Good Afternoon everyone,
I hope this summer is treating you well! Is it warm enough to go to the beach in your part of the globe?
I have been on vacations for the last week and I have spent lots of time at the beach, which is great because it means I’m finally having more time to read. But I’ll post all about that next week because today I want to disclose to you, for the first time, the cover of Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley.
This is the debut book of author Kelly Miller who is publishing through Meryton Press, and she took on an interesting premise for those who love a little paranormal in their JAFF 🙂
I have been pleasantly surprised with some paranormal variations I’ve read, so I’m looking forward to see where Mrs. Miller will take us with this story. Today I am not only sharing the cover with you, but also the blurb and a guest post where the author explains a little of this story and how it came to fruition. I hope you like it.
What will the master of Pemberley do when confronted with the mercurial whims of an all-powerful angel?
Fitzwilliam Darcy’s well-ordered life is about to become a chaotic nightmare. A man of fortune, property, and social prominence, he has everything he could desire. Blissfully married to his wife, Elizabeth, they have a two-year-old son. With so much to live for, Darcy is shaken by a near-fatal riding accident. After a miraculous escape, he is visited by an otherworldly being: an angel of death named Graham. Threatening dire consequences, Graham compels Darcy to guide him on a sojourn in the world of mortals.
Darcy immediately questions the angel’s motives when he demands to be a guest at Pemberley. Can he trust Graham’s assurance that no harm will come to his wife and child? And why does Graham insist on spending time with Elizabeth? How can Darcy possibly protect his family from an angel with power over life and death?
In this romantic fantasy, the beloved couple from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice must contend with both human and unearthly challenges. Are the fates against them? Or will their extraordinary love conquer all?
Do you like the blurb? Isn’t it something completly different from anything you’ve seen so far? Do you want to read this story as soon as it comes out? Well, you can do just that if you pre-order it. The pre-order is now available for 5,95$ and the book will be uploaded into your kindle as soon as it is released on June 14th.
Jane Austen ended Pride & Prejudice with enough information for readers to infer that Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy would live happily ever after.
I wanted to write a continuation of Pride & Prejudice, a story of Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy as a married couple. I pondered questions such as: What sort of marriage would they have? In her new role as Mistress of Pemberley, would Elizabeth feel pressured to become a different person? Would she retain her sense of humour and be free to continue her habit of taking solitary walks? How would Elizabeth and Darcy handle differences of opinion? Would a continued estrangement from Lady Catherine, the sister of Darcy’s deceased mother, cause tension between the couple?
Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley, is a fantasy in which Fitzwilliam Darcy, married to his beloved Elizabeth for almost three years, is visited by an angel of death. This story highlights the deep, enduring love between Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy as the couple face challenges that threaten their relationship.
My daughter, Alexa, who typically shuns the limelight, did me the enormous favor of allowing the use of her image in my cover photo. I predicted that she had the right mix of sweetness and impishness to make the perfect Elizabeth Bennet. Through the vision and talent of artist Janet Taylor, I was proved correct.
Now that you know more about this story are you curious to see the cover? I know I always am! Covers are a true addiction to me 🙂 Without further ado, here is the cover of Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley:
What do you think of it? Do you agree there is a certain impishness to this Elizabeth? I love it that authors get to add images of people who are special to them in their books covers, it just shows how close and unique this community is.
What kept me thinking about this cover was the dog, do you think he is Graham? I’m curious to know whom he really is, especially because I’m quite interested in Graham’s character and now I think he is it.
But you know that as a cover addict I could not avoid showing you the back cover too, after all, the front cover is nothing without a good back cover! At least that’s what I think 🙂
What do you think of this Darcy? Moreover, how beautiful and befitting is that black horse? Also, why is the hat on the floor? Knowing that Janet Tayler did this cover makes me believe that everything in the back cover has a meaning; she does tend to include clues of the story in the covers doesn’t she?
I really liked the personal touch that was given to this cover, and the background reminds me of Lyme Park, so it immediately takes me to my happy place. What do you think of it?
Kelly Miller discovered her appreciation for Jane Austen late in life, and her love of writing even later. It was the 1995 miniseries of Pride and Prejudice that made her take notice and want to read the actual book. It was many years later that she discovered the world of JAFF. After reading a slew of wildly inventive stories featuring the beloved characters created by Jane Austen, she was inspired to write one of her own. Now, writing is one of her favorite pastimes. When not writing, she spends her free time singing, playing the piano, and working out. (Yes, like Elizabeth Bennet, she is an excellent walker.) Kelly Miller lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, daughter and their many pets.
The blog tour for Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley is about to begin and its first stop is right here at From Pemberley to Milton. Please stop by on June 14 for more news on this new take on our favourite story 🙂
And of course, follow the rest of the tour for guest posts, excerpts and much, much more.
Thanks for stopping by and see you on June 14th 🙂