Not JAFF, But TWO Regency Releases in October + Excerpts + a Double Giveaway

Not JAFF, But TWO Regency Releases in October + Excerpts + a Double Giveaway

This calendar year has been a busy one for me, with seven releases. I will be glad for the holidays to have some time to “regroup.” This month, alone, I will releasing two Regency stories.  On October 31, THE HEARTLESS EARL arrives. It is a Regency romantic suspense and will be book 1 of a… more goodness …

Princess Caroline, Jane Austen, and “The Regency Valentine.”

In my “Sense and Sensibility” sequel “The Daughters of Delaford,”  Marianne and the Colonel’s daughter Allegra, and Elinor and Edward’s daughter Grace, become important players in the historic events surrounding Princess Caroline of Brunswick, Princess of Wales, and estranged wife of the Prince Regent.    After George III died in 1820, and the Prince Regent was… more goodness …

Zen Austen

Zen Austen

I am writing this oh so last minute. Life has been rather wild lately, for it’s own reasons, but at the heart of the chaos lies my 21 month-old little man. He is so charming, so clever, and so completely distracting. Very little other than motherhood is getting accomplished these days. I struggle to find… more goodness …

‘It was certainly a very remarkable coincidence!’

‘It was certainly a very remarkable coincidence!’

“It was certainly a very remarkable coincidence!”—Northanger Abbey. Writing from roughly 1795 on, Jane Austen is usually seen as the last major writer of the 18th century. In many novels of that century, plot coincidences were not only accepted, they were expected. It was a big coincidence if there were not major coincidences driving the… more goodness …

Emma and Human Nature

Emma and Human Nature

Last month, I chatted about Emma as a “perfect novel” in terms of pacing, structure, point-of-view and character development. I’d love to revisit that again here with a slightly different focus. Human nature.  I don’t believe human nature (in aggregate, not our individual stories) doesn’t change over time. It’s this constant, our humanity, that allows… 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 …

Announcing the Winner of P. O. Dixon’s “A Second Time Around” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of P. O. Dixon’s “A Second Time Around” Giveaway

      Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winner of P. O. Dixon‘s “A Second Time Around” Giveaway. Cis Thurston will receive an eBook copy of Ms. Dixons‘s Expecting His Wife. Congratulations, Cis. Please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. [According to stated giveaway rules on Austen Authors, all… more goodness …

Caroline’s Love Potion

Caroline’s Love Potion

There is a difference between fan fiction and Austenesque fiction. Fan fiction assumes the readers know the original work. The story below is fan fiction. Too much happens in too short a story for someone unfamiliar with the original to follow. It also makes several unusual assumptions, such as Wickham being a man of honor…… more goodness …

Is a Word Just a Word?

Is a Word Just a Word?

Every time I finish a Pride and Prejudice variation, I say “Now I will work on my suspense romance.” Many writers work on more than one piece or genre at a time, and I have been known to do this, but writing in 1810 England and modern day New Jersey at the same time is… more goodness …