Blog Tours, Book Previews, Critiques & Analysis, Nonfiction

Blog Tour Launch of There’s Something About Darcy, by Gabrielle Malcolm

There's Something About Darcy, by Gabrielle Mallcom (2019)For over two hundred years, Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy has been an enigma and an idol—prompting Pride and Prejudice fans to re-visit the novel, create books and movies, and inspire writers to model their own heroes after his noble mien to relive their time with him in the original novel.

What is it about Darcy that makes him so admired, igniting passionate debates? Is he an arrogant snob, or a shy introvert? Why does his character arc in the novel move some so deeply, and anger others? Why do some actors excel in their portrayal of the iconic hero on screen, and others fail? While the discussions continue, Dr. Gabrielle Malcolm offers insights on all these questions, and more, in her forthcoming There’s Something About Darcy, publishing on November 11, 2019, from Endeavour Quill.

Like Mr. Darcy, this new literary criticism is much more than what appears on first acquaintance. We will not proclaim it tolerable (as he did when he first met Elizabeth Bennet), but declare it as tempting as his £10,000 a year income to any grasping Regency era mother. Here is a description from the publisher and an exclusive excerpt from the author. 


For some, Colin Firth emerging from a lake in that clinging wet shirt is one of the most iconic moments in television. What is it about the two-hundred-year-old hero that we so ardently admire and love?

Dr. Malcolm examines Jane Austen’s influences in creating Darcy’s potent mix of brooding Gothic hero, aristocratic elitist and romantic Regency man of action. She investigates how he paved the way for later characters like Heathcliff, Rochester and even Dracula, and what his impact has been on popular culture over the past two centuries. For twenty-first-century readers the world over have their idea of the ‘perfect’ Darcy in mind when they read the novel and will defend their choice passionately.

In this insightful and entertaining study, every variety of Darcy jostles for attention: vampire Darcy, digital Darcy, Mormon Darcy, and gay Darcy. Who does it best and how did a clergyman’s daughter from Hampshire create such an enduring character?

A must-read for every Darcy and Jane Austen fan.

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:  Continue reading “Blog Tour Launch of There’s Something About Darcy, by Gabrielle Malcolm”

Austenesque, Book Previews

A Preview of Jane Austen’s Ghost, by Jennifer Kloester

Jane Austen's Ghost, by Jennifer Kloester (2019)There has been a steady parade of Jane Austen-inspired fantasy/paranormal books published over the last several years. We have reviewed quite a few of them here on Austenprose in the Historical Fantasy/Paranormal and Contemporary Fantasy/Paranormal categories. They infuse zombies, vampires, witches, dragons, werewolves, and angels into Jane Austen’s plots in very creative ways. If you are open to having some fun with her characters, or Austen herself, and do not have a problem with disarming reproof, they can be very entertaining.

There have also been a few books featuring Jane Austen as a ghost. The thought of talking with her directly is intriguing to me. What would I ask her if I could? What would we do together? What intriguing insights would she share? Some of my questions were answered in the new book, Jane Austen’s Ghost, by Jennifer Kloester, in which a modern-day heroine, a magical spell, and the Bardess of Basingstoke make for an enchanting, paranormal experience. Here is a description of the book from the publisher and an exclusive excerpt from the author for your enjoyment. 


A masterpiece of wit, ingenuity and impeccable style, Regency maven Jennifer Kloester brings the great Jane Austen into the modern world in this enchanting, exhilarating adventure of love, literature and life everlasting…

With her life a mess, Cassandra Austin seeks refuge in Winchester with her eccentric great-aunt – but Aunty B has problems of her own. Ghost problems.

Cassie doesn’t believe in ghosts, but she’ll do anything to help the only person who’s ever loved her. Besides, a simple spell in the cathedral crypt couldn’t do any harm, could it? Well, except for the two-hundred-year-old curse on Jane Austen, that is.

Overnight, life is suddenly a whole lot weirder and it’s up to Cassie to save the day with the help of a dour Bishop, two literary geniuses, a couple of wise-cracking geriatrics and the enigmatic Oliver Carling.

Magic and mystery abound in this genre-bending contemporary-historical paranormal romance with a Regency twist.

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Continue reading “A Preview of Jane Austen’s Ghost, by Jennifer Kloester”

Book Previews, Jane Austen, Nonfiction

A Preview of The Daily Jane Austen: A Year of Quotes, by Jane Austen & Devoney Looser

The Daily Jane Austen: A Year of Quotes, by Jane Austen & Devoney Looser (2019) coverHot off the presses is a new Jane Austen quote book.

I know what you are thinking. Why do I need yet another pithy volume of my favorite author’s best lines jockeying for position on my bedside table along with my Jane Austen bobblehead and my “Waiting for Mr. Darcy” candle?

Well, …it really helps that this new compilation of daily quotes has been edited by, and the foreword written by, Stone Cold Jane Austen, a.k.a. Devoney Looser, Foundation Professor of English at Arizona State University, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar. Who could possibly be better qualified to compile my daily prayers? (Please. no trolls about my religious beliefs.)

Each chapter opens with a memorable passage heading up the month followed by daily quotes from Austen’s six major novels, minor works, and her letters. In the foreword, Looser extolls upon the significance of Jane Austen’s famous opening line in Pride and Prejudice, so often quoted in the news media, popular culture, and by fellow writers, “It is a truth universally acknowledged…” If you are not familiar with Jane Austen’s most famous quote you must be from another planet and desperately need this book to communicate with humans! (brainwashing included)

My Good Opinion Mug quoting Mr. Darcy
My Good Opinion Mug not included with The Daily Jane Austen, but it pairs beautifully.

Austen and her words have influenced movies, television, books, and world culture. She is indeed everywhere. I am staring at a “My good opinion once lost, is lost forever.” tea mug sitting beside me. I can totally relate to Looser’s admission that her, “…acknowledged truth is that I treasure the “sensibly scented” cardboard Austen that hangs in my car, just as others embrace their dashboards Jesus, fuzzy dice, or mud-flap girls.”

Okay, Enough with the Austen pop culture palooza. Here is the publisher’s stuff.


It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is eminently, delightfully, and delectably quotable. This truth goes far beyond the first line of Pride and Prejudice, which has muscled out many other excellent sentences. So many gems of wit and wisdom from her novels deserve to be better known, from Northanger Abbey on its lovable, naive heroine—“if adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad”—to Persuasion’s moving lines of love from its regret-filled hero: “You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late.” Continue reading “A Preview of The Daily Jane Austen: A Year of Quotes, by Jane Austen & Devoney Looser”

Jane Austen Book Sleuth, Jane Austen Inspired, Jane Austen Merchandise

25 Jane Austen-inspired Holiday Gifts for the Janeite in Your Life

 Jane Austen Christmas Card by Amanda White 2014

 Jane Austen Christmas Card by Amanda White Art on Etsy

Tis the season to shop and give and keep! Here is my annual Jane Austen wish list for Janeites. Enjoy!


  I's Rather be at Pemberley Mug x 250     Jane Austen Tattoos x 250

1. I’d Rather be at Pemberley Mug

I cannot think of a better way to start your day than with your very own Pemberley mug, can you?

2. Jane Austen Tattoos, by Accoutrements

A “nice” alternative to permanent ink.

   Jane Austen Action Figure x 250               Jane Austen Christmas Tree Ornament x 418 Continue reading “25 Jane Austen-inspired Holiday Gifts for the Janeite in Your Life”

Austenesque, Favorite Books, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Regency Romance

My Top 20 Jane Austen Books of 2010

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Happy New Year Janeites. 2011 promises to be a joyous year for Jane Austen fans. The bicentenary of Sense and Sensibility should keep Jane Austen in the limelight and publishers keen to feed our need to read more Austen inspired fare.

There are many books in the queue that we are looking forward to reading: Jane Goes Batty: A Novel, by Michael Thomas Ford, the second in the series arrives in February, My Jane Austen Summer: A Season in Mansfield Park, Cindy S. Jones’ debut novel arrives in late March and the highly anticipated Wickham’s Dairy, by Amanda Grange arrives in April. We shall also be immodest and mention our own short story anthology, Jane Austen Made Me Do It, premiering in October. *blush*

2010 was another stellar year for Jane Austen inspired sequels et all. Mysteries dominated the field with Stephanie Barron triumphant return, Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron, her tenth novel in the Being a Jane Austen Mystery series, Carrie Bebris kept me on edge and laughing out loud in The Intrigue at Highbury: Or, Emma’s Match, her fifth novel in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy series, Tracy Kiely presented Murder on the Bride’s Side, the second novel to her contemporary Elizabeth Bennet detective series, and an incredible debut mystery from Lynn Shepherd, Murder at Mansfield Park blew me away!

There were dozens of new Jane Austen inspired novels and nonfiction books published this year. Our top choices of the year represent selections that we read and reviewed here on Austenprose. So, if your favorite is not represented, please don’t be miffed. Amazingly, we did not read everything Janeish that was published in 2010.

Sequels, prequels, retellings or contemporary inspired:

Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart, by Beth Pattillo

The Darcy Cousins, by Monica Fairview

Pemberley Ranch, by Jack Caldwell

Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister, C. Allyn Pierson

Dancing with Mr. Darcy: Stories Inspired by Jane Austen and Chawton House, edited by Sarah Waters

Regency inspired:

The Mischief of the Mistletoe, by Lauren Willig

Venetia (Naxos AudioBooks), by Georgette Heyer & read by Richard Armitage

Betrayal of the Blood Lilly, by Lauren Willig

The Convenient Marriage (Naxos AudioBooks), by Georgette Heyer & read by Richard Armitage Continue reading “My Top 20 Jane Austen Books of 2010”

Jane Austen Inspired

The ‘Happy Birthday Jane’ Blog Tour Begins on December 16th

Please join me and fourteen other Jane Austen bloggers and Austenesque authors next Thursday, December 16, 2010 for a celebratory blog tour, Happy Birthday Jane. Yes. Our dear Jane Austen will be 235 year old! Born on a bitterly cold day on the 16th December 1775 at Steventon Rectory near Alton in Hampshire, England, she would later go on to write six major novels that are considered literary masterpieces and the delight of many readers.

Maria Grazia of My Jane Austen Book Club and Fly High blogs is sponsoring the event, which should prove to be a fitting tribute to our favorite author. There will be posts at each of the blogs in celebration and giveaway prizes. Here is the list of the Happy Birthday Jane blog tour:

  1. Adriana Zardini at Jane Austen Sociedad do Brasil
  2. Laurel Ann at Austenprose – A Jane Austen Blog
  3. Vic Sanborn at Jane Austen’s World
  4. Katherine Cox at November’s Autumn
  5. Karen Wasylowski at  Karen Wasylowski Blog
  6. Laurie Viera Rigler at Jane Austen Addict Blog
  7. Lynn Shepherd at her Lynn Shepherd Blog
  8. Jane Greensmith at Reading, Writing, Working, Playing
  9. Jane Odiwe at Jane Austen Sequels Blog
  10. Alexa Adams at First Impressions Blog
  11. Regina Jeffers at her Regina Jeffers Blog
  12. Cindy Jones at First Draft Blog
  13. Janet Mullany at Risky Regencies Blog
  14. Maria Grazia at My Jane Austen Book Club Blog
  15. Meredith at Austenesque Reviews

Visit each of the blogs on the tour and discover Happy Birthday posts and tributes to Jane Austen on  December 16th displaying the lovely Happy Birthday Jane graphic created by Adriana Zardini (JASBRA) just for the occasion. If you leave a comment at any or all of the blogs you will enter a chance to win one of the wonderful gifts we are being giving away:

Books – (1 signed copy):

  1. Willoughby’s Return, by Jane Odiwe
  2. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler
  3. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler
  4. Murder at Mansfield Park, by Lynn Shepherd
  5. Intimations of Austen, by Jane Greensmith
  6. Darcy’s Passions: Pride and Prejudice Retold Through His Eyes, by Regina Jeffers
  7. First Impressions. A Tale of Less Pride and Prejudice, by Alexa Adams
  8. Jane and the Damned, by Janet Mullany
  9. Bespelling Jane Austen, by Janet Mullany

Other gifts:

  1. Austen bag offered by Karen Wasylowski
  2. DVD of Pride & Prejudice 2005 offered by Regina Jeffers
  3. One package of Bingley’s Tea.  (flavor  “Marianne’s Wild Abandon” ) offered by Cindy Jones
  4. DVD of Jane Austen in Manhattan offered by Maria Grazia
  5. Three issues of Jane Austen Regency World offered by Maria Grazia

The giveaway contest ends on December 22nd, 2010.  Winners will be announced on the My Jane Austen Book Club Blog on December 23rd.

Let the celebration begin. Happy Birthday, dear Jane!


Laurel Ann

© 2010 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Jane Austen Inspired

Great Jane Austen Inspired Blogs Keep Janeites Connected and a Grand Austenesque Book Giveaway!

Jane Austen is indeed everywhere on the Internet. Thanks to great blogging platforms like, Blogger and Typepad available today, there are numerous blogs honoring our favorite author to choose from. It seems like there is a continual stream of Jane Austen related posts in my Google Reader, far more than I can every read, but satisfying all the same.

Here is a list of some of my favorite Jane Austen blogs. My criteria was that the blog should be based on Jane Austen or her characters and have been active in the last two months. You can find a full list to links to Jane Austen blog by following this link.

Jane Austen Blogs

  1. Austen Inspired Fan Fiction by Mary Simonsen
  2. Austenacious by Miss Osborne and Mrs. Fitzpatrick
  3. AustenBlog by Magsl
  4. Austenised by Anna
  5. Austenesque Reviews by Meredith Esparza
  6. Austenonly by Julie Wakefield
  7. Austenprose by Laurel Ann
  8. Becoming Jane Austen Fansite by Icha and Rachel
  9. Fans of Jane by Natasha Zwick
  10. by Karin
  11. Janetility by Jane Rubino and Catlen Rublino Bradway
  12. Austen Authors by Sharon Lathan and Abigail Reynolds
  13. Jane Austen’s World by Vic
  14. Austen Inspirations by Susan Jane
  15. At Pemberley by Kals
  16. First Impressions by Alexa Adams
  17. Jane Austen Addict by Bloggin BB
  18. Jane Austen Addict Blog by Laurie Viera Rigler
  19. Jane Austen em Português by Raquel
  20. Jane Austen Film Club by Jenny Allworthy
  21. Jane Austen in Vermont by Deb Barnum
  22. Jane Austen Prequels and Sequels by Sofia C.
  23. Jane Austen Sequels by Jane Odiwe
  24. Jane Austen Sequel Examiner by Kelly Yanke Deltner
  25. Jane Austen Society of Brazil Blog by Adriana Zardini
  26. Jane Austen Today by Vic
  27. My Jane Austen Book Club by Maria
  28. My Love of Jane Austen by Luthien84
  29. Pemberley Couture by Anna Kristine
  30. Sharp Elves Society by Arnie Perlstein
  31. Stitching with Jane Austen by The Sample Girl
  32. The Bennet Sisters by Jenni Duke
  33. The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn
  34. The Little White Attic by Lynnae
  35. The Secret Dreamworld of a Jane Austen Fan by Aurora

Chances are, I have overlooked someone – so my apologies in advance. Please contact me if you would like me to include your Jane Austen related blog on my list.

A Grand Austenesque Book Giveaway!

In celebration, and a thank you to all of the hardworking Jane Austen bloggers out there, I am offering a grand Austenesque book giveaway. Please leave a comment by midnight December 06, 2010 stating your top five favorite Jane Austen blogs and you will qualify to enter a drawing for one copy from the following list of ten Jane Austen inspired books available for giveaway (one copy per person, ten winners in total). Winners announced on December 07, 2010. Shipment to the US and Canadian addresses only.

Good luck! Thanks for your comments.


Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2010 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose