Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Resurgence of “St. Jane,” the Never-Ending Reverence to All Things Austen

A Resurgence of Jane Austen Several people believe Colin Firth’s stellar two-year “flirt” with Oscar – first with a spectacular performance in “A Single Man” and then in “The King’s Speech” – led to a resurgence of Jane Austen’s popularity. … Continue reading

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Do You Speak Jane Austen? Part Two

Do You Speak Jane Austen? Part 2 A laugh, a fist pounding on a desk top, a raised eyebrow – these are all signals to punctuation of the spoken word, but what of the written word? We start with the … Continue reading

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Of Water Nymphs and Mermaids? Are You Familiar with These British Legends?

Of Water Nymphs and Mermaids – Have You Heard of These UK Legends? Fairy maidens inhabiting the oceans, rivers, springs, meadows, woods, and wells are collectively known as nymphs. Nymphs resemble humans in height and overall appearance, but they are … Continue reading

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What Does Your eBook Reader Tell Publisher About Your Reading Habits?

What Does Your eBook Reader Tell Publishers About Your Reading Habits? IT TAKES THE AVERAGE READER JUST SEVEN HOURS TO READ THE FINAL BOOK IN SUZANNE COLLINS’S “HUNGER GAMES” TRILOGY ON THE KOBO E-READER—ABOUT 57 PAGES AN HOUR. NEARLY 18,000 … Continue reading

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Do You Speak Jane Austen? Part One

I have run this series previously, but it never hurts to revisit a “good thing.” Part I: Do You Speak Jane Austen? When my son was about three years of age, he shocked several onlookers at the mall by saying, … Continue reading

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Henry VII, the First of the Tudors

Henry VII, the First of the Tudors Henry VII came to the throne of England after defeating Richard III at Bosworth in 1485. With his accedence, England came into a long period of “National Pride.” The War of the Roses … Continue reading

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Ed Gein: The Real-Life Norman Bates

Ed Gein: The Real-Life Norman Bates Of late, I’ve spent a lot of research hours on grave robbing and serial killers, especially as mayhem was practiced during the early 1800s. The need for medical schools to rob graves of “fresh” corpses … Continue reading

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The Etiquette of “Visiting” and How Jane Austen Used the Tradition as a Plot Device

The Etiquette of “Visiting” and How Jane Austen Used It as a Plot Device In the 1800s, morning calls or visiting upon a household developed a certain protocol, and those who broke protocol were often shunned. First a calling card … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Release of Jen Corkill’s “Season of Mists” + an Enticing Excerpt

It is my great pleasure to welcome Jen Corkill to my blog today. Her latest release appears quite enticing: a mixture of late Victorian mayhem and a bit of the supernatural. Please enjoy the excerpt of Season of Mists below. … Continue reading

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