Jun 152018
 

Hi readers! I’m so very excited to welcome author Nicole Clarkston to Austenesque Reviews today! As I’m sure many of you are already aware, Nicole is celebrating her new recent release, a Pride and Prejudice variation titled London Holiday. Which sounds like such a fun and unique adventure! Today, Nicole is sharing some very interesting history about a famous public venue that existed during Jane Austen’s time. We hope you enjoy!

Setting a story in London’s famed Vauxhall Gardens is, at once, a delight and a daunting task. Unlike many of the historical locations we might try to visit from our 21st century armchairs, we do not have to invent facts about Vauxhall. The sheer wealth of information is overwhelming, so much so that a writer embarking on such a research project starts to get cold feet.

Why, you ask? Shouldn’t it be easier, if there is more information available? Not necessarily. One thing I discovered is that when there is a lot of information to be had, it doesn’t all match up!

For instance, take a look at these two maps I found for Vauxhall Gardens. At first glance, and even a second, they look virtually identical. However, imagine that you are trying to narrate a couple turning left there, walking several paces, and seeing a certain sight. The intersection points of walking paths and the details of the attraction placements become more important… and they are not the same. Continue reading »

Jun 112018
 

Happy Monday, readers! Today, Austenesque Reviews is paid a visit from author, Sue Barr, who is celebrating her newly published Pride and Prejudice sequel about Kitty Bennet, titled – Catherine, Pride & Prejudice Continued… Book Two! During Sue’s first visit last year she had her characters play The Newlywed Game and it was so fun! Sue is back with another round of The Newlywed Game, but this time the contestants are not Caroline and Nathan! 

Good morning, Meredith, and thank you for hosting this post for my latest release, Catherine, Pride & Prejudice Continued… Book Two. Today I am back to share a post that I hope gives your readers some more laughs and allows them to get to know Catherine and her new husband, George, in another light.

I have invited Emma Woodhouse to be our host again for our Newlywed Game, 1812-style. Let’s give a warm welcome to Emma…

Good morning ladies and gentlemen, this is Emma Woodhouse, and I am back again at the Theatre-Royal, Covent Garden to play another round of The Newlywed Game. Today I have Lady George Kerr, Catherine Bennet, here with her new husband, Lord George Kerr. Please join me in welcoming them to The Newlywed Game. (Crowd applauses)

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Jun 062018
 

Hi readers! I am very excited to welcome author Victoria Grossack and narrator Erin Evans-Walker to Austenesque Reviews today! As you may already know Victoria Grossack has published two Austen-inspired mysteries – The Highbury Murders and The Meryton Murders. Not too long ago The Meryton Murders was released on Audible audiobook with Erin Evans-Walker as the narrator. I know many of you who love audiobooks are probably happy to hear that! Today both ladies stop by to chat about audio books, The Meryton Murders, and Jane Austen!  We hope you enjoy!

Erin, how long have you been producing audio books?

I started production of my first one, a fantasy novel called Holding the Heavens, in early 2017. I’m up to three released volumes with a fourth nearing completion.

Victoria, what made you decide to do an Audible recording of The Meryton Murders?

One reader of The Meryton Murders in the Kindle edition who reviewed the book very favorably requested that I arrange an Audible recording. I had never explored this seriously before, because paying for this upfront is expensive – and since I didn’t know what I was doing, I didn’t feel qualified to hire or supervise anyone. The process is expensive for a good reason – the narrator has to have the talent to read and act and have the technical knowledge to make a recording that meets all of Audible’s requirements.

But Audible now has a creation exchange to match authors and narrators (called producers), where they agree to share royalties. This means that your producer has a vested interest in making sure everything is done right – and of course producers will only apply for projects they consider worthy. So I figured out how to sign up, put out a request for auditions – I wanted a British female voice – and within three hours Erin applied! Continue reading »