Monday 22 July 2024

IN CONVERSATION WITH DON JACOBSON: DISCOVERING 'IN WESTMINSTER'S HALLS'


IN WESTMINSTER’S HALLS: DARCY’S ABOLITIONIST ROMANCE

 

What inspired you to set the characters of Pride and Prejudice against the backdrop of the British abolitionist movement?

I am one of those oddities: my favorite Austen book is Mansfield Park, at least when it comes to dealing with the social questions of Austen’s time. However, while I liked the thematics either overt or implied, in the book, I found the characters to be rather pale. However, that’s where P&P came in…Darcy and Elizabeth are dynamic. I also wanted to see how Mr. Bennet would act when principle forced him from his library. 

Wednesday 10 July 2024

BRIGID HUEY, LEARNING TO LOVE: A PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND LITTLE WOMEN CROSSOVER!

 


Thank you for having me at My Jane Austen Book Club! I am so happy to be here to share my upcoming novel. Learning to Love is a Pride and Prejudice and Little Women crossover! In it, Amy and Laurie keep up a lively correspondence and grow closer through their letters.

We all know how digitized our world has become. I’m always texting, emailing, scrolling. As a writer, I used to write all my stories in notebooks. But I transitioned my writing from pen and paper to my laptop a few years ago. It’s more efficient (no more typing out what I’ve written) and I can type faster than I can write by hand.

Tuesday 25 June 2024

Leah Page Answers Questions About Her New Book, Georgiana Darcy’s Magical Meddling



In her new lovely novel, Georgiana Darcy’s Magical Meddling, Leah Page weaves a delightful tale where the classic world of Jane Austen meets the charm of witchcraft. Georgiana Darcy, newly aware of her magical abilities, uses her powers to assist her brother Fitzwilliam Darcy in his quest for true love. With a mix of humor, heart, and a dash of magic, Page crafts a narrative that offers fresh insights into the beloved characters of Pride and Prejudice.

Monday 17 June 2024

NEW BOOK UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT! DARCY'S STRUGGLE BY KELLY DEAN JOLLEY

 


Explore the world of Fitzwilliam Darcy like never before with Kelly Dean Jolley's new novel, Darcy's Struggle. This romantic and reflective story offers a fresh perspective on the classic tale, probing deep into Darcy's internal conflicts and emotions as he navigates his feelings for Elizabeth Bennet. In the following excerpt, we witness a pivotal moment where Darcy's perception of Elizabeth begins to shift, illuminating his struggle between intellect and heart.

 About the Book

Brilliant, sensitive, and private, Fitzwilliam Darcy finds himself at the Meryton Assembly, consciously troubled by recent events in Ramsgate and unconsciously troubled by himself.  He insults Elizabeth Bennet, at whom he has only glanced.

It is not until she appears at Netherfield—full of life, skirted in mud, and eager to attend to 

her sick sister—that Darcy truly looks at her. When he does, he knows she is the woman he has been searching for, the elusive her of his heart. He falls for her completely…despite her apparent unsuitability to be the Mistress of Pemberley and his half-hearted efforts to convince himself he can live without her.

Shortly before Elizabeth leaves Netherfield, Darcy apologizes for what he said at the Assembly. Will that apology and the depth of his sudden but durable feelings give him hope with Elizabeth? Might George Wickham’s arrival frustrate his hopes, especially after Darcy blunders into a marriage proposal to Elizabeth? 

Romantic, reflective, and ironic, this is a story told from Darcy’s point of view, a story of the struggle from intellect to heart—a deliberate character study and a delicate love story.    

 

 Read an Excerpt

Darcy finally stopped staring.

It took an act of will. Normally, Darcy had willpower in abundance. This time, it took all he had.

When he turned, Miss Bingley was staring at him. She had been staring at him staring at Miss Elizabeth. He realized Miss Bingley had been aware of his staring since it began—since Miss Elizabeth had entered Netherfield.

Bingley’s sister always strained the world through his reactions, and he had forgotten that. His reactions normally determined hers.

Behind him, he heard Miss Elizabeth's voice, now fully contrite and containing no trace of the challenge that had been in her eyes. She spoke softly to the servants. “I am sorry. I tried to clean them before I knocked on the door and believed I had, but the November mud is like glue.”

“It’s no problem, ma’am,” one of the servants said, responding softly in kind.

Miss Bingley turned as Darcy reached her, shaking her head in disapproval. “She walked here. What would she be about?” 

Darcy glanced at her, but only after he finally looked away from Miss Elizabeth. “She has come to help care for her sister. An errand of kindness.”

She went on shaking her head.

Tolerable? 

Darcy could now hear the question in his voice—in foro interno, as it were: the voice of conscience.

Did I say that? Was I that insensible? That inattentive? That mistaken? 

He replayed the scene at the Assembly in his memory again. He had noticed Miss Elizabeth before Bingley pointed her out, and he had glanced at her several times during and after his exchange with him. But Darcy had not actually paid attention to her—he had noticed the peculiar brightness of her eyes, and that was all.

Tolerable? Like saying Shakespeare had a minor gift for phrases. 

He had seen her now—truly seen her—and he would not judge so poorly again. She might have inadvertently trailed mud into Netherfield, but she had also brought life into it.

“Go and sit down, Mr. Darcy. Join the others.” Although Miss Bingley managed a faint smile, her tone was tense, hovering between request and command. “I will go back and see that Miss Eliza finds her way to Jane's room. The apothecary remains there.”

He nodded. He did not glance back at Miss Elizabeth until Miss Bingley was walking toward her and could not see.

When he entered the drawing room, he realized his hands were clammy.

It was a new sensation.

*** 

His personal copy of Johnson's Rambler was open on Darcy's lap and his eyes were fixed on the page, but he managed to read nothing.

He remained distracted.

Miss Elizabeth. Her. Her?

Darcy had never had any patience for those who believed that regard, love, could spring from a first interview or show itself before two words had been exchanged. A fantasy.

He had always believed, to the contrary, that love was the result of less interesting but more promising modes of attachment: knowledge of character, esteem—or even, perhaps, gratitude. These were trustworthy foundations of love.

If any love was possible before two words had been exchanged, it would have to be love without knowledge of character or love without esteem, a house built on sand, the result of passion outstripping virtue, taking reason hostage.

His parents had loved and esteemed one another, learning to do so during a long courtship, and their example of wedded harmony had shaped Darcy's hopes, creating his understanding of connubial bliss.

He knew Christopher Marlowe’s lines—Where both deliberate, the love is slight: Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?—but he rejected them. He expected a deliberate love, like his parents’. A fine, stout love, solidly three-dimensional, capable of withstanding the contradictions and varieties of life.

As a result, he had never imagined meeting her as involving immediate recognition, of a vision with sudden, compulsive power. He had expected to come to know her as her, as the woman, slowly, over time, after first discovering that she satisfied his demands for her situation and connections, that she was eligible. Eligible for Pemberley. Perhaps she would even have a title. Only then could he begin to ascertain whether she was the woman for whom he was searching. Unfortunately, all the eligible women he had so far met had quickly proven not to be the woman he was looking for.

He had not known what she looked like, but experience had taught him a great deal about what she did not look like. The words of one of his Cambridge tutors came to mind: “Plato asks the question that became the Learner’s Paradox. If you don't know what you are searching for, how can you recognize it when you find it, and if you do know, why is searching necessary? Either way, learning seems impossible.”

But when Miss Elizabeth tracked muddily into Netherfield with November on her hair and in the color of her cheeks, eyes aflame, what Darcy saw had sudden, compulsive power. She was herself a lesson. It was her. He had not known who he was searching for, yet he knew it was she.

But it could not be. She was ineligible.

Did you enjoy this excerpt? Grab your copy then and immerse yourself in this delicate love story and character study, where every glance and gesture holds significance. Darcy's Struggle is a tale of transformation and self-discovery, perfect for fans of Pride and Prejudice and anyone who enjoys a deep, introspective romance. Don't miss out on this compelling new release! 

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 Darcy’s Struggle


About the Author

 Kelly Dean Jolley, a professor at Auburn University, has penned several novels. His first, Big Swamp, is a detective novel, which he followed with a Christmas mystery, The Vanishing Woman. He also composed a book of poetry, Stony Lonesome.

        Using the pseudonym Newton Priors, he released three additional novels: Balter (A Retelling of Pride and Prejudice)Tides of Bath (A Retelling of Persuasion), and a Western, Heaven and Hell: A Romance. 

        Professor Jolley has made contributions to many academic publications as well. He is the author of The Concept 'Horse' Paradox and Wittgensteinian Conceptual Investigations, the editor of Wittgenstein: Key Concepts, and has published over forty academic articles. He is a past Alumni Professor and currently the Goodwin-Philpott Endowed Chair in Religion and Professor of Philosophy.  

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 Other Meryton Press Books by Kelly Dean Jolley

Big Swamp

The Vanishing Woman

Coming Soon from Kelly Dean Jolley and Meryton Press

Pride, Prejudice, and Pretense (A spy novel, a romance, and a character study)

Friday 7 June 2024

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MJ STRATTON: EXPLORING WHAT OUGHT TO HAVE BEEN + GIVEAWAY

 



Welcome to My Jane Austen Book Club! Today, we have the pleasure of hosting MJ Stratton, author of the captivating Sense and Sensibility variation, "What Ought to Have Been." In this intriguing tale, Stratton invites readers to explore a world where the Dashwood sisters take fate into their own hands, seeking justice and redemption amidst the challenges of love and society.

Monday 20 May 2024

PEMBERLEY BEACH, A MODERN RETELLING OF JANE AUSTEN'S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE BY ELIZABETH FAMOUS.

 




Welcome, Austen Admirers! Today, we have a special treat for you as we welcome the talented author Elizabeth Famous to our cozy corner of the internet. With her recent publication, Pemberley Beach, a contemporary reimagining of Jane Austen’s timeless classic Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth has captivated readers with her fresh take on beloved characters and themes.

We invite you to join us in exploring Elizabeth’s creative process, her love for Austen’s work, and the delightful twists and turns she introduces in Pemberley Beach. This interview is not just a conversation between author and interviewer; it’s an invitation for all of you to participate. Feel free to share your thoughts, questions, and favourite Austen moments in the comments section below. After all, what’s better than discussing literature with fellow enthusiasts? So, brew a cup of tea, settle into your favourite reading nook, and Elizabeth Famous as she shares insights into her literary world and her passion for all things Austen.

Saturday 6 April 2024

DOUBLE BOOK RELEASE! AMANDA KAI, A LITTLE BIT FOOLISH & SWIPE RIGHT FOR MR DARCY

 


I’m here today celebrating a double book release! A Little Bit Foolish is a collection of Pride and Prejudice April Fool’s stories, and Swipe Right for Mr. Darcy is a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice.

In 2021, I began a new tradition of releasing a new comedy story on April Fool’s Day with my  short story Unconventional, an Austentatious Comedy that Defies Expectations!   The following year, I wrote An Unexpected Party.  Last year, my plans for a short story were interrupted by the release of my full-length variation A Favorable Impression, and thus I did not complete an April Fool’s story in 2023. Therefore, this year, I decided to release a whole collection, including 3 brand-new stories!

Wednesday 3 April 2024

COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY! CROSSROADS BY MJ STRATTON

 Dear Austen Admirers,

Are you ready to dive back into the enchanting world of Jane Austen's beloved characters? Brace yourselves because a new exciting journey awaits as we're on the brink of revealing the cover for "Crossroads", a collection of four new novellas by MJ Stratton. Here we go!

Wednesday 27 March 2024

Charming Echoes: A Review of Pride and Preston Lin


Discover a new brilliant retelling of Jane Austen's classic: Pride and Preston Lin. Here's why Christina Hwang Dudley's contemporary riff is a must-read for Austen enthusiasts and lovers of heartfelt romance.

Monday 4 March 2024

NEW RELEASE! FINDING JANE FAIRFAX BY ROBBIN J. PETERSON



ABOUT THE BOOK

Jane Fairfax knows she is truly fortunate. Most orphans face lives of hardship, whereas she was adopted by doting surrogate parents who elevated her place in society and love her as their own. Yet even they cannot shield her from the grim realities of life without a suitable marriage. In moments of despair, Jane comforts herself with a well-worn memory: that of a young man whose kind words when they were children once soothed her heartbreak. But now that boy has grown into a dashing gentleman―and their lives could not be more distant. Frank Churchill is a prisoner of his station. His inheritance is held in the balance by his demanding aunt, and the weight of her expectations is suffocating him. But when a chance encounter brings the lovely Miss Fairfax back into his life, he discovers what it is to truly live. As the pair secretly become acquainted amid the confines of society’s strict rules, their friendship blossoms into love. But in a world ruled by unyielding traditions, endeavoring to build a life together would mean inviting a scandal that would shake the very foundation of the ton.

Sunday 3 March 2024

DISCOVERING THE HUSBANDS OF ELIZABETH BENNET WITH CHRISTINE COMBE: EXCERPT AND GIVEAWAY!

 

 Dear Austenians,

Welcome, one and all, to My Jane Austen Book Club! I am thrilled to extend a heartfelt welcome to each of you who decided to join us on the second day of a truly special journey.

Today, it is my distinct pleasure to introduce our esteemed guest, Christine Combe! Welcome back and thank you for being a part of this delightful gathering.

Today, we have the privilege of exploring Christine's latest literary marvel, The Husbands of Elizabeth Bennet. This brilliant duet, crafted with Christine's masterful pen, promises to whisk us away to the enchanting world of Jane Austen's iconic characters.

Saturday 2 March 2024

CAROLINE BINGLEY: DAMN HER AND HER FINE EYES. A SHORT STORY.

 

Introducing Damn Her and Her Fine Eyes!

Greetings, dear readers of My Jane Austen Book Club! Today, I am thrilled to present to you a delightful treat for all lovers of Regency-era literature and the intricate dance of courtship: Damn Her and Her Fine Eyes!

This short story, penned by the talented author behind "The Three Witches of Milton," delves into the world of Caroline Bingley, a character familiar to fans of Jane Austen's beloved classic, Pride and Prejudice. Set in the illustrious realm of Austen's England, Damn Her and Her Fine Eyes! offers a captivating glimpse into the life and intrigues of one of literature's most memorable antagonists.

In this intimate tale, Caroline Bingley takes center stage, revealing layers of her character often left unexplored. With a narrative spanning a mere 2,000 words, the story unfolds with precision and nuance, inviting readers to unravel the complexities of Caroline's ambitions, desires, and innermost thoughts.

Friday 1 March 2024

SHE PLAYED AND SANG, JANE AUSTEN AND MUSIC: AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR GILLIAN DOOLEY



Welcome, dear readers, to our new journey into a lesser-explored aspect of Jane Austen's world: her profound connection to music. In this exclusive interview, we have the pleasure of discovering Austen's musical inclinations with the esteemed author, Gillian Dooley, whose latest work, "She Played and Sang: Jane Austen and Music," unveils treasurable insights Austen’s musical legacy.

Gillian Dooley, an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in English at Flinders University, has dedicated years studying both Jane Austen's fiction and her passion for music. Through meticulous research and a profound understanding of Austen's world, she sheds light on a previously unexplored facet of Austen’s life.

Please, scroll down and enjoy our interview about Jane Austen and music, guided by the expertise and passion of Gillian Dooley.

Wednesday 28 February 2024

AUTHOR GUEST POST & EXCERPT: JAYNE BAMBER, A QUICK SUCCESSION OF BUSY NOTHINGS

 




Today, we are thrilled to host author Jayne Bamber as our esteemed guest blogger. Jayne is here to present her latest release, a delightful fusion where the worlds of Pride & Prejudice and Mansfield Park collide. In her new work, titled A Quick Succession of Busy Nothings the Bertrams and Crawfords find themselves entangled in the bustling village of Meryton. The Bertram family faces upheaval, while the Crawfords seek new adventures. Amidst the backdrop of matchmaking schemes and societal intrigue, Jayne weaves a narrative that promises to enthrall readers of Austen-inspired fiction.We're privileged to offer you an exclusive excerpt from the book, so scroll down as Jayne Bamber shares a glimpse into her intriguing new story. MGxx


Tuesday 20 February 2024

TALKING JANE AUSTEN WITH ... AUTHOR CAROLINE MALCOM-BOULTON!

 


A Unique Crossover

Caroline Malcom-Boulton is the author of The Three Witches of Milton,  a unique crossover novella which unites and explores elements from three of my absolute best favourite classic novels:  Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.

 Playing with quotes from these three inspirational novels and their iconic screenplays, Caroline Malcom-Boulton blends the English classics together, infusing them with an original plot, all so that we might explore the intriguing relationship of similarities between their characters and themes.

I invited  lovely Caroline to join me at My Jane Austen Book Club to talk Jane Austen and also to tell us more about her new release. 

HERE’S MY INTERVIEW

Saturday 10 February 2024

NO LESS THAN ANY OTHER BY MJ STRATTON: EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY.

 


Dear readers,

It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you a brand new Pride and Prejudice variation, "No Less Than Any Other," authored by MJ Stratton. This delightful novel presents an intriguing twist on the classic tale we all know and love. Are you ready to scroll down and discover more?

Thursday 18 January 2024

WITHOUT AFFECTION: INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR CAROLINE CARTIER & GIVEAWAY



Today, here at My Jane Austen Book Club,  we have a new guest,  Caroline Cartier, author of a brand new Pride and Prejudice Variation, “Without Affection.” Welcome, Caroline and thanks for finding the time to answer our questions.  Could you start by telling us a bit about yourself and your journey into the world of writing?

 Hi Maria! Thank you so much for letting me stop by your lovely blog! Let me see, what can I tell you about myself. I’m 43 and married with one daughter. I used to be a surgical coordinator, but I injured my spine during the pandemic and now I write books. 

Thursday 11 January 2024

MR DARCY'S BOOKSHOP, A PRIDE AND PREJUDICE VARIATION BY SUMMER HANFORD. INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY

Today, here at My Jane Austen Book Club, we have the pleaatting with Summer Hanford, the brilliant mind behind the new Pride and Prejudice Variation, Mr. Darcy's Bookshop. Welcome, Summer! Could you start by telling us what inspired you to explore the idea of Fitzwilliam Darcy as a bookseller?sure of ch

Hi Maria Grazia! First, thank you so much for hosting me today. I’m very excited to be here at My Jane Austen Book Club. Thank you for putting together such a nice gathering place for the Austenesque community.