Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday

by Danielle

Well, first of all, Happy Father’s Day! I tried to find a pic of Papa Jackson and I, but our scanner is on the fritz and I tired of toying with it. Anywhoo, enjoy this cute little Norman Rockwell line drawing.

Seeing as how I’ve ended up on two Sunday spots in a row this month, I’ll continue what I did last time and give you all another Sourcebooks announcement! A few years ago, Sourcebooks released a little book called Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange, which, aside from Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife by Linda Berdoll (another Sourcebooks release!), has become one of the most successful Austen sequels EVER, solidifying both Amanda Grange and Sourcebooks as the premiere author and publisher of this ever growing genre!

Now, I know many of you will read the announcement below and think, “Ohmigod didn’t we already have Austen and Zombies?” But this book is very different—for one, it’s not a parody—it’s an actual continuation. And Amanda has created an incredibly smart new twist on just why Mr. Darcy is so reserved… Get ready to re-imagine P&P in a way you never thought possible! (And holy crap—look at the cover—the design team has done it again)

Sourcebooks Landmark Announces New Major Release:
Mr. Darcy, Vampyre

NAPERVILLE, IL (June 10, 2009) — Sourcebooks Landmark, the leading publisher of Jane Austen-related fiction, is excited to announce a major release in the category: Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by international bestselling author Amanda Grange.

Amanda Grange’s style and wit bring readers back to Jane Austen’s timeless storytelling, but always from a very unique and unusual perspective, and now Grange is back with an exciting and completely new take on Mr. Darcy a
nd Elizabeth Bennet in Mr. Darcy, Vampyre.

“Amanda Grange is our internationally bestselling author of Mr. Darcy's Diary,” says Sourcebooks acquisitions editor Deb W
erksman, “and we were so excited when she came to us last year with this brilliant vision for an altered Darcy. Amanda starts where Pride and Prejudice

Sourcebooks has announced an on-sale date of August 11, 2009. ends and introduces a dark family curse so perfectly that the result is a delightfully thrilling, spine-chilling, breathtaking read. A dark, poignant and visionary continuation of Austen’s beloved story, this tale is full of danger, darkness and immortal love.”

Sourcebooks is excited to release this book before, you guessed it, an onslaught of paranormal Austen literature this Fall and Spring 2010! I’ve read it, and if you like historical fiction, have even the slightest interest in how the vampire legends started, or just want to read a new creative twist on our dear Lizzy and Darcy, then I HIGHLY recommend this book.

Hope you all had a great weekend.


  1. And now, for something COMPLETELY different...

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Cheryl!

    I'm sure you're all out enjoying the weekend, celebrating Father's Day, etc! Summer finally arrived to Chicagoland; I hope it has reached you as well :)

  3. Danielle~

    A day late and a dollar short, but I'm here. I can't wait to ready Mr. Darcy, Vampyre.

    My first book was a modern-day retelling of P&P with a twist of Persuasion so I love anything Austen. I'll put it on my must buy list at Nationals!

    Robin :)

  4. Out of town yesterday. Sorry I missed seeing this. It made me wonder about something.

    Sourcebooks is making a name in the Austen-sequel market.What is it that makes Austen so sequel-worthy, while other sequels, notably Gone With the Wind sequels, seem so uniformly bad?

  5. Hey Robin--

    No worries! I remember in one of your interviews explaining your own "Austen-esque" novel. I think you'll really enjoy Mr. Darcy, Vampyre :)


  6. Hey MM--

    I think that's a great question for our editor, who's away on vacation from now until forever (or the next two weeks)... But what I think works really well with Austen is the varying opinions of characters. Ultimately, Austen wrote social commentary and light romance, and she's not only studied scholarly, but also reinterpreted in so many ways... all of which have their own sense of validity.

    Sourcebooks has done wonders with this new genre of "Austen-related literature," and I think is a big part of the reason it is it's own genre. I haven't read a Gone with the Wind sequel, but I don't know, that book (and movie subsequently), while ending at such a turning point for Scarlett, seemed to be the perfect ending. Austen's books almost always end with a happy ending and a wedding, leaving readers wondering what next?

    Not sure if that's an answer, but we know from both sales and media attention that Austen sells--even 200 years later, written by different authors and now with a vampure twist!!