Today the 'Yours Forevermore, Darcy' stops by with a guest post from KaraLynne Mackrory. She has a guest post for us, and there's an opportunity for one of you to win an ebook copy of the book. I'll pass over to KaraLynne for some insight into how this book came into being
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Transforming a short story into a novel or in other words - falling in love all over again with a story.
Firstly I would like to thank Ceri for having me on her blog and for participating in this, the next stop on the blog tour for Yours Forevermore, Darcy.
If you have been following along with the blog tour to this point you will have learned that this story was first conceived and written as a short story. I actually wrote it smack dab in the middle of writing Bluebells in the Mourning. At the time I had this idea come to my mind, I wanted so badly to write it but could not abandon Darcy and Elizabeth in the fix they were already in in Bluebells and so I stepped aside and wrote it as a short story.
As the years passed, I always thought I should go back and transform the short story into what it was always meant to be – a full length novel. And so “The Letters” became Yours Forevermore, Darcy. At times the process was easy, and at other times it was difficult. What’s fun about a short story is you can make the path to HEA come together quickly. What can be done in 10K words or less is not as easily done when set about in a longer format.
Jane Austen created Darcy to be a man of loyalty and strong emotions. However, much to his misfortune, his characteristic reserve keeps all his passion bottled in. Elizabeth is taken by surprise by his ardent declaration at Hunsford because he was too darn good at holding in his feelings. “My feelings will not be repressed…” It seemed perfectly reasonable that such a man would need an outlet for those feelings at some point. In my book, Darcy finds that outlet by means of letters to Elizabeth. What he doesn’t expect is that she will ever end up reading them.
In transforming this story to a full length novel, I fell in love again with the plot, the characters and the process of watching Darcy speak his love via the written word. I hope you will too!
Enter to win a copy of the book for yourself here!
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy has a secret.
The letter he presents to Miss Elizabeth Bennet after his ghastly proposal is not the only epistle he has written her. In this tale of longing, misadventure, and love—readapted from Jane Austen’s dearly loved Pride & Prejudice—our hero finds a powerful way of coping with his attraction to Miss Bennet. He writes her unsent letters.
The misguided suitor has declared himself, and Elizabeth Bennet has refused him, most painfully. Without intending for these letters to become known to another soul, Mr. Darcy relies on his secret for coping once again. However, these letters, should they fall into the wrong hands, could create untold scandal, embarrassment, and possibly heartbreak. But what happens if they fall into the right hands?
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Thank you KaraLynne, for giving us a peek into the creative process. I think my favourite thing about the novel was his letters. They were romantic, but also funny and unflattering at times, as they were clearly not written with the intention of them being read.
Meryton Press are kindly offering to give away an ebook of 'Yours Forevermore, Darcy' to a commenter here. This giveaway is open to international entrants who comment by the end of the day on Friday 18 September. To get a bonus entry to the giveaway you can also comment on my review of the book. Please leave some way for me to contact you just in case you're the lucky winner. Note that since this is a blog tour there are lots of other stops where you can find out more about the book and other opportunities to win. There are links to the other stops on the blog tour at the bottom of this post.
However, if you just can't wait and need to have a copy in your hands straight away, then it's available to buy right now!
KaraLynne is an amazing mother who never makes mistakes, never gets upset with her children and never ever has a dirty house. Ever. She always has her dishes done and the floors spotless and dinner is always prepared and ready on time. Her kids are always clean, polite, respectful and loving, especially to each other. She never gets irritated with her husband when he doesn’t turn his socks right side out for the laundry and they always agree on everything. She delights in nothing else but to serve her family and never wants or needs time for herself. She takes great care to shower every day and put make up on so that she is always beautiful and presentable. She never wears her pajamas all day or for days in a row and she is the epitome of womanhood. Most of all, she has a great sense of humor and loves to write.
Okay, in all honesty – KaraLynne Mackrory is no newbie to the writing world. She made her debut as an author at the tender age of 13 when she wrote her first set of bad poetry. Angsty and emotional – teenage-drama filled – they were unbelievable disasters. Such contributions to the literary world were deemed so terrible that today they are kept behind lock and key to protect others from their awfulness. As a young adult she steered clear of soap opera drama inspired works and achieved a degree in Social Work. It was not until her late twenties that she returned to her roots in writing. Since then she has published three Austen inspired novels so full of romantic sensibilities as to give you a toothache and a grin and hopefully a few contented sighs. She is thrilled to report that Falling For Mr. Darcy, Bluebells in the Mourning and Haunting Mr. Darcy: A Spirited Courtship are a mite better than the bad poetry.
Blog Tour Schedule:
7 Sep: Guest Post & Giveaway at My Jane Austen Book Club
8 Sep: Review at Babblings of a Bookworm
9 Sep: Excerpt & Giveaway at Laughing with Lizzie
10 Sep: Review at Half Agony, Half Hope
11 Sep: Guest Post & Giveaway at Babblings of a Bookworm
12 Sep: Review at My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice
13 Sep: Excerpt & Giveaway at My Love for Jane Austen
14 Sep: Guest Post & Giveaway at More Agreeably Engaged
15 Sep: Review at Wings of Paper
16 Sep: Review at Margie’s Must Reads
17 Sep: Guest Post & Giveaway at Songs and Stories
18 Sep: Guest Post & Giveaway at So Little Time…
19 Sep: Excerpt & Giveaway at Best Sellers and Best Stellars
21 Sep: Review at Austenprose