The book was published in June of this year, and I have been touched, delighted and humbled by the lovely response to the story, so thank you to everyone who followed along during the six months of weekly postings, encouraging me along the way, and to all those who have since read it and shared their thoughts on it.
By way of celebration, I am honouring one of the things that has most surprised (and then touched) me about this story: how much I enjoyed writing Bingley’s younger twin sisters, Olivia and Viola, and by the response to them from readers. Bringing original characters into a story peopled with those we have all loved for so many years is a daunting prospect, so I thank each and every one who has ever told me they enjoyed the twins and their antics!
As we’re talking twins, there have to be two things to give away. Some of you may recall I was in Winchester on the anniversary of Jane Austen’s passing back in July, where I attended the presentation of the new £10 note. It was a real treat to be able to hold one of the notes and see up close how very pretty they are!
It was released into general circulation in the UK on 14th September, and by sheer good fortune, I happened to be in the country attending the annual Jane Austen Festival in Bath. Only a few select banks across the country had been sent the notes for this first day of release, and I had no idea Bath was one of them until I saw a local news report from Milsom Street! Recognising the ATM the reporter stood beside, I prodded my friends into action, and we were soon each holding one of these little pieces of history in our hands!
One was never going to be enough, however, and soon I had in my possession a little pile of freshly minted, never been in circulation, immaculate £10 notes!
I donated my first £10 to the Jane Austen House Museum and their ‘Bring Jane Home‘ campaign when we visited there the following week.
I have also passed some of these unused and very special notes to a few friends who would not likely come across one in the foreseeable future. However, I have two left over from that early raid on the cash machine, and I’m now going to give them away to two readers of my Blog!
All you have to do to enter a draw to win one of them is leave a comment below as to why you want one! 😀
Oh, and you can find out why I gave Bingley three younger half-sisters (the hint came from Jane Austen herself, within the pages of Pride & Prejudice) at this link which announced the start of the story last year!
NB: Giveaway will run for 4 days, closing at midnight UK time on Sunday, 15th October 2017. Two winners will be drawn randomly and announced here on the Blog. Unclaimed prizes will be re-drawn if not claimed within 48 hours.