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

Catherine Morland Visits Detroit

After spending so much time with the adorable and naïve Catherine for my modern short story retelling, North for the New Year, that appears in the upcoming Then Comes Winter holiday anthology, I did little exercises to help me get … Read More

In High Spirits for a Ball: #JaneWithATwist

We are perfectly ready, we assure you, to keep our promise to give another delicious round of #JaneWithATwist. It would be the most shameful thing in the world if we did not! You are cordially invited to celebrate the Netherfield Ball with the authors of Meryton … Read More

New Story Fun: A #Regency beach story excerpt and a book launch party!

Everyone loves to go to the beach for a few weeks in summer. Of course, they like it in winter, too, dependent upon where the beach is–somewhere warm, perhaps? Those who are interested in Regency history and Jane Austen’s novels … Read More

#JaneWithATwist – The General’s Order

Soon after their reaching the bottom of the set, Catherine perceived herself to be earnestly regarded by a gentleman who stood among the lookers-on, immediately behind her partner. He was a very handsome man, of a commanding aspect, past the … Read More

Introducing #JaneWithATwist

Wine, port, negus, spruce beer, porter – these are a few of the alcoholic beverages mentioned in Jane Austen’s novels. If you include her minor works and letters, add even more to the list. It’s true, people drank a lot … Read More

The Perils of Sensibility

Fifth in the series We Want More Austen! about the less-known works of Jane Austen. Jane Austen’s earliest passion was for satire. By the age of eleven she was already fixing the absurd conventions of sentimental novels with her critical … Read More

“Party Central” in the Regency

Balls, routs, mornings that started at 11 and ended at 4, and a requirement to be seen—no, recognized—no, ADMIRED through every waking minute of it. Daunting but exciting at once for a young woman coming into society. (Note that “debutante” … Read More

The Party Ends with a Splash! #ItsJaneYall

The road trip is over and my “day job” as adorer of two kitties has resumed. I am reminded in bossy purring meows that both deserve extra attention, and I’m rewarded with relentless purring that will extend until the wee … Read More

The Name Game Giveaway Winner is…

Anji! The correct answer was 42. Two people guessed correctly and Anji was randomly drawn as the winner. Congratulations! You win 3 books of your choice from Our Library. We will be contacting you shortly Thank you to everyone who … Read More

Heroine In Training

I recently decided to tackle the challenge of writing a short story for the Meryton Press Holiday Anthology Short Story contest that would be a modern retelling of Northanger Abbey. In the process, naturally I chose to re-read the original. … Read More

#Free Books on @Amazon

If you are in the vicinity of Nashville, TN this weekend, join us at the Southern Festival of Books. We’ll be there with all our books, fun items, authors, and enjoying a fun day at the festival. For those of … Read More

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