Category Archives: History

Austen and the Cathedral: Was Interment a Signal Honor?

Austen and the Cathedral: Was Interment a Signal Honor?

July 18, 2017, marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. At that date, the official commemoration begins. Tributes will flow through any number of activities, readings, evensongs, and events, leading to July 24, the date of her funeral. In the UK, public benches are being dedicated to Austen, and the “Rain Jane”… more goodness …

Let’s Hop in the TARDIS + My Special Project

Let’s Hop in the TARDIS + My Special Project

This was meant to be entirely another post, but I got inspired, and so long as I manage to do as promised on social media, and clue you all in as to what my special project is by the end, I’ll have accomplished what I needed to! I like to counterbalance my love of the… more goodness …

Lady Catherine’s neighbors & excerpt

Lady Catherine’s neighbors & excerpt

Last month’s post included an excerpt of Elizabeth’s love for architecture and viewing a glimpse of Knole House. This month’s is about the house and its residents. Jane Austen only gives us a few passages about Rosings and even less about the surrounding area. We know nothing about the village of Hunsford. In Mr. Collins’… more goodness …

A Happy Dance, Twinnings, Child Birth, and (a Sort of) Giveaway

A Happy Dance, Twinnings, Child Birth, and (a Sort of) Giveaway

Today, I am taking off my Austen hat to announce that my latest Regency series is making a pleasant noise: Angel Comes to the Devil’s Keep is the first book in a new romantic suspense trilogy: The Twins, and it has been named as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence… more goodness …

French Revolution Émigrés in England, a guest blog from Lona Manning

French Revolution Émigrés in England, a guest blog from Lona Manning

It is our delight to welcome Lona Manning, author of A Contrary Wind, a variation on Mansfield Park. Lona’s extensive research on the French Revolution is for our benefit today. Please welcome Lona to Austen Authors!   French Revolution Émigrés in England by Lona Manning   Thank you for this opportunity to guest post on… more goodness …

Solace in Austen

Solace in Austen

Did you know that during World War I, Jane Austen’s novels were recommended as an antidote for soldiers coping with shell-shock? And during the Second World War, sales of her works in England tripled? If you are unfamiliar with it, I highly recommended reading Rudyard Kipling’s short story The Janeites, which provides insight into the… more goodness …

Channeling Jane in Portland

Channeling Jane in Portland

I live in a place that inspires my Jane Austen-related writing, and it’s not England. I reside in Portland, Oregon, a fairly new transplant here. Typically, one wouldn’t think that a hipster/hippie-centric city with a Pacific rain forest climate would bring to mind England, and yet it does. Portland is called the Rose City, first of… more goodness …