Category Archives: Pamela Aidan

A Very Austen Christmas

Book Launch Tomorrow!

A Very Austen Christmas - 3DIn early June, Laura and I broached the idea of an anthology to include all the authors of Jane Started It, along with our lovely friend, JAFF author Wendi Sotis. Susan Kaye, Pamela Aiden, and Gayle Mills originally intended to be a part of the project, but real life threw several hitches in their plans. Laura Hile, Barbara Cornthwaite, Wendi Sotis, and I kept the dream alive.

Tomorrow, that dream will be realized with the book launch of A Very Austen Christmas, hosted by Claudine Pepe at JustJane1813.  We are very much looking forward to reading Claudine’s review (our first one!), as well as chatting with our readers.

The kindle version is already available for pre-order (to be delivered tomorrow) on Amazon, and the print copy is live, though they are not yet linked together.

Does this sound tempting, lovely readers?

Four favorite authors, four heartwarming stories set in Jane Austen’s Regency world.

Robin Helm, Laura Hile, Wendi Sotis, and Barbara Cornthwaite revisit Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Mansfield Park to deliver the uplifting holiday storytelling you’re looking for.

Her Christmas Gift by Robin Helm
Elizabeth Bennet finds herself snowbound at Rosings with two rejected, but highly eligible, suitors. Does either man have a chance? Will her childhood friend, Meryton’s golden boy, win her affection, or will she accept the master of Pemberley? Perhaps she will refuse them both a second time. Her Christmas Gift deftly combines tension and emotion with humor and romance.

The Christmas Matchmaker by Laura Hile
It’s raining; it’s pouring – and what could be better than a little Christmas matchmaking? So says Emma Woodhouse who is unexpectedly stranded at Netherfield Park. Mr. Darcy disagrees, for she has someone else in mind for adorable Elizabeth Bennet. Amid meddling, misunderstanding, and an unwelcome proposal or two, will True Love find a way?

No Better Gift by Wendi Sotis
On his way to Derbyshire to spend Christmas with his family, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy plans to retrieve an item he left behind during his rushed escape from Netherfield—and the country miss who touched his heart. Finding Meryton practically deserted, he fears the worst. What fate could have fallen upon this once-thriving village in only three weeks? More importantly, was Miss Elizabeth Bennet in danger?

Mistletoe at Thornton Lacey by Barbara Cornthwaite
When Edmund Bertram realizes that Fanny is the perfect wife for him, he wants to propose without delay. What better time than at Christmas? Ah, but the course of true love never does run smooth …

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The stories are arranged according to length. Mine is really a novella of 30K words, and Laura’s is 24K words. We have decided that we can’t write short stories (insert laugh). Wendi’s is 17K words and Barbara’s is 7K words. Curl up in your PJs with a mug of hot cocoa and enjoy the writing of four friends with quite different styles and story lines.

We hope that Sue, Pamela, and Gayle will be able to join us in our next anthology. (Yes, I just said next anthology!)

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A Little Something after all these years…

 

Dy Brougham Searches for Lt.Richard Fitzwilliam
Pamela Aidan

(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

Front porch friends

Cokes 5 I’m still in the midst of running around, finishing up with wedding details. There is light at the end of that tunnel. I’m finally making some headway on my (second) list after finishing the first.

Dylan & Mel meet

However, friends should always find time to sit down together and visit. Gayle and Barbara, I’m still looking for you, and Pamela, please accept my apologies for calling you “Pam.” There was no “Pamela.”

I’ll post a few wedding pictures next week! Maybe then I’ll even have time to drink the Coke.

Here’s a picture of the very first time Melanie met Dylan. They were both at the Passion Conference in Atlanta.  Three-and-a-half years later, they’re getting married. #PassionSincePassion

Having a Coke with you . . .

Laura's Coke

Here you see Laura’s Diet Coke. I consider it to be either the seed of a great idea or an epic fail.

I saw this Coke on a recent trip to Target, and I looked for the names of the other JSI ladies because I thought it would be wonderful to have Cokes with our names having fun over the summer. We live a continent apart, and Gayle and I have never met Laura, Sue, or Barbara. We met Pamela at the Decatur Book Festival a couple of years ago. Our Cokes could sit on the porch, chatting and exchanging ideas. They could go to the beach and bask in the sun. They could ride in my daughter’s Corvette, scarves blowing in the wind, carefree and howling with laughter.

But the only one I saw was Laura, so she sits in my kitchen, watching the frenetic activities of my household and waiting for her compadres.

Hold on, Laura. I haven’t given up yet. Somewhere out there are Cokes with Gayle, Robin, Sue, Pamela, and Barbara on them, and I will keep trying to find them.

Friends are like that. We don’t give up on each other. Amigas stick together.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Books (Episode 2)

On this lazy Monday morning, I was basking in the knowledge that I have NO appointments today, which meant I could devote a good chunk of my time to writing. When I went to my laptop, guess what I found?

Snoozing on my laptop, encouraging me to write, Pamela Aiden's An Assembly Such as This awaited me this morning. It was the first Austen inspired novel I ever read and the series which hooked me on the genre.

Snoozing on my laptop, encouraging me to write, Pamela Aiden’s An Assembly Such as This – the first Austen inspired novel I ever read and the series which hooked me on the genre.

How did one of my most cherished books end up there? I wondered. After I took the granddogs out for a walk, I returned to find the book was gone! All I had left was my memories of meeting Pamela in Georgia on Labor Day weekend of 2012.

Pamela and I met at the Decatur Book Festival in 2012. I took her books with me to the tent in which we signed books, and she graciously autographed each one for me.

Pamela and I met at the Decatur Book Festival in 2012. I took her books with me to the tent in which we signed books, and she graciously autographed each one for me.

I remembered how I had apologized to her for the worn state of the books. Both my daughters and I had read them, and I believe I read them several times. (In fact, I think I’ll read them again this summer.)

Pamela smiled as she opened the books to sign them, saying, “These have been well loved.” She told me that I had paid her the highest compliment which could be paid to a writer.

Toby was delighted with my back porch reading spot. He decided to read the book to Chloe. (She can't read yet. She's just a puppy.)

Toby was delighted with my back porch reading spot. He decided to read the book to Chloe. (She can’t read yet. She’s just a puppy.)


I finally found the book on the back porch. Toby had found a sunny spot, and he was sharing An Assembly Such as This with his little sister, Chloe.

While Toby took a nap, Chloe returned to try to read more of the story. Poor baby still doesn't know she can't read. I'll have to read it to her when I finish the blog post.

While Toby took a nap, Chloe returned to try to read more of the story. Poor baby still doesn’t know she can’t read. I’ll have to read it to her when I finish the blog post.

Cynthia Hensley, Stephanie Hamm, Jakki Leatherberry, Gayle Mills, Pamela Aiden, and "Lucy" Parker at the Decatur Book Festival.

Cynthia Hensley, Stephanie Hamm, Jakki Leatherberry, Gayle Mills, Pamela Aiden, and “Lucy” Parker at the Decatur Book Festival.

Now, Gayle and I must find a way to meet Laura Hile and Susan Kaye. We’re thinking ROAD TRIP! Perhaps we’ll meet in the middle of the country since they live in the northwest and we live in the southeast.

I think I must agree with Jane Austen, who famously said, “The person, be it gentleman or lady (or dog), who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

Pamela and I enjoyed dinner with several other Austen-inspired authors. Can you name all of them?

Pamela and I enjoyed dinner with several other Austen-inspired authors. Can you name all of them?

An Interview with Dean Koontz

As a librarian, hundreds–nay, thousands–of books cross my desk and, invariably some of them stay a while insteWisdom-Koonz01c-1[1]ad of immediately passing on to the shelves to which they are destined. One such was Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas and I have since read each one as they appear. Now, I’m not a horror fan, at least I don’t think so, and although Koontz’s work is generally categorized as such, the Odd Thomas books are something else. They hinted at something in a way I found intriguing. Then I discovered, quite by accident, that Koontz is a believer, a Christian. Wow! If THAT didn’t set me back on my heels! Hmmm. Lots to think about. Here’s a recent interview that asks some of the questions I’d like to ask him. Wish we could sit him down over a great meal and ask him some more!  Koontz Interview Click Here

An Assembly Such as This gains a little oh là là !

Une Telle Assemblée
or
A novel by any other name reads as sweet!

Une Telle Assemblée

Une Telle Assemblée

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and the 10th anniversary of Pamela Aidan’s first book in the beloved  Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy than the publishing of it in French, the “language of love?”

Yes, it’s been ten years since the original self-published edition of An Assembly Such as This hit the world in book form.

Originating as a bi-weekly posting at the popular Republic of Pemberley and The Derbyshire Writers websites in the late 1990s, Pamela’s work then became available through her website, Austenesque, and later, in late 2003, as a self-published work through her own Wytherngate Press, Inc.

The Austen world exploded with enthusiasm! Soon the trilogy was acquired by Simon & Schuster.

Aidan’s trilogy as been set to audio (Audible.com) and translated into Italian and Spanish. The French translation was accomplished just this past year. Book Two, En vain ai-je lutté, arrived in time for Christmas, and Book Three, Un mot de vous, is scheduled for this spring 2014.

Pamela’s working on a new “Austenesque” series that promises more Darcy & Elizabeth but even more Dy Brougham and Georgiana Darcy, as well as a new and darker take on Col. Fitzwilliam.

Keep up with her here at Jane Started It or her own blog, Traipsing After Jane.

Her trilogy & novella, as well as the anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It in which her short story appears, are carried by Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Her novella, Young Master Darcy: A Lesson in Honor is also available through Wytherngate Press.

And if you should want the French version, print or ebook, try Amazon France!