Mar 092018

Happy Friday, readers!  Are you ready to start your weekend?  I know I am!  But I’m real excited to kick off my weekend sharing this lovely chat I had with author Samantha Whitman.  As you might have seen, Samantha has released a new book titled Ditching Mr. Darcy (such a provocative title, right?), and today she is answering my questions about Jane Austen, her writing, and her new release.  We hope you enjoy!

Welcome, Samantha! Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Since you are a new author to me and some of my readers, how about we start off with you telling us a little bit about yourself. How long have you been writing? When did you first encounter Jane Austen?

Thank you so much for having me, Meredith – I am so excited to be here! I am a mom of five young kids, as well as a photographer with my own business. I have loved writing for as long as I can remember, but it was only about a year ago (during a bout of insomnia), that I endeavored to make the nights feel shorter by writing a novel. I fell in love with Pride and Prejudice after watching what is now my all-time favorite movie, You’ve Got Mail, when I was fifteen years old. When I finished reading it I moved on to the rest of her novels, and thus began a lifelong obsession with all things Jane Austen.

I love how you turned the negative aspect of suffering from insomnia into something wonderful like writing a novel!! And how great that you turned to Jane Austen! I LOVE You’ve Got Mail! One of my faves too! What are some other movies you enjoy?  Do you have any favorite Jane Austen movies?

I would have to say Austenland is definitely in my top five – I could watch it every single day!! I also love the Pride and Prejudice 2005 movie, Northanger Abbey, the Emma miniseries with Ramola Garai, and Lost in Austen – Tom Mison’s Mr. Bingley was definitely the inspiration for the one in my book – he is just so dreamy!! And speaking of dreamy, the Mr. Darcy in Bridget Jones is my favorite of Colin Firth’s characters. Continue reading »

Mar 082018

Hi friends!  Did you see Rita’s blog post yesterday on From Pemberley to Milton?  

If not, then let me fill you in!  We are in the midst of a guessing game for an upcoming cover reveal which will take place tomorrow on Claudine’s blog – Just Jane 1813.  Your job is to look at the clues given on this blog post and Rita’s blog post and try and see how much you can deduce correctly about what will be revealed on March 9th – the title, the author, what the images represent. 

Sounds fun, doesn’t it?  I love to play games and this seems like such fun way to announce and celebrate a new release!

Are you ready for your clues?

Good morning, Meredith! We are so excited to host this post at your blog today.  Today we are sharing our second set of clues for an exciting new type of cover reveal for an upcoming JAFF book that remains to be somewhat of a mystery. After all, what better way is there to help launch a JAFF mystery based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice?

I have brought with me some more clues to share with your readers, who hopefully also gathered the clues we shared yesterday at Rita’s blog, From Pemberley to Milton.  We are sharing another look at this book’s cover, along with some clues about the book’s title and author too.

This should be a really fun mystery to solve since this author has already published some very popular JAFF stories and we are revealing some very telling clues about this story!!

So get your detective hats on and help us solve the hottest mystery in JAFF right now…

Clue #1 is this piece of our book’s cover…

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Mar 072018

What If Bingley and Jane Also Misunderstood Each Other?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins the day after the Hunsford Proposal

SYNOPSIS: Elizabeth and Darcy are not alone in their misunderstandings in this Pride and Prejudice variation. Mr. Bingley and Jane have their fair share as well, and their misunderstandings manifest some unexpectedly new contention and drama! What happens when Mr. Bingley returns to Meryton, believes Jane is indifferent, and reads a different type of meaning into Elizabeth’s friendly encouragement? What happens when one of Jane Austen’s most harmonious sibling relationships faces turbulence, acrimony, and intense jealousy? Continue reading »