About the Author
Writing passionately comes easily to Regina Jeffers. A master teacher, for thirty-nine years, she passionately taught thousands of students English in the public schools of West Virginia, Ohio, and North Carolina. Yet, “teacher” does not define her as a person. Ask any of her students or her family, and they will tell you Regina is passionate about so many things: her son, her grandchildren, truth, children in need, our country’s veterans, responsibility, the value of a good education, words, music, dance, the theater, pro football, classic movies, the BBC, track and field, books, books, and more books. Holding multiple degrees, Jeffers often serves as a Language Arts or Media Literacy consultant to school districts and has served on several state and national educational commissions.
Jeffers’s writing career began when a former student challenged her to do what she so “righteously” told her class should be accomplished in writing. On a whim, she self-published her first book Darcy’s Passions. “I never thought anything would happen with it. Then one day, a publishing company contacted me. They had watched the sales of the book on Amazon, and they offered to print it. The rest is history.”
Since that time, Jeffers continues to write. “Writing is just my latest release of the creative side of my brain. I taught theater, even participated in professional and community-based productions when I was younger. I trained dance teams, flag lines, majorettes, and field commanders. My dancers were both state and national champions. I simply require time each day to let the possibilities flow. When I write, I write as I used to choreograph routines for my dance teams; I write the scenes in my head as if they are a movie. Usually, it plays there for several days being tweaked and rewritten, but, eventually, I put it to paper. From that point, things do not change much because I have completed several mental rewrites.”
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I have greatly enjoyed reading your blog, which has great information and is well-written. I hope that my own blog, Write Life by A Lady, can aspire to be as authoritative, though I am yet to be published. Miguelina Perez and I are finishing our first collaborative mystery-romance novel set in the Regency Period, and authors like you are a real inspiration!
Thank you for your kind words, Pamela. I shall endeavor to stop by your blog when I return from my book signings. Let me know if I may be of assistance in any way.
I have nominated you for the Liebster Award! I hope you will accept it! Check out the details on my blog.
As I am on the road promoting two different books, I will decline at this time. Thanks for thinking of me, though.
Of course I fully understand! Just know that you were nominated by me because I always enjoy your posts! 🙂
I TRULY appreciate the gesture. I have been wanting time to respond to several offers for guest blogs, etc. I just can’t seem to get my act together. I come home on Monday, repack the car, do my radiation treatments, and am out again by week’s end. I knew it would be hectic so I purposely completed all my blog posts up through June 20 when things will hopefully calm down.
I hope so to! Good luck!
I hope so too! Good luck with everything..!
Thankyou for your September post about James Pratt, John Smith and William Bonill. I became fascinated with their sad story a few months ago and, since I am in London, I went to the spot where Bonill lived, not far from Blackfriars Bridge. The street where he lived doesn’t exist anymore, but there was an old pub nearby and I half wondered whether that was where he fetched his jug of ale. I did some research and found that Bonill was transported to Tasmania (or Van Diemen’s Land as it was then known) as a convict after the deaths of Pratt and Smith and he died in the New Norfolk Hospital there in 1841, only a few years after the other men.
I did not know Bonill was transported. I learned something new today. Thanks for joining us.
I stumbled across your blog because I was looking for other bloggers who write about male vs female perspectives — but you take it to a whole new level dissecting characters! Very interesting topics! 🙂
Hi Regina: A search of a brief article at Grinnell about entail brought up your blog. I can’t find the article in which you mention this quote: “Another detail of the law was that entails were periodically renewable and even breakable with the consent of an heir who had come of age.” I am very curious to know if you’ve seen anything else on the issue of breaking entail with the consent of the heir? I’ve searched everything I can find, and there is nothing. Thanks for a great blog!
Do you need the actual quote or the idea of breaking entails included within it?
The idea originally came from Persuasions, which is the magazine that chronicles the AGM conference of the Jane Austen Society of America (JASNA). This link will take you to a page on the JASNA website with articles that deal with entails. http://www.jasna.org/search/?Search=entail&action_doSearch=Go
Entailment and Property Law
Joshua Weiner http://www.math.grinnell.edu/~simpsone/Teaching/Romantics/josh.html (The Grinnell in the URL is a college. There are several articles on the JASNA site from Grinnell faculty. )
Fines and Recoveries Act 1833 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Will4/3-4/74#l1g3
A Fun House Mirror of Law http://digitalcommons.law.uga.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1958&context=fac_artchop
Look at “Fee Tail,” not “Entail.” Also, research “primogeniture.”
Grover, Christine (2013). “Edward Knight’s Inheritance: The Chawton, Godmersham, and Winchester Estates”. Persuasions. Jane Austen Society of North America. 34 (1). Retrieved 17 April 2015.
Sir Perceval Maitland Laurence, The Law and Custom of Primogeniture (can be found as a reprint on Amazon)
Land, Law, and Love http://www.jasna.org/persuasions/printed/number11/redmond.htm
Entailment of Property in the Early 19th Century https://byuprideandprejudice.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/entailment-of-property-in-early-19th-century-england/
You are awesome, Regina! I was hoping there was a more comprehensive article available on the Grinnell site but you actually sent me something better. One of the articles you listed discusses exactly what I need: common recovery. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
I have been working on a non-fiction piece on “primogeniture” for some time now. I have books scattered all over my house on the subject of entails and inheritance. I am glad you found something that would meet your needs.
Every new day brings a wonderful new surprise, and today I stumbled across your amazing blog. I have always been interested in the effects on Georgian era families of primogeniture. I recently completed a novel based on the life of Jane Austen’s remarkable great-grandmother Elizabeth Weller Austen and how primogeniture nearly ruined her life. Her wealthy father-in-law John III could have helped her out after his son’s untimely death, but he apparently disliked her intensely. Why? In Austens of Broadford, I pulled together facts from Eliza’s famous Memorandum enhanced with fictional aspects to explain my theory of how and why she ended up as she did..
Every woman dreams, and writing this historical fictional biography was on my bucket list, so let me thank you for allowing me to announce it here.
Carole, if you would like to do a guest post on the blog, I would be happy to host you.
Regina, I would be honoured to do a guest post on your blog! Based on my research of the Austen family, I was surprised to find no novel written about Jane’s interesting ancestress. As a retired attorney whose only prior writing experience was legal contracts and court briefs, I decided to try my hand at something creative–a novel.. And I have a deep abiding interest in history.
Please let me know what you have in mind for a guest post.
I have just enjoyed reading your article from 2013 on Plough Monday & Mumming (https://reginajeffers.blog/2013/03/04/plough-monday-and-molly-dancing/) – I am part of the Good Easter Molly Gang in Essex, founded in 1984, with dances collected from old dancers in Needham Market so it’s all very interesting. The two main resources to which I’ve been referred are these, which I assume you have, but just in case:
• “For a bit of sport -: Molly dancing and Plough Monday in East Anglia” by Richard Humphries.
• “Truculent Rustics – Molly Dancing In East Anglia Before 1940” by Elaine Bradtke
The reason I thought to get in touch is because your blog, which I found by searching for “Molly” appears to be topped with a lovely picture of Chatsworth House, where my Mum went to school during WW2. May I ask why you chose to use that picture? Are you connected with the House? Obviously nothing to do with Molly but I’m intrigued.
I write Jane Austen-inspired variations/vagaries, which is how I began my writing career (by a fluke). Chatsworth is often thought of as the “image” of Mr. Darcy’s Pemberley in “Pride and Prejudice.” My Austen fans recognize it immediately as such. LOL!
It feels a bit odd to call you that, but the name that I knew you by as a student isn’t listed on here that I saw, and so I wanted to avoid using it just in case. I hope it doesn’t come across as rude! I happened across your blog by chance while looking up the author of a book my friend is reading; I thought it could hardly be a coincidence that another author named Regina had written a sequel to Pride and Prejudice! At any rate, I thought it would be nice to drop by to say hello. I can’t imagine you’d have much reason to remember me in particular, but I was one of your students about 15 or so years ago. I only had you for a single class, but you left such an impression that I still recall it all these years later. You never let me get away with cutting corners in my writing and you were a “hard ass” in the best of ways, even though I was just a teen too surly and full of himself to appreciate it at the time. I hope you’re doing well, especially given everything going on these last few years.
Good day, Ian. I am still here. In fact, I just built a house in the new subdivision at Unionville IT Road and Ridge Road, a quarter mile removed from PR. I am pleased to hear from you. Working on book number 59. I won’t mention my age, as I recently had a birthday, but it would be considered “monumental.”
I am glad you are doing well. Such is what I hoped for you.
Will Darcy’s Temptation ever be available on Kindle?
I had to reconstruct Darcy’s Temptation from old files once I received the rights back from the publisher about two years ago. The publisher does not provide the files. All I had in my files was a pdf. As you likely know, copying and pasting from a pdf messes up the look of a page in Word. Anyway, that process is finished. It is with the editors, and I am happy to say, Darcy’s Temptation will be rereleased in January 2023. Follow me on this site or on Austen Authors to keep abreast of the exact release date.