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Voting ends tomorrow in the Jane Austen Short Story Contest at pemberley.com

By on Sunday, Feb 27, 2011 | 0 comments

You have until tomorrow at midnight Eastern time to vote for your favorite Jane Austen-related short stories at pemberley.com.There are almost ninety!  I'm still reading them all!!My story is #70, The Lost Portrait of Jane Austen.The top ten winners of the popular vote will be announced Tuesday.Oh, and who are you rooting for tonight?!

What I Wish I Could Say to the GH Entrants I Judged

By on Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 | 0 comments

I've been judging contests for a couple of years, but this is the first time I volunteered to judge the Golden Heart, RWA's prestigious contest for new writers.  There are over 1000 entrants or more per year, in ten categories, and the first-round judging is done by members all over the country.  No feedback is given [...]

Hope Ramsay’s Debut Novel Out Today–Welcome to Last Chance

By on Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011 | 5 comments

Take a look at this gorgeous cover!!  Hope Ramsay, one of the Golden Heart winners from 2009, has her first book out TODAY!  The cover says it all--this is a small-town romance between two unlikely people, and they're from the town of  Last Chance, South Carolina.  Read all about it on Hope's website here. Hope is [...]

Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest–Vote till Feb. 28

By on Saturday, Feb 19, 2011 | 0 comments

Do you love Jane Austenesque fiction?  There are 87 short stories now posted by talented unpublished authors at pemberley.com.  The stories are "inspired by, or based upon, Jane Austen, her novels, characters, letters, philosophies of life and/or love."   They are all wonderfully creative and all of them could not be more different!  Please stop by and vote [...]

Two Darcys, Two Proposals

By on Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011 | 0 comments

I have a line in my short story for the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest that harkens back to Darcy's second proposal in Pride and Prejudice.  My line, spoken by a very contemporary British man, the hero (so to speak) of my story, is:  "I can't stop thinking about you.  But one word from you [...]

Voting Opens Today for the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest

By on Monday, Feb 14, 2011 | 0 comments

Welcome to my blog!  I am a historical romance writer journeying on the pathway to publication.  Today, the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest opens for voting.  It is sponsored by The Republic of Pemberley, a large site with a wealth of Austen information (which also includes full texts of all her novels), and [...]

Portraits of Jane Austen

By on Monday, Feb 14, 2011 | 0 comments

In my short story, The Lost Portrait of Jane Austen, I imagined that an artist painted her a proper portrait.  But in real life, Jane Austen never sat for a formal portrait.   (In her family of 5 brothers and 1sister, all her brothers except her handicapped brother George had formal portraits.  Cassandra had a silhouette [...]