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  • Writer's pictureHeather Moll

Rising Courage is a winner

I'm excited to announce that Rising Courage is a 2024 Bronze IPPY winner for romance!

The Independent Publisher Book Awards is a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year.

An Affectionate Heart won bronze in romance in 2023 and I'm BEYOND psyched that Rising Courage won, too. I love seeing more eyes on Austenesque titles.

An insulting proposal. A band of criminals. Can they fight off their kidnappers and find their way to happily ever after?

Elizabeth Bennet is seething. Firmly refusing an offer of marriage from the man who ruined her beloved sister’s chance at happiness, the spirited young lady goes walking to clear her head. But her anger changes to fear when three strange men who believe she’s Anne de Bourgh throw her unceremoniously into a carriage and drive off.

Fitzwilliam Darcy regrets his offensive proposal. But when he chases down the object of his affection to set the story straight, he is horrified to witness her kidnapping. And after his gallant rescue endeavor merely gets him captured too, he worries revealing her true identity could get them both killed.

Bristling at her forced proximity to her spurned suitor, Elizabeth is pleasantly surprised at how well they work together. But even as they disagree on whether or not to risk an escape, Darcy suspects their survival may not lead to him winning her heart.

Can they fix their cascade of misunderstandings to find happily ever after?

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