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Monday, 12 June 2017

Joana Starnes Audio Books - Guest Post and Giveaway

Audio book cover: Mr Bennet's Dutiful Daughter by Joana Starnes
Today I'm welcoming the lovely Joana Starnes back to the blog. Joana has recently had some of her books made available in audio format - 'The Falmouth Connection' and 'Mr Bennet's Dutiful Daughter' are both now available. As I have relatively recently started to listen to audiobooks, this is very good timing! Joana has come here with a guest post and excerpt of 'The Unthinkable Triangle', which is her next book that will be made available to listen to. Joana is also giving away five audio books of the titles currently available, and if you're not ready to move to audio yet, there is something for you too; two commenters will win their choice of Joana Starnes ebook! Read on for more details.

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Thanks ever so much, Ceri, for the warm welcome to share my newfound love of magical narrations with your readers.

‘Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin…’

Dear follower of this blog, if you remember the times when you sat listening to stories and letting the soothing voice of the reader weave its magic into your soul, then you’ll understand what I mean. No, it’s not fairytales I’m about to speak of – just a grown-up version of them :) – and not bedtime stories either (although I can easily imagine curling up under a quilt, closing my eyes and letting Elizabeth and Mr Darcy lure me from day-to-day reality and find their way into my dreams).

We might have outgrown bedtime stories, but there are so many other instances when we can let audiobooks weave their magic and accompany us on long walks, make household chores bearable if not pleasant and make us wish the traffic jam won’t be so quick in clearing or that the long car journey won’t end until we get to hear the last words of the final chapter.

I am fairly new to audiobooks, not just in terms of releasing them but listening to them as well, yet in the space of just a few months I found myself experiencing all of the above: chores were made bearable, exercise enjoyable, I spent an hour and a half in a massive traffic jam in Winchester last week and barely noticed, I drove long-distance yet wouldn’t get out of the car at the other end because I was still in the middle of the chapter.

If you already are a devotee of audiobooks then none of this will surprise you. If you haven’t explored this format yet, then the 30-days free trial might tempt you into it. In my opinion, you couldn’t find a better place to start than with books narrated by Stevie Zimmerman. Her exquisite period drama voice takes you straight into the feel of a BBC adaptation and oh my, her Mr Darcy! Especially a lovelorn Mr Darcy – the very sound of his words and thoughts will melt your heart.

Audio book cover: The Falmouth Connection by Joana Starnes
I consider myself very fortunate that, thanks to Rita Deodato and Nicole Clarkston and through a set of happy circumstances, I was introduced to the dreamy world of Stevie Zimmerman’s JAFF narrations – and moreover that she was available and willing to produce some of my books. A short while ago only The Falmouth Connection was released on Audible. Now Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter is available too, and The Unthinkable Triangle has been recently submitted for ACX approval and will hopefully be released towards the end of the month.

If you leave a comment, you could win one of the five audio codes included in the giveaway, or if you’d rather not wait you can make use of the free trial and listen to Stevie Zimmerman tell the tale of a proposal atop a windswept cliff, of Elizabeth’s journey from duty into love or, very soon, of Mr Darcy agonising ‘This cannot be. This cannot be!’ when he learns that his rival for Elizabeth’s hand and heart is not some stranger, but his dearest, closest friend.

The lyrics of a song – not modern, but much closer to our times than Mr Darcy and his one true love – still stay with me because they have his tormented feelings in a nutshell:



I hope you’ll enjoy listening to Stevie Zimmerman’s rendition of the Regency version of an unthinkable love triangle when it’s released, or her moving production of Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter and The Falmouth Connection. Until then I hope you’ll sympathise with Mr Darcy as he learns what agonies he has brought upon himself.

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Audio book cover: The Unthinkable Triangle by Joana Starnes
Excerpt from The Unthinkable Triangle, Chapter 1

The door opened noisily but, rather than slamming it shut with equal force, Fitzwilliam pressed it softly in its lock with all the skill of a well-trained footman.

“Damn. I quite forgot,” he muttered.

“What did you forget, Cousin?”

“That I was supposed to lie low in my tracks if I did not wish to be summoned for a grilling before our esteemed aunt.”

“Fear not, she has retired an hour ago, with imprecations on ungrateful wretches,” Darcy said with a smile as he refilled his glass and then filled one for his cousin.

“Has she?”

“Voiced imprecations? Not as such. I was merely teasing— ”

“I could not care less for imprecations,” Fitzwilliam cut in, inordinately cheerful. “I was keen to know if she has retired.”

“She has.”

“Thank goodness. I have been lying low in my bedchamber – bless that man, Omerod. Our aunt’s butler is worth his weight in gold, Darcy, have you noticed? He uttered not a word about my having gone into hiding and sent a tray up as well, bless his heart. Not that I could touch it but still, I was most grateful for the kindness.”

“Why could you not touch it? Moreover, why on earth would you go into hiding?”

“Come now, Darcy! Have you not been tempted, at least once in a while, to evade our dearest aunt’s presence?” Fitzwilliam laughed and his inordinately gleeful manner gave Darcy pause in offering the brandy he had poured. “Her talents are well and truly wasted,” Fitzwilliam chortled. “If only she could be in command of the Royal Dragoons. I could well imagine my hardened companions quaking in their boots before her. Even that old stick, Wilson, who has seen some action on countless battlefields,” he added with an immoderate guffaw.

Having heard as much, Darcy carried his own glass to his lips, but left the other on the marble-topped sideboard. He set his own drink down and cast a smiling glance at his relation.

“Have you been drinking, Fitzwilliam?”

“Aye. The nectar of the gods. Aphrodite’s own witching brew,” his companion retorted with another chuckle.

“Honestly, Cousin! I know Lady Catherine is a trial on one’s patience, but drowning yourself at the local watering-hole is not an adequate solution. And so immoderately too. I have never seen you quite so foxed.”

A diverted smile was his first answer. Then Fitzwilliam spoke up.

“I am not foxed, Cousin.”

“Is that so? You could have fooled me,” Darcy retorted and, unseemly as it was, he brought himself to advance a step or two, until he was close enough to sniff. He sniffed, then declared in some surprise,

“I daresay you are not. So what ails you?”

“Nothing ails me,” the other replied promptly. “Quite the opposite, in fact,” he added as he picked up one of Lady Catherine’s mantelshelf ornaments to gaze at it for an uncommonly long time, then set it back only to pick another, inspect it with a gleeful snort and set it down again.

“Well, if you are determined to play the fool, then pray proceed at leisure. I shall leave you to it. I should get some sleep. I have things on my mind, something to do tomorrow,” Darcy blurted out without thinking, only to instantly curse himself for his loose tongue.

Thankfully, Fitzwilliam did not ask him what it was, but instead chuckled.

“Sleep, eh? I cannot imagine falling asleep anytime soon, myself.”

“Cousin, you are in fine fettle. You flit about, you fiddle with Lady Catherine’s porcelain, you talk in riddles. If there is anything I can do to help, pray let me know. If not, then you should seek your berth. I assume you are not in trouble, judging by your spirits, but— ”

Fitzwilliam laughed.

“Trouble? You might be surprised to hear that I find myself in more trouble than ever. But so be it.”

Darcy gave up inquiring into his cousin’s meaning and poured himself another brandy. Seemingly Fitzwilliam was not about to seek his berth and whatever he might wish to say would be said in his own good time or not at all, but clearly the prodding and the questioning had no effect whatever.

“I trust you remember me laughing at—  Nay, mercilessly mocking all the poor fools who would declare themselves in love,” Fitzwilliam jovially observed. “Well, I find myself reaping the rewards. Captain Henshaw would laugh himself into a fit to hear it, after all the raillery he got from me over his infatuation.”

That was new, Darcy thought. And perhaps a touch too close for comfort.

“Are you in love, Cousin?” he soberly asked.

“Worse, Darcy, worse!” the other replied, but his mien and his words were puzzlingly incongruous.

Baffled, Darcy stood aside watching his cousin pour himself a drink, then down it in one draught and turn towards him without warning.

“Can you keep a secret, Darcy? Of course you can, you were born poker-faced. I mean keeping a secret from Lady Catherine, who can be more unpleasant than the devil if she chooses, and I would rather she does not get the chance. Not to me, and particularly not to her.”

Before Darcy could ask again what or rather whom he was speaking of, Fitzwilliam burst out, clearly unable to contain himself.

“Darcy, I am engaged to be married! I proposed today and Miss Bennet had the kindness to say yes! Now, I can see that you are stunned. Before you say anything, aye, I know that in some respects this is sheer madness, since we both have precious little to live on. She is far from wealthy and so am I, but somehow things will come together. Thank goodness for Old Boney. At least my soldier’s pay will see us through for as long as the war lasts, and then I shall find a way to keep us afloat. Damme, I would even go into trade if I have to, and if this does not send my esteemed father into a fit of apoplexy, then I do not know what would. You say nothing… What, no congratulations? I am that sorry, Darcy! I was hoping to have you on my side at least. I know how wild it seems and bordering on the irresponsible. Believe you me, I did try very hard indeed to keep a clear head and tell myself this is not a prudent choice. Pater will rant and rave and others will follow, but I say hang them! I had not known her a se’nnight before I felt we were perfectly matched. I could not leave her, Darcy, and go my own way. I cannot lose her. I love her. And I was hoping that even you might come to see why. I know she does not meet with your approval in more than one regard but, for my sake, I was hoping you could overlook it and wish us joy,” Fitzwilliam concluded at last, his open countenance reflecting genuine emotion, and he stepped forward, his right hand outstretched.

From the moment that the thunder had struck, Darcy had heard less than one word in twenty. All the while, three other words screamed in his head, over and over. ‘This cannot be! This cannot be! This cannot be!’

What mockery was this – what nightmare? If it was a nightmare, then good Lord, pray let him awaken! And yet the heavens remained silent, and the nightmare raged on.

His cousin was not silent, but his words held no meaning, as though they were spoken in a foreign tongue. At long last, he stopped talking and offered him his hand.

Through nothing but numb force of habit, Darcy took it and clasped it, then abruptly excused himself, his steps carrying him faster and faster through the silent house.

‘Dead man walking – how dreadfully fitting.’ The thought flitted through his shock-struck mind, soon to be followed by disjointed, lightning-like flashes, as he walked out of the house into the pitch-dark garden. Elizabeth married to Fitzwilliam – his closest relation, in spirit if not blood. And he would see them together constantly. In town. At Ashford. And at Pemberley. Married to his cousin.

He would be expected to attend the wedding. See her at the altar pledging herself to his closest friend.

See them walk away to be man and wife together!

He gasped for breath, as though punched in the stomach – or as though he was about to be violently sick.

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At dawn, the Darcy carriage thundered away from Rosings.

When they finally awoke at a much more reasonable hour, short notes were handed to the Colonel and Lady Catherine to excuse – but not explain – his abrupt departure. Several months later Fitzwilliam determined that, upon reflection, this should have been his first hint that something was terribly wrong.

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Please leave a comment for a chance to win one of the five audio codes or one of the two Kindle copies of my books (winner’s choice). Thanks again, Ceri, for hosting me today, and my thanks to your readers for stopping by.

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Author Joana Starnes
About the author:

Joana Starnes lives in the south of England with her family. A medical graduate, in more recent years she has developed an unrelated but enduring fascination with Georgian Britain in general and the works of Jane Austen in particular, as well as with the remarkable and flamboyant set of people who have given the Regency Period its charm and sparkle.

Joana Starnes is the author of:
  • From This Day Forward ~ The Darcys of Pemberley ~ A Pride & Prejudice sequel - My review
  • The Subsequent Proposal ~ A Tale of Pride, Prejudice and Persuasion - My review
  • The Second Chance ~ A Pride & Prejudice – Sense & Sensibility Variation - My review
  • The Falmouth Connection ~ A Pride & Prejudice Variation set where Jane Austen's beloved characters are compelled to leave their tame and reasonably peaceful lives in the south of England and travel to the far reaches of Cornwall, into a world of deceit and peril, where few - if any! - are what they seem to be... - My review
  • The Unthinkable Triangle ~ A Pride & Prejudice Variation that dwells on the most uncomfortable love-triangle of them all. What if Mr. Darcy's rival for Miss Bennet's hand and heart is none other than his dearest, closest friend? And how can they all find their 'happily-ever-after'? - Guest post
  • Miss Darcy’s Companion ~ a variation that explores what might have happened if the warm-hearted Miss Elizabeth Bennet were employed instead of the scheming Mrs Younge. - Guest Post / My review
  • Mr Bennet's Dutiful Daughter - a Pride & Prejudice variation that sees Elizabeth marrying for the good of her family - but the bridegroom isn't aware of her feelings - My Review
They are available on all Amazon sites.

Books by Joana Starnes at Amazon.com

Books by Joana Starnes at Amazon.co.uk

You can connect with Joana Starnes on Facebook, her website or Twitter.

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Giveaway Time!

Joana Starnes Books
As mentioned above, Joana is offering a giveaway with SEVEN winners! Five people will codes to enable them to download one Joana's audio books, and two people can win their choice of Joana Starnes ebook. To enter, leave a comment on this post by the end of the day on Sunday 18 June 2017. If you're only entering the giveaway for one format, please indicate this, otherwise I'll assume that you'd be happy to win either prize. Audiobook winners will be chosen first. Please leave a way for me to contact you in case you're a lucky winner.

Thank you so much to Joana for the post and the giveaway!

If you can't wait for the giveaway to listen to one of the audio books then they are available to buy now.

Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter Audiobook

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53 comments:

  1. Huge thanks, Ceri, for the wonderful welcome, it's always such a joy to be here!!
    Hope your readers will fall in love with Stevie Zimmerman's exquisite narrations as much as I did.

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    1. It's always lovely to have you here, Joana, thank you so much for visiting. I am very much looking forward to hearing Stevie read your books. All the best with your move to audio! I hope more of your books get converted, maybe 'The Subsequent Proposal' for example, hint hint ;)

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  2. Don't include me in the give-a-way... as I already have all of Joana's books. Hello Joana... blessings in the launch of this new venture for you. Have a bless day and a great blog tour. JWG

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    1. Thanks ever so much for the wonderful message and all your support, Jeanne, you're always so kind! All the best,
      Joana

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    2. Thank you so much for your good wishes Jeanne!

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  3. Angst on audio! What could be better. Loved all the books and with all the travelling I do when my aged Kindle does not work in the dark, what could be better than an audio book. Love your work Joana and thanks Ceri for the post!!

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    1. Angst on audio indeed :D

      Oh, Hazel, you should hear Stevie's 'This cannot be. This cannot be!' Mira threatened bodily harm when she first read the scene, but she'll love Stevie's narration, it's literally bursting with feeling.

      Thanks ever so much for the lovely message and hope we can meet again soon, it's been far too long!!

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    2. Hi Hazel. An audiobook definitely has the advantage of a dodgy kindle in the dark! Thank you for commenting and good luck in the giveaway!

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  4. I'm so excited about this release, and I love Stevie. :) I'm just listening to The Falmouth Connection and it's excellent. No surprise there, two outstanding ladies like Joana and Stevie couldn't have done otherwise. :)
    Thanks for the generous giveaway, Joana :)

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    1. I'm so happy that you're listening to Falmouth and loving it, Kate!! Thanks, it's wonderful to hear that! Best of luck in the giveaway and I hope you'll like the others too.

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    2. It's good to know how much you're enjoying the audio version of 'The Falmouth Connection', KateB, as that is my next audio read. :)

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  5. I think I have read all of your books Joana. Congratulations on the Audios. I like to read the books first, then listen while I work or walk. I have added your books to my wish list!

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    1. Thanks for visiting and for leaving this lovely comment, Audrey, I'm so glad you like my books! Best of luck in the giveaway and I hope at least one of them will keep you company on your walks.

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    2. I prefer to do a real read first too Audrey. Good luck winning one of Joana's books on audio!

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  6. Great post Ceri. And this excerpt Joana - I can feel Darcy's despair. I feel so sorry for him in this book. How can you torture him so much? And the poor man suffers in MBDD as well.
    I am not tempted by audio books as yet (although they would come in handy when I have to stop reading to wipe the tears off my glasses!)
    Thank you for the generous giveaway and if I'm lucky enough to win I would love the e-book of Falmouth Connection as it is one of my favourite books.

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    1. I know, Glynis, Joana can put our poor boy through it. Have you read 'Miss Darcy's Companion'? Elizabeth gets put through it in that one.

      I am a recent convert to audio. I didn't think I'd be able to manage them because it's so much slower than reading myself, and I can't concentrate on them so fixedly, but I find for a reread when I'm doing some brainless task like hanging out the washing or doing dishes, or on my daily commute they fill the time more enjoyably than listening to the radio, so I've been enjoying them. If you do decide to give them a go then a good tip is to look at books you already have on kindle, as often the audio will be discounted, for example Pride & Prejudice cost me less than £3 as I had the free ebook, but if I'd tried to buy it without the ebook it would have been over £20.

      As I can't tempt you by an audio book this time, instead I'll just wish you luck for the ebook giveaway :)

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  7. Joana,
    I read it,anguished over it like fellow readers,gasped and almost cried in all the right places,and now,having just paid for the counselling,I have just relived poor Darcy's agony.....and in the very first chapter,no less!!!

    The utter torture and torment you visited on Darcy,not to mind the reader as they desperately flicked pages to discover how this 'horrible' situation could be happily resolved to everyone's satisfaction!
    Needless to say,I loved it and remember fondly the scene in the orangery...........!

    Sigh!!!

    Best of luck with MBDD and TFC! I've no doubt they'll be very well received!! 😌

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  8. Please don't include me in the giveaway as I have treated myself to all of Joana's books!
    Cheers Ceri and Joana for such a great post!

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Mary, I'm sure Joana loves to read comments full of such praise for the pain she inflicts on her readers!

      I am in the same happy situation as you, I have all of Joana's books in ebook and I just need one in paperback I think to complete my collection.

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  9. I lovedd listening to the Falmouth Connection, and would love to listen to Mr Bennet's Dutiful Daughter. I have read all of Joana's books, but listening to them does bring something more to the stories.

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    1. I agree with you Lynn. I have found listening to a book to bring a different experience than reading it as you find yourself noticing things due to the narration.

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  10. Amazing giveaway! I love audiobooks but in this case I would prefer an e-book of Miss Darcy's Companion which is the only one of Joana's books I haven't read. Congratulations on the audibooks release, Joana!

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    1. Oh Daniela, I loved 'Miss Darcy's Companion'. You are in for a treat when you read that :)

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  11. I love Joana's books and am thrilled to see them making it to audio. There is nothing like a good story to get you through housework or a long trip. Thank you for the generous giveaway and congratulations!

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    1. I was pleased to see Joana go into audio too, Becky. As you say, a good book helps time pass :)

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  12. I already adore Stevie's storytelling through Nicole's books on audio, but I am so thrilled to see that she's the voice of Joana's books, too. She knows how to work with the emotion of the story.
    Congrats to Joana as well for this new venture. I get caught up in chores and long drives now without a thought to rushing to get on to something else b/c I can listen to such good stories now. :)

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    1. Hi Sophia. I haven't listened to Stevie's narration yet, but I have heard nothing but good things so I'm really looking forward to hearing her performance.

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  13. I am listening to The Falmouth Connection right now. Stevie Zimmerman is doing such a wonderful job. I have read all of Joana's books, but it is so wonderful to listen to the book being read to me. I listen during my commute, my break, doing housework, as well as when I am gardening.

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    1. Me too Debbie. As long as what I'm doing doesn't involve a lot of concentration or looking at words I find the audio makes time pass more enjoyably, and I feel like I've achieved something while my hands were busy!

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  14. I have all of Joana's books but would love to win an audible book! Joana is my 'go to' writer when I have time to indulge my love of Mr. Darcy. Oh to have her ability with words! Love the excerpt and cannot wait until her newest story comes out.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Brenda, I am sure Joana will be thrilled to receive such warm praise by from such a popular author. I wish you good luck in the giveaway!

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  16. Interesting post. I've just started listening tonJAFF Audio books and it adds so much to the story. Thank you for offering the giveaway.

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    1. It's true, alp, it's a different experience in audio. Good luck with the giveaway!

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  17. Oh I love Hazel's comment "Angst on audio"! As as huge fan of audiobooks, especially JAFF audios, I was thrilled when Joana announced that she was venturing into this field. Then when I realised it was Stevie Zimmerman narrating, things got even better!

    A couple of tips for folks regarding ebooks and audiobooks: firstly, if you have a copy of a particular ebook, you can often get the corresponding audiobook for a very reasonable price; secondly, it's often possible to switch back and forth between ebook and audio as the magic of wi-fi will remember where you are and sync not only across devices but also across formats.

    As I already have all of Joana's ebooks and both of the audiobooks, please don't enter me in the giveaway, Ceri. Right now, I'm trying to decide which one to listen to first when I finish my current audio. What a dilemma to have!

    Suggestion for Brenda - have you considered doing this? I'm sure your books would transfer well to audio, too!

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    1. Those are good tips, Anji. If you're not an audible subscriber the savings from buying the kindle book (even if you've got it for free) are often considerable.

      And the magic of whisper sync is wonderful. To have to break away from your book to do chores and then to be able to pop on your headphones and carry on reading while you get other things done makes chores easier to face.

      I hope Brenda has seen your comment, I'm sure her readers would be thrilled to be able to enjoy her books in audio too.

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  18. Congrats on another audiobook release. Thank you for the giveaway!

    I deleted my previous comment so I could redo it adding my contact info as I forgot to include it before. It's jadseah4 (at) yahoo

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    1. Thanks Darcybennett. I really appreciate when commenters add contact info, as some people can be hard to track down!

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  19. Thanks, Glynis!!! LOL oh yes, I can imagine audio-books might come in handy in cases such as those. I'm ever so happy that you like my books and that 'The Falmouth Connection' is one of your favourites! I hope you win a copy and that you can forgive me for torturing poor Mr Darcy so :)) I'll try to resist the temptation in at least one of my next books, let's see how that goes. Huge thanks for all your support, much, much appreciated, and best of luck in the giveaway!

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  20. Oh, Mary!!! Thanks ever so much for the wonderful words!! I'm over the moon that you liked my books so much and dear oh dear, so sorry about the counselling :))

    As for that particular horrible situation, it's all down to the 1995 BBC masterpiece, I think - those lovely scenes at Rosings and Hunsford, where dear Col F smiles so engagingly at Elizabeth and Darcy glowers so adorably at both of them :D And then the beauty of the Chatsworth grounds, where Elizabeth and Mr Darcy walked and tried to sort out the mess, and a collage of the Lyme Park orangery with its fountain and the Chatsworth one, full of flowering camellias, that inspired the scene you remember fondly... Ever so glad you do and huge thanks again for your wonderful support!!

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  21. So happy you think so, Lynn! Isn't Stevie's narration wonderful? She adds a whole new dimension of emotion, angst, love and yearning, and her portrayal of the characters is exquisite!! I'm so glad you enjoyed listening to The Falmouth Connection and I hope you'll like the others too. Best of luck in the giveaway and thanks for stopping by!

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  22. Thanks, Daniela! I hope you'll like Miss Darcy's Companion when you read it. Best of luck in the giveaway and thanks for taking part!

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  23. Thanks, Becky! So true about the housework and long trips, they're so much better with an audio-book to see you through :) I hope you'll like Stevie Zimmerman's exquisite narrations, she's absolutely wonderful! Best of luck in the giveaway and thanks for the kind words about my books!

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  24. So glad to hear you already adore Stevie's storytelling, Sophia Rose! She has the most amazing way of capturing emotion and enhancing every nuance, and I love her rendition of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth best of all, they're perfect!! Thanks ever so much for the lovely wishes and I hope one of my books will keep you company on long drives :)

    All the best,
    Joana

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  25. So glad to hear that, Debbie, thanks!! I'm so happy to hear you're enjoying The Falmouth Connection and I hope you'll like the others too. You told me about the long commutes and I'm so happy that Stevie's wonderful narration of my books might keep you company sometime. Wishing you all the best and thanks for all your support!!

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  26. Oh Brenda!!!! Thanks so much, that's exactly how I feel about your books. The depth of emotion as they face their trials and tribulations - wow! I loved every situation you put them in and the beautiful ways in which you took them to their HEA. I totally agree with Anji, I'd love to listen to your books in audio. All the best and thanks for everything!

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  27. So glad to hear you discovered the joy of JAFF audiobooks, alp! Best of luck in the giveaway and thanks for taking part!

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  28. Thanks ever so much, Anji, for the wonderful comment and all those great tips about audio-books! I'm so happy that Stevie was willing to produce my books, her narration style is fabulous and the voices exquisite. Her Elizabeth and Mr Darcy are out of this world, but wait till you get to the Cornish skipper and the grumpy Scottish doctor - delish! Huge thanks again for all your support and I hope your dilemma is resolved to your satisfaction :D
    Take care and have a good week,
    Joana

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  29. Many thanks for visiting, darcybennet, and best of luck in the giveaway!

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  30. What an awesome giveaway! I just finished reading Mr. Bennet's Dutiful Daughter and I cried through about 3 of the chapters. Ms. Starnes' writing ripped my heart out. Can't wait to see what she comes up with next! I'm at heathery83 (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you!

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    1. I felt like an angst juggernaut hit me reading MBDD! Good luck in the giveaway

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  31. I've read a few of Joana's books and loved them. Would love to be entered for an ebook. Thanks for the giveaway! (priscillateh@live.hk)

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Priscilla. If you aren't sure which Joana Starnes book to go for next then check out my reviews, which are linked in the post above.... although they may not help you choose as I haven't read a book of hers that I didn't enjoy :)

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