Monthly Archives: April 2019

A Round-up of Stories in 2019 and Previews of Coming Attractions

Despite a recent diagnosis of diabetes, my 2019 has been going exceptionally well, and the writing has been flowing out of me, of late. In 2018, I caught the flu, which turned into bronchitis and then into pneumonia. I was … Continue reading

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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 was presented to the household’s servant. It was common for those who came to … Continue reading

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An Intervention with Jane Austen’s “Bad Boy,” George Wickham

After my article on Monday regarding Austen’s use of George Wickham to advance the main plot of Pride and Prejudice, several people have sent me messages regarding the “Intervention” I wrote some years back. They enjoyed it, so I thought a … Continue reading

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George Wickham: How Jane Austen Masterfully Uses a Minor Character to Drive the Main Plot

How a Minor Character Controls the Story’s Action: Jane Austen’s Use of George Wickham On Monday, I interviewed our favorite Austen bad boy, Mr. George Wickham. Actually, I held a celebrity intervention, but as an afterthought to that momentous event, … Continue reading

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Easter During the Regency

According to many sources, for many years during the Regency (1811-1820), Parliament did not open its first session of the year until after Easter. But the list of dates, I have included below, contradicts that idea somewhat. Generally, the new … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at “A Touch of Scandal, Book One of the Realm Series”

Until I wrote The Scandal of Lady Eleanor, all I had written were Jane Austen adaptations and retellings, including Darcy’s Passions, Darcy’s Temptation,Vampire Darcy’s Desire, The Phantom of Pemberley and Captain Wentworth’s Persuasion. I was very appreciative of Ulysses Press … Continue reading

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Tax Day During the late Georgian and Regency Periods

Today is tax day in the U.S. I paid mine in March. My tax receipts are sometimes 5 inches deep in paper. As a self-employed author and retired teacher, I save receipts for lodging, mileage, advertising, home office, technology, insurance … Continue reading

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