Feb 192018
 

Hello friends! I’m really excited to welcome back Ginger Monette to Austenesque Reviews today! As you might recall, the two books in her amazing World War I Austenesque series – The Darcy’s Hope Saga – were not only some of my favorite reads from 2017, but one of my Top Ten Favorite Austenesque Retellings!  I’m delighted to have Ginger stop by for a visit in celebration of her releasing The Darcy’s Hope Saga Two Volume Ebook!  Isn’t the cover stunning?!?  I wish it was in paperback too!

For those who haven’t read this series yet, here is a little more about The Darcy’s Hope Saga!

Escape to the era of Downton Abbey with Lizzy and Darcy!

Immerse yourself in a sweeping romantic and drama-filled saga that includes two
full-length novels—both Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes and Darcy’s Hope at
Donwell Abbey.

~Volume I: Darcy’s Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes

Heartbroken. Devastated. WWI Captain Fitzwilliam Darcy was rejected by the
woman he loved and vows, “No more sentimental entanglements!”
But an undercover assignment at a field hospital brings him face to face with his
beloved Elizabeth—who’s working with a dashing American doctor and a prime
suspect in the espionage plot.

Forced to grapple with his feelings for her, Darcy has only a few months build a
lasting bridge to her and uncover the truth before she’s condemned to a traitor’s
noose. Continue reading »

Jan 292018
 

Hi readers!  Who would like to take a short trip to Vegas today?  Perhaps in the company of a  modern-day Darcy and Elizabeth?  Sounds so fun, right?  I think so!  I’ve never been to Vegas, but I think it would be a fun place to see and visit.  Well, it looks like we can virtually travel to Vegas in Amy George’s latest release, The Sweetest Ruin!  The lovely Amy George is currently on tour for this new release, and she is visiting today to talk about the similarities between Jane Austen’s Gretna Green and Las Vegas! We hope you enjoy!

Gretna to Vegas

Good morning, Meredith, and thank you for hosting me at Austenesque Reviews for the launch of the blog tour for my newest release, “The Sweetest Ruin.” This story is a bit different from my first published story, Second Impressions, because it’s a modernization of Pride & Prejudice that has Darcy and Elizabeth initially meeting one another in Las Vegas, Nevada. I think that when JAFF readers hear the words Las Vegas as the setting of a JAFF story, their minds might also go to another place we dearly love to read about in JAFF; the scandalously romantic setting of Gretna Green in Scotland.

I thought it would be fun to share this post with your readers to draw some connections for them between these two settings as we launch the blog tour for “The Sweetest Ruin. Continue reading »

Dec 152017
 

Hi friends!  Are you in the midst of Christmas preparations and celebrations?  This Christmas season has seen a lot of lovey new holiday Austenesque releases and two of them are from author Maria Grace!  I can tell Maria Grace has a fondness for the Christmas season, she has published several stories taking place during the Christmas season.  In addition to the three Christmas stories mentioned in this post, there is also A Jane Austen Christmas and Twelfth Night at Longbourn, which is about Kitty Bennet! Maria is here today to share about gift-giving traditions during Jane Austen’s time.  We hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for having me Meredith! I’m so excited to be with you this Christmas season! It’s been a doozy of a year in these parts, so much that it calls for not one, but two Christmas books. The two books go along with The Darcys’ First Christmas, kind of forming bookends to the story. Darcy and Elizabeth: Christmas 1811 tells the behind the scenes story of what might have happened during the Christmastide Darcy spent in London, while the militia (and Wickham!) wintered in Meryton. From Admiration to Love tells the story of the Darcys’ second Christmas. Imagine trying to hold Georgiana’s coming out at the Twelfth Night ball as Lady Catherine and Anne de Bourgh descend as very unwelcome guests. The story was such fun to write, I hope you love it as much as I do!

Interestingly, one of the thing that does not figure prominently in the story is gift giving. That’s not to say no gifts are exchanged, just that the traditions were different in the Regency era. St. Nicholas Day, Christmas Day and Twelfth Night were the most likely days for gift exchange, although old traditions called for gifts to be exchanged on New Year’s Day. Continue reading »