I have so much to celebrate. Even when life is at its most mundane, I try to constantly appreciate and rejoice in my many blessings, but right now my cup runneth over in such abundance that no effort is required.
First, the reviews are starting to come in on Second Glances, and so far they're glorious! Few sensations compare to having your imaginings bring others joy. Even more exciting for me is that the continuation's release has revived interest in First Impressions, and I have received several new Amazon reviews for the book, all excellent. I'm so grateful for my readers, especially when they provide feedback. It is for this reason I have dedicated my newest book to them.
Oh yeah, I've published a new book! No paper version this time (whimper, sniff), but you can download And Who Can Be In Doubt Of What Followed?: The Novels of Jane Austen Extended to either your Kindle now, or your Nook at any moment. This is the forth time I've been through the publication process, and each time I have a "doh!" moment just when I can't do anything about it. No, Jane Austen does not include an "And" at the beginning of the quote that I've used for my title, but the stories are all continuations, and the inclusion of the word suggests the possibilities to come. At least that's my story, and I'm sticking to it! I can't wait to receive a response on this book. You can also read the stories at this blog by checking out the designated page above (or clicking this link, whichever suits you).
Some might be aware that Mother's Day approaches. This will be my second as a mother, and the first time with a child who has any real awareness of the occasion. Inspired by the sentimental feelings the holiday calls forth, I turned to Austen, but this is one area in which her more tender feelings were seldom engaged. I ended up choosing four highly ironic quotes as the basis for my most recent set of Elegant Extracts cards, which I trust do justice to Austen's notable wit, even if they aren't appropriate to give to grandma. At the top of the page, graced with Jane's own silhouette, we have dear Miss Bates, a constant reminder of the trials mothers bear: "'My mother does not hear; she is a little deaf you know. Ma'am,' addressing her, 'do you hear what Miss Woodhouse is so obliging to say about Jane's handwriting?'" Next we have Mrs. Dashwood, being more of a friend than a mother (just like mine!):"I would not attempt to force the confidence of any one, of a child much less, because a sense of duty would prevent the denial which her wishes might direct." How do you like my Barton Cottage? I thought the peace dove, though a bit irreverent, was appropriate for Mrs. Bennet's sage advice: "No, my dear, you had better go on horseback, because it seems likely to rain, and then you must stay all night." Finally we have that paradigm of maternal care, Lady Bertram: "'What is the matter?' asked her ladyship, in the heavy tone of one half-roused; 'I was not asleep.'" I think this last card is my favorite.
I am giving away this lovely set of four greeting cards, Simply leave a constructive comment (any kind of response will do) along with your email address by May 12th. The winner will be announced on the 13th. This giveaway is open internationally. Good luck!