Thursday, January 21, 2010

Happy New Year!

The new year has got off to a very good start for me and I hope it's the same for everyone else! The first good thing was a sight of the cover for a Darcy Christmas anthology, which will be out in time for Christmas 2010! The publishing industry works a long way in advance as you can see! I finished the story in November, and I can't wait for it to hit the shelves, although I will have to, just like everyone else.

I had great fun writing the story. It takes place fourteen months after Lizzy and Darcy marry, and nine months after the end of Mr Darcy's Diary. Lizzy and Darcy go to visit Jane and Bingley over Christmas and there are some unexpected arrivals! I can't show you the cover yet, but I will be posting it nearer the time.

The second good thing was another cover, this time for The Mammoth Book of Regency Romance.

I was delighted to be asked to contribute a story for the anthology, and it will be out in June (or July if you're in the US). The story isn't related to Austen in any way, it's a Regency in the tradition of Georgette Heyer. Miss Annabelle Langley is a dashing aunt, but has love really passed her by?

I loved writing this story and I hope you will love reading it, too.

I'm also busy with other projects. I'm getting on well with Henry Tilney's Diary, and loving Northanger Abbey more and more as I write it. I always forget how much I love Northanger Abbey until I read it again. It has so many great lines, and Henry is such a witty hero. I hope to finish the book by Easter - famous last words! I think part of the reason I'm taking so long with it is that I just don't want to let it go. Life won't be the same when I can't run around Northanger Abbey and call it work!

Amanda Grange


Lynne said...

I love Northanger Abbey, too!

kate tremayne said...

Congratulations on your successes, Mandy. There are some great treats in store for your fans this year.

Elizabeth Hawksley said...

I read 'Northanger Abbey' to my daughter when she was a stroppy teenager. At the beginning, she was determined to be bored but by the time I got to the bit where Catherine is desperately trying to avoid John Thorpe at the Assembly Rooms, she fell off the chair laughing!

All power to your pen, Amanda. Looking forward to a great read.

Line SF said...

I'm looking forward reading the Darcy anthology, really enjoyed the diary when I read it. So that's one thing to put on my x-mas wish list this year :)

Jan Jones said...

All sounds great, Amanda.

Lisa said...

I can't wait for Tilney's Diary! He is my favorite Austen hero. When will it be out?

Amanda said...

Hi Lisa,
I don't have a release date for it yet, but at a guess it will probably be out at the start of 2011

Lisa said...

Thanks, Amanda. My anticipation is great. I've adored all the diaries. Each one has made me look at the Austen heroes with new eyes. I recommend them to everyone.