Category Archives: Jane Austen

Jane Austen Family Reunion

Jane Austen Family Reunion

No matter how you feel about the 50 Shades phenomenon, an undeniable trend in the surge of independently published authors of romance, particularly new adult and erotic, followed as a result of its popularity. Traced back, its author was inspired to write by the Stephenie Meyer vampire romance sensation, Twilight, which also begat a rich vein of young… more goodness …

Stranger Danger in Austen + Giveaway

Stranger Danger in Austen + Giveaway

  I’m still mulling over title suggestions from my last post, but my computer has returned nicely refurbished and I’ve been busy with editing my next release, A Sense of Obligation! While considering which excerpt to choose for this post, I was struck with the idea of how often the stranger is the villain in… more goodness …

Clueless is 20 Years Old.  I’m Totally Buggin’ !!

Clueless is 20 Years Old. I’m Totally Buggin’ !!

Twenty years ago writer-director Amy Heckerling began developing a story that would focus on the popular kids at a California high school. Above all, Heckerling’s desire was to have a central female character who was relentlessly optimistic. I remember reading Emma, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Those characters: what I gravitated to was how positive they… more goodness …

A Look at the Film Adaptation of “Mansfield Park, 1999″

Okay, I’m back. Our lovely Alexa Adams is moving to Switzerland, and so I’m taking her place on the blog, for her furniture is packed and on the move.  Today, I would like to repeat a recent analysis I did on the film adaptation of “Mansfield Park,” specifically the Miramax production from 1999.  BBC/Miramax film… more goodness …

A closer look at Mr. Bennet

A closer look at Mr. Bennet

Thinking about Mr. Bennet a lot lately. You can join the conversation on Mrs. Bennet here. I have very mixed feelings about Mr. Bennet. He is described as intelligent and witty in P&P but also indolent. We know he has a silly wife and silly daughters and that he enjoys teasing them and winding them… more goodness …

Summertime

  “What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.”  — Jane Austen I can agree with that. But we’ve just moved to the Midwest and it gets cold here in winter – Chicago, you almost froze me out last winter – so I’ll soak up all the sunshine I… more goodness …

First 50 Readers Win My Entire First Year of Publishing Catalog!

First 50 Readers Win My Entire First Year of Publishing Catalog!

It’s time for a celebration and I am giving out the presents! July 4, 2015 marked my one year anniversary of publishing my first JAFF, The Trouble With Horses. It has been a year of incredible highs and lows, from five #1 best-selling books on Amazon.com, to wisdom tooth surgery, to moving, to seeing my first… more goodness …

Breaking Bad in Regency England

Breaking Bad in Regency England

Now that I have your attention, I confess that I have never watched the television program Breaking Bad. However, the hype about the show was so successful that even non-television viewers like me have heard of it. As I was doing research for a Regency story, I found some information about broken bones I thought… more goodness …

A Regency Dinner

A Regency Dinner

In Jane Austen’s novels, as well as in countless variations, a great deal happens at the dinner table, when our favourite characters are brought together to exchange so much more than casual pleasantries over elaborate meals. Mr. Collins comes along, to impress his relations with his excellent patronage, or Mr. Hurst, to guzzle his ragout… more goodness …

The Role of Elinor Dashwood in Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility”

Austen began writing Elinor and Marianne as an epistolary novel in 1795. It was published as Sense and Sensibility in 1811. The novel set the tone for many of Austen’s titles: defiance of the social and economic barriers to marriage and the desire of women to marry for love. In the novel, Elinor and Marianne… more goodness …