“The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen” Debuts! — 60 Comments

  1. Congratulations on the release of The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen. Persuasion is one of my favourite novels besides P&P and I cannot wait to get my hands on your novel, Shannon. I hope dear Jane gets her HEA because everyone deserves a chance at happiness.

    Please enter me for the e-books as I’m international.

  2. Congratulations, Shannon. Champagne and confetti. I have the ebook already on my TBR list and am eagerly anticipating reading it. Persuasion, thanks to you folks here on AV, has become my second favorite novel. The premise of this book is so intriguing that I am all aquiver waiting to find out what happens to Anne. 🙂

  3. Congratulations, Shannon-I’ve bought my copy and am really looking forward to it! Don’t enter me-I’d hate to steal a prize from our wonderful readers-but, I have to say your prizes are amazing!

  4. Congratulations, Shannon. I am all anticipation! Like many others, Persuasion is my second favourite after P&P, so this story really intrigues me. I’m international, so it’ll have to be the ebook draw for me.

  5. Congrats on the release!! I look forward to reading this one. I’m definitely one of those who wish for our dear Jane to have had her happy ending. I think it’s extra real to us all this week that those that bring us so much happiness don’t always have it themselves. Awesome that you gave her one! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading it!

  6. Adding my congratulations. I will be ordering this book in paperback as I love the cover but will wait to ….hope to…win a copy. But best of luck with this launch.

  7. As a non-author, I imagine the publishing of each new book to be somewhat like the birth of a child for the author. Congratulations on the happy event!!! I was intrigued with your preview glimpse of the novel and will most definitely be reading it. Jane, herself, is as endearing to us as her heroines, perhaps the most beloved of all. Reading a possibility of her own story is a wonderful treat.

  8. Again I say, Congratulations to you, Shannon! I would love to have a signed copy of one of your books, and where better than on a book that gives our dear Jane the happy ending she deserves! And I agree, this is a TRUE Austen Variation! I loved reading the excerpt of Jane’s thoughts as she sat down to write the beginning of “Persuasion”!

    BTW, are you attending the AGM in Montreal this October? Perhaps I’ll get a chance to meet you there!

    • Hi, Carol! Thanks for stopping by and for your comments. No, unfortunately I won’t be at the AGM this year. I so enjoyed going to last year’s, but other commitments will not allow me the time away this fall. Since I won’t see you there, I’d be happy to send you signed bookplates to add to any of my paperbacks you own. Just send me an email request.

  9. I am very excited to have the book in hand – I love the cover and the idea of representing the story as her journal. Don’t need to enter me in the contest but I look forward to reading the story!

  10. Congratulations on the new book. I’m looking forward to reading it. I’m so glad I found this website. It has been feeding my addiction!

    • I guess that makes us authors all “enablers” or “dealers” or something. Haha! Anyway, Jennifer, I’m glad you found us too. We’ll be happy to keep you supplied with your drug-of-choice: JAFF!

  11. I am so excited about this book, Shannon! As you know, I am a huge fan of stories that offer “variations” on Jane Austen’s life, giving us new information or new ways of looking at our favorite author. Persuasions is tied with P&P as my favorite Austen novel, and I will always have a special place in my heart for Anne and Captain Wentworth. Congratulations on the release of this novel–I can’t wait to see that lovely cover in person–and I look forward to reading it!

    • Yes, I know you are, Syrie! And I have to laugh a little about how we were tracking together without knowing it – both of us working on improving JA’s love life at the same time in books released within a couple weeks of each other! We are obviously simpatico. 😀

  12. Congratulations on the release of your new book. It is so beautiful. I love Persuasion because of the thoughtful way love is spoken of. Jane had such an amazing insight into how we feel when we love someone. Thank you for the give aways. Love the tote bag with that great cover.

  13. Persuasion is my second favorite after P&P! Can’t wait to read this. I especially like books with time change factors in them.

    • Oops! Sorry to tell you, Mary, but there’s no time travel involved, in case that’s what you’re thinking I meant above when I said “back and forth in time”. It’s just that the story doesn’t unfold entirely chronologically like my previous novels.

      JA is telling most of this story in retrospect. She’s bouncing back and forth in her mind (and in what she’s writing) between the present (1815, when she began Persuasion) and the past – to her encounters with Cpt. Devereaux. She’s also shifting between telling us about her own real-life romance and the story she’s creating for Anne and Cpt. Wentworth. Made it challenging to keep everything straight in my own mind as well as for the readers!

  14. I can only echo the many others who’ve commented on the lovely cover and tantalising concept! Please enter me for the ebook please as I’m in the UK, but gutted to miss out on the other lovely prizes! Looking forward to reading the book howsoever it comes my way… 🙂

  15. Congratulations! Looking forward to reading this one. I loved your book “Return to Longbourn” and the HEA you gave Mary!

  16. Congratulations on your new book & all the best with it! This has got to be one of the most gorgeous covers I’ve seen in a long time too, it’s really beautiful. I like the idea of interweaving Austen’s life with the story of Persuasion. It’s my second favourite Austen book but contains my favourite part of her writing, that perfect letter. It pierces my soul too, when I read it! Please could I be included in the international ebook draw?

    • I’m so happy to hear from so many Persuasion fans, like you, Ceri! It was such a delight to submerse myself in Anne and Cpt. Wentworth’s world for a whole year while I planned and wrote this book, and to find ways of weaving all my favorite passages into the story. And, yes, of course, that includes that wonderful “soul-piercing” letter!

  17. Congratulations! It is funny/odd how I always long for the same ending for the characters in JA’s books but not for her. It is wonderful to not be alone. For you to write this story is a gift and I thank you. My husband was a sea captain for 21 years so I have a special affinity for Capt. Wentworth and cannot wait to read of Jane’s hero. Best of wishes, Shannon.

    • No wonder then, Joy! You are tailor-made to be a Persuasion fan (and hopefully a fan of this book also), being married to a sailor yourself. That’s so cool!

  18. What beautiful cover..would pick it up for that reason alone, but Persuasion is one of my favorites and I love the idea of Jane having a love story of her own. Can’t wait to read it.
    Congratulations an Thanks for the chance to win..

    • I trust this one will measure up to the others you’ve enjoyed, or possibly even surpass them! I think each successive book gets better, simply because I’m now a better, more experienced writer than I was when I began. 🙂

  19. Cheers & Congratulations! How exciting this book launch is! I just can’t wait to read “Persuasion of Jane Austen”! The cover art is simply perfect and your concept wildly fascinating! Wishing you much success!!!!

    • Thanks so much, Lin! I love your enthusiasm and your liberal use of exclamation points!!! (something I’m prone to myself!)

  20. Congratulations on the birthing of your new book! The premise is so intriguing and I can’t wait to read it (especially since I just finished rereading Persuasion today for my book club). Best of luck with the virtual book tour and launch of the book!

    • That’s so great that you just reread Persuasion! It must have brought back again what a wonderful story it is. I hope you (and your book club, maybe?) will get the chance to read TPMJA soon, while it’s fresh in your mind(s)!

  21. I have read both excerpts here and at Austenprose and I love the book already, I must have this in paperback for my Austenesque book shelf, thank you Shannon for this lovely little treasure I cannot wait to read it 🙂

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