Friday, August 5, 2011

SUMMER GIVEAWAY HOP!

THIS POST IS PART OF A WEEK LONG SUMMER GIVEAWAY HOP!  LEAVE A COMMENT AND ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF MY WONDERFUL BOOK,  CLICK ON SUMMER GIVEAWAY HOP WORDS OR THE PICTURES TO ACCESS THE OTHER 300 + PARTICIPANTS, BOOK GIVEAWAYS ALL!!

DARCY AND FITZWILLIAM
("It's Absorbing, It's Intoxicating, It's Excellent" - Jane Austen's World and Jane Austen Today)

CHOSEN BY THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER (THAT'S THE CALIFORNIA ORANGE COUNTY, NOT FLORIDA I'LL HAVE YOU KNOW)
AS ONE OF SIX BOOKS THAT WOULD BE A GREAT SUMMER READ.
YEAH REALLY



It was five years ago and I had just viewed the 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie for the twenty-seventh time, my husband again telling me I should get off the sofa and write something. He said, "Write anything, just start and keep at it. I tell you this because I love you; also because you're starting to resemble Cartman from South Park." We've been married a long time.

So, employing some sort of hoist device we got me up and mobile again. My legs were wobbly but my mission was clear. I began to write. And what better subject could I find to write about but my favorite book and my favorite movie and my favorite mini-series, my gorgeous Darcys and my beloved Fitzwilliam.

It was intimidating to inform unsuspecting family, friends, and all the acquaintances I had ever made in my life that I had written a book, and not only written a whole book with lots and lots of pages, but that someone was crazy enough to publish it for me. I finally told my first person. "I wrote a book and it's going to be published." Friends stared at me as if I had informed them of my abduction by space aliens and safe return. "Uh-huh." After that I got bolder and more insistent. "No really. Listen to me. I wrote a book. It's going to be published." People began to walk away, then run.

My favorite reaction was from an acquaintance of my husband's. This is absolutely true and almost verbatim. We met the man at a Subway restaurant we frequent. My husband said, "Karen wrote a book.”

"Oh.  That’s real nice. What's it called?"

"Darcy and Fitzwilliam - a Tale of a Gentleman and an Officer."

"Uh-huh. Yeah.  Oh, look at the time.  Gotta go." He stood quickly, hoping to escape...er...leave.  I grabbed his arm.

"It's a sequel to Pride and Prejudice," Desperate now, I was trying to convince him, everyone, that I wasn’t crazy.

"Pride and Prejudice?  Sure.  Oh yeah, I saw the movie. Didn't like it."

I wasn't surprised. The man was a retired Chicago cop.  A tough guy.  Not one who would enjoy a chick flick.

"Yeah. They kept draggin' that cannon all over the place. Stupid movie."

I was now confused. Mrs. Bennet was a little batty, but she wasn't lethal. "Cannon?"

"Yeah. This cannon they were draggin' around. Frank Sinatra was in it, the movie I mean, not the cannon, and Sofia Loren and that other guy, Cary Grant."

"No. That wasn't 'Pride and Prejudice'. That was 'The Pride and the Passion."

"Yeah, that's what I said."

My husband signaled with his eyebrows to let it lie.

Our friend continued. "So you wrote a book? My neighbor wrote a book too. Yeah, barely made a dime out of it. I guess anyone can write a book these days."

My husband and I both blinked rapidly.
"I guess they can." I said.

My Official Darcy and Fitzwilliam Video
and Decoder Ring



Following is an excerpt from "Darcy and Fitzwilliam" and from "Georgiana's Story"  Enjoy and then leave a comment to win a copy of Darcy and Fitzwilliam.  Thanks!

113 comments:

hey you said...

Goodmorning,Karen Wasylowski hope you have a great day,thanks for the chance to win a copy of you book

Gayle Mills said...

I bought your book and look forward to reading it. I have to admit, even if I hadn't known that you were a talented author, I would have purchased it for the cover alone (I never claimed to be deep). I'm looking forward to more of your wicked humor (it's there, isn't it?)

Lisa said...

Would love to read this. Thanks lisapeters at yahoo dot com Bye

Debbie Brown said...

Oh please, Blog Hop, let me win.

Karen Wasylowski said...

Love these comments and Deb you have your own great book coming out! Gayle, you sound like you have a good sense of humor, hope you enjoy.

Kate said...

I laughed and laughed at your Darcy and Fitzwilliam video. That was so good! I'd love to win a copy of the book that inspired such a great video.

Karen Wasylowski said...

Thank you Kate!

LucyParker said...

Well, folks, I've read the book, got an advanced copy. Not from the author, mind you, because she's cheap, but Amazon sent the pre-sale books out early.

It's a very nice book. Oh, I can do better than that - it's riotously funny, then swoops into real human pathos that made me weep. *shakes fist at author*

If you don't win the book, then buy one. It's worth the $$ just to get a glimpse of Lady Catherine. She almost steals the show, crazy old woman. Another reason to get a copy of this book is so Richie doesn't have to stand in the Safeway parking lot on Saturdays, hawking books from the car trunk. (xo to Mr. W)

You truly won't be sorry you read this book, will want a first edition before it becomes a classic. It's one of my faves! Lucy&Parker give it two tails up.

AmyS. said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

truebloodfan(at)rock(dot)com

Elsina said...

I would love to read your book!!! Thanks for the chance!

Karen Wasylowski said...

Alert the police - LucyP has slipped her restraints once again. And I am not cheap. Am not. I'm frugal. Scraping pen ink to reuse is not cheap.

Judy said...

Fantastic cover and I know a great read. I have not heard of this, but if I don't win it, it is on my TBR list

Thanks for the opportunity!!

Judy
magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

ruby95660 said...

Great giveaway!

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Darlene said...

Please enter me in the draw!

My email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Karen Wasylowski said...

You're all entered! Thanks for dropping by

joan melchior said...

You are the only person I know who has inspired and produced a volume of bookwork...besides God. P.S. The cover is magnificent; I await the text.

Blodeuedd said...

Ohh if there is any chance at all it's open worldwide then I am so entering :)

blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

If not then yay excerpt :D

The Happy Booker said...

I bet if I told my family and friends that I had written a book and it was being published, I'd probably get a similar response. Great post, I laughed out loud several times. I'd love to read Darcy and Fitzwilliam, thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

Donna @ The Happy Booker
ahappybooker at gmail dot com

Alison said...

Thanks for the chance to win what sounds to be a wonderful book

alison.fees@gmail.com

GFC - Alison Fees

Karen Wasylowski said...

Thanks everyone for such a nice response! Don't forget the Austenesque Extravaganza - they are featuring Austen authors. My blog tomorrow will be -
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DERBYSHIRE COUNTY, moderated by Sir David Frost with the unwanted help of Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

Jodi Webb said...

I too am a P&P fanatic.

webbJM At verizon DOT net

Caitlin said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

GFC follower: Caitlin

cheekychik22(at)yahoo(dot)com

Karen Wasylowski said...

Love you guys!!!!

Felicia said...

I would love a chance to win Darcy and Fitzwilliam! Your book has been on my radar since it came out! Wishing you continued success!

Felicia

melora said...

Thank you for the giveaway!
This is my first time on your blog, its hilarious!
melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

Emma said...

This book sound wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.thanks for the chance.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

Michele said...

SOunds Awesome!!

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Marci said...

Ohhh! I would love to win this book! It sounds incredible!! Thanks for participating in the hop!

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Alexandria said...

Thanks for a chance to win!! It sounds so interesting!
alexandriatheo AT gmail DOT com

Krystal said...

Thank you, looks like a great book! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

Amanda said...

I love Pride and Prejudice!!
Thanks for the giveaway
amelno at gmail.com

Janelle said...

Now that Lucy P, is safely back in restraints, the riots in front of Safeway have been quelled, & the dust has settled, Karen, your post remains point-on, hysterically, funny, & only too true of human nature. If they only knew the craft required for a single viable paragraph, let alone published work. Kudos, to you Karen, & to your husband for encouraging you! And the video rocks!
Best wishes and thanks for a chance to win this fantabulous giveaway!
Chanticlear1(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Devony said...

Thanks for the chance! wilsondev(At)gmail(dot)com

Sherry Gloag said...

:-) your video and enjoyed your introduction as much as your excerpt.
sherrygloag at gmail dot com

pinkseele said...

I would love to read this book. I have read so many good reviews about it.

pinkseele(at)gmail(dot)com

DeeDeeBamaGirl said...

Thank you for the chance to win the book! I am subscribing to your website and looking around it because I love everything Jane Austen! deedeebamagirl at yahoo dot com

mamabunny13 said...

I would love to win this! Thanks for the chance.
mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

Thank you for the giveaway!
gfc - jbronderblogs
jbronderblogs at aol dot com

jacque said...

I love your satirical humour on your blog..can only imagine what the book will show! twinmomx5 at gmail

jacque

Dani @ Refracted Light said...

Loved the excerpt from this. Have always wondered more about Col. Fitzwilliam. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

dani AT refractedlightreviews DOT com

ML said...

Great giveaway-thank you!

mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

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frunchezzcuh said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

I enjoyed reading the excerpt. Congrats with your book :)

hellgirl_fran@yahoo.com

Ricki said...

Sounds like a great read for Austen fans.
rickimc[at]aol[dot]com

Karen Wasylowski said...

You guys are wonderful!! Never expected to be noticed in this sea of books! Thanks very much.

robinhelm said...

Enter me, too, Karen. The You Tube video was great, and I'm certain that your book would be even better. Robin Helm

geschumann said...

Thank you! Gloria Schumann

geschumann at live dot com

MonicaP said...

I love this book and would be so happy if I won a copy! You write the most hilarious Lady Catherine ever, and the relationships portrayed - between Darcy and Richard, Darcy and Lizzy, Richard and Amanda, and Lady Cat and her "boys" - made me laugh and cry. I also enjoyed the follow up stories on DWG and very much look forward to reading Georgiana's story.

monicaperry00@gmail.com

Krysykat said...

Great giveaway!

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ASHLEY HOLT said...

thanks

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IandSsmom said...

Thank you for the giveaway!!
gFC Shannon Johnson
shannonjean14(at)gmail(dot)com

AEKZ2 said...

I'd love to read your book!

annettekz2@yahoo.com

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