Sunday, October 25, 2009

Willoughby's Return, Publication Day, November 1st, and Blog Tour

There's just about a week left before the official release of Willoughby's Return, which is very exciting. I've been thrilled to receive my author copies from Sourcebooks - it's wonderful to hold the book in my hands at last!

I'm doing a blog tour which I'm looking forward to very much - I hope you will join me.
Smexy Books 26/10/09
Psychotic State blogspot 27/10/09
Jane Austen's World 10/11/09
Book Nerd Extraordinaire 2/11/09
Everything Victorian 3/11/09
Savvy, Verse and Wit 4/11/09
A Bibliophile's Bookshelf 5/11/09
The Bookworm Blogspot 6/11/09
Books Like Breathing9/11/09
Fresh Fiction12/11/09
Love, Romance, Passion 11 & 13/11/09
I'm going to be doing interviews and 'talking' about the inspiration behind the book, as well as my artwork, which I must admit has been a little neglected of late. In celebration of the publication there will be some new paintings, some fun stuff, quizzes and the like, as well as prizes! So keep an eye open on my blog Jane Austen Sequels from November 1st!

I loved writing about the relationship between Marianne and her husband Colonel Brandon. They love one another deeply, but are often guilty of not communicating (in a very English way) on subjects that are dear to their hearts. What people say to one another and what they keep back is a fascinating subject for me. I thought the relationship that the Colonel shares with his ward Miss Williams alongside the relationship with her child who is also Willoughby's daughter would create a certain tension between them. Punctuated by outbursts from Marianne followed by silences on the subject as she listens to her sister's advice, I felt the conflicts would most likely end in reserve and avoidance.
Margaret Dashwood is just the age for falling in love - her story is woven in with Marianne's. Will Margaret find her true love within the pages of Willoughby's Return?

Jane Odiwe


kate tremayne said...

Congratulations Jane. This is an intriguing story and I am sure the books will fly off the shelves for you. Great cover and another wonderful illustration for us to enjoy.

Melinda Hammond/Sarah Mallory said...

Lovely blog, beautifully illustrated. The book sounds fascinating, Jane - good luck with the launch

Jane Odiwe said...

Thank you very much, Kate and Melinda, for your lovely comments and good wishes!

Beth Elliott said...

Congratulations, Jane. the name Willoughby was just begging for a story... looking forward to reading it. i hope to join you on a blog shortly as well.


Jane Odiwe said...

Beth, thank you so much - I shall look forward to you joining me on a blog soon!

Jane Jackson said...

It's a terrific cover, Jane, and a fascinating story. I wish you every success.

Jane Odiwe said...

Thank you very much, Jane, for your lovely comments.