Hello dear readers,
How are you this week? Have you been reading anything you recommend?
Today I’m bringing to you a different kind of post. Author Florence Gold is visiting to explain a little bit of her journey as an austenesque author, and to give you some intel regarding the publishing of her book Mr. Darcy’s Legacy. I’m not sure if you saw this book on Amazon a couple of weeks ago, but it is being re-published with some major changes in the plot and Ms Gold is here to explain that to all of you.
She is also offering a giveaway of the new version of the book, so good luck y’all! I hope you like the guest post, and I would love to hear your opinion about this book 🙂
Thank you much for having me at your lovely blog. I confess I am equally nervous and excited, as this is my first blog post since I joined the wonderful Austenesque community.
I will take this chance to share with you and your readers a little bit about me and my journey in JAFF world.
Writing and reading had been my passion since I can remember. I wrote novels, short stories, poems – my entire life, under the pen name ana damian. Some of my work had been published (quite successfully, I dare say, in another country and another language.)
I consider myself a romantic writer as my favourite background is love.
I adore changing places and styles, inventing plots, I enjoy documenting, and secretly live every love story I draw. I also enjoy changing the epochs but I never went farther back than the 1900s.
For some time Florence Gold was nothing but a sketching, a thought, a tentative attempt. Powered by the friendship with Lory Lillian and my eternal love for Jane Austen, and her extraordinary characters, it grew from an idea to a first novel with the power that only a dream has. While in my country, I have already written some novels, writing a literary text in English was so much different. I struggled in uncertainty and doubts for a while. I used English in my daily job (I am an IT consultant) for many years, and I knew I could write about facts, descriptions, storyline; but could I feel English on a high enough level, necessary to create the specific atmosphere of Pride and Prejudice? Did I know enough about Elizabeth and Darcy to involve them in a plot that was mine, still having the Austen touch?
Jane Austen was indeed a challenge as I quitted the last 100 years I knew and went back a hundred more. It was not an easy adjustment. My plots are flowing around me, I usually live what I write, but suddenly I found myself thrown into a world unknown to me.
Then one day Lory said: Enough talking, just try! (she can be really annoying and pushy at times, you know 😊 …)
It took me less than a month to write the first novel A Struggle for Love, and it was a rather strange process, where I assisted in astonishment at myself writing in English.
For the first novel, A Struggle for Love. I imagined a dynamic plot that sometimes takes nuances of a detective story.
Just weeks before his wedding to Elizabeth, Darcy departs for London to attend some urgent business. After three painful days, neither Georgiana nor Elizabeth has received any news from him. Has he run away, suddenly fearing married life or have more somber circumstances occurred?
The reception was rather good; I slowly became part of the community and I took their reviews and feedbacks with interest and seriousness.
So I gathered my courage and here is my second novel that I am happy to introduce to you all:
Mr Darcy’s Legacy
This novel had a rather unusual story, real adventures added to the imagined plot 😊. As soon as I posted (in hours), I had the bad surprise to receive a review that made me recall the novel and rethink all the plot… as my benevolent reviewer had unveiled in three sentences… the action… So I have the pleasure to present you a reloaded Mr Darcy’s Legacy hoping that all the readers who had bought the first will be able to update to the final version.
Here is the blurb:
Florence Gold’s second Austenesque novel will surprise you with a plot full of love, secrets, and unexpected turns of events for your favourite characters.
Mr Darcy is eagerly awaiting his wedding to Miss Elizabeth Bennet, the young woman he considered to be the mistress of his heart. Unfortunately, his family and mostly Lady Catherine and Lord Matlock are against this union, giving rise to countless rumours and speculations. London society enjoys scandal enough to embrace such an unexpected one, trapping Darcy and Elizabeth in a net of gossip that affects their tranquillity.
While their love grows stronger and their future seems it will be filled with connubial bliss, a letter from Darcy’s past shatters their present, making him question everything he has known his entire life. Is he prepared to open his heart and his mind to such a tormenting revelation? Is London’s Ton ready to accept such a disclosure, or will it turn it into a new subject for more disturbing rumours?
Will a gentleman such as Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy, who takes pride in his family’s past, accept that his legacy is not what he believed it to be?
So, while I am eagerly waiting to see what the readers will have to say about my new book, I am working hard. In the next months I intend to mix “ana damian” and Florence Gold into a novel based on Jane Austen’s novels, that takes place in 1916. It is a powerful story, involving all the significant circumstances of that period and focused on the changes into the women’ condition over the century that passed since Jane Austen’s time. I know it is an ambitious project and I am completely wrapped in it. I hope to have the chance of talking more of it once it is finished.
You can now find the new version of Mr. Darcy’s legacy at Amazon.com.
Florence Gold would like to offer to my readers 3 ebooks of Mr.Darcy’s Legacy. The giveaway is international and will end on the 24th of June. To apply just comment on this post and let us know you think about the blurb.
Good Luck everyone!