Huzzah! Jane Austen Made Me Do It Launches Today

Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress (2011)You might have heard me mention this once or twice in the last sixteen months, but I am the editor of a new Austen-inspired short story anthology, Jane Austen Made Me Do It. Today is its official launch day!

I have been diligently working on the book for close to two years now, so this day is quite a milestone for me and the twenty-four authors featured in the anthology. The stories range from Regency to contemporary, romantic to fantastical – reaffirming the incomparable influence of one of history’s most cherished authors, Jane Austen.

A big thank you goes out to all of my contributing authors:

Pamela Aidan • Elizabeth Aston • Stephanie Barron • Carrie Bebris • Jo Beverley • Diana Birchall • Monica Fairview • Amanda Grange • Syrie James • Diane Meier and Frank Delaney • Janet Mullany • Jane Odiwe • Alexandra Potter • Beth Pattillo • Myretta Robens • Laurie Viera Rigler • Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway • Maya Slater • Margaret C. Sullivan • Adriana Trigiani • Lauren Willig • and Brenna Aubrey, the winner of a story contest hosted by the Republic of Pemberley website.

Their stories are just amazing. I hope all of you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed working with them to create the anthology.

Come help me party like it’s 1811 on my Grand Tour of the blogosphere, October 10 – November 10, 2011, in celebration of the book’s release. I will be visiting some of my favorite blogs and chatting about Jane Austen, her continued influence on literature, pop culture and the Austenesque book genre – and of course all of my wonderful authors and their stories!

Jane Austen Made Me Do It Blog Tour Schedule:

I am off on Wednesday to the Jane Austen Society of North America’s Annual General Meeting, October 14-16, 2011 in Ft. Worth Texas. I will be quiet here for a few days while I celebrate with a parcel of Janeites in a Grand Texas Style. We shall see how Regency frocks and cowboy boots go together!

The official Book Launch party for Jane Austen Made Me Do It and two of my contributor’s books: The Deception at Lyme, by Carrie Bebris and Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion, by Janet Mullany is on Friday evening October 14th at 6:30 pm at the Sundance Square Barnes & Noble. If you are by chance in town, please come join us. It should be a memorable evening for all.


Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

42 thoughts on “Huzzah! Jane Austen Made Me Do It Launches Today

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  1. Congratulations! What a fab accomplishment. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Good luck with all the ‘appearances,’ both real and virtual.


  2. Congratulations! I know you have to be super excited to see your baby finally out there for all of us to enjoy. I can’t wait to read it!!!


  3. Laurel Ann, Good luck on your book launch. I know it will be a huge success! Wish I could join you at the party!!! Congratulations!


  4. Laurel Ann, I am so proud of you. Knowing how hard you have worked these past two years and how hard you are working right now to launch the book, I am in awe.

    Congratulations. Vic


  5. Laurel Ann, I knew you were going on a mammoth blog tour, but just seeing the names brought it home how many there are and what a lot of work it is! Whew. So here is our big day upon us, and a moment for me to congratulate you and say, once again, how honored and delighted I am to be part of the most delicious anthology in all Janedom!


  6. Congratulations on the book release!! I pre-ordered it ages ago, and it finally came in today! Can’t wait to read it!! :) I have family in FW, and love it there. You’ll really enjoy yourself… and adding a JA event on top of that…. what FUN!!


  7. Laurel Ann:
    Your website and your willingness to let me do an occasional book review for your readers has been a source of much joy for me. Your anthology should be a huge success because of your skill, diligence, and the talent of your assembled writers. “Me Gusta!”


  8. Congratulations on the book launch! From the summaries, all the stories look very interesting and I look forward to reading them.


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