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Day 4 – Countdown to SINFUL SURRENDER

January 1, 2010


I’m going to make this post very brief, it is, after all, a holiday.

I wanted to take a moment to talk about some of the friends I’ve made along the way–this road to publication. After the Avon Fanlit ended, Chris Jacobs invitedΒ  everyone to join a forum she created called Fanlit Forever. πŸ™‚ Many ex-Avon Fanlitters joined. Many dropped off shortly afterward, but there were a dedicated number of us who remained and were very active on board. I was one of the ones that stayed active for awhile. This group consisted of some of the bottom 503 of Avon Fanlit. None of us had ever finaled in the contest, none of us were even close to publication. What we all wanted to do was write.

What I really loved about this group of women was they accepted everyone, regardless of accomplishments, regardless of writing skill. I was so happy to find a group that literally opened their arms to me. At that time I didn’t have a contract, I didn’t have an agent, I hadn’t won anything, and they liked me anyway. And the feeling was very mutual. Anastasia, Christina, Laurie, Kellye, Alice and Kelly, thank you for being exactly who you are. If I never, ever told you before what that meant to find a ‘writing home’ after Avon Fanlit, I’m telling you now. It meant A LOT. Writing can be a very lonely existence and it would have been even more so for me in that year that followed Avon Fanlit if I hadn’t had Fanlit Forever to go to. THANK YOU.
Huge Hugs

So, now that I’ve finished blubbering, who wants my favourite Jane Austen movie, the Pride and Prejudice DVD?

Come back on Monday, January 4th, when the Bonus Gift will be Lisa Kleypas’s Wallflower Series.


  1. Pick me I am a big Jane Austen fan.

  2. Cool..can’t wait o read it!

  3. Count me in! I love those movies. I always say that I was born in the wrong century!

  4. I can’t read any other, modern books about Elizabeth and Darcy without comparing them to this wonderful TV show and how Firth and Ehle presented the characters.

    We had a Jane Austen marathon of 3 of her shorter TV shows on December 31 and I had a very hard time getting into those as well. Of course, they were much shortened in order to fill about 2 hours each. They were all made in 2007: Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. My favorite here was Persuasion with a very good actress as the Anne Elliot. I’m not surprised that she won an award for her role.

    Anyway, I’d love to have this series. Please enter me.

  5. Renee, I was making myself weep. πŸ™‚ Thank you and if ever I can help, you know where I am. *hugs*

    Melissa, this version of P&P is a TREAT. If you win this, believe me, you won’t be disappointed. It’s very true to the book.

    Hi Deb, Happy New Year to you too. Yes, isn’t Colin Firth absolutely dreamy in this…sigh

    Happy New Year, Bonnie!!

    Hi Louisa, I sure do intend to be in TN this year. It will be a blast. And yes we need to set something up so we can all meet up and do something together. And Chris is a doll and she’s right here in GA but she’s so busy I never hear from her. And thanks so much for spreading the word in Alabama about SS, you’re a doll. πŸ˜‰

    Happy New Year Alexandra!!! Your day is coming pretty soon too and I, for one, can’t wait to get my hands on All Night With A Rogue. πŸ™‚

    Happy New Year Julie and Jane!!! And yes Julie, 6 hrs of perfection is exactly what it is.

    Happy New Year, Laurie!! We need to get together again, if not at National, then something more local or something. We need more time to just hang out. Thanks for all the support and the friendship. *hug*

    Carol Jo, thank you so much. Just keep writing and learn to write a kick-butt query letter. You will get there. Have a great 2010!

    Jen, you will not be disappointed in this one. This is THE BEST. It’s worth a buy even if you don’t win it. I’d buy the thing on Blu-ray if they had it. Happy New Year!

    Hey Josh, your fiancee is a lucky woman. πŸ˜‰

    Hi Helen!! *waves madly* You have mentioned it a time or two but like I’d ever, EVER get tired of hearing it. LOL.

    Sarah, that’s great you still work for the company that ran it. I thought your time with them was over. And yes, I’d like to think I won in so many other ways. SS being release is a dream come true so I’ll never EVER complain. πŸ˜‰

    Cheri, Colin is definitely worth a refreshing of those memory cells. πŸ˜‰

    Happy New Year Joan and Ginger! And Ginger I think you’re pretty awesome too. πŸ˜‰

    Hi Margay, I still wonder why they never did something like that again. I thought it was a smashing success (at least for the entrants).

    Hi Kel!! I’m so happy Avon Fanlit helped you remember your love of writing because the public deserves your talent. I’m so happy to be included as one of your friends and I know 2010 is going to be a rocking good year for you. *hugs*

    Happy New Year Susan!! I hope you do see my book in stores too. πŸ˜‰

    Hi Gannon, Happy New Year!!! Will be visiting you soon on The Romance Dish. And yes, Colin Firth…sigh.

    Happy New Year, Cheryl C!!! And thank you!!

    Hi Phyllis, Happy New Year!! Yes, the road is hard, even after publication, there is the challenge of remaining published. I feel very fortunate for the friends I have. πŸ™‚ And WHO doesn’t adore Colin Firth, especially if they’ve seen him in P&P. That’s when I started to TRULY appreciate him. πŸ™‚ And I truly hope you enjoy SS. πŸ™‚

    Hi Lisa, thank you so much and a Happy 2010 to you!!!

    Happy New Year, Sapphire!

    Thanks Barbara, the same to you!!

    LOL! Joder was that a Freudian slip??? Happy New Year!

    Hi Joan, and thank you so much. Friends are good aren’t they? Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year, Dorthy!! Yes, you MUST see this version. I leaves all others in the dust. Seriously. And on my release day I will be blogging all over the place:) But we’ll do something fun at home to celebrate and I will probably stop by a couple book stores and sign some book. πŸ˜€

    Thank you so much librarypat!!! And thanks for being a frequent visitor to the blog. πŸ™‚

    Happy New Year, Peggy, Estella, Kim and Linda!!! Estella, if you are a historical romance reader, you owe it to yourself to see this movie. Seriously. Kim, you must see THIS adaptation. It’s so true to the book, it makes the others pale in comparison, IMO. πŸ™‚

  6. Ahhh, Anastasia, my stalwart supporter and dearest friend. You’re the best. πŸ˜€ xxxooo *hugs*

    Happy New Year, Debra and Audra!

    Hi Mary *waves madly*!! Yes, that’s what I said, who wouldn’t want Darcy?!!Happy New Year!

    Hi Armenia, thanks for counting down with me.:) Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year, RachieG! And the thing about this movie is, he nor his family, thought he was good looking enough for the part. His brother actually laughed and said something like, ” don’t you have to be handsome?”

    Happy New Year, Mariska, Dena and Kimmy!! Thanks

    Happy New Year, Karen H! I hope the rest of the book lives up to your expectations. πŸ™‚

    Happy New Year, Kayla. I see I’m in good company. πŸ™‚

    LOL. Joye!! Good luck!

    Marjana, I hope you enjoy!!

    Hi Linda C! Although I write about that era, there are things in the 21st century I couldn’t do without.;) (modern plumbing).

    Hi Ranurgis! I’m with you, my second favourite is Persuasion followed very closely by Northanger Abbey! Love Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones (big sigh) in Persuasion.

  7. I hope it’s not too late to enter…I would LOVE a chance to win this! I’m a huge Jane Austen fan and Pride & Prejudice is my very favorite of her novels (followed by Sense & Sensibility at a close second!). I have the new P&P with Keira Knightly, but would love to add this one to my collection (Colin Firth is wonderful).

    Thank you!!!

  8. Hi Beverly….and Happy New Year!!! I love P&P and would be honored to win the DVD. Can’t wait for you new book……I know it’s going to be fantastic!!!

  9. Hi Beverly! This is my favourite version of Pride and Prejudice πŸ™‚ I just love how Colin Firth plays Mr Darcy.

  10. Pick me, pick me. My DVDs of this series got ruined (okay, so I played it too much and might have slept with it or something) so I deperatly need to replace it.

  11. Keep in touch. We still love to have you drop by.

  12. I love Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite. πŸ™‚

  13. Ooooooooh that is the best version of P&P. Nothing will EVER be as delicious as Mr. Darcy swimming in that pond!

    This would be wonderful seeing that a friend accidentally ruined my copy last year! =(