May 182018
 

Hi friends! I’m so excited to welcome back author Sara Marks to Austenesque Reviews!  Last year, Sara was here celebrating her first release, A Modern Persuasion, which we greatly enjoyed! We are so glad Sara has a new book releasing this month – Phi Alpha Pi!  Which is a modern-day adaptation of Pride and Prejudice set in the world of sororities and fraternities!  Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

While writing Phi Alpha Pi, I got to chapters that needed to happen off campus.  If Lizbeth was to interact with Wil in his world and comfort zone, I needed to explore their biological families.  His family was easy.  The original Georgiana had a greater role to play in their relationship and Ginny easily fell into that role.  I wanted to show readers that Wil might feel he’s responsible for taking care of Ginny, she also thinks she needs to take care of him. Then there was the question about the people in Lizbeth’s family. Her parents, Layla and Jack, can be considered updates of Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner.  They are grounded and easy going compared to the other more experienced adults around Lizbeth and Wil. I had no original characters to transition into Lizbeth’s siblings.  It allowed me to have fun with Josh, who is similar and also very different from his father and grandfather and Becca, who imagines herself to be preparing for world domination.

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May 292017
 

Happy Memorial Day, readers! Today, Austenesque Reviews is paid a visit from an author who may be new to some of you – Sara Marks, who just recently published a Persuasion modern-day retelling titled Modern Persuasion!  A new release that I’m looking forward to reading soon!  While chatting with Sara through emails, we discovered that we are both fond of making lists!  Since Sara is a list-maker, I asked if she would make one for dear Anne! 🙂  We hope you enjoy!

Top 10 Things I Love About Anne Elliot

1. Anne is not your typical middle child.  Instead of trying to grab any attention she can, she is thoughtful and measured.  I always felt she was more like the eldest child, Mary the middle child, and Elizabeth the spoiled youngest.

2. She sees and judges people on what she can observe about them, not on their status in society.

3. She loves Mary and tries to give her sister the attention she thinks Mary craves.

4. She sees Lady Russell as the next best thing to her mother, recognizing that sometimes you need a parent (especially when your living one refuses to act the role).

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May 032017
 

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Hello all you lovely Janeite friends!  I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have you in my life. 🙂

I ended up being so busy in April that I didn’t have as much time as I’d like to spend reading and blogging, and let me tell you I missed it bad.  Real bad.  It definitely showed me how much blogging and connecting with other Jane Austen/Austenesque lovers means to me!  I’m glad it is now May and I don’t have as much keeping me busy at the moment!

But what was I busy with in April you ask?

Well, we went on a trip to Southern California and it was amazing!!!  Completely amazing!  There is so much to do there and each day we got into something completely different!  And as always, I thought it might be fun to share our photos with you! 😉

In San Diego we spent some time visiting seals, riding horses and Segways, and feeding giraffes and rhinos!

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