The Messiah – George Frideric Handel

The Messiah – George Frideric Handel

In the summer of 1741, George Frideric Handel was presented with a libretto composed by Charles Jennens. The libretto was arranged entirely from portions of scripture, in particular the Old Testament, and became the lyrics for Handel’s famous oratorio, The Messiah. Many stories have been told about the composition of this famous piece. It is… more goodness …

The East India Company, the World’s Most Powerful Corporation 

The East India Company, the World’s Most Powerful Corporation 

“Do you understand muslins, sir?” “Particularly well; I always buy my own cravats, and am allowed to be an excellent judge; and my sister has often trusted me in the choice of a gown. I bought one for her the other day, and it was pronounced to be a prodigious bargain by every lady who… more goodness …

A Pre-Christmas Giveaway

A Pre-Christmas Giveaway

I wrote my first Christmas variation two years ago, and many of you may remember how hard it was for me. I got the book out just before the holiday that year. Last year, it was a little easier to write a Christmas book. Still, I did not get it published until the day after… more goodness …

Where are The Men?

Where are The Men?

I am in quite a quandary. I have been looking at how we as authors can grow the base of readership for #Austenesque and #NorthandSouth variations. The chart below asks persons which genres they read regularly. Female and male respondents tended to follow each other closely…or at least vary within expectations. Women do tend to… more goodness …

Announcing ReReleases of Old Time Favorites + a Giveaway

Announcing ReReleases of Old Time Favorites + a Giveaway

Those of you who have followed my troubles with Facebook for the rereleases of my earliest novels, those printed by Ulysses Press, will be happy to know there is a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. I have finally received a letter from Ulysses presenting me back the rights to all my books… more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of Leenie Brown’s “Will There Be Trouble?” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of Leenie Brown’s “Will There Be Trouble?” Giveaway

          Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winner of Leenie Brown‘s “Will There Be Trouble?” Giveaway. Vanessa McBride will receive an eBook copy of Ms. Brown‘s Addie: To Wager Her Fortune. Congratulations. Please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. [According to stated giveaway rules on… more goodness …

Austen, Andrew Davies, and Happy Endings

Austen, Andrew Davies, and Happy Endings

SPOILER ALERT: Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel “Sandition” has aired in the United Kingdom, but will not air in the United States until January.  In this article, I will be discussing details of that production.     We know Jane Austen is famous for her happy endings.   It’s one of the things we… more goodness …

Räbeliechtli, Jane Austen Style

Räbeliechtli, Jane Austen Style

While the last hurrahs of Halloween echo through the weekend, my family and I will be participating in a much older autumnal tradition, one more akin to the harvest festivals of millennia ago than the community-wide, candy-fueled masquerade we indulge in today. Tomorrow evening, all the school children will gather at the top of the… more goodness …