Why Does Jane Get All the Fan Fiction?

Why Does Jane Get All the Fan Fiction?

Recently I was lucky enough to attend a two day workshop with romance author Eloisa James.  She was talking about female novelists a little after Jane Austen’s time (and often inspired by Austen) who wrote “silver fork” novels and supported themselves by writing.  We tend to think of Austen as being unique and alone, but it’s empowering to… more goodness …

Love or Just Friendship? Guest Blog By Gianna Thomas

Love or Just Friendship? Guest Blog By Gianna Thomas

Elizabeth Ann West here: I met Gianna Thomas online and find it so neat that she writes JAFF and Regency fiction for readers! She is here today to look very closely at the nature of Jane Austen’s relationship with Thomas Lefroy. We all know movie adaptations of historical figure lives take great liberties with the… more goodness …

On the Character of Clergymen

On the Character of Clergymen

“My dear Miss Elizabeth, I have the highest opinion in the world of your excellent judgment in all matters within the scope of your understanding, but permit me to say that there must be a wide difference between the established forms of ceremony amongst the laity, and those which regulate the clergy; for give me… more goodness …

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 …

Announcing the Winners of April Floyd’s “Summertime and the Living is Jane” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of April Floyd’s “Summertime and the Living is Jane” Giveaway

Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winners of April Floyd‘s “Summertime and the Living is Jane” Giveaway. Georgina Young-Ellis and NIC DAC will each receive an eBook copy of Darcy and Lizzy and an eBook copy of From Admiration to Love. Winners should contact Regina Jeffers at jeffersregina@gmail.com to claim their prizes. Congratulations!!!! more goodness …