The JAFF community is such a special group of readers, friends, and Janeites! We feel so connected to one another through our love of Jane Austen and know how it feels to crave great stories that allow us to spend more and more time with Austen’s characters. When I spend time with another JAFF lover, we literally can’t stop talking about all things related to Jane Austen.
When a close JAFF friend of mine highly recommended Jessie Lewis to me, I knew I’d be in good company once I met her online. I can only say she’s a been a real delight to get to know and it’s a thrill for me to launch her cover reveal because I have heard wonderful feedback about her story and I LOVE the cover created by the talented Zorylee Diaz-Lupitou. This has turned out to be one of my favorite Meryton Press covers and I thought you’d love to hear Jessie Lewis’ thoughts about how this cover seamlessly fits with her story, Mistaken.
Please welcome Jessie Lewis to Just Jane 1813…
Thank you so much for hosting the cover reveal for Mistaken, Claudine. It seems a very long time ago that I first began posting the story at A Happy Assembly. There’s a post, somewhere on that site, in which I predict I will have it finished “by Christmas.” That was in 2012! So, a little later than anticipated, I’m incredibly excited that Mistaken has made it to this point and honoured that the next stage of its journey begins here at Just Jane 1813.
The cover is the brain child of the wonderful Zorylee Diaz-Lupitou, and she’s done a sterling job of taking all my chaotic thoughts and wishes for the cover and piecing them together into this wonderfully fresh and original design. Her use of connecting lines was an inspired idea to illustrate the web of misunderstandings between all the characters in the story and I’d love to know readers’ guesses as to who’s who. But I won’t say any more — I’ll let the cover do the talking.
And now we will pull the curtains back on another gorgeous Meryton Press cover…
Now you can understand why I LOVE this cover so much!! The Regency era people in these stunning clothes are just so intriguing and the gathering of gentlemen on the back cover also brings a wonderful energy to this cover!! I haven’t read this book yet, but make no mistake that I will be spending plenty of hours with it soon.
Isn’t it also fun to guess which character is represented by each person on the cover? I think we can safely say the lady in the center is Elizabeth Bennet, who is “as delightful a character as ever appeared in print,” and I think the man to her right is the dreamy Fitzwilliam Darcy. I’d love to hear your thoughts on who these characters may be, so I created a fun challenge for my readers.
Look at the cover below with the numbers next to the ten people on the front cover. Click on this link and list your guesses for each character from 1-10. The readers with the correct answers will be entered in a raffle for a giveaway for a $15.00 Amazon gift card. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Let’s see who can get them all correct!!
Please make sure you also comment on this post in the comments below to enter this giveaway.
Fitzwilliam Darcy is a single man in possession of a good fortune, a broken heart and tattered pride. Elizabeth Bennet is a young lady in possession of a very fine wit, flawed judgement and a growing list of unwanted suitors. With a tempestuous acquaintance, the merciless censure of each other’s character and the unenviable distinction of a failed proposal behind them, they have parted ways on seemingly irreparable terms. Despairing of a felicitous resolution for themselves, they both attend with great energy to rekindling the courtship between Darcy’s friend Mr. Bingley and Elizabeth’s sister Jane.
Regrettably, people are predisposed to mistake one another and rarely can two be so conveniently manoeuvred into, out of, and into love again without some manner of misunderstanding arising. Jane, crossed in love once already, is wary of Bingley’s renewed attentions. Mistaking her guardedness for indifference, Bingley is drawn to Elizabeth’s livelier company and very soon, the defects in their own characters become the least of the impediments to Darcy and Elizabeth’s happiness.
Debut author Jessie Lewis’s Mistaken invites us to laugh along with Elizabeth Bennet at the follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies of characters both familiar and new in this witty and romantic take on Jane Austen’s beloved Pride and Prejudice.
Meet Jessie Lewis
I’ve always loved words—reading them, writing them, and as my friends and family will wearily attest, speaking them. I dabbled in poetry during my angst-ridden teenage years, but it wasn’t until college that I truly came to comprehend the potency of the English language.
That appreciation materialized into something more tangible one dark wintry evening whilst I was making a papier-mâché Octonauts Gup-A (Google it—you’ll be impressed) for my son, and watching a rerun of Pride and Prejudice on TV. Fired up by the remembrance of Austen’s genius with words, I dug out my copy of the novel and in short order had been inspired to set my mind to writing in earnest. I began work on a Regency romance based on Austen’s timeless classic, and my debut novel Mistaken is the result.
The Regency period continues to fascinate me, and I spend a good deal of my time cavorting about there in my daydreams, imagining all manner of misadventures. The rest of the time I can be found at home in Hertfordshire, where I live with my husband, two children, and an out-of-tune piano. You can check out my musings on the absurdities of language and life on my blog, Life in Words, or you can drop me a line on Twitter, @JessieWriter or on my Facebook page, Jessie Lewis Author.