Down the Rabbit Hole with Darcy

Down the Rabbit Hole with Darcy

What a great weekend when we get two holidays in one happy package! A beautiful Easter and Passover to all who celebrate either or both (like me). This time of year has actually become rather difficult since moving overseas. I’m more homesick over these holidays than any others, and it doesn’t help that they keep… more goodness …

Survey of Janeites, Thoughts on the Results

Survey of Janeites, Thoughts on the Results

In 2008, the Jane Austen Society of North America took a survey of its membership about Austen’s characters. I’ve come across the results several times. I thought I’d recap them here and offer a few thoughts of my own. Fully one-third of Janeites read three or more of Austen’s books in a year. Eleven percent… more goodness …

Birthdays!

Let’s Celebrate Birthdays Well! Birthdays are big deals. They provide a wonderful moment to pause, look back, dream forward and celebrate with family and friends in the here and now.  Birthdays don’t play a prominent role in Austen’s novels, but they do in her few surviving letters. I like that because it shows a wonderful… more goodness …

Intriguing Historical Fashion Objects

Intriguing Historical Fashion Objects

For this month’s strange objects from history guessing game I am turning to fashion. I am preparing a presentation on Regency fashion for my Romance Writers of America group so a handful of uniquely historic accessories were brought to mind. None of these are too mysterious, so I am betting those who read Austen, JAFF,… more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of P. O. Dixon’s “The Delightful Habit” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of P. O. Dixon’s “The Delightful Habit” Giveaway

Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winner of P. O. Dixon‘s “The Delightful Habit” Giveaway. Katzanne will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card, courtesy of Ms. Dixon. (Because the gift card will be sent directly from Amazon.com, the winner must be able to redeem the gift card on Amazon.com. Alternatively, the winner may claim… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Zoe Burton’s “Darcy’s Secret Marriage” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Zoe Burton’s “Darcy’s Secret Marriage” Giveaway

Austen Authors is thrilled to announce the winners of Zoe Burton‘s “Darcy’s Secret Marriage” Giveaway. Forever His and Audrey Reed will each receive an eBook copy of Ms. Burton‘s Darcy’s Secret Marriage. Congratulations, Ladies. Please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. [According to stated giveaway rules on Austen Authors, all prizes… more goodness …

On Sibling Bond and Affection

On Sibling Bond and Affection

Today’s post is inspired by the National Siblings Day, which was on April 10th. I have two siblings myself; an older brother and a younger sister, and I’ve had the privilege of experiencing the special bond and affection that exists between siblings. Austen’s stories are full of examples of sibling love. I think the best… more goodness …

Can You Love More than One Genre?

Can You Love More than One Genre?

As many of you know, I write in three genres, although two are somewhat (though less than you’d think) similar. They are Pride and Prejudice Variations, Regency Romance (American style), and Epic Fantasy. What I love about the work I do with Renata is the pleasant familiarity. The feeling of friendship inherent in creating each… more goodness …

Parenting and Jane Austen

Parenting and Jane Austen

My son has left home. He is twenty and has been away at a military institute for the last two years where he earned an associate’s degree. After much debate, he decided not to go into the Coast Guard as he originally planned and will be chasing his dream of becoming a screen writer/director instead.… more goodness …

Keeping It Short, Sweet, and Satisfying

Keeping It Short, Sweet, and Satisfying

Recently, I read two short stories from a collection I had picked up in the Kindle store. Both were romances, and both were from different romance sub-genres. For the curious, neither was Jane Austen Fan Fiction. And sadly, neither left me feeling completely satisfied. Now, before anyone starts the “Well, of course, they weren’t satisfying.… more goodness …

Sense and Sensibility (2008) Trivia Challenge

Sense and Sensibility (2008) Trivia Challenge

When making Sense and Sensibility in 2008, Andrew Davies knew the bar of excellence was high. Ang Lee’s 1995 film was beloved, with stellar performances and breathtaking cinematography. There was also his 1995 series of Pride and Prejudice, which meant the expectations for him to deliver an adaptation that would be of the same par.… more goodness …