Hello, dear readers!! I’m so honored to share another exciting cover reveal with you today! (I love doing these!)
What’s being revealed today you ask?
I’ll tell you! It’s this brand new debut novel by Catherine Lodge called Fair Stands the Wind, and it sounds fabulous!!! (I’ve heard many many wonderful things about it!)
~ Fair Stands the Wind ~
Expected Release Date: late August 2017
We all know that in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mr Darcy is proud and prejudiced because he is a wealthy landowner who believes himself above his company; and that Elizabeth Bennet can afford to be proud and prejudiced because she believes she has the freedom to make choices for herself.
But what if Mr Darcy is the second son, sent to sea at a young age? What if Elizabeth is trapped by circumstances, with an ill father on one side and an understandably desperate mother on the other?
Meet Captain Darcy of the Royal Navy, a successful frigate captain, with ample prize-money and a sister he needs to provide for while he is at sea. Meet Elizabeth Bennet, who needs a husband and is trying to resign herself to Mr Collins, the worst “least worst alternative” in the history of literature.
~ From the Author ~
I am one of those people with very poor visual artistic skills, I can’t even tell when colours clash! However, I had some vague ideas. I looked at a lot of late 18th/early 19th naval portraits and sent Zorylee some links. They tend to feature heroic, uniformed gentlemen with hazy ships or even battles in the background.
and a personal favourite, for young Midshipman Darcy
I, of course, entirely forgot that readers might like to see Elizabeth too. So Zorylee took my vague ideas and spun them into gold.
The only other thing I mentioned was that my Permberley is described as not being one of those smooth-columned paladian mansions the BBC like, but rather a building in an older style, based on Fountains Hall, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. This now forms part of the Fountains Abbey World Heritage site. The ruins of one of Europe’s largest Cistercian monasteries, with some 18th Century landscaped water gardens and a small 17th Century manor house. Zorylee kindly included a drawing of it on the back cover. If you are ever in England, I encourage you to take a tour of the Abbey, house and gardens. It’s one of my favourite places in the world, so I was, as we say round here, “made up*” that she included it.
* made up. Chuffed to bits**
** chuffed to bits. Highly delighted.
~ Author Bio ~
Catherine Lodge is a semi-retired lawyer and lecturer, living in Yorkshire–a part of the UK even more beautiful than Derbyshire. One of five daughters, although by birth order regrettably the Jane, she found 19th Century literature early in her teens and never looked back–even if that meant her school essays kept coming back with “archaic!” written in the margin next to some of her favourite words. She still thinks that “bruited” is a much nicer word than “rumoured.”
After years of drafting leases and pleadings, she finally started to write for fun in her forties and has never stopped since. Much of this will never see the light of day, having been fed to the digital equivalent of a roaring bonfire, but “Fair Stands the Wind” is the first book she thinks worthy of public attention.
She spends her day fixing computer problems for friends and family, singing in her local choir, and avoiding the ironing.
And without further ado….here is the big reveal!!!
Connect with Catherine
What do you think, friends? Isn’t the cover lovely?
And the premise sounds wonderfully original! Can’t wait to see what kind of changes these new circumstances bring about!
I, for one, love the idea of Darcy as a man in uniform!
And poor Lizzy, marrying Mr. Collins?!?
A big thank you to Janet Taylor, Catherine Lodge, and the team at Meryton Press for putting together this lovely cover reveal! All the best on the upcoming release of Fair Stands the Wind!!!