Conceit & Concealment is here! I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about a release. This book is special for me in a lot of ways. It’s the longest book I’ve written, weighing in at a hefty 126,000 words, and I could have gone on longer because it was such fun. Like all my books, it’s primarily a story of Elizabeth and Darcy falling in love despite the obstacles, but the background is an alternate history where Napoleon conquered England in 1805 (and yes, that almost did happen!).
Here’s the blurb:
Six years after Napoleon’s invasion of England…
Fitzwilliam Darcy is a traitor. He even admits to collaborating with Napoleon’s troops. And Elizabeth Bennet despises all traitors.
But Elizabeth can’t make sense of Darcy. He doesn’t act like a traitor. He risks his own safety to save young women from the French. And how can she despise a man who loves puppies? Something about him doesn’t add up – and she finds him far too attractive.
Then Darcy’s carefully constructed world crumbles, and he must entrust his closest-held secret to Elizabeth. To protect that secret, Elizabeth must disappear entirely, leaving her family and Darcy behind, to plunge herself into the dizzying world of fashionable London and the dangers of the Loyalist Resistance. Nothing will ever be the same again.
Darcy is determined to find Elizabeth. Now that she knows the truth about him, there’s nothing to keep them apart – nothing, that is, until the day Darcy is forced to choose between his country and the life of the woman he loves…
The e-book is already available for Kindle, Nook, iBook, Kobo and more, but the paperback has been delayed owing to technical issues. If all goes well, it should be ready in a week or so. My new kitten has already approved the cover. (Yes, I have a new kitten! You can see more pictures of her here)
But it wouldn’t be a launch party without a giveaway, would it? There are four prizes for lucky commenters this time: 2 ebooks of Conceit & Concealment and 2 lucky winners will get sets of Jane Austen stamps from the Royal Mail, including a complete set of 6 stamps from 2015 plus 3 of the 1975 stamps. All prizes are available internationally.
Of course, we need an excerpt as well! I’ve already posted the first six chapters starting here, and if you haven’t read those, you absolutely must start there. There’s also a seventh excerpt in a separate post for those who have been chomping at the bit for more.
Original excerpt – for readers new to the book
New excerpt – here there be spoilers!