Austen Authors May 1, 2017: One-year anniversary, a new release, and a giveaway!

Please note: The giveaway mentioned in this post has ended!

It’s been a whole year now that I have been a member of Austen Authors. A whole year! Where has the time gone? In that year, I have released four new titles, including the one I just put out this past month. I have changed careers, from full-time teacher and part-time writer to full-time writer; I bought a house; and I adopted two dogs. Just looking at that list makes me tired! 🙂

I told you last month about my newest book, Darcy’s Race to Loveand gave you a little excerpt. This time, I’m giving you a chance to win one of two e-book copies of it. Details will be below, along with a second excerpt, but first, I have some questions for you, because I’m curious how it was received (it only has two reviews and, to be honest, sales that are much lower than normal):

  • Have you read the book, either on my blog, at DarcyandLizzy, or a purchased copy?
  • What did you think?
  • Did the racing action bog you down? Was there too much or not enough?
  • If you are not already a race fan, did it rouse your curiosity about stock car racing? Or give you more reason to hate it?
  • What did you think of Will, who was his usual reserved self in public but was instantly taken with Liz and very flirty and confident in her presence?
  • What about Liz? She sure gave Will a hard time, didn’t she?
  • If you have not read it, was it the racing that kept you away, or do you simply not enjoy modern variations?

I have already begun the sequel, so I’m eager to hear what you thought! As a reward for sharing your insights with me, your name will be entered into a drawing for one of two e-book copies of Darcy’s Race to Love. The drawing will end at 11:59 pm ET on Sunday, May 7, 2017. Winners will be announced on May 14, 2017.

Please note: The giveaway mentioned in this post has ended!

And now, for another snippet of the story to whet your appetite:

                       Unlike the first time Will had requested Liz be in the winner’s circle to meet him, this time he did not have to search for her. She was right there, inches from his car.

As usual, Will first turned to Steve for his interview. Steve asked the expected questions about how it felt to finally win at this particular track, and what he felt knowing he was the new champion. Then Steve, whom Will had spoken to the day before, went silent, though the camera remained trained on him and Will.

Will turned to Liz, who he had pulled to his side while answering questions, and dropped to one knee. Liz gasped, her free hand, the one Will was not holding, going over her mouth, as she realized what was happening.

“Liz, the day you walked into my life is the best day I can ever remember. I knew when I laid eyes on you that you were special, and time has proven me right. You are the most intelligent, spirited, beautiful woman I have ever seen, and you take my breath away. I love you, and I want to stand beside you, to wake up next to you, every day for the rest of my life. Will you marry me?”

Tears streaming down her face, Liz nodded, gasping out, “Yes! I love you!” The camera crew’s microphone barely caught her answer, but everyone saw her head nod and her brilliant smile as she took her hand away from her mouth to hug Will, who had stood when he heard her response. The crowd, team, sponsors, media, and fans had all gone silent when they saw Will drop down, but now they erupted in cheers. Those cheers increased in direct proportion to the length of the kiss the newly engaged couple shared. 

It was Coach who nudged the couple apart. “Don’t you have a ring to give her? We have a win to celebrate…let’s get on with it!”

Liz laughed as Will dug the ring out of his pocket, presenting it to her with a flourish and sliding it on her finger. It fit perfectly, as he knew it would. Pulling her in for another quick kiss, he whispered to her, “I love you.” Her reply was lost when his mouth covered hers.

Though both wished they could remain connected like this forever, they knew they couldn’t, so far too soon for the liking of either, they pulled apart. Will kept his arm around Liz, though, and that evening, she was in every picture that was taken of the team during the Hat Dance.


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