Friday, September 24, 2010

Talking Jane Austen with Maria Grazia

I'm talking to Mari Grazia today at My Jane Austen Book Club I hope you will join us. Leave a comment on her blog to win a copy of Willoughby's Return. Competition open to all!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Pride and Prejudice, A Stone Seat in the garden at 'Longbourn'

I'm in Bath at the moment, and shall be going to have a look at the Regency costumed parade this morning as the Jane Austen Festival starts. I shall bring you a report on all I see a little later, but for now, I thought I'd post a few more photos from the lovely day I had with P and P tours at 'Longbourn'. These photos are taken in the garden, I'm sure you'll recognise some of the places, but I wanted also to add a couple of photos like the one of the stone cherub and the bust at the end of the arbour, just because they were so beautiful. I hope you like them! I've also included a BBC Youtube clip from the Pride and Prejudice series which shows Elizabeth sitting where I am on the stone bench amongst other views.







Monday, September 13, 2010

A Day Out at Longbourn, Pride and Prejudice 1995 (part 2)

Here are some more photos from my day out at 'Longbourn' with P and P Tours! We were taken into the church first, which features in the very first episode as well as the wedding scene at the end. I've included the BBC clip of the wedding so you can see exactly where we were. Helen and Maddy bring the whole event alive with their insider knowledge combined with expert knowledge on the historical background of the time. The church is very beautiful, and being attached to the house is so typical of the kind of manor houses found in Jane Austen's day. I hope you enjoy the photos.






Sunday, September 5, 2010

Austen Authors - a new blog!

Writers of Jane Austen fiction cordially invite you to the launch of ‘Austen Authors’, and to share in our passion for her world... because there’s never enough Jane Austen.

We look forward to the pleasure of your company tomorrow on Monday, September 6, 2010, and daily thereafter.
Throughout September, during our Launch Extravaganza, there will be posts by many of your favourite Austen-related fiction writers as well as contests, quizzes, a scavenger hunt, oodles of information, spotlight guest Amanda Grange (Mr. Darcy Vampyre), new release parties, author introductions, entertainment, humour, polls, secrets, recipes, games galore, and giveaways of gifts and books from the authors and their publishers. Mark your calendar, join us, and be sure to post comments.
Here is the list of contributing authors.
¨ Susan Adriani
¨ Marsha Altman
¨ Marilyn Brant
¨ Skylar Burris
¨ Jack Caldwell
¨ Carolyn Eberhart
¨ Monica Fairview
¨ Regina Jeffers
¨ Cindy Jones
¨ Sharon Lathan
¨ Kara Louise

¨ Kathryn Nelson
¨ Jane Odiwe
¨ C. Allyn Pierson
¨ Abigail Reynolds
¨ Mary Lydon Simonsen
¨ Heather Lynn Rigaud
¨ Victoria Connelly
¨ J. Marie Croft
¨ Lynn Shepherd

"My idea of good company is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company."
~ Jane Austen ~

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Day Out at Longbourn


Thank you to everyone who left such lovely comments about the cover of Mr Darcy's Secret. I'm thrilled that you all like it as much as I do! I've been very busy writing a short story for an Austen Anthology which Laurel Ann of Austenprose has put together, I've just finished another book which I'm now editing, and I've recently joined a new blog of Austen Authors - but more of that later!
I've also just come back from my summer holiday, and was feeling very rested until I realised that it's now payback time. Mountains of washing later, and still plenty to go, I'm wondering why I always think it's a good idea to take so many clothes. But, I'll stop moaning, I had a lovely time, and the memory of wonderful Spanish sunshine and food will stay with me for a long time.

Before I went away, I had a real treat in the form of a day out at Longbourn - Afternoon Tea with Mrs Bennet, no less, who I have to say was far too young and the epitome of a gracious hostess to take after her namesake. But, I digress!
P and P Tours run the event, and as with everything they do, it is always a delight with the wonderful team of Helen and Maddy. The only drawback was the rain which steadily poured down, but nothing could spoil our pleasure, and by the end of the afternoon we saw sunshine again which made everyone extra happy.
I've got so many lovely photos that I shall have to do a few posts to do them justice. If you remember the wonderful BBC Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle production of Pride and Prejudice you will certainly recognise the Bennet's house at Longbourn. Set in the real Wiltshire village of Luckington the owners today allow public access only through P and P tours and we all felt very privileged to be shown round. It was even more beautiful than in the series, and it was such fun to spot everything. You can imagine, I had to completely watch the re-run of the adaptation when I got home. We started off in the church which you can see above - but I'll leave it there for now - more next time!
Notice the lovely Bennet sisters in the photo - Helen and Maddy are third and fourth from the left and the other girls are participating guests who got to dress up for the day. Don't they all look wonderful?