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Winners of Sharon Lathan’s Regency Servants Giveaway

Winners of Sharon Lathan’s Regency Servants Giveaway

 Please go to Austen Authors page to Comment! The link is on the right.

Austen Authors and Sharon Lathan are happy to announce the winners from Sharon’s blog on Regency Servants. As the finale to the 6-part series on servants who worked inside the grand manor houses and London townhouses during the Georgian and Regency Eras, Sharon offered five books on the subject highlighted throughout the series. The winners are announced below. Ladies, please contact Sharon Lathan directly to claim your prize: [email protected]



Governess BrandonGoverness: The Lives and Times of the Real Jane Eyres,
by Ruth Brandon – Kindle edition to Sally

CarêmeCooking for Kings: The Life of Antonin Careme, the First Celebrity Chef,
by Ian Kelly – Kindle edition to Dianna

They Also ServeThey Also Serve: The Real Life Story of a Lifetime in Service as a Butler,
by Bob Sharpe – paperback print to Cortney Stewart

up down stairsUp and Down Stairs: The History of the Country House Servant,
by Jeremy Musson  – Kindle edition to Teresa Norbraten

housekeepers taleThe Housekeeper’s Tale: The Women Who Really Ran the English Country House,
by Tessa Boase – paperback print to Trudy Timkovich

If you missed the series, here are the direct links to each installment. The series will continue, covering the people who worked outside the manor walls, such as gamekeepers, stable staff, and groundsmen.
#1 Regency Servants: Introduction & the Steward

#2 Regency Servants: Valet & Lady’s Maid

#3 Regency Servants: Men in the Household

#4 Regency Servants: Women in the Household

#5 Regency Servants: Kitchen Staff

#6 Regency Servants: Caring for the Wee Ones

Darcy and Elizabeth – A Promise Kept + a giveaway!


As the readers of my books know, I am not one of those writers who can write quickly. In that regard, I proudly claim to be like Mr. Darcy who so famously said to Caroline, “You are mistaken. I write rather slowly.”

It takes me about a year to write a book and longer than that to get it ready for publication, so today, I am happy to announce the publication of my next novel Darcy and Elizabeth – A Promise Kept which is available on Amazon and Create Space.

Here’s a synopsis of the story.

Five years after his disastrous proposal at Kent, Fitzwilliam Darcy receives a letter from Charles Bingley regarding a promise he made when their friendship ended. Should Darcy decide to keep the promise, it will throw him into the company of the one woman he has struggled for years to forget—Elizabeth Bennet. 

Having just entered a secret agreement with Lady Markham, will Darcy put his future in jeopardy by stepping in to help Bingley? Has time and distance helped him overcome his regard for Elizabeth, or will he fall as madly in love with her as before?

Is true love to be found in a promise kept?

I hope I’ve piqued your interest. Take a look at the cover. I love it!


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I shared part of the first chapter in a previous post and the entire chapter in our Writers Block, so you can read them there if you haven’t already. Still, I wanted to share a little more of the story in honor of its publication, so here’s an excerpt from Chapter Seven:

As William waited in the library for the butler to locate Jane Bingley, he perused the titles on a bookcase that covered the entire west wall. Impressed with the collection, he surmised that the estate must have come with the furnishings, since everything seemed much as it was when he and Bingley toured the house years ago, and a well-stocked library was not one of Charles’ priorities. Then, too, Lord Norton had deliberated renting the property because he had two other estates, so William felt reasonably certain that the man would not have taken the majority of the books with him when the estate sold, if any.

Caught up in his observations, William was unaware that Elizabeth had entered the room behind him. Since she was not expecting him to be at the Bingleys’ residence that day, she did not see him either, and turned in the opposite direction. Even so, he was alerted to her presence when she began humming a tune he remembered from his childhood—Lavender’s Blue.

The minute he spied her, his breath caught. Only once had he seen her hair in its present style—at a picnic Charles had hosted at Netherfield. The sides were pulled up and tied with long, pink satin ribbons, the ends of which were now entwined in the dark curls that cascaded down her back. As his eyes followed her lithe frame across the room, he was tortured by thoughts of how it would feel to replace the ribbons with his fingers. Thoroughly dismayed at the path his thoughts had taken, William tried to picture Millie’s hair worn in the same fashion, but could not.   

In Elizabeth’s hands were several books, and, once she reached a small, round table, she laid them there. Then she walked down an identical wall of bookshelves until she found a library chair. Sliding this object along the floor until it was where she wished it to be, she flipped the chair over, revealing four built-in steps. Then, taking the top book from the stack, she lifted her skirts and put one dainty foot on the bottom step. Since she wore simple slippers and no stockings, William had a good view of her left ankle and leg clear to the knee. Instantly aware that he should have announced his presence before now, his heart began to race. Still, in light of the circumstances, he was incapable of speech.

Unfortunately, Jane Bingley chose that moment to rush into the room. “Mr. Darcy, I had no idea you would come today! It was only yesterday that I sent the express.”

At the sound of Jane’s voice, Elizabeth’s head swung around. Finding William staring in her direction, she dropped her skirts and lifted her chin, giving him a stern glare.

Thoroughly embarrassed, William turned to Jane, stuttering a reply. “I . . . I was preparing to leave for Pemberley, but your letter gave me the impression that you were frightened; thus, I came here first.”

By then, Elizabeth had walked towards them. Jane’s eyes went wide when she realised that her sister had heard everything. Before she could speak, however, Elizabeth said impatiently, “You were frightened, Jane, yet you did not think to tell me?”

Jane’s hands flew to her face, and she began to cry, and Elizabeth pulled her sister into an embrace, patting her back. 

“Please do not cry, dearest. I was only wounded that you did not feel that you could confide in me. I want to know when anything is amiss. In your condition, you should not carry burdens alone. 

“It is not that I felt I could not confide in you. It is just—” Jane stopped to pull a handkerchief from her pocket and dab at her eyes. Looking from her sister to William, she said, “Let us sit down, and I will tell you both what has transpired. 

Minutes later, Jane had shared a letter from Kitty that had arrived a week earlier. That letter had informed her that a strange man had been seen in Meryton asking about the former occupants of Longbourn. More particularly, he had visited that property and spoken to Mr. Collins, presenting himself as an old friend of Mr. Bennet. Upon being informed of the calamity that had befallen their parents, he enquired as to whether the daughters were all well. He also wanted to know whether they had married and where each lived. Only the arrival of Charlotte Collins from a quick jaunt into Meryton cut short the rector’s long-winded recitation of each sister’s fate before he got to Elizabeth. Charlotte, being more wary than her husband, had informed Kitty of the man’s inquisitiveness the next day. Nonetheless, by the time Kitty asked for the man’s whereabouts in the village, he had slipped away.  

Already planning a visit, the following day Kitty travelled to the nearby village of Compton where James Parton, Mary’s husband, was the vicar. Immediately upon arrival, Kitty informed Mary of the strange man in Meryton. Consequently, Mary related a similarly odd occurrence. It seemed that a stranger had come by the parish in search of counselling only the week before, and his conversation had swiftly moved from his own concerns to assertions that he knew Mary’s father years ago. When he enquired as to how the sisters had fared since their parents’ untimely deaths, the vicar mentioned that Kitty had married Harvey Thomas, a law clerk, and still lived in Meryton. When he asked about Elizabeth specifically, Mr. Parton became suspicious and sent him on his way. 

Once Jane had finished reading, the room was eerily silent. The look on William’s face was enough to convince her that he was contemplating the situation before commenting. Elizabeth, however, had no such reluctance and attempted to make light of it all.  

“Surely asking about our family is scarcely a reason to think that anyone means to do us harm? On the contrary, Papa had many good friends from university, and upon hearing of the circumstances of his death, why would they not profess an interest in our welfare?” 

Jane was about to answer, when William retorted, “I am afraid that I cannot agree, Mrs. Gardiner. One incident may be logical.  Two is suspect.”

Apparently still angry that he had not made his presence known earlier, Elizabeth snapped, “Mr. Darcy, you may be in charge of all our finances, but you are not in charge of my life! Surely I have a right to live without fear of every person who asks after me.”

“Lizzy,” Jane said, “you have no right to talk to Mr. Darcy in that manner.” 

William held up a hand. “Please. Let her say what she wishes; that is her prerogative.”

“I wanted to spare you the worst of it, Lizzy, but I see that I simply cannot,” Jane said wearily. “Mayhap you will change your tone after hearing this.” Reaching into her pocket, she withdrew another missive. Holding it out to William, she said, “This arrived yesterday morning and was what prompted the express.”  

William took the paper, his brows furrowing as he read what was written thereon. I know the secret about your sister and that child. 

Seeing his expression darken, Elizabeth asked, “What does it say?” 

Looking up, he locked eyes with hers. “Do you not think it time I was told the truth?”  

Not able to meet his gaze, Elizabeth looked away.

“He has earned the right to know, Lizzy.”

Purchase links for Darcy and Elizabeth – A Promise Kept:


PAPERBACKNow, for the fun part! I’m giving away four Kindle e-book copies. If you leave a comment by midnight Friday April 15, CST, you’ll be included in the drawing. I hope you win, and it takes your mind off your taxes!

Announcing the Winner of Barbara Silkstone’s “Wet Shirt” Giveaway


winner-is-badgeAusten Authors is happy to announce that Maia John will receive an eBook copy of Darcy’s Royal Dilemma, as well as an eBook copy Lizzy’s Love Apprentice from the fabulous Barbara Silkstone. Maia, please contact Regina Jeffers [email protected] to claim your prize. Congratulations! 51S4Yv9bslL._AA160_51QytJhd3rL._AA160_

Announcing the Winners of Regina Jeffers’s “The Pemberley Ball” Giveaway

Shared from Austen Authors Blog!

PemberleyBall Jeffers sliderInstead of three, Regina Jeffers chose FOUR winners of an eBook of her latest release The Pemberley Ball. The ladies whose names are listed below should check their email boxes for the book is waiting your acceptance: Tea Guide, Barbara Martin, Anji, and Lisa Hatfield. Congratulations! And thank you for being a part of the Austen Authors community. 



Announcing the Spring Quarterly Giveaway on Austen Authors

Announcing the Spring Quarterly Giveaway on Austen Authors

Reposted from Austen Authors

The Austen Authors are pleased to announce the prizes for the
Spring Quarterly Giveaway.

To enter, you MUST use the Rafflecopter form on the
austenauthors.net homepage.

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And now for the prizes…





First up, Katherine Reay has two prizes up for grabs.
These items are for two different winners.

The first is a signed print copy of Katherine’s non-Austen book, The Brontë Plot.
The second prize is a related prize, for it is a The Brontë Plot water bottle.

SecondChances Price iconS&S Amish -Price thumbSarah Price also has two prizes for two different winners.

The first is a signed print copy of
Sense and Sensibility: An Amish Retelling of Austen’s Classic
and the second is a signed print copy of
Second Chances: An Amish Retelling of Austen’s Persuasion. 

Pemberley_to_Waterloo iconDashwood Diary Elliott iconGeorgiana Darcy's Diary book coverAnna Elliott is offering three eBooks (a different book for three differentwinners) as part of the giveaway.

The first is Georgiana Darcy’s Diary.
The second is Pemberley to Waterloo.
The final eBook is Margaret Dashwood’s Diary: Sense and Sensibility Mysteries.

Our lovely Sharon Lathan has three fab gifts for worthy winners. 

Passions DrDarcy_iconThe first prize from Sharon is the winner’s choice of an eBook or print copy of The Passions of Dr. Darcy.

MissDarcy_iconSharon will award another of our followers with the winner’s choice
of an eBook or print copy of Miss Darcy Falls in Love.

Mr&MrsFitz Audio cover smallA third winner will receive an MP3 CD Audio edition of
Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One.

Regina Jeffers also has a couple of bundles available.

51nmlqJNiIL._SX301_BO1,204,203,200_MrDarcysFault Jeffers iconThe first is a hard cover copy of Jane and the Stillroom Maid by Stephanie Barron, as well as an eBook version of Mr. Darcy’s Fault: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary Novella


EB Excellent Adventure - Jeffers thumbRegina’s second bundle includes a paperback version of
Death Comes to Pemberley from P. D. James,
as well as an eBook version of
Elizabeth Bennet’s Excellent Adventure: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary.

Regina has two more giveaways for two happy winners!

ElizabethBennet Jeffers iconThe first is an eBook copy of Elizabeth Bennet’s Deception: A Pride and Prejudice Vagary. 

ProsecutionDarcysCousin Jeffers iconThe second is an eBook copy of
The Prosecution of Mr. Darcy’s Cousin: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery.

Next, Rose Fairbanks has five prizes up available.

Sufficient Encouragement -Fairbanks thumbFirst, Rose has an eBook ( U.S. or international email addresses), as well as a signed print copy (US only) ofSufficient Encouragement. 

Darcys Kindness -Fairbanks thumbRose’s also has eBook (U.S. or international email addresses),
as well as a signed print copy (US only)
of Mr. Darcy’s Kindness.

912I78NeihL._SY445_And last, but not least, Ms. Fairbanks
will offer a DVD/Blu-ray copy of Austenland.

516sYVyIZ9L._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_51FuI-D5fbL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_Finally, Barbara Silkstone has a special prize for one of our followers.


It is two eBook boxed sets of the Mister Darcy Series Comedic Mysteries.
Set 1 includes Mister Darcy’s Dogs, Mister Darcy’s Christmas, and Mister Darcy’s’ Secret.
Box Set 2 includes Pansy Cottage, Mister Darcy’s Templars, and Mister Darcy’s Honeymoon



Remember to use the Rafflecopter contest entry form on the homepage.
Winners will be announced in mid May.

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Who You Really Are?

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After my last blog post, I heard from so many fellow writers, and a good many friends, who said that they were introverts, too. Many came as a surprise, especially among the writers I know and admire. In hindsight, I fear that I assumed that most writers were extroverts because of their ability to promote themselves and their books so well. Now I know that is not always the case.

However, having so many of my fellow authors claim they are introverts made me wonder how many well-known writers were, too. I looked for a list, but found that writers were always included as part of a larger list of famous introverts. After reading dozens of lists, J. K. Rowling, Dr. Seuss and Edgar Allan Poe were the only authors who were mentioned repeatedly. Below are just a few other famous introverts that were listed:

Clint Eastwood  Bill Gates  Abraham Lincoln  Audrey Hepburn  Eleanor Roosevelt  Sir Isaac Newton  Albert Einstein  Meg Ryan

Mahatma Gandhi  Laura Bush  Rosa Parks  Warren Buffet  Roy Rogers  Marilyn Monroe  Tom Hanks  Candice Bergen

George Stephanopoulos  Johnny Carson  Harper Lee

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While I was researching introverts and extroverts, I found that you are not just one or the other. There are a number of variations of each and personality tests that will reveal which type you are.

Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers, first published their test, the MBTI, in 1962, after studying the work of Carl Jung since the 1940s. Jung believed everyone experiences the world through four principal psychological functions: sensation, intuition, feeling and thinking and that one is dominant most of the time. Katharine and Isabel gave his theory a practical application: to help women entering the industrial workforce for the first time to identify the sort of war-time jobs that would be “most comfortable and effective” for them.

Here is a chart that shows the different personality types on the MBTI:

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And here are what the letters stand for:

The first letter is for introvert (I) or extrovert (E).

Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning? This is called Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).

When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances? This is called Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).

In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options? This is called Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)

I thought it might be fun to use this information to categorize some of our favorite Austen characters, and luckily came across this MBTI chart with the characters in Pride and Prejudice already done.

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I think it hard to pin-point everyone precisely, but I cannot agree with some of these. For instance, Caroline is ISFJ which is ‘amiable and ready to sacrifice?’ I don’t picture Caroline as either of these. Georgiana is classed as ENFP, which is an extrovert and described as ‘life of the party?’ And Mr. Collins, who is ISTP, does not impress me as someone who is unpretentious—not attempting to impress others with an appearance of greater importance, talent, or culture than is actually possessed.

I do think it fascinating that Darcy and Lizzy are alike except when it comes down to T or P. Darcy thinks while Lizzy feels. What do you think? Do you agree with the type assigned to your favourite character? I would love to hear your opinion!

Meanwhile, if you wonder what type personality you are, there is a free MBTI test at this link. Free Personality Test

A more in-depth test can be had for a fee at the Briggs and Meyer Foundation. Myers Briggs Foundation


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