The Crime of Debt and a New Story

The Crime of Debt and a New Story

The Regency population viewed crime differently than we do today. London newspapers didn’t report robberies or burglaries, just the occasional “lost” item. There was no public police force, although you could hire someone to recover said lost items. People did occasionally go to prison for a variety of reasons. However, most people in prison were… more goodness …

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

When this post goes live, I will be sitting on a beach in Mexico on a long-overdue family vacation. Needless to say, we’re all excited, including my nine-year-old, who is bouncing off the walls in anticipation. As I have contemplated what I was going to say this month, the time of year called to me.… more goodness …

Farewell!

Farewell!

A zillion years ago when my daughter was about four years old, she fell out of bed.I was sleeping as all mothers sleep, on the edge of a dream with one ear cocked for the sound of trouble. I rushed to her room to find her lying on the floor next to her bed, still… more goodness …

When your marriage dates don’t work out …

When your marriage dates don’t work out …

I’m writing a Christmas story for my blog, and thought it would be a great idea to have Darcy and Elizabeth marry on Christmas Eve. I was reminded by some friends about Holy Days in the church, and that marriages are restricted on certain days. That led me down quite the rabbit hole of research.… more goodness …

Should Darcy Stay … or Should He Go?

Should Darcy Stay … or Should He Go?

In the closing paragraphs of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen gave us a few hints about what happened to her beloved characters after she wrote “The End” on the last page of her manuscript. Those tantalizing little breadcrumbs she tossed to us have helped spark many a Jane Austen-inspired sequel! One of her hints concerned Mr.… more goodness …

Fun with Follies, plus a Giveaway!

Fun with Follies, plus a Giveaway!

Last month I talked about hedgerows in England- what they are made of and how common they are in the English countryside. This month I want to talk about another common feature in English landscaping: follies. Follies are items added to landscaping or countryside to add interest. They may be whimsical or fantastic, dark and… more goodness …

The End is Near!

The End is Near!

All authors go through their own distinct process to bring a fully-flowered novel to fruition. Some folks are quickly able to lay their plot against the background. Others…like me…stumble around, researching, sketching, writing, editing until they have it “just so.” I am not suggesting that one path is better than the other…only different. Yet, I… more goodness …

The Man Who Brought Turkeys to England + A Sneak Peek at “In Want of a Wife,” My Latest JAFF Story

The Man Who Brought Turkeys to England + A Sneak Peek at “In Want of a Wife,” My Latest JAFF Story

Later this month in the U.S., we will be all about the turkey and fixings and football and preparing for Black Friday sales, but in the U.K., turkeys are a more traditional dish for Christmas. Why might you ask? We can blame that particular fact on one William Strickland, a 16th Century navigator and explorer,… more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of Leenie Browns’s “Assessing Mr. Darcy” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of Leenie Browns’s “Assessing Mr. Darcy” Giveaway

Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winner of Leenie Brown‘s “Assessing Mr. Darcy” Giveaway. Heather Schlecht Hill will receive an eBook copy of Ms. Brown‘s Assessing Mr. Darcy. Congratulations, Heather. Please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. [According to stated giveaway rules on Austen Authors, all prizes must be claimed within… more goodness …

The Letters and Diaries of Henrietta Liston, a Regency Lady with an Extraordinary Life

The Letters and Diaries of Henrietta Liston, a Regency Lady with an Extraordinary Life

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a meeting of the Jane Austen Society of the United Kingdom – Scottish Branch, featuring a fascinating talk by Dora Petherbridge, curator, at the National Library of Scotland. The subject of Ms Petherbridge’s lecture was Henrietta Liston, a keen diarist and letter writer, a contemporary of Jane… more goodness …