Jun 062016


Hello, dear readers!  I am very excited to welcome back author Jenetta James to Austenesque Reviews today! Jenetta is here to celebrate her second release, The Elizabeth Papers.  Her first Pride and Prejudice variation, Suddenly Mrs. Darcy came out last year – and I loved it (you can read all about that HERE!)  photo I’m so happy to have Jenetta come visit and share more about her beautiful cover for The Elizabeth Papers!  And as a self-professed cover-junkie, I’m so excited to learn more about the creation and significance of her cover.

Thank you Meredith for hosting me on today’s stop on The Elizabeth Papers blog tour. It is always an honour and a pleasure to visit Austenesque Reviews!

Quite a few readers have contacted me to ask about the front cover of The Elizabeth Papers, which was revealed on Just Jane 1813 a week or so ago. What’s the painting? Who’s the artist? Is the lady supposed to be Elizabeth? Who’s the child? Is it supposed to be happy or melancholy? What’s with the modern skyline at the bottom? Continue reading »

Jun 032016


Hi friends!

Thanks for popping in for a visit!  I can’t believe how fast May went!  It felt like a very busy month – busy working, busy gigging (Mr. Bingley), and busy reading (me!)


We’ve had fun times with friends going to see Captain America Civil War, The Jungle Book, and X-Men: Apocalypse.  Sadly we can’t go see Love and Friendship since it isn’t playing at a theatre near me (closest one is 2 and a half hours away) 🙁  But I’m real glad to hear all the praise it is receiving from those of you who were lucky enough to have already seen it!

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We also had our first escape room experience in Myrtle Beach, we tried two different rooms – one in a zombie apocalypse theme and one in a movie theatre theme. (so far our record is 2 for 2!)  It was so much fun!  I loved solving puzzles, felt like Nancy Drew or Sherlock Holmes! 😉  Am definitely looking forward to doing this again! Continue reading »

Apr 272015

GPHello readers!  I’m very excited to be participating in the Suddenly Mrs. Darcy Blog Tour and to be able to welcome back author Jenetta James to Austenesque Reviews today!  Last month you may remember we participated in a cover reveal for Ms. James’s upcoming release, Suddenly Mrs. Darcy, and we all had a lot of fun speculating about her story given the clues we surmised in the title, blurb, and cover image. Today Jenetta shares with us her feelings about creating original characters in a Jane Austen work.photo

The business of adding new characters to the stories of Jane Austen is something I find extremely stressful. I guess the characters sketched in the original are so excellent, so well beloved amongst readers, so convincing and so multi-dimensional – that adding to their number is fraught with the potential for failure. On the other hand, when writing any story which continues Darcy and Lizzy’s life after their marriage, it is pretty much a necessity. So, in Suddenly Mrs Darcy, I have done my best, but I quake with fear at what Austen lovers may think of my fresh inventions.

Probably the most prominent new character is Lizzy’s maid, Hannah. From a practical perspective Lizzy requires a maid at Pemberley but I also think that she needs a friend and confidante. There needs to be some replacement for Charlotte Collins in Meryton or Hunsford and Jane at Longbourn and in Suddenly Mrs Darcy, it is Hannah. Continue reading »