Oct 082018

Hello my dear friends!! I’m so very exited to welcome back author Jessie Lewis to Austenesque Reviews today! And I’m especially thrilled about this visit because it is part of the Rational Creatures Blog Tour celebration! (Rational Creatures will be released on October 15th!) Jessie Lewis is here to share about her contribution in this magnificent anthology (by the way, Jessie, we are so thrilled to see you taking part in a Quill Ink Collective anthology!! Writing about one of Jane Austen’s most infamous and selfish female characters, Jessie shares how she tackles Lady Susan Vernon! (I must say, I love that Lady Susan is included in this anthology and I am very eager to see her character fleshed out!)  We hope you enjoy Jessie’s post!

Thank you, Meredith, for having me back here on your wonderful blog to talk about Rational Creatures. The anthology celebrates Austen’s female characters and explores the ways in which they challenged the social mores of their time. One of Austen’s greatest achievements was creating characters who were all unique and yet each still drawn with great depth and complexity. Courage abides with timidity, servility with pride; indeed, all manner of vices and virtues are to be found intermingled Austen’s women.

Among them, Lady Susan is conspicuously and unrepentantly callous, with very little good to mitigate it. She is a widowed woman in possession of a handsome countenance, in desperate want of a good fortune. In her pursuit of it, she displays no regard for others’ feelings, very little shame and about as much maternal instinct as a chamber pot. All in all, not a woman doing much to advance society’s respect for women.

So, when Christina Boyd invited me to write a story for an Austen-inspired feminist anthology, I couldn’t resist the challenge of trying to account for Lady Susan’s journey to becoming the pithy, manipulative coquette we see in the eponymous novel. Continue reading »

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A VERY big thank you to Leslie Diamond for making a visit to Austenesque Reviews, I loved spending more time with the Lady Matlock and how wonderful that she answered so many of our questions!  I am even more excited about reading The Earl’s Conquest next month!

Also, thank you to Leslie for her generosity in sponsoring this giveaway!

Thank you to all of you who stopped by to read Leslie’s post and share your thoughts.  We loved hearing your opinions!  Your enthusiasm is awesome! Continue reading »

Aug 142012

In case you haven’t already heard, there is this MAGNIFICENT Indie Book Festival happening August 31st – September 2nd in Decatur, Georgia!

  • The Decatur Book Festival is the LARGEST Independent book festival in the nation
  • Hosts more than 300 authors who give readings, talks, and panel discussions
  • The DBF is FREE and open to the public

And WHY am I posting about DBF on my blog today, do you ask?  It must somehow have something to Jane Austen, right?  YES!  It does!  The Atlanta Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America has been hard at work and are arranging a FABULOUS gathering of Austenesque authors in their tents!

Here to share more about the Decatur Book Festival and Jane Austen related events is Barbara Tiller Cole, the program chairman and author liaison.

An Unprecedented 27 Austen Inspired Authors Participate This Labor Day Weekend in Decatur, GA

It is inherent in the truth of the matter that when you name your blog Darcyholic Diversions, you must be one yourself. The subheading of my blog states that if Darcy is the problem who wants a cure. That has certainly seemed to be the truth for me since I first saw the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice in 2001 on VHS while recovering from surgery. I don’t do things by half! I take my addiction seriously and hence have a blog and an upcoming book celebrating my condition. I recently recanted the foundation of my addiction, which I today call Darcyholism. If you would like to read more about it you can visit this post!

In celebration of this addiction, I have been honored to be the program chairman and author liaison for this Labor Day Weekend’s event. September 1 and 2 in Decatur, Georgia at the Decatur Book Festival an unprecedented number of Jane Austen Inspired authors will gather in tents sponsored by the Atlanta region of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA). Twenty-seven authors will either be there in person or participating as a remote author in the weekend events. My friend Jan Ashe is servicing as the event Chairman. Book readings and author signings will be a part of the weekend as well as a celebration of all things Austen. Three non-fiction authors will join with 24 fiction authors. Authors planning on participating include:

Abigail Reynolds, Regina Jeffers, Jack Caldwell,Maria Grace, Barbara Tiller Cole, Karen M Cox,Jennifer Petkus, William Deresiewicz, Robin Helm,Amy Cecil, Colette Saucier, Laura Dabundo, Cynthia Hensley, KaraLynne Mackrory and Pamela Aidan.

And Remote participants: Sally Smith O’Rourke, Linda Wells, Laura Hile,Shannon Winslow, Lory Lilian, Susan Mason-Milks,Amanda Grange, Sharon Lathan, Jan Hahn, Marsha Altman Lori Smith and Katie Baxley

We have a hotel room block available at the Emory Conference Center in Decatur for anyone that would like to come and attend and celebrate with us. Ask for the JASNA-Atlanta group rate. The festival events are to be held from 10 am–6:15 pm Saturday, ending with a main stage panel discussion with three of our authors attending the event: Abigail Reynolds, Regina Jeffers and William Deresewicz. Sunday’s schedule is from 12-6. There were also be social events in the evenings for any Jane Austen inspired fanatics who let us know that they are planning on attending ahead of time.

For more information, continue to refer to the DBF link on Darcyholic Diversions.

Oh. My. Goodness.  Doesn’t it sound wonderful?  And since Decatur, Georgia is only about a seven hour drive from Wilmington, North Carolina I am going to make the drive down!  I am beside myself with excitement!  To see so many of my favorite authors, listen to them speak, and actually meet some of them?  Wow!  What an amazing opportunity, right?

I’m also super excited because I will meet (for the first time!) Jakki Leatherberry and Angie Kroll, my brilliant and creative friends who are helping me pull-off Austenesque Extravaganza this year!  Having only talked to them via phone, email, text, and skype, it will be such a special treat to meet them in person and give them a hug!

Are any of YOU making the drive? (If you live in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, or Tennessee you should definitely consider it!) If so, I would love to meet you!  Let me know in the comment section and maybe we can try and meet up!