Sep 082017
 

Hi friends!  I am so happy to welcome author Maria Grace to Austenesque Reviews today!  As some of you know Maria has been dealing with Hurricane Harvey these past few weeks and it is amazing that she released her new book, A Less Agreeable Man at the same time!  Major applause to Maria for that – she is Wonder Woman with capital W!  Anyways, I am thrilled to share Maria’s post about secondary characters and a very beleaguered Colonel Fitwilliam!!

Writing Secondary Characters

Jane Austen gave us some amazingly memorable characters throughout all her books, characters we cannot get enough of. Darcy and Elizabeth make the most frequent appearance in adaptations of Austen for very good reason. But there’s something about the secondary characters that I find very compelling, as well.

A Less Agreeable Man is the fourth book I’ve written around secondary characters, and I’ve done almost as many short stories. There are just so many wonderful possibilities with these characters they are hard to resist.

Don’t get me wrong, they can be pretty challenging as well. Some of them show up as either bland or ridiculous in Austen’s works, unraveling the puzzle of what makes them so is a fascinating process that can result in a surprising, three dimensional character.

Lydia Bennet is a ridiculous, self-centered little flirt. Mary Bennet is bland and sermonizing. Harriet Smith (of Emma) is a ditzy little follower who does not think for herself. Elizabeth Elliot—or where to begin with that piece of work! The list goes on. But the delicious question is why are they that way? Is it possible that we have been presented with an unreliable narrator and only see them through the eyes of that opinion? What is going on underneath the surface of that character? Continue reading »

Sep 012017
 

Hello readers!  We are very excited to welcome back author Catherine Lodge to Austenesque Reviews today! A few weeks ago you may remember we participated in a cover reveal for Ms. Lodge’s debut release, Fair Stands the Wind, where we learned that our dear Mr. Darcy is actually a second son enlisted in the navy!! (Sounds so interesting, doesn’t it?) Today, Catherine shares some interesting little vignettes that feature the various ways her characters are spending a Sunday afternoon.  We hope you enjoy!

Sunday Afternoon

Mrs Bennet has always hated Sunday afternoons. Everyone is so slow and stupid after their midday meal and even her sister does not call. She glances at The Ladies Magazine in her lap. That gown would suit her to perfection, for even after five children she still retains much of her former figure, and the sleeves would drape so beautifully over her wrists and show off her hands, she is secretly very proud of her hands. At least she thinks it is a secret.

She wishes Lydia was still at home, she was such a cheerful girl and Kitty was driving her to distraction with that cough. Mary was hammering away at the piano in the parlour, she had half a mind to sell it and have a little peace and quiet in her own home. Only the fact that a gentleman’s home must have an instrument stops her. Continue reading »

Aug 232017
 

Hi readers!  I am very happy to welcome author Nancy Lawrence to Austenesque Reviews today!!  If you didn’t already know, Nancy has a new book out titled Mary and the Captain.  And as a big fan of Mary Bennet (see here, here, here, and here), I was very excited to learn more about her story and read it for myself!!  Mary needs a little bit of love in her life, don’t you think?

I’ve been a long-time reader of Austenesque Reviews, so I hope you’ll forgive me if I gush just a little bit and tell you how happy I am to visit your blog, Meredith! Thanks to you and your wonderful reviews, I’m always discovering new Austenesque authors and enjoying new stories.

Aww, thank you, Nancy!  I am so happy to share author posts with readers of this blog!  Thank you so much for agreeing to do one!

Today I’d like to introduce your readers to my Austenesque novel, Mary and the Captain, a Pride and Prejudice Continuation. As you can guess by the title, it’s a story about my favorite Miss Bennet … Mary. Continue reading »