Feb 112019
 

Hi friends! I’m so excited to welcome author Jessie Lewis to my blog today! I’ve so loved everything I’ve read by Jessie Lewis (for proof see: here and here) and I almost was lucky enough to meet up with her when I was in England last year (don’t worry, Jessie, we will make it happen next time for sure!) Jessie is visiting today to share a special announcement, and I hope you are as excited by it as I am!!

From the Author

Thank you, Meredith, for welcoming me back to Austenesque Reviews. Many of your readers are familiar with the novel I’m talking about today — Mistaken was kindly voted one of your readers’ favourite Austenesque novels in 2017 and one of your own favourites for 2018.

I am here to let your readers know that, after a short hiatus, Mistaken is once more available as an ebook on Amazon, both to purchase and via the Kindle Unlimited programme. It’s had a bit of a make-over and has a few extended and a few new scenes, plus a new epilogue. Other than that, in essentials, it is very much what is ever was, which I hope will please those who enjoyed it and wish to read it again on KU. Continue reading »

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 »

Oct 032018
 

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Hi friends! Flo came and took September away from us here in the Carolinas and now I feel a month behind! LOL! Although, I do like the feeling of starting a new month – it feels like a good time to get organized and reset a little….and leave the past month behind!

Aside from running from a hurricane and restoring our lives, jobs, and town back to normal after the storm, the highlights of September include: the three evacu-cation days we spent in Winston-Salem.

It would have been awesome if we evacuated to England, but funnily enough we found this bit of England right at our hotel in Winston-Salem!! Continue reading »