Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues – Cover reveal

It is my pleaseure to be part of the the cover reveal of a new anthology coming soon:  called Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues. Looking at the authors’ names who contributed a story, it sounds promising! Warm welcome to the editor, Christina Boyd, who is telling us a bit more…

Jane Austen’s masterpieces are littered with any number of unsuitable gentlemen—Willoughby, Wickham, Churchill, Crawford, Tilney, Elliot—adding color and depth to her plots but often barely sketched out to the reader. Have you ever wondered about her rakes, rattles, and rogues? Surely, there’s more than one side to their stories. Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues, the book designed to expose certain histories about Jane Austen’s anti-heroes, reveals its cover today.


Shari Ryan from Mad Hat Books created the gorgeous book cover from a rough sketch by the editor, Christina Boyd, and she quickly and professionally created the beauty it is today. The back cover suggests the stories might have some steam (the collection is about Jane Austen’s bad boys after all!) Like in The Darcy Monologues, these authors can turn up the heat with but the turn of a phrase. However, the love scenes are not graphic, and the handful of stories with “mature content” are marked as such in the Table of Contents.


Author Beau North came through again by creating the stunning individual short story promotional graphics. She is quite an accomplished woman. Those individual story graphics will roll out over the next days from their facebook page The Darcy Monologues, et al., and other social media.

As an editor, Christina Boyd has been extremely fortunate to work with some incomparable authors. Several authors from The Darcy Monologues anthology including Karen M Cox, J. Marie Croft, Jenetta James, Beau North, Sophia Rose, and Joana Starnes joined Amy D’Orazio, Lona Manning, Christina Morland, Katie Oliver, and Brooke West in crafting this current collection. The intent: create clever, well-informed short stories, each from one of Austen’s male antagonists’ point-of-view—a backstory and, or parallel story from off-stage of canon. This Dream Team certainly upped their game accepting this challenge by undertaking characters that few even like and slyly earn the reader’s sympathies—maybe even adoration—whilst remaining steadfast to the characters we recognize in Austen’s masterpieces. This wickedly delicious anthology is scheduled for release mid-November.

The international giveaway: When Christina published The Darcy Monologues, readers expressed how the blend of the authors’ writing styles worked well to make the overall collection stimulating. One reader suggested that she was so familiar with some authors’ writing styles, she was sure she could match the writers to their stories without being told. This Giveaway Challenge was thus inspired. To win a $25 Amazon gift card, follow the Google link and complete a multiple-choice quiz, matching lines of prose to the author and her rake/gentleman rogue. Last day to enter is October 18. In case of a tie, a winner will be chosen at random in a Facebook Live drawing. Since it’s for an Amazon gift card, of course, it’s a worldwide giveaway. Gotta play to win. “Dangerous to Know” Challenge:





13 thoughts on “Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues – Cover reveal

  1. Thank you, Mira! I appreciate your enthusiasm and support in the project. Can’t wait to hear how you like the collection. It’s all Georgian era. And I hope you get a chance to do the Challenge quiz. The answers seem so obvious…to me. 😉


  2. This whole cover is gorgeous. There doesn’t seem to be any stories about Darcy and Elizabeth!!! But I will be reading this book anyway as I’m sure these authors can make even these bad boy characters appealing? I’m not entering the challenge as I don’t know the characters from anything other than P&P well enough. Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. Well, Glynis, as the entire collection is about Jane Austen’s rakes & rogues — stories from before the masterpiece or parallel to Austen’s story — there really isn’t much opportunity to interact with Darcy & Elizabeth. There may be a Darcy & Elizabeth “sighting” and also a couple of stories with some interaction with Darcy — but “The Darcy Monologues” was fifteen stories full of them. Hahah! I hope you will give this one a try. All Georgian era. I’m pretty excited about the project and something new.


    1. Thanks again, Beau, for your great story! And for the beautiful short story promo graphics you created. Hope you are feeling better.


  3. Huge thanks for having the bad boys for brandy, port & cigars, Mira 😉
    (Did they do cigars in Regency times, BTW, or is that a later thing? That’s fine either way, I’m sure they’d be fine with just the port and the brandy 😀 )
    LOVE the cover and Beau’s awesome graphics, and can’t wait to see what all the naughty boys have been up to!


  4. Looking forward to this a lot. Having read a few tales featuring some of Jane Austen’s, shall we say, less than sympathetic female characters (Lydia Bennet, Elizabeth Elliot, Mary Crawford), it’s going to be interesting to see the perspective of some of their male counterparts.


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