Wednesday, 22 December 2021
Sunday, 19 December 2021
FIVE DAUGHTERS OUT AT ONCE, A PRIDE AND PREJUDICE VARIATION: AUDIOBOOK RELEASE. INTERVIEWS, GIVEAWAY, EXCERPT
Thursday, 9 December 2021
Hi Maria Grazia,
Thank you for having me as a guest! Mages and Mysteries is my first fantasy Pride and Prejudice variation, and it was great fun adding magic to Elizabeth and Darcy’s story. It gives them something in common but also another source of conflict.
Below is an excerpt from chapter two. Elizabeth has just created an illusion that helped Darcy defeat a goblin that was trying to attack the Assembly Ball. Bingley had been fighting beside Darcy but was briefly knocked unconscious. Mr. Bennet was injured in the goblin’s initial attack. I hope you enjoy it!
Wednesday, 8 December 2021
Murder & Miss Austen’s Ball is a product of a wide range of influences. I am a dance caller; a reader of Austen, Dickens, Scott, cozy mysteries, “women’s literature”, nautical fiction and more; and an independent publisher. Oh, and I earned a living as a writer for most of my working life—newspapers, advertising, PR, technical writing—but I’d never written a novel until now.
Monday, 6 December 2021
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:
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
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
Hi Maria Grazia! Thank you for inviting me to write this guest post for the My Jane Austen Book Club.
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
Monday, 27 September 2021
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
Wednesday, 1 September 2021
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
ABOUT THE BOOK
Jane Austen and Shelley in the Garden: An 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
Monday, 23 August 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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
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”?
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
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
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.
Wednesday, 5 May 2021
Hello dear readers! Are you ready for a new, lovely, all-about- Austen interview? Our guest today is Zoe Wheddon, author of Jane Austen's Best Friend. Enjoy our chat and, please, join us leaving your contribution to the discussion in the comment section. Austen love to you all. MG
Monday, 3 May 2021
Welcome back to our online book club! Today's guest is author Maria Grace and the books featured are her JANE AUSTEN'S DRAGONS series, including the latest addition, Dragons beyond the Pale (book 7)
Of course there were dragons—that’s how I introduce Jane Austen’s Dragons.
How can I say that? It is rather a bold claim. I confess, you’re not the first person to ask me that with a decidedly skeptical look. After all, you’ve devoured ever one of Austen’s works cover to cover, multiple times and there’s nary a dragon scale from “It’s a truth universally acknowledged to… “With the Gardiners they were on most intimate terms…”
On the surface, I would agree, it seems that way. But, there is more than meets the eye. There a few more truths universally acknowledged that place dragons firmly in Jane Austen’s world.
Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Greetings, fellow Austenians! I’m so excited to be visiting My Jane Austen Book Club to talk about my upcoming release Choice and Consequence, the second book in my What Might Have Been series.
Thursday, 22 April 2021
My novel, The Secret Life of Miss MaryBennet, features Mary Bennet, the middle sister from Pride and Prejudice. In various adaptations and Austen-inspired works, there are many different interpretations of Mary Bennet. Some use her for comic relief, others soften her, and others take a more moderate or nuanced approach.
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
The Predisposition of Miss Elizabeth Bennet
An insulting proposal without an explanatory letter…how can they possibly reconcile?
When her sister Lydia elopes without a trace, Elizabeth Bennet must put aside her predisposition against Mr. Darcy—the man whose hand she refused months earlier—and plead for his assistance in locating the wayward couple. As a result, they face daunting hurdles with help from well-loved friends and interference from old rivals. Will their struggles result in permanent estrangement or a love match?
Monday, 29 March 2021
Hello Jasmine and welcome to My Jane Austen Book Club! My first question for you is “When was your first encounter with Jane Austen”?
I first fell in love with Jane Austen while reading Persuasion at age nineteen while studying abroad as an associate member of Keble College at the University of Oxford.
Saturday, 20 March 2021
Hello Dear Janeites, it is a pleasure to be back at My Jane Austen Book Club to kick off the blog tour of my new release, Five Daughters Out At Once.
Monday, 15 March 2021
Hello everyone and welcome to our blog! What's new today? On release day, Monica Fairview answers a few questions about her "magical" Pride and Prejdice Variation: Dangerous Magic. Check our post and good luck in the giveaway contest! MG
How did you find inspiration for your new Pride and Prejudice variation, Dangerous Magic?
I’m a long-time reader of fantasy, and for some time now I’ve been imagining Mr. Darcy wearing a swirling cloak [I know, I know…😊) And as Maria Grazia knows already from my interview last year, I like to imagine him as Henry Cavill from ‘The Witcher’ (but without any of the gore, because I’m squeamish, and I don’t think Jane Austen would have approved).Once I started imagining Mr. Darcy as a mage (a mage is a wizard who doesn’t use a wand], I started imagining what kind of a world he would inhabit. I knew it was going to be solidly rooted in Jane Austen’s, just with the addition of magic. I quickly began to see how his relationship with Elizabeth would shape up. From there, Before I knew it, I had planned the whole thing out. It was so exciting to start writing the novel – but also a bit nerve-racking [Mrs. Bennet’s nerves come to mind] because you have to get all the details of the world-building to fit together. Once I got past that point, the novel sort of wrote itself, which is unusual for me. I loved returning again and again to that fantasy world, especially during the dark days of the pandemic. It provided a perfect escape to an enchanted version of Jane Austen’s England that I would love to live in!Some of my early reviewers have compared DANGEROUSMAGIC to Harry Potter. I’m flattered, of course, because I think J.K. Rowling is amazing, but my novel doesn’t have any fantasy creatures, and the world-building is much simpler.
Saturday, 13 March 2021
Hello and welcome to My Jane Austen Book Club, James. Let’s start talking Jane Austen. When was your first encounter with her work?
I first encountered her work as a college freshman. I was attracted to a Signet paperback compilation in my college bookstore that included Pride and Prejudice, along with Silas Marner, and I think Jane Eyre. I liked the idea of reading such classics, which I’d heard of, and as a lover of history and dates, I really liked Pride and Prejudice’s original publication date of 1813.
Friday, 5 March 2021
Hello, dear Janeites! It is a delight to be back at My Jane Austen Book Club. I am hard at work on my eighth book, Five Daughters Out At Once, and I will be back later this month to share an excerpt from this novel after it is available on Kindle. For now, at least, I am happy to share other good tidings pertaining to the number five: my fifth audiobook is now available on Audible!
To celebrate the accomplishment, I am hosting my biggest giveaway ever, and raffling off five copies of each of my audiobooks. The newest release is NorthFanger, narrated by the fabulous Amanda S. Brown, who also narrated Madness in Meryton. These, and all my other novels, are still available on KU of course, and I hope to have all of my JAFF novels available as audiobooks by summer time.
For those of you that may have missed my newest release, NorthFanger, last fall, it is a short gothic parody that merges Pride & Prejudice with Northanger Abbey as Elizabeth Bennet leads the charge against a horde of vampires and their dastardly leader – a villain we all know and loathe.
I have included descriptions of all the audiobooks below, and raffle winners will be given their choice from among the five audiobooks. I always say happy reading, but for now, Happy Listening!
Thursday, 4 March 2021
Monday, 1 March 2021
Join the virtual blog tour of A CAPTAIN FOR CAROLINE GRAY (Proper Romance Regency), Julie Wright’s highly acclaimed historical romance novel March 1 – 28, 2021. Over forty popular blogs specializing in historical romance, inspirational fiction, and Austenesque fiction will join in the celebration of its release with excerpts, spotlights, and reviews of this new Regency-era novel set aboard an English ship bound for India.
Sunday, 28 February 2021
CAME A FLIGHT GENTLY
In the exciting conclusion of Leigh Dreyer's Pride in Flight Series (The Best Laid Flight Plans and The Flight Path Less Traveled), our dear couple Elizabeth and Darcy have moved to Pemberley to begin their lives together. An outsider to New York society and the affluent world of Darcy, our heroine uses her characteristic drive and wit to begin her marriage and all that comes with him. Helped along by Mrs. Reynolds and a curmudgeonly airplane mechanic, Elizabeth discovers a new path to the civilian flight world. Darcy, ever the hero, supports her and learns to trust her instincts. Fast-paced and dramatic, Came a Flight Gently soars through love, adventure, and intrigue as it races through Reno to the finish.
Sunday, 14 February 2021
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! I have a lovely Valentine's gift for you all: a new excerpt from a new Pride and Prejudice Variation, 'Elizabeth and Darcy: Beginning Again, and the chance to win one of two ebook copies author Elaine Jeremiah has granted to the readers and followers of My Jane Austen Book Club. Enjoy reading and ... good luck! MG
Tuesday, 9 February 2021
The book we discuss is Shelly's Dear Clara, a gripping Regency Romance you can't miss if you love the genre. Read our chat and discover more about Clara and Mr Thayne and their unforgettable love story.
Dear Clara is out today, by the way! Check the purchase links below ;-)
Monday, 8 February 2021
Above a first glimpse of DANGEROUS MAGIC book cover. Promising, isn't it? Monica Fairviews' new Pride and Prejudice Variation will be released on 15th March 2021 and it's cover reveal day today!
Here's a special message from Monica to us all here at My Jane Austen Book Club. Scroll down, read through and, finally, discover the beauty of the new book cover.
Tuesday, 2 February 2021
Hello Maria Grazia and thank you for welcoming me back to My Jane Austen Book Club! I’m so glad that I get to share a snippet from my new Pride and Prejudice variation with your readers. Nine Ladies is a time travel story with a modern Elizabeth and a Regency-era Darcy. It’s full of secrets, and one of them is what Elizabeth knows about the fate of Pemberley in the 21st century. After she goes back in time, she has to balance what she knows will happen against what—if anything—she can change. In this scene, Elizabeth’s new friends in England—in 2011—have taken her to see what remains of a Georgian-era building.
Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Elizabeth and the Dripping Wells, guest post from Jessie Lewis
“But surely,” said she, “I may enter his county with impunity, and rob it of a few petrified spars without his perceiving me.”
Monday, 11 January 2021
Welcome to the virtual blog tour of GEORGANA’S SECRET, Arlem Hawks’ highly acclaimed debut historical romance novel, which starts today at our blog and will close on February 14. Over forty-five popular blogs specializing in historical romance, inspirational fiction, and Austenesque fiction will join in the celebration of its release with excerpts, spotlights, and reviews of this new Regency-era novel set aboard a Royal Naval ship. Discover more about the book and the other blog tour stops scrolling down and enjoy reading the exclusive excerpt Arlem Hawks has granted us.