For many of us, our favorite time of the year has officially started; the beginning of the holiday season. As our piles of Halloween candy begin to dwindle, it’s time to begin our preparations for the holidays and as a JAFF reader, I can think of no better way to get into the holiday mood than to enjoy some heartwarming holiday tales inspired by our favorite author!
Today I am thrilled to announce that four of my favorite JAFF writers, Robin Helm, Laura Hile, Wendy Sotis, and Barbara Cornthwaite, all of whom have written books that I have read and reviewed on Just Jane 1813, are revealing the cover for a holiday JAFF collection with my readers today.
I love the way these ladies write because they are creative people who work hard to give us stories that take us on new adventures with our favorite Austenesque characters and they have a knack for writing JAFF stories that really capture Austen’s characters as I believe she intended for them to be sketched across the pages. This new collection is filled with romantic and engaging stories that will allow readers to slip away into Regency England to enjoy some memorable moments during the holiday season.
I won’t keep you waiting any longer! Let’s get a look at this beautiful and festive new cover…
What do you think, dear readers? Are you ready to get into the mood for A Very Austen Christmas? These writers make it so easy and delightful to slip right into the holiday season with this wonderful collection of stories!
About the Stories
Her Christmas Gift
Elizabeth Bennet finds herself snowbound at Rosings with two rejected, but highly eligible, suitors. Does either man have a chance? Will her childhood friend, Meryton’s golden boy, win her affection, or will she accept the master of Pemberley? Perhaps she will refuse them both a second time. Her Christmas Gift deftly combines tension and emotion with humor and romance.
The Matchmaker’s Christmas
It’s raining; it’s pouring – and what could be better than a little Christmas matchmaking? So says Emma Woodhouse who is unexpectedly stranded at Netherfield Park. Mr. Darcy disagrees, for she has someone else in mind for adorable Elizabeth Bennet. Amid meddling, misunderstanding, and an unwelcome proposal or two, will True Love find a way?
No Better Gift
On his way to Derbyshire to spend Christmas with his family, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy plans to retrieve an item he left behind during his rushed escape from Netherfield—and the country miss who touched his heart. Finding Meryton practically deserted, he fears the worst. What fate could have fallen upon this once-thriving village in only three weeks? More importantly, was Miss Elizabeth Bennet in danger?
Mistletoe at Thornton Lacey
When Edmund Bertram realizes that Fanny is the perfect wife for him, he wants to propose without delay. What better time than at Christmas? Ah, but the course of true love never does run smooth …
Don’t these stories sound wonderful? I’ve been reading them this week and I think readers will love getting into the holiday spirit with these stories!
Meet the Authors Featured in A Very Austen Christmas
Robin Helm’s time revolves around music as she dances (as badly as Mr. Collins), sings (a little better than Mary Bennet), plays (better than Marianne Dashwood – almost as well as Caroline Bingley), and teaches (channeling her inner Elinor). Her books reflect that love, as well as her fascination with the paranormal and science fiction.
Her latest publication is Understanding Elizabeth, in which Darcy must decide how much he’s willing to pay to have what he wants. Previously published works include The Guardian Trilogy (Darcy is Elizabeth’s guardian angel, and the Yours by Design series (Fitzwilliam Darcy switches places in time with his descendant, Will Darcy).
She lives in South Carolina and adores her one husband (Mr. Knightley), two married daughters (Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II), and three grandchildren.
Readers are loving Laura Hile‘s joyous Regency novels. Her signature style – intertwined plots, cliffhangers, and laugh-out-loud humor – keep them coming back for more.
The comedy Laura comes by as a teacher. There’s never a dull moment with teen students!
She recently released Darcy By Any Other Name, a comic ‘body swap’ romance based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Laura lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and sons. Her fiction is for everyone, even teens.
Wendi Sotis lives on Long Island, NY, with her husband and triplets. While searching for Pride and Prejudice from Darcy’s point of view, she became thoroughly enamored with Jane Austen Fan Fiction or JAFF. In early 2010, she dreamed an idea for a story and hasn’t stopped writing since: Promises, Dreams and Expectations; All Hallows Eve; The Keys for Love; Safekeeping; The Gypsy Blessing; Foundation of Love (The Gypsy Blessing 2); and A Lesson Hard Learned.
Some of her works-in-progress have branched away from JAFF to Regency Romance (The Pact, due to be released in 2018) and Contemporary Romantic Mysteries (the Implicated series). Wendi will also continue bringing Darcy and Lizzy together again and again in an unusual manner.
Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and children. She taught college English before “retiring” to do something she loves far more; her days are now filled with homeschooling her six children, trying to keep the house tidy (a losing battle), and trying to stay warm in the damp Irish climate (also a losing battle).
She is surrounded by medieval castles, picturesque flocks of sheep, and ancient stone monuments. These things are unappreciated by her children, who are more impressed by traffic jams, skyscrapers, and hot weather.
Barbara is the author of the George Knightley, Esquire series, and A Fine Young Lady.
Today I also have a special giveaway of an eBook of A Very Austen Christmas for my readers. To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment on this post by midnight, ET November 8th and the winner will be announced on November 9, 2017, on this blog. We’d love to hear your comments about this cover!
Please come back to Just Jane 1813 on November 10th, when A Very Austen Christmas is released and I will share a launch post for my readers too.
I’d like to thank all four authors for allowing me to host this cover reveal and for this generous giveaway for my readers! Let the holiday season begin…