Nov 042016


Hi readers!  I am so very excited to welcome Cat Gardiner back to Austenesque Reviews today!!!  You may have noticed I adore her novels (see here and here if this is brand new information for you), and one of my favorites of hers is Denial of Conscience, her Austenesque spy/thriller with motorcycles, CIA assassins, and traveling around the world.  I’m so elated to see that Cat is continuing the story of Iceman and his Lakmé !!!

Happily ever after … le sigh. If only life was that perfect. It’s why we read romance, right? We go through an entire novel, sometimes at the edge of our seats, enduring angst and obstacles leading to true love, and we’re always waiting with baited breath for them to kiss, say “I love you,” maybe even go to bed. Maybe it fades to black but the curtain always closes with the final act: Happily Ever After.


We had that in Denial of Conscience. The stone-cold, impenetrable Darcy who couldn’t trust a woman and swore off relationships (never having had a real one anyway.) And then there was Liz, so sheltered and inexperienced with men, virtual doormat to her father. Heck she was willing to sacrifice her deeply hidden dream of Prince Charming and was set to marry a man she didn’t love to save her family homestead. So, we put these two very different people―who have some commonalities―together, send them on a dangerous quest, and watch the relationship grow. Most likely we encouraged them a few times with each page turn: “Kiss her!” “Carry her off to bed!” “Run away together!” Continue reading »

Nov 022016


You have got to be kidding me…it’s November?!?  Already? Ack!

We had a very exciting October!  It started with Hurricane Matthew (which thankfully wasn’t as bad as predicted) and ended the month with a family wedding and mini-holiday to Vermont!  Which was a new state for Mr. Bingley and I to visit together!


The wedding took place in this charming village called Grafton and the inn is where all the events of the wedding took place and all the wedding guests could stay on site too.  It was so lovely!!!  Felt like we were in another time!

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Jun 152016


Hello readers! I’m very excited to welcome back one of my favorite authors, Cat Gardiner, to Austenesque Reviews today! If you are unfamiliar with the captivating novels by Cat Gardiner, her specialty is Modern-day retellings and she is phenomenal at recreating our beloved couple and their story in new and inventive ways! (You really should pick one up if you haven’t already!)

Cat is here to celebrate not one but two new releases! That’s right, this talented Cat Gardinerauthor has kept herself super busy and has had two new releases come out in the last 8 weeks!!! The first is a 1950’s Austen noir/crime drama titled Undercover, the second is a World War II inspired romance, titled A Moment Forever.

I am so happy to be here, Meredith! Thank you for the invite and the generous compliments. I’m truly delighted that you enjoy my contemporary offerings in the JAFF community. But I gotta tell you … you’re one tough interviewer. I think I’m ready *puts shoulders back*.

Cat, I’m so excited to have you visit my blog and to have this opportunity to talk with you about your novels! For my first question, I would like to learn a bit about your approach to writing contemporary retellings of Pride and Prejudice. What I love most about your stories – besides the admirable, strong, and über sexy recreations of Lizzy and Darcy – is your creativity. You don’t deliver a scene-by-scene update of Pride and Prejudice in a different setting. You do so much more with the story and these characters, and it always feels fresh and new in your hands. Here’s the big question, Cat – how do you do it? Do you construct an outline ahead of time? Do your characters lead the way?  Continue reading »