Category Archives: reading

A Fascinating Flight into the Unknown, a Guest Post from Heather King

A Fascinating Flight into the Unknown ~ Hot-Air Balloons When I start a new novel or even a blog post, I am prone to falling down research rabbit holes in the pursuit of historical fact. With my most recent release, … Continue reading

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Scottish Irregular Weddings + the Release of “The Earl Claims His Comfort”

Clandestine/Irregular Weddings in Scotland A clandestine wedding plays a key role in solving the mystery that occurs in my latest Regency romantic suspense, The Earl Claims His Comfort: Book 2 of the Twins’ Trilogy. But exactly what constituted a clandestine … Continue reading

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Announcing the Winners from the MR. DARCY’S BRIDEs Blog Tour

Of late, I have been out promoting the release of my latest JAFF (Jane Austen Fan Fiction) novel. These are the winners of an eBook copy of MR. DARCY’S BRIDEs: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary from the various guest opportunities … Continue reading

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Jane Austen and Libraries

My fellow Austen Author, Rebecca Jamison shared this post in March of 2016. I thought it worthy to resurrect here.  Last week, I came across a rather confusing line in Austen’s unfinished novel, Sanditon. In this part of the book, Charlotte … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at “A Touch of Velvet, Book 2 of the Realm Series”

When I first began to write the Realm series, I envisioned only four books, with the possibility of one or two novellas. However, the “best laid plans” turned into an eight-book series: one for each of the seven members of … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at “Mr. Darcy’s Fault: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary”

  Mr. Darcy’s Fault was my first foray into what is known as JAFF (Jane Austen Fan Fiction). Since 2009, I have been known as a Jane Austen-inspired writer. Of my 30 published books, I have written 17 Austen-related titles … Continue reading

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The Significance of Books and of Reading in Jane Austen’s Novels, Guest Post from Lauren Gilbert

  The Significance of Books and Reading in Jane Austen’s Novels By Lauren Gilbert  Jane Austen was a reader.  She read widely.  We know she enjoyed novels; she was a subscriber to Fanny Burney’s third novel, Cecilia or Memoirs of … Continue reading

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