A Lesson Hard Learned #giveaway

A Lesson Hard Learned is now available in Kindle Format and on Kindle Unlimited!

I’m so excited about revealing the cover of my soon-to-be-released book that I’m going to give away a copy! (Sorry, US only.)

Once again, the beautiful painting used on the cover was crafted by my husband, Matthew Sotis.

Comment below before midnight ET on August 26, 2016, to enter. Please include your email address so I can contact you if you win. (I promise not to use your email address for anything else!)

The winner will receive a signed copy once the paperback is released.  Good luck!


Shortly after Elizabeth Bennet refuses Fitzwilliam Darcy’s offer of marriage, he becomes convinced her reproofs were correct and determines to become worthy of her love. His attempt to arrange a “chance” meeting is successful and they cross paths in London.

Soon afterwards, Darcy sails for Virginia to retrieve his newly widowed cousin, who has found herself stranded in a country on the verge of war with her native land. Once there, he suspects her sights are set on him as her next mate. Even worse, his journal—which details his feelings about Elizabeth—is accidentally posted to Elizabeth. Can he return to England, convince her he has taken her opinions to heart, and win her love before she receives it?

The impulsive Elizabeth Bennet is injured while touring a Derbyshire estate with her aunt and uncle, and circumstances find her at the home of Georgiana Darcy while she recuperates. While there, Elizabeth realizes she is in love with Darcy, but will he arrive home and assume the worst about her after finding her living at his estate?

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(Winner will be announced here and by email on August 27. If the winner does not respond by August 31, I will choose another winner on Sept. 1. US only. Please comment below to enter.)

A Lesson Hard Learned is now available in Kindle Format and on Kindle Unlimited!



61 thoughts on “A Lesson Hard Learned #giveaway

  1. Congrats, Wendi! I love the cover; reminiscent of P&P95 but with wiggle room to use your imagination on their features. At least that was my first thought lol. Wishing you lots and lots of copies sold, as always. 🙂



  2. Congratulations Wendi!! I love your stories and your covers are always original and beautiful. This is no exception, I love the colors and the light it portraits.

    I wish you the best of lucks with this new story!


  3. What a lovely cover! You and your husband are both very talented!

    Intriguing story…can’t wait to read this one!


  4. The cover art is gorgeous. I particularly like the ray of sunshine. Possibly this indicates a happily ever after for our dear couple? Please do not enter me, Wendi, as I’m sure to buy it the second it’s available. Do you have a launch date yet?

    BTW, your branding is excellent. The print copy will look lovely alongside your others.


    1. Thanks, Joy! The ebook is available now on Amazon – yay! I’m waiting to receive the proof copy of the paperback so Matt and I can make sure it’s perfect before making that available.

      Thanks about the branding comment, Joy. Over the past couple of months, I’ve been playing with redesigning all the covers, but I decided against it. You’re a mind-reader! 😉 Your comment was just want I needed to convince me that I made the right decision!


  5. I love the cover, it reminds me so much of the bbc 1995 adaptation. Thank you for portraying the characters as we have all imagined them for years. I recently saw a cover of Mr. Darcy with blond hair! I think not!! I also love the way the rays of sun are shining down on Elizabeth. I love all your books. Can’t wait to read this one.


    1. Thanks Alexandra! Usually I design the cover and give him a (very badly done) sketch, but Matt designed this cover painting himself this time… though he has seen me watch that adaptation so many times, it seems to be imprinted on his brain cells, LOL! It’s fun to watch the painting take shape as he does it.

      Good luck 🙂


  6. I’m a long-time fan (55+ years) of Jane Austen’s works, but I’m relatively new to P&P fan fiction. This sounds like a wonderful plot, full of adventure AND romance. My preferred format these days is Amazon Kindle (I have very little space to store physical books nowadays), but a signed PB copy would be a treasure indeed!

    Best wishes,



  7. Love the cover for the reticence and hesitation it conveys–so in sync with the book’s description provided here. I’ve read all your novels and am thrilled there is another soon to come; best of luck with it!



  8. Congratulations on your new book. Your husband’s painting for the cover is beautiful. The story sounds so interesting. I am looking forwad to reading it. Thank you for the generous give away.


  9. I have never read any of Wendy Sotis’ books — of course I’m still rather a newbie to Austenesque stories so I imagine there are several authors I have not yet “met.” Based on this lovely cover and the description I do plan to read it (and would love to win a signed copy!). I can’t wait to find out how the author reconciles these rather diverse plot lines. Wishing you every success with your new book.
    TeaGuide.net at gmail dot com


  10. This is a wonderful start and as usual I cannot wait to finish the story. I will go out and get more tissue as your books almost always bring me to tears!. Do you have a potential release date.


    1. LOL about the tissues comment, Lizzybel! Thanks so much! The kindle ebook is available now… the paperback proof has been shipped and we’re just waiting to make sure it’s perfect before making it available. Good luck!


  11. Hi everyone! Thank you for entering the giveaway!

    Since I’m finishing up formatting the Kindle, I’ll just answer once for the moment.

    The paperback will be a few days. I’m just waiting for the proof to be delivered to make sure it prints correctly.

    Matt and I appreciate all your wonderful comments – my muse is nudging me to release the ebook tomorrow and get back to writing this weekend… so that’s my goal. I’ll post a new blog article when it goes live (after I have a chance to check the formatting, of course.)

    I’m sure your kind words will fuel Matt’s muse, as well. (He needs to start on the cover for The Pact very soon, hint, hint. You can see a sample of that under Works-In-Progress on the menu above.)


  12. Your husband is a very talented artist, just as you are in your writing. Do you watch PP movies together, too? XD

    Congratulations on your new book!


    1. Hi June, Thanks, I think he’s talented, too 🙂 It’s fun to watch it go from a sketch to a painting. He’s like me with my writing – I could revise forever and he could keep tweaking the painting forever, too. I have to stop him after a while, lol. I honestly don’t think Matt has ever watched an entire P&P movie, but I have all that are available on dvd or vcr tape, and he has seen me watch them so many times – especially P&P95 – that he knows them pretty well.

      Good luck in the giveaway!


  13. I’m so happy to know there’s going to be a new book! Do you have a release date? And of course, I love the cover. 😉


  14. What a lovely cover with a sun beem shining on Elizabeth. I cannot wait to read this book! Thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway.


  15. I love the cover it is beautiful! I loved the story as I read it as you posted it online. I hope I get luck and win a copy of your book. I love all your great stories I hope you start posting another story soon.


    1. Hi integr67! I’m glad you enjoyed the first draft as it was posted to BeyondAusten.com! It’s gone through some changes since then, and lots of polishing 😉 Good luck in the giveaway!


  16. Enjoyed the original short storY that I read back in 2012, would love to when a copy of the full-length novel!


    1. Hi Nicole! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the short story when I posted it a few years ago. Gosh, I guess is has been that long, hasn’t it? Good luck in the giveaway!


  17. And once again, you have a beautiful cover. What a nice collection.

    And once again, I will have another of your beautiful books to enjoy. What a nice collection.

    I hope this hard copy will be part of it.


  18. Love all your books and look forward to reading your latest and would enjoy having a signed copy especially from a family member. Yes! The cover is fabulous. Would you consider coming to Florida to present it to my book club?


  19. Just getting in under the wire so to speak odara7rox(at)rcn(dot)com…good luck in your writing and thanks for your generosity.


  20. Thank you all for entering the giveaway!

    Because of the way your posts copied and pasted into my spreadsheet, each took up 4 lines,

    so each of you had 4 chances to win a signed copy of A Lesson Hard Learned paperback!

    And the winners is Pam Hunter!

    Congratulations, Pam!!!

    Look for an email from me going out soon 🙂


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