A Less Agreeable Man Launch Day

Getting a book written and published can be more complicated that it looks when real life decides to keep happening.

An alternative title for this post might be ‘And Now You Know the Rest of the Story.’

It’s been quite an adventure getting this one to the finish line. Seriously, this one has been like no other. To start with, I got half the book written, then chased a shiny plot bunny into a dragon den and got caught in that alternate reality for a while. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I did. I love it there. But it did put this one up to a bumpy start. 

I got started back in on it, and then my dad had surgery. No gory details, we’ll just leave it at it took two months to get past, two months without getting much writing done. On the heels of that, we took a trip and and anther month passed with no writing getting accomplished. 

So then, I focused in earnest and put nose to grindstone, getting this one edited. Literally on the day I thought I was finished, I took a step back (cue music here–with a little help from my friends…)  and realized that a MAJOR edit was still necessary. Those of you who followed along with the serial posting will notice a lot of material edited out of the final publication version. Never fear, it will live on in the bonus materials menu here. The process of getting the manuscript trimmed down to size was … ah … difficult … shall we say. Yeah … yeah … we’ll just leave it at that and move on. Wanting to jump off a cliff counts as difficult, right? (Oh wait a minute–I DID that on vacation–but yeah, that’s another post…)

That finally accomplished, then the final straw struck. Natural disaster. Seriously, not joking. As I sit writing this, I’m watching the radar as hurricane Harvey is bearing down on us. The news of it came out just after I submitted the files for preorder at Amazon and got locked into a deadline. The last time we had a storm like this heading for us, we ended up without power for 2 WEEKS. No exaggerating. So now I’m in a flurry trying to get the next two weeks of posts for the blog tour ready before the storm makes landfall tonight since I may be literally in the dark after that. 

No pressure right? I’d ask what else could go wrong, but yeah, my computer had major issues last night when I had that thought. My superhero husband got it working again, but now I dare not even think that, much less ask. 

But, fingers crossed and hoping the creeks don’t rise (literally in this case), here we are at launch day! 

It started out as The Heir of Rosings Park, looking like this. Not bad all in all, but I really love the new title and look that we came up with.

This will be the last of the Queen of Rosings Park books. So those of you who have been waiting to start the series until all the books were out, your wait is over! The first book Mistaking Her Character is Elizabeth’s story. The second The Trouble to Check her is Lydia’s. A Less Agreeable Man is Mary’s story.

Now for the question you all have been asking: Is there a giveaway?

Yes there is.  Leave me a comment below for a chance to win an ebook version of A Less Agreeable Man. 


Congratulations Emma, winner of the ebook!

If you’d like to whet your appetite a bit, you can find the posted chapters of the original version here for the next couple of weeks, then I’ll move them to the ‘Bonus Material’ menu.

I’ll be posting other deleted scenes here over the next month, so keep watching this site!


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    • tgruy on August 31, 2017 at 12:17 am
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    Finally! I’m so glad you got this out. I hope you and all yours are all right. I will get it as soon as possible!

    • Emma on August 31, 2017 at 1:37 am
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    So excited. I adore this series and look forward to reading this.

    • Kathy Schmitt on August 31, 2017 at 3:18 am
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    Oh Maria, if someone wanted to write a book on your travails, no movie studio would pick up the option because they’d say it could never happen! What a Job tale. Next time skip the flood, okay?

    • Glynis on August 31, 2017 at 5:01 am
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    Goodness me, I really don’t know how you have managed to get this far. I seriously hope the storm didn’t affect you directly and that you are now out of danger.
    I am one of those waiting to read the whole series so look forward to starting soon. Thank you Maria and good luck with this one. By the way I do like the new title and cover 😊

  1. I’m so happy you were able to get this book off to market! I had no idea where you lived. Please be safe from the disaster going on around you! I may be naive, but I was hoping to read the whole book here.😜 Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to win it? Thank you for sharing your talent! It’ll be interesting to see the differences between what we read here, and the final product. I like the idea of the “deleted scenes” or “bloopers” of a book!!! 😉

    • Maureen on August 31, 2017 at 5:40 am
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    I have really enjoyed this series and look forward to reading this last book in its entirety. I’ve definitely liked what I’ve read of your posts online.

    So sorry about Harvey. I had to evacuate my home during tropical storm Lee in 2011. We ended up with many feet of water in our basement, but it didn’t reach our first floor. Some others in our neighborhood weren’t so fortunate and they completely lost their homes. It was not near the devastation that has occurred in Texas, however, and whenever I see these stories my heart breaks for what people are going through. Prayers for you during this stressful time.

    • Vesper Meikle on August 31, 2017 at 6:33 am
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    Will there be a paperback available – with the story about Mary and the Colonel I have to have the actual book plus the kindle
    Be safe in the storm, I remember when we were hit by Hurricane Igor.

    • J. W. Garrett on August 31, 2017 at 7:29 am
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    First, I want to say, I hope you are safe and the rising waters have not reached you. Second, I wish to say we have had Texas in our prayers as we also watched the Hurricane bear down on our favorite authors living along the Gulf Coast. Next, we can now say, thank you for all your hard work in making this happen. Blessings to you and yours in the success of this launch. I have read both books in the series and waited patiently as you completed this one. I look forward to reading it and know all the hard work that you did in order to make it happen. I wish you the best and continue in my prayers for your state and all along the Coast.

    • Linda A. on August 31, 2017 at 8:09 am
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    Congratulations on the new release! Thank you for sharing.
    Stay safe. Our thoughts are with you.

    • BeckyC on August 31, 2017 at 8:50 am
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    Congratulations! Love the final look. I look forward to diving in! I am currently in dragon territory (just started bk2). I am off to see how Elizabeth is fairing……..

    • Miriam B on August 31, 2017 at 9:05 am
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    I hope everything turns out ok for you and your family!
    I have the first two ebooks in this series, though I haven’t actually read them yet. Looking forward to this story, I’ve enjoyed the excerpts you’ve posted.

    • DarcyBennett on August 31, 2017 at 10:08 am
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    Congrats on the new release. I love the chosen title and cover.

    • Agnes on August 31, 2017 at 2:27 pm
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    I’m so sorry to hear you are in the hurricane threatened area! I’ll be praying for your and your family’s safety.

    Congratulations on the launch of this book! This series is one of my favourites among your stories, with the unusual pairings for both Lydia and Mary Bennet.
    I like the posture of the couple on the final title page so much more than the first version, although the dark haired version of the Colonel hints more at the rough and haunted personality he has shown.
    I look forward to reading this story!

    • Suzanne on August 31, 2017 at 3:56 pm
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    I loved the chapters I’ve read so far, please enter me into the draw.

    • Eva Edmonds on August 31, 2017 at 4:27 pm
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    I am always amazed with your writing and research even while you go through so much. I have read that you had to evacuate your home and hope you and your family are safe. I cannot begin to imagine what you will find when you return home. I have loved following the Chapters of this book. Thank you for posting them. It will be interesting to see what has been edited out and the bonus material. Thank you for the giveaway. I hope Mary and Fitzwilliam end up together!

    • miriam Bresticker on August 31, 2017 at 6:56 pm
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    I tried leaving a comment before, but I don’t see it here… if you see both, that’s why. Anyway… I hope all turns out ok for you and your family. I have the first two books though I haven’t actually read them yet, and I’ve enjoyed the excerpts.

  2. Always a problem for me that real life interrupts and I’m trying to write. Luckily I’m far away from Harvey, so at least I’m not deal with that, but I do hope everything works out for you and your book.

  3. Congratulations on the publication of A Less Agreeable Man, Maria. I’m glad the last book in the series is released so that I can start reading all of them without interruptions. Be safe, dear, and hope the hurricane will blow over and everything is back to normal.

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