May 252018
 

Hi friends!  I love it when authors come up with creative twists and additions to our beloved Pride and Prejudice, don’t you? One author who really has a penchant for coming up with truly unique angles and alterations is Maria Grace. And as you might have already heard she has created a series that crosses Jane Austen’s characters with dragons!!! I know! I know. I was a little wary at first about this idea, but having read the preview of the first book, Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon I see how fascinating it all is! I already know I’m going to enjoy this completely original take on Pride and Prejudice! On the fence yourself? Read how Maria came up with this idea and all the clever threads she has tied together!

The Myth and the Mashup

Meredith, thanks so much for hosting me today. It’s always such a pleasure to get to visit with you. Through the years I’ve developed a bit of a reputation for being willing to put very different spins on Jane Austen’s stories and characters. That hasn’t changed with my newest series. In fact, I think it kicks it up a notch.

And with that rather dubious introduction, I’m utterly tickled to announce that the Pride and Prejudice arc of my Jane Austen’s Dragons series is complete with the release of Netherfield: Rogue Dragon. Now wait, I can hear you muttering and rolling your eyes, “Dragons? Really? Seriously—dragons? Why—just why?”

You’re not the first to roll their eyes at me and mutter that, expecting an answer like “Because zombies, vampires and werewolves have already been done.” And while that is utterly true, and the sort of thing I might say if you caught me at just the right—or wrong—moment, it isn’t a very good answer. Continue reading »

May 232018
 

A Time Travel Adventure to Regency England!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

Jane Austen fan and ardent reader Cassie Taylor has a run in with an average-looking stranger named Ted at the bookstore. When he very kindly invites her to get coffee she turns him down thinking he isn’t at all her type. Cassie immediately regrets her rejection of Ted because of what happens next: she witnesses him being hit by a car. If Cassie said yes, then Ted wouldn’t be in the hospital right now fighting for his life! Filled with regret and guilt, Cassie follows Ted to the hospital and poses as his girlfriend. It is there something truly strange and inexplicable happens…

While getting some fresh air outside on the hospital’s grounds Cassie comes to a gate and decides to walk through it. Once she does though she immediately finds herself transported to an English estate and dressed in Regency clothing. How did this happen? What does it mean? How can she get home? Continue reading »

May 212018
 

Dear readers, please help me welcome Elaine Jeremiah, author of a new Austen-Inspired novel, Love Without Time, to Austenesque Reviews! Elaine’s new release is so much fun as it about a modern-day Janeite named Cassie who inexplicably finds herself thrown back in time to Jane Austen’s Regency England. Today Elaine shares an enticing excerpt from Love Without Time. We hope you enjoy!

~ Excerpt ~

I was hit by bright sunlight and drew in a breath, blinking furiously. What on earth was going on? I looked around me, not really taking anything in, expecting everything to return to how it had been a moment ago. But it didn’t. When I took another, closer look around me, I saw that I was standing under a tree, on the edge of an immaculate lawn of a large, well-maintained garden.

I gasped. Where am I? I asked myself. Squinting, I shielded my eyes against the relentless sun. Across the other side of the garden, I saw a huge house, a mansion, a place which could easily be Mr Darcy’s home of Pemberley.

There were people on the lawn ahead of me, smiling and laughing. It looked as though they were playing croquet. And they were dressed in clothes which would be the perfect costumes for a Jane Austen-inspired TV drama… Continue reading »