Good morning Just Jane 1813 readers… It’s so exciting to be part of this amazing cover reveal for the upcoming Austenesque anthology, Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues. As readers know, this anthology is a one-of-a-kind book for Austen lovers and as I’ve written about in my past reviews, this collection of authors is a group that I just adore!! Teaming them up to work with an editor I respect and love so much is just the icing on the cake!!
As a self-proclaimed lover of John Willoughby, one of Jane Austen’s most notorious rakes, I can’t wait to read these backstories to learn firsthand how these gentlemen became the men we hate to love! Stories such as these, like Wicked, and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, have long been favorites of mine, so I can’t wait to read this collection of Austenesque stories!
Please join me in welcoming the talented Christina Boyd to Just Jane 1813 to talk about this new anthology…
Jane Austen’s masterpieces are littered with any number of unsuitable gentlemen—Willoughby, Wickham, Churchill, Crawford, Tilney, Elliot—adding color and depth to her plots but often barely sketched out to the reader. Have you ever wondered about her rakes, rattles, and rogues? Surely, there’s more than one side to their stories. Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues, the book designed to expose certain histories about Jane Austen’s anti-heroes, reveals its cover today.
Shari Ryan from Mad Hat Books created the gorgeous book cover from a rough sketch by the editor, Christina Boyd, and she quickly and professionally created the beauty it is today. The back cover suggests the stories might have some steam (the collection is about Jane Austen’s bad boys after all!) Like in The Darcy Monologues, these authors can turn up the heat with but the turn of a phrase. However, the love scenes are not graphic, and the handful of stories with “mature content” are marked as such in the Table of Contents.
Author Beau North came through again by creating the stunning individual short story promotional graphics. She is quite an accomplished woman. Those individual story graphics will roll out over the next days from their facebook page The Darcy Monologues, et al., and other social media.
As an editor, Christina Boyd has been extremely fortunate to work with some incomparable authors. Several authors from The Darcy Monologues anthology including Karen M Cox, J. Marie Croft, Jenetta James, Beau North, Sophia Rose, and Joana Starnes joined Amy D’Orazio, Lona Manning, Christina Morland, Katie Oliver, and Brooke West in crafting this current collection. The intent: create clever, well-informed short stories, each from one of Austen’s male antagonists’ point-of-view—a backstory and, or parallel story from off-stage of canon. This Dream Team certainly upped their game accepting this challenge by undertaking characters that few even like and slyly earn the reader’s sympathies—maybe even adoration—whilst remaining steadfast to the characters we recognize in Austen’s masterpieces. This wickedly delicious anthology is scheduled for release mid-November.
I hope you love this dreamy cover!!
Isn’t this cover just beautiful? I love the way it ties into The Darcy Monologues too! What do you think of the cover? I’d love to read your comments below…
Christina is also here to share this terrific giveaway with my readers. I hope you have a great time taking the “Dangerous to Know” Challenge!
The international giveaway: When Christina published The Darcy Monologues, readers expressed how the blend of the authors’ writing styles worked well to make the overall collection stimulating. One reader suggested that she was so familiar with some authors’ writing styles, she was sure she could match the writers to their stories without being told. This Giveaway Challenge was thus inspired. To win a $25 Amazon gift card, follow the Google link and complete a multiple-choice quiz, matching lines of prose to the author and her rake/gentleman rogue. Last day to enter is October 18. In case of a tie, a winner will be chosen at random in a Facebook Live drawing. Since it’s for an Amazon gift card, of course, it’s a worldwide giveaway. Gotta play to win. “Dangerous to Know” Challenge: Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues Challenge.
Good luck with the “Dangerous to Know” Challenge! I hope you have great fun with it.