Category Archives: Excerpt

A Gentleman’s Gentleman

A Gentleman’s Gentleman

  Valets and maids played an integral part in the dynamics of the household during the Regency era. Often times, a lady’s maid knew more about her than her closest relatives or even her husband. And I’d like to think that despite their hierarchical differences, a gentleman and his valet would have to have a… more goodness …

Using Austen as an Historical Resource

Using Austen as an Historical Resource

One of my favorite books is Natalie Zemon Davis’ The Return of Martin Guerre (1983) which heralded the advent of a new historical school: that of subaltern history—essentially the history of sergeants not generals. Davis used court records and other documents to reconstruct a mid-16th Century narrative that was all but lost to history. Davis’… more goodness …

Anticipating the Release of “In Want of A Wife” + a Giveaway

Anticipating the Release of “In Want of A Wife” + a Giveaway

  Back in late November, a story was bouncing around in my head, and as any good Muse does, my inner voice kept telling me I needed to write this one. As many of you know, my Pride and Prejudice vagaries generally stay as close to canon as I can get them. Even my vampiric… more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of Don Jacobson’s “The Why-ness of Being” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of Don Jacobson’s “The Why-ness of Being” Giveaway

          Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winners of Don Jacobson‘s “The Why-ness of Being” Giveaway. Christina Morland will receive an eBook copy of Mr. Jacobson‘s The Avenger: Thomas Bennet and a Father’s Lament. Congratulations, Christina. Please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. [According to stated… more goodness …

The Darcy Inquisition (with apologies to Monty Python)

The Darcy Inquisition (with apologies to Monty Python)

The essence of writing fanfiction, whether Austen or otherwise, is finding gaps in the narrative where we can extrapolate or re-interpret the story to fit our own needs. Whether this is a prequel, a continuation or a variation, an author is always looking for those little chinks in a story to wedge our creative minds… more goodness …

The Why-ness of Being + a Giveaway

The Why-ness of Being + a Giveaway

Early on in my affair with the Canon, I became rather angry. Well, perhaps ‘angry’ is not the correct word: perhaps dissatisfied is a better fit. You see, I tend to “read” a book (modifying Mortimer Adler’s approach) three times. The first is to enjoy the story: to sort of glide along the surface, being… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Regina Jeffers’s “Do You Need a Little Darcy Right This Very Minute?” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Regina Jeffers’s “Do You Need a Little Darcy Right This Very Minute?” Giveaway

  Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winners of Regina Jeffers‘s “Do You Need a Little Darcy Right This Very Minute?” Giveaway. Teresa Williams and LynnChar will each receive an eBook copy of Ms. Jeffers‘s Christmas at Pemberley; meanwhile, Ruth Roberts-Telford and schilds will each receive an eBook copy of Mr. Darcy’s Present. Happy Holidays,… more goodness …

The Little Christmas Story With No Name

The Little Christmas Story With No Name

It’s that time of year again, when we haul boxes out of attic or basement, dump the pile of mouse poop off the tops of them, and pull out all the pretties within to decorate our houses. This year, that has not gone so well for me. LOL It’s a long story, but the short… more goodness …