Isn't it beautiful? More on the cover in a minute.
A few years back, some of the collaborators at Inkwell Inspirations blog were chatting about Jane Austen books. Anita Mae Draper said she might like Mr. Darcy better if he wore a Stetson. And then...
kaboom! Eight of us at the Inkwell got busy retelling Austen stories, set in historical Austin, Texas, centered around a very special institution. We were excited, joyful, and delighted to be writing something TOGETHER.
My story, One Word From You, is Pride and Prejudice, 1883-Texas style. To get feedback on it, I entered it in the novella category of the ACFW Genesis contest back in 2013.
Unfortunately, the novella category folded due to lack of entries. I had an option at that point: withdraw, or place my novella into the Historical Romance category.
I chose to go the Historical Romance route, but with trepidation. I seriously doubted my little 20K word novella would hold up against 80-100K word novels, but I hoped I would receive some good comments from judges, and maybe even some encouragement.
It turned out the story finaled. And even though I believed it wouldn't win the Genesis, it did.
You can't imagine how exciting it is to see this story go to print. It's a thrill and honor that WhiteFire accepted the novellas, and it's humbling and delightful to share this with women who've walked with me since the earliest days of my writing career. We shared this dream together. A-ma-zing!
Oh, and the cover...Roseanna White does such amazing work! I teared up when I saw this. She is as gifted a cover-designer as she is a writer.
Austen in Austin will release in two volumes. The first, which includes my story, releases January of 2016 and is available for preorder on Amazon!