It’s been a busy week!–I’ve been chatting about An Heiress at Heart and giving away books to commenters! I hope you’ll visit these blogs and leave a comment:
Bodice Ripper Novels
Reading with Analysis
An Heiress at Heart releases today! If you’ve pre-ordered it for your Nook or Kindle, I hope you woke up to find it there this morning.
In honor of the book’s release, I thought I’d show you some pictures, “scenes,” if you will, from the book. The following are from the Great Exhibition. (For more details about this event, see my Extras page here.
Here is the exquisite crystal fountain, 27 feet high and made of faultless pink glass, where Lizzie and Geoffrey have a meeting. By the way, did you know that fountain was the model for the famous fountain located at Forsyth park in Savannah, Georgia? (You can see a picture of that lovely fountain here.)
And here is a view from the second floor, where Lizzie looks down and spots someone from her past:
And here is a lovely photo of the bridge at Hyde Park, where another of the book’s scenes take place. Wouldn’t you like to take a stroll here?
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief tour through An Heiress at Heart, and I hope you enjoy reading the book!
I’m giving away two copies of the book. Simply leave a comment below, and I’ll choose a winner on Friday.
Thank you for stopping by and celebrating with me!
An Heiress at Heart will be released next Tuesday, October 30, and I couldn’t be more excited!
I’ll be celebrating locally in North Carolina with friends and fans (see Upcoming Events column on the right), and I’ll also be sharing the fun on numerous blog stops. I’ll be blogging on a variety of subjects relating to An Heiress at Heart, as well as answering some very interesting questions from the blog hosts! Most blog stops will feature a giveaway too, so I hope you’ll come by and leave a comment.
Here are the first few (more to come!):
Romance at Random
BOOK RELEASE on OCTOBER 30:
I’ll be blogging right here and giving away two books!
I’m happy to announce more good advance reviews!
AN HEIRESS AT HEART got 4 stars (out of 5) from RT Book Reviews, the popular magazine for reviewing romantic fiction. Here’s what they wrote:
“This is a wonderful love story… not your usual English stuffiness; there is something for everyone. The author’s diligent research of England and the traditions of the 1800s shines in her debut.”
The American Library Association’s Booklist magazine calls the book a “clever historical and subtly inspirational romance,” and adds, “Delamere does include Christian elements, but the classic historical plot will appeal to many readers. The romance is filled with emotion and sexual energy, but there is no explicit sensuality, filling a current genre gap for readers who prefer inference.”
The book debuts on October 30, but please see the “Upcoming Events” column on this page for information about two upcoming book signings, including an early signing on October 13. If you are in the central North Carolina area, I’d love to see you there!
I was so excited to discover yesterday that Publishers Weekly has posted a nice review of AN HEIRESS AT HEART!
“The strictures of 1851 England are revealed in Delamere’s debut, in which a woman tries to overcome her past and ensure a secure future….”
Exciting news! AN HEIRESS AT HEART will be a featured alternate in the Rhapsody and Doubleday book clubs! Also, the book club editions will be in hardback, which you can’t get anywhere else. How awesome is that!?
…an unabridged recording of AN HEIRESS AT HEART” !!!!
YES! I’m thrilled to announce that An Heiress at Heart will be available on audio from Recorded Books!
I’m practically jumping out of my chair with excitement, even as I type this.
I’m so thrilled, not to mention honored, because you see, Recorded Books and I go back a long ways.
I’m a HUGE fan. Have been for years, ever since the day I first wandered into a store that rented audiobooks. (Back in the dim, distant past when audiobooks were on cassette.) Nearly all the titles in that store were from Recorded Books. I was hooked immediately. Here was a chance to revisit some of my favorite titles in a totally new way–books like the romantic suspense novels of Mary Stewart* and classics from Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, and Charles Dickens. They were as entertaining as movies, only better because nothing got left out.
I discovered many new titles at that store, too. One of my very first discoveries was Elizabeth Peters’ fabulous Amelia Peabody mystery series, starting with The Crocodile on the Sandbank. The books were narrated by the incomparable Barbara Rosenblat. [I’m serious, people. She has so many voices! Listening to her narrate a book is a joyful experience everyone should indulge in. I listened to every single book in the series.]
In time the format went from cassettes to CDs. Now they are available either as CDs or as MP3 downloads. In any format, I have never lost my delight in listening.
So I hope when An Heiress at Heart comes out on audio this fall you will give it a listen.
Personally, I can’t wait for the day I can plug in my iPod or a CD and hear their signature opening: “Recorded Books presents an unabridged recording of An Heiress at Heart, by Jennifer Delamere.” It’s a treat I never even conceived of when I started listening all those years ago.
[*The romantic suspense novels of Mary Stewart don’t seem to be available on audio anymore. Dear Recorded Books: is there any way to bring them back? Please?]
Today is a very exciting day, for it marks the launch of my brand-new website. Do you like it? 🙂 If so, please leave me a note in the comments below to tell me so! I also hope you will take some time to look around and enjoy the Extras page and the other fun things here.
To get this shiny new Blog/News page underway properly, I thought I revisit a moment in time that was important on my journey as a writer.
In August 2010, I was laid off from work. During the next five months while I was searching for a new job, I also found time to do what any self-respecting writer would do: I finished my novel. And a few months later, I sold it. I can’t wait for AN HEIRESS AT HEART to hit bookstores and eReaders on October 30 so you can enjoy it.
The layoff occurred just days before I was to take a two-week trip to England in order to do research for my book. And in case you are wondering–yes! I absolutely went, despite losing my job. Most of the trip was pre-paid after all, and at any rate, I knew the time I spent in England would be invaluable to me as a historical romance writer. I was going to visit so many areas that would feature in the books I had planned to write.
Here are a few fun photos that I took while in England.
In London, where much of AN HEIRESS AT HEART takes place, here’s a shot of a townhouse in the London neighborhood of Mayfair:
And here’s a bit of the bucolic English countryside which also features in the book. I could easily envision my hero and heroine riding their horses in such a lovely landscape.
In closing, I’d like to quote a wonderful poem by Edgar A. Guest, which I have memorized because it is tacked on my refrigerator. 🙂
It Couldn’t Be Done
Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But, he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one has done it”;
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle it in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That “couldn’t be done,” and you’ll do it.
What are your goals in life? Truly, I urge you to “buckle in” and go for it. Tackle those challenges with lightheartedness and energy, and expect great things!
So tell me, what dreams are you reaching for?