Aug 102018
 

Happy Friday, readers! Need help starting the weekend off right? How about an enticing excerpt from Ann Galvia’s newest release What’s Past is Prologue (such an Elizabeth Bennet kind of mantra, isn’t it?) Which sounds like an interesting Pride and Prejudice variation. I’m looking forward to reading it especially as Side by Side, Apart was one of my favorite reads of 2017!!! Ann is here today to share an enticing excerpt from her new story! We hope you enjoy!

To set the scene: Elizabeth has learned of a painting of Pemberley that hangs in the gallery at Rosings. She has asked Darcy to show it to her as a bonding activity.

“I must warn you, it is not any grand work. It is an amateur effort painted by my mother soon after her marriage.”

Elizabeth’s interest had already been secured, but this charming origin caused it to grow. “Even better! As a new bride myself, I hope I can understand your mother’s feelings about her home.”

Darcy led her to the gallery where the likenesses of Sir Lewis de Bourgh’s antecedents hung intermixed with landscapes and pieces the family had purchased. Continue reading »

Aug 062018
 

Happy Monday, my friends! I am so excited to welcome author Elizabeth Adams to Austenesque Reviews today! I’ve been a longtime fan of Elizabeth Adams’s work and I have especially enjoyed catching up on her wonderful recent releases – Green Card and On Equal Ground – these past months. Elizabeth is here to celebrate her newest release, The 26th of November, which sounds like such an entertaining read since it seems Elizabeth is reliving the day of the Netherfield Ball in a Groundhog Day-like situation! We hope you enjoy this excerpt from The 26th of November!

“Lizzy, Mr. Collins would like to speak with you.” She shoved Elizabeth into the drawing room and closed the door quickly behind her.

Elizabeth looked around the empty room and flinched when she saw her cousin standing by the fireplace. She had forgotten this happened the day after the ball. Oh, well. She would just have to suffer through his insulting proposal and refuse him once again. Then she would think of something to prevent the Netherfield party from leaving the following day.

Mr. Collins began speaking, she knew not what of but it was clearly not a proposal yet. She caught the name of his noble patroness in his rambling speech and decided she would try her newfound talent for changing the course of events on her cousin. Continue reading »

Jul 272018
 

Happy Friday, readers! I’m so very excited to start the weekend with a visit from author Victoria Kincaid, who just released a new Pride and Prejudice variation ten days ago titled – The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy. And it sounds quite like an action-packed adventure for Our Dear Couple! Check out what Victoria learned about being a spy during the Napoleonic Wars and read a teasing excerpt from The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy!

Thank you for having me as a guest, Meredith! When I set about to write an actual spy story set in Napoleonic France, I decided to do some research on real espionage of the era. British and French spies pop up all over Regency romances all the time, and I was curious how accurate these depictions were. To my surprise, I discovered that there’s a shocking dearth of research on the topic. You can find out anything you want to know about the various battles of the Napoleonic wars and what the soldiers wore or shot, but information about actual espionage activities is hard to find.

I did discover one researcher who had written extensively about British espionage, and her research surprised me; the history of British espionage was quite different than I had assumed. There was a lot less cloak and dagger and a lot more suborning of people in authority. Continue reading »