Category Archives: Jane Austen

Not JAFF, But TWO Regency Releases in October + Excerpts + a Double Giveaway

Not JAFF, But TWO Regency Releases in October + Excerpts + a Double Giveaway

This calendar year has been a busy one for me, with seven releases. I will be glad for the holidays to have some time to “regroup.” This month, alone, I will releasing two Regency stories.  On October 31, THE HEARTLESS EARL arrives. It is a Regency romantic suspense and will be book 1 of a… more goodness …

Princess Caroline, Jane Austen, and “The Regency Valentine.”

In my “Sense and Sensibility” sequel “The Daughters of Delaford,”  Marianne and the Colonel’s daughter Allegra, and Elinor and Edward’s daughter Grace, become important players in the historic events surrounding Princess Caroline of Brunswick, Princess of Wales, and estranged wife of the Prince Regent.    After George III died in 1820, and the Prince Regent was… more goodness …

Zen Austen

Zen Austen

I am writing this oh so last minute. Life has been rather wild lately, for it’s own reasons, but at the heart of the chaos lies my 21 month-old little man. He is so charming, so clever, and so completely distracting. Very little other than motherhood is getting accomplished these days. I struggle to find… more goodness …

‘It was certainly a very remarkable coincidence!’

‘It was certainly a very remarkable coincidence!’

“It was certainly a very remarkable coincidence!”—Northanger Abbey. Writing from roughly 1795 on, Jane Austen is usually seen as the last major writer of the 18th century. In many novels of that century, plot coincidences were not only accepted, they were expected. It was a big coincidence if there were not major coincidences driving the… more goodness …

Emma and Human Nature

Emma and Human Nature

Last month, I chatted about Emma as a “perfect novel” in terms of pacing, structure, point-of-view and character development. I’d love to revisit that again here with a slightly different focus. Human nature.  I don’t believe human nature (in aggregate, not our individual stories) doesn’t change over time. It’s this constant, our humanity, that allows… more goodness …

Peak Inside the Typical Regency Era Townhouse

Peak Inside the Typical Regency Era Townhouse

Have you ever wondered about the inside layout of a typical London townhouse? Of course, there were variations in design, size, styling, and decor to these upper-crust neighborhood dwellings. For the wealthy, money was not a huge concern. On the other hand, land was a premium commodity and the narrow, often oddly shaped lots created… more goodness …

Is a Word Just a Word?

Is a Word Just a Word?

Every time I finish a Pride and Prejudice variation, I say “Now I will work on my suspense romance.” Many writers work on more than one piece or genre at a time, and I have been known to do this, but writing in 1810 England and modern day New Jersey at the same time is… more goodness …

Persuasion (1995) Trivia Challenge

Persuasion (1995) Trivia Challenge

In the mid-nineties, an uncoordinated high-tide of Austen adaptations hit the screens in wave after wave of Regency (and modern) delights. Some were rich multi-episode series, others, cinematic masterpieces meant to be viewed on the big screen.  The 1995 production of Persuasion was at the fore of this trend that nurtured a new generation of… more goodness …