Welcome to the WhiteFire Publishing Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to go back to stop #1 and collect all the clues in order. Once you have them all, you’ll have uncovered a secret message. Turn that in at the final stop for a chance to win one of THREE amazing prize packages!
• The Hunt begins at Roseanna White’s site
• Take your time! You have all weekend to complete the Hunt—entries will be counted until Monday June 26—so have fun reading all the posts along the way and getting to know each author
• Lots of extra prizes! Many of the authors are featuring unique giveaways as well, for even more chances to win!
• Submit your entry for the grand prizes back at Roseanna White’s blog.
Austen in Austin: Book or Party?
Both! Austen in Austin, a 2-volume series from WhiteFire, began as a fun, lighthearted conversation among friends and blog mates.
We were talking about Jane Austen adaptations when Anita Mae Draper said she might like Mr. Darcy better if he wore a Stetson.
I jokingly titled the project Austen in Austin.
Next thing you know, eight women, all inspirational authors of historical fiction, began brainstorming. Each of us took one of Austen's works to rewrite, historical Texas-style (Sense and Sensibility got two stories, one for each of the sisters in the original work.). We talked Austen books and watched movie adaptations of her stories. We researched historical Austin, Texas. We invented a street, Chawton Circle, and a finishing school for young ladies so our heroines would all have a home base in common. We created Pinterest Boards and documents so we could plan how to overlap characters and could describe what the school, which we named the Austen Academy, looked like.
Austen in Austin was truly a labor of love, a fun exercise with friends, and a delightful chance to spend time with Austen characters--in my case, by retelling Pride and Prejudice.
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy is now Will Delacourt, railroad magnate, and Elizabeth Bennet is now Eliza Branch, a striving journalist who is trying to pay her way through school and avoid the suitors thrown at her by her overbearing mother. Like their original Austen counterparts, Eliza and Will form terrible first impressions of one another...but will pride and prejudice stand in the way of a happy ever after?
My story, One Word From You, won the ACFW Genesis contest for Historical Romance in 2013. It was an amazing moment for me.
(If you like books set in Jane Austen's time, check out my novel The Reluctant Guardian about a spy, a woman who's in the wrong place at the wrong time wearing the wrong thing, and her two rascally nephews. If you like books set in the old west, you might like my novel My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho, a mail-order mix up with plenty of humor and heart. Just click the titles for links!)
Here’s the Stop #15 Scoop:
You can order Austen in Austin, Volume I, here:
Barnes and Noble
~OR~ you can order my individual Austen in Austin novella, the Genesis-winning One Word From You:
Barnes and Noble
Clue to Write Down: meets
Link to Stop #16, the Next Stop on the Loop: Suzie Johnson! Click here for her blog.
If you're going out of order, here are the links for each stop:
Melody Carlson (hosted)
When you're all finished, Submit Your Entries here!
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