Jan 062019
 

Hi friends!! I hope you are enjoying a great weekend! I am very excited to welcome back author Karen Cox to Austenesque Reviews today! Karen is gearing up to release an audiobook for her lovely Emma retelling –  I Could Write a Book. Which I read (and loved) last year! Karen is here today sharing a lovely interview between herself and her audiobook’s narrator – Emily Rahm! We hope you enjoy!! 

Hello gentle readers!

I’m so happy to be back here at Austenesque Reviews. Thanks for inviting me, Meredith!

I’m stopping by because I have some exciting news—an audiobook version of my 1970s Emma adaptation, titled I Could Write a Book, is available on the Amazon, Apple Books and Audible platforms!

I Could Write a Book tells the story of Emma Woodhouse—handsome, clever, and rich, as we all know, right? She’s the daughter of old money in Kentucky Bluegrass Horse Country, circa 1975. Emma considers herself a modern woman; she’s finishing her degree in psychology and taking care of her father’s health problems with grace and ease. She knows what’s right for everyone: her friend Tim Elton, who wants to be a politician; her beloved aunt, Nina Taylor; her brand new best friend, Mary Jo Smith; and even her oldest, bestest friend, George Knightley.

George, whose brother is married to Emma’s sister, has also been in and out of Emma’s life, even when they were kids. He went across the country to California for college, but he returned, attending law school in Kentucky and trying to fulfill his destiny—running the Knightley and Woodhouse law firm and managing the sprawling Donwell Horse Farms.

I loved writing the comedy of manners in the insular, mannerly community of Central Kentucky in the 70s. It’s the perfect story for an audiobook rendering, and that’s why I’m so thrilled to introduce you all today to Emily Rahm, I Could Write a Book ‘s narrator.

Emily and I sat down recently to discuss voice over work, how acting helps with story narrations, and why Emma ? It was so much fun to chat with her, so I wanted to share the conversation with all of you as well. Continue reading »

Dec 202018
 

Hi friends!! As you may have noticed, I’ve been enjoying my fair share of Christmas reads this month! I think it will become a new tradition for me! 🙂 Which is great, because there are some holiday reads that came out this year that I won’t be able to fit in this month, but most definitely want to read next December, like Anngela Schroder’s new holiday novella – An Unexpected Merry Gentleman! This sounds like such a charming and lovely story! Check out this cute interview Anngela put together! 

Meredith, thank you so much for having me on Austenesque Review today. It has been a whirlwind of a month, and I am grateful you found the time to squeeze me in to share my Christmas release with your readers. An Unexpected Merry Gentleman is a lighthearted read set at Netherfield for the Christmas holiday. Darcy and Georgiana are there by circumstances they can’t control, and he is forced to face his budding feelings for Elizabeth. I introduced a few new characters in the story, Mr. Bingley’s Aunt––Mrs. Taylor, and the most delightful additions––the Gardiner’s children, Miss Victoria Gardiner and Miss Emily Gardiner, both miniatures in both looks and personalities to their older cousins Jane and Elizabeth Bennet.

Darcy is charmed by the young girls, most noticeably by Emily, who returns the affection. I hope it’s alright, but I asked both the Miss Gardiners to join us today for a brief interview? They are on the way to the park with their Nanny, but were going to stop by to say hello. Oh, here they are. Continue reading »

Dec 142018
 

Happy Friday, friends! I’m so excited to kick-off the week with a special cover reveal of Don Jacobson’s long-awaited next installment in The Bennet Wardrobe series – The Avenger: Thomas Bennet and a Father’s Lament!!! If you are new to this series, it is a series that focuses on the Bennet family, who have the ability to travel forward in time through the mystical properties of the Bennet Wardrobe! So far, this series has taken members of the Bennet family to various different time periods where they encounter not only famous historical figures, but also beloved characters from other novels! I am excited about Don’s newest release because it focuses on two characters we don’t often see in the spotlight – Mr. and Mrs. Bennet!

~ Book Description ~

(expected release date: December 25th)

Bennet looked at his wife’s swollen lips, softly bruised from several deeply loving kisses, and her flushed complexion, as alluring when gracing the countenance of a woman of four-and-forty as that of a girl of nine-and-ten. He was one of the lucky few to have fallen in love with the same woman at both ages.

Thomas Bennet, Master of Longbourn, had always counted himself amongst the few educated gentlemen of his acquaintance. But, he had to travel over 120 years into the future to discover how little he knew about the woman sharing his life.

Once again, the amazing Bennet Wardrobe proved to be the schoolmaster. Tom Bennet’s lesson? Mrs. Bennet had been formed especially for him. Yet, t’would be the good lady herself who taught him the power of the Fifth and Sixth Loves: Redemption and Forgiveness.

Fanny Bennet also would uncover deep wells of courage and inspiration as she stood by her man’s side in the bleak years after World War II. Together they would lead their descendants in pursuit of the beast who had wronged every member of the Five Families.

The Bennet Wardrobe series stands alone

The Avenger takes us on a new journey through The Bennet Wardrobe – an alternate universe rising from Don Jacobson’s vivid imagination and based upon the immortal Pride and PrejudiceThe Avenger is another important step leading to the culmination of this enchanting trip: one that has drawn us into its reality to travel side-by-side with richly sketched characters. Each book has left us wanting more.

The Bennet Wardrobe series stands alone as a unique result of originality focused on beloved characters as they move—and grow—through surprising plotlines.

Lory Lilian, author of Rainy Days Continue reading »