GRAND Re-Opening Day!

GRAND Re-Opening Day!

Were Back

One year ago today Austen Authors disbanded, a hiatus necessary for many reasons. Today we are officially back online, renewed and revitalized! We gaze into the future with hope and enthusiasm greater than we had before. Our original mission to share our unique visions of Austen’s world to a broader reading audience shall be fulfilled with new Austenesque novelists. Clearly we have much to CELEBRATE!

Tune in tomorrow when the winners of our Pre-Launch Giveaway will be announced,
and a massive Grand Re-Opening Giveaway will be revealed.

For today, we shall begin celebrating by introducing our authors.
Are you ready to meet them? Sure you are!

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Each of the 18 Austen Authors send their personal greetings, along with whimsical revelations about themselves and their writing. They were asked to share their author tagline, and list 5 words describing their author brand and/or post a picture that encapsulates their style. Lastly, they were asked to answer 2 of the 3 following interview questions: 1) Do you have any phobias?  2) What superpower would you want to have?  3) Who was your first celebrity crush?

 

SHARON LATHAN ~ Happily ever after comes true...
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Hey y’all! Southern greetings from the rolling green hills of Kentucky! Bardstown, Kentucky to be precise, the Bourbon Capitol of the World and Rand McNally’s “Most Beautiful Small Town in America” in 2013.

My 5 words: Romantic. Family. History. Characters. Love.

No contest that my biggest phobia is spiders, or any crawly bug for that matter, although spiders are the worst. Devil’s spawn! I vaguely recall some glossy Tiger Beat heart-throbs on my wall, but my first serious I-want-to-marry-and-have-your-babies crush was Steve Perry, lead singer of Journey. The voice! The hair! The tight jeans!

Sharon’s Author Page

First blog on Monday, January 26

KATHERINE REAY

Hey! I’m Katherine Reay and I’m delighted to be an Austen Author — and to introduce myself today. I’m a writer, wife, mom, runner, tae kwon do black belt and an avid chocolate consumer. I write characters who could be your sister, daughter, mother, friend… with an allusion to Austen’s and other classics thrown in the mix. I handed in my latest manuscript last week and am using this moment to settle into my new office — we just moved to Chicago this past summer. And after many many moves, including two international, we’ve promised our kids not to move again…

That actually might be my biggest phobia: Moving again. And for a superpower? Flying. Definitely flying.

We’re so excited you’re here and share our love for Jane Austen. You’ll find a wide variety of writers, genres and stories on our site and we hope you enjoy it! Welcome.

Katherine’s Author Page

Debut blog on Wednesday, January 28

ALEXA ADAMS

Greetings from Delaware!

“I see how it is Mrs. Bennet – a rich man has danced with Lizzy. When he arrives to ask for her hand do show him in.” – First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride & Prejudice

I hate heights, suspect technology, and feel distinctly uneasy around llamas. This is not your run of the mill superpower, but I wish I could conjure clothes out of thin air, a la Elsa in Frozen.

Alexa’s Author Page

Debut blog on Friday, January 30

JENNIFER PETKUS

“What ho!” from the Mile High City (in addition to being a Janeite, I’m also a Wodehousean).

Imagining Jane Austen in space since 2009. Jane Austen, Lara Croft and Kathryn Janeway are my heroes.

Phobias — being stuck with a bunch of people in a small space. Once on the Underground, the packed train had stopped between stations and I was smashed up against a glass panel, my breath fogging the glass. My husband could see I was freaking out. All I could think of was that all these people were using up my oxygen. I was seconds from a major hissy fit and an excuse to practice my martial arts skills. Luckily the train started moving before then.  Superpower — the power to write long Regency novels where nothing much really happens but readers never get bored.  Crush — Illya Kuryakin. That dates myself.

Jennifer’s Author Page

Debut blog on Tuesday, February 3

CECILIA GRAY ~ Smart girls. Fun books.
Hi guys!

I’m a total girl’s girl at heart and can be found most days with my girlfriends, either hanging out or eating in San Francisco. I also nap a lot… not with my girlfriends. 😉

I’m terrified of airplanes and because of that, if I could have a superpower, it would be to fly….fast. I have a new celebrity crush every other week, but a girl never forgets her first: Keanu Reeves from Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. He’s since been replaced by Rupert Penry-Jones as Captain Wentworth in Persuasion. Siiiiiiiiigh….

Cecilia’s Author Page

Debut blog on Friday, February 6

BARBARA SILKSTONE

Silkstone intro picCatch! I’m tossing you a ball of warm love from Florida. I enjoy writing romantic comedies with a touch of mystery. My lovable heroines always have the best of intentions, and often the worst physical coordination. I enjoy doing playful things with language, blending two distinct words to create a new word. If I’m laughing out loud when I’m writing, then I know I’ve hit the mark. So, with love & laughter I look forward to enjoying our friendship on Austen Authors.

Phobias? I have a beauty. I cannot tolerate holes in fabric. The very idea absolutely creeps me out. I will cross the street to avoid passing someone who has holes in their jeans. My first celebrity crush was John Cleese. I am still madly in love with him. All my writings carry the unwritten hope that he might read one, seek me out, and fall adoringly at my feet.

For my first post I will return as The Love Investigator to interview the illusive billionaire, Mr. Darcy.

Barbara’s Author Page

Debut blog on Tuesday, February 10

REBECCA H JAMISON ~ Clean Romance with a Literary Twist
GarnerHi from the Rocky Mountains.

My 5 words: Fresh. Vivid. Funny. Honest. Swoon-worthy.

For my superpower, I’d like Mary Poppins’s ability to clean just by singing a song. (That includes being able to sing the song.) My first celebrity crush was Oscar the Grouch. I’m still kind of hoping he has a Darcy moment and turns out to be something more.

Rebecca’s Author Page

Debut blog on Friday, February 13

JENNI JAMES

Howdy guys! I’m a Phoenix girl at heart. Where the food is hot, the weather is hotter, and the girls are on fire! I’ve lived 9 years overseas 5 of them were spent in England… and wow. One of my houses was an old manor home with it’s own Ballroom and Library! A dream come true! I’m a mom of 7 who just married my own Mr. Darcy/Captain Wentworth/Colonel Brandon/Mr. Knightly/Henry Tilney/with a tinsy bit of Willoughby thrown in too… just to keep things fun.  He brought to the marriage 3 very fun kids and it’s been such a blessing to have a home bursting with excitement and family. I currently live in Utah, where I found this incredible hunk of a man. *sigh*  No, really, I’ll tell you our story one day.

My 5 words: Sweet. Clean. Romantical. Heartwarming. Thud-worthy.

My first celebrity crush was Jordan Knight from the New Kids on the Block. Holy cow, I knew I would be married to him one day and I totally used to kiss his poster at night and dream of all the romantic adventures I would have as Jennifer Knight.  *LeSigh* I’m terrified of drowning in life. My divorce destroyed me… and for a bit I never thought I’d get out alive. Now… now… holy wow… now! I am so happy, so grateful I kept believing in the impossible, such a believer in strength and prayers and miracles.. because now I feel like I’m walking in my very own fairy tale.  Finally. True Love exists and it’s amazing.  🙂

Jenni’s Author Page

Debut blog on Tuesday, February 17

ELIZABETH ANN WEST

I’m Elizabeth Ann West, jane-of-all-trades, mistress to none! I’m happily addicted to Darcy. 🙂 Being a Navy wife, I’m currently in CT, but on my way to upstate NY later this year. Yes, my life fits neatly into boxes, but it’s made me come to appreciate that stuff is just stuff; my family is most important.

Phobias? I fear nothing! I know that sounds trite, but in my household I am the spider, snake, and critter catcher or killer. I’ve lived in a place where men regularly broke into my house, had 911 on speed dial, and testified against one burglar in court. If you threaten me or my own, I WILL not go down without a fight. Don’t be fooled by the pretty petals, this rose has thorns. 🙂

Sadly, the world lost him to suicide about ten years ago, but my first legitimate celebrity crush was Jonathan Brandis. In junior high, my friends and I wrote Seaquest DSV fan fiction on notebook paper in three-prong folders we would pass around, working on three stories at once. We had weekend custody arrangements for the stories, lol. Funnily enough, three out of the four have published as adults. Who knew the lunch table at Brandon Middle School in Virginia Beach, VA would be so prophetic?

Elizabeth Ann’s Author Page

Debut blog on Friday, February 20

 

JEANNA ELLSWORTH

Hey ladies and (hopefully a few) gentlemen! I grew up in Colorado but currently call Utah my home and probably will forever. I’m so glad to be a part of Austen Authors and to get to know all of you. Can’t wait! Let’s do this!

My 5 words: Deep. Inspiring. Fun. Romantic. Clean.

I don’t have too many phobias unless fear of losing control over my life is considered a phobia. Two nights ago I woke up in a dead sweat because I got married in my dream and had to share financial decisions with someone. It was a nightmare. I am not one to follow Hollywood stars, however, nothing gets me to swoon faster than a picture of Colin Firth! I might give up control over my finances if I had to wake up to him every morning!

Jeanna’s Author Page

Debut blog on Tuesday January 27

ELIZABETH ADAMS

Hey guys! Elizabeth Adams here – call me E. I’m live from Music City.

My 5 Words: Funny! Snarky. Real. Sensitive. Honest.

Super power – Flying, of course!  First celebrity crush – Devon Sawa, from Casper. It was pathetic, I know, but I was very sincere.

Elizabeth’s Author Page

Debut blog on Thursday, January 29

REGINA JEFFERS ~ Every woman dreams...

Hi There! I am a born-and-raised “Mountain Mama” from West Virginia (not to be confused with the western part of Virginia), who has lived in several northern states: Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, etc. At this time, North Carolina is my home, where you will often find me saying “Bless Her Heart” or “He’s a constipated-looking gentleman” or “Just because the cat crawled into the oven doesn’t make her a biscuit.” Do not ask what all those mean, but they make sense in the South.

Jeffers intro picMy Words: Historical Romance with a Bit of Angst

My first celebrity crush was on Tim Considine, who portrayed Spin Evans in the 1955 Disney series, “Spin and Marty” (I was 8 at the time), along with Howard Keel in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” (I have a propensity to like older men.)  If I could have a superpower, it would be to fly like Superman. This is exceptionally weird because flying in a plane is one of my phobias.

Regina’s Author Page

First blog on Monday, February 2

ROSE FAIRBANKS

Hey there! I’m from Virginia born at the beach and moved to the mountains as a child. In my perfect world, I could have both all the time.

My 5 words: Love. Emotion. Partnership. Flaws. Happiness.

Fairbanks trueloveI have a deep fear of being trapped. Beyond the physical I’ve noticed I like having options. Lots of them. Therefore if I could have a superpower I’d like to blow things up that annoy me or stand in my way. I’m a bit impatient and determined. Unfortunately, I’d probably have blown my computer up too many times to count.

Rose’s Author Page

Debut blog on Thursday, February 5

ANNA ELLIOTT

Elliott intro picHi everyone!  I live in the Washington DC area, but when I’m not homeschooling my older kids or chasing after my baby I love imagining myself living inside of Jane Austen’s world. For several of my books my friend Laura — an incredibly talented artist — drew original pictures to illustrate my stories. This picture is one of my absolute favorites.

My 5 Words: Romance. Strength. Hope. Love. Laughter.

I would love the superpower ability to reach into books and bring items from the stories out into the real world. The wardrobe leading to Narnia I want it in my bedroom! I’d also take Claire’s wedding dress from Outlander, and Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak. My first celebrity crush was Pierce Brosnan. My mom and I watched Remington Steele reruns when I was in high school, and would fangirl out over Pierce. We can still quote lines from memory.

Anna’s Author Page

Debut blog on Monday, February 9

P.O. DIXON

Greetings! Physically, I live in North Carolina, although my heart and mind reside in Historic Charleston, South Carolina.

My 5 Words: Diverting. Romantic. Enticing. Succinct. Different.

Coveted superpower: Time travel. First Crush: Archie … move over Betty and Veronica!  Phobia: I can think of only one phobia that I have, but I’m too frightened to talk about it. Have a lovely weekend!

P.O.’s Author Page

Debut blog on Thursday, February 12

DIANA J OAKS

Greetings! My name is Diana, and I come to you from the beautiful state of Utah. My Austen-inspired writing style is — My 5 Words — Layered, Romantic, Clean, Nuanced, and Witty. At least that is what I aspire to. 😉

If I could choose a supernatural ability, it would be healing. It would cover the range of human injury, pain and disability. I wouldn’t be stingy with it, but I would be stealthy—like a ninja—only without all the kicking and nunchucks. My first full-blown celebrity crush was Donny Osmond. I had our life together all planned out. I even figured out how I was going to meet him, but I was too young to drive, and couldn’t figure out how to get myself the 45 miles to the mall he was rumored to frequent, so I lost him for lack of transportation at the ripe age of fourteen.

Diana’s Author Page

Debut blog on Monday, February 16

JOANA STARNES ~ Keep dreaming and carry on!

Hi from the Thames Valley.

My 5 Words: Love. Tangles. Heartbreak. History. Happiness.

I’m good with most things but I hate the cold – does that count as a phobia? Superpower I wish I had: Mind-reading. I don’t think I had a real crush until Colin Firth and Richard Armitage. Years down the line, they still rule!

Joana’s Author Page

Debut blog on Wednesday, February 18

BRENDA J WEBB

Greetings from the sunny frozen South! Would someone north of the Mason-Dixon Line please close the door! Brrrr! I’ve lived in central Alabama all of my life and I dearly love my home. The people are warm and friendly, and the weather is not too extreme, if you disregard the last two winters! Retired, I presently live with my husband on a three acre mini-farm close to Gatlinburg and the Gulf Shores.

My 5 words: Romantic. Intense. Interesting. Jaw-dropping. Entertaining.

You already know that I am retired, so revealing my first celebrity crush won’t give my age away. It’s Elvis! I have several phobias, but most of all I do not like confined spaces, heights or snakes! That means I cannot go on an airplane unless a window or door is left open, it stays on the ground, and there are no snakes onboard!

I’ll leave you with the immortal words of my childhood hero, Roy Rogers: “Until we meet again, may the good Lord take a liking to you.”

Brenda’s Author Page

Debut blog on Thursday, February 19

newsflash As of late yesterday, we confirmed with novelist Melanie Schertz that she wished to join Austen Authors! Whoo Hoo! Stay tuned for more information on Melanie in the weeks ahead. In the mean time, visit Melanie’s  Amazon Author Page. Welcome aboard, Melanie!

 

And now… LET THE PARTY BEGIN!

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We answered the mini-interview questions…. How about YOU answer them too?  1) Do you have any phobias?  2) What superpower would you want to have?  3) Who was your first celebrity crush? 

149 Responses to GRAND Re-Opening Day!

  1. “We answered the mini-interview questions…. How about YOU answer them too? 1) Do you have any phobias? 2) What superpower would you want to have? 3) Who was your first celebrity crush?” (1) I do not have any phobias. I’m fearless. (2) I would like have the power to go back in time and change my actions. (3) I do not recall a first celebrity crush–it was so long, long ago!

  2. Thanks for the warm welcome, ladies. It’s great to know a bit about you and I hope you will continue to share some of your stories with us.

    I’m scared of falling down and injuring myself so I can say I have a phobia in climbing down from the top especially when I’m on a ladder. My friend thinks it is a fear of heights but I disagree. So everytime I descent from steep stairs, my eyes are looking down to make sure I don’t fall. My favourite superpower is the ability to read minds and know what people are thinking. As for celebrity crush, I cannot tabs on who they are because it always keep changing. When I see a handsome face, I’ll fall for him. So I don’t remember my first one.

  3. I am so very happy to see the re-launch of this site! I would often visit to see what new Austen-esque stories I could find to lose myself in and I am happy the resource lives on! Welcome back!

  4. Congratulations! It’s good you’re back!

    Phobia: Big dogs! no problem with little ones
    First Celeb crush: Probably Megan Follows and Jonathan Crombie, I love Anne of Green Gables.
    Superpower: The hability to dream…

    Best wishes!

  5. I literally SQUEED when I received the email inviting me to Austen Authors. Once my heart rate calmed down, I sat down and wrote this really LOOONG email to poor Sharon and Regina saying mostly to the effect of “Are you sure?” because my world view and enthusiasm is something I have to struggle to keep dialed down to a 4 and I’m still the “eager puppy” personality in most JAFF groups. Exhausting is the adjective Barbara Silkstone most often throws at me at 5 AM on Facebook messenger which I will point out, hey, she’s up too! 😉

    I have a permanent feeling of “Can’t wait” where it comes to this community and it’s such a lovely feeling to have. Can’t wait until my first blog post, “Don’t Insult My Jane!” 🙂

  6. The outpouring of support and generosity from the JAFF community is amazing! Many congrats on the successful Grand Re-opening, Sharon and Regina. 🙂

  7. Congratulation on the launch of Austen Authors. It will be interesting to read about the different authors and their books. I don’t have any phobias that I can recall. *L*
    First Celeb Crush when I was was probably Pernell Roberts from Bonanza. Now I come to think of it, that is so long ago and my family hadn’t migrated to Australia.

  8. Congratulations. I am so excited.
    To participate in the blog questions. My phobia is frogs, my super power would be strength and my first crush David Cassidy. Love that you posted information about all of the authors.

  9. I haven’t been able to keep up on all the comments today but it’s such an honor to be here with authors I’ve admired for a while and others that I look forward to knowing more of and reading. The support on here has been overwhelming!

    • I haven’t either, Rose. I took a nap (because I didn’t sleep a wink last night… first day of school anxiety flashback!), and look where we are. 121 comments! This is brilliant!

  10. It’s lovely to read these little snippets about you all, ladies, at last. Been having technical issues and having to peck this out on the screen of my phone as I only get gibberish on my iPad. Even some of the links I’ve tapped on with this phone haven’t worked, either. Ah well, technology!

    Looking forward to reading all of your blog posts in the future very much. Sadly, I came to all this too late to be part of the old AuAu, so this is quite exciting. I am all anticipation!

    So, phobia has to be cockroaches. Lived in Africa for a while, got used to everything except them. Oh, and I find dolls quite creepy, too. Something to do with their eyes, I think. Superpower would have to be telepathy, for all those times that the public expect me, as a pharmacist, to be clairvoyant about their medicines! Finally, and, most appropriately, I think my first celebrity crush came at age 11, the first time I saw Laurence Olivier as Darcy in the 1940 film of P & P. Later, of course, came pop and TV stars, it was the 60s after all, but my memory tells me he was the first.

  11. Congratulations and best wishes. So excited to see this wonderful launch, the authors and to learn about their writing. I have a few phobias – snakes, and heights mostly which are severe at times so I avoid those situations. best wishes and much happiness and success.

  12. Thanks gals for all of the hard work you have put in to launch the new AUAU! I love the diversity of authors and know that you all will thrill us with your literary best in the days to come. Congratulations! Jen Red

    • Good day, Jennifer. This is a nice mixture of traditional and indie authors, young adult, variations, sequels, contemporary versions, etc. There is something for everyone.

  13. Claustrophobic. Instant transportation would be my desired superpower. I could visit friends and family around the world without security check delays and sleep in my own bed every night. Elvis was probably my first crush.

  14. This is a really fun site to read through! Some of my favourite authors are here, in particular the great Barbara Silkstone! Looking forward to more things to read here!

  15. I’m here! I’m here! And so sorry for the family emergency that had me miss the awesome greeting emails. I’ve just sent mine on. Hi everyone! This site looks awesome and I’m so excited to be a part of this!! 🙂

  16. Ohhhh – welcome back ladies! I’ll answer the questions 🙂

    Phobia: heights and snakes
    First celeb crush: James Garner as Brett Maverick. I do believe I have never relinquished that crush. He just got better with age, God rest his soul.
    Superpower: Easy — Samantha the witch’s ability to wiggle her nose and the house was CLEAN!

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