Syrie James celebrates “The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen”–book launch and giveaway!
Do you like page-turning romance with a bit of mystery? Did you ever wish that Jane Austen had written just one more book? Well, have I got the book for you! My new novel The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, which debuted on December 31st, is two books in one: a brand new Austen story wrapped inside a modern romantic tale. I think you’ll love it.
The book begins in the present with Samantha McDonough, a young university librarian who finds a clue to the existence of an unknown Jane Austen manuscript. She embarks on a quest that will bring her to a beautiful, centuries-old English estate, a handsome, charming gentleman, and a carefully hidden manuscript that–when they find it–is unmistakably Austen’s.
Samantha and Anthony are immediately absorbed in the story of Rebecca Stanhope, daughter of a small-town rector, who is about to encounter some bittersweet truths about life and love. As they read the newly discovered tale from the past, a new one unfolds in the present–a story that changes both of their lives forever. The Austen manuscript, entitled The Stanhopes, is inspired by a famous comedic outline that Jane Austen wrote herself, Plan of a Novel.
It was such fun to climb into Jane Austen’s head again to write this book. I’m thrilled to say that Austenprose gave it 5 stars and deemed it “swoon worthy,” Kirkus Reviews gave it a starred review and called it a “richly imagined Jane Austen ‘road novel’ and “a page turner,” and My Jane Austen Book Club said: “Syrie James has surpassed herself… it’ll be one of your favourite reads in 2013!” I hope that’s true!
Read an excerpt from The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen HERE.
If you live in southern California, please join me on Sat. Jan. 26, 2013 at 3PM at the Barnes & Noble 3rd St Promenade book store (1201 3rd Street, Santa Monica, 90401) for a fab BOOK LAUNCH EVENT for The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen. I’ll be doing a reading and signing books, so bring your friends–and any other books you want me to sign. I hope to see you there!
Don’t forget to check out the pair of newly edited romance novels I just re-released–books one and two in The Harrison Duet: Songbird and Propositions. Both are sexy, whirlwind romances featuring strong, intelligent women and successful, passionate men who make life-changing decisions on the road to happiness. I hope these novels will touch your heart, ignite your senses, and make you smile.
I wish you and yours all the best that life has to offer in 2013. Happy New Year!
And now for my New Year’s GIVEAWAY:
For a chance to win a copy of The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen, please tell me what intrigues you about this book in particular…and/or what you like(d) best about ANY of my other novels that you’ve read or might like to read. (You can learn more about my books at www.syriejames.com.) You can earn extra points by tweeting and facebooking about the book or this blog post, reviewing the book online, and/or signing up for my newsletter. Thanks for participating, and I look forward to hearing from you!
The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen
“A novel within a novel honoring what we love most about Austen: her engaging stories, her rapier wit, and her swoon worthy romance. James’s pitch perfect, brilliantly crafted prose will have you enchanted and in awe of her mastery until the very last page. 5 out of 5 Regency stars!” –Austenprose
“This richly imagined Jane Austen ‘road novel’ is such a page turner… A standout addition to the crowded archive of Austen homages.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Syrie James has surpassed herself… a well-designed plot echoing Jane Austen’s voice… in an intriguing frame of quest and romance… it’ll be one of your favourite reads in 2013! —My Jane Austen Book Club
“James weaves a magical book… that readers will definitely store on their keeper shelf and read more than once.” —RT Book Reviews
“A book a Jane Austen lover cannot miss. Based on the idea of Austen’s lost books and notes, this novel takes a ‘possible’ and turns it around to become an absorbing and fascinating probable. Highly recommended!” —The Bookish Dame
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