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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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Ultimate Nerd Marriage Proposal

It’s June, and the thoughts of the JSI ladies have turned to love! Implanting a marriage proposal in a scientific paper may not be your idea of romance, but for two University of Sydney physics grad students, it was the perfect medium.

"Two Body Interactions: A Longitudinal Study" by Brendan McMonigal

“Two Body Interactions: A Longitudinal Study” by Brendan McMonigal

Recently Christie Nelan posted a scientific proposal online written by Brendan McMonigal, entitled “Two Body Interactions: A Longitudinal Study.” The paper summarizes their meeting and seven-year relationship and concludes that their happiness was likely to increase over time.

McMonigal graphed the correlation between happiness and time and concluded:

The summary of the findings of the study are presented in Figure 1, and show that the projected happiness is upward with high confidence. Taking these results into account, the author proposes to Christie Nelan the indefinite continuation of the study. The subject’s response to this proposal should be indicated below.

Goes right along with, "Your chromosomes have combined beautifully!" and "I would simply walk into Mordor for you."

Goes right along with, “Your chromosomes have combined beautifully!” and “I would simply walk into Mordor for you.”

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, McMonigal said, “I subtly got down on one knee to get the paper from my bag and hand it to her, then stood up to wait for her reaction. She hadn’t noticed what was happening at all, but as a typical physics grad, she read the abstract and then skipped straight to the conclusion and quickly [figured out what it meant].”

Of course, Nelan accepted the proposal. After all, how could she refuse to follow the study to its logical conclusion?

Take note, guys. McMonigal put quite a bit of thought and work into his offer of marriage. He thought of what interests they shared and what would make her laugh. As I told a young man who consulted me about a Christmas gift for his girlfriend, “It’s not what you spend that’s important; it’s the thought that you put into it.”