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Release of “A Touch of Honor” with an Excerpt [or] What to Do With a Character You Despise?

Early on, I convinced my traditional publisher, Ulysses Press, to print one of my Regency romances – a book I originally called “A Touch of Gold” and later called “A Touch of Scandal.” Ulysses released the book under the title … Continue reading

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Desiring Elizabeth Bennet – A Movie Discussion of 2005′s Pride and Prejudice

In a previous post, I discussed how Andrew Davies “created” the image of a very masculine and virile Darcy by adding scenes to the 1995 Pride and Prejudice adaptation. Some of you reading this post likely participated in “Darcy Loving … Continue reading

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Movie Discussion ~ 1995′s Sense and Sensibility (Part One)

by Regina Jeffers As part of JASNA’s salute to Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibilityin 2011, this will be a two-part look of the 1995 film adaptation. Next month (April 14), we will examine the “making” of Edward Ferras and Colonel Brandon. … Continue reading

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Victorian Happenings: The Disaster of the “Princess Alice”

A full capacity of passengers boarded the paddle steamer, the Princess Alice, on 3 September 1878 – many were on holiday, including a school children, as well as a party of invalids in wheel chairs, who were to partake of a … Continue reading

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The Lovely World of the English Language

Are you like me? Do you wonder from where a particular phrase originates? I am often in a position to search out a phrase or a word to determine whether it is too modern for my writings set in the … Continue reading

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Regency Happenings: The Thames River Police Are Founded

At the moment, I am working on a new mystery, which requires my learning LOTS about the policing in Regency Era London. One of my discoveries is the River Thames Police…. In the 18th Century, importers docking along the River … Continue reading

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Regency Celebrity: Thomas Lord, Professional Cricketer and Founder of Lord’s Cricket Ground

Thomas Lord (23 November 1755 – 13 January 1832) was an English professional cricketer who played first-class cricket from 1787 to 1802. He made a brief comeback, playing in one further match in 1815. Overall, Lord made 90 known appearances … Continue reading

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John Spilsbury and the First Jigsaw Puzzle

John Spilsbury (1739 – 3 April 1769) was a British mapmaker and engraver. He is credited as the inventor of the jigsaw puzzle. Life He was the second of three sons of Thomas Spilsbury; the engraver Jonathan Spilsbury was his … 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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Howell Harris, Leader of the Welsh Methodist Revival

Howell Harris (January 24, 1714 – July 21, 1773) (Welsh: Hywel Harris) was one of the main leaders of the Welsh Methodist revival in the 18th century, along with Daniel Rowland and William Williams Pantycelyn. Life Harris was born at … Continue reading

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