I am thrilled to announce that big things have been happening for me this year! It’s been a busy, busy past three months!
First, my best-selling story Duty Demands was re-published by Kindle Press on July 10th! The weeks prior to publishing were full of edits, revisions and consultations with friends and family.This is the same great story you may have read already, but there have been some minor changes here and there and a little bit of material added. Plus, the new edition has a brand new cover! I hope you like it as much as I do. Thank you to everyone who has supported me with their enthusiastic response or by leaving a review!
Second, my web site and blog, http://www.elaineowenauthor.com, are in the middle of a major re-do! Back in May I decided to upgrade a bit and hired someone online to re-do the site for me. In the process, I learned several valuable lessons:
- When you’re hiring someone with whom you will need to share detailed instructions about something that does not yet exist, it’s probably best to hire someone who speaks the same first language as you.
- It’s definitely better to work with someone in the same time zone.
- It’s really, really difficult to explain exactly what you want in a web site when all communications are going via email or messenger.
Once I realized that hiring a stranger on the net to do this kind of work wasn’t a great idea, I got smart and hired someone in person. 🙂 Hopefully the new web site will be worth the lessons learned! The new site should be ready to go “live” sometime on Saturday, July 22nd.
And lastly, work continues on my upcoming story, An Unexpected Turn of Events. This story tells what happens when Mr. Bennet unexpectedly outlives his wife and has to find a new place in the world. In the process he will learn to look at himself honestly and confront some of the character flaws he has managed to avoid all of his adult life. Hopefully it will be published in early 2018!
And now: THE FUN STUFF! In honor of these three events, I am giving away three e-copies of any book of mine that you want! That includes the new edition of Duty Demands. To enter, just comment below and tell me which book you would choose and why. Three winners will be picked at random; your comment needs to be posted by midnight EST on Friday, July 28th in order to be eligible to win. Good luck to everyone!
Excerpt from Duty Demands:
Darcy pressed Elizabeth’s hand in his. “I regret that you found my conversation less than adequate during our courtship. I hope it did not distress you.”
Elizabeth gave him a startled look. “Our courtship, sir?”
“Yes, before I proposed.” He said this in such a matter-of-fact tone that Elizabeth stopped walking to stare at him.
“Sir, my father’s sudden passing may have removed certain events from my mind, but I must admit that I do not recall a courtship occurring between us when you made your offer to my uncle.”
He gave a slight smile. “Of course I did not court you while you were in mourning; I am speaking of the time when you were visiting your friend. Do you not remember our walks together in the morning, and when I called on you at the parsonage?”
“There were only three walks, and your cousin accompanied you to the parsonage!”
“So you do recall. I regret that you had to wait so many weeks to receive my offer. I would have made it to you before you left your friend’s house if other events had not intervened.”
Elizabeth, amazed by his presumption, looked away. At length she said, uncomfortably, “I was not waiting for your proposal, sir.”
“You were not?”
“No. An offer from you was the furthest thing from my mind, I assure you.”
Darcy frowned slightly. “You had no idea of my interest in you at all?”
“None whatsoever. Charlotte-” she paused, embarrassed. “Charlotte told me that she suspected you of an interest in me, but I did not believe her.”
He smiled, bemused. “Perhaps it is fortunate that I approached your uncle first instead of you, so that you were not startled into rejecting me by mistake. That would have been a sorry surprise for me.”
She had a difficult time comprehending his lighthearted comment. Clearly, it had never occurred to Darcy that she might not respond favorably to him. Resentment swelled at his easy assurance. “Indeed, had you asked at a different time, I might have been tempted to give you a different answer,” she said archly, hoping her husband would not examine her words too closely. “Look, I believe I see Georgiana and Mrs. Annesley returning through that grove of trees. We must move to intercept them before they reach the house.”
Elizabeth’s strategy worked. Darcy, apparently believing she spoke in jest, smiled at her in a rather distracted fashion, and together they made their way to Georgiana. The conversation with her husband was dropped, and the topic was not raised again that day.