Friday, October 23, 2015

My Zazzle shop - Jane Austen Designs

I've got a new venture, a little shop on Zazzle selling Mugs, Decorations, Magnets and Tote Bags using illustrations I've made over the years - all inspired by Jane Austen, her life and her books. I want to be able to help fund charities like The Jane Austen Literacy Foundation and other favourites I follow. I've been really pleased with the samples I've received, and it's been fun to make decorations for my Christmas tree and have new mugs to drink copious amounts of my favourite tea!

This mug shows the cover of my upcoming book, Jane Austen Lives Again-you might be able to guess what one of the prizes will be to celebrate my book's publication!

Persuasion Mug

I love choosing the different colours to go with the illustrations - this is an illustration on a mug of Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot on the Gravel Walk in Persuasion.

I really enjoyed designing the decorations which I shall hang on the Christmas tree this year. They are made of porcelain and come with a gold ribbon. I've added a pound coin in the photo below to give an idea of size.

There are many more designs on Zazzle - I'm adding things all the time so keep a look out - I do hope you like them!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Jane Austen Lives Again - Cover Reveal!

I'm so thrilled to show you the cover of my new book, Jane Austen Lives Again. I know I've said it before but I've loved writing this book and hope you enjoy it. Though I've set the book in 1925, there are several scenes that take place in Jane Austen's time as she reflects on her past life. I've really enjoyed trying to imagine how Jane might have adjusted to a different age and thinking about how her first life would have influenced her second. She's been given the chance to live again in a body half her age, but with all the experience of a life already lived. I hope you'll join me in following Jane's adventures to her own very happy ending! 

When Jane Austen’s doctor discovers the secret to immortal life in 1817 she thinks her wishes have come true. But when Jane wakes up from the dead, she hasn’t reckoned on her doctor being a descendant of the original Dr Lyford or that it’s taken over a 100 years to perfect the process. Finding herself in 1925, a penniless Miss Austen must adjust to the Jazz Age, get herself a job, and discover the only one suitable is in the most dreaded of all occupations. Becoming a governess to five girls of an eccentric, bohemian family at the neglected and crumbling Manberley Castle is not exactly her dream job, and Jane soon finds she’s caught up in the dramas of every family member. The children are not quite what she’s expected, and her employer, Lady Milton is at her wit’s end.  But Jane loves nothing more than a challenge, and now living in a new body half her real age, but with all the wisdom gained from a lifetime in the past, she resolves on putting the family in order. If only she can resist falling in love, her common sense and resolve will win the day and change the lives of them all!

Inspired by Jane Austen’s wonderful novels and written in the tradition of classic books like Cold Comfort Farm, I Capture the Castle, and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Jane Austen Lives Again is a fairy story for grown-ups.

Coming in November 2015!