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.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

JANE AUSTEN'S BEST FRIEND, INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ZOE WHEDDON

 


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

MARIA GRACE: OF COURSE THERE WERE DRAGONS!

 

  

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)


AUTHOR GUEST POST

Thanks so much for having me, Maria Grazia! It’s great to be with you again.

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

CHOICE AND CONSEQUENCE, A PRIDE AND PREJUDICE VARIATION BY CHRISTINE COMBE

 

 


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

THE MANY DIFFERENT INTERPRETATIONS OF MARY BENNET - KATHERINE COWLEY'S GUEST POST AND GIVEAWAY


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 - INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY

 


Welcome to a new blog tour! Thanks to author Hunter Quinn for taking the time to answer my questions and to Meryton Press for granting the winner of the giveaway below a copy of the book 

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

A MOST CLEVER GIRL BLOG TOUR: TALKING JANE AUSTEN WITH ... JASMINE A. STIRLING

 


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.

Soon thereafter, I read Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park. In all three instances, I was struck by Austen’s realistic heroines. It was the first time I had ever encountered female characters in any novel that seemed so relatable—so like me, in fact! I loved seeing complicated, bookish, outspoken, flawed women change and grow through the course of each novel.

Monday, 15 March 2021

DANGEROUS MAGIC, MONICA FAIRVIEW ANSWERS A FEW QUESTIONS + GIVEAWAY


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

INSIGHT & SUITABILITY: INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR JAMES WOLLAK + GIVEAWAY

 


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

AMAZING GIVEAWAY: JAYNE BAMBER'S AUDIOBOOKS


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!

JAYNE BAMBER


Thursday, 4 March 2021

INTERRUPTED PLANS BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY


Hello everyone! A new blog tour takes off right here right now. Interrupted Plans is Brigid Huey's Pride and Prejudice Variation we are going to introduce to you today. Are you ready to discover more? Scroll down and you'll find the author's greetings, a super cute excerpt, info about the book and its writer, and, of course, a giveway contest to get your chance to win an ebook copy of Interrupted Plans. Enjoy reading and good luck! MG


Monday, 1 March 2021

A CAPTAIN FOR CAROLINE GRAY BLOG TOUR - READ AN EXCERPT

 



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

BOOK UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT: CAME A FLIGHT GENTLY


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

ELIZABETH AND DARCY: BEGINNING AGAIN


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

DEAR CLARA IS OUT TODAY! INTERVIEW WITH SHELLY POWELL


Regency romances have been gaining new attention, new readers and new recognition after the huge success of alluring TV series like Bridgerton or Sanditon.  They share the historical and social background of Jane Austen's novels, so they are often compared to her works. This is why I invited author Shelly Powell to join us today. 

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

DANGEROUS MAGIC BY MONICA FAIRVIEW: COVER REVEAL DAY

 


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.  

Maria Grazia

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

NINE LADIES BLOG TOUR: EXCERPT AND GIVEAWAY

 


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.

 Heather Moll

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

FALLEN BLOG TOUR: ELIZABETH AND THE DRIPPING WELLS

 



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.”

 So Elizabeth Bennet thinks to herself in Pride and Prejudice when faced with the prospect of a truncated tour of Derbyshire instead of the Lakes. She makes the same trip in Fallen, though this time, she doesn’t make it all the way to Pemberley and is instead waylaid in Matlock Bath, where she and the Gardiners visit the famous petrifying well. But what are petrifying (or ‘dripping’) wells? 

Monday, 11 January 2021

GEORGANA'S SECRET BLOG TOUR


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.