I am very pleased to be able to offer your the very first chance to win a copy of Karen Doornebos' debut Janeite novel, Definitely Not Mr Darcy! The book, which debuts this fall, is being hailed as "a lively and engaging tale"* that mixes the absurdities of Regency life with the equally absurd arena of reality TV.
*from Abigail Reynolds, author of numerous Austen retellings.
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Definitely Not Mr Darcy
Coming from Berkley, Sept. 6, 2011
Chloe Parker was born two centuries too late. A thirty-nine-year-old divorced mother, she runs her own antique letterpress business, is a lifelong member of the Jane Austen Society, and gushes over everything Regency. But her business is failing, threatening her daughter's future. What's a lady to do?
Why, audition for a Jane Austen-inspired TV show set in England, of course.
What Chloe thinks is a documentary turns out to be a reality dating show set in 1812. Eight women are competing to snare Mr. Wrightman, the heir to a gorgeous estate, along with a $100,000 prize. So Chloe tosses her bonnet into the ring, hoping to transform from stressed-out Midwest mom to genteel American heiress and win the money. With no cell phones, indoor plumbing, or deodorant to be found, she must tighten her corset and flash some ankle to beat out women younger, more cutthroat, and less clumsy than herself. But the witty and dashing Mr. Wrightman proves to be a prize worth winning, even if it means the gloves are off...
Ends June 30th
After years of writing in the ad world for brands such as Diet Coke and Johnnie Walker, Karen Doornebos switched to tea with her debut Definitely Not Mr Darcy. She graduated with honors in English literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lives in a Chicago suburb with her husband, two children, and various pets. She's a lifelong member of the Jane Austen Society of North America.
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