The first draft of the new book is almost completed!
"My Dearest Darling Jane" retells Jane Austen's "Emma" from Jane Fairfax's point of view. Rather than trying to capture Jane Austen's exact language, however, I am returning to my first love, historical fiction, and combining two things I love under one set of covers! MDDJ will tell us all the wonderful messy bits that Jane Austen declined to discuss: music, politics, and literature, to name a few. All those music devotees in Austen's books never mention WHAT they are playing on the pianoforte. It's part of what keeps her stories timeless. But *I* get to place the story squarely in 1814 when it was written.
I am aiming for a March or April launch, and I'm learning how the book publishing industry works! When it comes out, Amazon gives me two weeks to have at minimum 200 purchases, AND a very minimum 25 reviews! That's right, if people do not drop everything, buy my book, read it, AND review it, the book is algorithmically dead. Can't possibly be any good, Amazon will NOT recommend it to people who are clearly Jane Austen fans.
So that's why authors assemble book launch teams. A book launch team member commits to dropping everything to buy, read (or at least skim) the book, AND go back and write a review! It's life or death for a book. And the author who wrote it. In exchange, the author will release the new book at a special discount for book launch members, and lets team members know that NOW is the time to get your discounted book. And, of course, team members are the cool kids who get to read the new book FIRST!
To get on my book launch team, go to the "Contact" button on the left side of the screen, and send me your contact info with a note saying "Book Launch." You can also use the Contact button to ask me any questions about the book, or any of my past ones!
Thank you for helping out a writer who loves her characters! I want to introduce them to all the other people whom I think will love them, too. Not to mention, I think you will enjoy seeing Emma from a different point of view as much as I have!