Dear readers, you must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love this entire collection of stories. From the moment this book sits in your hands, its weight and design announce that this is a treasure to behold! Before I welcome one of my favorite JAFF authors to Just Jane 1813 today, I wanted to share with my readers a list I made of the top ten reasons you’ll want to have this book on your TBR list and thankfully none of them include hearing any intolerable remarks from a certain gentleman…
10 Reasons to Read (or Reread) The Darcy Monologues
- That’s obvious… it’s filled with stories about Mr. Darcy. Austen wrote Pride & Prejudice from Elizabeth’s point-of-view, so what’s better than hearing fifteen engaging stories all told from Darcy’s point-of-view? Just imagine the possibilities!
- The settings are simply brilliant! Darcy in the Wild West… Yes! Darcy as an arrogant principal… Sign me up for class! Brooding bachelor filled with anxiety during the final days before his wedding day… I do!
- Emotive storytelling in each and every story… This collection is effused with lots of romantic tension, smoldering passion, and heart melting moments that made my eyes water and my heart tingle. Yes, my heart actually tingled as I read these stories.
- Explore new sides of Fitzwilliam Darcy. This goes beyond having stories told within varying settings and storylines. Some stories, such as J. Marie Croft’s, “From the Ashes,” reveal new sides to Darcy’s personality that feel not only plausible but are also loads of fun to read! I’ve always believed that Mr. Darcy has a wry sense-of-humor, and some of these stories explore this idea in more details, as well as other swoon-worthy dimensions of his personality.
- The flip side: Elizabeth Bennet. There’s are plenty of good reasons she’s Austen’s most popular heroine! She’s witty, she’s pertinent, and she eventually succumbs to the charms of Fitzwilliam Darcy. Readers of The Darcy Monologues are able to watch Darcy and Elizabeth interact with one another in that playful dance of cat and mouse that we just can’t get enough of, again and again!
- The talent between the covers. Let me be clear that what I am talking about here is the incredible group of people who were assembled to bring this project to fruition. This anthology is written by fifteen amazing Austenesque authors, edited by one of my favorite editors, Christina Boyd, and beautifully formatted by the lovely, Shari Ryan. The eBook is a treat; portable on your ereader, boasting a stunning black, white, and hot pink cover of gorgeous manliness, with stories from various eras divided by two luminous inserts. The paperback is also a real gift for JAFF readers; it displays an impressive matte cover, has the same eye-catching typography as the eBook, and feels simply divine in your hands. Collectively, from cover to cover, this book has the benefit of being shaped by many gifted ladies and each one contributes to this anthology in her own singular way!
- You’ll notice new things every time. The first time I had the pleasure of reading these stories, I read them page by page to uncover the plots. On subsequent readings, I was able to pay more attention to the subtle jokes within the stories, as well as paying closer attention to the references to Jane Austen’s works. I was also able to appreciate some of the characters more deeply as I reread their dialogue exchanges. I love dipping in and out of this book when the mood strikes me for one or more of these stories.
- There’s a terrific playlist to enjoy when you’re not reading this anthology. How dare I mention that yes, there are times in our lives when we can’t enjoy the pleasures of a book, and sometimes my cure for this dilemma is to listen to a playlist based on a book that I love. The Darcy Monologues Spotify Playlist is filled with songs that have been selected by each author from the anthology to represent each story and they are just great fun to listen to as you drive, type, cook, etc… Karen Cox is even sharing a special one today created just for her story, “I, Darcy,” in this anthology.
- These stories also share with readers many of the same themes that Austen explored in her own stories. You’ll see examples of good conquering bad, you’ll meet characters who really should take a hard, long look at their own behaviors, and you’ll be reminded, time and time again, that the power of love between a taciturn, handsome gentleman, and a feisty young woman with fine eyes, really does have the power to set our souls on fire!
- You need a book to put at the top of your summer reading list. It’s hard to believe that summer is around the corner, but before you know it, you’ll be heading to the beach, or a pool, or some other relaxing space where you’ll wish you had something fantastic to read. Problem solved; put The Darcy Monologues on your ereader or in your book bag and you’ll be ready to go and enjoy an afternoon of delicious reading time with Austen’s most beloved book-boyfriend.
I hear the book is already making waves amongst a certain set of ladies!
I hope this list inspires you to read one of my favorite reads of 2017, The Darcy Monologues. If you’ve already read this book and you have another reason to add to this list that I didn’t include in my list, please share below in the comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts too!
Please help me welcome Jan Hahn to Just Jane 1813 to describe why she’s a fangirl of Karen M Cox…
The Brave & Epic Travels of Karen M Cox / Shared by Jan Hahn
Most Austen writers either place their variations in the Regency period or modern day. Those who are daring venture into fantasy, America’s wild west, or even the future.
Karen Cox is a brave soul. Her novels range from 1932, set, of course, in the 1930s, to At the Edge of the Sea taking place in the late 50s and early 60s. Then, in Karen’s latest novel, Undeceived, her Pride and Prejudice characters live as spies, of all things, in the 1980s during the last part of the Cold War! What an imagination! Her modern stories include Find Wonder in All Things, a beautiful Persuasion novel, which won the 2012 Gold Medal IPPY award in the romance division, and a delightful short story, “Northanger Revisited 2015”, included in the anthology Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer.
I’ve admired Karen Cox’s expertise from the time I read her first book, 1932. Her novels are imaginative, intelligent, and romantic. She immerses the reader in the time period of the story. Her attention to detail is impressive, and her excellent writing merits the awards she has won.
You have a treat waiting for you in Karen Cox’s short story “I, Darcy” in the forthcoming The Darcy Monologues. I was so eager to read it that I raced straight to the last story in the book in order to devour it. And believe me, it does not disappoint.
Today it’s my pleasure to welcome back to Just Jane 1813 an Austenesque author that I’ve had the great pleasure of reading time and time again. Karen M Cox has written several JAFF books, and she’s also won quite a few awards for them as well. Whether you read her debut book, 1932, or her coming-of-age story, At the Edge of the Sea, or her latest release, Undeceived, you’ll find yourself immersed in a whole new era with Darcy and Elizabeth, loving the way Karen has shaped Austen’s characters and the obstacles she has created for them to overcome. Please help me welcome Karen M Cox to Just Jane 1813…
Karen, thank you for joining me here today on Just Jane 1813. I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing your books, sharing guest posts related to your work, and you were even the first author to host a chapter of my “We Still Need Her” series, for which I will always be grateful, but today’s the first time I’m able to sit side-by-side with you and have a little chat about your work. I’d love to start by having you describe for my readers how your story in The Darcy Monologues, “I, Darcy”, and Jane Austen, work together? What do they have to say to each other?
When Christina first approached me about writing a short story for the anthology, my initial thought was, ‘everyone on the outside of Austen-mania thinks Pride and Prejudice is about Mr. Darcy’. Those of us on the inside know better, of course, but what if a modern Mr. Darcy thought he had it all figured out, dissed the book, but didn’t realize he was living out his own version of the story. What would he have to learn about Mr. Darcy’s errors, his journey, his triumph—and how could Jane Austen give him guidance?
“I, Darcy” is the story of a young man who feels put upon because he was saddled with the same name as the Master of Pemberley. Liam Darcy is like his namesake in many ways: He’s a handsome man, born into privilege, “the perfect catch.” He was raised with good principles, but arrogantly steers his own boat when applying them. He takes his responsibilities seriously, but he’s also proud and generally thinks himself above his company. As he becomes more and more intrigued by the spunky Lynley, a “woman worthy of being pleased”, he remains blinded to the similarities between his own situation and that of literature’s Mr. Darcy, and makes similar mistakes.
How did you come to be inspired by Miss Austen, as both a woman and as a writer?
Jane Austen inspired me, originally, because her stories were about people as they really are. I admit, at first glance, I liked the romance part of the stories, but I discovered on re-reading them the satire, the social commentary, the wit that are just below the surface of the words. When it’s all put together, it’s delightful! And each time I re-read, there is more and more to love about her writing.
In many ways, I identify with Miss Austen, as a writer and as a woman. There she was, hidden away in the English countryside, where life seemed pedantic and boring, and in spite of that (or maybe because of it) her imagination flourished. But it didn’t flourish to faraway lands, or grand palaces. She wrote about what she saw, her observations about the small society around her, and the smallest things evolved into those great big stories.
I, too, have often felt hidden away, in the small town where I grew up, and even in the small town where I landed as an adult. And yeah, my life can be pedantic and boring, but it also has flashes of beauty and brilliance. In spite of this (or maybe because of it) I found I had things I wanted to say—about families, and love, and life—and it’s thrilling to have the chance to communicate something that resonates with others, even those who might be very far away.
The modern-day woman appears as besotted as ever by Mr. Darcy. What were the attributes that you felt you needed to include in the Mr. Darcy character in your story?
Liam had to have Mr. Darcy’s powerful, “noble” aura about him. I think women still find that appealing—it doesn’t have to be wealth necessarily, but he had to be a man who knows his worth. As a romantic hero, he also had to demonstrate a benevolent side—strong, but kind. Mr. Darcy was a man of integrity, and that is a non-negotiable quality for any hero with the Darcy name. Additionally, my Liam had to have flaws, so he would have room to grow, and enough self-awareness to learn from his mistakes.
And he had to be hot. Sorry, but as Elizabeth Bennet jokes, “He is handsome…which a young man ought likewise to be, if he possibly can.”
Why do you believe Austen’s stories still speak to modern-day readers?
For me, the big draw to Austen’s novels is the “story essence” she delivers. For example, Pride and Prejudice can be distilled into the idea that first impressions are often erroneous. Yes, that’s an oversimplification, but my point is that the core idea still holds true, even 200 years later. That’s why I think Austen’s work fascinates us, and why it translates so well—to fanfiction, to movies, to TV, to book adaptations, to comics, to plays—the list goes on and on. Her appeal goes far beyond a Regency love story. I like the escape into the Regency period as much as the next reader, but Austen can be much more than an escape. She has the capability to speak to readers in any time and at any place. Her stories can inform my life’s journey, now. That genius—there’s really no other word for it—explains her enduring appeal. And it’s why, when I write Austen-inspired modern or alternate era stories, I always want to highlight the cannon’s core idea and demonstrate how it applies to something that, on the surface, seems far removed from the English countryside in 1810.
Can you give us a six-word memoir about yourself?
“In all things— use your words.”
What can readers look forward to reading from you in the future and how can readers stay in touch with you?
Depending on when you read this, I’m close to finishing, or have finished, a manuscript for a modern adaptation of Emma. It takes place in the 1970s, and is set in my neck of the woods—the Bluegrass horse country of Kentucky. The working title is “I Could Write a Book.” Emma is a college co-ed with a unique set of living circumstances, and George Knightley is an attorney-about-town with a long list of girlfriends. They’re both from old-money, horse farm families. I’m having a great time with them, as well as the rest of the cast of characters. It’s taking me awhile to finish—real life keeps getting in the way, and Emma is actually a complicated piece of work to try and adapt—but I’m this close (Karen holds thumb and forefinger just barely apart.)
Connect with Karen:
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/karenmcox
And on several of the usual social media haunts such as Facebook, (karenmcox1932), Twitter (@karenmcox1932), Pinterest (karenmc1932), Instagram (karenmcox1932), and Tumblr (karenmcox).
Thank you, Karen, for dropping by Just Jane 1813. It was a real pleasure to visit with you. I look forward to reading your next book, especially since Emma is one of my favorite stories by Jane Austen.
Karen is also sharing an excerpt from her short story:
I, Darcy (excerpt from The Darcy Monologues) by Karen M Cox
“Mr. Darcy is a putz.”
“Mr. Darcy.” I rolled my eyes at Corbin’s characteristic blank look. “Pride and Prejudice? Ms. Smith’s senior English class? Remember?”
“Hell, no, I don’t remember. That was more than ten years ago.”
“And I could never forget. You probably never read the book anyway.”
“You’re probably right.” He laughed—that self-effacing, “aw-shucks” chuckle that, for some reason, women found adorable. “So, remind me. I guess the main character was Darcy. Hey, just like . . .”
“I’m ashamed to share his last name. Mr. Darcy is the ‘hero’”—I air-quoted the word with my fingers—“of Pride and Prejudice, and I’m not surprised it didn’t stick with you, because it’s forgettable—a two-hundred-year-old book by an English spinster who most likely never spent any time with a real man in her whole, lonely, miserable life. A book where everybody gets married, as if that’s the be-all, end-all objective of existence. In the words of the kid from The Princess Bride, it’s a ‘kissing book.’ The illustrious Mr. Darcy is the main schmuck in a book full of schmucks. He starts out somewhat reasonable, but then he gets led around by his gonads just like every other dude in the story.”
“You seem to know a lot about this book.”
“You would too if your last name was Darcy.” I mimicked an affected tone. “So, you’re Mr. Darcy. Ha-ha-ha-ha. I’ve been looking for you all my life.” With a grim shake of my head, I took a sip of my bourbon and branch. “His first name was even Fitzwilliam.”
“That sounds a lot like William.”
“Yep. My mother’s little joke—English lit major that she was. Bought me a lifetime of misery with that name.”
“So, that’s why you go by Liam?”
“I guess you’re not a fan.”
“I’m not not a fan, Corbin. I just think Mr. Darcy is a romanticized, overblown, emotional outlet for every woman who refuses to be satisfied with a real-world, flesh-and-blood man. He’s also the reason all these women, and some men, are infecting this hotel on the very week I’m negotiating the most important business deal of the year. Just look at them.” I cast a surreptitious glance around the hotel lobby.
Corbin’s gaze followed mine, but he wasn’t nearly as sly. “Oh, I don’t know. I think they’re sort of cute in their dresses and bonnets. It’s no different than dressing up for ‘Rocky Horror’ or wearing Peyton Manning’s jersey to a football game—both of which I’ve seen you do in the past.”
“Not the same.”
Corbin’s eyes twinkled with mischief. “It looks pretty much the same to me.”
My only response was a bland stare.
A light chuckle floated over the air. “Actually, Jane Austen knew a lot about men.”
I turned and startled. Her voice had the same effect on me as the first bites of my grandmother’s homemade cinnamon rolls—comforting and sweet and just a little spicy.
My cheeks grew hot with embarrassment. A young woman sat across from me—shocked, big blue eyes staring out of a beautiful face, corn silk blonde curls covered in an old-fashioned bonnet. The woman seated right behind me was wearing street clothes—and an amused grin—as she looked down into her glass of chardonnay. She didn’t even grace me with a look as she continued.
“Miss Austen was close to her father. He was a minister of the Church of England and supervised much of her education. He also ran a boarding school for boys from their home. And she had several brothers. So yes, I’m sure she spent plenty of time with real men, and given her keen powers of observation, she probably knew men better than they knew themselves.”
I sat, silently mortified that I had been caught discussing women—and literature—in public.
“Maybe,” the young woman with the velvet voice continued, “that’s why she never married.”
“Lynley,” Blue Bonnet Girl replied, obvious affection in her voice, “you’re such a cynic.”
Constitutionally incapable of rudeness, especially where pretty women were concerned, Corbin scooted his chair around between this Lynley and the blue-eyed one.
“Don’t mind him. Sometimes, he gets a little grumpy. I’m Corbin, and you are . . . ?” He held out a hand, which the blonde took.
“This is Liam, and I promise . . . his bark is worse than his bite.” He turned expectantly to the other woman, who still hadn’t looked at me.
“Can we buy you ladies a drink?”
“Well . . .” Lynley glanced at Jane, who shrugged a delicate shoulder.
“To make up for general grumpiness. My friend here had a tough week.” Corbin held up a finger to signal the waitress.
“Of—of course. If that’s okay. No offense intended.”
“None taken,” Lynley answered. “Everyone has a right to express his opinion, even if it’s an erroneous one.”
The waitress approached, and Corbin gestured around the table. “Another round here. What’ll you have, Jane?”
He pointed at Lynley. “Chardonnay?”
“Sure, I guess.”
When the waitress left, Corbin smoothly filled the awkward silence, addressing his question to the blonde. Typical. “So, do you live in the DC area, or are you traveling?”
“We’re both from a small town in central Virginia.”
“Oh, do you work together? Just friends?”
“Actually, we’re stepsisters. My dad married Lynley’s mom when we were little.” Jane smiled warmly at Lynley. “But we’re great friends, too.”
“That’s nice.” Corbin leaned back as the waitress set drinks down on the table. “And you’re Jane. At a Jane Austen conference. Clever.”
Her smile brightened. It was like a perpetual beacon that she just turned up and down to fit the conversation. “Like your friend Liam’s, my mother was an English lit major, too.”
“Are you enjoying the conference?”
“Oh yes! We come to this meeting every year.”
“But you’re not dressed up.” I frowned at the woman next to me.
“Dressing in period costume is optional, but Jane here is giving a talk about men’s undergarments worn during the British Regency and thought costuming would add to the presentation.” Her eyes flickered toward me. “First impressions often make a significant difference in how well you’re received.”
Jane blushed while Corbin gave her a speculative glance. “Men’s undergarments . . . interesting,” he murmured.
“And I’m combining business with pleasure on this trip. Jane’s going back home after the conference ends, but I have a meeting day after tomorrow.” Lynley turned to face me for the first time. “I’m curious, Mr. Darcy . . .” She faltered. “Um . . .”
“Yes, of course.” She stared at me. “Um…what?”
“You’re curious. . . ?” I asked.
“Oh.” She closed those big, brown eyes for a second and shook her head, as if to clear the cobwebs out. I recognized the gesture, given that I often did that myself, but on her it looked infinitely more charming.
“Curious, yes.” Her eyes opened, her equilibrium apparently restored. “Why do you despise the fictional Mr. Darcy so much?”
I back-pedaled, anxious to soften my previous hyperbole. “Despise is a strong word. It would be absurd to say I despise a literary figure, a man made of make-believe.”
“You don’t think that literature can be a reflection of real life?”
“Sure it can. But, like I said, Mr. Darcy isn’t a reflection of real life. I think he’s been put on a pedestal. It’s irrational.”
“Irrational? How so?”
“To start with, he’s stand-offish and rude, and insulting to Elizabeth Bennet for most of the book, but that’s all overlooked once she sees the big estate and talks to the housekeeper.”
“My, my, you do know the story.”
“Mother, English lit major, remember?”
Lynley smiled. “I think I’d like your mother.”
“You probably would.” I leaned back in my chair, considering her. “And what’s more, Mr. Darcy isn’t any kind of hero I’d aspire to be. He’s actually kind of stupid.”
“First off, he’s got the hots for a gold digger.”
“Well, most would say her mother was the gold digger.”
“In my experience, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” I was on a roll now. “Two, he’s a complete social klutz. If Darcy really had a thing for Elizabeth, and yet he still made all those blunders up to and including the time when he proposed, she wouldn’t give him the time of day after that, no matter what the revered Jane Austen would have you believe. Any time a real woman encounters a real man who actually acts like Mr. Darcy, she brushes him off like a piece of lint.”
“You think so, do you?”
“And is this assertion based on personal experience?”
I glared at her and ignored that little dig. “The idea that Elizabeth and Darcy would live happily ever after is a complete fairy tale.”
“Yep. A fantasy that’s been perpetuated by women for two hundred years. The perfect Mr. Darcy.”
“I wouldn’t say Mr. Darcy is perfect”—Lynley tilted her head, a mischievous grin on her lips, her eyes sparkling with humor—“he’s just forgiven.”
I smiled despite myself and conceded the point with a nod. “Perhaps.”
Corbin picked up his glass and held it up. “To forgiveness.” He clinked his glass to mine, then Lynley’s, then held it up to Jane’s. “And to new friends.”
Wasn’t that lovely? Karen has also included a Spotify Playlist, titled “I, Darcy,” for readers to enjoy. I listened to it again yesterday, and I think she did a great job capturing the essence of her story with this playlist!
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Formally trained as a fine artist and illustrator, Susan Adriani discovered her passion for storytelling over a decade after she graduated from a local art college near her childhood home in New England. Susan is the author of The Truth about Mr. Darcy and Darkness Falls upon Pemberley.
Sara Angelini is a lawyer living in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, three kids, two dogs, a frog, some fish, and a few hundred stick bugs. She never went to veterinary school but if she had, she would have been a true proficient. She enjoys writing from Darcy’s point of view in a way that shows his humor and vulnerability. Her first book, The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy, was published in 2008. She is the co-founder of www.austenunderground.com, where her other Pride and Prejudice-inspired works can be read.
Karen M Cox is an award-winning author of four novels accented with romance and history: 1932, Find Wonder in All Things, At the Edge of the Sea, and Undeceived. She also wrote “Northanger Revisited 2015”, which appeared in the anthology Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer. Originally from Everett, Washington, Karen now lives in Central Kentucky with her husband, works as a pediatric speech pathologist, encourages her children, and spoils her granddaughter. Like Austen’s Emma, Karen has many hobbies and projects she doesn’t quite finish, but like Elizabeth Bennet, she aspires to be a great reader and an excellent walker.
J. Marie Croft is a self-proclaimed word nerd and adherent of Jane Austen’s quote “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.’ Bearing witness to her fondness for Pride and Prejudice, wordplay, and laughter are Joanne’s light-hearted novel, Love at First Slight, a Babblings of a Bookworm Favourite Read of 2014, her humorous short story, “Spyglasses and Sunburns,” in the Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer anthology, and a playful novella, A Little Whimsical in His Civilities, Just Jane 1813’s Favorite JAFF Novella of 2016.
Award-winning writer Jan Hahn is the author of four Austen-inspired novels. She studied music at the University of Texas but discovered her true love was a combination of journalism and literature. Her first book, An Arranged Marriage, was published in 2011, followed by The Journey, The Secret Betrothal, and A Peculiar Connection. She agrees with Mr. Darcy’s words in Pride and Prejudice: “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” She is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, lives in Texas, has five children and a gaggle of gorgeous grandchildren.
Jenetta James is a mother, lawyer, writer, and taker-on of too much. She grew up in Cambridge and read history at Oxford University where she was a scholar and president of the Oxford University History Society. After graduating, she took to the law and now practices full time as a barrister. Over the years, she has lived in France, Hungary and Trinidad as well as her native England. Jenetta currently lives in London with her husband and children where she enjoys reading, laughing and playing with Lego. She is the author of Suddenly Mrs. Darcy and The Elizabeth Papers.
Lory Lilian fell in love with Pride and Prejudice thirty-three years ago and discovered the charm of Jane Austen fanfiction exactly twenty years later. She lives in Bucharest, Romania, is a proud mother of an amazing daughter, and addicted to anything Austen. After a career in business, she dedicates her time to reading and writing. Lory is the author of six bestselling books: Rainy Days, Remembrances of the Past, His Uncle’s Favorite, The Perfect Match, Sketching Mr. Darcy, The Rainbow Promise, and A Man with Faults. JAFF readers call her the “Queen of Hot Mush” and she loves it.
KaraLynne Mackrory is no newbie to the writing world. She made her debut as an author at the tender age of 13 when she wrote her first set of bad poetry. As a young adult, she steered clear of bad prose and achieved a degree in social work. Years later, she has published four Austen inspired novels so full of romantic sensibilities as to give you a swoon and hopefully a few laughs. Her books turned out better than her poetry and are: Falling for Mr. Darcy, Bluebells in the Mourning, the IPPY award-winning Haunting Mr. Darcy, and Yours Forevermore, Darcy.
Beau North is the author of Longbourn’s Songbird, The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy, and a contributor to the anthology Then Comes Winter. Beau is a native southerner who now calls Portland, Oregon home with her husband and two cats. She attended the University of South Carolina where she began a lifelong obsession with literature. In her spare time, Beau is the co-host of the podcast Excessively Diverted: Modern Austen Onscreen.
Mild-mannered business woman by day, hopeless romantic by night, Ruth Phillips Oakland was always a fan of the fictional gentleman from Derbyshire, but it was her discovery of Jane Austen fanfiction in 2006 that inspired Ruth to become a writer. Ruth has written dozens of short stories posted online and the published novel entitled, My BFF. Ruth lives in New England with her favorite husband of over thirty years and is thrilled to be included in this anthology with so many of her favorite authors and friends.
Natalie Richards is a writer, blogger, and singer. She started her book review blog, Songs & Stories, in late 2010 after falling in love with Jane Austen fanfiction. Her writing can also be found on Figment, the Darcy & Lizzy Forum, TeenInk Magazine, and in the Austenesque anthologies Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer and Then Comes Winter. She resides with her family in the Oregon countryside and currently works as a waitress and babysitter.
Sophia Rose is a native Californian currently residing in Michigan. A long-time Jane Austen fan, she is a contributing author to Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer and Then Comes Winter anthologies. Sophia’s love for writing began as a teen writing humorous stories submitted for creative writing class and high school writing club. Writing was set aside while Sophia pursued degrees and certificates in education, special education, family history, and social work leading to a rewarding career. Health issues led her to a greater opportunity to read, beta, and review books, and return to writing stories that lean toward the humorous side and always end with a happily ever after.
Melanie Stanford reads too much, plays music too loud, is sometimes dancing, and always daydreaming. She would also like her very own TARDIS, but only to travel to the past. She lives in Canada with her husband and four kids. She is the author of SWAY, a retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, and the short story “Becoming Fanny” featured in the anthology Then Comes Winter. Her second novel, Collide, inspired by Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, is coming soon. You can find her at melaniestanfordbooks.com, on Twitter @MelMStanford, and on Facebook @MelanieStanfordauthor.
Joana Starnes lives in the south of England with her family. Over the years, she has swapped several hats—physician, lecturer, clinical data analyst—but feels most comfortable in a bonnet. She has been living in Georgian England for decades in her imagination and plans to continue in that vein till she lays hands on a time machine. She is the author of seven Austen-inspired novels: From This Day Forward ~ The Darcys of Pemberley, The Subsequent Proposal, The Second Chance, The Falmouth Connection, The Unthinkable Triangle, Miss Darcy’s Companion, and Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter. You can connect with Joana through her website http://www.joanastarnes.co.uk/ and on Facebook via All Roads Lead to Pemberley.
Caitlin Williams is an award-winning author of two novels, Ardently and the best-selling The Coming of Age of Elizabeth Bennet, both of which spin the plot of Pride and Prejudice around but keep the characters just the same. Originally from South London, Caitlin spent thirteen years as a detective in the Metropolitan Police but is currently on a break from Scotland Yard so she can spend more time at home with her two children and write. She now lives in Kent, where she spends a lot of time daydreaming about Mr. Darcy, playing with dinosaurs, and trying not to look at the laundry pile.
Christina Boyd wears many hats as she is an editor under her own banner The Quill Ink, a contributor to Austenprose, and a ceramicist and proprietor of Stir Crazy Mama’s Artworks. A life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Christina lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her dear Mr. B, two busy teenagers, and a retriever named BiBi. Visiting Jane Austen’s England was made possible by her book boyfriend and star crush Henry Cavill when she won a trip to meet him on the London Eye in the spring of 2017. True story.
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To follow the tour, see the schedule below:
April 3 / My Jane Austen Book Club / Launch Post & Giveaway
April 10 / Babblings of a Bookworm/ Book Review & Giveaway
April 17 / The Reading Frenzy / Guest Post & Giveaway
April 20 / My Love for Jane Austen / Guest Post & Giveaway
April 24 / Margie’s Must Reads / Book Review & Giveaway
May 1 / From Pemberley to Milton / Book Review & Giveaway
May 8 / Just Jane 1813 / Excerpt Post & Giveaway
May 15 / Austenesque Reviews / Book Review & Giveaway
May 22 / Austenesque Reviews / Guest Post & Giveaway
May 25 / Of Pens and Pages / Book Review & Giveaway
May 29 / More Agreeably Engaged / Book Review & Giveaway
June 5 / So Little Time / Book Excerpt & Giveaway
June 12 / Diary of an Eccentric / Book Review & Giveaway
June 19 / Book Lover in Florida / Book Excerpt & Giveaway
June 26 / My Vices and Weaknesses / Book Review & Giveaway
July 3 / Savvy Verse & Wit / Book Review & Giveaway
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