Celebrating the Release of “A Dance with Mr. Darcy” with a Scottish Tradition + a Giveaway

Celebrating the Release of “A Dance with Mr. Darcy” with a Scottish Tradition + a Giveaway

St Agnes Eve plays a pivotal turning point in my latest Austen-inspired release. A Dance with Mr. Darcy. But who was St. Agnes and why is she celebrated? On St Agnes Eve, traditionally girls and unmarried women wishing to know more of their future husbands perform a variety of sometimes “bizarre” acts to see who… more goodness …

Announcing the Winners of Sophie Turner’s “Evolving ‘Mistress'” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Sophie Turner’s “Evolving ‘Mistress'” Giveaway

Austen Authors is pleased to announce the three winners of Sophie Turner’s “Evolving ‘Mistress’” Giveaway. The first prize is a bundled package: the winner will receive a reader’s choice of ebook or paperback copy of Mistress, plus an audiobook of A Constant Love, and a Pemberley Gardens candle from Frostbeard Studios. Random.org chose priscillateh as that first winner. … more goodness …

Announcing the Winner of Don Jacobson’s “War Widows in Austen’s World” Giveaway

Announcing the Winner of Don Jacobson’s “War Widows in Austen’s World” Giveaway

Austen Authors is happy to announce the winner of Don Jacobson‘s “War Widows in Austen’s World” Giveaway. Random.org has selected Regina Silvia to receive an eBook copy of Mr. Jacobson‘s The Keeper: The Extraordinary Journey of Mary Bennet. Regina, please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at jeffersregina@gmail.com to claim your prize. Congratulations!    more goodness …

Rules of the Road for the Regency Language

Rules of the Road for the Regency Language

Summer Hanford recently blogged on Austen Authors about language, particularly for writers working in the Regency period. I was traveling and unable to jump into the discussion, but her comments set me to reflect about my approach—which I had considered for quite a while as I began my historical fiction based on Jane Austen’s life.… more goodness …

Regency Festivals, Fairs, Circuses, etc.

Regency Festivals, Fairs, Circuses, etc.

Festival. Fair. Carnival. Fete. The words do have definitions and historical applications with slight variations, but we largely tend to lump them together and use interchangeably. In general, when thinking of a festival, fair, carnival, whatever, we imagine a celebration of, or for, a particular holiday or theme with frivolous, lively entertainment as the order of… more goodness …

What Would Jane Austen Have Worn?

What Would Jane Austen Have Worn?

Jane Austen was born in 1775. By 1795, when she was 20 years of age, fashion was beginning to change rather drastically. What her mother would have worn during the early years of Jane’s life would be quite different from what was fashionable in the first part of the 1800’s. The 1700’s had seen panniers… more goodness …

The Significance of Books and of Reading in Jane Austen’s Novels, a Guest Post from Lauren Gilbert

The Significance of Books and of Reading in Jane Austen’s Novels, a Guest Post from Lauren Gilbert

The Significance of Books and Reading in Jane Austen’s Novels By Lauren Gilbert Jane Austen was a reader.  She read widely.  We know she enjoyed novels; she was a subscriber to Fanny Burney’s third novel, Cecilia or Memoirs of an Heiress. She also enjoyed Henry Fielding, Samuel Richardson, Anne Radcliffe and Maria Edgeworth, among others.… more goodness …

War Widows In Austen World

War Widows In Austen World

Jane Austen closes the last chapter of Persuasion on a dark note with lines reminding her readers of the possibilities that were the daily reality of a martial wife. “Anne was Tenderness itself;—and she had the full worth of Capt. Wentworth’s affection. His Profession was all that could make her friends wish that tenderness less; the… more goodness …