And here it is. The book and the blog tour!

The book is out. The e-book is, anyway. The paperback is due in the next couple of weeks. And the blog tour is set. *Deep breaths*

A Searing Acquaintance Blog Tour Schedule
3/7: Excerpt & Giveaway at My Jane Austen Book Club 
3/8: Guest Post & Giveaway at So Little Time… 
3/9: Review at Tomorrow is Another Day
3/10: Author Interview & Giveaway at From Pemberley to Milton
3/11: Character Interview & Giveaway at More Agreeably Engaged
3/12: Excerpt & Giveaway at Babblings of A Bookworm 
3/13: Review at Liz’s Reading Life
3/14: Review at Half Agony, Half Hope
3/15: Review at Margie’s Must Reads
3/16: Excerpt & Giveaway at Best Sellers and Best Stellars
3/17: Guest Post at My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice 
3/18: Review at Diary of an Eccentric
3/19: Review at Just Jane 1813
3/20: Excerpt & Giveaway at Delighted Reader 
3/21: Guest Post & Giveaway at Austenesque Reviews


It’s all pretty wonderful. And very strange to have coworkers and friends who never knew I wrote fiction, let alone adore Jane Austen (or had a romantic novel in me), say they’re reading the book and start asking me questions.  But it’s pretty heartwarming too.

And here it is...designed by the talented Zuki at MP
And here it is…designed by the talented Zuki at MP

On the verge…

….of the cover reveal and the roll-out of A Searing Acquaintance. First-time author here, full of jangly nerves and wide-eyed anticipation. (Does this get old? Do authors grow jaded? Will people like my book? Even the sad parts? I hope so.)

The story has been with me for two years now, and the characters haven’t let go of my imagination. Actually, some of the Darcys and Elizabeths in the very first JAFF I read, some ten years ago, are still in my head too. I adore stories with deep characterization and shadings and I relish memorable dialogue. (And I like parenthetical asides, much to my amazing editor’s chagrin. Sorry, Gail!)
A Searing Acquaintance has been edited, proofed and re-proofed, and is ready for publication by Meryton Press. It will be available soon in Kindle and print versions—in fact, just a couple of weeks from today: March 1.

But first up is the cover reveal on February 15. I’m absolutely thrilled with it and how it conveys a very emotional story. Cover designer Zorylee Diaz-Lupitou did a wonderful job. I’m so grateful to her and to Gail Warner, and to the great people at Meryton Press, especially copyeditor/layout designer Ellen Pickels, and publisher Michele Reed.

And here we go!