The Jewellery of the Georgian Era (and earlier!)

The Jewellery of the Georgian Era (and earlier!)

Not a lot of people from the ‘writerly’ side of my life know this about me, but I’m also a passionate hobby jeweller and silversmith. Antique jewellery, particularly chain maille and other ancient chain techniques, is something I enjoy replicating for my dedicated clientele, to the point where almost all my work is by commission only!… more goodness …

The Author’s Confessional: An exploration of personal process

The Author’s Confessional: An exploration of personal process

As many of you may know, my “day job” is college history instructor. This was a later-in-life calling, something which grew from a terrible crisis my family endured in the mid-1980s. After the ground had firmed beneath my feet, I decided that the path which I had been on—advertising—was thin tea. True, advertising did leverage… more goodness …

Regency Spies

Regency Spies

When I set about to write an actual spy story set in Napoleonic France (which became The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy) I decided to do some research on real espionage of the era. British and French spies pop up all over Regency romances, and I was curious how accurate these depictions were. To my surprise, I… more goodness …

Numerous Scandals Associated with Hertfordshire’s Brocket Hall

Numerous Scandals Associated with Hertfordshire’s Brocket Hall

The official Brocket Hall website tells us, “Brocket Hall has one of the most intriguing of any of the great houses of Britain. Indeed the scent of scandal can be found in the fabric of the building back to its roots in the 13th Century right up to the present day.” If you are a fan of… more goodness …

In Search of Mrs. Woodhouse

In Search of Mrs. Woodhouse

If you have read my previous blogs posts, you will know I have an interest in developing Jane Austen’s minor and more obscure characters.  I’ve enjoyed writing about Mrs. Dashwood, Mrs. Croft, Thomas Bertram and others.   But one character that has always piqued my imagination is Mrs. Woodhouse, mother of Emma. This is a challenge. … more goodness …

Mirrors of the Mind, Part One

Mirrors of the Mind, Part One

His countenance, voice, and manner had established him at once in the possession of every virtue. She tried to recollect some instance of goodness, some distinguished trait of integrity or benevolence, that might rescue him from the attacks of Mr. Darcy; or at least, by the predominance of virtue, atone for those casual errors, under… more goodness …

Pop Quiz for All You Students Suffering Spring Fever

Pop Quiz for All You Students Suffering Spring Fever

Today brings a little fun and games in celebration of spring. (It comes late to the high desert in Oregon. Our trees are just now in bloom. See the dogwood by the headline.) Today’s blog features a quiz on a variety of Jane Austen topics. There’s no rhyme or reason to topics or order. The… more goodness …

A Book Release!

A Book Release!

I am so delighted to announce that yesterday my novel, The Printed Letter Bookshop, hit online and in stores. It’s such a delight to get to share it with you here. While it is not an Austen story, as I’m sure you can imagine, my reading of Austen over many years always influences my writing. … more goodness …

Regency Dances

Regency Dances

The other day I read some information about Regency dancing. Some of it was rather fascinating. I love the names of some of the dances. And there is a bit more to it than I realized: etiquette, dress, 40 million different dances, and practical considerations such as men leaving their swords at the door. hehehe… more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of P. O. Dixon’s “The Look, the Smell, the Feel” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of P. O. Dixon’s “The Look, the Smell, the Feel” Giveaway

Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winners of P. O. Dixon‘s “The Look, the Smell, the Feel” Giveaway. Jenny Solis will each receive an eBook copy of Ms. Dixon‘s With a Love Like This. Congratulations, Jenny. Please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. [According to stated giveaway rules on… more goodness …

Mothers Know Best

Mothers Know Best

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day and I want to take this opportunity to say Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely moms out there. I also think that in honour of Mother’s Day, it is only fitting that we talk about the most embarrassing and most memorable mother in Austen’s novels, Mrs. Bennet. She is arguably… more goodness …