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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Cover Reveal - Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes and Gentleman Rogues Anthology, Edited by Christina Boyd

Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes and Gentleman Rogues Anthology, Edited by Christina Boyd
As you might have seen, there's a new anthology coming soon, featuring short stories from some fantastic authors. The theme drawing all the stories together is that each one is focusing on the 'bad boys' of Austen. While we love our heroes, it'll be a change to instead have stories spotlighting the the more rakish characters. I'm not entirely sure what we're going to get, whether it's back-stories, alternate points of view or perhaps reformations, but I am really excited about this new project, which is being brought together by editor Christina Boyd. If you enjoy reading Austenesque books then the likelihood is that you've already read and loved a book that Christina has worked on, as well as so many of the authors who've contributed to this anthology.

Today, Christina Boyd has joined us with a guest post where we'll reveal the cover of Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes and Gentleman Rogues, and she's brought an international giveaway too!

Jane Austen’s masterpieces are littered with any number of unsuitable gentlemen—Willoughby, Wickham, Churchill, Crawford, Tilney, Elliot—adding color and depth to her plots but often barely sketched out to the reader. Have you ever wondered about her rakes, rattles, and rogues? Surely, there's more than one side to their stories. Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues, the book designed to expose certain histories about Jane Austen’s anti-heroes, reveals its cover today.

Book Cover: Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes and Gentleman Rogues Anthology, Edited by Christina Boyd


Shari Ryan from Mad Hat Books created the gorgeous book cover from a rough sketch by the editor, Christina Boyd, and she quickly and professionally created the beauty it is today. 

Book Cover: Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes and Gentleman Rogues Anthology, Edited by Christina Boyd


The back cover suggests the stories might have some steam (the collection is about Jane Austen’s bad boys after all!) Like in The Darcy Monologues, these authors can turn up the heat with but the turn of a phrase. However, the love scenes are not graphic, and the handful of stories with “mature content” are marked as such in the Table of Contents.

Promotional graphic for Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes and Gentleman Rogues Anthology, Edited by Christina Boyd

Author Beau North came through again by creating the stunning individual short story promotional graphics. She is quite an accomplished woman. Those individual story graphics will roll out over the next days from their facebook page The Darcy Monologues, et al., and other social media.

As an editor, Christina Boyd has been extremely fortunate to work with some incomparable authors. Several authors from The Darcy Monologues anthology including Karen M Cox, J. Marie Croft, Jenetta James, Beau North, Sophia Rose, and Joana Starnes joined Amy D’Orazio, Lona Manning, Christina Morland, Katie Oliver, and Brooke West in crafting this current collection. The intent: create clever, well-informed short stories, each from one of Austen’s male antagonists’ point-of-view—a backstory and, or parallel story from off-stage of canon. This Dream Team certainly upped their game accepting this challenge by undertaking characters that few even like and slyly earn the reader’s sympathies—maybe even adoration—whilst remaining steadfast to the characters we recognize in Austen’s masterpieces. This wickedly delicious anthology is scheduled for release mid-November.

The international giveaway: When Christina published The Darcy Monologues, readers expressed how the blend of the authors’ writing styles worked well to make the overall collection stimulating. One reader suggested that she was so familiar with some authors’ writing styles, she was sure she could match the writers to their stories without being told. This Giveaway Challenge was thus inspired. To win a $25 Amazon gift card, follow the Google link and complete a multiple-choice quiz, matching lines of prose to the author and her rake/gentleman rogue. Last day to enter is October 18. In case of a tie, a winner will be chosen at random in a Facebook Live drawing. Since it’s for an Amazon gift card, of course, it’s a worldwide giveaway. Gotta play to win. 



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Isn't that cover a stunner! Thank you so much to Christina for dropping by today with this post.

Remember, while comments on the post are most definitely appreciated, they won't enter you into the giveaway - to enter you will need to fill in the quiz, linked here. Good Luck!


32 comments:

  1. Thanks, Ceri. I am glad you like the cover. I think Shari Ryan did a fabulous job conveying our intent.

    We are all super excited about the project and I think the authors have done a remarkable job with their rakes and rogues.

    Thank you for hosting us. XO

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    1. I was very pleased to host you, Christina. I think it's a gorgeous and eye-catching cover.

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  2. Wow! Now that is a cover! Whew! Where are my salts!! Does someone have an extra fan!!

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    1. It's a great cover, isn't it Jeanne. I like that you can't see his face, because it gives me the scope to imagine what I want :)

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  3. Love the cover! Will read the book, definitely.

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    1. Am looking forward to your thoughts. I can't wait!

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    2. I'm looking forward to seeing what you think of this book Sheila.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this Ceri - it is lovely to see the cover "out there" - looking forward to reading all the other stories:-)

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    1. Can't wait for readers to read your remarkable story! You nailed your character's back story perfectly. Delicious.

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    2. It must be good to see the project coming to fruition Jenetta.

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  5. I'm not usually a great fan of short stories but this does sound rather intriguing.

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    1. Thanks! I hope you will give it a chance. I am particularly proud of this project. The writers have exceeded my expectations!

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    2. I know what you mean teaguide, I seldom think of reading short stories, so I couldn't believe how much fun I had writing one! I think with an anthology it's best to read and put the book down, and digest it, and then pick it up and read the next, instead of ploughing thru like I do with a novel. There will be lots of delicious treats in this anthology!

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    3. I know what you mean, but I don't mind short stories. While my preference is to to immerse myself in a longer story these days I am often too busy to have the time to do that, but a short story is much more manageable. Just so long as it feels complete and not rushed.

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  6. Thanks so much for the lovely welcome for the naughty boys, Ceri! Can't wait to see what all of them have been up to ;) What a lovely idea, Christina, and what an awesome cover!!

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    1. Thank you for once again lending you gift to my project! Xo

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    2. Thanks for stopping by Joana. I am looking forward to meeting the naughty boys and finding out more of why they turned out the way they did!

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  7. As the holidays approach, it will be wonderful to read about the "bad boys" of Austen. Love the cover!

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    1. Yes, the idea for this anthology is something a bit different. I'm really looking forward to reading this.

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  8. Great cover!

    Am looking forward to reading these stories!!

    Best of luck to all concerned!!

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    1. Thanks Mary! I think it's a great cover too. I hadn't realised until somebody else pointed it out, but it ties to The Darcy Monologues cover too, with the ribbon.

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  9. Carole in Canada5 October 2017 at 23:18

    The anticipation is building! Congratulations on making this all come together!

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    1. I agree, Carole, it must be a feat of organisation to bring together so many people into one project.

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  10. Well, I think I've caught up with all of the cover reveal posts. Real Life has been interefering with my blog reading in a major way this past two or three weeks!

    My final comment for Christina on this beautiful cover is that "You have no compassion on my poor nerves!"

    Oh, and I'm starting to think about locations in which to photograph it. It won't be one complete road trip as I did with The Darcy Monologues, but there are a few places near us in Yorkshire that will do very nicely!

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    1. I don't seem to get many paperbacks these days, Anji, which is a shame when they are as attractive as this one.

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  11. I love the cover! Yay, for another anthology with so many talented authors! I can't wait to read it!

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  12. Perfect example of why my broadcasting career never took off.

    Still we now have a winner for the Amazon gift card from our "Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's #RakesAndGentlemenRogues" Challenge. ⚔🎩💗 Congratulations: MARY COBLE. Thanks to all who took up our challenge!
    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=374883879607924&id=274183419677971

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