Aug 192015


Hello readers!  I am very happy to welcome the lovely Shannon Winslow back to Austenesque Reviews today!  If you have not read any of Shannon’s stories, they are simply wonderful and you need to check them out with all possible hasteMiss Georgiana of Pemberley - blog tour banner (1) (especially Return to Longbourn and The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen – my two favorites!).  Today Shannon is here to talk about her latest novel, Miss Georgiana Darcy of Pemberley.  I hope you greatly enjoy her post!

As soon as Meredith invited me to be her guest on the book tour for Miss Georgiana Darcy of Pemberley, I knew what I wanted to write about. Since both Meredith and Georgiana are accomplished at playing the piano, it seemed only right that this post should have a musical theme!

In this novel, I wanted to tell Georgiana’s story in much more depth than I had been able to in The Darcys of Pemberley. Before I could begin, however, I had some research to do. Although Pride and Prejudice was my original source, Jane Austen actually gives us very little information there. Beyond a general physical description (oh, and that unfortunate business with Mr. Wickham), about all we learn is that Mr. Darcy’s little sister is musical and painfully shy.

My imagination had to take over from there.

I intended this new book to go hand in hand with The Darcys of Pemberley – as a companion, a variation, this time from Georgiana’s point-of-view. It would be mostly new material, but the basic facts had to match. So what had I already written of Georgiana’s musical ability in the earlier book? I had said she was accomplished, that music was her emotional refuge, that she practiced faithfully, and that she often accompanied Elizabeth’s singing. Continue reading »

Aug 032015


Hello my dear readers and friends!  Happy August to you!

Mr. Bingley and I have some exciting news to impart about our future home!

You may remember me announcing that we were beginning to look/getting ready to buy our first home many months ago… Well, the process was long and very circuitous.  We had very complicated specifications from the get-go, had a hard time finding what we needed, and eventually changed our minds and altered our ideals…

Since we are so happy with our new studio space, we no longer have the need/desire to find a home that can accommodate our businesses (taking this out of the equation made the process a whole lot easier!!)

It is crazy to see look back and see the full journey! But the great news is it is finally happening! Continue reading »

Sep 122014

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000037_00034]Jane Austen and Her Captain

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

What if, after spending years of creating unions of perfect happiness and “marriages of true minds,” Jane Austen decided to pen a novel that closely mirrored her own experience with love?

What if Jane Austen had a great love affair where she experienced both undying, all-consuming love and heart-wrenching pain and disappointment?

What if Jane Austen’s last completed novel about lost love and second chances was more than just a little bit autobiographical?

Could you imagine it?!? How wonderful would it be to learn that our beloved authoress had known such love! To discover that someone appreciated, adored, and ardently admired her genius and person! While we may never know for sure the details of Jane Austen’s love life, it is always a merry diversion to imagine the possibilities…Crafting an alternative reality from known events and people in Jane Austen’s life and blending it with events and characters from Persuasion, Shannon Winslow creates a fantastic fictional tale of Jane Austen’s love affair with her very own Captain Wentworth that satisfyingly “reveals” the unknown love life of Jane Austen. Continue reading »