Good morning, my lovely readers. I know how much JAFF readers enjoy cover reveals, so what could be better than a cover reveal for a variation based on Jane Austen’s Emma by Karen M Cox? Ms. Cox has had a busy summer, as she has not only released a side-quel to 1932, titled, The Journey Home, she has also been busy preparing for the release of her newest full-length book, I Could Write a Book.
It’s been an absolute pleasure to read this story, which I think will appeal to a wide audience of readers. Not only will readers who love Emma want to read this story, I think anyone willing to try some JAFF outside of Pride & Prejudice or anyone looking to enjoy a terrific coming-of-age story will find several delightful hours engaged with this story!
Please join me in welcoming Karen Cox to Just Jane 1813 to share her newest cover with us…
Hello, dear readers!
I'm so excited to FINALLY be able to show you all the cover for my upcoming, quasi-modern (1970s) adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. The novel is titled I Could Write a Book (you'll have to read it to find out how it got that title!)
When I first talked with Shari Ryan of Madhat Books, I told her that I wanted something unique for this cover, because I Could Write a Book is a unique story in our Jane Austen world. For one thing, it's neither Regency nor modern—it's another one of my "alternate era" adaptations. Second, it's different from a lot of JAFF because it is not based on the beloved Pride and Prejudice, but instead on the complex Emma. I also wanted to try for a wide appeal with this cover—I think readers in the romantic comedy, new adult, and women's fiction genres would appreciate Emma's story as much as we do (and perhaps this would draw them into the world of Austen, right? That's always a good thing.)
Shari and I tossed around a few ideas: 1970s fonts, bright and bold color schemes, couples for the cover images, etc. We decided that, even though it has a lot of the swoon-worthy Mr. Knightley between its pages, at its heart, I Could Write a Book is really Emma's story—it's her identity arc, a tale of how she grows up. After a couple of concepts, Shari came up with this AMAZING idea. She made a few tweaks on the back cover, and on the charm bracelet for the front, and we had the beautiful cover you see here today.
I'm pleased as punch with the result, and hope you all are too.
We are still taking applications for our I Could Write a Book Launch Team through midnight tonight, so if you think you'd like to see what launch teams do, and get a FREE ebook copy to read and review, go to our link here:
You can also read more about the launch team here on my blog: https://karenmcoxauthor.wordpress.com/2017/08/11/it-takes-a-village/
We'd love to have you be part of I Could Write a Book 's launch next month!
Want to read more about this story? Enjoy the book description below:
“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever and rich…”
Thus began Jane Austen’s classic, a light and lively tale set in an English village two hundred years ago. Yet every era has its share of Emmas: young women trying to find themselves in their own corners of the world.
I Could Write a Book is the story of a self-proclaimed modern woman: Emma Katherine Woodhouse, a 1970s co-ed whose life is pleasant, ordered, and predictable, if a bit confining.
Her friend George Knightley is a man of the world who’s come home to fulfill his destiny: run his father’s thriving law practice and oversee the sprawling Donwell Farms, his family legacy in Central Kentucky horse country.
Since childhood, George’s and Emma’s lives have meshed and separated time and again. But now they’re adults with grown-up challenges and obligations. As Emma orchestrates life in quaint Highbury, George becomes less amused with her antics and struggles with a growing attraction to the young woman she’s become.
Rich with humor, poignancy, and the camaraderie of life in a small, Southern town, I Could Write a Book is a coming of age romance with side helpings of self-discovery, friendship, and finding true love in the most unlikely places.
Meet Karen M Cox
Karen M Cox is an award-winning author of novels accented with romance and history, including 1932, Find Wonder in All Things, and Undeceived. She also contributed a short story, “Northanger Revisited 2015”, to the anthology, Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer, and a story titled, “I, Darcy” to The Darcy Monologues. The Journey Home, an ebook novella companion piece to 1932, is now available.
Karen was born in Everett WA, which was the result of coming into the world as the daughter of a United States Air Force Officer. She had a nomadic childhood, with stints in North Dakota, Tennessee and New York State before finally settling in her family’s home state of Kentucky at the age of eleven. She lives in a quiet little town with her husband, where she works as a pediatric speech pathologist, encourages her children, and spoils her granddaughter.
Channeling Jane Austen’s Emma, Karen has let a plethora of interests lead her to begin many hobbies and projects she doesn’t quite finish, but she aspires to be a great reader and an excellent walker—like Elizabeth Bennet.
Connect with Karen:
Visit with Karen on several of the usual social media haunts such as Facebook, (karenmcox1932), Twitter (@karenmcox1932), Pinterest (karenmc1932), Instagram (karenmcox1932), and Tumblr (karenmcox)
It's Giveaway Time!
Karen has generously offered an eBook of I Could Write A Book to one Just Jane 1813 winner. To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment below this post and let us know what you think of this new book cover. Please leave your comment by midnight, ET on August 30th. The winner will be announced on this blog on August 31, 2017. This giveaway is also open to international readers.
You can follow the blog tour by using the schedule below:
Laughing with Lizzie / September 6 / Launch Post & Giveaway
So little time… / September 7 / Book Excerpt & Giveaway
Book Lover in Florida / September 8 / Guest Post & Giveaway
Austenesque Reviews / September 15 / Book Review & Giveaway
My Love for Jane Austen / September 16 / Guest Post & Giveaway
Granny Loves to Read / September 17 / Book Review & Giveaway
My Jane Austen Book Club / September 18/ Guest Post & Giveaway
Just Jane 1813 / September 19 / Video Interview with Karen M Cox & Giveaway
Sophia’s Sofa Chat / An Interview with Karen M Cox on Goodreads / September 21
Babblings of a Bookworm/ / September 22 / Book Review & Giveaway
Silver Petticoat Review / September 23/ Guest Post & Giveaway
From Pemberley to Milton / September 25 / Book Excerpt & Giveaway
Margie’s Must Reads / September 27 / Book Review & Giveaway
Obsessed with Mr Darcy / September 28 / Book Review
My Vices and Weaknesses / September 30 / Book Review & Giveaway
Diary of an Eccentric / October 2 / Book Review & Giveaway
More Agreeably Engaged / October 4 / Book Excerpt & Giveaway
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