Two Giveaways of The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth recently concluded.
Congratulations to the lucky winners from the Laughing with Lizzie blog!
- Vesper Meikle
- L Fujinaga
Congratulations to the lucky winners from My Jane Austen Book Club!
Another contest will be starting soon at the Calico Critic. Thank you everyone for your interest in my book!
As I’ve been writing The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth, it’s made me spend a lot of time thinking about the two main characters and their relationship. Although I love Darcy as a character, I sometimes wonder what makes him so appealing to me–besides having been played by Colin Firth in the miniseries :). After all, Darcy is condescending, rude, and distant for much of the book. Why do I and so many other women like (or even love) the character? I don’t pretend to have all the answers, because I think both P&P and its appeal to readers are complex and multi-layered. So I think there are many facets to Darcy’s appeal.
However, I think one aspect of his appeal is that he admits he’s wrong and changes his behavior. And he does so because he loves Elizabeth (also because it’s the right thing to do, but that’s not so romantic). Since many female readers identify with Elizabeth, such devotion is likely to make them sigh. I mean, admit it, how many time do you fantasize about the man in your life admitting he’s wrong and changing his behavior for your sake? It’s almost as good as being willing to ask for directions! Yes, I know Elizabeth admits she’s wrong and changes as well, but it feels to me that her alterations aren’t as big and it’s not as difficult for her to make them (she’s not as proud). So, Darcy’s sacrifices for his love’s sake appear to be bigger — and therefore more romantic. And I believe that is one reason so many women love him…..
It’s also in the Amazon Top Ten Best Sellers for Regency Romance for the second week!
The response to my book has been far and away beyond anything I could have imagined. In the first week on Amazon, the book sold almost 1,000 copies! Once I recovered from my swoon I discovered that this put The Secrets of Darcy and Elizabeth at #5 on the Regency romance best sellers list on Amazon and in the top 100 best sellers for romance. Cue my second swoon. The reader reviews on Amazon have been overwhelmingly positive as well, for which I am so grateful. I worked so hard to create the best book I possibly could create and it’s heartening to know that so many readers enjoyed it. I love the idea that the product of my imagination gives pleasure to people I don’t even know. When I was toiling away at my computer I didn’t think anyone would read it; I’m so pleased to be wrong. So, if you purchased and read my book, thank you!
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