Book Sale and Cover Contest

I’ve got big two announcements and I’m so excited, I hardly know where to begin!

My fantastic, amazing, wonderful cover designer Rebecca Young has totally knocked it out of the park with the new cover for Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon. I’m not the only one who noticed! The incredible folks at Indie BRAG noticed too and selected the new cover as one of the finalists for their 2017 Cover Contest!

Voting on the cover contest starts today. Would you take a moment and support my awesome cover artist by voting for the cover over at indieBRAG? Click the image below to head over there. But come right back, there’s more good stuff! 

–I just discovered you’ll need to scroll down to the bottom of the first screen and click ‘Next genre” to get to the frame where Pemberley:Mr. Darcy’s Dragon is listed.  Thanks!

The semi-annual book sale for Austen Variations is going on right now! Lots of wonderful books reduced until July 3! Don’t miss out!















I’ve got five books on sale right now, including Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon.

The links below point to Amazon but sale prices are good on Nook and Kobo too.

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    • Katherine Schmitt on July 1, 2017 at 7:09 am
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    Maria, I was very happy to see your “dragon book” cover submission for this award! I followed the instructions to the site, clicked on the cover but was confused because I didn’t get a comment such as “thank you for your vote” or something like that. Is selecting the book site enough to record a vote? Or do I need to buy the book to cast my vote? I hope that I’m the only person who has this problem…. Sometimes I am technologically challenged.
    Please advise!
    Again, I’m happy to say that I’m a “Frequent Reader” of yours. Good luck

    1. The site for the actual contest is If you vote for one in each category and one overall cover, and then click on ‘Finish Submission,’ you should get a Thanks for voting screen. A little confusing, I know! I’m butting my nose in on this because Grace is away and asked me to keep an eye on things here. 😉

        • Katherine Schmitt on July 1, 2017 at 5:31 pm
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        I finally got it on my second try! Thanks for coaching me through. Someone needs to tell the contest folks to have mercy on us senior citizens who can’t read light shades of print and small typeface! I don’t care if the majority of their text is hard to read, but for pity’s sake, if you want the votes make the instructions legible!

        1. I have mentioned it to them, Katherine. Thanks!

    2. Sorry for the confusion. I have talked to the BRAG folks and was told that you need to vote for each genre in order for your vote to count. I’m sorry for the confusion!

  1. Voted! Here’s the link for the actual contest:

    1. Thanks for the help Abigail!

    • Anji on July 1, 2017 at 3:33 pm
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    Done my bit! As Abigail says, if you choose one from each category and then one overall favourite, you DO get a thank you message.

    Also tweeted and shared on FB.

    1. Thanks very much, Anji!

    2. Thank you!

    • Glynis on July 1, 2017 at 3:51 pm
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    I managed to vote for your book Maria. Although was a little disconnected to have to give my name and e-mail address. Anyway good luck .

    1. Thanks, Glynis. That’s always a bit disconcerting. When I voted earlier, they never did a confirmation email, so it might be possible to use an inactive address.

    2. Thank you!

    • Carole in Canada on July 1, 2017 at 5:35 pm
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    Congratulations!!!! I have voted! Thank you for the book sale too but I have all of yours and found I am missing only a couple of Abigail’s and Jack and the one of Marilyn’s!

    1. Thank you!

    • J. W. Garrett on July 1, 2017 at 7:54 pm
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    I voted!!! Congratulations on the nomination. I hope you win. There were a lot of books. Wow! However, yours was way cool. I love this new cover design. Not that anything was wrong with the old cover… this one is so cool. Blessings…

    1. Thanks!

  2. I voted–what a lovely assortment of covers!! I enjoyed viewing and voting in all genres, but especially for Pemberley!! 😀

    Susanne 🙂

    1. Thank you!

    • Sheila L. Majczan on July 3, 2017 at 7:53 pm
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    I only voted for Maria’s and then again hers as the overall favorite and then submitted. That worked for me.

    1. Thank you!

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