Good Afternoon everyone,
How is the first month of the year treating you? I hope January has been as good to you as it was to me.
I’ve travelled to Norway with my husband and some friends and loved every single second of my trip. I got to see my favourite singer perform in what will be the most memorable concert ever, and was amazed at the beauty of the country. The fiords are certainly a place I will like to go back to.
Apart from that, I was able to read more than usual with almost 5 books completed, and start a little project that I will be launching shortly. I’m eager to tell you all about it, but that will have to wait because today I would like to talk to you about a new feature I would like to start called “author of the month”.
Last month I started thinking about a particular author and how incredible I find her because of her diversity etc., and I thought she deserved a shout out because of everything she has accomplished, one thing led to the other and I came up with the idea of talking about a different author each month. This is something I’m still working on and your feedback will be very welcomed! What would you prefer to read in this feature? An author interview? An author post? Or a post written by me about the author? I decided to start with something simple, just a shout out to an author whose books I love and can’t get tired of.
The author of the month in January is Joana Starnes due to her 5th audiobook released this month. Joana released the audiobook for Mr. Darcy’s Dutiful Daughter last year and has not stopped releasing the other volumes in audio version ever since, she wrote a post that you can read here at From Pemberley to Milton about how it all came to life in case you’re interested to know the story behind this decision 🙂
Her latest release was The Subsequent Proposal which has a special place in my heart because it is a mash up of my two favourite novels: Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion. Have you read this one? What did you think? I’ve read and reviewed it a long time ago, and I’m eager to start listening to the audiobook narrated by Stevie Zimmerman, one of my favourite narrators who was also interviewed here last year.
Joana also has a special place in my heart, she was the first author I ever received here at From Pemberley to Milton back in 2015 who was publishing in English (the very first was Moira Bianchi who had released a Portuguese P&P novel called 45 Dias a Europa com Sr. Darcy) and was one of the first authors I ever read. But what really makes a difference is her writing. I absolutely adore the intensity of Joana’s writing and how she portrays Darcy, Elizabeth and their relationship. Whenever she has a new release coming up I always think that if it is a Joana Starnes book, it cannot go wrong, and obviously it never does. There is something compelling in her writing, and if you’ve read any of her books, I think you’ll understand what I mean.
So far she has written 7 novels and participated in 2 anthologies edited by Christina Boyd. She has written a sequel, several variations and 2 mash ups, but always found a way to keep me turning page after page in an eagerness to have more and more guilty pleasure moments that only end with the absolute despair of having finished her book and not having any more pages to devour. This happens to me in several books, but usually it doesn’t happen with all the books an author has released, hence the special place of Joana in my heart. She is one of the few who never disappoints.
To celebrate the release of her 5th audiobook, she has all her books on sale for 1,99$ or 2,99$ (depending on the title) until midnight today, so if you don’t own them yet, I highly recommend taking the opportunity to get them today. Tomorrow the prices will go up to their regular pricing.
I think most people have read her latest books, but have you read them all?
Here is the list of all her works:
From This Day Forward ~ The Darcys of Pemberley ~ A Pride & Prejudice sequel.
Amazon.com My review coming soon
The Second Chance ~ A Pride & Prejudice – Sense & Sensibility Variation.
Amazon.com My review coming soon
The Subsequent Proposal ~ A Tale of Pride, Prejudice and Persuasion.
The Falmouth Connection ~ A Pride & Prejudice Variation set in Poldark territory.
The Unthinkable Triangle ~ A Pride & Prejudice Variation, where loyalty comes at loggerheads with love.
Miss Darcy’s Companion ~ A Pride & Prejudice Variation where different circumstances change everything.
Mr. Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter – ~ A Pride & Prejudice Variation, where family loyalties lead to true happiness.
You can also find her stories in the following anthologies:
The Darcy Monologues ~ A Pride & Prejudice Anthology told from his point of view.
Dangerous to Know ~ A Pride & Prejudice Anthology, where Austen’s bad boys have a voice
The books I’ve mentioned above are just not enough for me and I’m counting the days until I can read a new book from Joana Starnes, I hope she will not keep me waiting for long. What about you? is she a favourite of yours too? If so, why?
Meet Joana Starnes:
Joana Starnes lives in the south of England with her family. A medical graduate, in more recent years she has developed an unrelated but enduring fascination with Georgian Britain in general and the works of Jane Austen in particular, as well as with the remarkable and flamboyant set of people who have given the Regency Period its charm and sparkle.
You can find Joana Starnes on:
Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/joana.a.starnes and http://www.facebook.com/AllRoadsLeadToPemberley.JoanaStarnes
Website at http://www.joanastarnes.co.uk
Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Joana_Starnes
Now, for my author of the month post, Joana would like to offer 5 audiobooks of The Subsequent Proposal plus one paperback of the revised book. The giveaway is international and to enter it all you have to do is comment on this post until the 10th of February. The winners will be announced shortly after.
Good Luck everyone!