Christmas in June!!! Celebrating the Release of “Letters from Home” with an Excerpt and a Giveaway

Christmas in June!!! Celebrating the Release of “Letters from Home” with an Excerpt and a Giveaway

My novella “Letters from Home” was part of the Christmas-themed anthology Christmas Ever After, but that exclusiveness ended on April 16, for Christmas Ever After was a limited-time publication. “Letters from Home” is now available for purchase on Amazon or to read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited. I particularly loved this story for I am… more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of P. O. Dixon’s “Almost Like Having Your Cake and Eating It Too” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of P. O. Dixon’s “Almost Like Having Your Cake and Eating It Too” Giveaway

Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winner of P. O. Dixon‘s “Almost Like Having Your Cake and Eating It Too” Giveaway. Maria Maderi will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card, courtesy of Ms. Dixon. Congratulations, Maria. Please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. [According to stated giveaway rules on Austen… more goodness …

The Wives of Highbury

The Wives of Highbury

This is the first installment of my new serial.  Enjoy! Miss Emily Brown stood before her mother’s looking glass.   The glass had been in her family for generations, which was clear from its condition.  The color was beginning to tarnish, and there were small cracks spiraling arbitrarily though the glass.    But Emily knew her mother… more goodness …

More Questions—More Answers!—on Austen’s Life and Times

More Questions—More Answers!—on Austen’s Life and Times

Last month’s pop quiz was so much fun that we’ll do another one today. These questions go somewhat further afield, so they may tax your Regency knowledge. As before, there’s no rhyme or reason to topic order. Today’s quiz has twenty-five questions. The answers appear below each question to avoid vertigo from excessive scrolling. Ratings:… more goodness …

Summer Travels

Summer Travels

Summer Travels…   Lots happens in the summer — it’s a wonderful time to escape. In Austen’s time, country parties were organized, visits to friends, summer parties and balls. Schedules loosened a little and exciting things happened. Just think about all Lizzy’s summer travels in Pride and Prejudice or Anne’s trip to Lyme (where she… more goodness …

Angling History & Fishing Object Guessing Game

Angling History & Fishing Object Guessing Game

Hello and HAPPY SUMMER everyone! I am back with another “What is that thing?” combo guessing game and historical blog post, and like last month, I am focusing on a narrow theme. Summer is here and all of us are busy in our yards (my inspiration for the previous installment in this series) and prepping… more goodness …

The Houses in Pride and Prejudice 2005

The Houses in Pride and Prejudice 2005

YouTube has some interesting videos in regard to the BBC series of Pride and Prejudice and the 2005 movie that I thought you all might enjoy. This post will concentrate on the 2005 movie because I liked Joe Wright’s reasons for choosing these particular homes. In another post, I’ll concentrate on the BBC version. Burghley… more goodness …

Announcing Austen Authors’ Summer Quarterly Giveaway Prizes

Announcing Austen Authors’ Summer Quarterly Giveaway Prizes

Welcome to the Austen Authors’ Summer Quarter Giveaway! Check out the wonderful prizes!!! Again, our authors are being quite generous. Although we welcome your comments below, to enter the giveaway, you MUST use the Rafflecopter form! The link can be found on the blog’s HOME page or by clicking HERE. Giveaway will end at midnight, EDST on August… more goodness …

The Music Behind the Scenes

The Music Behind the Scenes

  As writers, we are inspired by many different things. Sometimes it’s the places we visit. Sometimes it’s the people we meet. Most often it is a combination of different things. One of the things I am most inspired by is music. When I hear a nice piece of music or a beautiful song, I… more goodness …

That Time I Fired a Musket

That Time I Fired a Musket

Writing fiction set in another time has any number of challenges, and I think this is particularly true for the English Regency. Although it took place a “mere” 200 years ago, the Regency was a time of different manners, mores, and even technology. Sometimes, the technology is fairly easy to experience — I’ve ridden countless… more goodness …

Coming Eventually: Wickham’s Hertfordshire Duel

Coming Eventually: Wickham’s Hertfordshire Duel

There are many ways that two authors can work together. For Summer and me, I think of it as having four unequal phases. First, I write a complete story, often around 20,000 words. That makes it a novella, not a novel. For the second phase, Summer rewrites it, sometimes adding whole scenes that were originally… more goodness …