Drum roll, please! I’m thrilled to announce that at long last my new novel, The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen, is finally finished, officially launched out into the world, and immediately available! It’s by far the most complex book I’ve written so far – weaving back and forth in time and between two interconnected stories. It was a rewarding challenge and a true labor of love to bring it to fruition. And now I hope Jane Austen fans will enjoy reading it as much as I delighted in writing it!
If you saw the cover reveal post here at Austen Variations a few weeks ago, you already know my theory is that, inspired by momentous events in her own life, Jane Austen wrote Persuasion to stand forever in public homage to a very private love affair with a certain Captain Devereaux. This book represents the journal she wrote alongside the novel, telling the story behind the story. In bringing it to light, I hope to satisfy the aspiration of every fan (myself included) who has wished Jane Austen might have enjoyed the romance and happy ending she so carefully crafted for all her heroines.
Listen in on Jane’s thoughts (see excerpt here at Austen Variations) as she sits down to begin writing her last, most poignant novel. Meet Captain Devereaux, on whom her hero Captain Wentworth is based. Find out when they fell in love, why they parted, and if they ever are reunited. Learn how the threads of Anne Elliot’s story are inextricably interwoven with the fabric the author’s own life. Where do they run parallel, and where by necessity do they part ways? And, most importantly, is it possible that Jane Austen met with a happier ending than we have been led to believe?
As I was preparing this post, it occurred to me that this book fits our lovely group name (Austen Variations) much more closely than any of my others do. Rather than a sequel, this is a true variation – not of an Austen novel but of Austen’s life. I like this definition too:
Vary – to change within a range of possibilities, or in connection with something else.
In The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen, that’s exactly what I’ve done. I have chosen to subscribe to a different possibility for Jane’s life, and it’s in connection with her writing of the novel Persuasion. I hope you’ll come along to see where that alternate possibility leads. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
In celebration of the debut, I’m giving away a few prizes too! – a signed paperback copy of The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen along with a matching tote bag, a 1″ replica book charm of The Darcys of Pemberley, and 2 TPMJA ebooks (ebooks available to international readers; other prizes for US residents only). Leave a question or comment below by August 20th to enter the random drawing. Then watch for the notification of winners here on Austen Variations.
(Update: winners announce here.)
To continue following my virtual book tour, please visit my website/blog for the schedule and links. Thank you all for your interest and support!