Jul 162018
 

Happy Monday, readers! I am very excited to welcome author Rosalie Stanton to Austenesque Reviews today! While Rosalie has several books under her belt already, she published her first Pride and Prejudice inspired story a few months ago – A Higher Education. (Which I am currently devouring and reviewing later this week!) Since Rosalie was a new-to-me author I asked her to share a little about herself, her writing, and what inspired A Higher Education. I hope you enjoy learning about her as much as I did!!

I cut my writing teeth on fanfic.

That used to be something no serious author would admit. When I was writing it, it was that shameful, dirty secret I kept to myself. I’d be introduced to new friends as an “avid writer” by those who knew me, and while this was true, it often provoked the uncomfortable question: “What do you write?”

How, exactly, do you announce that you write Buffy fanfic? Specifically, Buffy fanfic in the Spuffy (Spike/Buffy) subfandom, and there is lots and lots of sex?

Answer: you don’t. You smile and say, “Paranormal. With vampires.”

When I say I cut my writing teeth on fanfic, I mean it. I’ve been a writer since I knew how to hold a pencil. In my youth, I’d steal scratchpads from my grandparents’ print shop and doodle flip-book-style stories. I filled countless spiral notebooks with longhand YA stories I was sure would actually be published one day. When my mother broke down and supplied our first computer—a piece of ancient alien technology that was ready to be put to pasture by the time it landed in our home—I taught myself how to type. I learned about spaces after periods. I wrote epic-long Star Wars stories (which I thought I could publish, because the EU was a thing). I wrote a combination of short horror stories, novel-length fantasy, and the occasional piece of lofty Mortal Kombat fanfic (Liu Kang/Kitana were my jam).

When I was fourteen, though, and after our dinosaur computer had been exchanged for something with internet capabilities, I discovered that people actually published stories set in established universes online. Continue reading »

Jul 092018
 

Happy Monday, friends! I can’t think of a better way to start the week than to share the lovely cover of Cat Gardiner’s long-expected release of In Good Conscience!!! If you are new to this series, it is an exhilarating adventure and epic romance where a modern-day Darcy is an ex-SEAL assassin contracted by the CIA who meets a vulnerable and manipulated Lizzy Bennet while out on a mission and they embark on a dangerous and thrilling journey from there!  It has been wonderful to see Iceman’s and Lakmé’s adventures continue after the first book – Denial of Conscience , I cannot wait to see what is in store in this latest adventure!!

~ From the Author ~

Hi, everyone! I’m so honored and excited to visit with Meredith and her Austenesque Reviews community of friends and avid readers. Thank you all for stopping by for the In Good Conscience cover reveal. I hope to kick off a little excitement for the book release that will be a white-knuckle summer read.

 

Of all the covers in The Conscience Series, I adore this last one the most, and I hope you like it as well! While I never intended to write one, let alone two and a half, sequels to Denial of Conscience, it’s been an incredible ride with one of the hottest men I’ve written: Iceman. It turned out that so many readers adored this particular contemporary, alpha-male Fitzwilliam Darcy. Harley Davidson biker, former SEAL, idealistic (yet tormented) government-sanctioned assassin, and the great protector of Elizabeth had them asking for more and thank you for that!!!! He may give her wings to fly (on the back of her own Harley) but he is always the protector. And she is always his number one focus.

So here we are, book three in The Conscience Series: In Good Conscience, The Final Adventure, set to release shortly. It will be a full novel of 100k+ words and available in Nook and Kindle e-books, 6×8 paperback, and eventually offered in a Kobo e-book bundle titled: Conscience Rising for readers new to the series who wish to binge read on all 3 ½ books!

Thank you again Meredith for hosting the cover reveal! Now, let’s get on and ride! Vroom-vroom. Continue reading »

Jun 272018
 

Happy Wednesday, friends!!! As you may already be already be unquestionably aware, I am a huge fan of the Holidays with Jane series!  Jane Austen inspired short stories that celebrate holidays and seasons, what could be a better combination?!? Hmm….maybe the amazing team of authors that created the stories in this collection? 😉

I had this wish of being able to do a group interview with these authors that I admire so much and I’m happy to say it came true!! Jennifer Becton, Melissa Buell, Rebecca Fleming, Jessica Grey, Nancy Kelley, and Kimberly Truesdale were so kind to chat with me and answer my questions! It is my first time doing a group interview/discussion like this, we hope you enjoy!!

Meredith: For my first questions I’d like ask how did it all begin? What inspired the idea of Holidays with Jane?

Jennifer: It all began with Jess and Melissa….

Kimberly: HWJ started for me with a text from Jess going “So… I had this crazy idea…” She and Indie Jane had been so supportive of my first Austenesque book that I jumped on board. I couldn’t resist the chance to write in such excellent company.

Jessica: Melissa and I were talking about working on a modern Pride and Prejudice adaptation together…sometime in the middle of 2014 Melissa pitched the idea of us writing a modern Austen Christmas short story together that year. I thought it would be fun to do a collection and there weren’t many collections that included EVERY Austen novel, so we brainstormed what a collection like that could look like and what authors we wanted involved. I roped in Jennifer, Cecilia, Rebecca, Kimberly – all of whom IndieJane.org had reviewed and had guest post…and who hadn’t published before because I was so excited to read her takes on the stories. It honestly was supposed to be a one off Christmas collection, but then we kept dreaming up new and exciting ways to kill ourselves and thought it would be cool to have 6 collections, cause who doesn’t want to say they’ve adapted ALL of Austen’s major novels? I hope I am remembering this the same way Melissa does! (Side Note: a LOT of my texts to Kimberly start: So…I had this crazy idea…and they usually end with NEVER LET ME DO THIS AGAIN) Continue reading »