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.    

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

Then Comes Winter Blog Tour

Then Comes Winter, the latest anthology from Meryton Press, is going on Blog Tour very soon. Follow the tour to read excerpts and reviews, enter multiple giveaways to win a copy of the book, and get to know the talented … Read More

Let’s Have a Ball!

Dateline Netherfield Park, 26 November 2015 or 1811 But what to serve your guests!? It hinges upon, one supposes, just how intoxicated you want them to become? On a cold night, we might at least serve negus to warm and … Read More

#JaneWithATwist – Miss Bingley’s Gimlet – a pre-ball snifter

Caroline Bingley is a girl with a bad press. Rude, narcissistic, envious, superior; there isn’t a lot to love. She supplements her pantomime villainess credentials even further by playing bad cop to everyone’s favourite literary heroine, Lizzy Bennet. But just … Read More

A Cocktail for Mr. Bingley, or You Are What You Drink

Mr. Bingley’s Cocktail, or…You are what you drink. By Linda Beutler Now anyone who knows me well will tell you my unrepentantly lust-filled forays into Jane Austen Fan Fiction are in some part fueled by the occasional infusion of quantities … Read More

Man Traps and Murder

Sixth in the series We Want More Austen! about the less-known works of Jane Austen. Man traps? Murder? Doesn’t sound much like Jane Austen. I could just as easily have used the title “Dicing and Drunkenness,” and you wouldn’t have … Read More

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