June 2011

Dear reader,

I have exciting news! The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë audiobook has just won the 2011 Audie award in the romance category!

The Audies are the Oscars of the audiobook publishing world, and this award is a huge honor. I'm indebted to Recorded Books and to narrator Bianca Amato, who brilliantly portrayed Charlotte and dozens of other characters in a performance that required a multitude of accents.

For those who haven't yet read the book, The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë recounts the true story of the life and romance of the remarkable woman who penned the beloved classic Jane Eyre.

My novel, which I'm excited to say has been optioned for film and was named a Great Group Read by the Women's National Book Association, is truly a work of my heart.

Read reviews of The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë.

Read about the audio book.

Buy the novel.

See all the Audie winners.

Other News

Nocturne will be released as a mass market paperback on August 2, 2011.

"Near-death experiences, a charming and enigmatic stranger, concealed dark secrets, forbidden love — Syrie James' latest novel is an exquisite feast of passion, turmoil, adventure, and intrigue." Austenesque Reviews

"5 out of 5 stars! I loved it!" Good Choice Reading

Read more reviews of Nocturne.

Buy the hardcover edition.   Pre-order the paperback.

On April 27, I appeared on the The Diane Rehm Show (WAMU - NPR) in Washington D.C. discussing the novel Jane Eyre with a lively panel. Click here for the link to LISTEN to the radio broadcast.

Attention Austen fans! My humorous short story "Jane Austen's Nightmare" is included in the anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It (Ballantine Books, October 11, 2011.) I'll be signing copies at the book's official launch party in Fort Worth, Texas on October 14.

The anthology is edited by Laurel Ann Nattress, the talented force behind austenprose.com (one of my favorite websites) and I'm proud to be among the roster of wonderful authors who contributed original, Jane Austen-themed stories to the book.

You may pre-order the book here.

Here's the cover for the Italian edition of Dracula, My Love, due out August 30 from Piemme as La Sposa Vampiro.

Check out all the cool foreign edition covers of The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen, Dracula, My Love, and The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë. To date, my books have been or are being translated into fifteen languages.

I'm currently busy writing my sixth novel (for Berkeley, an imprint of Penguin Books), and am very excited about the release of book number five, which I co-wrote with my son Ryan. Forbidden (about a teenage girl who discovers she's half-angel) is due out winter 2012 from HarperTeen.

My son Jeff and his lovely wife Yakun are reaffirming their marriage vows at a big wedding bash in August.

Here's one of the amazing engagement photos they had taken on a recent trip to China, where they posed in fabulous attire in exotic locations including The Great Wall and the Forbidden City.

Isn't this an incredible shot? Aren't they a gorgeous couple?

Recent Photo Highlights

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The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen

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Thank you so much for your support.

Have a great summer. Read lots of great books!

All best wishes,