Jul 082019
 

What If Elizabeth’s Lifestyle Habits Were A Little Different?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: Pride and Prejudice Variation

TIME FRAME: Begins at the Meryton Assembly

SYNOPSIS: What if Elizabeth wasn’t a great walker? What if the Bennet’s had a housekeeper, who grew up in America and specialized in making a variety of cookies and pastries? Not only does Mr. Darcy disparage Elizabeth’s appearance at the Meryton Assembly in this variation, but he specifically cites her weight and apparent lack of self-control to be the reasons she is found wanting in his eyes… (seriously not cool, Darcy!😡) Lizzy is determined to make some changes in her life, but these changes lead to some unexpected developments. And Mr. Darcy isn’t the only one to recognize Elizabeth’s worth and inner beauty… Continue reading »

Feb 062019
 

Six Sweet Stories of Splendidly Satisfying Romances

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Authors

After a very successful collaboration together on their first anthology – A Very Austen Christmas, I was so delighted to see that these authors have set forth again to deliver another holiday-themed collection of stories! And what is even better is that they added two more authors to their ranks! In A Very Austen Valentine six authors share tales filled with hilarious matchmaking schemes, adorable meet cutes, and tender moments of affection.

There are six stories in this collection ranging from 54 to 121 pages in length. I hope you find this breakdown helpful! Continue reading »

Jan 112019
 

Woot woot it is almost the weekend! And what better way to start my weekend the celebrate a new anthology release!! As you may have seen, I LOVE anthologies!! 😍And I love seasonal/holiday-inspired anthologies because thanks to these lovely authors you can celebrate the time of year with your reading, whatever the holiday may be! 🎄🌺🎃⛵️ What a great way to be in the spirit of the season! ❤️🥰 I’m so excited to see the Austen Anthologies series continue…(we thoroughly enjoyed their first short story collection – A Very Austen Christmas) and expand! Yay for new authors coming on board!

Today authors Laura Hile and Robin Helm stop by to share some tasty little samples of their novellas from their new anthology – A Very Austen Valentine!!

Here’s to Love, Happiness, and Friendship!

Love Makes the World Go Round is a song I sang as a young girl. How true this is! Romantic love is what Valentine’s Day is all about. But there is also friendship love. And friendship love is at the core of our A Very Austen anthologies. They are books built because of friendship.

As authors, we come from a variety of backgrounds (and even continents—Barbara lives in Ireland!). Even though most of us have not met in person, we are brought together by our love for Jane Austen and the Regency world of her novels.

Just like we are brought together with you!

The novellas in A Very Austen Valentine are each based on Jane Austen’s works. I find it remarkable that there is such diversity. Robin’s is pure romance, as adorable Elizabeth seeks to recapture her too-busy husband’s interest. Mandy’s is a sequel to Pride and Prejudice, combined with characters from Sense and Sensibility. Wendi and Barbara take our beloved Darcy and Elizabeth through “but-what-if” misunderstandings and adventures. Susan turns back the clock for Persuasion’s Anne and Captain Wentworth. And my novella? Oh dear, what can I say? I bring two of Jane Austen’s worst snobs together in a laughable Valentine mash-up.

I should add that the A Very Austen anthologies can be enjoyed by most any reader, from teen to grandma.

Just for you, I’ve written an extra scene from Sir Walter Takes a Wife. But wait, there’s more. We have an excerpt from Robin Helm’s romantic I Dream of You.

So grab a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy. Continue reading »