Jul 122019
 

Hi dear friends! I’m so excited to welcome Heather Moll – a special debut author – to Austenesque Reviews today! I was so excited to see that Heather is publishing her first book with Meryton Press! Especially so because she was a long-time reader and participant on my blog. (Heather, I looked it up, your first comment here was in August 2011!) I think it is so awesome that we’ve “known” each other for so long and that now you are visiting my blog as an author!! Congrats, my friend! I’m thrilled and honored to host your cover reveal today!

~ From the Author ~

Thank you so much Meredith for hosting a cover reveal for His Choice of a Wife and for letting me visit with your readers. I’ve been a fan of this blog for years and it gives me a thrill—mixed with a healthy amount of butterflies in my stomach—to be on this side of one of your posts. I’ve loved Jane Austen for fifteen years and have been writing about her characters for almost as long, so I am very proud to share my first story with all of you.

This project began years ago as a quiet little hobby to occupy me as a new stay-at-home mom, but it grew into something much more! What started as a short story— that I still wasn’t certain I would let anyone read— quickly moved beyond what needed to happen to get a still-improving Darcy and Elizabeth together sooner after Hunsford. What if Wickham suspects Darcy’s interest? What could happen in Brighton? What else could go wrong before the inevitable happy ever after?

This Austen and JAFF community has brought a lot of joy into my life and I’m so happy to contribute something of my own and share it and its gorgeous cover with my fellow Austenesque Admirers here today! Continue reading »

Jul 102019
 

Hello friends! Yesterday, author Beau North celebrated her long-awaited, much-anticipated release of The Colonel. Which is a companion novel to her magnificent, IPPY-winning Pride and Prejudice retelling – Longbourn’s Songbird – a story we think is just phenomenal, and is one of our favorites (see: HERE, HERE and HERE!)

Today Beau is sharing the fascinating real-life inspiration for some of the characters/relationships that appear in both stories. We hope you enjoy!

Hello Austenesque Reviews readers and a big thanks to you, Meredith, for hosting me today!

It’s so exciting for me to finally share my favorite elements of The Colonel after so many years of writing and rewriting this book! One aspect of both this book and Longbourn’s Songbird that I’m most proud of is one relationship in particular, so fair warning if you haven’t read Longbourn’s Songbird, spoilers abound!

Pride may be over for this year, but it’s never too late to discuss the queer love story that serves as the backbone for both books. Charlotte and Anne are probably my favorite couple, two women who both know their own mind, who move heaven and earth to get what they want and to make the other happy. They’re the other side of the Elizabeth/Darcy coin in Longbourn’s Songbird. Continue reading »

Jul 082019
 

What If Elizabeth’s Lifestyle Habits Were A Little Different?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins at the Meryton Assembly

SYNOPSIS: What if Elizabeth wasn’t a great walker? What if the Bennet’s had a housekeeper, who grew up in America and specialized in making a variety of cookies and pastries? Not only does Mr. Darcy disparage Elizabeth’s appearance at the Meryton Assembly in this variation, but he specifically cites her weight and apparent lack of self-control to be the reasons she is found wanting in his eyes… (seriously not cool, Darcy!😡) Lizzy is determined to make some changes in her life, but these changes lead to some unexpected developments. And Mr. Darcy isn’t the only one to recognize Elizabeth’s worth and inner beauty… Continue reading »