An Exclusive Interview with Tessa Arlen, Author of A Dress of Violet Taffeta

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress: 

Happy Friday, dear readers. Spring is finally here in my neck of the woods. It is time of renewal, flowers, and new books!

I am pleased to have a special guest with us today. Author Tessa Arlen has a new historical fiction novel arriving in July that immediately caught my eye, A Dress of Violet Taffeta. Arlen is a favorite author of mine. I have enjoyed her Lady Montfort mystery series, and recently adored her In Royal Service to the Queen. Continue reading “An Exclusive Interview with Tessa Arlen, Author of A Dress of Violet Taffeta”

A Preview & Cover Reveal of The Sisters of Sea View: On Devonshire Shores (Book 1), by Julie Klassen

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress: 

Hello Dear Readers,

I am so pleased to share a first look at a forthcoming historical romance novel from bestselling author Julie Klassen. The Sisters of Sea View is the first book in a new series and releases on December 6, 2022. I am thrilled to reveal the first details of the novel and its beautiful cover with you today.

Set on the Devonshire coast during the Regency-era, the first novel includes the story of three sisters Continue reading “A Preview & Cover Reveal of The Sisters of Sea View: On Devonshire Shores (Book 1), by Julie Klassen”

12 Highly Anticipated Historical Novels to Ring in the New Year

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress: 

Happy news for historical book lovers. The selection of new novels available in the next two months is so exciting. From forgotten events in history, to deep dives into the social machinations of Gilded Age New York, to feisty heroines and swoon-worthy heroes, the selection is deep and broad and satisfying for those who enjoy being emersed in another era.

Here is my curated list of my favorites to entice you.

Best, Laurel Ann Continue reading “12 Highly Anticipated Historical Novels to Ring in the New Year”

A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of Austens of Broadford: The Midwife Chronicles (Book 3) by Carole Penfield

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress:

Merry Christmas Eve to one and all. Are you ready for the big day?

Can you image how the Christmas holiday season was celebrated in England in the early 1700s? Featured today is an exclusive excerpt from Austens of Broadford, by Carole Penfield, sharing a New Year’s Day dinner party and gift-exchange typical with English families during this time.

The new novel fictionalizes the life of Jane Austen’s great grandmother Elizabeth Weller Austen who lived in Horsmonden, Kent. The Austens of Broadford is the third stand-alone novel in The Midwife Chronicles series and was Continue reading “A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of Austens of Broadford: The Midwife Chronicles (Book 3) by Carole Penfield”

A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of Woodston: A Sequel to Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, by Kate Westwood

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress: 

Happy Friday, dear readers. There was a time when I could count the number of Northanger Abbey sequels on one hand. Admitting that may date me and my Austenesque reading terribly, however, it is true. Only in the last few years has there been an uptick of new books inspired by Jane Austen’s Gothic parody published in 1817. Since Northanger and its charming characters is one of my favorites of Austen’s novels, I jumped at the chance to feature Woodston, by Kate Westwood. Continue reading “A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of Woodston: A Sequel to Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, by Kate Westwood”

A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of The Astronomer’s Obsession, by K. Lyn Smith

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress: 

Happy Friday, dear readers. Landing on the blog today is a debut historical romance novel by K. Lyn Smith involving a 19th century scientist and an artist who are friends, and unexpectantly become lovers while working together.

The Astronomer’s Obsession is an intriguing title. What could possibly be more interesting to a scientist than his passion for his quest for knowledge? Is this a Regency science geek finds true love story? Continue reading “A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of The Astronomer’s Obsession, by K. Lyn Smith”

A Preview of Plumleaf Press Vintage Classics: The Perfect Christmas Gift for the Discerning Reader

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress: 

Happy Friday, dear readers. How is your holiday shopping going? I find that when there are so many gift editions of classic novels available, it is difficult to choose. Here’s my criteria for narrowing down the field:

  1. A beautifully designed cover and interior.
  2. Easy-to-read text.
  3. An author bio, and an insightful introduction.

Continue reading “A Preview of Plumleaf Press Vintage Classics: The Perfect Christmas Gift for the Discerning Reader”

A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of Charlotte’s Story: A Novel from the World of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, by Carolyn Korsmeyer

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress: 

Happy Black Friday, dear readers! Here is a new Austenesque book to pull you away from your online holiday shopping featuring one of Jane Austen’s most pragmatic minor characters from Pride and Prejudice, Charlotte Lucas.

Author Carolyn Korsmeyer’s new novel, Charlotte’s Story, was released last month by TouchPoint Press. It gives us an insider’s view of Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of the Charlotte Lucas. An unmarried spinster at the beginning of the novel, she soon after agrees to marry Continue reading “A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of Charlotte’s Story: A Novel from the World of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, by Carolyn Korsmeyer”

A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of Kingscastle: A Classic Regency Romance in the Tradition of Georgette Heyer, by Sophia Holloway

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress: 

Happy Friday, dear readers. Fall is an exciting time for book lovers with so many new titles being released before the holiday season. It’s always a challenge to narrow down our options. I was struck by the gorgeous cover of Kingscastle, a new Regency romance by Sophia Holloway. Yes, I am shallow and freely admit to being swayed by a beautiful book cover.

Kingscastle was released yesterday by British publisher Allison & Busby. Holloway is the author of two previous historical novels set during the same time: The Devil You Know, & Bless Thine Inheritance. The subtitle Continue reading “A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of Kingscastle: A Classic Regency Romance in the Tradition of Georgette Heyer, by Sophia Holloway”

My 15 Favorite Christmas Historical Romance Novels of 2021

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress: 

Happy Friday, dear readers! ‘Tis the season to read Christmas-inspired stories, and this year there is an amazing line-up of new historical romance novels, novellas, and short stories to deck your halls or fill up your eReader.

Interestingly, the prevailing theme this year appears to be kissing brought on by standing under the mistletoe! I wonder what ambitious mother thought up that tradition to get her daughter married? Continue reading “My 15 Favorite Christmas Historical Romance Novels of 2021”

A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of Down a Dark River: An Inspector Corravan Mystery (Book 1), by Karen Odden

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress: 

Happy Wednesday, dear readers. Please help me welcome bestselling author Karen Odden to Austenprose today. Her new Victorian murder mystery, Down a Dark River, released yesterday.

I have been hearing wonderful things about this book for months. Isn’t the cover gorgeous? I am rather partial to detective mysteries. Since it is the first in the series, I will be starting at the beginning of the Scotland Yard detective’s journey.

Inspector Michael Corravan is an interesting character. As a former Continue reading “A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of Down a Dark River: An Inspector Corravan Mystery (Book 1), by Karen Odden”

A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of A Reason for Romance: The Merry Romances (Book 2) by Rachel Knowles

From the desk of Laurel Ann Nattress:

Happy Friday, dear readers. Autumn has arrived in the Pacific Northwest. The leaves are vivid with color and the temps are dropping. I am rushing to finish garden projects such as planting spring bulbs and laying down mulch. It seems that there is never enough time to put the  garden to bed for the winter.

I am pleased to feature author Rachel Knowles at Austenprose today. We are showcasing her second novel in The Merry Romances series, A Reason for Romance. This Regency romance is an inspirational Continue reading “A Preview & Exclusive Excerpt of A Reason for Romance: The Merry Romances (Book 2) by Rachel Knowles”

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