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A Closer Look at “One Minute Past Christmas” by George T. Arnold and Regina Jeffers

I came to this story late in the aspect that the nucleus of it was written by my former journalism professor. When I read it, I like it, but I had the feeling that something was missing. Even so, I … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at “Mr. Darcy’s Bargain”

Mr. Darcy’s Bargain: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary came to life from a bit of research I was doing at the time for another book. I came across an interesting character that I thought would make the “perfect Wickham” in a … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at “The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq.” by William Makepeace Thackeray

 I have debated whether this post should be a review of the book The Memoirs of Barry Lyndon, Esq. by William Makepeace Thackeray or a review of the Stanley Kubrick movie Barry Lyndon or something in between. In truth, I was … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at “A Touch of Love: Book 6 of the Realm Series”

Originally, I thought the Realm series would be three, mayhap four novels. I thought the books would cover the adventures of James Kerrington (book 1), Brantley Fowler (book 2) and Gabriel Crowden (book 4). For the other four men of … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s Connections to the Stoneleigh Barony

For a chapter I did for a recent release, I explored questions of inheritance and the custom of primogeniture. Naturally, I could not do so without looking at Jane Austen’s family.   It is said Austen’s family knew something of questions of … Continue reading

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Mudeford, an English Spa Favored by King George III + an Excerpt from “The Mysterious Death of Mr. Darcy”

With the onset of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, the idea of a European Grand Tour for English aristocratic class lost its appeal. Instead, English men and women turned their sights on popular British destinations, such as Brighton, … Continue reading

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Mashups!! Jane Austen and Vampires

MashUps: Jane Austen and Vampires What is a Mashup?    When I first became aware of the term “mashup,” I automatically thought of the music industry with its remixes and creative imaginings of oldies and the classics. By definition, a … Continue reading

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