A Study in Charlotte

One of the things I love about Austen lit, is her wide array of characters. These characters are so fully developed that they jump off the page, and to many of us, have become almost as real people. It’s easy … Read More

Imagining #MrDarcy: The Faceless Man and the Book Cover

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When other authors mention the name of someone they had in mind as Mr. Darcy while writing their Austen-inspired fiction, once in a while, I’m able to visualize their version of the hero while reading. It’s not easy. Otherwise, the … Read More

#ChickLitScavengerHunt

N is for NEVER. NEVER go anywhere without a book! For me that means any car ride whether shuttling my kids around or as a passenger on a long ride, public transportation including buses and airplanes, backpacking trips, beach or pool … Read More

Thanks for Sharing!

Eleventh in the series We Want More Austen! about the less-known works of Jane Austen. From a tender age Jane Austen had a gift for bringing us characters who expose their flaws through their own unreflecting utterances. Every time they … Read More

Shedding Some Light on Light Reading

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“Northanger Revisited-2015” is my short story contribution to Meryton Press’s Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer, an anthology released at the beginning of Beach-Reading Season last year. Northanger Revisited is a modernized treatment of Austen’s classic Northanger Abbey that takes place on fictional Northanger … Read More

Party Time- Regency Style

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  Road trip! Join me over at JustJane1813 as I help host the Netherfield Ball, i.e., Chapter 18 in Pride and Prejudice. This is part of Just Jane’s chapter-by-chapter group read of the Austen classic: the text of each chapter followed by … Read More

Side by Side, Apart Blog Tour

Ann Galvia’s debut novel, Side by Side, Apart goes on blog tour May 2-16.  Catch the tour stops to enter to win one of eight copies of the book, see what people are saying about the story, and catch exclusive … Read More

Oh, Just Get Over It Already!

Tenth in the series We Want More Austen! About the minor and youthful works of Jane Austen. It cannot be denied—the young Jane Austen was empathy-challenged. In her teenage stories she thought nothing of breaking the hearts of her characters, … Read More

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes

By Anngela Schroeder Society has misinterpreted the intelligence of young girls.  It believes that Disney Princesses and their ‘love stories’ were detrimental to our development as independent, strong women because of the focus on them being “saved” by the princes.  … Read More

How Do You Take Your Retellings?

Writing a retelling, or a continuation story, or a variation, is hard work. First of all, you get the comments like, “can’t you come up with your own ideas?” This usually comes from non-creative types, so I’m just going to … Read More

Of Henrys and Elizas

Ninth in the series We Want More Austen! about the less-known works of Jane Austen. There are many great opening lines in literature, from “It is a truth universally acknowledged . . .” to “It was the best of times, … Read More

Austen Anti-Love Protest

What?!? Yep, you read it correctly. I’m going on an Austen Anti-Love protest. Okay, not really. I love romance as much as the next guy, but I decided that I wanted to turn the spot light from the popular love … Read More

Garden Like Austen with Linda Beutler

Jane Austen Invades Portland’s Yard, Garden & Patio Show! JASNA member, clematis collection curator, and author Linda Beutler will reprise her illustrated lecture, “Garden Like Austen: Plants Jane knew and grew and so can you!” during the free seminar series … Read More

Travelin’

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I’m on a blog tour! It’s the half-way point of the blog tour for my new release, Undeceived: Pride & Prejudice in the Spy Game. It’s my first big tour— I did a small one for the release of At the Edge of … Read More

What inspired the meteoric rise in Austen-Inspired Novels?

The latest JAFF fuss is about some kind of “bubble” and suggestions that soon, the meteoric trend of JAFF sales will reverse itself. The belief is that the 200th anniversaries and the adaptations drive the market. I disagree. The oldest … Read More

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