July at Tabby Cow

Hello Tabby Cow friends!

What a year it has been for everyone so far. We hope everyone is staying safe and keeping well.

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Cass and I, of course, have always been socially distanced unless we’re in the same country—which only happens about once a year, if we’re lucky—so between us, things have been pretty much as usual.

We have lots of exciting things coming up later in the year, but in the meantime, we’ve kept busy on various projects, some solo and some together, and here’s a roundup!

Solo Projects

In case you missed it, Cass’s first ever contemporary romance novel, The Cottage in a Cornish Cove, was released in February, and it’s been really well received (despite Cass’s worries!). It’s also the perfect ‘lockdown summer’ companion, allowing you to armchair travel as you escape with a book to the stunning Cornwall, England coast (I know it’s stunning because I’ve been there)!

I also happen to know that when she was writing it, Cass was imagining the gorgeous Richard Armitage (more in his John-Thornton-Look-Back-at-Me guise than as a hairy dwarf) as a certain gentleman in the novel. Cass says this is why it took so long to write…

It really is the perfect quarantine read, described by reviewers as ‘romance to make you weak at the knees’, ‘like a warm hug’ and ‘brilliantly atmospheric and absolutely unputdownable’!

It’s available in both paperback and eBook in all the usual online stores, so what are you waiting for? Pick it up here!

As for me, I gained a new excuse not to be finished with my romantic suspense novel because, like so many moms, I became an unintentional and unwilling home school teacher when the world shut down.

I am still constantly working on it though and have joined a morning writing group to help me keep going and hone my plot (y’all… you don’t understand the dedication I must finally have to join a morning writing group. Mornings and me… we are not usually friends).  Oh my gosh guys this sounds so sad. The whole thing is ready, it’s just that my murderer is so crappy at hiding that he’s the murderer!  I’m wondering at this point if the suspense part of my romantic suspense novel really needs to be a whodunnit? Maybe it’ll just be a surprise exactly ‘what he done’?

Co-Writing News!

As we’ve mentioned, due to the time difference that we always have to deal with when we communicate, the pandemic has not had that much of an impact on how Cass and I write together.

Book Three of our time traveling Jane Austen series (*spoiler alert*) is still safe in outline form. Cass says it’s the final in the series. I think it’s the jumping off point of a Marvel Comics esque universe. Cass doesn’t talk to me for a few days after I say things like that. We can’t tell you too much about it just now other than you’ll get to spend more time with our time-travelling adventurers, Rose, Morgan and, of course, Jane! (I will acquiesce that it might be the last one with them in it).

If you haven’t given the earlier books a try, you can find out about them at the following links here on our blog:

Book 1: The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen

Book 2: The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen

We also have some very exciting news coming about these books in the autumn, but for now our lips are sealed!!

So, if we’re not writing time travel, what are we doing?

Let’s be honest, it’s hard to write anything set in the present day just now, so guess what? We decided to take a little detour back to Regency England, and we’re almost finished writing a crossover between Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion. Yes, that’s right: Mr Darcy and Captain Wentworth in one book!

I don’t want to say too much about it yet, but I have been enjoying going back to where it all began (in a way—did you know Cass and I co-wrote a couple of JAFF short stories back in the day, after we’d finished with the Harry Potter fan fiction)?

Incredible Cass, as usual, keeps us grounded in the source material when my fancies forget that Darcy would not be celebrating Thanksgiving (I’m kidding! I’m kidding! I haven’t made that mistake in decades!).

It’s been a lot of fun, as it always is when we co-write, and we hope to be sharing the opening chapters here on Tabby Cow with you next month, with the book planned for release in the Fall.

Much more to come on that project as it develops. In the meantime, I’m also busy delving back into cover art for Cass, updating A Fair Prospect and A Quest for Mr Darcy to make them more in line with Canelo Escape’s e-book branding (seen here):

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Once done and out there, I think Cass may just do a give away of the new cover paperbacks, so keep checking in! I’m excited about working together on visual art for a little bit, but we never stray too far from our writing.

Well, that’s it for now. We just wanted to hop in and say hi, and we hope you and your families are staying healthy and as stress free as possible in these challenging times.

Ada (& Cass)

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…I thought it would be fun to bring out a video outtake from our very first book launch together in Bath when people were allowed to travel and stand next to each other! As you can see we are incredibly suave and brilliant with timing and words all the time always.

 

 

 

New Year, New News!!

Hello!! Happy New Year from Tabby Cow (i.e. Cass and Ada)!

2019 was an incredible year for us, with both The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen and it’s sequel, The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen, being published by Canelo Escape. Not without note, we also wrote said sequel in 2019 and got to spend an incredible week IRL together in Bath for the Jane Austen Festival which… oh, have I not mentioned recently – we actually got to be part of the program?

We haven’t actually been in a cave, we’ve been hard at work writing… well, Cass has been writing (her novel, The Cottage in a Cornish Cove, is due out on 11th February, pre-order it here!).
Ada has been deep in thought piecing together her fictional murder plot and avoiding writing by watching a lot of The Mandalorian on Disney +. There’s also the outline for the third book in our Jane Austen time-travel series in my tablet files, and Cass and I are excited to get back to these characters that we’ve grown to love so much.

We’re also about to go on a bear hunt… no, wait! A blog tour! The lovely Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources has arranged a ten-day tour for us with all the lovely bloggers on the banner below from January 25 through February 3!

Otherwise, we’d just like to say that we so appreciate the support of our loyal fans. Every “like” and “retweet” and “share” warms our hearts and makes us a little bit more guilty that we keep ending our novels with cliff-hangers. You must admit, they are mild cliff-hangers… that’s not as bad, surely?

Thank you!!!

Ada (and Cass)

P.S. In unrelated to writing news, but maybe related to this post news, Ada’s track pad on her laptop is possessed and can no longer be trusted. Okay actually, a little bit of Googling has suggested that her laptop track pad has become overly sensitive with age (#relatable). But what that means is that she has to know where the cursor is at all times, because if it is allowed to hover over anything clickable: a ‘buy now’ button, a different web page, an ad, any link what so ever, then it will actually double tap on its own. Yes, she was going to buy those paper towels on Amazon, but she doesn’t appreciate the track pad deciding on the when. She also cannot seem to log in to the blog as an owner, and therefore she is sending this to Cass to post for her 😉

P.P.S. We had two fab reviews come through this past week for The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen (the second book in the series), and you can read them at the following links. Thanks so much to Anna at Diary of an Eccentric and Meredith at Austenesque Reviews for taking the time to read and review!

Diary of an Eccentric

Austenesque Reviews

It’s Publication Day for The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen!!

Hello! It is a very EXPECTED day for Cass and I and… ok, that was bad. I know.

The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen (SEQUEL to The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen) is officially released (digitally by Canelo Escape and in paperback by good ole’ Tabby Cow Press and you can purchase it in either format here!)

Did we mention that? We have a paperback edition too, and here’s the gorgeous cover:

I know Cass and I have already talked about the fun we have co-writing, but I just want to say that I actually had more fun writing this book than the first. Some of that has to do with the success of the first, I’m sure, but I know we’re both very excited to see if fans of the first enjoy the second as much as we hope you do.

Not sure what it’s about? You can read the full blurb here, but essentially, the story begins barely ten minutes after the end of the first book – for Rose, that is. For Jane, it’s ten years since they last met! Our time-travelling author has come forward from 1813, and as she is no longer living in Bath but in Chawton in Hampshire, much of the story takes place there. Cue lots of research from us both on our recent visit!

This is us at Chawton Cottage and in Jane and Cassandra’s bedroom in Chawton, both of which play a part in The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen, as does Chawton House.

We hope you’ll join us in following Jane and Rose on their latest adventure! As for today, celebrate with us! Raise a glass to welcome the new arrival, whether it be wine or whiskey, chocolate milk or coffee!

Show us a picture of you joining us in a toast in the comments. Cass and I may be eight hours apart today, but we”ll post our own pictures in the comments when each of us gets to have a drink. Cheers!

GIVEAWAY Winners Announced!

We are delighted to announce the three winners of a paperback copy of The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen!

There were 31 entries in the draw, and the winners are:

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Ashley

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Many congratulations to all 3 of you, and thank you so much to everyone who entered. We really enjoyed reading your responses.

Please can the winners email me on cass {dot} grafton at yahoo {dot} com with your mailing address, and I’ll get your book out to you as soon as possible!

 

 

 

The Countdown Begins with a GIVEAWAY!!

As you probably know (because we pretty much haven’t shut up about it over the last month), the long-awaited sequel to the first book in the Austen Adventures series, The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen, is coming out one month today (7th November 2019… It’s already the 7th somewhere in the world, isn’t it?)

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Billed by our publisher, Canelo Escape, as a page-turning story of adventure, friendship and family, the story picks up where the first book in the series, The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen, ends, taking the familiar characters on another exciting escapade, this time into the past.

You can read the blurb to The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen here, and you can find it up for pre-order on the ‘Where to Buy‘ page here.

Read below on how to enter a FREE GIVEAWAY for a paperback of the first book in the series!

bookcoverfrontThe Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen was released in September, and to celebrate the run-up to the release of the sequel, we’re giving away THREE copies of the paperback edition of the book.

The giveaway is free to enter and is open worldwide! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us your favourite Jane Austen novel or adaptation. That’s it! No more, no less!

Entries close at midnight UK time on Sunday, 20th October 2019, and the names of all entrants will be entered in the draw, with three winners selected by an impartial third party.

Winners will be announced here on the Blog and the news will be shared on social media. If a prize is not claimed within seven days of the winners being announced, a further name will be chosen to receive the book.

So what’s it about? Here’s the blurb of this uplifting, comedic tale of time travel and friendship:

Rose Wallace’s world revolves around all things Austen, and with the annual festival in Bath – and the arrival of dishy archaeologist, Dr Aiden Trevellyan– just around the corner, all is well with the world…

But then a mysterious woman who bears more than a passing resemblance to the great author moves in upstairs, and things take a disastrous turn. Rose’s new neighbour is Jane Austen, whose time travel adventure has been sabotaged by a mischievous dog, trapping her in the twenty-first century.

Rose’s life is instantly changed – new home, new job, new friends – but she’s the only one who seems to have noticed! To right the world around her, she will have to do whatever it takes to help Jane get back home to write Rose’s beloved novels. Because a world without Mr Darcy? It’s not worth living in!

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charm-amazonSo there it is! A chance to win a free paperback of The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen! So what are you waiting for? (please don’t say ‘the sequel’)

Zip on down to the Comments and share with us your favourite Jane Austen novel or adaptation (just the title will do if you don’t have time to say more)!

And if you don’t win the paperback and still fancy reading the book, the eBook is also available with this very pretty cover, and available through the Where to Buy page as well!

 

Dressing the Part

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If you’ve read my previous post, you’ll know Cass and I were set to appear at the Jane Austen Festival’s Pre-Festival Get Together on Friday, September 13 in Bath!

What I haven’t mentioned yet is that my little traveling party (my 16 year old daughter, Abby, and my mother-in-law) decided to take advantage of the opportunity to walk in the famous Grand Regency Promenade during the Festival.

This is a costumed event that is always popular and… if I can just say it – AWESOME.

Cass had walked the Promenade before, but this year she decided to watch and was therefore designated as photographer. As for the rest of us, we needed to start from scratch.

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Beautifully dressed promenaders!!

First thing was to pick fabric.

I was pretty nervous about this part. I’m not great at visualizing a finished product. The last time I picked fabric for something it was an armchair and I regretted it and continue to regret it 18 years later.

I also know that a lot of the wonderful people who dress Regency for this type of event choose beautiful era appropriate fabric and patterns, so I went into the fabric store stressed by the entire idea.

Luckily, when I get like that my family knows well enough to ignore me and get on with the task at hand!

IMG_8148And sure enough, Abby was the one who caught sight of a pretty cream fabric with little flowers that looked right enough. And it happened to have a darker, sister fabric that I thought would compliment my complexion better as well. Sold!

It just so happens that my mother and my mother-in-law both know their way around a needle and thread. So my mother-in-law chose to make her own dress, and my mother got stuck with doing the other two.

They got to work on the measuring, cutting, sewing, and my mom twisted our ears until we made time to try on the dresses during the different stages. In fact, my mother-in-law ended up making not one but TWO dresses. Both very cute.

(Yes, never fear, I am aware I hit the mother AND mother-in-law jackpot. How often does that happen?)

Meanwhile I went hunting on Etsy for bonnets.  This is my daughter and I in ours:

 

The next worry was packing them!

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This is the bonnets in their own special box on the airport bus!

And then, after a flight, a few days of all sorts of fun, and a quick iron, we were dressed ready for the Promenade!

Have you ever walked the Grand Regency Promenade through the streets of beautiful Bath? We highly recommend it!

Charmed at the Festival! Our book launches at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath

Cass and I were honored to be invited to launch our new release through Canelo Escape,  The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen, at the Pre-Festival Get Together for the Jane Austen Festival in Bath last month, and it was a fantastic night!

The book is, after all, set during this very Festival in the beautiful city of Bath, so what could be more fitting?

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Outside St Swithin’s Church

The sell-out event took place at St Swithin’s Church (where Jane Austen’s parents were married), and we arrived to find the lovely Festival volunteers had readied everything. All we had to do was set out our books and publicity material and wait nervously for people to arrive (Cass felt a lot better once she had a glass of wine in her hand)!

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Sneak peak at goody bag contents!

We’d had posters made up for both The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen and the sequel, The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen (releasing 7th November but already up for pre-order!), along with the blurb – which you can read here for the first book in the Austen Adventures series, and here for the second. This enabled us to have some lovely conversations with people attending the event, and we were delighted with the interest in our stories.

We’d made up some goody bags for the first 30 people to buy signed books, which proved very popular, especially the Californian candy and the Swiss chocolate!

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Ada and Cass with Q&A host, Dr Gaby Malcolm

We were honored to have Dr. Gabrielle Malcolm (amongst other things, an Austen scholar and author of the upcoming non-fiction book, There’s Something About Darcy – releasing on 11th November) introducing us and moderating a Q&A, which was a lot of fun.

Afterwards, there was time for more conversation as we signed books and handed out the goody bags, during which we met some lovely people from across the globe.

We were also touched and thrilled to see several friends there, who had all travelled some distance to support us.

A huge thank you to everyone involved. We had a great time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Unexpected Past of Miss Jane Austen – Book Two of The Austen Adventures Series

We’re excited to formally reveal the cover for the upcoming sequel to The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen!  Billed as ‘a page-turning story of adventure, friendship and family’, it’s now up for pre-order here.
It’s Isn’t it pretty? And here’s the cover blurb:

Rose Wallace thought her time-travelling adventures were over. Jane Austen is about to prove her wrong.

After becoming trapped in present-day Bath due to a mishap with her time-travelling charm, Jane Austen is safe and sound back in the 1800s thanks to Rose’s help. Now, Rose is ready to focus on her fledgling romance with dreamy Dr Aiden Trevellyan.

But when Jane reappears in the present, it looks like Rose and Aiden have no choice but to follow her back to 1813…

Staying in the Austen household, Rose and Aiden are introduced to a number of interesting figures from the past, including Jane’s eccentric – and surprisingly modern – neighbour. Suddenly Rose’s life is in need of a re-write as she discovers some unexpected ties to Jane Austen’s world and her past.

The sequel to The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen will be released on 7th November 2019.

If you haven’t read the first book in the series, you can obtain it here:

The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen – eBook

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen – paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy reading!!

Giveaway Winners Announced!!

Hello! We’re back!

It’s been a whirlwind of a week, with us both flying to the UK for the launch event of The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, but now we’re back home and able to announce the winners of our paperback giveaway (from the earlier post, Don’t judge a book by it’s… wait! Go on, then!)

There were three copies up for grabs (signed by both authors), and here are the winners:

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Vesper

Jeannie

Please email me on cassandra (dot) grafton (at) gmail (dot) com with the address you’d like your book sent to, and we’ll make sure they wing their way to you directly! 😉

Thank you to everyone who entered into the spirit of the draw and many congratulations to our winners!

More news coming soon about the upcoming sequel to The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen (official cover reveal tomorrow from Canelo) and some insights into our adventures in Bath this last weekend!

 

 

 

The Event of the Year

Most of you know that, much as I love the people that I travel to see and the places that I stay when I travel, TRAVEL, in and of itself is not something I love.

But once in awhile, there comes an opportunity that even I am eager to travel for.

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In The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen, our characters participate in The Jane Austen Festival in Bath. This is a weeklong, world famous event Cass has been to several times and they (very kindly) invited us to be part of their pre-festival get together on September 13… nowhere special… only at St Swithens Church, the same church where Jane Austen’s parents were married. No big deal.

Ummm.. that’s a lie. This is a very big deal to us. Our friend Gabrielle Malcolm will be moderating for us (hey – she can make a conversation about forks interesting, so you know it’s going to be a great time).

We so appreciate the festival organizers for thinking of us and inviting us and we will be there with bells on.

Hope to see a few familiar faces there!