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

Mashup video: Mr. Darcy doesn’t want to be HERE

Happy New Year! Here’ a little video mashup I did. I immediately thought of Darcy when I first heard Alessia Cara’s excellent song “Here.”   Alessia Cara’s full song and official video.    

Fangirling for Jane

Last time I was here on the MP blog, I talked about how I fell in love with Jane Austen. Today, I want to share how I SHOW the love. I don’t know if I’m technically a “fangirl” or not, … Read More

Mary Crawford. The Original Cosmo Girl?

Mary Crawford…a cosmo girl? That complex, charming, antagonist from Mansfield Park? Sure. And why not? To me, her tractable morals make a far more congenial drinking buddy, I mean, compelling literary character than the novel’s heroine, Fanny Price. Over the holiday break, … Read More

A Day in the Life of a Stay-at-Home-Writer

category Erin Lopez, Life, Writing 5

6:25 AM — I hear Four Year Old struggling with the door and I roll over and pretend I’m asleep. This little morning ritual typically happens around 5:30 AM and sometimes, when I don’t respond, she goes back to bed. … Read More

Then Comes Winter « Good Day Sacramento

A local English teacher recently won a national contest for writing a Christmas story and is now published. . Source: Then Comes Winter « Good Day Sacramento Anngela Schroeder in the spotlight for her story Winter’s Awakening.

Of Heedless and Susceptible Young Men

Seventh in the series We Want More Austen! about the less-known works of Jane Austen. During this season of family gatherings, I find myself looking at Jane Austen’s childhood writings in the context of her family life. Many of her … Read More

The Regency Gentleman and his Cravat

The Regency neck-cloth could never be called humble, even if its life begins as a simple strip of cloth. Instead, it’s an embellishment that can add drama and interest to the gentleman’s costume. The cravat, or neck-cloth, was described in … Read More

An Austenesque Lovers Reader Problems

From time to time, being a lover of all things Jane Austen can cause some minor difficulties in my life. Let explain what I mean. I’ve listed a few as examples. Problem #1 The Lone Austen lover for miles around. … Read More

How I Fell In Love

Hey, everyone! Melanie Stanford, here, and this is my very first post for the MP blog. My short story, BECOMING FANNY, appears in the holiday anthology THEN COMES WINTER, and I also have a PERSUASION retelling coming December 29th titled … Read More

Two Road Trips for Then Comes Winter (and one for the redhead)

Blog tours are de rigeur for book releases these days. “Flat Stanley” circular tours in three countries–not so common! But Then Comes Winter, the newest offering from Meryton Press, is an unusual book with an unusual team! Holiday romance anthologies … Read More

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