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Mr Darcy’s Christmas Calendar – Book Launch and Giveaway! – Jane Odiwe — 161 Comments

  1. I am extremely proud of you my dearest Jane.
    In addition I am having an anxiety episod, because I am dying to know what happens next….I should not have read your recently posted excerpt…not inthe middle of my insomnia war

  2. I haven’t read any of your chapter posts on this book, as I knew as soon as I read the blurb on the story that I wanted to read the whole thing and I didn’t want to spoil my pleasure in reading it as a whole. I am waiting with happy anticipation to read this at Christmas. Am very happy to know it will be released in time.

    An Australian fan.

  3. I am so loving this book Jane. You work so very hard to make each word matter! I love your style of writing. It gives me so much pleasure 🙂

  4. I just finished reading the first chapter. I’m hooked, It’s a wonderful story. I am really looking forward to the rest. What a great idea. Thank you.

  5. It does not seem possible that it is November already! The prizes are all lovely! Congratulations on your book launch. It is such a clever and fun story.

  6. No, how has that happened, Paige? Must be because I’m getting old-the years are starting to whizz by! Thank you-hope you get a chance to read it.

  7. Jane, I have loved the story so far. Amazon has delivered my preordered book, so hopefully I can finish it after work tonight. Your giveaway is so generous as well. Congratulations on the release!

  8. Congratulations on the book. I can’t wait to read the whole thing. What a great launch give away contest too. All of the prizes sound fantastic.

  9. Oh, I have been waiting for this day. I haven’t read any of the post because I wanted to read this story as a whole. I read Mrs. Darcy’s Diamonds in one setting and was so glad I did. It has been cold here and is a perfect time to sit on the couch with an old throw and read a bood about Christmas. Congratulations on another book launch. I look forward to many more…..

  10. Oh my god! Just love this Jane! I really want to win especially since the give a way day is my 55 Birthday. What a gift! Seriously I would love to win and if I don’t well i’ll just have to buy for my Bday! Hehehe. You are such a talented writer and artist and we are all grateful that you share your talent with us! Thanks. Now off to reading.

  11. What a good, good morning this has been. Yet another delightful chapter to read plus an email from Amazon confirming the delivery of “Mr.Darcy’s Christmas Calendar” to my tablet! Thank you, Jane, for what I know will be one of the most interesting and unusual stories based on the theme of “Pride and Prejudice”. I can’t help but add your contest and all the prizes you are offering is also a great add-on to the launch of this, your newest, work. I hope your day is as wonderful for you as the start of our day, your enthralled readers, has been! Congratulations to you – especially today.

  12. I’m so glad you finally finished the book, too! Darcy and Christmas … what an irresistible combination! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

    Susan Heim
    smhparent [at] hotmail [dot] com

  13. Hi Jane, what a lovely excterpt. I´m sooo excited to get reading soon. I´m 2/3 through Mr.Darcys Secret at the moment, a chick-lit novella ebook afterwards and then I´m on to Mr.Darcys Christmas Calender!
    The Advent Calenders – with Choc and without all look wonderful! And the cards too. Keeping my fingers crossed! 🙂
    Congrats on Launch Day!

    • You’re doing well managing to read so much with a little one-I used to snatch those precious hours when I could-a little escapism is good for the soul! Thank you for stopping by, and for your lovely support. I’d love to know what you think of the books!

  14. One of the first things I saw this morning was that Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Calendar has been safely delivered to my Kindle app. Woo Hoo!! Thanks for sharing another excerpt, I’m hoping to get the chance to just sit down and savor every Christmasy fantasy morsel, but it may be later in the season before I get to do that. That’s okay too, it IS about Christmas after all. =D Congrats on your release!

  15. Thank you, Stephanie for your lovely support and kind comments! Yes, save it for Christmas-there are 25 chapters – one for every day including Christmas Day. I’d love to know what you think when you’ve read it!

  16. reading each chapter is like opening a very special advent calendar. Thank you for thi inventive way to celebrate the season.

  17. Congratulations on your new book….it sounds delightful and is going on my TBR list…
    Christmas is a magical time of year…your book seems as magical
    looking forward to reading it..

  18. I love these sneak peaks at new books and I think it’s a great idea, because we can get a glimpse of the delights in store. If I know what a book is like and the writing style, I am more likely to buy it. This past week had been especially busy, and when I woke up today and checked my email, I found that the book had already downloaded onto my kindle. You have no idea how huge my smile was. I think I was in danger of cracking my face. I love all of your books so much, and I really love the novellas. They are a wonderful treat: very addictive, easy to read, and very enjoyable. This was my birthday present to myself, and I like it better than my flourless chocolate cake. That was delicious, but this is even more delicious. I expect to have finished it before the day is over, and there are no carbs! Thank you Jane for another wonderful glimpse at our favorite characters, reimagined. This is completely different than anything I have ever read, and I love it. The idea and your writing style make for stolen hours of pure enchantment and magic.

    • Thank you, Mari-you’re always so generous and kind with your comments. I’d love to know what you think when you’ve finished the book!

  19. I forgot to say how lovely the cover is. It really adds another wonderful dimension. I also really enjoy the photographs and your Pinterest pages. Those are delightful. You really go the extra mile for us and we truly appreciate it.

    • Thank you, Mari-I loved designing the cover – and Pinterest is such fun – a guilty pleasure, indeed! I really appreciate you and your comments.

  20. I’m very much looking forward to reading your new book and adding it to my P&P collection. Thank you in advance for the pleasure I anticipate.

  21. So I haven’t read the chapters rather deliberately because I was waiting to read the book. Have said that, I snuck in a bit of reading. I love it already. I am a huge fan, Jane. I love seeing Jane Austen come alive through your eyes. You somehow pull me in, making me wish I was a part of the story. When I read, I want to feel as if I belong, as if I am within those pages and you don’t disappoint.
    I love a hard copy but I can’t wait, so I might have to download it. Hugs

  22. Congrats on the release of your new book, Jane. And thanks for another beautiful excerpt. It certainly cheered me up after enduring a gloomy day. I really really love the prizes that you are offering and I hope to be one of the winners.

  23. Oh, fingers crossed!! This sounds like such a fun read!

    I’d FREAK if I received something that belonged to Jane Austen!

    Love the cover also!!

  24. I’ve been holding off reading the chapters until I had won the chocolate but it looks like there’s going to be a lot o competition and I will have to curl up in a comfy chair with the book and chocolate I have purchased myself; no problem! Can’t wait to read it all ~ Christmas, chocolate, time travel and Janes Austen and Odiwe! Perfect!

  25. I am so in love with this story already. I want to curl up next to a good fire with a blanket and hot chocolate to truly enjoy it. Your giveaway is quite generous, so many goodies! BEAUTIFUL Cover.

  26. As a child our mom would always get us advent calendars, they come form Germany.
    love your books and this one looks good need to read it!!

    • Desiree-my mum always bought us Advent calendars-the German ones are the most magical, I think, especially the old-fashioned glittered ones! Thank you for stopping to leave such kind comments.

  27. Congratulations Jane! The music Lizzy saw, reminded me of ‘Project Darcy’! Magical is the appropriate word…this story is delightful and I can’t wait to read in full. We are already on the 4th of November and Christmas is not far behind. I have started my Christmas shopping but I always agonize over each person’s gifts hoping I have selected something that has meaning and use to them. I so love Christmas that I want it to be so special. The advent calendar inspiration is so perfect. Thank you for the giveaway! Good luck to all!

    • Thank you, Carole, for your lovely comments! I’ve only just started my shopping, and I’m just like you-I can never give anything that hasn’t been agonised over, but it’s part of the pleasure, isn’t it?

  28. I’m just loving this and I can’t wait to read the whole book. If I thought I could do it, I’d start on 12/1 and read a chapter a day until Christmas but I know I’ll end up reading it all at once!

    • Thank you, Monica-I’m a bit like that with chocolates… thanks for stopping by-I hope you get the chance to read the whole book!

  29. What lovely giveaways! Thank you for the opportunity. I am looking forward to reading this new book of yours. It sounds fantastic!

  30. Congratulations on the book launch, Jane! I am loving the story so far and can’t wait to read more. I love how it shifts back and forth between now and the past, inching closer and closer to the past each time. Really fun and a perfect read for these cold days.

  31. Believe it or not, Jane, we actually did some Christmas shopping in February! We paid a winter visit to the Isle of Man and there’s a shop there that sells lots of unusual things, mainly with a Celtic theme, which we couldn’t resist. In it’s way, the island is a magical place, too. Steam trains, trams, Manx folklore, including fairies and Celtic themes – one of our favourite places in the world.

    Your new work is just magical, as well. Loving these chapters you’ve posted. As you know, I’m a bit (OK, a lot) of a sci-fi geek, so a tale that combines Jane Austen with anything like time travel will always go down a treat with me.

    The giveaway you’ve arranged is extremely generous, thank you. Any of the gifts would be fantastic to win, and if I don’t win any or do win something that isn’t the paperback, rest assured I’ll be buying that just because the cover is so gorgeous.

    Good luck with the launch!

  32. Anji, I know the Isle of Man well – my sister-in-law lives there. It is a great place to visit-love the history and castles, seal watching, etc! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the chapters-you’re always so kind-I hope you get a chance to read it!

  33. What a wonderful wonderful post and such generous giveaways!
    Thanks, Jane, and congrats!
    Best of luck with the launch, it makes the loveliest Christmas gift!

  34. Well, I would love to win a kindle copy of this lovely story. But, be assured, I will have a copy on my kindle one way or another! Congratulations on your book launch, Merry Christmas, and best wishes for the new year!

    Now, about Mr. Williams…..do tell…

  35. Lizzy and Darcy at Christmas – what could be better? I am so looking forward to reading “Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Calendar”: thank you, Jane, for this new book and for all your wonderful books. Please don’t ever stop writing!

    Congratulations on your launch and happy holiday wishes to you and yours.

    • Thank you, Lilyane-you’ve made my day. I’m not thinking of stopping writing just yet, I’ve got too many stories to tell. ; )

  36. I Love the story so far. I have been a fan of yours for a while now and can’t seem to get enough Jane! I would also be thrilled to be the receipient of any of your giveaways. Congratulations on another book launch!

  37. Sounds like a good book. I enjoyed the excerpt. I have most of your books, except for the one before this. I’d love to win a paperback copy of the book. I don’t do e-books so I couldn’t use the Kindle gift card, only a regular Amazon one.

    • Thank you, Jane-that’s so kind. It’s a funny thing, inspiration – I often think I’ve written my last book, and then another just pops into my head. : )

  38. Your story sounds so whimsical and fun – looking forward to reading the whole thing! Congratulations on your publication! The giveaways are intriguing – the old-fashioned Christmas designs are not something I see much around here (California)!

    • Whimsical is a great word and very apt, I think, Kathy. I love anything old-fashioned-I’m very lucky, England is full of the old and antique. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  39. Lovely story. I really like the attention to detail. Look forward to the release! I’ll have to look up snapajack as well.

  40. It may be too early for Christmas decorations but not too early for your story! It’s reconciling me to the snow forecast for Friday.
    However I’ve been to Chawton Cottage, and now I’m going crazy wondering about the painting on the door to Jane and Cassandra’s room and the dresses in the closet. I didn’t notice either, and I can’t tell if they are only visible to YOUR eyes. I did admire the quilt Jane made, though.
    Do all your readers have birthdays in November and December? I’m in December, too.

    • Beatrice, I’m afraid the little painting of Jane and Cass is only in my imagination-a bit of wish fulfilment on my part, and of course only possible to see by the magic of the calendar. Winter birthdays are lovely, I think-one of my sons has a birthday on the 7th December- hope you have a lovely one.

  41. What a great story this is and the cover is perfect. I would love to win a copy of your book!

    Congratulations on having this published in time for us to give this as Christmas gifts to our janeite friends!

  42. I simply can not wait to read the whole book! What intrigue! This story line is so new and fresh! I absolutely love the idea behind it!
    Thank you for the peek into Lizzy’s world!

  43. I have just become familiar with this site although I’ve been a fan of many authors featured here. It is amazing! I love the stries and Mr. Darcy’s Calendar is a fresh twist and I look forward to finishing it. Never too early for Christmas shopping!

  44. Thank you, Constance-so pleased you’re enjoying the blog-I’m in wonderful company with so many talented authors. I hope you get to finish my book!

  45. I’m very new to this site, but I’m so pleased to have discovered it. Yet another Jane Austen fan pretending to be an unpublished author whenever she can distract herself from her avid consumption of fanfiction.

    Thoroughly loving the delightful blend of history, mystery, and magic. A hint of romantic adventure is also a critical ingredient in any inspiringly fulfilling read, in my opinion. This story has it all, and seems almost to have been designed with me in mind. But I suspect many of us can easily say the same thing. Lizzy is most certainly living many a Janeite’s fantasy. I, as many others have likewise claimed, am very excited to soak up the rest of this story. Very well done, Jane!

    I’m about to take my very first trip to England, and this story has single-handedly made me feel quite determined to make the time for a Chawton tour, no matter what my 7-year-old son might wish to say about it. Though, lamentably, we cannot expect the magic, the beautiful history will still be there.

  46. Amanda, thank you so much for your lovely comments! You certainly will find magic at Chawton if you manage to get there-in my opinion the very top destination for any Jane Austen fan. To stand at the windows, knowing she stood there, and to see so many personal possessions is so amazing-if you manage it, let me know what you thought! I’m glad you like the site-do come back again, we have a lot to offer. Good luck with your own writing!

  47. This is definitely one of those books, which, if I don’t win – I buy. Perfect timing for the upcoming season. I already have some gifts bought in summer, but wrapped so no one can discover the contents ahead of time. Anji, your shop sounds delightful. I love shops like that and remember visiting a shop in Victoria, BC, where my daughter was wed which claimed to be the biggest Christmas ornament shop in the world. I must say that after a while in the shop I was sated and could not look at any more. I did make some purchases there.

    I love the mix of stories here and the surprise in time changes. Thank you for this chapter.

  48. I can only begin to imagine the excitement when the gift box was opened and the topaz cross was inside. Your idea of a Christmas Advent Calendar for the theme of this new book is wonderful. What is behind the next door? The Advent Calendars that you created look exquisite. Thank you for your very generous gifts. You are always so thoughtful to your readers.

  49. Love what I’ve read so far! This book has the makings of being a story I’ll re-read every Christmas or whenever I want a hint of Christmas magic 🙂 hope I’m a winner! -Lauren K.

  50. Oh Jane! I’m home sick today, and popped over here to catch up. I’ve just read all three chapters all together and am entranced! I have wooden Advent houses that sit on tabletops for my adult children that I fill every year, so the Advent calendar caught my attention right away.

    And I’ve been to Chawton. My husband was a saint as I spent hours absorbing to place, knowing Jane had walked the same floorboards. This is lovely, and I can’t wait to read more.

  51. Debra-thank you-I’m so glad you enjoyed the chapters. Your wooden advent calendars sound wonderful-glad to hear I’m not the only one that still does this for adult children! : ) Chawton is wonderful, isn’t it? The village, Jane’s house and the big house are fantastic to visit-hope you get the chance to go again.

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