It's officially publication day of Willoughby's Return! Thank you to everyone who have sent me wishes of congratulation, I feel very honoured! Thanks also to Dominique Raccah, Deb Werksman, Danielle Jackson, and everyone at Sourcebooks for making another dream realised.
It's always an anxious time waiting for the reviews to come in - this review from Booklist made my day!
Issue: November 15, 2009
Odiwe, Jane (Author)
Nov 2009. 352 p. Sourcebooks/Landmark, paperback, $14.99. (9781402222672)
Odiwe follows Lydia Bennet’s Story (2008), her sequel to Pride and Prejudice, with a sequel to Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Marianne has settled nicely into life as wife and mother, although every so often she indulges in one of her infamous flights of sensibility. She is certain her husband, William, adores her, but has he gotten over his passion for his first love, whose portrait occupies a place of honor in their home? The arrival of William’s nephew Henry grants Marianne the opportunity to play matchmaker between Henry and her sister Margaret, but the return of John Willoughby to Dorsetshire is not welcome news because now Marianne faces the difficult decision of whether to remain true to the quietly dependable man who married her, or give in to temptation with the rogue who broke her heart. Odiwe’s elegantly stylish writing is seasoned with just the right dash of tart humor, and her latest literary endeavor is certain to delight both Austen devotees and Regency romance readers.
— John Charles
To celebrate publication there will be a fortnight of fun in November - interviews, competitions, quizzes, and giveaways of my book, not only on my blog, but on those participating on my tour.
Book Nerd Extraordinaire 2nd
Everything Victorian 3rd
Savvy, Verse and Wit 4th
A Bibliophile's Bookshelf 5th
The Bookworm Blogspot 6th
Books Like Breathing9th
Jane Austen's World 10th
Love, Romance, Passion11th/13th
First up today is this painting of Marianne and Elinor, the two Dashwood sisters. I've painted a few different versions of these girls - I hope you can tell which is Marianne and which is Elinor!
In Willoughby's Return, Elinor still has a trying time keeping her sister safe from her fits of sensibility, and now she also has Margaret to contend with who is of a very similar disposition.
If you'd like to win this watercolour painting by yours truly, please leave a comment below saying which is your favourite heroine from Sense and Sensibility and why! The competition is open worldwide and the winner will be announced on Monday, November 16th.
Look out tomorrow for another Competition!