Category Archives: Author Real Life

A Lovely Cup of Tea.

A Lovely Cup of Tea.

There has recently been a furore in the world of social media concerning the correct way to make tea. This video was posted by two charming and entirely well-meaning but, unfortunately, woefully mis-informed ladies. This video went viral. It made me feel ill. An alternative was posted by JE Stanway, on the Jane Austen Fan… more goodness …

Comparing Regency Tea Time to Victorian

Comparing Regency Tea Time to Victorian

If you follow my blog, you know that I began what was intended to be a short story in which Darcy and Lizzy don’t meet until they’re in their 50’s. The story has grown out of the short story category and into the novelette one. By the time it’s finished, it may end up being… more goodness …

Celebrating the Upcoming Release of “The Courtship of Lord Blackhurst” + Excerpt + Giveaway

Celebrating the Upcoming Release of “The Courtship of Lord Blackhurst” + Excerpt + Giveaway

My story, “The Courtship of Lord Blackhurst,” is part of the Regency anthology, Secrets and Soirees, being released 1 July 2020. The story is heavily influenced by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “The Courtship of Miles Standish.” Many of the characters names, for example, derive from the poem. However, in Longfellow’s narrative, John Alden speaks to Priscilla… more goodness …

June birthday blessings to Harriet Smith, Robert Martin, et al.

June birthday blessings to Harriet Smith, Robert Martin, et al.

Gloria Lavern Collins was born June 12, 1948. Listen to the song. Lyn Collins may be an unfamiliar name to many, but chances are you’ve heard her music. It’s sampling gold. My little girl turned nine on Wednesday! I can’t believe my baby is so big! She’s becoming quite the book lover, to my immense… more goodness …

What would Jane do? Finding Fortitude and Inspiration During Lockdown

Chances are that, wherever you are in the world, you are experiencing at least some limitations to your daily life. We are living through strange times, to say the least, and some of us are finding them harder than others. In my case, I have turned to Jane Austen for consolation, and she has not… more goodness …

Streaming the new Pride and Prejudice musical

Streaming the new Pride and Prejudice musical

It is a time to count blessings. I am fortunate to have an abundance. The lockdown has provided my family and I with hitherto unfathomable quantities of bonding time. My husband can work almost seamlessly from home. We are not dependant on my meagre earnings, so it was an angst-free decision to not even try… more goodness …