and I soon realized that I wanted to write about them.
I’ve been a lifelong Jane Austen fan and it amazes me how her work has stood the test of time and how readers are still so in love with her characters and stories, and I really wanted to explore that. Why are these books is still so important to us today? Why are we still obsessed with Mr. Darcy and Captain Wentworth? And can there ever be enough TV and film adaptations? These were just some of the questions I hoped to answer in my trilogy.
There are lots of books written about Austen’s heroes and heroines – prequels, sequels, and spin-offs – but there aren’t many books written about her fans and that’s what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to rewrite Austen’s books but I did want to make references to them with, perhaps, the odd gentle nod with my own characters. Mr. Darcy Forever is the closest book in my trilogy to an original Austen novel because I wanted to examine the relationship between two very different sisters: Sarah and Mia. Sarah has OCD and likes everything to be in order at all times. She’s very controlled whereas Mia is impetuous and romantic. Can anyone guess which Austen novel inspired my two sisters? Continue reading