Hello! My name is Jayne Bamber and it’s great to be back at My Jane Austen Book Club, to talk about my new release, Outmatched, a fusion of Sense & Sensibility and Mansfield Park – coming to Kindle May 8th. I kicked off my blog tour at AustenAuthors by discussing the first deviation from canon I entertain in the story: Maria Bertram’s rejection of Mr. Rushworth when Sir Thomas returns from Antigua. Today I would like to share a taste of the next twist to turn Mansfield Park upside down – Mrs. Rushworth is not willing to take no for an answer. I can’t give The Big Secret away, but I would like to share just a little bit of one of the most pivotal moments in the story, which ultimately inveigles the cast of Sense & Sensibility in the Bertram family fracas….
Monday, 27 April 2020
Sunday, 19 April 2020
Debut novelist Megan Walker tours the blogosphere from 6 April through May 1, 2020 to share her new historical romance, Lakeshire Park. Forty popular book bloggers specializing in historical romance, inspirational fiction, and Austenesque fiction have featured and will feature guest blogs, interviews, exclusive excerpts, and book reviews of this acclaimed Regency romance novel. Today Megan Walker is our guest at My Jane Austen Book Club. Please, welcome her in the section comment and get ready to enjoy her post about her favourite Austen novels: Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice.
Friday, 10 April 2020
Hello Monica and welcome back to My Jane Austen Book Club! It’s been a while, since the release of Fortune & Felicity, again a Pride and Prejudice Variation. What is it that you especially love in Austen’s P&P, which inspires you to write about its characters and to imagine new scenarios for them?. It was two years ago already! I’m glad to be here discussing with you your upcoming
It’s wonderful to be back again. It feels like such a long time since I’ve visited. It’s a good time to be reconnecting online as well, especially with all the things that are happening. Please stay safe, everyone.
Tuesday, 7 April 2020
|Gill Hornby and the two editions of Miss Austen, the US one on the left and the UK one on the right|
Miss Austen, the untold story of Cassandra Austen and her famous sister Jane, is out today in the US (Flatiron Books, New York)
You can’t miss it, it’s an absolute must for any Janeite. It’s also a delightful, clever, entertaining read, perfect for finding some solace and escape in these troubling times. You’ll find comfort and joy entering the daily life of the two young Austen sisters and their family. You’ll feel the bittersweet melancholy of Cassandra doing her best to preserve her beloved sister’s reputation, while making a balance of her own choices and her own life.
Friday, 3 April 2020
Thank you so much for having me! It’s been a long five-year road to publishing Undoing, so I’m so excited for everyone to finally see what I’ve been holding on to for all this time. I thought I’d share a bit of my inspiration and thought process behind Elizabeth’s husband, Thomas Osborne, Duke of Leeds. I have a small excerpt after, a letter from Elizabeth to Jane. I hope you enjoy!
In Particular Intentions, I use the Earl Fitzwilliam as a nod to the actual earldom many believe Jane Austen used to show Fitzwilliam Darcy’s ties to the nobility in Pride and Prejudice, and I had some fun in a similar way with Undoing as well.
Have you ever heard of Lady Amelia Darcy? No, she is not a character in a Jane Austen novel. She was a real woman and the only surviving child of Robert Darcy, the 4th Earl of Holderness. Now, you are probably asking what her connection is to Undoing. Well, I will not say that is a simple answer, but I will give you the real and the fiction of Amelia Darcy.
In 1773, the real Lady Amelia Darcy married Francis Osborne, who was at that time the Marquess of Carmarthen. After Amelia’s death, Osborne became the 5th Duke of Leeds. When I first started writing Undoing over five years ago, I called the duke in my story by a different title (that’s a story for another blog post!) and his first name was Thomas. When I began updating it, I remembered this link between a real-life Darcy and a dukedom and wanted to use that link in my story as well—a little reality mixed in with the fiction.