Category Archives: Jane Austen

FREE Understanding Elizabeth

My latest novel, Understanding Elizabeth, is on Book Bub today!

I have never been good at keeping my feelings to myself, so I’m going to FREELY admit that I’m VERY excited about being on Book Bub. I tried years ago to promote my books with them, but I wasn’t accepted. For me, this is a milestone.

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The giveaway is for Amazon Kindle only, but if you don’t own a Kindle, that’s not a problem. I downloaded the Kindle app for FREE to my phone. Now I have several thousand books at my disposal wherever I am.

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Stuck standing in line? I whip out my phone, go to the app, and read. Waiting at the doctor’s office? I actually like it. Stuck in traffic? It doesn’t bother me.

And – because I love you all so much, and I’m just that kind of person (Ha!) – I’ve lowered the prices of ALL of my books to $1.99 for the two day sale. Even A Very Austen Christmas is $1.99 for two days!

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So, hurry over to Amazon and download some enjoyment for those times you’re sitting somewhere bored to death. You won’t regret it.

Here’s a little secret: If you already have the book, you can “gift” it to a friend for FREE!

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The company we keep …

 

Photo Credit: Glyn Lowe Photoworks (Creative Commons Flickr)

I’m not a fan of name-droppers, no. Growing up, I was around plenty of them.

I was raised in the greater Los Angeles area; our semi-rural community was within easy commuting distance of “beautiful downtown Burbank.” Burbank is not glamorous, but it ought to be. Movie and television studios such as Disney, NBC, Worldwide Pictures, and Warner Bros. call Burbank home.

The reason I remember these is because we drove past them to get to my grandma’s. She lived in the Hollywood Hills above Cahuenga and Barham; her living room windows had a view of the famous hillside sign. Not that we cared. We thought that was normal.

What also was normal were the neighbors and friends’ parents who were employed by the studios. These professionals kept their heads down and worked. “Acting is a job, just like any other,” a dad I used to babysit for once told me. (Right there on his mantelpiece, two Emmy statues for sound editing.)

Ah, but their teenage offspring? They name-dropped. After a while, this became tiresome.

Well, now it is my turn. That’s right, I’m dropping some names!

Because Susan Kaye and I were mentioned in Janet Todd’s The Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen. Seriously, we are in the same paragraph with one of our most favorite writers ever, P.D. James.

It’s our moment of semi-academic fame. Well, as fan fiction writers, anyway. We are smiling as we shake our heads. We are “ebullient and incorrigible spinners-off” of Austen’s novels, ha!

The moral of this story: googling your own name can unearth pleasant surprises. As well as the other kind …

Take a look! This screenshot is from a sample page from Google Books.

 

We Beat the Nekkid Guy!

Did that sound weird?

20171114_001731_resizedI was so excited to see this that I immediately took a picture. You see, I’m well aware that our Christmas anthology can be #1 in one hour and #2 in the next. In fact, that’s happened several times since we (Laura Hile, Barbara Cornthwaite, Wendi Sotis, and I) hit #1 Best Seller status (in our category) on Amazon.

I wanted to have that picture to live the moment over and over. I even reverted to my cheerleader days, chanting, “We’re number one! We’re number one!” I nearly tripped over my office and broke another ankle. Ha! It wasn’t pretty.

Now, about that nekkid guy – we didn’t literally beat a nekkid guy, so you can relax now. We don’t plan to take the journey into that particular genre. Ever.

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Do you see that third book in the row? That’s a $.99 nekkid guy cover which promises a certain kind of book. Clean books that cost $3.99 rarely beat such an animal. A book just like that one kept my last solo publication, Understanding Elizabeth, from ever reaching #1. I can’t even say the name of that book in polite company. Not in impolite company, either.

The book in the middle is a $.99 anthology. It’s rare to outsell anything which is $.99. That’s another cause for rejoicing.

The middle book and A Very Austen Christmas switch places every time either one of us sells a book or two. I’m okay with that. It’s a mostly clean read with a non-nekkid-guy cover.

At least we’re remaining the #1 new release.

This is a book that friendship built. It was a labor of love and support between friends who’ve never met. I think the four of us should get together soon. What do you think? Should we meet in Oregon (Laura), New York (Wendi), South Carolina (me), or Ireland (Barbara)? Just a hint concerning my vote: my heritage is English/Scots/Irish.

I Am Alive

I didn’t fall off the face of the earth. I just buried my head in the sand for a couple of weeks. I’m better now.

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Jane Austen’s birthday is Friday. She would be 241 years-old if she were alive. I think she would be awfully tired.

 

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Jane’s novel, Persuasion was published in December of 1817.

 

 

 

 

This is, in my opinion, still one of the most beautiful stills of all the adaptations:
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Sigh.

Have a lovely week.

A Little Something after all these years…

 

Dy Brougham Searches for Lt.Richard Fitzwilliam
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(1815, 2 years or so after Darcy & Elizabeth are wed)

The wagon jolted and shivered over the shell pocked roads until Dy’s teeth ached and his fingers cramped in their grip on its splintery sides. Rain continued to fall in unrepentant bursts that were soaking through his oiled cape. His hat was most likely a loss, even for its protective coverings, and the cold crept into the reaches of muscle and bone, both thoroughly wracked by the paths he had been required to travel to get to the farm house in which Darcy’s cousin was said to have been deposited before Uxbridge moved out.

“Il ya la ferme de Emille. Nous sommes presque hors de la pluie damnés,” his driver tossed over his shoulder. (There is Emille’s farm. We’re almost out of the damned rain.”) Continue reading

The lure of Austen words…

Pride-Poetry-MagneticIsn’t this great? A gift from my writing pal Roslynn. Intriguing words. Jane Austen words, but in magnetic form.

You may recall that I live in a household of men. These tantalizing words would languish, alone, on our refrigerator door. Would anyone even notice them? Would anyone even care?

So of course I took the magnets to school. They took up residence on a file cabinet I’ve “repurposed” for my Drama Club costumes. During one of our breaks, I put them up quietly and without fanfare.

AustenWords-girlsSeveral of the girls came over almost at once and set to work making sentences. There were smiles everywhere, and oh, the laughter…

The boys took longer to approach the cabinet because, you know, Jane Austen isn’t a guy thing. Ah, but those words–and the sentences the girls cobbled together–were too tempting. One brave male began rearranging the words, and that broke the dyke. As you can see, these five gentlemen are having a wonderful time.

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Every few days, a new sentence appears. And then, of course, a male rebuttal. Sparkling banter, if you will. Miss Austen would be pleased.

“…young bachelors…who… have money”? A girlish sentiment that Mrs. Bennet would certainly approve! The middle school guys, not so much.

If you’d like a set of your own, here’s a link to the Magnetic Poetry website.

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A Most Happy Day

To the lady who brought us to this point!

Anyone hazard a guess where they might be and what they might be doing were it not for Jane Austen and her tempting characters?

I’m thinking that instead of writing I’d be working in retail. And at this time of year, that would be dangerous for me and for the buying public!

How about you? What sorts of things would you be reading, or writing had Jane Austen, and the fan fiction craze, come along?

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