Category Archives: Author Real Life

Why Colonel Brandon is my Mr. Darcy…

Why Colonel Brandon is my Mr. Darcy…

Having just finished writing my adaptation of Sense & Sensibility (due for publication in 2016), I have a confession to make: I have a crush on Colonel Brandon. There is something about his patience and quiet demeanor that is extremely romantic. Yes, yes, I can hear thousands of readers shaking their head and saying, “But Darcy…”… more goodness …

Celebrating the Release of “The Prosecution of Mr. Darcy’s Cousin” with an Excerpt +a Giveaway

The release of this title was a long journey. You see, I wrote the book while I was still under contract to Ulysses Press, but they made a business decision only to publish non-fiction in the future. Therefore, they chose to exercise their right of first refusal. With Ulysses’ permission, last October, I set about… more goodness …

Winners of a Pendant from Diana J. Oaks

  Congratulations go out to Sandy Duncan, daria, and klb0823, the winners of a lovely pendant from our own Diana J. Oaks. The lucky winners will receive a lovely customized Austenesque necklace. The vintage appearance of the pendant is sure to please the romantic-at-heart, and the winners may select from the styles and finishes shown. A quote… more goodness …

Jane Austen Deemed “Unladylike” . . . I Want To Be Like Her

Jane Austen Deemed “Unladylike” . . . I Want To Be Like Her

It is my theory that one of the reasons Jane Austen captures the imaginations and hearts of so many 200+ years later is the same reason I worshipped and studied Queen Elizabeth I from the time I could read non-fiction. Both are women who defied the norms for their time and since history is so… more goodness …

20 Great Quotes by Austen Authors and Pendant Giveaway

20 Great Quotes by Austen Authors and Pendant Giveaway

I love a good quote. Whether its profound or funny, meaty or light, a phrase that stops me in my tracks with a fresh perspective is always a delightful discovery. The typical Janeite has any number of Austen-born witticisms memorized, be them from her novels or letters, we love to drop fragments of them into conversations… more goodness …

Who’s Your Protector?

In our modern world, we do not see ourselves in the situation that some of Jane Austen’s characters have to face.  But beware, these problems may still exist. In Sense and Sensibility, Elinor discusses the fact that, due to their being born gentlewomen, they could not choose a profession and work to support themselves.  Technically,… more goodness …

My Own Netherfield Ball

My Own Netherfield Ball

One of my favorite parts of Pride and Prejudice has always been the Netherfield Ball– maybe because I had my own Netherfield Ball-esque experience when I was in college, complete with dancing, rude potential suitors, and misunderstandings.  My story turned out rather differently than Elizabeth’s–but it was still a definite turning-point in my life.  It happened this… more goodness …

Apocausten

Apocausten

I live in San Francisco – earthquake country – and today is the release of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s earthquake thriller, San Andreas. If you haven’t caught the trailer, it’s apocaporn at its best. A moody and melancholy cover of California Dreamin’ plays over wide-angle slow-motion flyovers of collapsing skyscrapers as viewers are asked where will they… more goodness …

More Winners from Austen Authors! Gifts from P.O. Dixon and Brenda Webb

We at Austen Authors are pleased to announce the winners from P.O. Dixon’s “A Few of My Favorite Things” post and from Brenda Webb’s “Fire-A Regency Necessity” post.      Carol Perrin will receive her choice of any of P.O. Dixon’s eBooks.                  Meanwhile, Glynis and Maureen have… more goodness …