Author Archives: Renata McMann

Two + Giveaways + and Two New(ish) Announcements!

Two + Giveaways + and Two New(ish) Announcements!

Summer and I have discussed, on and off, putting out a collection of short stories called A Dollop of Pride and a Dash of Prejudice: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Collection. The main reason for the collection is to publish our three short works, which are individually too short to turn into paperback books, as a… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Renata McMann and Summer Hanford’s “Our Very First Audio Book” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Renata McMann and Summer Hanford’s “Our Very First Audio Book” Giveaway

Austen Authors is delighted to announce the winners of Renata McMann and Summer Hanford’s “Our Very First Audio Book” Giveaway. The following will receive an audiobook code to claim a copy of From Ashes to Heiresses from Ms. McMann and Ms. Hanford:  U.S – Jocely, BeckyC, taswmom, buturot, Leslie Builteman, CarylKane, Chelsea, charlene, marshgrl, Patricia,… more goodness …

Characters without Character in Pride and Prejudice

Characters without Character in Pride and Prejudice

If a writer made Darcy behave like Bingley, Elizabeth behave like Jane, Mrs. Bennet behave like Mrs. Gardiner, and Lydia simply behave, it wouldn’t really be a good variation of Pride & Prejudice. Jane Austen created well defined characters. Changing one or two characters is fair, but writers can’t credibly change too many characters without… more goodness …

Christmas Stories Old and New

Christmas Stories Old and New

Most people have their Christmas traditions. It could involve going to church, being with family, volunteering to work the Christmas shift while others celebrate, eating a sumptuous meal, going out for Chinese, exchanging presents, decorating traditionally, or enjoying seasonal music. For writers, one traditional thing to prepare for the season is to write a Christmas… more goodness …

Talking Points for Pride and Prejudice

Talking Points for Pride and Prejudice

I’ve had two more sessions of my book club that looks exclusively at Jane Austen’s novels. I’m including my talking points for the first of them, Pride and Prejudice. As an aside, no controversy arose over the overall perception of the novel. Everyone liked it. Here are the talking points I gave to the participants… more goodness …

A Book Club for Jane Austen’s Novels, Part 1: Sense and Sensibility

A Book Club for Jane Austen’s Novels, Part 1: Sense and Sensibility

I live in a retirement community where the connecting buildings house over a thousand residents. The management encourages us to start clubs or activities. I started a club devoted to reading Jane Austen’s novels. Although I want the discussion to be able to go in any direction, as long as it is about the novels,… more goodness …

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 the Winners of Renata McMann and Summer Hanford’s “A Duel in Meryton” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Renata McMann and Summer Hanford’s “A Duel in Meryton” Giveaway

  Austen Authors is happy to announce the winners of Renata McMann‘s and Summer Hanford‘s “A Duel in Meryton” Giveaway. Randi Chance  and Leah will each receive an eBook copy of A Duel in Meryton. Congratulations, Ladies. Please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. [According to stated giveaway rules on Austen… 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 …