June Austen On Dit

June Austen On Dit

Welcome to Austen Authors’ monthly summary of all things JAFF, Jane, and Regency! Elizabeth Adams, Rebecca Jamison, Katherine Reay, and I have chosen to call this selection of news Austen On Dit.

The phrase On Dit comes from the French for “they say” or “it is said.” It means a piece of gossip.  Austen seldom used the word gossip. She preferred to use the words news and report, and yet they were often details about strangers, famous and infamous people and full of personal details. Often, they were rather unsubstantiated. Such as the alarming report of an engagement between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet that brought Lady Catherine hightailing it to Longbourn. Here, we use better sources than letters between Sir William Lucas and Mr. Collins but recall they are still the opinions of others. We’ve not censored them.

We’ve worked hard all month long to find notable pieces of tidbits for you unlike you can find anywhere else. I’ll pass the sugar while you lean in close to get the latest scoop.

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Jane Austen Fan Fiction Releases

Austen Authors

Leenie Brown, Her Heart’s Choice

Miss de Bourgh wishes to inform those Christian gentlemen of good reputation and having in their possession a title as well as solvent and accurate financial reports that she is willing to accept correspondence and calls with the intent of reaching a marriage arrangement. 

Alexander Madoch is delighted to read Anne’s announcement in the paper. Six years earlier, she had soundly refused his offer, claiming she was not yet ready to marry, and he was not good enough. Although he has every intention of marrying Anne, he has no intention of telling her of his improvement in standing or his financial state. He is determined that both should be kept a secret so that should she choose him, it will be for love.
To Anne, it had seemed simple enough. Place an advertisement in the paper, interview the gentlemen who responded, and select the best husband. But nothing is as easy as it seems. Indeed, many things are quite the opposite of how they appear. How is a lady to find a safe and secure marriage when her ideals are turned on their head ? especially when her heart yearns for a man who is wholly unsuitable?

Available formats: Amazon     Nook    Kobo

PO Dixon, Romancing Mr. Darcy
Falling in love with Mr. Darcy again and again and again …
Three best-selling Pride and Prejudice ‘what-if’ stories in a Limited Edition Collection
Available formats: Amazon

April Floyd, Darcy and Lizzy

Lizzy Bennet is asked to deal with the devil, one Will Darcy, the man who dumped her in their college days. He’s back in Meryton and set to meet with her father, but Lizzy doesn’t want his help. She’s all work and no play. But Darcy wants to change her life around. His sister, his cousin, and Lizzy’s family have their own ideas about mixing business with pleasure. Headstrong and shy of giving the man another go at her heart, Lizzy runs from the love he won’t let her deny.
This is a modern take on ODC with a happily ever after.

Available formats:  Amazon    Nook   Kobo   iBooks

From Admiration to Love

Elizabeth Bennet draws a grieving Lady Anne Darcy from her isolation one eventful day, but then she must return to Netherfield at her father’s request, unaware that her cousin, Mr. Collins, wishes to marry her.
The course of true love…takes them from Kent to Derbyshire but with dangers at every turn. Will our Darcy and Elizabeth find happily ever after? Yes! And form a strong family along the way with Lady Anne Darcy and Anne de Bourgh.

Available formats:  Amazon    Nook    Kobo    iBooks

Regina Jeffers has several books releasing on Mp3 CD

Darcy’s Passions: Pride and Prejudice Retold Through His Eyes

FITZWILLIAM DARCY loves three things: his sister Georgiana, his ancestral estate, and Elizabeth Bennet. The first two come easily to him. He is a man who recognizes his place in the world, but the third, Elizabeth Bennet, is a woman Society would censure if he chose her for his wife. Can he risk everything he has ever known to love an impossible woman, a woman who has declared him to be “the last man in the world (she) could ever be prevailed upon to marry”?

Revisit Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice, retold from Mr. Darcy’s point of view. Discover his soul-searching transformation from hopeless into the world’s most romantic hero. Experience what is missing from Elizabeth Bennet’s tale. Learn something of the truth of Fitzwilliam Darcy’s pride. Return to your favorite scenes from Austen’s classic: Darcy’s rejection of Miss Elizabeth at the Meryton assembly; the Netherfield Ball; the first proposal; his discovering Elizabeth at Pemberley; and Darcy’s desperate plan to save Lydia Bennet from his worst enemy, George Wickham, all retold through his eyes. Satisfy your craving for Austen’s timeless love story, while defining the turmoil and vulnerability in a man who possesses everything except the one thing that can make him happy.

Mr. Darcy’s Decision: A Sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice 

IN PRIDE & PREJUDICE, JANE AUSTEN brought together one of the most beloved literary couples of all time—Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Now, Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride continues the story of these passion-filled newlyweds as they enter London’s glamorous high society.
This page-turning novel finds Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy entangled in the frivolity and ferocity of social intrigues. Although Elizabeth makes a powerful friend in the Marchioness of Englebury, the rivalry and jealousy among her ladyship’s prestigious clique threatens to destroy the success of her new marriage.
Written in the style of Jane Austen, full of humor and sardonic wit, Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride brings Regency society vividly to life and continues the romantic, sometimes tragic, stories of other popularPride & Prejudice characters including Georgiana Darcy and Kitty Bennet.

The Phantom of Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Murder Mystery

HAPPILY MARRIED for over a year and more in love than ever, Darcy and Elizabeth can’t imagine anything
interrupting their bliss-filled days. Then an intense snowstorm strands a group of travelers at Pemberley, and terrifying accidents and mysterious deaths begin to plague the manor. Everyone seems convinced that it is the work of a phan-tom—a Shadow Man who is haunting the Darcy family’s grand estate.

Darcy and Elizabeth believe the truth is much more menacing and that someone is trying to murder them. But Pem-berley is filled with family guests as well as the unexpected travelers—any one of whom could be the
culprit—so unraveling the mystery of the murderer’s identity forces the newlyweds to trust each other’s strengths and work together.

Written in the style of the era and including Austen’s romantic playfulness and sardonic humor, this suspense-packed sequel to Pride and Prejudice recasts Darcy and Elizabeth as a husband-and-wife detective team who must solve the mystery at Pemberley and catch the murderer—before it’s too late.

The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery

A thrilling novel of malicious villains, dramatic revelations, and heroic gestures that stays true to Austen’s style.

Shackled in the dungeon of a macabre castle with no recollection of her past, a young woman finds herself falling in love with her captor?the estate’s master. Trusting him before she regains her memory and unravels the castle’s wicked truths would be a catastrophe.

Far away at Pemberley, the Darcys happily gather to celebrate the marriage of Kitty Bennet. But a dark cloud sweeps through the festivities: Georgiana has disappeared without a trace. Upon receiving word of his sister’s likely demise, Darcy and his wife, Elizabeth, set off across the English countryside, seeking answers in the unfamiliar and menacing Scottish moors.

How can Darcy keep his sister safe from the most sinister threat she has ever faced when he doesn’t even know if she’s alive? True to Austen’s style and rife with malicious villains, dramatic revelations and heroic gestures, this suspense-packed mystery places Darcy and Elizabeth in the most harrowing situation they have ever faced finding Georgiana before it’s too late.

The Mysterious Death of Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery

A thrilling story of murder and betrayal filled with the scandal, wit and intrigue characteristic of Austen’s classic novels.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is devastated. The joy of his recent wedding has been cut short by the news of the sudden death of his father’s beloved cousin, Samuel Darcy. Elizabeth and Darcy travel to Dorset, a popular Regency resort area, to pay their respects to the well-traveled and eccentric Samuel. But this is no summer holiday. Danger bubbles beneath Dorset’s peaceful surface as strange and foreboding events begin to occur. Several of Samuel’s ancient treasures go missing, and then his body itself disappears. As Darcy and Elizabeth investigate this mystery and unravel its tangled ties to the haunting legends of Dark Dorset, the legendary couple’s love is put to the test when sinister forces strike close to home. Some secrets should remain secrets, but Darcy will do all he can to find answers even if it means meeting his own end in the damp depths of a newly dug grave.

With malicious villains, dramatic revelations and heroic gestures, The Mysterious Death of Mr. Darcywill keep Austen fans listening right up until its dramatic conclusion.

Melanie Schertz, Master Elizabeth Bennet

When tragedy strikes her family, leaving no males to handle business affairs, Elizabeth Bennet decides to become “man of the family”. Cutting her hair and dressing in her uncle’s clothing, Elizabeth becomes Elijah Bennet. She must keep her secret, though when she meets Mr Fitzwilliam Darcy, the nephew of Elijah Bennet’s best customer, her heart is torn. Should she be honest about being a lady, or protect her family secret?

Available formats: Amazon

Barbara Silkstone, Darcy’s Magical Message

Darcy and Elizabeth are overcome with magic in this new series –The Witches of Longbourn, a magical and light-hearted Regency trilogy.

Darcy’s Magical Message – Book Three
Buckingham Palace will never be the same as Darcy risks all to rescue Lizzy from the clutches of the Prince Regent and Lady Anne Darcy’s fatal spell. Fiona Feelgood has reasons to regret casting the prince under a love spell. Can they rescue Herman the Hermit before Lizzy turns to dust? Beware of Caroline Bingley as she lurks the palace halls in search of witches for the London Anti-Magic Tribunal! How will Lizzy break her habit of changing adversaries into potted plants? And where is Wickham?

Available formats: Amazon   Nook   Kobo

Joana Starnes, Miss Darcy’s Companion

Miss Georgiana Darcy is need of a companion, and she would much rather not have Mrs Younge. The recently bereaved Miss Elizabeth Bennet is in need of a position. When she accepts the one Mr Darcy offers, she finds herself in his near-constant company and gets to know him at his best. Not as he would present himself to strangers in some remote corner of Hertfordshire, but as his nearest and dearest know him. An excellent brother, landlord, master. A wonderful man, noble, kind – and impossibly handsome.

So who falls in love first? What of Mr Wickham and his dastardly ploys? And how is a lady’s companion ever to have a future with one who could marry into the best houses in the land?

Available formats: Amazon

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Non Austen Authors

Leslie Adams, The Crawfords of Mansfield Park: A Mansfield Park Variation   Amazon

Alsion Jean Ash, The Bounder Redeemed (Magical Marriage Bureau Book 2)   Amazon

Jennifer Becton, Melissa Buell, Rebecca Fleming, Cecilia Gray, Jessica Grey, Nancy Kelley, Holidays with Jane: Summer of Love     Amazon

Oliver Berry, Another Life: A Pride and Prejudice Variation/ Modernization  Amazon

Rebecca Ellis, False Impressions (A Pride and Prejudice Variation)   Amazon

Laura Hile, Darcy by Any Other Name     Amazon    Nook

Don Jacobson, The Keeper: Mary Bennet’s Extraordinary Journey (The Bennet Wardrobe Book 1)    Amazon

J. Dawn King, Yes, Mr. Darcy!    Amazon

The Abominable Mr. Darcy  Amazon

M. Ford Lewis, The Fifth Bennett Sister: A Pride and Prejudice Variation  Amazon

Kate McCray, In the Heat of the Night, Three Husbands, The Shepherdess, Lady Catherine’s Christmas     Amazon

Renata McMann, The Fire at Netherfield Park  Available formats: Amazon

Maria Emilia de Medeiros, Jane Austen Speaks: About Life, the Modern World, & Heavenly Pursuits     Amazon

Ney Mitch, Moments of Moments Past: A Pride & Prejudice Time Travel Tale (Memories Book 1)     Amazon  

Carrie Mollenkopf, The Soulmate of Kitty Bennet: A Pride and Prejudice Sequel   Amazon

Denise O’Hara, Complicated Attachments: A Pride and Prejudice Variation  Amazon

Martine Roberts, Darcy to the Rescue: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Novella  Amazon    Nook

Jana Robertson, Mr. Darcy Returns: A Pride and Prejudice Variation   Amazon

Wendy Soliman, Rosie Turner’s Contrary Nature (Pemberley: The Next Generation Book 5) Amazon    Nook     Kobo

Rebecca St. John, The Darcy Spirit: A Pride and Prejudice variation   Amazon

Whit Stillman, Love and Friendship: In Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon is Entirely Vindicated   Amazon    Nook     Kobo

Ron Stolz, Romance: Thompson Lake: Part 1 of 3 (Thompson Lake Part 1) Amazon

Jennifer Thompson, Mr. Darcy and the Bennets of Longbourn (A Pride and Prejudice Love Story)   Amazon

Linda Thompson, The Laughter of Love (Her Unforgettable Laugh Book 3)    Amazon    Nook     Kobo

Caitlin Williams, The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet: A Pride and Prejudice Variation  Amazon

Isabelle Woodward, Pride and Prejudice: The Tale Continues   Amazon


Austen Related News


Austen Festivals

The Greater Louisville JASNA region’s annual Jane Austen Festival July 15-17

Austen on Stage & in Film

Sense and Sensibility at Theatre in the Round (Minneapolis)

UK Tour of Pride and Prejudice adapted by Simon Reade

Austen in the News

Associated Press Review of Love & Friendship

*One of many, many reviews available. For brevity’s sake we have chosen to limit it to one review per work/production.

Blog posts on Jane Austen

Was Jane Austen a feminist of her time?

Six months with Jane Austen: Persuasion and Austen’s sailor brothers

Six months with Jane Austen: Persuasion and war

Six months with Jane Austen: Northanger Abbey and women writers and readers

The Austen-Edgeworth connection

Jane Austen’s juvenilia

Jane Austen’s “Naughty” Lady Susan

Eliza de Feuillide, Jane Austen’s Saucy Cousin and Sister in Marriage

Recommended Blogs


Regency Era Information


Broken Engagements in the Regency Period

1816: the year without a summer

How was Napoleon’s death reported?


When is a Baron not a Baron?

Broken Engagements in the Regency Period

Remains of legendary 260-year-old Royal Navy warship HMS Namur revealed to the nation

Radicalism, Constitutional Reform and the French Revolution

Social Climbing Through Ladies’ Boarding Schools

When Princess Caroline met Empress Marie Louise

Pounds, Shillings, Pence, and Guineas: Understanding British Currency in the 19th Century

Life Below Stairs, Part 9 – The Valet

19th Century Childbirth Before and After Princess Charlotte’s Death

Recommended blogs:

Things That Catch My Eye: Regency Personality Series

Regency History


Wow! What a month! We had so many new JAFF releases! Have you read any of these books? Did you see Love and Friendship? Did you learn anything new or interesting in the blog posts?

We can’t wait to see you again next month on Sunday, July 10, 2016!


7 Responses to June Austen On Dit

  1. I bookmarked this page (something I rarely do for blog posts) and fully intend to refer to it regularly. And I’ve already made a kindle purchase based on this posting. Can’t wait for July 10. Many thanks, Rose and friends!

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