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Regency Customs: Using the Social Call to Change a Story Line

In the 1800s, morning calls or visiting upon a household developed a certain protocol, and those who broke protocol were often shunned. First a calling card was presented to the household’s servant. It was common for those who came to … Continue reading

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Austen’s Most Infamous “Bad Boy,” George Wickham ~ What Do We Know of Him?

Austen’s favorite bad boy, Mr. George Wickham, is a fan favorite, as well. I thought we might take a closer look at George Wickham’s importance to the Pride and Prejudice’s plot. For a minor character, with few lines and little … Continue reading

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Research in Historical Ficiton: A Witch Bottle and the Writing of “The Mysterious Death of Mr. Darcy”

Incorporating Research into a Story Line: Today, I thought I would spend some time on how I incorporated my research into Dorset’s superstitions and legends into the text of one of my Austen-inspired cozy mysteries. Enjoy the short history lesson … Continue reading

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“X” Doesn’t Mark the Spot

“X” Doesn’t Mark the Spot Recently, I spent a delightful morning counting words in Pride and Prejudice. Why? You may ask: Regina, do you not have enough to do with your retirement years than to sit around counting how many times … Continue reading

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I See Jane Austen Everywhere!

I See Jane Austen Everywhere!!!! As much as I love Jane Austen, one of my best friends loves Elizabeth Gaskell equally as well. I admit to having read only three Gaskell pieces in my time: Cranford, North and South, and Mary Barton. Last … Continue reading

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A Jane Austen Time Line

1764-The Reverend George Austen marries Cassandra Leigh. They take up residence at Deane Parsonage in Hampshire. 1765-Brother James was born. Like his sister, James had literary aspirations, but unlike Jane, he never knew success. 1766-George Austen was born. Mentally challenged, … Continue reading

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Things Jane Austen and Charles Dickens Never Did as a Writer

How would  Charles Dickens and Jane Austen fare as writers marketing their books in today’s world?  The value of their contributions cannot be questioned, but how would they cope with technology and the added demands of promotion in today’s marketplace?  … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s Lasting Influence on Writing and on Modern Perceptions

As we celebrate Jane Austen in modern settings this month, I thought it prudent to examine what makes “our” Jane so popular. Austen’s influence proves that the past is always in the process of being reinvented. There have been over … Continue reading

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The Twelfth Day of Christmas (Jane Austen Style)

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Jane Austen gave to me Twelve Months of Reading Eleven Woodhouse/Knightleys Ten in Fanny’s Family Nine Named Musgrove Eight Minor Pieces Seven Austen Siblings Six Classic Novels F-i-v-e Bennet Sisters Four Abbey Tilneys Three … Continue reading

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The Eleventh Day of Christmas (Jane Austen Style)

(Sung to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”) On the eleventh day of Christmas, Jane Austen gave to me, Eleven Woodhouse/Knightleys Ten in Fanny’s Family Nine Named Musgrove Eight Minor Pieces Seven Austen Siblings Six Classic Novels F-i-v-e … Continue reading

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