Category Archives: Holidays

An American’s English Christmas

An American’s English Christmas

One of the best descriptions we have of English Christmas traditions during Jane Austen’s life comes—ironically—from an American. You probably know about Washington Irving, the American author who wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. But in 1815, at the age of 32, Washington Irving arrived in England to conduct some business… more goodness …

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 …

Too Soon for a Christmas Story? Absolutely Not!

Too Soon for a Christmas Story? Absolutely Not!

In the United States, once the Thanksgiving holiday is over, the Christmas season “officially” begins. I put the “officially” in quotes because most stores these days start stocking their shelves and sending advertisements long before late November. I’ve seen Christmas decor sitting beside Halloween items — an unfathomable concept just a few years ago —… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Regina Jeffers’s “Releases, and Chaos, and Giveaways, Oh My!” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Regina Jeffers’s “Releases, and Chaos, and Giveaways, Oh My!” Giveaway

Austen Authors is happy to announce the winners of Regina Jeffers‘s “Releases, and Chaos, and Giveaways, Oh My!” Giveaway. Ms. Jeffers became more generous than she first intended. These ladies all won an eBook copy of Where There’s a FitzWILLiam Darcy, There’s a Way: Luthien84, Chelsea, Carole in Canada, Glynis Whitehead, and Linda Hoppe. This… 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 …

A Twisted Austen Halloween

A Twisted Austen Halloween

We are approaching that time of year when I insist on overtaxing myself by writing a story that few will read and might prove detrimental to my career. Yes, it’s Twisted Austen, my annual event conceived in the spirit of Halloween but which really just serves to infuriate and confuse my fellow Janeites. That’s not being… more goodness …

Announcing the Prizes for the Austen Authors’ Autumn Quarterly Giveaway

Announcing the Prizes for the Austen Authors’ Autumn Quarterly Giveaway

Welcome to Austen Authors’ Autumn Giveaway! Check out the wonderful prizes!!! Again, our authors are being quite generous. Although we welcome your comments below, to enter the giveaway, you MUST use the Rafflecopter form! The GIVEAWAY link can be found at the top of the blog’s HOME page or by clicking HERE. The Autumn Quarter Giveaway runs from… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in “Emma” (2009)

Top 10 Goofs in “Emma” (2009)

Today’s post was planned to be about the 1997 Kate Beckinsale version, but technology can be fickle and thanks to a DVD player that picked a decidedly inconvenient time to malfunction, I opted for plan B – a version of Emma that I could stream. The four-episode 2009 BBC adaptation of Emma, with Romola Garai in… more goodness …

A Valentine for Jane

A Valentine for Jane

The origins of Valentine’s Day is not entirely clear since there are, apparently, three saints named Valentine. Most people, if they know anything at all about its history, associate the day with the third century priest who helped Christians escape from Roman prisons. According to one legend, this particular Valentine fell in love with his… more goodness …