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 »

Jan 042019
 

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Happy 2019 sweet friends! I hope the year is treating you well so far! Or are you like me and still recovering/catching up from the holidays?

Mr. Bingley and had an eventful holiday season…aside from the usual holiday busyness and busier month at our jobs (for both of us!)…we also did a little bit of traveling and now have some of Mr. Bingley’s cousins staying at our home for a visit!

Our travels took us back to a place we love to visit…New York City!

And while in NYC we enjoyed some of our favorite places…in addition to some of our most favorite places to eat!

One of the places we love to visit frequently in NYC is Central Park…and this is the first time we’ve been ice skating there…(and the first time we’ve been ice skating in like 15 years)!! And good news…neither of us fell! 🙌🏼

And does anyone recognize the significance of this building? It is so disappointing that there isn’t a Central Perk near it though! ☕️ Continue reading »

Dec 132017
 

Matchmaking, Mistletoe, and Christmas Magic with Jane Austen’s Characters!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

I’ve enjoyed so many Austen-Inspired anthologies these past few years and yet, I still beg for more! 😉 I was elated when I saw the authors featured in this collection; I’ve read and loved several works by each author, and I know they are one talented and imaginative group! In addition, I love that this anthology features stories set during the Christmas season – don’t you love seeing Jane Austen’s characters celebrate the holidays and and witness their Christmas traditions? I love Regency Christmases! (No commercialism there!)

There are four stories in this collection ranging from 20 to 79 in length. I hope you find this breakdown helpful! Continue reading »