Boating and fishing in the Regency

Boating and fishing in the Regency

It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the States. There have been parties and parades, a night race in Charlotte, North Carolina, and lots and lots of campers/tourists in my town. Two of the biggest activities around here in the summer, especially amongst the out of towners who invade every weekend, are boating and fishing. I… more goodness …

Announcing Winners of the Austen Authors’ Spring Quarterly Giveaway

Announcing Winners of the Austen Authors’ Spring Quarterly Giveaway

      The Austen Authors are pleased to announce the winners for the Spring Quarterly Giveaway. Congratulations!!!! If your name appears below: (1) contact Regina Jeffers (Giveaway Coordinator) at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. READ THROUGH ALL THE NAMES FOR THERE ARE MANY WINNERS!!! Winners names are in RED.  (2) If your prize is an eBook, make certain the… more goodness …

Mr. Darcy: A Man with a Plan

Mr. Darcy: A Man with a Plan

There are two scenes in the 1995 BBC production of “Pride and Prejudice” that have always captured my imagination. Neither scene appears in Jane Austen’s original novel, or in any other movie or TV adaptation. They’re very short transition scenes that occur back-to-back late in the film. Both scenes take place at Pemberley. Elizabeth Bennet… more goodness …

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 …