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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

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

Digging for Buried Treasure by Sophia Rose

As this is a new year and my first post of the said New Year, I thought I would share a bit about one of my personal resolutions. I am not afraid to make these even if I struggle to … Read More

Sibling Rivalry

Eighth in the series We Want More Austen! about the less-known works of Jane Austen. How to draw a character in four sentences: At the start of Jane Austen’s youthful fragment “The Three Sisters,” Miss Mary Stanhope writes to a … Read More

A Little Whimsical Blog Tour Feb 8-22

A Little Whimsical in His Civilites a new novella by J Marie Croft goes on Blog Tour Feb 8-22. Tune in for reviews, guest posts, excerpts, and lots and lots of giveaways.   Blog Tour Schedule 2/8: Excerpt & Giveaway at My Jane … Read More

A road trip to Madame Gilflurt’s blog: My guest post on sneaky Regency hands.

I clicked the wrong link. There was a Jane Austen ball being held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada during the early days of posting the Thrift Shop Regency Costume Experiment, and I wanted to message the organizer. But I accidentally clicked … Read More

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a review (two stars)

It is only right to begin with a few disclaimers. First, I—and  members of the Southwest Washington–Northwest Oregon regional chapter of JASNA—was invited to a free screening of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”, tonight (1-13-2016). Second, I have not read … Read More

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