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Here’s the beautiful Brina Williamson cover for my latest novel, a first of three.

Mrs. Lacey’s Finishing School

From the back of the book: A refined lady goes far west to save her broken relationship with her son, but after a little coaxing from a spinster sister, is hired by a brooding ranchman to save his daughters from their boyishness. Originally educated in England as a governess, prematurely widowed Anne Lacey has managed…

Miss Houston

From the back of the book: What if Jane Austen’s Elizabeth Bennet shrewdly accepted Mr. Darcy’s offensive marriage proposal, instead of rejecting him; in order to gain power over him and the situation, to ultimately succeed in her sister’s happiness in love? Such a question inspired the creation of Miss Houston’s story. Confidently saucy Fontana…

Prattleton

From the back of the book: Gather round my dears, for I have a most interesting story to share. My narrative tells not of a regular town, but chronicles the peculiar Prattleton and its townsfolk who held steadfast to their own odd habits. If you have lived for any length of time amongst the female…

Sensing Jane Austen

From the back of the book: A well-loved copy of Jane Austen’s novel, Sense and Sensibility, is gifted to Cassandra Atwood, as her life is tossed onto a bumpy path that hints of parallels to the Dashwood family story. This treasured tale of human follies, challenges and triumphs, becomes her lifeline, as facets of the…

Paint and Piano

From the back of the book: After hearing silly rumors about her daughters becoming spinsters, Mrs. Hudson determines to host parties wherein every eligible bachelor in the territory is invited to consider her beautiful Cadence and Florence, who are as differing in temperaments as they are identical in appearance. Always measured, living as exactingly as…

Michaelmas & Jane Austen Connections

Jane Austen told me about Michaelmas. The British Isles holiday is peppered in her written works. Well, maybe not exactly peppered, but the Michaelmas parties do make their occasional appearances, and every time I saw anything of it, I wanted to know what in Heaven it was. Once I got Michaelmasly educated, I wanted to…

My Jane Austen Hero?

Valentine’s Day has got me thinking romantic thoughts about my man again. And asking, ‘which Jane Austen hero is he’? As I’ve done before. Sometimes I’ve thought he was a Darcy, other times, a Bingley, or a Knightly and even a Tilney. Occasionally, I’ve wondered how much an Edward or Edmund he is. I suppose,…

Character Driven Stories

If you find fiction devoid of action, suspense, mystery, horror, comedy or even history, boring; a much more character driven story might not be your complete cup of tea. Still, does not all fiction need realistic or relatable characters that the reader will care about, to succeed? To me, characters are key. Character driven is…

Jane Austen on the Novel and Novelist

In Northanger Abbey (chapter five), Jane Austen shared her thoughts on novelists who disparage other novelists, and how writing novels draw on many talents to achieve, and are just as worthy as periodicals, news, history and etcetera: “… I will not adopt that ungenerous and impolitic custom so common with novel–writers, of degrading by their…