Author Archives: Renata McMann

Caroline’s Love Potion

Caroline’s Love Potion

There is a difference between fan fiction and Austenesque fiction. Fan fiction assumes the readers know the original work. The story below is fan fiction. Too much happens in too short a story for someone unfamiliar with the original to follow. It also makes several unusual assumptions, such as Wickham being a man of honor…… more goodness …

Announcing A Duel in Meryton! + Giveaway! +

Announcing A Duel in Meryton! + Giveaway! +

Hello Everyone! We are very happy to announce that we’ve finally published A Duel in Meryton! In celebration, we have for you the blurb, an excerpt and, best of all, a giveaway! Blurb: With his young sister Georgiana’s reticence a constant reminder that his onetime friend, George Wickham, should not be trusted, Darcy decides a… more goodness …

No New Book or Giveaway, but a Short Story…

No New Book or Giveaway, but a Short Story…

I’m sorry to say that we are not ready to have a giveaway this month. A Duel in Meryton (formerly Wickham’s Hertfordshire Duel) isn’t ready. It is close. It will probably be available in a month. But Summer and I don’t want to put ourselves in a position where we rush through the final edits at the… more goodness …

Did Jane Austen Write Romance Novels?

Did Jane Austen Write Romance Novels?

Happy 4th of July to our United States readers! We realize July 4th is not a holiday everywhere. In fact, it’s not a holiday most places. A lot of us can agree, though (if we don’t have traumatized kitties and puppies!), that 4th of July firework displays are something amazing to see, and that it’s… 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 …

The Engagement of Fitzwilliam Darcy & Anne de Bourgh

The Engagement of Fitzwilliam Darcy & Anne de Bourgh

This post is, primarily, about the “tacit engagement” between Fitzwilliam Darcy and Anne de Bourgh, but also about our role as authors. Before discussing the latter, I wish to speculate on the former, but before discussing the nature of that engagement, there is another question to be considered. How old is Anne de Bourgh? It… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Renata McMann and Summer Hanford’s “Love, Letters, and Lies” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Renata McMann and Summer Hanford’s “Love, Letters, and Lies” Giveaway

Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winners of Renata McMann and Summer Hanford’s “Love, Letters, and Lies” Giveaway. Rosanna K and taswmom will each receive an eBook copy of Ms. McMann and Ms. Hanford ‘s Love, Letters, and Lies. Congratulations, Ladies. Please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. [According to stated giveaway… more goodness …

Petty Revenge on Some of the Villains of Pride and Prejudice, Part 3 George Wickham

Petty Revenge on Some of the Villains of Pride and Prejudice, Part 3 George Wickham

This is the third and last petty revenge, where a villain from Pride and Prejudice is given an unhappy ending. Summer and I are considering publishing an expanded version of our three Petty Revenges. You might wonder why we are mentioning it. After all, you can read them here. There are two reasons. The first… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Renata McMann and Summer Hanford’s “The Long Road to Longbourn” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Renata McMann and Summer Hanford’s “The Long Road to Longbourn” Giveaway

    Austen Authors is happy to announce the winners of Renata McMann and Summer Hanford‘s “The Long Road to Longbourn” Giveaway. Teresa Williams and Randi Mathisen Chance will each receive an eBook copy of Ms. McMann and Hanford‘s The Long Road to Longbourn. Congratulations, Ladies. Please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your… more goodness …

Petty Revenge on Some of the Villains of Pride and Prejudice, Part 2 Lady Catherine

Petty Revenge on Some of the Villains of Pride and Prejudice, Part 2 Lady Catherine

It is very human for people to wish bad things will happen to bad people, whether the bad people are real or fictional. Jane Austen was surprisingly kind to her unpleasant characters. I am not as nice as she was, but I am not going to give horrible endings to them. I’m just going to… more goodness …

Petty Revenge on Some of the Villains of Pride and Prejudice, Part 1 Caroline Bingley

Petty Revenge on Some of the Villains of Pride and Prejudice, Part 1 Caroline Bingley

For villains, Jane Austen’s villains usually didn’t have bad endings, with the possible exception of Mrs. Norris, since living with Maria Betram Rushworth could be considered a bad ending.  A writer can do anything to characters. For example, JAFF writers often give bad endings to Wickham. Rather than show a terrible ending for the villains,… more goodness …