I have just finished the first round of edits on a contemporary novel based on Jane Austen’s wonderful Persuasion. Despite the story taking place in the present (well, post-COVID, so perhaps that makes it fantasy), I still found myself diving down the rabbit hole of historical research. One such dive involved poetry. My main character, … Continue reading Sing to Us: E. Pauline Johnson ~ Tekahionwake
Austen Authors – Beethoven’s Eroica
Please check out my post at Austen Authors, where I talk a bit about Beethoven, Napoleon, and one of the coolest stories of the early 1800s. https://www.austenauthors.net/historical-tidbits-a-heroic-symphony/
Miss Mary investigates Death in Highbury
Today’s blog tour takes me to Interests of a Jane Austen Girl, where we talk about music and piano duets.
Hello all, now again from my desk comes a presentation of a new book. This book is from yet another returning author; Riana Everly. In the passing months, Riana has been writing murder mysteries within the world of Austen. The first was, “The death of a clergyman.” which is still waiting on my desk, alongside several others. pulls an embarrassed face This time it is Highbury’s turn to have a murder, and luckily, Mary is on hand to investigate.
When political chaos in London forces Mary Bennet to take refuge in the picturesque town of Highbury, Surrey, she quickly finds herself safe among friends. Emma Woodhouse welcomes her as a guest at Hartfield, Jane Fairfax is delighted by her love of music, and Frank Churchill can’t stop flirting with her. But it is not long before Mary starts to suspect that beneath the charming surface, Highbury hides some dark…
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A Double Birthday
Jane Austen December 16th is celebrated in the literary world as the birthday of English author Jane Austen. She was born on this date in 1775 in Steventon, Hampshire, where her father was the rector. In the musical world, this same date is often commemorated as the birthday of composer Ludwig van Beethoven. His exact … Continue reading A Double Birthday
Isaac Nathan: A New Composer (to me)
One of the delights of writing historical fiction is the research. Yes, really. It can make the writing process that much longer, because for every line of text, I can spend an hour researching some little detail, like what cribbage boards looked like in 1800, or whether a certain word was in common use. But … Continue reading Isaac Nathan: A New Composer (to me)
The Devil Made Me Do It – Diabolus in Musica
One of the tropes that runs through Western folklore is the association of the Devil with music, and specifically with the violin. This goes hand-in-hand with another theme, that of selling one’s soul to the devil in return for some prowess or special knowledge. Where did these ideas come from, and how have they played … Continue reading The Devil Made Me Do It – Diabolus in Musica
Blog Tour at Half Agony, Half Hope
This next stop on the blog tour is at Half Agony, Half Hope, where Darcy and Elizabeth talk about music, their new friends the St. Ives, and the devil himself! There's also a review of the book, so don't miss it! https://halfagonyhalfhopereviews.blogspot.com/2019/01/blog-tour-through-different-lens-by.html BLOG TOUR: Through a Different Lens by Riana Everly ~ Review, Excerpt & … Continue reading Blog Tour at Half Agony, Half Hope