Category Archives: Author Real Life

Jane Austen, Contagions, & the Danger of Doubling

Jane Austen, Contagions, & the Danger of Doubling

It has been so long since a disastrous contagion swept through the Western world that most of us have forgotten how deadly contagious diseases are. The scariest in my lifetime was polio, because the disease could cripple as well as kill. I remember lining up at the local high school with all the other kids… more goodness …

Strange Pets in History, or Support Animals gone too far!

Strange Pets in History, or Support Animals gone too far!

We have all seen the stories of bizarre so-called “support animals” brought (or attempted to be brought) onto airplanes or into public places such as restaurants. A rapid Google search yields dozens of reports and photos of reptiles including snakes, potbellied pigs, assorted birds (ducks and turkeys seem popular), miniature horses, kangaroos, various rodents, monkeys,… more goodness …

Two + Giveaways + and Two New(ish) Announcements!

Summer and I have discussed, on and off, putting out a collection of short stories called A Dollop of Pride and a Dash of Prejudice: A Pride and Prejudice Variation Collection. The main reason for the collection is to publish our three short works, which are individually too short to turn into paperback books, as a… more goodness …

Austenesque in many ways – except the time frame. Excerpt, giveaway and bargain!

Minerva Price married late in life, long after such felicitation was expected for her. The marriage was happy, but short. After only six years she was left a widow. The arrangement of her late husband’s affairs added to her sorrows – home, capital and income were left to the children of his previous marriage. Against… more goodness …

Have Your Proposal Ready? February 29 Is “Lady’s Privilege Day” + a Giveaway

Have Your Proposal Ready? February 29 Is “Lady’s Privilege Day” + a Giveaway

  Do you have your proposal ready? It is Leap Year, and according to tradition, a woman can ask the man to marry her. But from where does this legend come? According to the Huffington Post, “Legend has it that St. Brigid of Kildare, a fifth-century Irish nun, asked St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, to grant… more goodness …

Jane Austen: Bibliophile

I dedicate this post to Saint Wiborada of Saint Gall, Switzerland’s own patron saint of libraries and librarians. More on her below. Here in the land of Helvetia, children have two weeks off from school in February to go skiing (I kid you not). My family has joined in this annual pilgrimage since moving here,… more goodness …

Sharon Lathan with ANOTHER Anniversary! +a GIVEAWAY!

Sharon Lathan with ANOTHER Anniversary! +a GIVEAWAY!

Last month for my turn here on Austen Authors I celebrated our FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY with a retrospective of our journey as a group blog, loads of remarkable statistics, and a loud round of applause for all of our authors (past and present). If anyone missed that post, please pause here and click over! Share… more goodness …

Cover Reveal and a Personal Note

Cover Reveal and a Personal Note

I have two matters to discuss in this post. The first is the blurb and cover reveal of my next release. Without further ado, here they are: Fitzwilliam Darcy had not expected to see Miss Elizabeth Bennet at Pemberley. Even less anticipated had been her reception at seeing him there. Whereas their last meeting at… more goodness …

Sketching Mr. Collins’ Character

Sketching Mr. Collins’ Character

William Collins is one of the Pride and Prejudice characters that most JAFF readers love to hate. JAFF authors, myself included, have done all manner of things with and to him, some good and some not so good. For example, Leenie Brown made him loveable in Master of Longbourn. In To Save Elizabeth, I made… more goodness …

Austen Authors: A Retrospective & An Anniversary

Austen Authors: A Retrospective & An Anniversary

Once Upon a Time . . .  while visiting a magical land inhabited by fairytale princesses and a peppy talking mouse, an ambitious and inspired concept was hatched by authors of a relatively new romance sub-genre: Jane Austen literary fiction. The idea was fairly simple conceptually. How about creating a group blog for published authors… more goodness …

Characters without Character in Pride and Prejudice

Characters without Character in Pride and Prejudice

If a writer made Darcy behave like Bingley, Elizabeth behave like Jane, Mrs. Bennet behave like Mrs. Gardiner, and Lydia simply behave, it wouldn’t really be a good variation of Pride & Prejudice. Jane Austen created well defined characters. Changing one or two characters is fair, but writers can’t credibly change too many characters without… more goodness …