Dec 222018
 

Seven Splendid Stories Stocked with Seasonal Celebrations, Surprises, and Christmas Spirit!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

It truly is difficult to decide what I love most about Yuletide: A Jane Austen Inspired Collection of Stories. Is it the fact that it’s a 7-in-1 Jane Austen/Christmas inspired collection? Is it the diverse slants of each story that are written in both the Regency period and modern times? Is it the continued collaboration of favorite authors and a most talented editor? Is it knowing that the proceeds from this anthology are being generously donated to Chawton Great House. Or is it for all these reasons combined together?!? Yep, going with that last one!

Since there were only 7 stories, I thought I’d give a little breakdown. I hope you find it helpful: Continue reading »

Oct 172018
 

Women of Sense, Strength, and Substance

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Editor

OVERVIEW:

With two brilliant and beautifully-crafted short-story anthologies – one devoted to Mr. Darcy and one all about Jane Austen’s bad boys – already under her belt, editor Christina Boyd has decided to create a collection that solely spotlights some of Jane Austen’s female characters. And instead of focusing on just one character, like Elizabeth Bennet, or the main heroine of each tale, this collection spotlights sixteen different female characters from various Jane Austen works. Some of the characters featured are well-known and beloved heroines like Anne Elliot and Marianne Dashwood, some are less favored heroines like Fanny Price and Emma Woodhouse, some are popular secondary characters such as Charlotte Lucas and Elinor Tilney, and some are more unexpected choices like Louisa Musgrove, Penelope Clay, and Lady Susan (love that Lady Susan is included!). But what unites all these characters (and their stories in this collection) is that they are women of sense (sometimes lately developed or hidden), strength (although they may doubt it at times) and undeniable substance.

“In Austen’s fictional world, a single woman in possession of good intellect, must be in want of a man who recognizes its value.” – Devoney Looser (Foreword to Rational Creatures) 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 »