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My Jane Austen fan fiction (under the penname JANE GRIX)  is going well, and I’m finally going to get back to the Love and Chocolate Series . . .

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reposting from Jane Grix, my JAFF writing alter ego:


Here’s the youtube:  Ah, Matthew Rhys as Darcy…  mighty fine.




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Here it is, my new novel under a new pen name. Why a pen name? Because not everyone who wants to read sweet and quirky contemporary romances will want to read Jane Austen fan fiction. However, some of you will, so I will keep you informed.
For those of you who are interested, I’m still working on Book 3 of the Love and Chocolate Series, but I was kidnapped by Darcy for a bit. Hope you don’t mind.

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Here it is, my first Pride and Prejudice Variation.  It is now available on Amazon and should be on iTunes and Barnes and Noble within a week.

Darcy Unmasked:  When Fitzwilliam Darcy visits his friend at Netherfield Park, he does not expect to meet an old enemy or to fall in love.  But a Masquerade Ball changes everything.

Darcy Unmasked

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I just finished reading Pride and All This Prejudice by Alex A. King. It is a clever retelling of Pride and Prejudice, set in modern-day Greece.

Her Mrs. Bennet (Mrs. Baros in this version) was superb. Funny, outrageous, and embarrassing. She made me laugh out loud several times, and the antagonistic relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Baros was hilarious. Not quite the Mr. and Mrs. Bennet we’re used to, but totally appropriate (and insightful) for this new version.

I loved how Mrs. Baros insisted that Jane take a nightgown rather than pajamas to Netherfield (long story) and her marriage-minded machinations were brilliant.

Link:  Pride and All This Prejudice

I also liked the way the author rewrote some of Darcy and Elizabeth’s conversations, giving them a contemporary slant.

Since this story has a modern setting, some of the characters’ language and viewpoints are modern as well — with a little earthy vulgarity, but overall the novel is sweet — definitely PG, not PG-13. I’ll gladly read this again. Well done.

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I have been rereading Pride and Prejudice lately and that has led me to reread other Jane Austen books. Mansfield Park is not my favorite Austen novel – I still get a little wigged about first cousins marrying, although I know it’s legal in most places, etc., and Fanny Price is not as fun as Elizabeth Bennet.

She’s not as clever or ornery.

She’s small and plain, soft spoken and dare I say it – a bit of a doormat.

And I don’t think that her cousin Edmund appreciates her sufficiently by the end.

So as a romance, it’s not as satisfying as watching the proud Darcy fall in love with Elizabeth Bennet.

But, I will say that Austen’s insight into the way people think and react is amazing. Rereading her books is a joy. I am fascinated by the side characters.
Which makes me think about life and love and characters and my books and why there’s room for all of us.

Fanny Price is good, and although I don’t agree with all her decisions or behaviors, I admire her for keeping her principles. And I will try to give Edmund the benefit of the doubt.

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I have said before that I would not be reading about Jane Austen zombies,  but as it turns out, I have been reading about Jane Austen shape-shifters.

I don’t read enough science fiction and fantasy to know what category this book would fall into, but I just finished reading Pride and Platypus by  Vera Nazarian .  This is one seriously weird version of Pride and Prejudice.  Apparently gentlemen in Regency England turn into different animals every month during the full moon.  Like werewolves.  It reminded me of the trailer for Teen Wolf with Michael J. Fox.  I never saw that movie but have thought that it could be amusing if watched under the right circumstances.

The animals Ms. Nazarian chose to have the male characters turn into were remarkably funny and insightful.  Wickham was a wolf, of course, but I won’t give any more spoilers.

Funny.  Weird.  A little rude.  Other than strange editorial notes highlighting the difference between Regency era language usage and modern slang, I don’t remember anything vulgar.

Part of me can’t believe I read the whole thing.  But it did make me laugh.

This is what happens when you download samples onto your Kindle.   I read a bit and wanted to find out what animal Mr. Darcy morphed into.

I hope Jane and I can still be friends.

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I was in a craft store today in a very long checkout line and found a magazine by www.interweavestore.com entitled Jane Austen Knits.

Portrait of Jane Austen, from the memoir by J....

Portrait of Jane Austen, from the memoir by J. E. Austen-Leigh. All other portraits of Austen are generally based on this, which is itself based on a sketch by Cassandra Austen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was very fun with patterns with names of Jane Austen characters and locations.   Personally, I don’t think Lydia ever bothered to learn how to knit, but I may need to reread Pride and Prejudice just to be certain.

Knitting requires an attention to detail (all those loops!) and discipline.  I’m trying to think of heroines who knit and can only think of the gruesome women in Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities, which is completely off topic.

In the magazine, there was one fun shawl pattern that would fit nicely over a Regency Era styled dress and buttoned in the back — a little like a short jacket.

I’m not much of a knitter.  I’m more of a quilter and occasionally I crochet.   But these patterns were inspiring.  They made me want to become a knitter.

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