Mar 102017

Hello readers!  I am very happy to welcome the lovely Shannon Winslow back to Austenesque Reviews today!  Shannon is the author of several fantastic Austenesque stories (The Darcys of Pemberley, Return to Longbourn, The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen) to name a few!  And today Shannon is here to talk about her newest series, Crossroads Collection, which has some fantastical elements in it!  I hope you greatly enjoy her post!

Fulfilling the Fantasy

What Jane Austen fan hasn’t at least once entertained a fantasy about waking up in Regency England, another Lizzy Bennet destined for her own Mr. Darcy? I have! That’s sort of what my new book, Leap of Hope, is all about and why it was so much fun to write! It became my risk-free, wish-fulfilling, vicarious romp through the pages of Jane Austen’s novels, primarily Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park. I hope it will do the same for you.

Hope O’Neil is an incurable optimist, and she jumps at the chance for an Austen kind of life, leaving everything she’s ever known to start over in Regency England. All she can take with her is the sum total of her knowledge of that time period, mostly acquired from the Jane Austen novels and movies she’s half-memorized. So she’s always looking at her new world through that lens, seeing Jane Austen characters and situations wherever she turns and applying a What-would-Elizabeth-Bennet-do? rationale to every problem.

Not that it takes much of a stretch of her imagination. After all, Hope has chosen a family that very much reminds her of the Bennets of Pride and Prejudice, slipping into the place of the second daughter, Kathleen Barrett, just as the original Kate slips away, victim of a fatal fall from a horse. (Trust me, it all makes perfect sense in the book!)

Here’s Hope as Kate (her recently acquired Regency identity), relating her first private conversation with her new sister after arriving on the scene, written in her own words: Continue reading »

Mar 032017


Hello Austenesque Friends!

I hope you are doing well!  Did you have a lovely February?  My February felt too busy and too fast!  Between my music studio growing and keeping my days filled and Mr. Bingley traveling a lot of the weekends, we felt like the month was a bit of a blur!

Although while Mr. Bingley was out of town, I did get enjoy some great reading time.  So I guess that is a good achievement for the month. 🙂

Also….we got new couches!!!  And all we want to do is sit in them, recline in them, and cuddle!!!

Even more than before, we’ve become obsessed with staying home!! 😉 Total hobbit mode!

How about you?   What has been keeping you busy? 🙂


Want to know what Austenesque fun I’m getting into this month?

…here is what’s on this month’s

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Aug 192015


Hello readers!  I am very happy to welcome the lovely Shannon Winslow back to Austenesque Reviews today!  If you have not read any of Shannon’s stories, they are simply wonderful and you need to check them out with all possible hasteMiss Georgiana of Pemberley - blog tour banner (1) (especially Return to Longbourn and The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen – my two favorites!).  Today Shannon is here to talk about her latest novel, Miss Georgiana Darcy of Pemberley.  I hope you greatly enjoy her post!

As soon as Meredith invited me to be her guest on the book tour for Miss Georgiana Darcy of Pemberley, I knew what I wanted to write about. Since both Meredith and Georgiana are accomplished at playing the piano, it seemed only right that this post should have a musical theme!

In this novel, I wanted to tell Georgiana’s story in much more depth than I had been able to in The Darcys of Pemberley. Before I could begin, however, I had some research to do. Although Pride and Prejudice was my original source, Jane Austen actually gives us very little information there. Beyond a general physical description (oh, and that unfortunate business with Mr. Wickham), about all we learn is that Mr. Darcy’s little sister is musical and painfully shy.

My imagination had to take over from there.

I intended this new book to go hand in hand with The Darcys of Pemberley – as a companion, a variation, this time from Georgiana’s point-of-view. It would be mostly new material, but the basic facts had to match. So what had I already written of Georgiana’s musical ability in the earlier book? I had said she was accomplished, that music was her emotional refuge, that she practiced faithfully, and that she often accompanied Elizabeth’s singing. Continue reading »