Category Archives: Literary References

What’s in a Name when the Name is Austen?

What’s in a Name when the Name is Austen?

There is a writer’s meme that turns up frequently in social media. Numerous variations of this exist, but they all boil down essentially to this: “Be careful, or I’ll put you in my novel.” It’s an amusing threat; harmless, but well within the power of an author. I was reading through a biography of Jane Austen… more goodness …

Celebrating the Release of “A Dance with Mr. Darcy” with a Scottish Tradition + a Giveaway

Celebrating the Release of “A Dance with Mr. Darcy” with a Scottish Tradition + a Giveaway

St Agnes Eve plays a pivotal turning point in my latest Austen-inspired release. A Dance with Mr. Darcy. But who was St. Agnes and why is she celebrated? On St Agnes Eve, traditionally girls and unmarried women wishing to know more of their future husbands perform a variety of sometimes “bizarre” acts to see who… more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of Don Jacobson’s “War Widows in Austen’s World” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of Don Jacobson’s “War Widows in Austen’s World” Giveaway

Austen Authors is happy to announce the winner of Don Jacobson‘s “War Widows in Austen’s World” Giveaway. Random.org has selected Regina Silvia to receive an eBook copy of Mr. Jacobson‘s The Keeper: The Extraordinary Journey of Mary Bennet. Regina, please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at jeffersregina@gmail.com to claim your prize. Congratulations!    more goodness …

The Significance of Books and of Reading in Jane Austen’s Novels, a Guest Post from Lauren Gilbert

The Significance of Books and of Reading in Jane Austen’s Novels, a Guest Post from Lauren Gilbert

The Significance of Books and Reading in Jane Austen’s Novels By Lauren Gilbert Jane Austen was a reader.  She read widely.  We know she enjoyed novels; she was a subscriber to Fanny Burney’s third novel, Cecilia or Memoirs of an Heiress. She also enjoyed Henry Fielding, Samuel Richardson, Anne Radcliffe and Maria Edgeworth, among others.… more goodness …

War Widows In Austen World

War Widows In Austen World

Jane Austen closes the last chapter of Persuasion on a dark note with lines reminding her readers of the possibilities that were the daily reality of a martial wife. “Anne was Tenderness itself;—and she had the full worth of Capt. Wentworth’s affection. His Profession was all that could make her friends wish that tenderness less; the… more goodness …

Love Those Muscles!

Love Those Muscles!

I’ve just been reading over Diana J. Oaks excellent post from January of this year on exercise in the Regency world. How Austen’s characters get exercise is very-well documented by her through many quotes from some of the books. In my upcoming release, Darcy’s Awakening, I find also myself concerned with how the gentlemen of… more goodness …

Playing at Puns with Jane Austen

Playing at Puns with Jane Austen

Just as some children sing or create art at a young age, I cannot remember a time when I did not love words. This grew naturally into a love of reading, which, led me to discover the delights of a good pun. I was around the age of seven, I believe, when my oldest brother–who… more goodness …

Jane Austen and Dogs

Jane Austen and Dogs

Normally, it’s not terribly difficult for me to come up with a good blog post. This month was different. I have had so many things on my mind lately, about writing and reviews and author notes and Elizabeth Bennet’s character and the differences between JAFF and regular Regency romances and on and on…that it was… more goodness …

Six Best Austen Quotes

Six Best Austen Quotes

My laptop is on the verge of death and unbearable to use, and I am praying for the new one’s daily arrival. Coping with a distorted screen and often unresponsive keyboard, I attempted to write about the politics behind the empire waisted gown, but the subject proved too complex to pursue amidst the technical complications,… more goodness …