I am beyond thrilled to have become part of the Meryton Press family. My current Work-In-Progress…In Plain Sight…is heading toward deadline as I write this.
Here is a little taste of what the book is about…
“Lizzy’s eyes began to drift shut as they passed by the weary men shuffling along the shoulder. She did not see their bowed backs nor the overseers on horseback who were armed with truncheons and whips.” (Ch IV, In Plain Sight)
Fitzwilliam Darcy’s father withered until his son was forced to become Pemberley’s Master. Brandy numbed his pain but allowed Darcy’s worst inclinations to run wild. Then a tragedy demanded he erase his identity until he once again could honor his family name.
Elizabeth Bennet, young gentlewoman from Meryton, had been schooled by her father to observe, but not to see. Her impairment was not willful but rather inbred, a symptom of class divisions between those who served and those who were served.
“In Plain Sight” explores Jane Austen’s greatest love story by flipping social roles on their head. As Darcy must grow past his old prideful nature before he can be worthy of her admiration, so, too, must Elizabeth break through her own prejudices to capture the treasure hidden in plain sight.
As for me…here is that which you will probably find most interesting:
I have written professionally for forty years. My output has ranged from news and features to advertising, television, and radio. I have been honored with nominations for Emmys and other awards. I began my “author” career by publishing five books, all non-fiction. In 2016, I began publishing The Bennet Wardrobe Series—
The Keeper: Mary Bennet’s Extraordinary Journey (2016)
Henry Fitzwilliam’s War (2016)
The Exile: Kitty Bennet and the Belle Époque (2017)
Lizzy Bennet Meets the Countess (2017)
The Exile: The Countess Visits Longbourn (2018)
The Avenger: Thomas Bennet and a Father’s Lament (2018)
The Pilgrim: Lydia Bennet and a Soldier’s Portion (2019)
I am also part of the collective effort behind the publication of the North and South anthology, Falling for Mr. Thornton: Tales of North and South, released in 2019.
Other Austenesque Variations include the paired books “Of Fortune’s Reversal” (2016) and “The Maid and The Footman” (2016). Lessers and Betters (2018) offers readers the paired novellas in one volume to allow a better appreciation of the “Upstairs-Downstairs” mentality that drives the stories.
Jacobson holds an advanced degree in History with a specialty in American Foreign Relations. As a college instructor, Don teaches United States History, World History, the History of Western Civilization, and Research Writing. He is a member of the Austen Authors Collective and JASNA. He lives in Las Vegas, NV with his wife, Pam.
I look forward to engaging with all of you.