Feb 222011

Get Ready to Sink Your Teeth into Another Exhilarating Adventure with Jane and Byron!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Our dear Jane (Austen) Fairfax is suffering from writers’ block. She was supposed to have her new novel on her editor’s desk six months ago, and while she keeps telling him that it’s almost done, the truth is she has barely three chapters written – three chapters which, by the way, are complete rubbish. Why can’t Jane write? Is it because Lord Byron has been keeping her busy with learning new vampire arts, like becoming invisible? Or is it because her first novel, Constance, is being adapted for film and Hollywood chose to shoot the movie in her hometown, Brakeston, New York, of all places? Or maybe it has something to do with Jane’s boyfriend, Walter, has started talking about marriage and has announced that his mother is coming for an extended stay. Maybe Jane’s lack of productivity is the result of these three factors and more…

If you thought Jane’s life was chaotic in Jane Bites Back… buckle up and hold on… because this ride is even more intense! In Jane Goes Batty, we are introduced several new detestable and deliciously irritating antagonists. The first one is Walter’s mother (the potential mother-in-law). Like most mother-in-laws, Miriam Ellenberg does her best to make Jane feel terrified and on edge, especially when she cryptically states “I know what you are…” Another antagonist is Jessica Abernathy, Jane’s new editor. Jessica is a loathsome creature who is manipulative, belittles Jane in front of other authors, and accuses her of having no talent! Other antagonists include an intrusive and pesky book reviewer and Jane’s vampire nemesis, Charlotte Brontë, or as Jane calls her, Our Gloomy Friend. With enemies like this, Jane is going to need a lot of friends… Continue reading »

Mar 022010

More Parody Than Paranomal

1st Time Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
2nd Time Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Giveaway Win

Since Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford is my first foray into the world of Jane Austen vampire and zombie mash-ups, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Would it be too gruesome? Too graphic? Too horrific? No, I’m very happy to say it wasn’t! Yes, Jane Austen is a vampire, a member of the “undead,” and must feast on human blood every so often in order to survive, but that is not the focus of this novel.

Jane (Austen) Fairfax lives a quiet life as a bookstore owner in Brakeston, New York with her intelligent yet sometimes impertinent assistant, Lucy; friend/male suitor, Walter Fletcher; her cat, Tom; and Constance, an unpublished manuscript, that has been rejected 116 times. Our dear Jane is despondent and exasperated that she is finding no success publishing her novel while items like Jane Austen finger puppets and The Jane Austen Workout Book are selling like hotcakes in her store. She fully intends to give up on trying to publish her manuscript when one publishing company finally makes her offer! Jane is elated that someone appreciates and loves her work again but now faces the challenge of retaining her anonymity throughout the arduous publishing process. Things get even more complicated when a certain vampire from her past shows up (the one that turned her into a vampire) and threatens to kill or “turn” Jane’s closest friends! Continue reading »