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Kindle Price of Mr. Darcy's Secret Slashed!

The Kindle price of Mr. Darcy's Secret has been slashed to £1.89 here in the UK and $2.95 in the US! It's a huge saving, and if you haven't had a chance to read it, I hope you'll be tempted!

After capturing the heart of the most eligible bachelor in England, Elizabeth Bennet believes her happiness is complete-until the day she unearths a stash of anonymous, passionate love letters that may be Darcy's, and she realizes just how little she knows about the guarded, mysterious man she married... 

Praise for Jane Odiwe:
"Continuing a novel like Pride and Prejudice is a daring enterprise, and Jane Odiwe comes to it steeped in Austen, in all her renditions; Odiwe's sentences often glint with reflections of the great Jane..."
-Historical Novel Society

 "Odiwe's elegantly stylish writing is seasoned with just the right dash of tart humor." - Booklist


 "Jane Odiwe writes with such eloquence and style that you can't be helped for thinking th…

The Rice Portrait of Jane Austen - the background story to the new evidence!

I am delighted to reproduce the article below written by Mrs. Anne Rice and Mr. Robin Roberts, which gives the background detail to the discoveries that were made on the Emery Walker glass photographic plates produced in 1910 of the Rice portrait of Jane Austen. I've included the images so you can see for yourself - I think they speak for themselves, but particularly noteworthy is the Humphry signature that matches exactly to other examples we have on record, down to the characteristic 'hook' on the letter H of Humphry. I'd like to add at this point that I am so thrilled for Mrs. Rice - I cannot imagine how awful it must have been for her and her late husband to live with the fact that certain 'experts' were determined to find this portrait to be wanting in some way or other. The family inherited the portrait; it has an excellent provenance, and yet, for many years they have had to endure the opinions of others that have tried to undermine the painting's …

Jane Austen's Ring

The wonderful Diana Birchall has written a fabulous post about this previously unknown ring of Jane Austen's on the Austen Author's site. I think the ring is beautiful - sadly, they just don't make them like that anymore! It throws up all sorts of intriguing questions about who bought the ring etc. and I'm sure I'm not the only one who secretly hopes there was a romantic reason behind the purchase. Do visit Austen Authors to read all about it, I'm sure you'll be as intrigued as I am. And, if there is anyone out there with a spare £30,000 who would like to buy it, if Chawton cottage can't find room for it, I know someone who would be very pleased to take care of it! The equally gorgeous Julie Wakefield has news of some first editions of Jane Austen's novels in the same July 10th sale at Sotheby's on her Austenonly blog. Please visit for a full and fascinating report!

Trailer for Willoughby's Return

I've just found this lovely trailer made by Santa Clara County Library - so exciting! Thank you so much, I love it!!!

Exciting News - The Guardian reports on the latest evidence on the Rice Portrait.

At last, the exciting news about the Rice portrait has broken, and I'm so thrilled to share it with you. As reported in this morning's Guardian newspaper, new evidence has come to light of writing discovered on the painting. Using a method of digital enhancement on photographic glass plates of the painting from 1910, the words Jane Austen and the artist's name, Ozias Humphry, have been revealed. You can read all about it here! I've seen the images for myself, and they are amazing!!!

It is wonderful to have some good news to share - I've not been very well lately, and unable to blog very much, but I'm on the mend and hope to be back to normal very soon.

There's a new link on the Rice Portrait website with pictures and the fascinating story behind the new discovery! Read it here!