Oct 122018
 

Happy Friday, friends! I am so excited to be kicking-off my weekend with a lovely visit from Victoria Kincaid! As you may already know, Victoria recently released a Pride and Prejudice variation titled When Jane Got Angry, which spotlights Jane Bennet and Mr. Bingley.  (Yay! You know I don’t mind seeing some Mr. Bingley!) In this premise Jane Bennet takes matters into her own hands while in London and seeks out Mr. Bingley. Attagirl, Jane! Today Victoria shares a little bit about her ideas for Mr. Bingley in this tale and an enticing excerpt from his point-of-view! We hope you enjoy!

Hi Meredith! Thank you so much for having me back as a guest! When I first started writing,
When Jane Got Angry, I was thinking about it as a book about…well, Jane Bennet getting angry. But I also wanted to write scenes from Bingley’s point of view. I realized that Bingley, of course, has his own reasons to be angry. And I knew that I needed to give him a chance to explore that anger so he could grow as a character in the same way that Jane does.

In some ways it was harder to have Bingley find his anger, in part because he bears some responsibility for his separation from Jane; he allowed himself to be persuaded to leave Hertfordshire while Jane suffers as a consequence of someone else’s decisions. But Bingley has also been deceived by his sisters and Darcy, so he experiences betrayal by the people closest to him. In P&P we are led to believe that Darcy confesses his deception and Bingley readily forgives him. Continue reading »

Sep 262018
 

Happy Wednesday, everyone!! I’m very excited to welcome author Lizzy Brandon to Austenesque Reviews today! You may remember I read her first release – Folly and Forgiveness (and loved it!!!!) earlier this year! I’m so excited she is here celebrating her newest release – Recognizing Love! It sounds like an emotional and exhilarating read! Today, Lizzy shares a little about her experience writing Recognizing Love and an adorable scene (talking about Mr. Darcy, not Mrs. Bennet!) from her latest story.

Writing Recognizing Love taught me that books are like children in that each one is unique in ways you can’t anticipate, and that what worked for one may not work next time.

Last summer I was in the midst of hating my job and decided that I had nothing to lose by trying to write a book and seeing if writing could be a new career the way I had always dreamed. My first book, Folly and Forgiveness, took me three months from start to finish, so I assumed I could do that again. This time I would know what I was doing, so the process should actually be easier (stop laughing at me, all of you authors who know better). I had not realized how much of my first book I had worked out in my head long before I ever considered writing a word. Note to hopeful writers-to-be: your second book will not be easier than your first book. Continue reading »

Sep 192018
 

There are a lot of things I’m excited about with today’s author feature –

  1. It is a brand new author, Belén Paccagnella
  2. She is from Argentina
  3. Her debut book is a modern-day Pride and Prejudice with an equestrian theme
  4. And lastly, it is being published by Meryton Press!!

Today Belén is sharing a lovely vignette from her story, Obstacles. We hope you enjoy!

Thank you, Meredith, for hosting me during the tour for my book, Obstacles. This scene is titled, Home for the Weekend, which is a scene inspired by a picture that somehow up ended in Darcy’s phone. I hope your readers have fun reading it!

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“Margaret!” Darcy called on entering the house. “I’m home!”

“Hi, Will!” It was Georgiana who came to greet him. “She’s out on an errand. I thought you were at Rosings.”

“Richard travelled to London so I preferred to come home for the weekend.” He dropped his bag on the floor and gave his little sister a tight hug. “And I thought you’d be in Manchester.”

“The girls are coming over tonight, and we’re going to the pub. They’ll stay for the weekend.”

“What girls?” He frowned as they walked together to the family room.

“Bridget and Roxanne, you know them.”

“Yes, I do,” he said with a smirk. “One of them passed out on my bed on your eighteenth birthday.”

“Yeah, Bridget. “ Georgiana smiled with fondness at the memory. “That was a great party.”

Darcy’s memories of that time weren’t as merry. The party spiralled out of control when the ‘girls’ smuggled tons of liquor into the house, and Pemberley was raided by an army of sloshed youths. That had been the start of the one of the worst weeks of his life. The following day, after cleaning up the mess, he drove to Devonshire and found Miss D nearly dead in her stall. Continue reading »