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Thursday Redux #1 An Exclusive Interview with Miss Jane Austen

Thursday Redux is a new feature on my blog where authors share their favorite post, the story behind it, a blurb, and their links.

The story behind my favorite post. I wrote An Exclusive Interview with Miss Jane Austen for a group blog – Southern Sizzle Romance, when a guest blogger backed out a few hours before her post was scheduled to go up. I had recently read a collection of some of Jane Austen’s recently released letters and used excerpts of her letters for the answers to my interview questions. It’s far longer than most of my posts, but remains a favorite. Rita.

Wishing to share one of my favorite blogs for the introduction of my blog’s new feature – Thursday Redux, I determined to invite an incomparable guest to share her thoughts on writing and publishing. I retrieved my well worn Ouija board from the basement where it has resided for decades, dusted it off, and once again invoked the spirit of one whom every writer of romance esteems above all others. Miss Jane Austen, the genetrix of all writers of romance, graciously consented to an interview to be published as the first Thursday Redux blog (minus the references). Allow me to present Jane in her own words.

Miss Austen, could you share your thoughts on writing romance? “I could no more write a Romance than an Epic Poem.–I could not sit seriously down to write a serious Romance under any other motive than to save my Life, & if it were indispensable for me to keep it up & never relax into laughing at myself or other people, I am sure I should be hung before I had finished the first Chapter.”

But you have had great success with your books. I hesitate to mention gauche matters such as money but I understand that your books are selling rather well. “You will be glad to hear that every Copy of S.&S. is sold & that it has brought me £140–besides the Copyright, if that should ever be of any value.–I have now therefore written myself into £250.–which only makes me long for more.”

In my humble opinion, your literary endeavors merit the highest approbation. What has been your experience of the matter?  ” . . . there seems almost a general wish of decrying the capacity and undervaluing the labor of the novelist, and of slighting the performances which have only genius, wit, and taste to recommend them.”

I appreciate your support of your fellow authors and admire your insistence on upholding only the highest standards in literary endeavors.  I should not have been surprised, therefore, to discover that you have been very hard on your critique partner, your niece Anna.  Her “Henry Mellish I am afraid will be too much in the common Novel style–a handsome, amiable, unexceptionable Young Man (such as do not much about in real Life) desperately in Love, & all in vain. But I have no business to judge him so early.” And her “Devereux Forester’s being ruined by his Vanity is extremely good; but I wish she would not let him plunge into a ‘vortex of Dissipation’. I do not object to the Thing, but I cannot bear the expression;–it is such thorough novel slang–and so old, that I dare say Adam met with it in the first novel he opened.”

I find your Elizabeth Bennet entrancing. Do you have a personal favorite? “I must confess that I think her as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print, & how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least, I do not know.”

Have you considered following the emerging trends in the romance market? “No–I must keep to my own style & go on in my own Way; And though I may never succeed again in that, I am convinced that I should totally fail in any other.”

Miss Austen, please accept my sincere appreciation for visiting. I regret that you will be unable to respond to comments and I would never presume to channel you, so return to your blissful sleep content in the knowledge that you are the idol of many and exceeded by none.

Source of Jane Austen’s Quotations: Daily wit and inspiration from Austen, compiled by Lori Smith, author of A Walk with Miss Jane Austen

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Duchess in Waiting is an erotic Regency romance, a Siren Classic which contains voyeurism, light consensual BDSM, and support characters (a dominatrix and her lover employed at the local brothel) who try to steal the story, but settle for educating the Duchess. Check out the cover (by Harris Channing), blurb, and buy info below.

CLICK TO READ EXCERPT/BUYIt’s not nice to keep a lady waiting. Lady Ellen Hammond languished for years at Madame Foret’s Academy for Young Ladies while her fiancé and guardian, the Duke of Ralston, enjoyed a rake’s life in London. When she must return to England to escape the violence of the Revolution, she decides that the life of a long-suffering duchess-in-waiting is not for her.

Posing as a valet, Devon Townsley, the Duke of Ralston, accompanies Robert Montclair to Paris to rescue Ellen and her English friends. Unprepared to settle down, he wants to discover if his fiancée will make a suitable duchess. He has his doubts when he must rescue her from captivity in a brothel.

Determined to settle her business in London and travel the world, Ellen finds romance and passion with Rob’s aggravating valet, Tobias Stanford. When sparks ignite between the two and burst into a passionate affair, Devon reconsiders his commitment to living a rake’s life. He discovers, however, that his deceit has a high price.

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This Week in History: The Storming of the Bastille & Bastille Day

Prise_de_la_BastilleIn 1789 King Louis the XVI of France initiated a series of events that ended in the fall of the French monarchy and the infamous Reign of Terror in which over 40,000 nobles, religious, and those generally on the wrong side of the leaders of French Revolution were killed – more than 16,000 by the dreaded guillotine. In my erotic Regency historical romance from Siren Publishing, Duchess in Waiting, Pierre, the innkeeper of Le Coq Cocorico (The Crowing Rooster) describes the situation to Devon Townsley, the Duke of Ralston, who has traveled incognito to Paris to rescue his fiancée and her friends from the turmoil in Paris:

   rb-etd-duchessinwaiting180x280“Louis needed money. He called the Estates-General last month as he promised but the Third Estate rebelled once they convened. They wanted a constitution, not more taxes. At the end of last month, the Third Estate renamed itself the Communes and began setting up its own powers with a mind toward preparing to govern the nation. They call themselves the National Assembly of the People.”
    “A coupe, then.”
    Pierre gave a typical Gallic shrug. “Perhaps. Two weeks ago, Louis closed the Salle des États. Now they meet in the King’s tennis court. They have been joined by most of the clergy and some of the nobility. They pledged to continue meeting until they have adopted a constitution.”
     “The King won’t take this lightly.”
      “Perhaps. The royal party appears to surrender but the soldiers gather here and in Versailles. I’ve heard this from friends and seen it with my own eyes.” He spit on the floor. “None of this is good for business.”

On July 14, 1789, an irate Paris mob attacked the Bastille, a medieval fortress which served as a prison in Paris, that represented royal authority. Although the prison contained only seven inmates, it was a symbol of the monarchy’s abuses. Its fall and the resulting riots precipitated that French Revolution. Today,  Le quatorze juillet (14 July) is a public holiday in France. The holiday is called Bastille Day in English. To read an excerpt/buy of Duchess in Waiting. Click HERE

Tomorrow, History Discovered – Meet Rosalia, a mummy whose eyes are reported to open and close

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DUCHESS IN WAITING (M/F, Erotic Regency Romance) Released Today

It’s not nice to keep a lady waiting. Duchess in Waiting is an erotic Regency romance, a Siren Classic. The scorcher features voyeurism, light consensual BDSM, and support characters (a dominatrix and her lover employed at the local brothel) who try to steal the story, but settle for educating the Duchess. Check out the cover (by Harris Channing), blurb, and buy info below.

CLICK TO READ EXCERPT/BUYLady Ellen Hammond languished for years at Madame Foret’s Academy for Young Ladies while her fiancé and guardian, the Duke of Ralston, enjoyed a rake’s life in London. When she must return to England to escape the violence of the Revolution, she decides that the life of a long-suffering duchess-in-waiting is not for her.

Posing as a valet, Devon Townsley, the Duke of Ralston, accompanies Robert Montclair to Paris to rescue Ellen and her English friends. Unprepared to settle down, he wants to discover if his fiancée will make a suitable duchess. He has his doubts when he must rescue her from captivity in a brothel.

Determined to settle her business in London and travel the world, Ellen finds romance and passion with Rob’s aggravating valet, Tobias Stanford. When sparks ignite between the two and burst into a passionate affair, Devon reconsiders his commitment to living a rake’s life. He discovers, however, that his deceit has a high price.

Duchess in Waiting is scheduled for releases today (Tuesday, March 25th). Buy or read an XXcerpt at Siren BookStrand HERE or my Siren BookStrand AUTHOR PAGE that includes all of my stories. Duchess in Waiting is on sale for $4.05 through April 1st.

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Prepublication Announcement for Duchess in Waiting

Click to Read Excerpt/PreorderIt is my pleasure to announce the upcoming publication of Duchess in Waiting, an erotic Regency historical romance from Siren Publishing. Duchess in Waiting is the first novel in the Embracing the Dream trilogy, part of the Montclair Chronicles – my series that chronicles the adventures and misadventures of the noble Montclair family and their friends.  Check out the cover (by Harris Channing), blurb and order info below.

Lady Ellen Hammond languished for years at Madame Foret’s Academy for Young Ladies while her fiancé and guardian, the Duke of Ralston, enjoyed a rake’s life in London. When she must return to England to escape the violence of the Revolution, she decides that the life of a long-suffering duchess-in-waiting is not for her.

Posing as a valet, Devon Townsley, the Duke of Ralston, accompanies Robert Montclair to Paris to rescue Ellen and her English friends. Unprepared to settle down, he wants to see if his fiancée will make a suitable duchess. He has his doubts when he must rescue her from captivity in a brothel.

Determined to settle her business in London and travel the world, Ellen finds romance and passion with Rob’s aggravating valet, Tobias Stanford. When sparks ignite between the two and burst into a passionate affair, Devon reconsiders his commitment to living a rake’s life. He discovers, however, that his deceit has a high price.

Duchess in Waiting is a Siren Classic scorcher that features voyeurism, light consensual BDSM, and a lesbian relationship between secondary characters (a dominatrix and a prostitute) from a local brothel. Duchess in Waiting is scheduled for release on Tuesday,  March 25th. It is available for preorder at Siren BookStrand HERE or my Siren BookStrand AUTHOR PAGE that includes all of my stories. Duchess in Waiting is on sale for $4.05 through April 1st. Excerpts to follow.

 

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Contract Announcement for Duchess in Waiting

I’m pleased to announce that Siren BookStrand has contracted for Duchess in Waiting (Embracing the Dream 1) with a tentative release in March. I’m excited to return to Siren BookStrand with another installment in The Montclair Chronicles, my historical series that debuted in 2012 with His Obsession and His Desire. Duchess in Waiting, a Georgian Regency romance set in pre-Revolutionary Paris in 1789, was completed during NaNoWriMo in November, 2013. A short blurb follows.

Lady Ellen Hammond languished for years at Madame Foret’s Academy for Young Ladies while her fiancé and guardian, the Duke of Ralston, enjoyed a rake’s life in London. When she must return to England to escape the violence of the Revolution, she decides that the life of a long-suffering duchess-in-waiting is not for her.

Posing as a valet, Devon Townsley, the Duke of Ralston, accompanies Robert Montclair to Paris to rescue Ellen and her English friends. Unprepared to settle down, he wants to discover if his fiancée will make a suitable duchess. He has his doubts when he must rescue her from captivity in a brothel.

Determined to settle her business in London and travel the world, Ellen finds romance with Rob’s aggravating valet, Tobias Stanford. When sparks ignite between the two and burst into a passionate affair, Devon reconsiders his commitment to living a rake’s life. He discovers, however, that his deceit has a high price.

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