May 142018

Hope everyone is enjoying a lovely Monday so far!

Thank you to everyone who responded and entered to win in the recent ARC giveaway contest!  I’m always so glad to see some lovely previously owned Austenesque books find new homes! 😉

A special thank you to Jean and Reina for contributing many of the lovely books featured in this giveaway! Thank you so much for your generosity!

Without further ado… the randomly selected winners are…

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May 062018

Hope everyone is enjoying a lovely weekend!  I’m so excited to announce several giveaway winners in this post!

First I want to thank the lovely authors who so kindly visited my blog (both for their first time!!) – Jennifer Redlarczyk and Leigh Dreyer. I loved the fun excerpt Jennifer shared from A Very Merry Mix-up, didn’t you?  And it was great to learn about The Best Laid Flights Plans, I can’t wait to read a Pride and Prejudice story filled with characters serving in the US Air Force and living on military bases! Thank you to Jennifer and Leigh for sponsoring such lovely giveaways to go with their posts!

In addition, thank you all for the wonderful response to my review of The Ladies of Ivy Cottage and giveaway of The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill.  I know Julie Klassens books aren’t exactly considered Austenesque, but I think many readers who love Jane Austen’s world and characters will love her stories as much as I do! 😉

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Apr 262018


Hello friends!  I’m so honored to be taking part in this special announcement today! It is actually a 2-for-1 announcement as we are not just announcing a special project but also revealing its gorgeous cover!! How exciting!!!  After reading and loving the recent anthologies about Jane Austen’s most iconic romantic hero and her bad boys, readers started to ask for more…well, it looks like Christina Boyd, editor of The Quill Collective series, heard you!

Another Anthology Coming from The Quill Ink

I am not a little proud to announce my third anthology in The Quill Collective series. Never heard of it? Aha! Likely because we have only coined the name when I decided to do another Austen-inspired anthology, and well, “series” would best indicate a number of books coming one after the other. You might better recognize the previous in the series as The Darcy Monologues and Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues.

When asked about doing another anthology, readers frequently suggest another Darcy book or Elizabeth’s stories… But for me, it seemed to make sense, during this time of forwarding feminist sensibilities and given the verve of the present equality movements that the female perspective might be embraced amongst the Austen fandom—possibly beyond our polite borders. After all, Austen wrote of strong women who were ahead of their day.

Jane Austen’s novels evoke romantic imaginings of fastidious gentlemen and gently-bred ladies … Yet through her veiled wit, honest social commentary, and cleverly constructed prose in a style ahead of her day, Austen’s heroines manage to thwart strict mores—and even the debauchery of Regency England—to reach their fairytale endings. But have you never wondered about her other colorful characters like Mary Crawford, Hetty Bates, Elinor Tilney, Louisa Musgrove, et al.—and how they came to be? In Persuasion, Mrs. Croft says, “But I hate to hear you talking so, like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. We none of us expect to be in smooth water all our days.” Those words have always struck me as terribly modern and I have wondered what Mrs. Croft might have been thinking of when she said those very words to her brother Captain Frederick Wentworth. I believe several of Jane Austen’s characters might have had feminist sensibilities, even if they yielded to the expectations of their sphere. It is our intent that in this collection of backstories or parallel tales off-stage of canon to remain true to the ladies we recognize in Austen’s great works—whilst stirring feminism in the hearts of some of these beloved characters. Thus, our title was born. Rational Creatures. Coming to you in October 2018. Stay tuned. Continue reading »