Category Archives: Research

A sense of history

A sense of history

Jane Austen’s novels are loved today, in part, for the sense of history they evoke; those elegant drawing rooms and the graceful life-style of Regency ladies within them – such a far cry from our stressed and utilitarian, tech-driven world. The erudite conversation. The courtly, restrained attentions of well-dressed gentlemen – the suppressed passion of… more goodness …

The East India Company, the World’s Most Powerful Corporation 

The East India Company, the World’s Most Powerful Corporation 

“Do you understand muslins, sir?” “Particularly well; I always buy my own cravats, and am allowed to be an excellent judge; and my sister has often trusted me in the choice of a gown. I bought one for her the other day, and it was pronounced to be a prodigious bargain by every lady who… more goodness …

Where are The Men?

Where are The Men?

I am in quite a quandary. I have been looking at how we as authors can grow the base of readership for #Austenesque and #NorthandSouth variations. The chart below asks persons which genres they read regularly. Female and male respondents tended to follow each other closely…or at least vary within expectations. Women do tend to… more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of Leenie Brown’s “Will There Be Trouble?” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of Leenie Brown’s “Will There Be Trouble?” Giveaway

          Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winner of Leenie Brown‘s “Will There Be Trouble?” Giveaway. Vanessa McBride will receive an eBook copy of Ms. Brown‘s Addie: To Wager Her Fortune. Congratulations. Please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. [According to stated giveaway rules on… more goodness …

SPOOKTACULAR Autumn on Austen Authors!

SPOOKTACULAR Autumn on Austen Authors!

I suppose there is no longer any way to deny that autumn is firmly entrenched (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) and that we are solidly into the Halloween/Harvest Time/Thanksgiving season. Unless you walk into Walmart or other department stores, that is, where Halloween happened in early September and autumn only lasted a week because… 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 …

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 …

Autumn, Pumpkin Spice, and a little JAFF story

Autumn, Pumpkin Spice, and a little JAFF story

Sometimes it’s hard to come up with an interesting topic for my posts that’s not been done a dozen times before. People tell me it’s okay to add my own spin on things, but I confess I do like to be different. This month, I wanted to tie into the season we are coming into… more goodness …

The Old Cookbook Experiment, Part 1

The Old Cookbook Experiment, Part 1

So if you read my post last month, I was talking about checking out some old cookbooks and saying that I planned to give some of the less alarming recipes a try (no sheep’s heads or calves’ feet, thank you!). I started with this recipe from Margaret Dods’ The Cook and Housewife’s Manual (1826)  and… more goodness …

Bringing Life to Lydia Bennet in the Time of the Wardrobe + a Giveaway

Bringing Life to Lydia Bennet in the Time of the Wardrobe + a Giveaway

The arc of the Bennet Wardrobe is long. Book One of The Keeper: Mary Bennet’s Extraordinary Journey raises the curtain in 1691. We last saw Mary and her husband Edward Benton in 2013…322 years later. Other principals also have moved about the timeline: Kitty to 1886 while her parents, Thomas and Fanny, translated to 1947.… more goodness …