The Darcy Monologues Cover Reveal & Giveaways

Hello dear readers,

You know how much I love book covers, so it is no surprise that I’m always more than ready to share a book cover with you. But today, I’m even more happy to do so because the book cover I’m about to reveal, along with 16 other bloggers, is an anthology edited by Christina Boyd who brought together most of my favourite authors! Who can resist a book full of Darcy stories written by so many talented authors? I know I can’t! But before revealing the book cover, I’ll let you read the blurb :

“You must allow me to tell you…”

For over two hundred years, Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy has captivated readers’ imaginations as the ultimate catch. Rich. Powerful. Noble. Handsome. And yet, as Miss Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” is established through Elizabeth Bennet’s fine eyes, how are we to know what his tortured soul is indeed thinking? How does Darcy progress from “She is tolerable: but not handsome enough to tempt me” to “I thought only of you”?

In this romance anthology, fifteen Austen-inspired authors assemble to sketch Darcy’s character through a series of re-imaginings, set in the Regency through contemporary times—from faithful narratives to the fanciful. Herein “The Darcy Monologues”, the man himself reveals his intimate thoughts, his passionate dreams, and his journey to love—all told with a previously concealed wit and enduring charm.

Stories by: Susan Adriani * Sara Angelini * J. Marie Croft * Karen M Cox * Jan Hahn * Jenetta James * Lory Lilian * KaraLynne Mackrory * Beau North * Ruth Phillips Oakland * Natalie Richards * Sophia Rose * Joana Starnes * Melanie Stanford * Caitlin Williams

I’m sure you’re familiar with all these names, but in case you want to know a little more about them, you can find the author biographies below:

  • Formally trained as a fine artist and illustrator, Susan Adriani discovered her passion for storytelling over a decade after she graduated from a local art college near her childhood home in New England. Susan is the author of The Truth about Mr. Darcy and Darkness Falls upon Pemberley.
  • Sara Angelini is a lawyer living in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, three kids, two dogs, a frog, some fish, and a few hundred stick bugs. She never went to veterinary school but if she had, she would have been a true proficient. She enjoys writing from Darcy’s point of view in a way that shows his humor and vulnerability. Her first book, The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy, was published in 2008. She is the co-founder of http://www.austenunderground.com, where her other Pride and Prejudice-inspired works can be read.
  • Karen M Cox is an award-winning author of four novels accented with romance and history: 1932, Find Wonder in All Things, At the Edge of the Sea, and Undeceived. She also wrote “Northanger Revisited 2015”, which appeared in the anthology Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer. Originally from Everett, Karen now lives in Central Kentucky with her husband, works as a pediatric speech pathologist, encourages her children, and spoils her granddaughter. Like Austen’s Emma, Karen has many hobbies and projects she doesn’t quite finish, but like Elizabeth Bennet, she aspires to be a great reader and an excellent walker.
  • Marie Croft is a self-proclaimed word nerd and adherent of Jane Austen’s quote “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.’ Bearing witness to her fondness for Pride and Prejudice, wordplay, and laughter are Joanne’s light-hearted novel, Love at First Slight, a Babblings of a Bookworm Favourite Read of 2014, her humorous short story, “Spyglasses and Sunburns,” in the Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer anthology, and a playful novella, A Little Whimsical in His Civilities, Just Jane 1813’s Favorite JAFF Novella of 2016.
  • Award-winning writer Jan Hahn is the author of four Austen-inspired novels. She studied music at the University of Texas but discovered her true love was a combination of journalism and literature. Her first book, An Arranged Marriage, was published in 2011, followed by The Journey, The Secret Betrothal, and A Peculiar Connection. She agrees with Mr. Darcy’s words in Pride and Prejudice: “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” She is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, lives in Texas, has five children and a gaggle of gorgeous grandchildren.
  • Jenetta James is a mother, lawyer, writer, and taker-on of too much. She grew up in Cambridge and read history at Oxford University where she was a scholar and president of the Oxford University History Society. After graduating, she took to the law and now practices full time as a barrister. Over the years, she has lived in France, Hungary and Trinidad as well as her native England. Jenetta currently lives in London with her husband and children where she enjoys reading, laughing and playing with Lego. She is the author of Suddenly Mrs. Darcy and The Elizabeth Papers.
  • Lory Lilian fell in love with Pride and Prejudice thirty-three years ago and discovered the charm of Jane Austen fanfiction exactly twenty years later. She lives in Bucharest, Romania, is a proud mother of an amazing daughter, and addicted to anything Austen. After a career in business, she dedicates her time to reading and writing. Lory is the author of six bestselling books: Rainy Days, Remembrance of the Past, His Uncle’s Favorite, The Perfect Match, Sketching Mr. Darcy, The Rainbow Promise, and A Man with Faults. JAFF readers call her the “Queen of Hot Mush” and she loves it.
  • KaraLynne Mackrory is no newbie to the writing world. She made her debut as an author at the tender age of 13 when she wrote her first set of bad poetry. As a young adult, she steered clear of bad prose and achieved a degree in social work. Years later, she has published four Austen inspired novels so full of romantic sensibilities as to give you a swoon and hopefully a few laughs. Her books turned out better than her poetry and are: Falling for Mr. Darcy, Bluebells in the Mourning, the IPPY award-winning Haunting Mr. Darcy, and Yours Forevermore, Darcy.
  • Beau North is the author of Longbourn’s Songbird, The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy, and a contributor to the anthology Then Comes Winter. Beau is a native southerner who now calls Portland, Oregon home with her husband and two cats. She attended the University of South Carolina where she began a lifelong obsession with literature. In her spare time, Beau is the co-host of the podcast Excessively Diverted: Modern Austen Onscreen.
  • Mild-mannered business woman by day, hopeless romantic by night, Ruth Phillips Oakland was always a fan of the fictional gentleman from Derbyshire, but it was her discovery of Jane Austen fanfiction in 2006 that inspired Ruth to become a writer. Ruth has written dozens of short stories posted online and the published novel entitled, My BFF. Ruth lives in New England with her favorite husband of over thirty years and is thrilled to be included in this anthology with so many of her favorite authors and friends.
  • Natalie Richards is a writer, blogger, and singer. She started her book review blog, Songs & Stories, in late 2010 after falling in love with Jane Austen fanfiction. Her writing can also be found on Figment, the Darcy & Lizzy Forum, TeenInk Magazine, and in the Austenesque anthologies Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer and Then Comes Winter. She resides with her family in the Oregon countryside and currently works as a waitress and babysitter.
  • Sophia Rose is a native Californian currently residing in Michigan. A long-time Jane Austen fan, she is a contributing author to Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer and Then Comes Winter anthologies. Sophia’s love for writing began as a teen writing humorous stories submitted for creative writing class and high school writing club. Writing was set aside while Sophia pursued degrees and certificates in education, special education, family history, and social work leading to a rewarding career. Health issues led to reduced work hours and an opportunity to read, beta, and review books, and return to writing stories that lean toward the humorous side and always end with a happily ever after.
  • Melanie Stanford reads too much, plays music too loud, is sometimes dancing, and always daydreaming. She would also like her very own TARDIS, but only to travel to the past. She lives in Canada with her husband and four kids. She is the author of SWAY, a retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, and the short story “Becoming Fanny” featured in the anthology Then Comes Winter. Her second novel, Collide, inspired by Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, is coming soon. You can find her at melaniestanfordbooks.com, on Twitter @MelMStanford, and on Facebook @ MelanieStanfordauthor.
  • Joana Starnes lives in the south of England with her family. Over the years, she has swapped several hats—physician, lecturer, clinical data analyst—but feels most comfortable in a bonnet. She has been living in Georgian England for decades in her imagination and plans to continue in that vein till she lays hands on a time machine. She is the author of seven Austen-inspired novels: From This Day Forward ~ The Darcys of Pemberley, The Subsequent Proposal, The Second Chance, The Falmouth Connection, The Unthinkable Triangle, Miss Darcy’s Companion, and Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter. You can connect with Joana through her website http://www.joanastarnes.co.uk/ and on Facebook via All Roads Lead to Pemberley.
  • Caitlin Williams is an award-winning author of two novels, Ardently and the best-selling The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet, both of which spin the plot of Pride and Prejudice around but keep the characters just the same. Originally from South London, Caitlin spent thirteen years as a detective in the Metropolitan Police but is currently on a break from Scotland Yard so she can spend more time at home with her two children and write. She now lives in Kent, where she spends a lot of time daydreaming about Mr. Darcy, playing with dinosaurs, and trying not to look at the laundry pile.
  • Christina Boyd wears many hats as she is an editor under her own banner The Quill Ink, a contributor to Austenprose, and a ceramicist and proprietor of Stir Crazy Mama’s Artworks. A life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Christina lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her dear Mr. B, two busy teenagers, and a retriever named BiBi. Visiting Jane Austen’s England was made possible by her book boyfriend and star crush Henry Cavill when she won a trip to meet him on the London Eye in the spring of 2017.

I know you must have seen several pictures such as the below advertising the book right? Multi-talented author Beau North designed the individual fantastic short story graphics for the social media promotions. I think each gives a lovely overall feel for each story.


Everytime I see one of these pictures I start wondering what the story is about, if it is modern, or regency of if the story happens on a diferente era. Sometimes it’s easy to guess, but in some cases such as this, it’s not obvious, so I keep thinking about it and counting the days before I can actually read the entire book!!! But if these add pictures captured my attention and enticed me to read the book, what should I say about the cover??! What do you think? I can’t stop looking at “this” Darcy, but maybe it’s just me…or not 🙂

The amazing cover art is the genius of Shari Ryan of MadHat Books. She took the cover concept and created exactly as Christina envisioned. Shari professionally, quickly, and concisely handled Christina’s countless questions, suggestions, and “just one more tweak” in the challenging format of the print interior—even had a special script code written to make it happen. And then when the original concept had to be scrapped because of the print-on-demand company’s limitations that were beyond their control (long, convoluted story only to be shared over strong cocktails), Shari AGAIN created the present cover and interior for both print and e-book.


Check out all the blogs Participating in the Cover Reveal

My Love for Jane Austen; Margie’s Must Reads; My Jane Austen Book Club;

Austenesque Reviews: Of Pens and Pages; More Agreeably Engaged;

So Little Time; Diary of an Eccentric; Book Lover in Florida;

My Vices and Weaknesses; Savvy Verse & Wit; Every Savage Can Dance

Obsessed with Mr Darcy; Polished and Bubbly; The Reading Frenzy;

Just Jane 1813 and From Pemberley to Milton

The book is already available for pre-order. Click here to go to Amazon.com and ad it to your cart.

Also The Darcy Monologues Blog Tour ia about to begin, make sure you don’t miss it!

April 3 / My Jane Austen Book Club / Launch Post & Giveaway

April 10 / Babblings of a Bookworm/ Book Review & Giveaway

April 17 / The Reading Frenzy / Guest Post & Giveaway

April 20 / My Love for Jane Austen / Guest Post & Giveaway

April 24 / Margie’s Must Reads / Book Review & Giveaway

May 1 / From Pemberley to Milton / Book Review & Giveaway

May 8 / Just Jane 1813 / Book Excerpt & Giveaway

May 15 / Austenesque Reviews / Book Review & Giveaway

May 22 / Austenesque Reviews / Guest Post & Giveaway

May 25 / Of Pens and Pages / Book Review & Giveaway

May 29 / More Agreeably Engaged / Book Review & Giveaway

June 5 / So Little Time / Book Excerpt & Giveaway

June 12 / Diary of an Eccentric/ Book Review & Giveaway

June 19 / Book Lover in Florida / Book Excerpt & Giveaway

June 26 / My Vices and Weaknesses / Book Review & Giveaway

July 3 / Savvy Verse & Wit / Book Review & Giveaway

The cover reveal comes along with a giveaway of two prizes for two separate winners.

One winner will be selected to win a Kindle Fire with Alexa, and a 7” display, and another one will a $25.00 Etsy gift card.

All entries for the Kindle Fire with Alexa will be entered through the Rafflecopter link shown below:

Kindle Fire with Alexa

To enter the giveaway for a $25.00 Etsy gift card readers will create a Pinterest Board named The Darcy Monologues and post all fifteen story images from the cover reveals, one per each author included in the anthology, and Tweet the board on Twitter. The Tweet must include the hashtag, #TheDarcyMonologues.

This giveaway will take place from March 27 – April 21, 2017 and the winner will be announced on April 22, 2017.

Good Luck everyone!

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42 responses to “The Darcy Monologues Cover Reveal & Giveaways

  1. Sophia Rose

    Ah, Rita! Thanks so much for hosting our cover reveal. It has been fun reading all the fun quote graphics.

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    • It’s a pleasure to be part of this cover reveal Sophia! I think Christina had a genius idea to put all of you together in one single book! I’m really eager to read all the stories! And it is wonderful to be a part of the release with all these great bloggers: )

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      • Christina Boyd

        Thank you, for your kind words abd enthusiasm. And for being a part of this reveal! So appreciated! So excited!

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  2. I am so glad you could join us for the reveal. Thank you for highlight Joana’s lovely story too.

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  3. jenettajames

    Love Joana’s teaser! thank you for being a party of this cover reveal party, looking forward to all of the stories:-)

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  4. Sheila L.Majczan

    How do I copy the above Lory Lillian cover picture to my Pinterest Board? I did read about this on JustJane1813 also.

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  5. Yepeee! It’s happening at last! Huge thanks for hosting the cover reveal, Rita, and for everything else 🙂

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  6. beaunorthwrites

    Thanks for the shout-out on the graphics, Rita! It was a real pleasure trying to contextualize some of these quotes Christina provided from the anthology. And I know for a fact that this Anthology will more than live up to the hype 🙂 Thanks so much for participating in our big reveal!

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    • I love the graphics Beau! I had no idea you were the one doing them prior to this post, but I had already praised them for the appeal. So congrats to you!! They are amazing, and every time I see one of them I want to read the story to which the graphic is related to 🙂

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      • Christina Boyd

        Beau is multi-talented! I’m am impressed with all she does to support the project! XO many thanks.

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  7. Glynis

    I love all these cover reveal posts. All the stories look wonderful. I do love stories from Darcy’s POV. I am desperate to read this book and have pre ordered it so I will get it asap (although still a few weeks to wait 🙇) Thanks for this post Rita.

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    • Thanks for stopping by Glynis, like you I am eager to read this one. It has everything to become one of those I’ll revisit frequently 🙂 I really have big expectations towards it.

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  8. Carole in Canada

    Loving these quotes and reveals! Excited to read this…great work everyone!

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  9. Rita, many, many thanks for being part of our Cover Reveal! We are excited beyond words, and so happy you’re a part of it.

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    • Thank you Susan! I almost missed this chance as somehow I didn’t see Claudine’s email on time, thankfully she is a masterpiece at organising these things and still allowed me to participate. I would be heartbroken to have missed the opportunity to be a part of this cover reveal: ))

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  10. Thanks for taking part in our cover reveal! ❤

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  11. Mary

    Cover is fab!! Can’t wait to read all these Darcyesque stories!!! Well done to all the contributing authors!!

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  12. KateB

    I’m thinking – Pemberley visit? we will see in 2 months, Rita.
    I’ve just pre-ordered the book. 🙂

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  13. Thanks for sharing our handsome cover with your readers, Rita.
    Inside the cover there should be a Darcy to suit everyone’s taste. Whether Regency, modern, or whatever era, he is very much what he ever was.

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    • That’s why I love anthologies, they are always (or should be) so diverse that we always find soemthing to our tastes, and we never know what we will get 🙂 I like the surprise factor: )

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  14. karenmcoxbooks

    Thanks, Rita, for letting The Darcy Monologues stop in! I think readers will really enjoy the variety of stories in the anthology. Good luck everyone!

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  15. I must add my thanks, Rita. There is lots of romance and lots and lots of Darcy in this collection, so I know you’re going to love it.

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  16. Lory’s quote and the graphic for it are awesome. I’m anxious to get my hands on this book and be part of the tour!
    Glad you made the reveal, Rita! 🙂

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  17. Stop No. 15 (I think – may have to go back, recheck and look at all of these lovely teasers and quotes all over again. And of course, those two gorgeous gentlemen – it’ll be such a tough job!)

    I’m not sure which is my favourite teaser quote and picture yet. This one is gorgeous, though. Beau has done an amazing job, picking quotes and matching them to pictures. Can’t wait to read them in context. Lory’s story sounds as though it may be a Regency one.

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    • I Loved all the quotes and graphics, both Christina were very successful in getting us to think about the stories weren’t they Anji?
      I would say lory’s story is definitely regency 🙂 But, one never knows…lets wait and see 🙂

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  18. Christina Boyd

    Here’s a trick. Yes, it’s easy to tell by the cover who is writing Regency and who isn’t. The authors listed together beginning with Caitlin Williams wrote Regency era stories.

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