Friday, 4 November 2016

Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter by Joana Starnes - Cover Reveal & Giveaway!


Hello Fellow Readers!
I am delighted, to be finally tearing off the paper and sharing with you the cover of Joana Starnes's new book, Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter! 


The portrait on Joana’s new book is titled Portrait of Miss Frances Vinicombe, date unknown and was painted by John Opie, a British landscape and portrait artist, who also painted the author, Mary Wollstonecraft.
 It’s an oil on canvas that measures 92x71 cm. The portrait painting, ranked 2nd most prestigious genre by the French Académie de peinture et de sculpture, depicts the visual appearance of a human subject. While portraitists often strive for exact likeness, the viewer's recognition of the subject is of primary importance. It was common for artists to alter the image to accentuate or minimise the subject's physical, psychological or social traits. Traditionally, portrait paintings have memorialised the rich and powerful. Overtime, however, it became more common for middle-class individuals to commission portraits of their families and colleagues.(findthedata.com)
Some of John's portraits are also included in the Chawton House Library!

John Opie                                                                                Mary Wollstonecraft

think what strikes me the most about the portrait for the cover, is how expressive the young ladies face is, i almost feel like, i can sense a little of her character, she has a kind and compassionate face, much like Jane's persona but with Elizabeth's Dark curls and expressive eyes and now can not wait to read the contents.

To my surprise I also discovered this week, that Joana had a book out that I was unaware of!!! "Miss Darcy's Companion" , purchasing it post haste on Tuesday, it was finished that very evening and had me all the more excited for today!  I first fell in love with Joana's writing back in 2013 when I discovered JAFF. "From This Day Forward - The Darcys of Pemeberley" was the 11th JAFF that i read and still is my favourite P&P continuation. Therefore it will come as no surprise that I will be one of the first to purchase this new title when it goes on sale later today. Please also join me on the 27th November for a Guest Post & Giveaway with Joana Starnes as part of the 'Mr Bennet's Dutiful Daughter Blog Tour'


Cover Reveal Giveaway

Joana has kindly put together a giveaway for three lucky winners. One will receive a paperback and two will receive an ebook of Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter. They will also receive assorted Austen-related mini-gifts. 

Also, as a special bonus, all Rafflecopter entrants will receive an exclusive excerpt of the book that will not be included in the Amazon sample. These will be emailed to entrants using their Rafflecopter email addresses. The giveaway is international.

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Book Description 
When Colonel Fitzwilliam’s disclosures are interrupted by the bearer of distressing news from Longbourn, Miss Elizabeth Bennet is compelled to consider an offer she would have otherwise dismissed out of hand. An offer of marriage from the all-too-proud Mr Darcy.

Yet how is she to live with a husband she hardly knows and does not love? Would she be trapped in a marriage of convenience while events conspire to divide them? Or would love grow as, day by day and hour after hour, she learns to understand the man she married, before she loses his trust and his heart?

Blog Tour
November 17/ My Jane Austen Book Club/Launch Post & Giveaway
November 18/Pemberley to Milton/Book Review & Giveaway
November 19/Obsessed with Mr. Darcy/ Book Review & Giveaway
November 21/ Margie's Must Reads/ Book Review & Giveaway
November 22/ Babblings of a Bookworm/ Book Review & Giveaway
November 23/Diary of an Eccentric/Book Review & Giveaway
November 24/ Happy Thanksgiving
November 25/ So Little Time... So Much to Read/ Excerpt & Giveaway
November 26/ Just Jane 1813/Interview with Joana Starnes
November 27 / My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice/ Guest Post & Giveaway
November 28/ More Agreeably Engaged/ Vignette & Giveaway
December 2/ Austenesque Reviews/ Excerpt & Giveaway

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21 comments:

  1. The cover looks delightful!!
    Am so looking forward to reading this!
    Best of luck with this one,Joana!

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    1. Yes me too! Keep checking Amazon lol
      Good luck in the giveaway!

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    2. Thanks, Mary! I released it this morning, not to close to the cover reveal so that it wouldn't show up too early and spoil the party ;) Fingers crossed the link will go live soon! Thanks for the wonderful support!

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  2. I've just noticed on the teaser picture that the eyes of the young lady are just peeping out over the torn brown paper. Teasing us definitely and slightly mysterious too. Love the choice of portrait Joana chose and the story behind it. Will pop in on the other blogs later as my lunch break is almost over. Boo!

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    1. Lol Angela, I think a few people missed her peeking! Hope you enjoy the other blog cover reveals once your finished work :) good luck in the giveaway!

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    2. It wouldn't have happened without Claudine, Anji!!! She found the lovely portrait that fits the story to a T, and organised this amazing cover reveal and blog tour. Best of luck in the giveaway, and I think the 'Let's Torture Elizabeth' club should have the first proper AGM ;) I'll bring the chocolate!

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    3. I'll bring some of hubby's home made wine. The current batch is...currant wine! Made from home grown black, red and white currants, it's been nicknamed "Killer Cordial" by a friend as it tastes a lot like a certain blackcurrant cordial, but then after a couple of glasses, suddenly you've been mugged! Goes very well with chocolate. My kind of AGM!

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    4. My kind of AGM too, Anji :D and your Killer Cordial sounds just perfect for a spot of badge&bonnet waving. All we need is a time and a place ;) Thanks for all the giggles, I love it when you come on blog tours! And you're so great, because you always do!

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  3. Thanks ever so much, Tamara, for joining the cover reveal and for having me as your guest on the blog tour! It's such a pleasure to be back at 'My Kids Led Me Back to Pride and Prejudice' again!!!

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    1. It's always a pleasure to have you here, now I can't wait to dive into this new title. Lovely cover choice, I'm now looking forward to the blog tour :)

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  4. Thank you, Tamara, for joining the cover reveal and the blog tour. Lucky you to discover MDC, it's such a touching read. I think you'll find this one as lovely too, but you may need more chocolate, or wine, for this one!!

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Yes, I sooo enjoyed MDC, problem is when they're good you can't make the book last, because you can't put it down :)

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    2. Definitely more chocolate and wine, Tamara, Claudine is absolutely right :)

      Hugs and thank you both for the ever so kind words and this amazing day!!

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  5. Here we go, Tamara! I just stopped off at Maria's for tea and now the Conga line for this partaay is dancing its way thru. You and your kids must join it! After all, it's for Joana's book, the most satisfying treat of the snack bar we call JAFF. Yes, I Conga with the best of gentlemen, even those with dutiful daughters. Let's head off to the next stop! Woo-hoo!

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    1. I love your enthusiasm, it's contagious :) thanks for stopping by. I now have it on my Kindle :)

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    2. Thanks for keeping the Conga line going, Suzan, and for all the wonderful messages everywhere! Have a lovely day!

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  6. Love the cover! But you do remind me. I need to get on the stick and read her backlist of books. Each new release always sounds better than the last.

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    1. Indeed you do :) I can't wait to read this one, there have been some really good ones with this type of premise, although I do not relish the parts where she cannot stand him but do enjoy seeing her gradual opinion of him change. Good luck in the giveaway!

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    2. I'm so glad you think so, Sophia Rose! I hope you'll enjoy it.

      LOL what I really struggled with, Tamara, was writing pre-reformation Darcy, who would still say and do cringeworthy things. It was no surprise then that she couldn't stand him. The problem was that I was worried I'm softening his edges much too soon :)

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  7. I finished reading this today and posted my review on both Goodreads and on Amazon. IMO this is her best book to date and now one of my favorite JAFF books. Joana writes so well - love her use of descriptors in the thoughts and conversations of Darcy and Elizabeth.

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    1. Thanks ever so much, Sheila, for the amazing praise and the wonderful review!! I'm over the moon that you loved it!!

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