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Excited for Karalynne Mackrory's New Release "Blinded by Prejudice" ~ Preview + Giveaway

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Hi everyone! I am excited that the Jane Austen State of Mind blog gets to kick off the new release tour for Karalynne Mackrory. She is an author whose books I've really enjoyed over the past couple of years, She has selected an excerpt from latest book, Blinded by Prejudice , to share with my readers, and I hope it pulls you in! Before I get into the book, I wanted to provide a short personal update. It's been nearly a month since I've posted to the blog. The dreaded COVID hit our household, and we're just now getting back to our school and/or work routines after an extended period of quarantine/isolation. Luckily, my husband and I only felt rotten (no serious complications), and our 5-year-old daughter did not so much as skip a beat. Although I didn't feel much like reading during my bout with COVID due to a persistent pounding headache, I was pumped to have been gifted a physical copy of this beautiful book. It will be creased and well-loved soon enough! Thanks ag

A Review of Susan Adriani's "Misunderstandings & Ardent Love" + Giveaway

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 Today, the Jane Austen State of Mind blog brings you a review of Susan Adriani's new release, "Misunderstandings & Ardent Love." I hope my thoughts on the book whet your appetite for more and move you to read it! First of all, I would be remiss if I did not give a nod to the beautiful cover. Ms. Adriani's work, in my opinion, has become the gold standard for JAFF cover art. If I ever finish my book, I sincerely hope she will agree to design one for me! Lord knows I've compiled quite a Pinterest page full of Regency era paintings to draw from! But, as usual, I digress. I'm sharing my thoughts in no particular order. One thing I particularly liked about the book was the authentic interactions between the cannon and original characters. In particular, I found two new characters quite refreshing and entertaining. The first is a fine gentleman who is a relation to the Lucases as well as Lizzy's childhood friend. The second new character is an irreverent au

Interview + Giveaway with Elizabeth Rasche for Her Latest Book, "A Learned Romance"

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It is my pleasure to highlight Elizabeth Rasche's latest novel, A Learned Romance , here on the Jane Austen State of Mind blog. If you love variations that delve into the minds of secondary characters, this book may be right up your alley. I've always found Mary Bennet intriguing and enjoy books that provide insight into her character and look beyond the pedantic sermonizing. To that end, I'd like to welcome the author herself to tell us more about the book. Before we delve into her interview, here is the book blurb/summary: "She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she  grew older; the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning."                    ~Jane Austen, Persuasion, Chapter 4 MARY BENNET HAD NEVER WISHED for anything more than to be known as the meek and pious Bennet sister, the one who sweetly brought peace to her family. BEING THE LAST UNMARRIED BENNET SISTER, the pressure to partake of a London Season with the nouveau riche

Old Boots by Grace Gibson: A Satisfying Romp in Darcy's Headspace - Excerpt + Giveaway

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I would like to welcome Grace Gibson to share her latest book,  Old Boots  . It is a diverting follow-up to the wildly popular and thoroughly entertaining,  Silver Buckles . Before I pass the reigns over to Grace, I thought I'd share a few thoughts on the book. Like Silver Buckles, which is told from Elizabeth's point of view, Old Boots is a first person narrative though this time, from Mr. Darcy's perspective.  I tend to either love or hate the variations I've read that are told from Mr. Darcy's point of view. You might ask why? The ones I dislike typically present an exaggeratedly snobbish, emotionless, or downright dull Darcy. This is not an issue with Old Boots. Darcy is true to character (at least the way I think of him) but also imminently likeable. At the same time, he is fastidious, conflicted, and intelligent. In this variation, it seems many of his defenses are lowered from the start.   In Old Boots, Darcy's relationships with and opinions of the Benne

An Enthusiastic Review of L.M. Romano's' Debut Novel, Forgotten Betrothal + Giveaway

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  It is my pleasure to introduce and offer a review of L.M. Romano's debut novel, Forgotten Proposal . In recent months, I've been preoccupied by and rather busy with various summer amusements. As a result, my reading has been rather hit and miss. In some cases, it has taken me weeks to finish a single book. Slow reading also tends to be the case when I am not particularly drawn into the story. Sadly, I've also encountered quite a few less than riveting variations this year. Luckily, neither of these issues were of concern with my most recent read. From the minute I opened  Forgotten Betrothal , however, I was drawn in and ultimately finished it more quickly than any book I've read in some time. More than once I even read well into the night (a perk of summer vacation)! Forgotten Proposal includes a lot of the elements I love to find in works of Austenesque fiction--including (but not limited to): a determinedly charming Mr Darcy, compelling new characters, a dash of m

A Preview of Cat Andrews' Latest Book, "An Unexpected Harvest" + Giveaway

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Summertime, and the living is easy...🎜🎝🎜. I have not posted on the blog since late April 😧, and I fully attribute this to the craziness that comes with the end of the school year. For those of you who don't know, I work in the pubic school system. It's been quite an unorthodox, insane year! I am so glad to be on summer vacation so that I can work on feeding my Jane Austen State of Mind. To that end, I just bought my tickets for the upcoming annual Jane Austen Festival in Louisville, KY including the Ball on a Boat. I'm sure that event will give birth to a few blog posts later this summer. Summer vacation has allowed me to read more. As I've noted before, I've long been partial to regency-era variations. That partiality, however, has softened over the past year or so as I continue to broaden my horizons. I give much of the credit for this shift to authors like Elizabeth Adams (from whom I won audiobook copies of  Ship to Shore  and  Green Card ), Karen Cox ( 1932

Interview + Giveaway with Mary Smythe About Her Debut Novel, "Dare to Refuse Such a Man"

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It is my pleasure to kick off the blog tour for Mary Smythe's debut novel, Dare to Refuse Such a Man.  It was released just today and is available through this direct  link via Amazon. When I received a copy of the book (check out the beautiful cover!), and opened it to the first page of text, I was instantly drawn in by the riveting and nonconventional prologue. I have been an avid reader of Austenesque fiction for many years now. While some tried and true scenarios (e.g., forced marriage, kidnapping, etc.) yield interesting results, I've lately been most drawn to the new and different. Luckily for me,  I don't believe I have ever read a book with the same starting premise as this one. The book's blurb describes it better and more succinctly than I ever could... He is the kind of man, indeed, to whom I should never dare refuse anything which he condescended to ask." -Mr. Bennet, Pride and Prejudice Volume III, Chapter 17 It had never occurred to Fitzwilliam Darcy