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Special New Year’s Edition Featuring “Twelfth Night at Longbourn” with Maria Grace

I have to confess, one of my favorite parts of writing historical fiction is having an excuse to read up on the manners and customs of the period. I was doubly excited to when I realized that my latest book … Continue reading

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The Eighth Day of Christmas (Jane Austen Style)

(Sung to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”) On the eighth day of Christmas, Jane Austen gave to me, Eight Minor Pieces Seven Austen Siblings Six Classic Novels F-i-v-e Bennet Singers Four Abbey Tilneys Three Sailing Captains Two … Continue reading

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On the 7th Day of Christmas (Jane Austen Style)

I have included this tale in the past, but it’s back for a repeat… On the seventh day of Christmas, Jane Austen gave to me, Seven Austen Siblings Six Classic Novels F-i-v-e Bennet Sisters Four Abbey Tilneys Three Sailing Captains … Continue reading

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Celebrating Christmas Movies

Since the onset of film, a little over a century prior, Christmas has been employed as plot device for some of our most endearing films, as well as those not so engaging. Today, we have channels, such as the Hallmark … Continue reading

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What is a “Cracker”?

Tom Smith invented the cracker in 1847. One hundred and sixty-three years later, it is an integral part of many holiday celebrations, and it has become a traditional part of British events. The cracker is a small cardboard tube covered … Continue reading

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Celebrating a Regency Christmas

When most people consider a Regency Christmas, they are really envisioning a Victorian one. During the Regency Period (1811-1820), Christmastide began on Christmas Day and ended with a Twelfth Night celebration. There are few references to Christmas traditions in Regency … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Jane Austen – 16 December 1775 – What I Learned from Jane Austen.

(This post was originally published on December 16, 2010. I could not permit Austen’s birthday to pass without notice.) It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen remains an inspiration to throngs of readers more than two centuries after … Continue reading

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“Here We Come A-Wassailing” ~ Plus the Release of Susana Ellis’s A Twelfth Night Tale + Giveaway + Excerpt

Today, I am so pleased to have Susana Ellis join me on my blog to speak of one of a Christmastide’s long-lasting traditions. To celebrate her appearance, Ms. Ellis has generously offered a special giveaway to accompany her post. Enjoy … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Nostradamus: The Brahan Seer

The Brahan Seer, Kenneth Mackenzie (or Coinneach Odhar), is Scotland’s most famous prophet. Often referred to as the Scottish Nostradamus, Mackenzie lived in the 17th Century. Most experts believe that he was born on the Isle of Lewis (at Baile-na-Cille … Continue reading

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