Category Archives: Excerpt

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 …

It’s Halloween so Bring on the Horror Movie Genre! Let’s talk movie origins and Phantasmagoria.

It’s Halloween so Bring on the Horror Movie Genre! Let’s talk movie origins and Phantasmagoria.

Tomorrow is Halloween, as I suspect everyone in the United States is aware. I know the “holiday” isn’t as popular in other parts of the world, at least not in the same way, but here it is a huge event. Personally, I’ve never been a big fan of Halloween. I’m much fonder of Christmas and… more goodness …

EXCERPT: Anne de Bourgh’s Secret Diary

EXCERPT: Anne de Bourgh’s Secret Diary

I’ve always thought Anne de Bourgh to be one of the least developed characters in Pride and Prejudice. Overshadowed by her mother and in permanent ill health, Elizabeth described her as appearing ‘sickly and cross’ after Maria Lucas noted how ‘thin and small’ she was. Yet, she was a great heiress and undoubtedly Lady Catherine… more goodness …

Releases, and Chaos, and GIVEAWAYS, Oh, My!!!!

Releases, and Chaos, and GIVEAWAYS, Oh, My!!!!

  NEXT MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, I have a new Regency release. This release marks the end of five weeks of releases and a bit of chaos, which began on September 8. Permit me to explain, beginning with this upcoming anthology’s release. What began as a project from writers of the Beau Monde, the Regency-based chapter… more goodness …

Darcy Vs Elizabeth WIP

Darcy Vs Elizabeth WIP

Well, I had planned on publishing Darcy Vs Elizabeth in August but now it’s pushed to October. Family comes first, and my daughter is moving from California to Illinois where the living is much easier on the pocketbook. So we have been involved with accomplishing that instead. I thought with this post, I’d give you a… more goodness …

To Love and Cherish: Book Cover and Excerpt

To Love and Cherish: Book Cover and Excerpt

Today, I am SO excited to introduce my novel, To Love and Cherish, which is to be published on Amazon by the end of October. I am equally excited to share the book’s cover, designed by the lovely Susan Adriani. To Love and Cherish is my second Pride and Prejudice variation and tells the story of… more goodness …

Stories, Stories, Stories, and Research

Stories, Stories, Stories, and Research

Once upon a time, about three months ago, I marked today as the day when I wanted to have a particular book ready to publish. Often, I hit my mark on or near the bullseye. However, this time, my arrow has flown far afield from the target, and I am not ready to publish a… more goodness …

We Are Speaking of Music! a Guest Post from Jennifer Redlarczyk + a Giveaway

We Are Speaking of Music! a Guest Post from Jennifer Redlarczyk + a Giveaway

We are Speaking of Music! “What is that you are saying, Fitzwilliam? What is it you are talking of? What are you telling Miss Bennet? Let me hear what it is.” “We are speaking of music, Madam,” said he, when no longer able to avoid a reply. “Of music! Then pray speak aloud. It is… more goodness …

The Words which Laid the Book Title’s Foundation

The Words which Laid the Book Title’s Foundation

Some time ago, I wrote about how I am often inspired by Jane Austen quotes as well as my tendency to include them as the epigraph in my stories. I also have another practice I enjoy and that’s bolstering the titles of my books with pivotal scenes. In fact, I am always happiest when I… more goodness …

Freud and Writing Austenesque Fiction

Freud and Writing Austenesque Fiction

Consider any of the Canonical books. Miss Austen does not always offer much data about the social environment present in the Regency. She rarely addresses the great questions of the day: with the exception of offering evidence that Tom Bertram’s time in the West Indies left him scarred and damaged. (I have always chosen to… more goodness …