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.