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Anthology Give-Away #3

Friday, August 17th, 2012

For those who missed it last week, Austenprose is running weekly give aways of the anthology, Jane Austen Made Me Do It, featuring a different question from the author Q&A each week.

Just pop on over to Austenprose for a chance to win a copy– and to read how the various authors came up with the ideas for their stories.



Anthology Give Away

Friday, August 10th, 2012

It has just come to my attention that Laurel Ann Nattress is giving away copies of Jane Austen Made Me Do It on her website, Austenprose.

Way back last fall, when the anthology came out, she had all of us authors answer a bunch of questions about Austen, the anthology, our stories, and so on. She’s posting one of those questions, with all of our answers (it’s alphabetical, so I’m all the way at the end– just keep scrolling) every Friday. Anyone who comments is eligible to win a copy of the anthology.

Here’s the link to last Friday’s Q&A (“How did Jane Austen make you do it?”) and today’s (“When were you introduced to Austen?”).

Today’s is still open for entries, so stop by for a chance to win a copy of Jane Austen Made Me Do It! And if you don’t win this week, there’s always next Friday….



Teaser Tuesday: Jane Austen Made Me Do It

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Jane Austen Made Me Do It, an Austen-inspired short story anthology, arrives in stores today!

In honor of the JAMMDI release, I’ve posted some Q&A I did for the JAMMDI “extra” portions below.

Q. How did Jane Austen make you do it? What inspired you to join this anthology?

Really, Laurel Ann Nattress made me do it. When she emailed me to ask if I’d write a short story for a Jane Austen-inspired anthology, I said “yes” without a second thought. After all, it was just a short story and I’d just finished writing a book with Jane Austen in it, and wasn’t Laurel the hugest sweetie to think of asking me, and, ooh, an email from my best friend after Laurel’s email! And was that a sale at J. Crew?

It wasn’t until at least an hour later that it hit me that, wait, I hadn’t written any piece of fiction under 100,000 words since, oh, circa 1999. There are some cases where less is definitely not easier, and the short story is one of them. It has its own distinct art and idioms.

But it would be a good writing exercise, right?

I was right in so much as a great deal of exercise went into this story. In an attempt to avoid writing it, I vacuumed my apartment, reorganized my bookshelves, and—the ultimate last resort—even went to the gym until I could avoid the computer no longer.

Thank you, Laurel Ann (and Jane) for making me do it!

Q. When were you introduced to Jane Austen? Which novel did you read first, and what was your first impression?

It’s hard to remember a time when Jane Austen hasn’t been with me. But I do have a very vivid recollection, somewhere around fifth grade, of reading Pride and Prejudice for the first time. My father, seeing me with the book, asked me what I thought the setting was.

“England,” I said. I was eleven. The “duh!” was implied.

He started talking about class and hierarchy and the low gentry versus the high gentry and blah, blah, blah. I went back to Elizabeth and Darcy.

Silly parents, couldn’t they see that it was a love story?

Q. Share with us the inspiration for your story. How did you decide on the theme, setting and characters? Which elements of Jane Austen’s style, humor or characterizations influenced you the most?
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If You Like….

Monday, October 10th, 2011

In honor of the release of Jane Austen Made Me Do It tomorrow, I decree this a special Jane Austen-themed “if you like”.

If you like modernizations of Austen stories, you’ll probably like:

— Melissa Nathan’s Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field and Persuading Annie;

— the movie, Clueless (aka Emma in LA);

— Shannon Hale’s Austenland;

— Beth Patillo’s Jane Austen Ruined My Life.

If you like continuations of Austen novels, you’ll probably like:

— Elizabeth Aston’s Mr. Darcy’s Daughters;

— Jane Aiken Hodge’s vaguely depressing and yet intriguing Austen sequels;

— the BBC mini-series, Lost in Austen, which flips P&P on its head while still in progress.

If you like mystery novels involving Austen or her characters, you’ll probably like:

— Stephanie Barron’s Jane Austen and series, starting with Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor;

— Carrie Bebris’ Pride and Prescience and sequels.

I know I’ve left tons of things out, so let the games– er, recommendations begin! What are your favorite Austen spin-offs?



If You Like….

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

If you like Jane Austen-inspired stories, you’ll probably like…

… excerpts from Jane Austen Made Me Do It, now up on Scribd!

Among them, you can find the first few pages of my short story, “A Night at Northanger”. I’ll be writing more about that, and how the heroine, Cate, fits into The Garden Intrigue, here on Teaser Tuesday tomorrow.

Also expect a special Austen-themed “If You Like” here next Monday!



Pink Pandemonium

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

With so many books out over the next few months, I keep forgetting what’s happening when. Here’s a little Pink publication refresher for me and for you:

September 27: The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, special “Read Pink” edition in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

October 11: “A Night at Northanger” (short story) in Jane Austen Made Me Do It.

November 1: The Mischief of the Mistletoe, trade paperback.

November 28: The Mischief of the Mistletoe, UK edition.

January 3: The Orchid Affair, trade paperback.

February 16: The Garden Intrigue!



Six Months of Pink

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Between August 29th and February 16th, we have Pink-mania, Pink, Pink and more Pink, as far as the bookshelf can stretch.

Here’s the Pink publication schedule for the next few months:

August 29: The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, UK edition.

September 27: The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, special “Read Pink” edition in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

October 11: “A Night at Northanger” (short story) in Jane Austen Made Me Do It.

November 1: The Mischief of the Mistletoe, trade paperback.

November 28: The Mischief of the Mistletoe, UK edition.

January 3: The Orchid Affair, trade paperback.

February 16: The Garden Intrigue!



The Pink Publication Schedule

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Every now and then, I have to stop and remind myself what’s happening when. Here’s the Pink publication schedule between now and January:

— October 11: “A Night at Northanger” (Jane Austen Made Me Do It).

— November 1: The Mischief of the Mistletoe trade paperback.

— early January: The Orchid Affair trade paperback (date TBA).

— late January: Pink IX (title coming soon….)

More information as I have it!



Jane Austen Short Story Contest

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

All the entries are in… now it’s time to vote! Which short story will make it into the Jane Austen Made Me Do It anthology? It’s up to you to decide.

You can find all the entries at the Republic of Pemberley (including a few by members of the Pink community!). Just follow the rules and vote for your top three.

My short story, “A Night at Northanger”, will also be appearing in the anthology. More about that coming up soon on a Teaser Tuesday near you!

Which of the entries do you like best?



Jane Austen Made Me Do It

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Actually, Austenprose made me do it.

I am thrilled to announce that the short story anthology, Jane Austen Made Me Do It, is slated for publication on October 11, 2011. If it has an Amazon listing, it must be true, right?

My short story, A Night at Northanger, features a character we’re going to meet in the modern portions of Pink IX. More about that on an upcoming Teaser Tuesday….