Saints and Sinners + Free Giveaway! (Plus information regarding my first book, Darcy and Fitzwilliam, being offered free on most sites)

Saints and Sinners + Free Giveaway! (Plus information regarding my first book, Darcy and Fitzwilliam, being offered free on most sites)


Hello everyone. My name is Karen Wasylowski, and I am the author of “The Pride and Prejudice Family Saga” series, a continuation of Jane Austen’s remarkable work. I have to say it is wonderful to be back with my Austen Author friends. I began with this group way, way back in 2011 when my first book, Darcy and Fitzwilliam, a Gentleman and an Officer – and the beginning of my series – was published. I was an accountant for many years, not a writer. That I was able to create one novel, let alone two more after that, was a dream come true.

So, it was with immense pride and shock that I released my Fourth Book of the series – SAINTS AND SINNERS –  on Valentine’s Day this year!

While all the books in this series can easily be read alone, Saints and Sinners does continue a story from Book Three, Wives and Lovers. Poor Matthew and Bridget, I couldn’t leave well enough alone with them, I had to finish the circle. Also, his twin brother Mark has some dangerous experiences with thieves and the hospitals for the poor in London in Victorian England. That’s a very odd thing about writing. Some stories have a life of their own and they never let you go.

Saints and Sinners begins in 1861, at the time of Prince Albert’s death at 42 years of age. The country went into deep mourning at the loss of their often misunderstood Prince when even Prime Minister Palmerston, Albert’s one-time adversary, ‘had been forced to concede the Prince’s value to the nation in promoting British prestige and interest in the royal courts of Europe, as well as his beneficial effect on the Queen and her conduct of royal business.’ (Magnificent Obsession by Helen Rappaport).

At that very same time Great Britain and America were involved in an incident that could have led to war between the two countries, the result of the American seizure of a British packet ship, The Trent. It happened that two representatives of the Confederacy were on board, making their way across the Atlantic to gather support from Europe for their cause. As my story begins, the Darcy’s daughter and son-in-law are visiting business interests in Canada putting them in harm’s way, while Fitzwilliam’s son is Captain of a British warship. Britain was outraged by The Trent Affair as it was referred to, accusing the United States of violating the neutrality of the seas. Prince Albert, a deathly ill man at the time, stepped in with his usual calm and helped save the day.

So, these are the events around which the Darcy and Fitzwilliam families confront passion, love, hate, separation and the sheer frustration of family in my latest work.  I only hope you enjoy reading ‘Saints and Sinners’ as much as I enjoyed writing it.

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY: I have 2 print copies of Saints and Sinners available for those who comment below. The giveaway will end at midnight EST on March 14.

Thank you and please visit my Author Page on Amazon to see all the books…

Also, I am thrilled to announce that the publisher Sourcebooks will be offering my original baby, DARCY AND FITZWILLIAM, for free from March 11 to March 18! I love my book, I truly do. I wanted to write something that was real life – wicked funny, poignant but not melodramatic, and always romantic.  It’s been a joy to write about this family who populate the wonderful Pride and Prejudice. I pray and hope you enjoy them as well.  (And don’t forget to comment below for the free copy of SAINTS AND SINNERS)

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55 Responses to Saints and Sinners + Free Giveaway! (Plus information regarding my first book, Darcy and Fitzwilliam, being offered free on most sites)

  1. I already bought this book so please don’t enter me in the giveaway. I just wanted to let the other readers know this is a WONDERFUL series and I am so so so excited to have another book. Thanks Karen!!!

  2. Hi Karen! You are new to me but I love historical romance. This cover is gorgeous! Plus sounds really good. Thank you and congratulations!!

  3. Welcome, Karen. Glad to have you back. I loved ‘Darcy and Fitzwilliam.’ Laughed all the way through the book. I have three younger brothers, so I could really appreciate their antics. 🙂

  4. I’m heading over to amazon to look for your first book as soon as I finish here. I’m sorry I haven’t heard of you or this series until just now. But I really like what I read about it in your post. Congratulations! That is an amazing jump from accounting to fiction. I’m impressed! Thank you also for this chance to win a print copy of Saints and Sinners.

  5. Hello Karen, I thought that the cover model of your new book could be your daughter. Beautiful girl. The cover is very attractive and does grab ones attention. Congratulations on your fourth book. I know it will do very well.

    • What a great compliment. I do love how delicate she looks. And thank you for your kind words about the book. Don’t forget that Darcy and Fitzwilliam will be free on most sites all of next week. Thanks again.

  6. I loved your other books very much. I recently moved so have put off purchasing books for a time but maybe I will get lucky and win the new one. Hope springs eternal! I love the way you have written the bond between these 2 men.

    • Best of luck with the contest. There is an independent site that picks the winners but I hope you take advantage of Darcy and Fitzwilliam being free all next week. Thank you so much for the kind words

  7. Thank you so much for this opportunity to get a free copy of “Saints & Sinners”. What a brilliant idea for these Jane Austen “continue” books.

  8. I love your darcy and Godzilla book. Got it from our local library and such a lovely treat. Thanks for all your stories. X

  9. Welcome back, Karen. It’s great to see you back here. I love your first book but haven’t had the chance to read Books 2 & 3 yet. It seems that I miss out a lot. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

    • Thank you so much! Yes, you really need to get the other two, Wives and Lovers and Sons and Daughters, although all the books are pretty much stand alone. Good luck in the giveaway.

  10. Congratulations on your newest book release and Thank You for this giveaway as well as sharing that your first book will be free on the 11th.

  11. I have just finished watching PBS Victoria, and it was interesting to read that Palmerston became PM. I had not realzied that Albert was 42 when he died. I would like to read more of this historical period in Saints and Sinners. This series has been intriguing. Thank you for the giveaway.

    • I also found out the Lady Palmerston was Lord M’s sister. I love Victoria and thanks for your comment. Dont forget to get a free copy of Darcy and Fitzwlliam next week.

    • Oh, thank you. It began with Darcy and Fitzwilliam which was called a bromance, a brotherly love between the two men, and has evolved into all sorts of characters. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry and I think you’ll love the family as much as I do. Don’t forget to get a free copy of Darcy and Fitzwilliam next week.

    • Thank you so much and don’t forget to get the free Darcy and Fitzwilliam next week. Took a while to convince Sourcebooks to do this. I love the cover too, she reminds me of Victoria on Masterpiece.

    • Thank you Regina, you were one of the original members who helped me so much with Darcy and Fitzwilliam’s release, and I remember fondly our book signing together in Savannah.

  12. Congratulations on the release of your newest book. I have all the others, so I am looking forward to reading this one. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  13. Congratulations on your newest book! I’d love to read it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    • Thank you so much, hope you win. Also, remember to get a free copy of the first book, Darcy and Fitzwilliam next week from all the sites. It’s unique, romantic, funny and touching..

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