Apr 192019
 

Hi readers! I hope you all are enjoying a lovely week! I’m so sorry for being MIA, we’ve been camping in a place that has no internet or cell service! 🏕Talk about roughing it! 😮 But I am happy to pop in today and share this wonderful visit from our friend Lory Lilian!! As you may have seen Lory has a new book coming out soon (in 7 days to be precise!) 🤗 and we are so excited to learn more about her latest work! We hope you enjoy the enticing excerpt Lory has brought to share with you today!

Hello everyone! I am so happy to be here again! Visiting Meredith’s blog is always a pleasure and what better opportunity than presenting you my new book?

It is called A Trifling Cold and is already available for pre-order, on a special price. I confess I made this “pre-order” thing for the first time, after I asked the readers and they were 99 % in favor of it LOL.

Since we last met, I made some critical changes in my life. Some of them related to my writing, as I decided to put all my other jobs on a second plan and to write full time! So I finally worked on long started stories, long resting ideas and I hope to be able to publish much more often than in the past. (I have to since I am trying to make a living from my writing, right?)

In the future, I plan to try other genres too – but JAFF is my hobby, my passion, my escape in a dream world, so it will undoubtedly remain my main focus. I cannot have enough of Elizabeth and Darcy! Continue reading »

Apr 162019
 

A Charming and Compact Compilation of Helpful Hints!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

There are have been many readers and writers who have turned to Jane Austen’s words for guidance. Through her characters, her quotes, and her letters Jane Austen has left us with a fair amount of wisdom mixed in with her satirical wit and depictions of Regency country life. Even though times have changed, and there are societal and cultural divides, Jane Austen’s words and gentle tutelage can be useful for modern-day heroines no matter what century they live in. I guess Jane Austen was quite proficient at sharing universal truths!

In this elegant and exquisitely handsome handbook, Sophie Andrews shares what lessons she has learned from Jane Austen – important lessons about being confident, having patience, and refraining from jealousy or impetuous behavior. The individual passages that highlight lessons of friendship, love, happiness, and the role of women are succinct and well-written. I really appreciated the concluding reminders at the end that truly helped the reader “Be More Jane.” While many of the lessons were not new for me, it was very satisfying to discover the ways I have already learned to be more Jane in my life. I firmly believe Jane Austen deserves large credit for shaping my behavior and outlook. 😉 Continue reading »

Apr 122019
 

I have a special treat for you today, readers!  Meryton Press author, C. P. Odom is stopping in for a visit and chat about his newest release, Perilous Seige!  As you may have already learned, this new Pride and Prejudice variation includes an original character by the name of Major Edward McDunn. Colin has prepared a very lovely interview between Major McDunn and his granddaughter! We hope you enjoy!

Good morning, Meredith and thank you for hosting my character interview on your blog. It’s great to be here at Austenesque Reviews.

Today I am sharing an interview based on my latest release, Perilous Siege. I had a lot of fun writing this story and this interview takes readers behind the scenes for a more in-depth view of Edward McDunn, one of the leading characters in this story.

So let’s head back to 1864 for this exclusive interview…

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Date: November 20, 1864

Location: Pemberley vaults, Pemberley family estate, Derbyshire, Imperial Commonwealth of Great Britain

Note: The following is the second of a series of interviews conducted between Edward McDunn and Virginia Fitzwilliam. The in-depth interviews were ordered by Elizabeth Darcy, the director of Imperial Intelligence, to document the role played by her immediate family in the establishment of the Empire. While the outside world considered the Darcys, the McDunns, and the Fitzwilliams nothing more than significant figures among many from those early days, Mrs. Darcy had more information and had for long—among inner family circles only—referred to those six as “The Founders.” She believed it important to capture their special memories and opinions for posterity, though the interview records would be restricted to inner family members and maintained in the carefully guarded and newly constructed family vaults deep beneath Pemberley. Since she believed Major McDunn had played possibly the dominant role in those critical events, she deemed it especially critical to capture his recollections and opinions to the fullest extent possible. Accordingly, she assigned the task to one of her operatives who was also the granddaughter of McDunn. Mrs. Darcy believed Virginia Fitzwilliam might be able to elicit more information from the usually taciturn McDunn than would normally be the case. Continue reading »