Giveaway Winners Announced & First Sighting of the ‘Beast’!

Anyone who read along as I rushed to get chapters of A Quest for Mr Darcy up on time will recall my inability to spot all the typos in each post, so you’re probably wondering if I’ve slipped up again in the heading to this one!

I haven’t! 😉 There were so many lovely, beautifully explained responses in the Comments, and such a variety of characters chosen, I decided to giveaway TWO Brilliant Uncirculated £2 Coins (I wish I had more to spare! You all deserve one!)

There were 22 entries (Anji abstained, as she already has the coin), and my trusty assistant (aka my husband, Julian) did the honours before he went to work and picked two numbers. The winners are:

  • Julie R
  • Lynn Bischoff

Please contact me on cassandra {dot} grafton {@} gmail {dot} com, or via Facebook Messenger if we are connected there, with your address so I can get the presentation pack off to you!

(If a prize remains unclaimed within 3 days, a new name will be picked!)

Congratulations to Julie and Lynn, and thank you SO much to everyone who took the time to leave a comment. ❤

The ‘Beast’!

Again, as many of you know, A Quest for Mr Darcy ended up much longer than I had anticipated… about a whole book-length longer! Sigh.

Despite lopping over 10,000 redundant words from the manuscript during editing, it still remained a whopping 190,000 words long in the end. As it lumbered its way to and fro across the world between Switzerland and my lovely team of proof readers, it became affectionately known as ‘the Beast’. I’m hoping they were only referring to its size, of course! 😉

Well, the paperback proof copy has finally arrived with me! As you can see from the photos, it’s quite a hefty tome. There are a few tweaks to be made to the cover and interior, but I’m hoping it will be published within the next two weeks – I’ll announce it here when it’s available, and no doubt I will find something to offer as a giveaway, too! 😀


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Round up of Giveaways still Running, a New One and a Sale!

Canada has just celebrated its 150th Anniversary, and there’s a big holiday pending in the US this week too, so it seemed time to celebrate!


Two of the giveaways have now closed, but thank you to everyone who entered by leaving comments at Diary of an Eccentric and Austenesque Reviews. Huge thanks to Anna and Meredith for hosting these! ❤ ❤

Two giveaways are still running, however!

There’s an exclusive outtake from the Prologue of A Quest for Mr Darcy over at Claudine’s lovely blog, Just Jane 1813, and you can read it and enter the giveaway here. Closing date for entries is 5th July.

The lovely Janet Taylor has written a beautiful and eloquent review of the book over at More Agreeably Engaged, which you can read here, and there is a further giveaway to enter. Closing date: 6th July.


In other news, the paperback is still under preparation and will be out sometime in July. I will announce it here as soon as it’s live! (Remember the accompanying health warning: make sure you have a wrist rest. On a more positive note, as my husband says, at least it will make a useful doorstop once you’re done reading!)


On 7th July, it will be the first anniversary of the release of The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen (co-written with the lovely cover designer of Quest, Ada Bright)! This title is now available in Kindle Unlimited AND for the coming week is also on sale at $2.99!

If you haven’t yet read of Jane Austen’s adventures in contemporary Bath during the Festival honouring her name, now is your chance! 😉

Further exciting news about the book and the sequel will be coming in the following weeks over on our Blog at Tabby Cow.


I seem to have a spare presentation pack of the Brilliant Uncirculated £2 Coin featuring Jane Austen! What can you do in the circumstances? Oh yes! Give it away!

To enter the draw, just leave a comment revealing your favourite Austen character – from any novel – and why! The draw will be open for 72 hours, so a winner will be chosen on Wednesday morning UK time!

Happy Holidays to those celebrating, and good luck in the various giveaways to everyone!


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Giveaways Galore!

Monday can be a bit of a flat day, as days of the week go, so I thought I’d do a round up of what’s on offer around the release of A Quest for Mr Darcy (or ‘Quest’, as I lazily refer to it lately!) 😉

There are two giveaways still running and open for entries and all include the chance to win a copy of Quest (eBook or paperback – though the paperback is not yet out) along with a selection of Jane Austen themed goodies (the ‘goodies’ are different for each giveaway!) All giveaways are open internationally.

Entry is as easy as leaving a comment on the relevant blog post, and you can find the first here at Diary of an Eccentric, where you can also read an excerpt from the story. Closing date for entries is Thursday, 29th June.

The second can be found here at Austenesque Reviews, where I am interviewed by the lovely Meredith about the inspirations behind the story and a few other things besides. Closing date for entries is Friday, 30th June.

That’s not all, however! There will be two new giveaways coming up this week, the first on Wednesday at Just Jane 1813, where you can read an outtake from the Prologue, and the second on Friday at More Agreeably Engaged.

Good luck to everyone who enters!

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Giveaway Winners Announced on Book Release Day!

I’m delighted to announce the two winners of the giveaway which ran from Monday to Wednesday here on my Blog – for a special edition Brilliant Uncirculated £2 Coin in a presentation pack!

The responses were amazing, with some wonderful quotes shared from both Jane Austen’s letters and her works.

All those who left a quote on the Blog had their names entered into a hat for the draw, and the lovely Joan Mossop of St Mary’s Hall B&B in Alton did the honours this morning in selecting two numbers.

Congratulations therefore go to:

  • JoEllen
  • deborahanne2

Please email me on cassandra {dot} grafton {at} gmail {dot} com and let me have a mailing address for you!

(Should any prize remain unclaimed by midnight UK time this coming Saturday (24th June), a further drawing will take place.)

I’m also pleased to say it’s finally release day for A Quest for Mr Darcy. The eBook is now available in all the usual online stores – links below! (The paperback is coming. Just waiting on the interior from the formatters).

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway. There is currently one running over at Diary of an Eccentric, where there is an excerpt from the novel and a chance to win a free book and some Jane Austen goodies. You can find it here.

I am also being interviewed on Austenesque Reviews tomorrow, where there will be a further chance to enter to win a giveaway of a copy of the book and more goodies!

Links to Buy


Nook Store

Kobo Store

Apple iBooks

I am donating 10% of all eBook profits to the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation set up by Jane Austen’s (five times) great neice, who grew up at Chawton House, to fund literacy projects in Jane Austen’s name.


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A Quest for Mr Darcy – an Update and a Giveaway

I’m happy to say A Quest for Mr Darcy will be released in eBook format on Thursday, 22nd June, with the paperback coming soon after. ❤  It is still available for pre-order, and the links are below.

I’ll be visiting two blogs this week, Diary of an Eccentric on Wednesday and Austenesque Reviews on Friday, and there will be opportunities to win copies of the book and some Jane Austen themed goodies!

However, in the meantime, I thought I’d offer a little gift here on my Blog! You have doubtless heard about Jane Austen being featured on the new £10 note coming into general circulation later this year. In addition, the Royal Mint is releasing a new £2 coin which will also feature Jane Austen.

Although this will soon be in general circulation, I have two special edition Brilliant Uncirculated Coins in a presentation pack to GIVE AWAY!

All you need to do to enter to win one of the two coins on offer is tell me your favourite Jane Austen quote (from any novel or her letters)! The closing date for entries will be midnight UK time on Wednesday, 21st June.

In the meantime, pre-order links for A Quest for Mr Darcy are below. It is available for pre-order in the Apple Book Store too, but I don’t have a link!

Kobo Store

B&N Nook Store


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A Quest for Mr Darcy – the Epilogue and More!

I am delighted to say A Quest for Mr Darcy is now available for pre-order on Amazon at the link here, with a release date of 22nd June. It will be available for pre-order in other formats shortly. 😀

In the meantime, the Epilogue is now posted! You can find it by clicking here. It will remain up on the Blog for seven days (until 13th June), after which it will be removed.

Please do not follow the link to read the Epilogue if you haven’t read the whole story as, surprise surprise, it contains spoilers – lots of them! 😉

As you may have seen, it was cover reveal day on Monday! Rita at All Things Jane Austen very kindly invited me to tea and conversation as we revealed not only the cover for A Quest for Mr Darcy, but also the story behind it!

You can read the post here, and if you leave a comment on Rita’s Blog, you can enter the giveaway for a free book and some Jane Austen goodies! This giveaway closes on Friday, 9th June.

I will be visiting some of my favourite blogs throughout June, and I hope to see you there! Each visit will offer a further chance to enter a giveaway for more Jane Austen goodies and a free book!

So, where has my calling card been delivered?

6th June – All Things Jane Austen

15th June – Austen Variations

22nd June – Launch day here on my Blog!

23rd June – Austenesque Reviews

27th June – Just Jane 1813

30th June – More Agreeably Engaged

Date tbc From Pemberley to Milton


Make sure you are signed up for email alerts here or follow me on Facebook or Twitter so you don’t miss the notifications of chances to win! ❤

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THE BOOK: A Quest for Mr. Darcy Fitzwilliam Darcy is on a quest. Convinced he is over his foolish infatuation with Elizabeth Bennet, he returns from a year of travelling with a plan,…

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Latest Posting News for A Quest for Mr Darcy

The first draft of A Quest for Mr Darcy is now complete.

Thank you SO much to all those who read along as I was writing, especially the wonderful commenters who made me laugh, smile, kept me going through the bad days (and weeks!) and generally made the last six months so much fun! ❤

As promised, the story remained live for seven days. All but the opening chapters have now been removed for editing, proofing and preparation for publication in late June.

Foxy Darcy 😉

The Epilogue will be posted here once written, and there will be several giveaway copies of the book available when it is released, some from my visits to other blogs and some on this one. My giveaways always include eBook and paperback editions (winner’s choice) and will be open worldwide. 😀

Make sure you are signed up for email alerts here or follow me on Facebook or Twitter so you don’t miss the notifications of chances to win a free copy! ❤

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A Quest for Mr Darcy – Chapter Fifty Eight


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A Quest for Mr Darcy – Chapter Fifty Seven

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