Category Archives: Research

Announcing the Winner of Regina Jeffers’s “Age of Consent to Marry” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of Regina Jeffers’s “Age of Consent to Marry” Giveaway

Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winner of Regina Jeffers‘s “Age of Consent to Marry in Jane Austen’s World, or How Could Lydia Bennet Marry So Young?” Giveaway. Charlene will receive a 2018 Victorian Slang Calendar, donated by Ms. Jeffers. Congratulations! Charlene, contact Regina at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. [All prizes must be… more goodness …

Foreign Invasion of Bath? Quelle Horreur!

Foreign Invasion of Bath? Quelle Horreur!

The lovely city of Bath, England, might be the most regular character in Jane Austen’s novels. Much romantic intrigue occurs there in Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. A clergyman finds a wife there in Emma. The bad boys in the other three novels head in that direction—one known to have seduced a young woman there and… more goodness …

A Character I would Like to Include

A Character I would Like to Include

Last year, I spent a little time in Scotland. While I was there, I learned about the Scottish Tobacco Lords of the 1700s. Ever since, they often pop into my mind. The Tobacco Lords were a select group of merchants based in Glasgow. Due to ocean currents and trade winds, Glasgow was a better port… more goodness …

Enticing Miss Darcy, Scenes and Soirees + giveaway

Enticing Miss Darcy, Scenes and Soirees + giveaway

Today, I am sharing a few notecards about some of the visual inspiration I used while writing my newest release Enticing Miss Darcy as well as an excerpt from the book and a giveaway at the end of this longish, picture-filled post. As you have heard me say many times before… Into every story, a little… more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of Regina Jeffers’s “A Voidable Marriage in History” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of Regina Jeffers’s “A Voidable Marriage in History” Giveaway

Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winner of Regina Jeffers‘s “A Voidable Marriage in History” Giveaway. Pam Hunter will receive a 2018 “Besotted” Calendar, designed by JTOriginals and donated by Ms. Jeffers. Pam, please contact Regina at jeffersregina@gmail.com to claim your prize. [All prizes must be claimed within 72 hours of the winner’s announcement.… more goodness …

A Voidable Marriage in History: Marrying the Sister of One’s Late Wife or the Brother of One’s Late Husband + a Giveaway

A Voidable Marriage in History: Marrying the Sister of One’s Late Wife or the Brother of One’s Late Husband + a Giveaway

A plot we readers often encounter in historical romance set in the Regency Period is when the hero takes up with his late wife’s sister. But was it possible? “For most of the nineteenth century, the question of whether a man should be able to marry the sister of his deceased wife engaged the English… more goodness …

Retracing Themes in Austen’s Life and Works

Retracing Themes in Austen’s Life and Works

My blogs over the last two years have covered a wide expanse of territory: Jane Austen’s fiction; her speech patterns; her looks; her romantic life, both real and possible; the close biological relationships of people involved in courtships; the effect of the war on her life and that of her family; taxes; and even the… more goodness …

Cold-blood, Hot-blood, Thoroughbred . . . Do you know your Regency horses? A mini-primer by Sharon Lathan

Cold-blood, Hot-blood, Thoroughbred . . . Do you know your Regency horses? A mini-primer by Sharon Lathan

In the 1997 Disney live-action movie George of the Jungle, there is a hilarious scene of George (Brendan Fraser) running alongside a frisky horse, his shirt open and sculpted chest gleaming. Along the fence stands Jane with several other women, the ladies practically drooling as their mesmerized eyes follow the gorgeously frolicking George. The humor… more goodness …

Warm Toes

Warm Toes

Winters can be cold! Temperatures drop, winds blow, and the clouds bring rain, snow, and ice. Turtlenecks and warm sweaters become staples in my wardrobe.  An extra quilt (or two) get piled onto the bed, and my heating pad warms my feet when I crawl in.   You would think having lived in a northern… more goodness …