Jan 292018
 

Hi readers!  Who would like to take a short trip to Vegas today?  Perhaps in the company of a  modern-day Darcy and Elizabeth?  Sounds so fun, right?  I think so!  I’ve never been to Vegas, but I think it would be a fun place to see and visit.  Well, it looks like we can virtually travel to Vegas in Amy George’s latest release, The Sweetest Ruin!  The lovely Amy George is currently on tour for this new release, and she is visiting today to talk about the similarities between Jane Austen’s Gretna Green and Las Vegas! We hope you enjoy!

Gretna to Vegas

Good morning, Meredith, and thank you for hosting me at Austenesque Reviews for the launch of the blog tour for my newest release, “The Sweetest Ruin.” This story is a bit different from my first published story, Second Impressions, because it’s a modernization of Pride & Prejudice that has Darcy and Elizabeth initially meeting one another in Las Vegas, Nevada. I think that when JAFF readers hear the words Las Vegas as the setting of a JAFF story, their minds might also go to another place we dearly love to read about in JAFF; the scandalously romantic setting of Gretna Green in Scotland.

I thought it would be fun to share this post with your readers to draw some connections for them between these two settings as we launch the blog tour for “The Sweetest Ruin. Continue reading »

Dec 262017
 

Hello, dear readers! I hope all of you who celebrate enjoyed a very Happy Christmas!  Mr. Bingley and I had a lovely holiday break so far – lots of time together, and we enjoyed spending the whole of yesterday with my family! Here is a little after-Christmas treat for you – a lovely guest post from Victoria Kincaid!!  I absolutely adored Ms. Kincaid’s Christmas novella A Very Darcy Christmas last year.  I can’t wait to read her newest release – Christmas at Darcy House.  Victoria is here to share a little about the tradition of mistletoe and an excerpt from Christmas at Darcy House!! 

Thank you for hosting me, Meredith! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and all your readers.

While some Regency Christmas traditions are familiar to us, many of them are not ones we practice today. Few people try to keep a Yule log burning all night, for example. However, one tradition that has survived is mistletoe, although today’s version is likely to be artificial.

The practice of gathering mistletoe began in the second century BC in ancient Britain, when the Druids saw it as a symbol of good fortune and fertility. But mistletoe did not come to be associated with kissing until the 18th century. Balls of mistletoe, tied with ribbon, would be hung in doorways and from ceilings. An unmarried woman could not refuse a kiss if she was underneath the mistletoe.

With every kiss, a man would pluck one of the mistletoe berries, and when there were no more berries, the ball was retired for the year. The superstition was that women who were never kissed could not expect to get married in the coming year. Mistletoe was not readily available in every part of England, so people would frequently send it to relatives or friends in parts of the country where it did not grow. Continue reading »

Dec 202017
 

Hello friends! I’m really excited to spotlight Zoe Burton and her Pride and Prejudice and Racecars series today!  I love when an author brings the characters of Pride and Prejudice to a new setting or environment – whether it be a concert hall, dance academy, courtroom, or in this case, a race track!  It is always fun to see how some dynamics can stay the same and how some change uniquely with these new environments!  There are two books in the Pride and Prejudice and Racecars series – Darcy’s Race to Love and Georgie’s Redemption.  Zoe Burton has kindly put together an interview with her Will and Liz for me to share with you all today!  

This interview takes place right after Book 2: Georgie’s Redemption.

Meredith:  Welcome, Liz and Will!  Thank you so much for joining me today! I believe my first order of business is to congratulate you on your recent marriage and ask how married life is treating you?

Liz: Thank you, Meredith. It’s treating us very well, I think. Would you agree, Will?

Will: Definitely. Liz is the best thing outside of racing that ever happened to me.

Meredith: That is lovely to hear. How are your families?

Liz: My sister Jane is doing very well. She and Bingley are planning their wedding. Mary is enjoying her college classes. She’s begun tutoring incoming freshmen for the math department. I haven’t heard from Kitty and Lydia, but Kitty should be graduating this year, if she passes everything.

Will: My sister and father are doing well. Dad doesn’t like the restrictions he’s still under, but he doesn’t fight them much. At 70 years of age, a heart attack seriously slows a guy down. He’s finally coming to realize it. Georgie’s keeping up with her school work and keeping her nose clean. Continue reading »