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A Christmas JAFF

A Christmas JAFF

The holiday season is upon us, though here in Australia the seasons are reversed and it always feels strange to be singing about snow and winter when the temperatures outside are scorching! Born and raised in the UK, I still always associate Christmas with the long dark nights of winter, snow (sometimes), mulled wine, sitting… more goodness …

The Etiquette of “Visiting” and How Jane Austen Used The Tradition as a Plot Device

The Etiquette of “Visiting” and How Jane Austen Used The Tradition as a Plot Device

The Etiquette of “Visiting” and How Jane Austen Used It as a Plot Device In the 1800s, morning calls or visiting upon a household developed a certain protocol, and those who broke protocol were often shunned. First a calling card was presented to the household’s servant. It was common for those who came to London… more goodness …

Are You Like Me? Do You Need a Little Darcy Right This Very Minute… + a Giveaway

Starting about mid November, I have read a variety of Christmas-themed stories. I privately refer to this time period as “cleansing my palate” for much of what I have committed to read, starting in mid-January. Each year, about that time, I read/judge entries in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards program. In the past,… more goodness …

November to Remember

November to Remember

November always has a way of being my most productive writing month of the year. November also being National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) most likely has something to do with that. I often go weeks, sometimes months, finding myself unable to write a single word, and then along comes November. The words just seem to… more goodness …

Should Darcy Stay … or Should He Go?

Should Darcy Stay … or Should He Go?

In the closing paragraphs of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen gave us a few hints about what happened to her beloved characters after she wrote “The End” on the last page of her manuscript. Those tantalizing little breadcrumbs she tossed to us have helped spark many a Jane Austen-inspired sequel! One of her hints concerned Mr.… more goodness …

The End is Near!

The End is Near!

All authors go through their own distinct process to bring a fully-flowered novel to fruition. Some folks are quickly able to lay their plot against the background. Others…like me…stumble around, researching, sketching, writing, editing until they have it “just so.” I am not suggesting that one path is better than the other…only different. Yet, I… more goodness …

The Man Who Brought Turkeys to England + A Sneak Peek at “In Want of a Wife,” My Latest JAFF Story

The Man Who Brought Turkeys to England + A Sneak Peek at “In Want of a Wife,” My Latest JAFF Story

Later this month in the U.S., we will be all about the turkey and fixings and football and preparing for Black Friday sales, but in the U.K., turkeys are a more traditional dish for Christmas. Why might you ask? We can blame that particular fact on one William Strickland, a 16th Century navigator and explorer,… more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of Leenie Browns’s “Assessing Mr. Darcy” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of Leenie Browns’s “Assessing Mr. Darcy” Giveaway

Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winner of Leenie Brown‘s “Assessing Mr. Darcy” Giveaway. Heather Schlecht Hill will receive an eBook copy of Ms. Brown‘s Assessing Mr. Darcy. Congratulations, Heather. Please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. [According to stated giveaway rules on Austen Authors, all prizes must be claimed within… more goodness …

NaNoWriMo 2018: Tales of Less Pride and Prejudice

NaNoWriMo 2018: Tales of Less Pride and Prejudice

My project for NaNoWriMo this year is aptly named, as I’m having to confront my own pride and prejudices amidst the dawning the realization that I am in way over my head. In light of these reflections, I’ve decided to permit myself to “lose” this year, the sixth in which I’ve participated. Some years I’ve… more goodness …