Category Archives: Literary References

What Would Mary Bennet Do? a Guest Post from Nancy Lawrence

What Would Mary Bennet Do? a Guest Post from Nancy Lawrence

What would Mary Bennet do? From the title of this post, you may be able to guess the identity of one of my favorite characters in Pride and Prejudice. Mary Bennet may not get as much page-time as her sisters, and she doesn’t make any great contribution to the novel’s plot, but I like her.… more goodness …

Jane Meets Will

Jane Meets Will

I consider myself somewhat of a Shakespeare buff – not an expert, per se, not a scholar, in a formal sense, but an enthusiast never-the-less. I used to be an actor, and have performed many of Shakespeare’s well-loved works. I  have also studied his plays, both formally and informally to a large extent, and have… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Barbara Silkstone’s “Darcy, Lizzy, and Lady Susan” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Barbara Silkstone’s “Darcy, Lizzy, and Lady Susan” Giveaway

                    Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winners of Barbara Silkstone‘s “Darcy, Lizzy, and Lady Susan” Giveaway. Three lucky winners were chosen to receive eBook copies of Ms. Silkstone‘s first mashup: Darcy, Lizzy, and Emma. Those winners are MsChris1611, Erika Messer, and pemberlypebbles. If your name… more goodness …

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 …