Feb 082019
 

Hi friends! I’m so very excited to welcome back author Riana Everly to Austenesque Reviews today! Something I love about this author’s work is the unique angles and twists she gives her stories, and her latest release – Through A Different Lens – is no exception. I love that she created a story that explores Mr. Darcy having Asperger’s Syndrome! Riana is here to share more about the Mr. Darcy in her tale!

I am delighted to be here today, on the final day of my blog tour for Through a Different Lens. Thank you, Meredith, for hosting me.

In this novel, I have explored the possibility of Mr. Darcy having Asperger’s Syndrome, and of Eizabeth Bennet understanding him. Darcy is extremely intelligent and most capable, but has difficulties with some social interactions.

Now, I had hoped to spend some time talking about that gentleman, but I have been unexpectedly called away to attend to an unfortunate incident with a wrongly-accused damsel, a deceased clergyman, and some missing silverware. I hope you won’t mind if Mr. Darcy himself steps in to take my place. He has been working hard at his social skills, and might have a few words to offer about himself!

—Riana Continue reading »

Feb 042019
 

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Hi friends! I hope you have been enjoying a great 2019 so far! I’ve felt like it took me all month to get my act together! LOL! 😳 With holidays, family visits, and returning to work – I was perpetually behind on everything!

In January, we took the month off from traveling – not sure if it was intentional or unintentional. And instead enjoyed some fun activities and guests!

Our first guests were Mr. Bingley’s cousins who we met up with in NYC. 🗽

We enjoyed some extra time with them, and being able to take them to our favorite places and have them meet our friends. 🤗 Continue reading »

Mar 192018
 

Hi friends! Not too long ago I interviewed the lovely Riana Everly as she was celebrating her debut release, Teaching Eliza! Today Riana has kindly stopped by again for a visit as she is yet again celebrating another book release – The Assistant.  I’m so excited to learn more about this tale as it centers upon the Gardiners!!  I hope you enjoy this lovely post Riana put together!

Edward Gardiner – who is he, and how did he become the man he is?

Thank you, Meredith, for hosting me today. I am particularly thrilled to stop by Austenesque Reviews today, because this is the release day for my new novel, The Assistant: Before Pride and Prejudice. (Insert huge grin here!)

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I love all the Lizzy and Darcy stories —who doesn’t, after all—but I also love the stories that feature other members of the extended Bennet family and their friends. I have read some lovely continuations, or variations that focus on Lizzy’s sisters or her friend Charlotte. There are also stories that recount life in the Darcy household after the couple marry, and I’ve read some wonderful tales that propose some alternate histories for Mr. Bennet and his two eldest daughters. What there is not a lot of, however, is JAFF about Lizzy’s favourite aunt and uncle. I can only think of one other such offering: The Courtship of Edward Gardiner, by the amazingly talented Nicole Clarkston. (As a disclaimer, I first wrote The Assistant before she published her novel, so any similarities between these tales are purely coincidental!)

Well, as the saying goes, Edward Gardiner needs some love! In Pride and Prejudice, although Caroline Bingley disparages the Bennets’ London relations as “such low connections, when Mr. Darcy sees them at Pemberley, Elizabeth notes that “he takes them now for people of fashion,” and is relieved that “she had some relations for whom there was no need to blush.” She goes on to listen to her uncle, whose every sentence “marked his intelligence, his taste, or his good manners.” Continue reading »