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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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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.

Jane Grix

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 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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Hey world.  I’m on YouTube now.



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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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Sometimes I feel like I’m the last person to know about things in popular culture.


I just spent about an hour, watching various episodes of the Lizzie Bennet diaries.  There are 100 episodes about 6 minutes long that aired on YouTube, starting in 2012.  I haven’t watched all of them — I tried to get a few key points. I liked Bing Lee, the Asian-American medical student.  I saw one episode where he is taking care of Jane, who has a cold.  He was sweet and smart and funny.  Endearing.


I am impressed with the creativity of the project.  Some of the modernization of the story is very clever.  Does it all work or make sense?  Probably not.  In a similar vein, I also liked Lost in Austen, although I wish I could edit out about 5 minutes of vulgarity.


English: Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. Austen, Jane. Pr...

English: Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. London: George Allen, 1894, page 5. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But I’ll admit it — I love Pride and Prejudice in almost every form.  I love the arrogant man and the judgmental woman being annoyed with and fascinated by each other. I love watching these two characters dance around their growing attraction.  I love the fact that they both become better, wiser people, and they are rewarded with a  happily ever after.


Pride in Prejudice is my favorite novel, and I am pleased that it is still being read 200 years after it was written.


Ah, Jane Austen,  you were a genius.




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I thought this video was fun.  It contains excerpts from the movie Beau Brummell:  This Charming Man which I enjoyed.  I particularly liked Hugh Bonneville‘s portrayal of the Prince Regent.  Hilarious and sad at the same time.  I often wish I could go back into the Regency era and meet/watch the people I’ve read about.

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