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We Beat the Nekkid Guy!

Did that sound weird?

20171114_001731_resizedI was so excited to see this that I immediately took a picture. You see, I’m well aware that our Christmas anthology can be #1 in one hour and #2 in the next. In fact, that’s happened several times since we (Laura Hile, Barbara Cornthwaite, Wendi Sotis, and I) hit #1 Best Seller status (in our category) on Amazon.

I wanted to have that picture to live the moment over and over. I even reverted to my cheerleader days, chanting, “We’re number one! We’re number one!” I nearly tripped over my office and broke another ankle. Ha! It wasn’t pretty.

Now, about that nekkid guy – we didn’t literally beat a nekkid guy, so you can relax now. We don’t plan to take the journey into that particular genre. Ever.

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Do you see that third book in the row? That’s a $.99 nekkid guy cover which promises a certain kind of book. Clean books that cost $3.99 rarely beat such an animal. A book just like that one kept my last solo publication, Understanding Elizabeth, from ever reaching #1. I can’t even say the name of that book in polite company. Not in impolite company, either.

The book in the middle is a $.99 anthology. It’s rare to outsell anything which is $.99. That’s another cause for rejoicing.

The middle book and A Very Austen Christmas switch places every time either one of us sells a book or two. I’m okay with that. It’s a mostly clean read with a non-nekkid-guy cover.

At least we’re remaining the #1 new release.

This is a book that friendship built. It was a labor of love and support between friends who’ve never met. I think the four of us should get together soon. What do you think? Should we meet in Oregon (Laura), New York (Wendi), South Carolina (me), or Ireland (Barbara)? Just a hint concerning my vote: my heritage is English/Scots/Irish.

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A Very Austen Christmas

Book Launch Tomorrow!

A Very Austen Christmas - 3DIn early June, Laura and I broached the idea of an anthology to include all the authors of Jane Started It, along with our lovely friend, JAFF author Wendi Sotis. Susan Kaye, Pamela Aiden, and Gayle Mills originally intended to be a part of the project, but real life threw several hitches in their plans. Laura Hile, Barbara Cornthwaite, Wendi Sotis, and I kept the dream alive.

Tomorrow, that dream will be realized with the book launch of A Very Austen Christmas, hosted by Claudine Pepe at JustJane1813.  We are very much looking forward to reading Claudine’s review (our first one!), as well as chatting with our readers.

The kindle version is already available for pre-order (to be delivered tomorrow) on Amazon, and the print copy is live, though they are not yet linked together.

Does this sound tempting, lovely readers?

Four favorite authors, four heartwarming stories set in Jane Austen’s Regency world.

Robin Helm, Laura Hile, Wendi Sotis, and Barbara Cornthwaite revisit Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Mansfield Park to deliver the uplifting holiday storytelling you’re looking for.

Her Christmas Gift by Robin Helm
Elizabeth Bennet finds herself snowbound at Rosings with two rejected, but highly eligible, suitors. Does either man have a chance? Will her childhood friend, Meryton’s golden boy, win her affection, or will she accept the master of Pemberley? Perhaps she will refuse them both a second time. Her Christmas Gift deftly combines tension and emotion with humor and romance.

The Christmas Matchmaker by Laura Hile
It’s raining; it’s pouring – and what could be better than a little Christmas matchmaking? So says Emma Woodhouse who is unexpectedly stranded at Netherfield Park. Mr. Darcy disagrees, for she has someone else in mind for adorable Elizabeth Bennet. Amid meddling, misunderstanding, and an unwelcome proposal or two, will True Love find a way?

No Better Gift by Wendi Sotis
On his way to Derbyshire to spend Christmas with his family, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy plans to retrieve an item he left behind during his rushed escape from Netherfield—and the country miss who touched his heart. Finding Meryton practically deserted, he fears the worst. What fate could have fallen upon this once-thriving village in only three weeks? More importantly, was Miss Elizabeth Bennet in danger?

Mistletoe at Thornton Lacey by Barbara Cornthwaite
When Edmund Bertram realizes that Fanny is the perfect wife for him, he wants to propose without delay. What better time than at Christmas? Ah, but the course of true love never does run smooth …

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The stories are arranged according to length. Mine is really a novella of 30K words, and Laura’s is 24K words. We have decided that we can’t write short stories (insert laugh). Wendi’s is 17K words and Barbara’s is 7K words. Curl up in your PJs with a mug of hot cocoa and enjoy the writing of four friends with quite different styles and story lines.

We hope that Sue, Pamela, and Gayle will be able to join us in our next anthology. (Yes, I just said next anthology!)

A Little Something after all these years…

 

Dy Brougham Searches for Lt.Richard Fitzwilliam
Pamela Aidan

(1815, 2 years or so after Darcy & Elizabeth are wed)

The wagon jolted and shivered over the shell pocked roads until Dy’s teeth ached and his fingers cramped in their grip on its splintery sides. Rain continued to fall in unrepentant bursts that were soaking through his oiled cape. His hat was most likely a loss, even for its protective coverings, and the cold crept into the reaches of muscle and bone, both thoroughly wracked by the paths he had been required to travel to get to the farm house in which Darcy’s cousin was said to have been deposited before Uxbridge moved out.

“Il ya la ferme de Emille. Nous sommes presque hors de la pluie damnés,” his driver tossed over his shoulder. (There is Emille’s farm. We’re almost out of the damned rain.”) Continue reading

Forever Yours Book Launch and Giveaway

Every author can identify with the joy I feel in announcing the publication of Forever Yours, Yours by Design, Book 3. I’m particularly happy about Forever Yours, because it signals the end of a two year writing project and the completion of the Yours by Design series. The other books in the series, Accidentally Yours and Sincerely Yours, were published in 2014. (See! I told you I would finish it!)

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Forever Yours is available on Amazon in Kindle format. The print version is also available HERE. The print and Kindle versions will be linked in a day or two.

I have just downloaded the Smashwords and Nook files for you readers who use those particular devices.

Prodigy crop

My younger daughter will marry in June, so I’m quite busy at the moment, but I am going to start a rewrite of The Guardian Trilogy this week. It will be a non-Austen, YA, strong first person variation of The Guardian Trilogy. Look for The Xander Chronicles fairly soon if you enjoy YA paranormal romance. I plan to add multiple scenes and delete others. My approach to the story will be very different. If it is successful, watch for spin-off books featuring other characters and their back stories.

I will continue to write Austen variations, as well.

And now for the giveaway information. If you’d like to enter to win a copy of Forever Yours, comment on this thread, publicize the book on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media. You may enter as many times as you like, but you’ll have to let me know each time you do so. The U.S. winner can choose either an autographed print copy or an e-book, and the international winner will receive a Kindle copy. Please indicate whether you are U.S. or international in your reply.

The giveaway will end on Monday, May 11, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

An Assembly Such as This gains a little oh là là !

Une Telle Assemblée
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A novel by any other name reads as sweet!

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What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and the 10th anniversary of Pamela Aidan’s first book in the beloved  Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy than the publishing of it in French, the “language of love?”

Yes, it’s been ten years since the original self-published edition of An Assembly Such as This hit the world in book form.

Originating as a bi-weekly posting at the popular Republic of Pemberley and The Derbyshire Writers websites in the late 1990s, Pamela’s work then became available through her website, Austenesque, and later, in late 2003, as a self-published work through her own Wytherngate Press, Inc.

The Austen world exploded with enthusiasm! Soon the trilogy was acquired by Simon & Schuster.

Aidan’s trilogy as been set to audio (Audible.com) and translated into Italian and Spanish. The French translation was accomplished just this past year. Book Two, En vain ai-je lutté, arrived in time for Christmas, and Book Three, Un mot de vous, is scheduled for this spring 2014.

Pamela’s working on a new “Austenesque” series that promises more Darcy & Elizabeth but even more Dy Brougham and Georgiana Darcy, as well as a new and darker take on Col. Fitzwilliam.

Keep up with her here at Jane Started It or her own blog, Traipsing After Jane.

Her trilogy & novella, as well as the anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It in which her short story appears, are carried by Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Her novella, Young Master Darcy: A Lesson in Honor is also available through Wytherngate Press.

And if you should want the French version, print or ebook, try Amazon France!

Accidentally Yours Launch and Giveaway!

Accidentally Yours Kindle CoverWhat if the proud, arrogant Fitzwilliam Darcy of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice never changed after his disastrous proposal to Elizabeth Bennet at Hunsford? What if the humbled man who successfully courted her was not the same man?

Two worlds . . .
Two centuries . . .
Two men who love the same woman . . .
Two prayers fervent enough to shift time . . .
Endless questions and possibilities . . .
What would a man give for a second chance at love?
What would he sacrifice to keep it?

I am extremely excited to announce the publication of Accidentally Yours, the first book in my Yours by Design series. The book is available in print and e-book formats on Amazon and Smashwords. As an added perk on Amazon, those who buy the print copy will receive the Kindle version for FREE!

Guardian, SoulFire, and Legacy of The Guardian Trilogy are now $2.99 in e-book formats on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble.

As a show of gratitude for all of you who have supported me in my writing efforts, I am offering a free copy of Accidentally Yours (print or e-book in the USA, e-book only internationally) to two winners – one in the US and one international. Enter by commenting here (including your name and a way for me to contact you, such as sending your address to me in a PM on Facebook), tweeting this post, putting this link on your Facebook page, joining BeyondAusten.com or commenting on the book launch post there, posting a picture of the book on Instagram (you can copy the picture from the post), follow me on Instagram (jrhelm), follow me on Twitter (rmhelm), “liking” this post on Facebook, friend me on Goodreads, or retweeting the tweet which will go up when this post is live. You can enter as many times as you wish, but comment here when you do so. You’ll get an entry for every time you do any of these things, but you have to let me know that you’ve done it. You can put all you’ve done in one comment here if you wish. Each thing will count as a separate entry.

Just for fun, here’s an example of a comment: “I’ve tweeted, retweeted, “liked” this link on Facebook, joined BeyondAusten.com, posted the link on my Facebook page, put the picture on Instagram, congratulated you on LinkedIn, and friended you on Goodreads and Facebook.” That would be ten entries.

The giveaway begins today and will end on January 31.

In a few weeks, after you’ve had a chance to read Accidentally Yours, I’ll do another giveaway for all those who leave reviews on Amazon. You can go ahead and post your review. I’ll still count you in that giveaway.

Very soon, a very august personage whom we all know very well indeed shall publish her interview of me. I was so honoured by her invitation to make a morning visit and chat over tea. Be sure to watch this site for the next week or so, for you will be vastly happy and entertained.

You look mahvelous, Pamela!

Darcy & Elizabeth in the carriage In case you haven’t seen our own Pamela Aiden’s part in the BBC Austen interview in honor of the two hundredth anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, here is a link.

Congratulations, Pamela, on such a well-deserved and well-done interview!