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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…

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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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5 Best Events from 1959

An excerpt from a guest post I made at With Love for Books to celebrate the release last month of Son of a Preacher Man. 

Back when I first started blogging, somewhere around 2012, I created a series of posts called “The 5 Best…” The 5 Best What, you ask? It could be the 5 Best of anything: books, songs that tell stories, holiday movies, flavors of ice cream, etc.

I don’t blog as often anymore, but I still love those 5 Best Lists, so I thought I’d revive them for this new release.

In Son of a Preacher Man, set in the US South, 1959 is a significant year because during that summer, Billy Ray Davenport and Lizzie Quinlan find each other. If we in the states remember anything about 1959 today, it’s often some tragedy like the airplane crash that killed musicians Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens in an Iowa snowstorm. Or some political event like Fidel Castro ascending to power in Cuba.

Other things happened that year, however. Maybe they weren’t serious events, but they made the world just a bit better or more interesting.

And so, I give you, the 5 Best (or at least Very Good) things that happened in 1959 (besides Billy Ray meeting Lizzie, of course!)

1. Alaska and Hawaii were granted statehood in the US – Alaska was first in January followed by Hawaii in August. They were the last two states added to the United States of America.

2. The Sound of Music, Rogers & Hammerstein’s musical about the Von Trapp Family, premiered on Broadway. It was made into a film, starring the fabulous Julie Andrews, in 1965.

3. The Boeing 707 Jet Airliner came into service, cutting 8 hours off the time of a transatlantic flight.

4. The Guggenheim Museum, which collects, preserves and interprets contemporary and modern art and was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, opened in New York City. And finally…

5. Hugh Laurie, actor famous for the “House” TV series, as well as an inspired portrayal of Mr. Palmer in Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility”, was born on June 11th.

If you remember 1959, what were some of the best things for you from that year? If you weren’t around then (I wasn’t), did your parents or grandparents tell you anything interesting from that time?

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Son of a Preacher Man by Karen M. Cox – Review

Thank you, Mira!

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Although they say don’t judge a book by its cover or title, I’m glad I did. I bought Karen M Cox’s new novel, Son of a Preacher Man, because of the title: it borrows it from Dusty Springfield’s classic song with the same title, and the hero of the book, “Billy Ray was a preacher’s son/ and when his daddy would visit he’d come along” just like in the song. It was published by Meryton Press 5 years ago as At the Edge of the Sea. I think the new title is a better choice and much more fitting. It’s written in first person singular telling the story from Billy Ray’s point of view. The opening scene is – in 1959 summer, Southern Virginia – very descriptive, in the best sense of the word. I can imagine every moment. I can see the colours, smell the scent, hear…

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