Happy Birthday, Mr Darcy – out now!

I’m delighted to announce the publication of the fifth book in my Austen Addicts series. Happy Birthday, Mr Darcy, is a light-hearted novella in which two of my favourite characters choose to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice by getting married. Can you guess which two?

When I started writing my trilogy after an inspirational visit to the Jane Austen House Museum in Hampshire, I really didn’t imagine that the books would go on inspiring story after story but these characters seem to have got a hold of me and I’m already planning the sixth. And that’s as good an excuse as I need to get that Colin Firth DVD out again …

In Austen Country

Saturday was a very special day for me because I had two talks in Hampshire – the county of Jane Austen!  The first was at the West Meon Festival.  West Meon is a gorgeous village in the heart of rural Hampshire and the church was decorated with bunting and there was coffee and cake for everyone.

I have never given a talk in a church before and I have to say that I was a little anxious that I might have to speak from the pulpit!  Fortunately, this wasn’t the case and I was given a magnificent seat on a small stage in front of a beautiful altar.

Then it was on to Jane Austen’s House Museum at Chawton.  I was so honoured to be speaking about my Jane Austen trilogy at the very home of my idol.  The room was packed and there were dozens of questions for me to answer at the end and the biggest queue for a book signing I’ve ever had!  I have to say that Austen fans are the loveliest people ever!

Now it’s back to the desk where I’m cooking up a lovely surprise for my readers.  Keep in touch to find out what it is later this week …