Dec 062017
 

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Hi friends!  I’m always so happy when authors come and pay a visit to Austenesque Reviews, especially when they are new authors!  🙂  Today I am very happy to have author Andreea Catana as my guest!  Her new Pride and Prejudice variation Meant to Be was just released recently, and I love the sound of it because Darcy and Elizabeth meet for the first time at Rosings rather than at Meryton!  I can’t wait to see how that changes their story! 😉  Andreea is here to share her first encounter with and impressions of Jane Austen.  We hope you enjoy!

I have met Jane Austen and I have written a book. It’s called Meant to Be.

Yes, I have met Jane Austen.

Of course, not in my lifetime, nor in hers, – for such travels are for the moment impossible – but I can confidently say that we have met. I shall try in the course of a few pages to tell you how I have known her and what she has thought me.

I made Jane Austen’s acquaintance when I was ten and she was already famous for more than a hundred years. My mom adored her (and her books) and naturally thought that I might like her as well.

However, my first impression of Jane Austen, which I got from the picture at the end of the book, was that she seemed like a lady who was a little bit too severe, like a scolding aunt that never allows you to play at will or expects you to behave a certain proper way. And since my reading interest had been up to that moment mostly stories about the wild Indian jungles and about inspiring, yet melodramatic Victorian orphans, I was a little bit cautious that I might enjoy the story my mother presented to me. Pride and Prejudice The very title sounded mature for me, with some concepts I did not fully comprehend.

But I opened the book and there it was, the most famous sentence in literary history:

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”  Continue reading »

Nov 222017
 

Hi friends!  Happy (Almost) Thanksgiving to all those who are getting ready to celebrate!!  But before we celebrate being thankful and take part in our Thanksgiving traditions, I’d like to celebrate the lovely new book Kara Louise released this month!!  As you might have heard, her new book Chance and Circumstances shows us what happens if Mr. Bingley and Elizabeth Bennet met each other first!  (Sounds really interesting, right!)  Kara is here to talk about her new release, Chance and Circumstances, and what she feels is one of the more challenging aspects…er…characters to write about!  We hope you enjoy!

The Elephant in the Room

I want to thank Meredith for inviting me to share with you today about my new book, Chance and Circumstance.

I have titled this post, “The Elephant in the Room.” Or perhaps I should have entitled it, “The Elephant in the Book.” Or possibly, to make it more clear to you, “The Part of Jane Austen’s story that is there and has to be dealt with, but I really don’t want to have to write it.” And what is that, you ask?

It’s the whole Wickham and Lydia fiasco! Continue reading »

Nov 082017
 

Hello, dear readers!  I am very excited to welcome back author Victoria Kincaid to Austenesque Reviews today!  I must say I’m so glad Victoria keeps as busy as she does and has just released her new book President Darcy!  How cool is it that Mr. Darcy is POTUS?!?  He’d have my vote for sure! 😉  Victoria is here to share a little about finding the perfect Darcy for her cover!! 

The Quest for the Perfect Darcy

Thank you for having me as a guest, Meredith!  I’m thrilled to be here.  However, I do have a confession to make:  whenever I picture Mr. Darcy, I imagine some version of a young Colin Firth.  It’s not a conscious choice; my subconscious mind simply sees Colin Firth as the ideal Mr. Darcy.  Unfortunately, when it comes to creating covers for my novels, Colin Firth isn’t available to be a model. 😊  So I’m always seeking images that project that same combination of intelligence, gravitas, and sex appeal.  And then I usually need to find that combination in a model who’s wearing period-appropriate clothing.  It’s not easy.  Many stock photographers don’t understand Regency clothing, so I’ve waded through pictures of Regency men with broadswords, “Regency” women who look like they’re wearing prom dresses, and Regency “heroes” who look more like Snidely Whiplash.   Continue reading »