One-year anniversary, a new release, and a giveaway!

One-year anniversary, a new release, and a giveaway!

It’s been a whole year now that I have been a member of Austen Authors. A whole year! Where has the time gone? In that year, I have released four new titles, including the one I just put out this past month. I have changed careers, from full-time teacher and part-time writer to full-time writer; I bought a house; and I adopted two dogs. Just looking at that list makes me tired! 🙂

I told you last month about my newest book, Darcy’s Race to Loveand gave you a little excerpt. This time, I’m giving you a chance to win one of two e-book copies of it. Details will be below, along with a second excerpt, but first, I have some questions for you, because I’m curious how it was received (it only has two reviews and, to be honest, sales that are much lower than normal):

  • Have you read the book, either on my blog, at DarcyandLizzy, or a purchased copy?
  • What did you think?
  • Did the racing action bog you down? Was there too much or not enough?
  • If you are not already a race fan, did it rouse your curiosity about stock car racing? Or give you more reason to hate it?
  • What did you think of Will, who was his usual reserved self in public but was instantly taken with Liz and very flirty and confident in her presence?
  • What about Liz? She sure gave Will a hard time, didn’t she?
  • If you have not read it, was it the racing that kept you away, or do you simply not enjoy modern variations?

I have already begun the sequel, so I’m eager to hear what you thought! As a reward for sharing your insights with me, your name will be entered into a drawing for one of two e-book copies of Darcy’s Race to Love. The drawing will end at 11:59 pm ET on Sunday, May 7, 2017. Winners will be announced on May 14, 2017.

And now, for another snippet of the story to whet your appetite:                       

Unlike the first time Will had requested Liz be in the winner’s circle to meet him, this time he did not have to search for her. She was right there, inches from his car.

As usual, Will first turned to Steve for his interview. Steve asked the expected questions about how it felt to finally win at this particular track, and what he felt knowing he was the new champion. Then Steve, whom Will had spoken to the day before, went silent, though the camera remained trained on him and Will.

Will turned to Liz, who he had pulled to his side while answering questions, and dropped to one knee. Liz gasped, her free hand, the one Will was not holding, going over her mouth, as she realized what was happening.

“Liz, the day you walked into my life is the best day I can ever remember. I knew when I laid eyes on you that you were special, and time has proven me right. You are the most intelligent, spirited, beautiful woman I have ever seen, and you take my breath away. I love you, and I want to stand beside you, to wake up next to you, every day for the rest of my life. Will you marry me?”

Tears streaming down her face, Liz nodded, gasping out, “Yes! I love you!” The camera crew’s microphone barely caught her answer, but everyone saw her head nod and her brilliant smile as she took her hand away from her mouth to hug Will, who had stood when he heard her response. The crowd, team, sponsors, media, and fans had all gone silent when they saw Will drop down, but now they erupted in cheers. Those cheers increased in direct proportion to the length of the kiss the newly engaged couple shared. 

It was Coach who nudged the couple apart. “Don’t you have a ring to give her? We have a win to celebrate…let’s get on with it!”

Liz laughed as Will dug the ring out of his pocket, presenting it to her with a flourish and sliding it on her finger. It fit perfectly, as he knew it would. Pulling her in for another quick kiss, he whispered to her, “I love you.” Her reply was lost when his mouth covered hers.

Though both wished they could remain connected like this forever, they knew they couldn’t, so far too soon for the liking of either, they pulled apart. Will kept his arm around Liz, though, and that evening, she was in every picture that was taken of the team during the Hat Dance.


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46 Responses to One-year anniversary, a new release, and a giveaway!

  1. Congratulations on the new release AND for being with us for a whole year! The honor and delight is all ours, my dear friend. I am SO glad you accepted our invitation. 🙂

  2. Congrats on the newest release! I haven’t read Darcy as a race car driver before so it’s definitely a new premise that is intriguing. I’m looking forward to reading it!

  3. Congratulations on your one year anniversary and new book release. I have not read it yet. I admit I too read mostly regency settings, but since Darcy and Elizabeth are such strong characters, they are adaptable to any setting. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Congratulations on your first anniversary here, Zoe, and here’s to many more!

    I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting settings for re-tellings/variations of Jane Austen’s works. This one sounds to fit that bill completely. I lived the first excerpt you shared and this one is just lovely! It’s still on my Wish List right now, as like Sheila, I have so many books on my TBR List that I could probably go a year without buying anything new and still have some left over.

    Good luck and I hope things pick up for your book soon.

    • Thanks, Anji! I get excited when people say they love the excerpts! 😀 I’d love to hear what you thought of it, when you do get to read it! <3

  5. Oh my, what a lovely excerpt!! I love modern JAFFs and I’ve never read a racer Darcy and would love to read your books!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  6. Many of us promised [in a post sometime ago] that if you wrote it… we’d buy it. You did and I did. Congratulations on all your accomplishments. It has been a busy year. I wish you the best in your writing career… [yea, you are a writer], and a blessed rest of the year. Don’t include me in the give-a-way as I already own the book. Blessings…

  7. Congrats on your one-year anniversary and your new release! I haven’t had a chance to read Darcy’s race to love yet but I do hope to get some time to read it soon.

  8. Congratulations on your anniversary. I have to share that I am not a racing fan even though for many years we had the Nazareth Speedway (Andretti family) near us and I did attend one race there and then attended another one near Hershey PA. We also have the Pocono Speedway not too far away. As a subscriber to Kindle Unlimited I find a lot of books to read from that source and tend to limit buying outside of that marketplace. I also look for books that are on sale or free which Goodreads informs us of regularly. I have so many unread books on my kindle that I could probably not buy or “borrow” any for a year and still have plenty of reading material. And that is with having read 277 books last year alone and being at 114 this year so far. I read modern JAFF stories and some are excellent. But most of the ones I read are set in Regency times. If I win a book I am sure to not only read it but to post a review. I will admit I have only read three of your books but I do have others on my Wish List.

    • Wow…today is the 121st day of the year. That’s almost a book a day. I’d get nothing else done reading that much! LOL Though, I do admit that one summer, when I was teaching and on an 11 month contract, I spent my entire month off reading. Read 40 books in that 31 days. And…nothing else got done! 😀

      I, too, mostly read Regency. This was my first major foray into modern writing, and it was a challenge at times. 🙂 I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this one! 🙂

  9. I already bought your book so I don’t need to be in the race for the prize. I loved your different take on Will. He had fun playing the part, I think and yet he was still a very loyal and protective brother, friend and boyfriend. Your story was loads of fun and as it is book 1, I’m sure you have more planned. Fun to write about your passions.

    • Thanks, Jen! <3 I tried to keep Darcy as close to canon as possible, as I know that’s a concern for some readers. It was a whole lot of fun to write, and yep, I have a sequel in the works. Not sure if I’ll do more than one as of yet. Have to wait and see. 🙂

  10. Congratulations Zoe. 🙂 I haven’t read it yet, and I mostly read Regency variations, but this one looks really good. racing wouldn’t put me off, it would be interesting to have a pick into the world I know nothing about. T
    hanks for the giveaway. 🙂

  11. I read it on DarcyAndLizzy and really enjoyed it. Normally I don’t read the modern stories, but I liked this one due to the low angst and the immediate connection. Congratulations on the new book and the one-year anniversary!

  12. Happy one year anniversary! I do like modern variations. Although I have not yet read your new release and not particularly a racing fan (nor do I hate it), I do love finding unique variations. It is on my TBR list. Thank you for the giveaway.

    • Thanks! I told Rose Fairbanks once that if I took her to an actual race and rented her a scanner, she’d come away enjoying the sport…and I was right! If you don’t absolutely hate it, I’d imagine it would be the same with you! 😀 But since that’s not possible, I hope that reading the book and seeing some of the action and behind-the-scenes stuff from both driver and fan perspective will give you a new appreciation for it. 🙂 Best wishes in the drawing! 😀

  13. Congrats on the anniversary! I have to admit that I probably won’t read this one; my reading time is greatly limited by having 5 kids and 2 dogs and I have to draw the line somewhere. Since I usually prefer period pieces (being a life-long historical fiction fan), I generally cut out the moderns. I’m also not much of a car racing enthusiast (like, not at all). Make Darcy a horse trainer and maybe I’d make an exception to the modern…. I do love most of your books though, and I was excited to see that you published a modern because it was one more step on your journey as an author. Best of luck with it!

    • Thanks! I promise to write mainly Regencies. 😀 I did greatly enjoy writing this book, and hope to write many more like it. I totally understand having to draw a line, believe me. I appreciate your support! <3

    • Oh, my word, yes!! I was shocked at his announcement on the one hand, but on the other…with his tendency toward concussions, I saw it coming. So many big names from the last fifteen years are retiring…Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards (who never came out and said he was retiring but, but come on…), and now Junior. Thankfully, Matt Kenseth is NOT retiring. LOL But I guess I need to start examining the new guys coming up and make a backup choice. I seriously think this change will be at least as big as when his dad died….racing was never the same after Daytona 2001.

      • Bahaha, I can help you pick some new ones to consider as soon as I check out their cars’ paint jobs. 🙂 Seriously, though, I have enjoyed getting into the sport this past year thanks to you. 🙂 However, I have always loved the roar of an engine with a deep throaty throttle. And I think I come by that naturally (it can be genetic, yes?) as my dad’s nickname back in his highschool days was Hot Rod Willy — and he has told me the story of how he blew the engine of his dad’s car dragging with I believe it was his cousin. 🙂 And he had a small record of drag racing sounds that he would play over and over. Anyway — CONGRATS on your year and all the changes! And having read this story, I just want to say how sweet it is. I loved it. Well done.

    • I was shocked at the exit of Dale Jr! But yes, I too look forward to new young blood. I’m sorry that I cannot give you any insights, Zoe, and I have not yet read it (altho’ it’s on my Must-Read list), so the best I can do is congratulate you on a year obviously spent well.

  14. Congrats on your first anniversary as a full-time writer! That’s a fantastic accomplishment. I have not read the book yet, and while I’m not a racing fan, I love seeing P&P in different settings, so I would definitely give it a try. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Thanks! I actually joined Austen Authors before I became a full time writer…a couple months before…but being asked to join this group was a huge accomplishment! Also, an answer to a fervent prayer! 😀 When you do read it, I’d love to hear your opinion on it!! Best wishes in the drawing!!

  15. It is still on my tbr pile as I have been going through personal stuff the past couple weeks.

    Congrats on your 1 year anniversary!

    • Thanks! <3 I hope everything’s ok with you… (((hugs))) You’ll have to let me know what you think of the book when you are done! 🙂

  16. I have a number of your books Zoe and love them but I don’t have this one yet. I do like modern books as well as period and I think Darcy and Elizabeth fit well in any time. I look forward to reading this as I love it when Darcy admits his feelings for Elizabeth like this. Love the proposal, thank you for the excerpt and congratulations on your first year with Austen Authors.(and no the racing scenario doesn’t put me off!)

    • Yay!! I’m so happy the racing doesn’t put you off! <3 I worked hard to keep the racing easy to understand, and to be honest, if even one person expresses an interest in learning more about it, I’ll be pleased and excited! Best wishes in the drawing! <3

  17. I have read Darcy’s Race to Love. Much to like about it… and I enjoyed the connection to racing. I recommend it to those who enjoy adventure, strength of characters and loyal friends!

  18. I have not yet read Darcy’s Race to Love, but have been wanting to! I love a good modern and am intrigued by the racing angle. Looking forward to reading it, would love to win!

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