Dec 262018
 

An Informative Reference to Regency Christmastide Celebrations and Recipes

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Gift

Isn’t it wonderful when two things you love are combined? Like Jane Austen and Christmas? 🙂 I love reading Jane Austen-Inspired Christmas stories, and I am so happy that so many new ones are coming out each year! But in addition to decking the halls at Longbourn, sleigh riding at Pemberley, or seeing Mr. Darcy encounter the Ghost of Christmas Past, I love learning the real practices and traditions of how Christmas was celebrated during the Regency era. I’ve previously read two books that canvassed traditions of the Christmas season during Jane Austen’s time – Jane Austen’s Christmas: The Festive Season in Georgian England by Maria Hubert and A Jane Austen Christmas by Carlo DeVito, and both while enlightening in some aspects had a fair amount that disappointed or dissatisfied. Continue reading »

May 252018
 

Hi friends!  I love it when authors come up with creative twists and additions to our beloved Pride and Prejudice, don’t you? One author who really has a penchant for coming up with truly unique angles and alterations is Maria Grace. And as you might have already heard she has created a series that crosses Jane Austen’s characters with dragons!!! I know! I know. I was a little wary at first about this idea, but having read the preview of the first book, Pemberley: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon I see how fascinating it all is! I already know I’m going to enjoy this completely original take on Pride and Prejudice! On the fence yourself? Read how Maria came up with this idea and all the clever threads she has tied together!

The Myth and the Mashup

Meredith, thanks so much for hosting me today. It’s always such a pleasure to get to visit with you. Through the years I’ve developed a bit of a reputation for being willing to put very different spins on Jane Austen’s stories and characters. That hasn’t changed with my newest series. In fact, I think it kicks it up a notch.

And with that rather dubious introduction, I’m utterly tickled to announce that the Pride and Prejudice arc of my Jane Austen’s Dragons series is complete with the release of Netherfield: Rogue Dragon. Now wait, I can hear you muttering and rolling your eyes, “Dragons? Really? Seriously—dragons? Why—just why?”

You’re not the first to roll their eyes at me and mutter that, expecting an answer like “Because zombies, vampires and werewolves have already been done.” And while that is utterly true, and the sort of thing I might say if you caught me at just the right—or wrong—moment, it isn’t a very good answer. Continue reading »

May 022018
 

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Hi friends! Do you know what happened to April?!? I swear, it was just getting started…did we only do half of April this year??? Oh boy, I hope May doesn’t do the same and go by in a blur! I love May because it is the start of warmer beach weather and I usually start going to the beach around this time. (Although now with Mr. Bingley’s truck we have been going to the beach whenever…even in January and February.)

Have I told you he named his truck Ernie?  Can you guess why? 😉

At first all I thought we did in April was catch-up on work after our England and Ireland trip and prepare for my studio’s student recitals (which were this past Saturday!) Continue reading »