Don’t judge a book by it’s… wait! Go on, then!

Hello again everyone!

If you follow Cass or I on any social media platforms you probably already know our biggest news (also mentioned in my last post): the eBook of The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen… AND it’s sequel (I don’t think I’m allowed to tell you the title yet) were acquired by Canelo Digital Publishing at the end of last year.

One of the many things we were excited about on entering the traditionally published world was that there would be real artists and professionals creating our covers!

Our first cover will always be near and dear to us, but at the end of the day it didn’t reflect the light hearted nature of our writing and so… drumroll please… HERE is what the professionals came up with:

I love the color and the whimsy of it. I love the animals and the little Royal Crescent at the top. Hopefully it will grab readers that our first cover might have put off.

But wait! There’s more!

We did edit the manuscript before submitting to Canelo, and with the interior updated to reflect this, it seemed the perfect time to brighten up the paperback cover as well.  

Of course we couldn’t step on the publisher’s toes as far as making the two too similar, but we found something refined and pretty (just like main character Rose).

So HERE is what we came up with:

This means that if you have a book with this new cover, then you have the new and revised version of our book, which we are immensely proud of.

Whereas if you have this cover:


Congratulations! You have the OG (this is apparently a reference no one is going to get based on asking several peers – basically I just mean ‘the original’) version of The Particular Charm of Miss Jane Austen.

Regardless of the covers, it might be sensible to tell you a little about the inside of the book, for those who haven’t yet read it!

Here we go:

When a time travelling Jane Austen gets stuck in modern-day Bath it’s up to avid Janeite Rose Wallace to save her… because she’s the only one who knows that Jane exists!

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!



As we approach the release date for the eBook (12th September – it’s available for pre-order here!), we’ve decided to give away a few copies of the new, revised paperback! What’s more, these will be signed by both authors (not a thing that happens very often with the distance between us!)

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, letting us know your thoughts on any of the covers (do you have a favourite, anything you love, anything you don’t), and then we’ll enter your name in the draw, which will be made on Sunday, 15th September in Bath!

Draw open internationally! Closing date for entries is 12th September 2019.

Thank you for bearing with us! We hope you enjoy the next few months where we should be posting here more regularly!

30 thoughts on “Don’t judge a book by it’s… wait! Go on, then!

  1. I loved the book and the time travelling plot. I’m eager to read the sequel!
    You know what? I prefer your second cover to the publisher’s one. But as French people say, des goûts et des couleurs… (tastes and colours…).

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    1. Thank you for commenting rp73fr and love that you enjoyed the first book.

      Is it weird that I’m even more excited about the sequel coming out? I think I didn’t know what to expect with the first one.

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    2. So pleased you enjoyed the book, and we hope you love the sequel too. We had such fun writing both of them.

      We have things we love about each cover, but it’s so nice to hear you like our choice!


  2. I actually liked the original cover–it seemed to emphasize the mystery of the book, and I thought it was sooo lovely. The new one is nice, but you two did an incredible job on the first cover!! 😀

    I was just thinking that is was time for a re-read, and here you are! So I will hope for an autographed paperback copy to read!!


    Susanne 🙂

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting Susanne!

      You aren’t the only one that liked that first cover – this is cracking me up – and making me feel better too.


    2. Lovely to hear from you, Susanne!

      We are still very partial to our original cover too! Good luck in the draw, and we hope you enjoy the sequel when it comes out!


  3. Oh cuteness! I love the whimsy of the new cover. It does reflect the light nature of the story. Can’t wait to see matching title and cover for your sequel when it comes out, too.
    That is funny about OG. I pondered and couldn’t get it either until I read the answer.

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    1. OG had me totally flummoxed! LOL

      Pleased you like the new cover. We’ve seen the one for the sequel and they’ve done a neat job of reflecting the serial nature of the stories with it!


  4. The first cover will always be my favourite. I have to admit I panicked when I saw the blue cover, I thought I’d missed the release of the second book. Phew!

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    1. Whoops! Sorry for causing a confusion, Suzanne. I love that the first cover is your favorite.
      Thank you for commenting!


  5. Truly like the new whimsy cover, though I’m curious about the updated version of the much loved plot! I agree with several comments about the earlier cover, it was really lovely and mysterious!!
    Can’t wait to see the title on the sequel, and how the cover will reveal itself according to the story 😃🤩 Can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel and see what happens next!

    Might have to read the book again 🤔

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    1. Ahh, thank you so much Interestsofajaneaustengirl! Updated version doesn’t mess with the plot, just tightens up some things here and there!
      At least with so much coming up for us, we’re guaranteed not to let the blog gather so much dust!


    2. Thank you, Sophia! You’ve been such a wonderful support all along!

      We can’t wait for you to read the sequel and to hear your thoughts!


  6. Like the new whimsical cover though I have to be honest and say that I preferred the old one, it was mysterious and lovely 🤩
    Though I can’t wait to get my hands on the updated version and the sequel to read the whole thing again 😃📕📗

    Maybe it’s time to reread the book? 🤔 Congratulations Cass and Ada on the updated book and your soon to be published sequel 🤩

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    1. This is seriously cracking me up that so many of our first fans appreciate that first cover. I love it! Thank you Vesper for reading and commenting!

      I’m trying to stay excited about the relaunch of the first book by Canelo, but I’m already impatient for people to read the sequel. Thank you!


  7. Hi. I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t read this novel (yet) but I love everything I’ve read by Cass Grafton, so know I’ll love this too.
    I’m intrigued by the contrast between your original cover – sophisticated but perhaps with a dark twist – & the artists versions. As to which I prefer … until I read it, it’s difficult to make an informed choice. Having said that, I rather like the original – it’s intriguing 🥰🥰🥰

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    1. Oh gosh, well, I hope you love this story too, Jeannie!

      We love our original cover, but also love the approach of the publisher. It’s great to have someone who’s not read the book. You’ll be a fantastic judge of which you feel better suits the tone of the story!


  8. Thank you Jeannie Peters!! We do hope you give it a try and come back and tell us when you have which cover best suits in your opinion!!!


  9. I remember your review, Sheila! This post was asking for thoughts purely on the cover, though, and we’d love to know which you prefer!


  10. I love the new cover from Canelo and I can’t wait for how the sequel looks like. I suspect it is quite similar to theme of the new e-book edition. The cover for the new paperback edition is equally beautiful to look at too though my first choice would be the Canelo design. Will Canelo released the paperback copy of the untitled sequel too?

    And all this while I thought OG is for original gangster after the TV show The Last O.G..

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    1. YES!!!! it IS!!! I just thought being too specific would confuse people. Anyway! HA! I’m glad someone got the reference! ;).

      Thank you for Luthien84 for commenting. As of right now Canelo has the digital rights for the sequel as well, but not the paperback.


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