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It suddenly looks very autumnal here in the UK, though the temperature is surprisingly high. I love this season – outside the leaves are turning to shades of red, russet and lemon, mornings are misty, and the nights are drawing in. What better time than to curl up with a new book!

Project Darcy – Jane Odiwe

I’m so excited to reveal the cover of my upcoming book, Project Darcy! In this special year of the 200th anniversary, I wanted to celebrate with a ‘darling child’ of my own.

 It is high summer when Ellie Bentley joins an archaeological dig at Jane Austen’s childhood home. She’s always had a talent for ‘seeing’ into the past and is not easily disturbed by her encounters with ‘Mr Darcy’s ghost’ at the house where she’s staying. When Ellie travels into the past she discovers exactly what happened whilst Jane danced her way through the snowy winter of 1796. As Steventon Rectory and all its characters come to life, Ellie discovers the true love story lost in Pride and Prejudice – a tale which has its own consequences for her future destiny, changing her life beyond imagination.

I’ve had a very exciting week – with Mr Darcy’s Secret being featured on BBC, The One Show, along with fellow author friends, Amanda Grange, and Karen Doornebos.

Mr Darcy’s Secret on The One Show!

And then a fellow Austenite on twitter, @austengeek, sent me a lovely tweet about Willoughby’s Return having a mention in Entertainment Weekly in the US! Great excitement, too, for many of my fellow authors on Austen Authors – Regina Jeffers, Alyssa Goodnight, Mary Lydon Simonsen, and author friends, Margaret C. Sullivan, Amanda Grange, Kara Louise, and Vera Nazarian.

Entertainment Weekly

November 5th 2013 is launch day for Project Darcy and I shall be giving away a number of treats that week in conjunction with the release of my book. Please come back in due course for more details!

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Jane Austen’s House in Bath

I’m getting very excited because Searching for Captain Wentworth, my new book is going to be ready in time for September. The cover is almost finished, and I hope it will be up on Amazon soon. Persuasion is my favourite of Jane Austen’s novels for so many reasons – one of which being that you can visit the places where she set her fantastic book. Bath and Lyme are wonderful places to go, and you can still walk along streets that Jane mentioned like Bond Street, Milsom Street, Great Pulteney Street, Rivers Street, Gay Street and the Gravel Walk, or visit well-known landmarks such as the Assembly Rooms, and the Pump Rooms in Bath. In Lyme, you can still walk along the Cobb, though I wouldn’t recommend jumping down any steps – the set known as ‘Granny’s Teeth are particularly treacherous! Jane doesn’t name the ‘principal street almost hurrying into the water’, but you can still walk down Broad Street and visit all the lovely shops which take you down to the sea. Charmouth and Uplyme are also mentioned and not far from Lyme Regis itself, as is Pinny or Pinhay.

Sydney Gardens

I decided I wanted to write something a little different this time, and the idea of a time travel book really appealed. If you’ve ever been to Bath you’ll know what an atmospheric city it is, especially when it’s rainy and misty in winter or at night when the street lamps still give the impression of old gas lighting. I’ve had several inexplicable experiences in Bath, which some might say are the result of an overactive imagination and several haunting dreams which provided a lot of the inspiration for this book. Whether it has anything to do with the fact that I can see Jane Austen’s garden from my window, and catch a glimpse of Sydney Gardens and the Holburne Museum, I cannot say, but to me my dreams were so real that I felt I’d gone back in time.

Lyme

Here’s a little blurb about the book.

  When aspiring writer, Sophie Elliot, receives the keys to the family townhouse in Bath, it’s an invitation she can’t turn down, especially when she learns that she will be living next door to the house her favourite author, Jane Austen, lived in. But, the neglected house is harbouring more than the antiquated furniture and nesting mice, though initially Sophie tries to dismiss the haunting visions of a young girl. On discovering that an ancient glove belonging to her mysterious neighbour, Josh Strafford, will transport her back in time to Regency Bath, she questions her sanity, but Sophie is soon caught up in two dimensions, each reality as certain as the other. Torn between her life in the modern world, and that of her ancestor who befriends Jane Austen and her fascinating brother Charles, Sophie’s story travels two hundred years across time, and back again, to unite this modern heroine with her own Captain Wentworth. Blending fact and fiction together the tale of Jane Austen’s own quest for happiness weaves alongside, creating a believable world of new possibilities for the inspiration behind the beloved novel, Persuasion.



Granny’s Steps on the Cobb

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My little trip to Lyme in February seems so long ago now, and I’m always dreaming about the next time I might be able to go. As I’ve managed to break my hip – not by jumping off the Cobb, I hasten to add – I can’t see I shall be able to go for a little while, though my darling sister has suggested pushing me in a wheelchair along the Cobb wall! I thought I’d go through the photos I took in February just to remind myself of Lyme’s special beauty, and hopefully, by the time I’m walking again, not only will I be able to go up on the Cobb again, but be enjoying finer weather!

Lyme Regis

I love the subdued tones of these pictures – Lyme has been a real inspiration for my writing, and I’m excited to announce that my next book will be out by September! It’s the first in a series – Time Travels with Jane Austen, and it’s entitled, Searching for Captain Wentworth.
When aspiring writer, Sophie Elliot, receives the keys to the family townhouse in Bath, it’s an invitation she can’t turn down, especially when she learns that she will be living next door to the house her favourite author, Jane Austen, lived in. But, the neglected house is harbouring more than the antiquated furniture and nesting mice, though initially Sophie tries to dismiss the haunting visions of a young girl. On discovering that an ancient glove belonging to her mysterious neighbour, Josh Strafford, will transport her back in time to Regency Bath, she questions her sanity, but Sophie is soon caught up in two dimensions, each reality as certain as the other. Torn between her life in the modern world, and that of her ancestor who befriends Jane Austen and her fascinating brother Charles, Sophie’s story travels two hundred years across time, and back again, to unite this modern heroine with her own Captain Wentworth. Blending fact and fiction together the tale of Jane Austen’s own quest for happiness weaves alongside, creating a believable world of new possibilities for the inspiration behind the beloved novel, Persuasion. 
Lyme Regis
The story is set in Bath and Lyme, two of my favourite places in the whole world! It’s a bit different to my usual sequels as it’s set in both the present and the past. I’ve enjoyed writing it so much, and I hope to bring more news about it very soon.
Looking towards the Cobb at Lyme

Lyme Regis-walk down to the beach

Looking towards the Cobb, Lyme Regis

Lyme seagulls

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