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Guest Post, Excerpt & Giveaway: Rational Creatures Author J. Marie Croft Featuring Emma’s Hetty Bates

This story touched my heart. Oh, dear, sweet, funny, exasperating Miss Bates!

Diary of an Eccentric

Christina Boyd has done it again, assembling a fabulous team of authors for another Austen-inspired short story anthology. Rational Creatures pays homage to the ladies in Jane Austen’s works. I’m about a quarter of the way through the collection, and I’m loving it so far.

Today, J. Marie Croft is here to discuss Emma‘s Hetty Bates and share an excerpt from her story, “The Simple Things.” I hope you enjoy it, and please stay tuned for a HUGE giveaway. Please give her a warm welcome!

An impatient reader might skim over quotes spoken by Miss Hetty Bates, the talkative spinster-aunt in Emma. Her chatter is, after all, entirely inconsequential. Or is it? Read between those lines of hers, and you’ll discover a highly observant character. Hetty—when not prattling on—is watching and listening. 

Unpretentious, Hetty loves life’s simple pleasures. But she isn’t simple…nor is her situation in The…

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New Book Blogging Site

Hello friends, and happy November!

A blogger and reviewer buddy just revamped her book blogging site, and you all should take a look. Ms. BirdLady is serious about recommending fun and romantic books!


She’s also posted a very nice review of Find Wonder in All Things 

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Book Review: Rational Creatures

Our mighty leader- Christina Boyd discusses the new baby, “Rational Creatures” with the ladies of Drunk Austen…

Drunk Austen

Fall is upon us and I urge you to fall for this collection of Austenesque works (and not off the cobb like Louisa).

Rational Creatures‘ is pretty much a powerhouse of editors, writers and big names in the Austenesque world. Edited by Christina Boyd (who we all know from being active all over the Austen community and ‘The Darcy Monologues’) with a forward by Dr. Devoney Looser (author of ‘The Making of Jane Austen’ and all-around badass Janeite). The author list is also incredible! You get stories from Joana Starnes, Elizabeth Adams, Nicole Clarkston, Karen M. Cox, J. Marie Croft, Amy D’Orazio, Jenetta James , Jessie Lewis, KaraLynne Mackrory, Lona Manning, Christina Morland, Beau North, Sophia Rose, Anngela Schroeder, Brooke West and Caitlin Williams

What are the stories about? Well, you can hear some of it in our Drunk Austen podcast with guest, Christina Boyd, or you can…

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Rational Creatures – Guest Post from Nicole Clarkston

From Pemberley to Milton. For Marianne Dashwood, Rational Creature…

From Pemberley to Milton

Good Afternoon everyone,

Welcome to another stop of the blog tour for Rational Creatures, one of the most expected books of the year not only because of its significance when it comes to the defense of feminist principles, but also because editor Christina Boyd was once more able to gather some of the most prominent names in the JAFF literary genre. I’m very happy to receive an author who is new in the The Quill Collective Anthologies but someone whom I’ve known quite well for the past years, Nicole Clarskton.

Nicole Clarkston is one of my favourite authors within the genre for more reasons that I can point out (but you can check some of them in my Author of the Month post) and she decided to create a story about one of the most controversial heroines from Jane Austen’s novels: Marianne Dashwood. This character had everything for me to love her, and…

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