Enjoying Austen

Enjoying Austen

I’m gathering ideas for a novel. And while that is a daunting moment, it’s also tremendous fun. The blank screen holds endless potential. Here are a few books I’m digging into presently for research. I’ve spent the last week re-reading Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey – and watching the latest round of BBC movies. It’s… more goodness …

Austen Read Along: Lady Susan Letters 25-29

Austen Read Along: Lady Susan Letters 25-29

Welcome back to Read Along Wednesday! We are getting closer to the end of Lady Susan’s schemes and machinations, and in Letter 25 you’ll see her inordinately pleased with herself. She had succeeded to hoodwink Mr de Courcy AGAIN! There he was incensed about Lady Susan’s treatment of Frederica and eager to intercede on her… more goodness …

Anxiety Treatment, or What Would Mrs. Bennet Take for Her Nerves?

Anxiety Treatment, or What Would Mrs. Bennet Take for Her Nerves?

Ever wonder what was available for Jane Austen’s character Mrs. Bennet as treatment for the lady’s “nerves”? According to Culpepper’s Complete Herbal: Consisting of a Comprehensive Description of Nearly All Herbs with Their Medicinal Properties and Directions for Compounding the Medicines Extracted from Them, comfrey, ivy-tree, and wild valerian are recommended for nervous conditions. Comfrey… more goodness …

Regency Servants ~ Gamekeepers

Regency Servants ~ Gamekeepers

Just one more installment after this one today and my series on Georgian and Regency Era estate servants will be done! I completed the “inside staff” portion of my series, and last month traveled outside to cover the men and women who maintained the gardens and landscaped parks. If you missed the previous installments or need a… more goodness …

June Austen On Dit

June Austen On Dit

Welcome to Austen Authors’ monthly summary of all things JAFF, Jane, and Regency! Elizabeth Adams, Rebecca Jamison, Katherine Reay, and I have chosen to call this selection of news Austen On Dit. The phrase On Dit comes from the French for “they say” or “it is said.” It means a piece of gossip.  Austen seldom… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Leenie Brown’s “I See, You See” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Leenie Brown’s “I See, You See” Giveaway

Austen Authors is happy to announce that lynnchar, Teresa, and oloore are the winners of Leenie Brown‘s “I See, You See” Giveaway. As such, lynnchar and oloore will receive an eBook copy of Leenie’s Listen to Your Heart.  While Teresa will receive a copy of And Then Love. Ladies, please contact Regina Jeffers at jeffersregina@gmail.com to claim your prize.   more goodness …

Sensibility & Storytelling

Sensibility & Storytelling

We all know Jane Austen’s books have endured in a way that is utterly fascinating and almost beyond belief. How does a young, unmarried person of limited world experience manage to write novels that find fanatics hundreds of years later? The story. The art of storytelling is a delightful subject of study because as you… more goodness …

Springtime Rambles

Springtime Rambles

I hope you have enjoyed the country house tour in my earlier posts. Now, how about a little virtual walk through some country gardens in full bloom? Spring is the best time of year for it because the colours are absolutely astounding! Even better than in the summer. Can you imagine anything more romantic than… more goodness …