Release day for A Season of Magic!

A Season of Magic is now available in both ebook and paperback! Find it on Amazon here: https://smile.amazon.com/Season-Magic-Pride-Prejudice-Variation-ebook/dp/B0B356KR38/

You may notice that this looks a little different from the cover I originally posted in my cover reveal. Much as I loved the cover, I decided it was a little gray/dull for a light fantasy, so I asked the cover artist to brighten the sky a little.

I love fantasy. In fact, Jane Austen variations and fantasy are my two favorite genres, and I go back and forth between them in my personal reading. So you can imagine how excited I was to combine them!

I’ve always enjoyed books featuring elemental magic, so that was the main magical system I chose for the world of A Season of Magic. Each of the magical characters has an ability in either fire, air, water, or earth, as well as a more limited ability that falls within their element. (For example, fire mages might have metalworking or glassworking, earth mages might transform into animals, etc.)

When deciding upon Elizabeth and Darcy’s classmates, teachers, and members of the governing Mage Council (which we see far more often than Elizabeth would like), I chose characters from all six of Jane Austen’s completed novels. It was a lot of fun trying to decide what element each person would have. What element would you associate with Jane Bennet? Emma Woodhouse? Edward Ferrars? Lucy Steele?

Some of the characters I chose will be easily recognized by any casual Jane Austen reader, but a few were very obscure, with only a line or two mentioning them. Just for fun, I made a quiz. Can you guess which novel each of these characters originally came from? The first few are easy, but they get harder as you go along, and the challenging ones are worth more points. But don’t cheat and look them up, just do your best!

I will pick a winner from all participants in the quiz sometime on Saturday, August 6th, to win an ebook of A Season of Magic!

Already pre-ordered it? Can’t wait until August 6th? No problem! If you win, you can choose another one of my books that you prefer. Own them all? Let me know and we’ll find another prize option for you.

Take the quiz here: https://forms.gle/zfa5NFhZQfqQE6B28 And the best of luck to you!

Cover reveal for A Season of Magic!

My latest book is finally off to the editor, so it’s time to share more about this project with you!

A Season of Magic is a full-length fantasy variation based loosely on Pride and Prejudice, with guest appearances by a number of other characters from Jane Austen’s works and a few originals.


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Everyone knows Elizabeth and Jane’s parents were magical murderers. But blood isn’t everything.

When the girls are forced to reveal their elemental magic, it does not matter to the Mage Council that they did so only to save lives. Their parents were traitors and the entire magical community is simply waiting for them to descend into evil themselves.

The Council reluctantly admits Elizabeth to the magical university (and unofficial marriage market) called The Season, where she will learn how to control her powers. If she can keep her head down and avoid drawing any untoward notice, she might be able to graduate and finally be accepted as a fire mage.

But fading into the background will be difficult. Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, nephew to Lord Matlock of the Mage Council and a student himself, is assigned to observe her and report any misstep. One mistake could send her back to her foster parents, the Bennets—or worse, to prison. Yet when that mistake inevitably comes, he stands up on her behalf. Could he be an ally instead of an enemy?

When pranks between classmates become something more dangerous—and potentially deadly—Elizabeth will be forced to depend upon her friends—including Mr. Darcy. There’s something terrible lurking beneath the surface of the Season, and it will take everything Elizabeth has to survive it.

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And now, for the cover!

I love this cover from pro_ebookcovers! I hope you like it, too!

I’m hoping to get this book out in July. I don’t have a preorder yet, but I’ll let you know when I do!

A Disguise of the Worst Sort

Are you familiar with the fairy tale “The Goose Girl?” It’s a favorite of mine. You can look up the details online, but the basic idea of the plot is this:

A young princess is to be sent to a foreign kingdom to marry the prince/king (varies a bit depending on the version you read). She has a magical horse named Falada that she will bring with her. Her mother gives her a special handkerchief to bring with her. On the trip to the foreign kingdom, her handmaiden enacts a plot against her with the help of some of the guards. The handmaiden takes her place and goes to the kingdom in her stead, claiming to be the princess. The real princess also reaches the foreign kingdom, but without her name and position. She takes a job as a goose girl while she tries to figure out what to do.

The goose boy, Conrad, resents her joining him with the geese. Meanwhile, the real princess discovers that she has wind powers. The handmaiden/fake princess is worried that the horse, Falada, will give her away, so she has him killed and his head mounted on a post as a warning to the true princess.

Conrad plays a prank on the real princess and she gets back at him with her wind magic. Conrad tells the king that there’s something weird about the princess, and he calls the princess before him.

In some versions of the story, the princess physically cannot talk about the switch (in some, she can, but she doesn’t initially because she doesn’t think she’ll be believed). The king realizes this somehow and suggests that she talk to an inanimate object and tell her story to it, that way she isn’t talking to a person.

So the princess climbs into a stove and tells the stove the story. The king is nearby and hears the truth about the impostor.

He has the impostor princess brought before him and tells her that the goose girl has been claiming to be the princess, and what punishment does she think appropriate for an impostor? Pleased, she thinks up the worst punishment she can: the impostor should be dragged through the streets in a barrel with nails poking into it.

Of course, the handmaiden does not realize that the king knows the truth, and the punishment is used on her instead (reminds me a bit of the book of Esther in the Bible). Happy ending for all.

Why is this all relevant? Well, my latest novella, A Disguise of the Worst Sort, is very loosely based on the Goose Girl fairy tale. There’s no wind magic or Falada the horse, but there *is* a handkerchief and a magic spell. The “handmaiden” in this case is Caroline Bingley. When Mr. Darcy returns to Longbourn shortly after the Netherfield Ball and speaks with Elizabeth Bennet’s father, her father is unable to say no to his request for marriage. So Elizabeth is sent to Pemberley to wed the arrogant, obnoxious Mr. Darcy. The Bingleys give her a ride, but she does not realize that Caroline Bingley has a good reason for acceding to this plan.

Miss Bingley uses a bit of faerie magic to switch the two women, and the “Miss Elizabeth” who arrives at Pemberley to marry Mr. Darcy is really Caroline Bingley!

Elizabeth might be stuck in Miss Bingley’s body, but she is not helpless and not about to give in. Even the awful Mr. Darcy does not deserve to be stuck with Miss Bingley! Being at Pemberley gives her an opportunity to learn more about the man himself even as she is struggling to find a way to reverse the spell before the wedding can take place.

Since the story takes place in the days leading up to Christmas, I’m hoping to release the novella at the beginning of December! So keep your eyes open for it. I already have a cover, and it’s amazing!

Vexed a Little in Love

My book of short stories, Vexed a Little in Love, is available for preorder here! https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B09DT6KFX2/ It will be released on September 13, so you have less than two weeks to wait.

This book contains five of my favorite short stories and novellas: The Precipitous Marriage, There Can Be No Doubt, A Match Made at Rosings, Pride, Prejudice, and the Christmas Spirits, and The Colonel’s Post. I’ve posted most of these stories on my blog previously, but they will now be available in one volume. A Match Made at Rosings is a new story that has never been posted anywhere else.

My next couple of stories are going to be fantasy. I’m working on a story (will probably be a novella or maybe a fairly short novel) with Melanie Rachel, and I’m also working on a fantasy novel myself. Elizabeth and Jane are twins with elemental magic. Elizabeth gets the opportunity to attend the “university” for magic, The Season, but there are plenty of people who are unhappy to see her there. Elizabeth and Jane’s parents were notorious villains, and while the magical community cannot punish them for their parents’ crimes, they do not want to train up what may be a new generation of evildoers. Fitzwilliam Darcy is determined to keep an eye on Elizabeth and catch her making trouble before anybody gets hurt.

Things have also gotten a bit busy around here with the new school year starting. While we homeschool year-round and don’t follow the school calendar, I do give the kids more playtime during the day in summer, so now it’s time to get down to business. On top of that, all sorts of activities are starting up. My kids were so excited when I put up September’s calendar, because, “Look, there’s actually stuff on it!” Hopefully I will still have plenty of writing time in the evenings to keep moving forward with my writing.

I hope everyone else is enjoying the move towards autumn and the beginning of new terms and activities, whether you have kids or not!

Book of short stories coming soon!

I’ve been busy this week putting together a book of short stories and novellas. You’ve seen some of them here, but now they are fully edited and ready to be published together!

The collection will be called “Vexed a Little in Love,” and I’m aiming for a mid-September release date. It will include “The Precipitous Marriage,” “There Can Be No Doubt,” “A Match Made at Rosings,” “Pride, Prejudice, and the Christmas Spirits,” and “The Colonel’s Post.” Look for it in a few weeks!

I have several other projects up my sleeve as well. Melanie Rachel (“Drawing Mr. Darcy,” “A Gentleman’s Honor,” “I Never Knew Myself”) and I are going to be writing a fantasy story together, probably alternating parts. It will either be a longer novella or a short novel, but we will see how that goes. There’s a dragon and lots of mischief!

I’m also working on a full fantasy Pride and Prejudice story called “A Season of Magic.” While I had a few chapters written, I’ve been doing a lot of work on world-building, as well as plotting, and I think I’m going to have to end up starting over. However, I have lots of great plans for making it have a cogent magical world and an interesting adventure, and of course a lovely romance. So stay tuned! It won’t be released until 2022, but I do hope to put out a Christmas story if I have time.

Winner of the 3 Million Pages Giveaway!

I’m so excited to announce that I have reached 3 million pages read in Kindle Unlimited! As promised, I put everyone’s names into a spinner and we have a winner.

Congratulations, Adriana! I will be emailing you with your prize book!

Thanks to everyone for entering! I got a great response for this, so I will try to have a giveaway for the next milestone I reach.

Release day for “The Olive Branch”

It’s finally here! It’s taken a long time to get here, but The Olive Branch is finally available!

I’ve decided to go wide with this book, so for a limited time, it will be available on all major ebook retailers. That means you can get it on Amazon, Rakuten Kobo, Nook, Apple Books, Baker and Taylor, Vivlio, and Tolino! If you’re waiting for Kindle Unlimited, I will eventually pull it from the other sites and offer it on KU, but it will be several months down the road.

I hope you enjoy it! I really think this is my best book so far. Although I suppose we should always be thinking that of our latest book, as we should be improving along the way.

Elizabeth Bennet faces an impossible choice—wed Mr. Collins or watch him destroy her entire family.

Given a choice, Elizabeth would never dream of marrying the pompous, ridiculous Mr. Collins. But when she refuses his offer, he threatens to reveal a shocking secret that could ruin the Bennets.

Fitzwilliam Darcy has no intention of giving in to his unsettling attraction to Elizabeth Bennet. Still, before he flees to London, he cannot resist seeing her one last time and discovers, to his dismay, that she is now betrothed to her odious cousin. She did everything in her power to evade Mr. Collins at the Netherfield ball, and the woman he sees before him now is not merely unhappy, but afraid. Elizabeth is in trouble, and Darcy cannot bear to abandon her in her distress.

As the wedding day looms, Darcy and Elizabeth become desperate to break the engagement without scandal. It is only when a stranger arrives—a stranger Mr. Collins seems to fear—that Darcy and Elizabeth have any hope of extricating her from this frightening predicament.

As Mr. Collins’s plan begins to unravel, it is clear that Elizabeth may not be the only one in danger. Will she and Darcy be too late to stop Mr. Collins’s vile plans?

The Olive Branch is a clean, full-length Pride and Prejudice variation of about 90,000 words.

Amazon.com: https://smile.amazon.com/Olive-Branch-Pride…/dp/B09751K3G8
Universal link: https://books2read.com/TheOliveBranch

The book is currently only available as an ebook, but the paperback will be available soon! I am waiting for the proof copy to arrive (it takes a long time to ship from the U.S. to Germany) so I can make sure everything looks okay with the formatting. Hopefully it will be available within a week or two. I will post here when it is!

Giveaway: 3 million pages read on KU!

Wow! I just checked my Kindle Unlimited pages read on my first three books, and do you know what I realized?

They stand at 2,987,720!

It is so exciting to realize that between A Good Name, Beauty and Mr. Darcy, and Plots, Ploys, and the Art of Matchmaking, there are almost 3 million pages read!

To celebrate, I’d like to give away an ebook copy of one of my books. You can take your pick from the three listed above, or my newest, The Olive Branch. To win, all you need to do is comment on this post and make sure to include your email address (it doesn’t need to be public). When I hit 3 million pages read, I’ll do a drawing and randomly pick a winner!

Which book will you pick?

“The Olive Branch” is available for preorder!

I have great news! My latest book, The Olive Branch, is now available for preorder. I honestly think this is my best book yet. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to hear what my readers think!

The Olive Branch features a truly nasty Mr. Collins. Despite his villainy, I would consider the book to be PG or PG-13 or so, for any readers who might prefer to know in advance. My 12-year-old has been a loyal beta-reader for several drafts. 🙂

You can preorder The Olive Branch on Amazon! I may try offering it through other sellers as well, but I am still in that process right now, so just Amazon for now.

Elizabeth Bennet faces an impossible choice—wed Mr. Collins or watch him destroy her entire family.

Given a choice, Elizabeth would never dream of marrying the pompous, ridiculous Mr. Collins. But when she refuses his offer, he threatens to reveal a shocking secret that could ruin the Bennets.

Fitzwilliam Darcy has no intention of giving in to his unsettling attraction to Elizabeth Bennet. Still, before he flees to London, he cannot resist seeing her one last time and discovers, to his dismay, that she is now betrothed to her odious cousin. She did everything in her power to evade Mr. Collins at the Netherfield ball, and the woman he sees before him now is not merely unhappy, but afraid. Elizabeth is in trouble, and Darcy cannot bear to abandon her in her distress.

As the wedding day looms, Darcy and Elizabeth become desperate to break the engagement without scandal. It is only when a stranger arrives—a stranger Mr. Collins seems to fear—that Darcy and Elizabeth have any hope of extricating her from this frightening predicament.

As Mr. Collins’s plan begins to unravel, it is clear that Elizabeth may not be the only one in danger. Will she and Darcy be too late to stop Mr. Collins’s vile plans?

The Olive Branch is a clean, full-length Pride and Prejudice variation of about 90,000 words.