Monday, 6 December 2021

REGINA JEFFERS, PEMBERLEY'S CHRISTMAS GOVERNESS: A HOLIDAY PRIDE AND PREJUDICE VAGARY

 


GOVERNESSES IN THE 19th CENTURY

Parents of the 19th Century required different skills from their governesses. Some governesses taught only a few subjects each day. Others oversaw the children throughout the day. Most families chose a particular governess for the lady’s strengths in specific subject matter. A “finishing” governess might be hired to prepare the older daughters for their society entrance. This might include music lessons, painting, drawing, singing, and social etiquette.

Monday, 22 November 2021

LOVE AND LAVENDER BLOG TOUR

 



LOVE AND LAVENDER:

A MAYFIELD FAMILY ROMANCE (Book 4)

VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR MEDIA KIT


About the Book

Hazel Stillman is a woman of rare independence and limited opportunities. Born with a clubbed foot, she was sent away as a child and, knowing her disability means a marriage is unlikely, she devoted herself to scholarship and education.

Friday, 5 November 2021

A HOPEFUL HOLIDAY BLOG TOUR: HEATHER MOLL'S GUEST POST & EXCERPT

 


Thanks for welcoming me back to the blog Maria Grazia! In my Pride and Prejudice novella A Hopeful Holiday, Darcy never returned to Hertfordshire, although he did send Bingley back to Jane. He felt Elizabeth would never forgive him after Lydia had to marry Wickham, and Elizabeth thinks that Darcy could never suffer to be his brother-in-law. They find themselves in Kent over Christmas where the social event of the season is Lady Catherine’s masquerade ball.

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

IN ESSENTIALS BLOG TOUR: AUTHOR GUEST POST, EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY

 


Hi Maria Grazia! Thank you for inviting me to write this guest post for the My Jane Austen Book Club.

 In Essentials is very close to my heart. Not simply because it is my first published novel, inspired by a piece of beloved, classic English literature by an author I adore, but because the story itself is very personal to me.

Sadly, I am not referring to the romance at the heart of Pride and Prejudice – I have no Mr Darcy in my life, yet! – but to the new challenge I have thrown at Elizabeth and Darcy. Six years ago I had the first of two pituitary tumours and my life has changed dramatically as a result. I have always wanted to write a story using my experiences as inspiration, and In Essentials was the result.

Monday, 11 October 2021

THE INNS OF DEVONSHIRE BLOG TOUR: SPOTLIGHT POST & EXCERPT

 


Three novellas, three times the romance, and three times the love . . .

 in this brand new Timeless Regency Collection

 The Seventh Star Inn, by Sally Britton

After years of looking after one another, Susan Baxter and her mother view their neighbors in Totnes as family. When a new landlord inherits the leases on their homes and businesses alike, Susan dreads knowing her world could change at the whim of a stranger. But when she meets Collin Stonecroft and his inquisitive daughter, her feelings shift quickly from cautionary to hopeful. Collin has lived in the confines of London boarding houses all his life, and he’s determined to give his daughter more. They check into the Seventh Star Inn with plans to return to London as soon as possible, but both find Miss Baxter and her local history lessons far too enchanting to leave behind. When Susan learns of Collin’s proposed changes to her beloved neighborhood, will she be able to help him see that some things are perfect the way they are?

Monday, 27 September 2021

A SEASIDE SUMMER BLOG TOUR: WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT


A  Seaside Summer Blog Tour is over and the giveaway contest has been closed. Here I am as promised with the name of  the winner of a digital copy of any of the 16 previous books in the Timeless Regency Romance Collection offered by Mirror Press to one of our readers. 

And the winner is ... NovElla!

There's time until October the 4th to claim your prize and finally get it in your e-reader ready to be enjoyed. Thank you for dropping by, commenting and taking part in our giveaway. 

Sunday, 12 September 2021

THE MATCHMAKER’S LONELY HEART BLOG TOUR




Welcome to the virtual book tour of THE MATCHMAKER’S LONELY HEART, Nancy Campbell Allen’s highly acclaimed historical novel, September 6-19, 2021. Thirty popular on-line influencers specializing in historical romance, mystery/suspense, and inspirational fiction will join in the celebration of its release with a spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new Victorian-era novel set in London, England.

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

BLOOMSBURY GIRLS BY NATALIE JENNER: COVER REVEAL!


If you like me read and loved Natalie Jenner's The Jane Austen Society, you'll be happy to know there's a new book coming, Bloomsbury Girls. Evie Stone, one of the characters of Natalie's debut novel, is now one of the three protagonists of a new story set in 1950. I can't wait to read it and I've joined the cover reveal blog tour to share the good news with you all! 

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

JANE AUSTEN AND SHELLEY IN THE GARDEN: INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR JANET TODD


ABOUT THE BOOK


Jane Austen and Shelley in the GardenAn Illustrated Novel is a new literary and life-affirming book by Janet Todd, the acclaimed Austen scholar and author. The novel will be published on September 7, 2021. The book celebrates how lives are made extraordinary through friendship, books, and new experiences at any age. To top it off, it is a gorgeous book (perfect for gifts) with 50 colour illustrations, special paper and craft finishes, all printed on a hand-fed printing press.   

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

A SEASIDE SUMMER BLOG TOUR: EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY

 


BOOK DESCRIPTION

Summer on the seaside . . . a perfect place for romance.

Join us for three novellas in one collection:

The New Countess, by Josi S. Kilpack


Diane knows why the earl asked her to marry him; he needed a mother for his daughter, an heir for his title, and a hostess to assist with his position in Parliament. With two sons of her own, and no security to speak of, she never thought twice about accepting his proposal. Summering at his holiday cottage at the sea was meant to be reward for a busy first year as the new countess, and a time for her to rest before their baby is born. She is expecting lazy days on the beach with the children, simple meals, and keeping her own schedule. When the earl surprises her with a visit, she does her best not to resent the intrusion. When she learns that he came for the sole purpose of being with her and getting to know her better, she realizes that perhaps this marriage can be more than she expected. Is she ready for him to know her and love her and explore this new possibility together? She wants to be, but it is not an easy thing to let go of expectations and open up to an entirely new way of life.

Monday, 23 August 2021

THE MERCHANT AND THE ROGUE BLOG TOUR


 

Welcome to the virtual book tour of THE MERCHANT AND THE ROGUE, Sarah M. Eden’s highly acclaimed historical romance. Thirty-five popular on-line influencers specializing in historical romance, mystery/suspense, and inspirational fiction will join in the celebration of its release with spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new Victorian-era novel set in London, England.

Thursday, 5 August 2021

A REGENCY MYSTERY WORTHY OF SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE: THE BARRISTER AND THE LETTER OF MARQUE

  


Welcome! We have a new spotlight post today.  We've joined the virtual book tour of THE BARRISTER AND THE LETTER OF MARQUE, Todd M. Johnson’s highly acclaimed historical mystery, started on August 2nd and which will finish on August 15th, 2021. 

Over twenty-five popular on-line influencers specializing in historical mystery, suspense, and inspirational fiction have joined in the celebration of its release with an interview, spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new Regency-era novel set in London, England.

Monday, 2 August 2021

AUTHOR GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY - THE REINTRODUCTION OF FITZWILLIAM DARCY

 

 


 

Greetings, fellow Austenians! I am absolutely chuffed to visit My Jane Austen Book Club again to talk about a new book! My upcoming release The Reintroduction of Fitzwilliam Darcy is my first standalone Austen variation, and I really hope you’ll like it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. 

Saturday, 3 July 2021

SPOTLIGHT ON ... & GIVEAWAY! MRS BENNET'S ADVICE TO YOUNG LADIES: A MOTHER VIEW OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

 



We have a new Austenesque read under the spotlight this weekend.  The book is Mrs. Bennet’s Advice to Young Ladies: A Mother’s View of Pride & Prejudice by Victoria Grossack, a dear friend of My Jane Austen Book Club. Her latest book gives us Mrs. Bennet’s views of the events of Jane Austen’s most popular novel, Pride and Prejudice. Scroll down, enjoy reading the excerpt Victoria has granted us and get your options to win an ebook copy. Good luck and happy weekend!

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

AUTHOR GUEST POST: ANNETTE PURDEY PUGH, A MURDER AT ROSINGS

 


BORROWING CHARACTERS FROM PRIDE AND PREJUDICE FOR A MYSTERY STORY

Charlotte Collins sat close to the fire in the small parlour at Hunsford Parsonage … Her cheeks were flushed from the heat and her eyes dull. ‘He was a simple clergyman. He wrote sermons and tended the garden. How could he have made an enemy?’

     This is the question which is asked by everyone when the dead body of Mr Collins if discovered in the grounds of Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s mansion, Rosings. He’s been stabbed. Those investigating, the local magistrate and village constable, quickly come to the conclusion that only one man had both motive and means to commit the murder, and that is Mr Bennet. He’s been staying at the parsonage, together with his daughter Mary, with a view to resolving the matter of the entail upon his estate. Obviously, with Mr Collins out of the picture, his future might be brighter…

Friday, 25 June 2021

MISTRESS OF NETHERFIELD BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY

 


PUBLICATION DATE: 28 June 2021

About The Book

It is a truth universally acknowledged that on escaping an unhappy marriage, a young widow will be delighted to remove to the dower house and lease the marital abode to a single man in possession of a good fortune, provided he looks elsewhere to fulfil his want of a wife.

Five years after being forced into an unwanted marriage at the age of sixteen, and freed six months later by the death of her abusive husband, Elizabeth Grayson (née Bennet) has finally found a measure of peace. The inheritor of her husband’s estate, Netherfield Park, Elizabeth is now a wealthy young widow, independent and self-reliant. With an eye always on improving her four sisters’ woefully small dowries and providing for her mother, who will be homeless when her father dies, Elizabeth is pleased to lease out Netherfield to the Bingley family, making her home in the dower house in Meryton and vowing that she will never remarry.

Monday, 14 June 2021

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY - PARALLELS BY LINDA GONSCHIOR

 


Love, heartbreak, and self-discovery

are life’s greatest challenges,

no matter who your parents may be.

Will and Elizabeth Darcy faced those challenges twenty years earlier, yet marriage taught them patience, understanding, and most importantly, the irreplaceable value of one another. Now their children are about to embark upon that path, hopefully to learn those lessons more gently and avoid the mistakes of their parents.

Sunday, 13 June 2021

CELESTIAL PERSUASION, A PREQUEL TO AUSTEN'S PERSUASION. INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MIRTA INES TRUPP

 

Hello Mirta and welcome to My Jane Austen Book Club! My first question for you is, as usual, “When was your first encounter with Jane Austen”?

Hello Maria Grazia. Thank you for your warm welcome. I’ve been looking forward to this day! To answer your first question, I have to go back to Mrs. Malm’s English literature class in junior high school. I was in the ninth grade when we read Pride and Prejudice. I was an avid novel reader by that time, but—if memory serves me well—it took me several years to appreciate her genius and become a true Janeite.

     Congratulations on the release of Celestial Persuasion.   Did you discover something relevant about the characters in Jane Austen’s Persuasion while writing your book?

Indeed, I did, but it actually started when I was writing my previous novel, The Meyersons of Meryton and it had to do more with the setting, than the characters themselves. I had to come up with a grand idea on how to discipline Mr. Wickham—that devious blackguard! What I discovered not only provided me with creative alternative to transportation to Australia, it opened my eyes to some history I would have naturally learned—had I been educated in my native land of Argentina.

Thursday, 20 May 2021

AN INTERVIEW WITH MR DARCY

 



You may have heard the exciting news that Shannon Winslow has a new novel out called Fitzwilliam Darcy in His Own Words. But what you might not know is that I played an important role in the inception of the book! About a year ago, I sat down for a brief, informal interview with the famous literary hero himself, and then one thing led to another…

Monday, 10 May 2021

ISABELLE AND ALEXANDER BLOG TOUR: READ AN EXCERPT

 


Welcome to a new virtual blog tour! Discover more about ISABELLE AND ALEXANDER, Rebecca Anderson’s highly acclaimed historical romance novel, a new Victorian-era novel set in Manchester, England.