Previews of Coming Attractions from Regina Jeffers

Previews of Coming Attractions from Regina Jeffers

2015 was a fabulous year for my writing career. After spending 6 years with Ulysses Press, at the end of 2014, we parted ways. Ours was not a spat; it was a business decision upon Ulysses’ part to concentrate their publishing dollars on nonfiction. As I had no desire to return to writing nonfiction, I went looking for a new publisher for some of my titles.

Between my leaving Ulysses and the end of 2015, I had a series of releases. In April, I released Mr. Darcy’s Fault: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary, as well as Elizabeth Bennet’s Deception: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary.

In May, I released two Regency novels: His American Heartsong: A Companion Novel to the Realm Series and His Irish Eve: A Regency Novel.

In early June, Pegasus Books released The Prosecution of Mr. Darcy’s Cousin:A Pride and Prejudice Mystery.

In September, A Touch of Emerald: The Conclusion to the Realm Series hit the shelves.

Shortly afterwards, I rereleased A Touch of Velvet, Book 2 of the Realm Series with a rewrite and a new cover.

Elizabeth Bennet’s Excellent Adventure: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary soon followed.

While in October, with my former journalism professor as my co-author, I released a holiday novella entitled One Minute Past Christmas.

So what is up with me in 2016? For one thing, I do NOT intend to release so many books. LOL! Promoting books so often is a difficult test of my endurance. Even so, I will have several releases. For instance, I am currently writing THREE books at once, as well as reworking an earlier release.

Black Opal Books will soon release the first book of a new Regency trilogy. Angel Comes to the Devil’s Keep is in the second round of edits. I am hoping for a release date soon. In this one Miss Angelica Lovelace, an American hoyden, arrives in London, to claim a niche in the life of Huntington McLaughlin, the Marquess of Malvern and heir to the Duke of Devilfoard. Her whole life Angel has dreamed of a dark-haired man she calls “Lucifer.” Little does she know that the Devil’s Cub is her “Lucifer” come to life. If you know anything of my writing, the road to Angel and Hunt’s happily ever after will not be an easy one. 

One of the books I am writing is the sequel to this title. It will be entitled The Earl Finds His Comfort. In “Angel,” Miss Lovelace considers the possibility of marrying Levison Davids, the Earl of Remmington. Rem is Malvern’s long time friend, and he takes Miss Lovelace’s defection quite hard when she chooses to marry Malvern instead. Fast forward more than a year, and Rem is summoned home to find the daughter of his previous betrothed waiting for him. She is a six year old heartbreaker, but it is the child’s companion, Miss Comfort Neville, who wins his heart. Even so, a familial mystery nearly destroys their chance at happiness. Those of you who love my Realm series will encounter several of the characters from that series in this book.

I am also writing two Austen variations. The first of those is Mr. Darcy’s Bargain: A Pride and Prejudic Vagary. In it, no elopement takes place between Wickham and Lydia. There is no encounter between Darcy and Elizabeth at Pemberley: No hand of Fate changing the course of their lives. Instead, a little more than a year passes from the time Darcy leaves Elizabeth at Rosings Park, until finally, she comes to London with her Uncle Gardiner to plead for Darcy’s assistance in keeping Wickham from executing what we would nowadays refer to as a “ponzi” scheme. It is Elizabeth’s belief that only Darcy will understand how to best Wickham, and her father’s health and the well being of all her dear family and friends are in jeopardy. Having Elizabeth beg for Darcy’s understanding provides our favorite hero an idea: He will “bargain” with her. If Elizabeth wishes his know-how in dealing with Wickham, she will agree to marry him. If not, her father and many of the other good citizens of Meryton will lose a fortune. Will Elizabeth agree? And if she does, is Elizabeth’s agreement from a need to “save” her family and loved ones or from a deep-seated affection for the man she once despised?

The second of the Pride and Prejudice vagaries, I am currently writing is one a bit different from those I have written previously. I have lifted Darcy and Elizabeth from their life in Regency England and placed them squarely upon The Great Valley Road, traveling from Roanoke, Virginia, to Jonesboro, Tennessee, in the early 1790s America. The change in time periods and place require specific changes in the original plot. For example, when I wrote my contemporary Pride and Prejudice, entitled Honor and Hope, the idea of Lydia’s elopement was no longer a detriment to her sisters’ marriages. We live in a time of elopements to places like Las Vegas or Niagara Falls. Therefore, I had to create another means for Lydia and the other Bennets to “loose face.” What obstacles are created by the change of location and customs? Needless to say, the change will turn the story on its ear, and I am loving the research and the prospects. Tentatively, I am calling this one The Great Road to Understanding. Darius Fitzwilliam and Charlie Bradford served together as part of Washington’s troops during the Revolutionary War. Now, they are homesteaders in what was once the western counties of North Carolina. Leading more potential settlers to the State of Franklin (yes, that was a real state for some 5 years of American history), Fitzwilliam and Bradford have their lives upended by the sisters of the Benfield family. Come along for the ride! 

I will also be rereleasing my Pride and Prejudice novella. “The Pemberley Ball,” which originally appeared in The Road to Pemberley anthology, as a stand alone. In it, Elizabeth panics when it is time to speak her wedding vows to Darcy, and so she concocts a ruse that will drive Darcy away, and so she can save face, but the best laid plans often are not what we wish. When I first wrote this piece, I had two possible endings: one has the logical, in-control Darcy seeking out Elizabeth in Newcastle with the newly wedded Wickhams, while the other has Darcy “totally loosing it” when he encounters Wickham. You may choose to read ending #1 or ending #2 or BOTH. It is a bonus I hope you will enjoy. 

So, do any of these catch your attention? Which do you hope to read first? Are there those from 2015 you have yet to read, but are on your wish list?

I’ll give you a taste of each of these new pieces. You may read them on the Austen Authors’ Writers’ Block, or you may click the links below, which will take you to my blog where I highlighted these stories these past two weeks.

Angel Comes to the Devil’s Keep

The Earl Finds His Comfort

Mr. Darcy’s Bargain: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary

The Great Road to Understanding: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY! I’M OFFERING 2 eBOOKS TO THOSE WHO COMMENT BELOW. THE WINNERS MAY CHOOSE AN eBOOK FROM ANY OF MY 2015 RELEASES (FEATURED ABOVE). THE GIVEAWAY WILL END AT MIDNIGHT EST, FRIDAY, 5 FEBRUARY, 2016. 

 

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Martha Claycomb
Martha Claycomb
February 12, 2016 6:43 PM

I’m very excited about your upcoming releases. I live the way you write Mr. Darcy in your books. He is mostly sure of himself but in an endearing way – not so much arrogance.

Sheila L. M.
Sheila L. M.
February 3, 2016 7:11 PM

I find that Mr. Darcy’s Bargain: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary sounds the most tempting and will definitely find one way or another to read it. But then a story with a choice of ending – how delicious. So that also is on my list. Good luck – busy lady. You are one I doubt anyone can keep up with! Thanks for the previews.

reginajeffers
February 4, 2016 10:41 AM
Reply to  Sheila L. M.

I appreciate your continued support, Sheila.

lynnchar
February 2, 2016 1:20 PM

Please do not enter me in the contest as I already have all your 2015 e-books. I read through the samples and am definitely looking forward to your 2016 catalogue!! While my favorite line in all the samples is “Then I suspect you should accept the man and sort out the madness afterwards”, I am most intrigued by The Great Road. I can’t wait for more!!!

lynnchar
February 2, 2016 2:07 PM
Reply to  Regina Jeffers

Either way, I’m definitely in!!

Nicole
Nicole
February 2, 2016 4:18 AM

I love all your books sofar and I am looking forward to read more from you, esp. the JAFF releated books my favourite so far is “Mr Darcy’s Bargain” as I prefer to stay in the time where Jane Austen wrote her books. But I also have read “Honor and Hope”

karana
karana
February 1, 2016 10:22 PM

So glad to hear you are keeping busy. Will have to wait with baited breath for release dates.

Dung
Dung
February 1, 2016 9:57 PM

You definitely had a busy 2015 and 2016 sounds just as busy! I can’t wait to read your new P&P variations! I’ve read your excerpt from the Bargain before and thought it was such a fun teaser… Oh Darcy! Your alternative endings in The Pemberley Ball also sounds intriguing!

Jeanne Garrett
Jeanne Garrett
February 1, 2016 9:51 PM

You will not believe this…but many years ago I stumbled, quite by accident, on my very first JAFF book…Darcy’s Passions. I was so amazed and thrilled to finally have Darcy’s thoughts, that I read it 5 times in a row. From then on, every year when I read P&P, I include Darcy’s Passsions with it. WOW, how time flies and yet you’re still writing trying to fill that void for us… our desperately need for more Darcy and Elizabeth. Thank you for all your hard work.

Joana Starnes
February 1, 2016 7:19 PM

Congrats on an amazing year, Regina! Wishing you an equally amazing 2016, all the best and lots of inspiration.

Allison K
Allison K
February 1, 2016 7:02 PM

I would love to win Elizabeth Bennett’s Excellent Adventure!

Ann Garland
February 1, 2016 6:03 PM

I would want MR. DARCY’S BARGAIN: A Pride & Prejudice Vagary. By the way, I would love to see either Caroline Bingley and George Wickham yoked together, or Caroline yoked with Mr. Collins.

Ann Garland
February 7, 2016 6:23 PM
Reply to  Regina Jeffers

LOL, Regina! Not that Lydia deserves saving, but I’d rather NOT have Wickham as Elizabeth & Darcy’s brother. Caroline deserves some punishment.

Lilyane Soltz
Lilyane Soltz
February 1, 2016 5:42 PM

You are so busy and productive – you put me to shame. Congratulations on all of your releases; I hope to read every one and would be delighted to receive any on the list. Thank you so much for all your books (I have quite a few on my shelf) and for your generous giveaway.

Patty Edmisson
February 1, 2016 3:29 PM

I am completely enthralled by all of the books you wrote and released. I will enjoy reading any of them. Thanks for the offer.

Gianna Thomas
February 1, 2016 8:26 PM
Reply to  Regina Jeffers

Enjoyed the excerpt of “The Earl Finds His Comfort.” Look forward to reading “Angel” and the sequel. Way to go, Regina.

Gianna Thomas
February 1, 2016 8:23 PM
Reply to  Regina Jeffers

I have found the same. I have to get an idea or a scene into the computer immediately or it gets forgotten. It’s the specific wording I lose, and I’ve found that going back and trying to recreate it is not the same. I’m never completely satisfied with the second time around.

Sally Cline
Sally Cline
February 1, 2016 2:19 PM

My goodness Regina you sure are a busy writer! There are several of your books I would like to read. Keep up the good work so we can keep up with our addiction! Thank you!

Pam Hunter
Pam Hunter
February 1, 2016 1:19 PM

Congratulations on all the upcoming releases, Regina! You’re amazing! The one that appeals to me the most is “Mr. Darcy’s Bargain”. I’m a fan of the Regency romances. 🙂

charlene capodice
charlene capodice
February 1, 2016 11:46 AM

wow you have a lot of books! thanks for the chance to win

Patricia Finnegan
Patricia Finnegan
February 1, 2016 11:17 AM

I knew you released a lot of books last year just never realized how many!

Brenda Webb
February 1, 2016 10:54 AM

I am amazed at how fast you can write, Regina. Oh to be that prolific and produce such good reads! I am looking forward most to Mr. Darcy’s Bargain and The Great Road for I am mostly a P&P fan, thus my selections. Congratulations on your 2015! I pray 2016 is even better.

carylkane
carylkane
February 1, 2016 10:34 AM

Regina, thank you for these amazing stories! I’m looking forward to your 2016 releases! 🙂

reginajeffers
February 1, 2016 10:39 AM
Reply to  carylkane

Many thanks, Caryl. I appreciate your continued support.

BeckyC
BeckyC
February 1, 2016 9:53 AM

Selfish a I am, I love when you are crazy busy! More books for me. Lol. I don’t blame you for a little slow down, but your slow down is still incredible. I have read almost all of your 2015 releases. Looks like May is the only place for me to pick from if I am chosen in the giveaway. I enjoyed every one! I am looking forward to your 2016. With the Realm series ended, I am excited about the new regency trilogy. Your vagaries are a must read! And I am curious to see what you do with The Pemberley Ball. So much to look forward to.

reginajeffers
February 1, 2016 10:40 AM
Reply to  BeckyC

I can’t write them fast enough for you to read them, Becky. It seems every day there’s a new review from you up on Goodreads. LOL! Thanks for being a loyal follower.

Jennifer Redlarczyk
Jennifer Redlarczyk
February 1, 2016 9:48 AM

Regina, I’m looking forward to all of these great stories, however I really want to read The Great Road to Understanding. I love the setting and can’t wait to see what you do with the story line. Best wishes for a successful year of writing and publishing. Jen Red

reginajeffers
February 1, 2016 10:41 AM

It’s in its first round of edits, Jen. I am looking forward to it also.

Vesper
February 1, 2016 9:43 AM

I have Mr. Darcy’s Fault: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary on my kindle to read and I loved The Prosecution of Mr. Darcy’s Cousin:

reginajeffers
February 1, 2016 10:42 AM
Reply to  Vesper

I appreciate your choosing my novels to read, Vesper.

Linda A.
Linda A.
February 1, 2016 9:26 AM

You have definitely been busy! The two stories about Angel sound interesting, as well as Mr. Darcy’s Bargain. Good luck in 2016!

reginajeffers
February 1, 2016 9:31 AM
Reply to  Linda A.

Thanks, Linda. Switching publishers has be “relearning” the business, which is a good thing.

Anji
February 1, 2016 6:41 AM

You have been a busy bee, Regina!

I already have quite a lot of your 2015 releases but still have a couple of gaps. I’d love to read The Prosecution of Mr. Darcy’s Cousin, as I’ve already got the previous two in this story arc. The other one missing is Mr. Darcy’s Fault.

Good luck with your releases for 2016.

reginajeffers
February 1, 2016 9:34 AM
Reply to  Anji

Many thanks, Anji. At my signing event yesterday, “Prosecution” and the hunky guy on the front were big hits. LOL!

Glynis
Glynis
February 1, 2016 6:27 AM

I’m dying to read Mr Darcy’s Bargain. I read an excerpt a few days ago and now can’t wait to read the whole book. I have several of your books and more on my wish list. Good luck with future releases ? ?

reginajeffers
February 1, 2016 9:35 AM
Reply to  Glynis

Mr. Darcy’s Bargain is turning out quite nicely, Glynis. I’m enjoying this new journey.

blodeuedd
February 1, 2016 1:41 AM

Wow, you were crazy busy!!!!!!

As for 2016, they all sound good, but that novella, oh I worry about the endings there so 😀

reginajeffers
February 1, 2016 9:36 AM
Reply to  blodeuedd

I’ve made some major changes in The Pemberley Ball since it was released as part of the anthology.

tgruy
February 1, 2016 1:33 AM

I want to read them all!!! I need more hours in the day or to sleep less… mmmmm

Maria Thomas
February 1, 2016 12:19 AM

You have been a busy author!

reginajeffers
February 1, 2016 9:33 AM
Reply to  Maria Thomas

I was never one just to sit around and do nothing, Maria.

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