Category Archives: Research

Celebrating the Release of “Courting Lord Whitmire” + the Coldstream Toll House + a Giveaway

Celebrating the Release of “Courting Lord Whitmire” + the Coldstream Toll House + a Giveaway

In many tales of the Regency era, we hear of a couple racing to Gretna Green in Scotland to marry before being caught by the lady’s relations. At the time, marrying in Scotland was as simple as standing up before witnesses and sharing one’s desire to be wed to one’s significant other. No calling of… more goodness …

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 …

Announcing the Winners of Regina Jeffers’s “The ReRelease of ‘The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy'” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Regina Jeffers’s “The ReRelease of ‘The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy'” Giveaway

      Austen Authors is honored to announce the winners of Regina Jeffers‘s “The ReRelease of ‘The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy’” Giveaway. Sharon Legg, Mary Campbell, and Susanne Barrett will each receive an eBook copy of Ms. Jeffers‘s The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy. Congratulations, Ladies. Regina Jeffers has already distributed the prizes to the winners. … more goodness …

Disability – a thorny issue to grasp

Disability – a thorny issue to grasp

I can think of no character in Jane Austen’s completed works who would qualify as what we understand today as being ‘disabled’. And yet it seemed to me that a book set in Brighton in the 1780s would be unrealistic if it did not include at least one character physically incapacitated in some way. Brighton… more goodness …

The Old Cookbook Experiment: Part 4

The Old Cookbook Experiment: Part 4

After a brief digression into the fun time I’m having with audiobooks (did you know Infamous Relations is now available as an audiobook? Check it out on Amazon Audible or even request your local library get it for you via the Overdrive or Libby apps!) I’m returning to my experiments with Regency era cookery. I’m… more goodness …

The ReRelease of “The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy” + a Giveaway

The ReRelease of “The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy” + a Giveaway

I originally released The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy back in 2011. I have recently earned back the rights to this book and have decided to rerelease it with a new cover art.  When writing any mystery, the author cannot just have a murderer and a victim. He/She must also have suspects, red herrings (false clues),… more goodness …

Social Class in Jane Austen’s “Emma”

Social Class in Jane Austen’s “Emma”

On February 21, 2020, we will have the pleasure (at least, I hope it is pleasure) of a new movie version of Jane Austen’s “Emma.” I thought we might look back at the plot structure of Austen’s tale, especially as it has to do with social class. After call, as Cher says in “Clueless,” the… more goodness …

Writing a prequel – like unravelling the threads of a beautiful tapestry.

Writing a prequel – like unravelling the threads of a beautiful tapestry.

The Other Miss Bates is the second book in the Highbury series, in which I explore the possibilities of life for the inhabitants of that quiet Surrey town thirty years before they are brought to life by Jane Austen in Emma. Usually, writing a book involves taking separate strands of story – character, plot, setting… more goodness …

Mind Reading for Authors and an Excerpt

Mind Reading for Authors and an Excerpt

The new year has arrived, and with it the time-honored tradition of setting resolutions for the coming year. Personally, I’ve never been one for setting resolutions. I’ve always been of the opinion that we should constantly be looking at our lives, our behavior, and trying to correct the things we see in ourselves which are… more goodness …