Friday, October 18, 2019

Jane Austen's Ghost by Jennifer Kloester ~ Guest Post

Hello, friends! I'm delighted to have Jennifer Kloester visiting us today! She's here to tell us a little about herself and her new book, Jane Austen's Ghost.




Hello Candy, and to all your readers! Thank you so much for having me on your wonderful website. It’s such a pleasure to be here and to be able to tell you about my new novel, Jane Austen’s Ghost, out October 29 from Overlord Publishing. 

I’ve been an Austen fan for years and reread her novels whenever I can. Persuasion is my favourite, closely followed by Pride and Prejudice, although I think that Emma is her most brilliant book. 

My love of Austen has taken me to many of the places dear to her own heart, including London, Lyme Regis, Winchester and Chawton. I’ve made several trips to Chawton and the wonderful Jane Austen’s House Museum there, but in 2014 I was lucky enough to spend a day at Chawton House – the grand house once owned by Jane’s wealthy brother, Edward Knight. 



Here I was able to sit and read first edition copies of both Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, both published posthumously in 1818, the year after her death. It seemed wonderful to me that I could sit in the very house where Jane Austen had sometimes stayed and walk on the same floorboards where she had walked, and read her words in the beautiful leather-bound four-volume edition of her two final books. What a privilege it was to sit by the window in the library at Chawton House and read my favourite Austen in its original published form. It was so moving to read the ‘Biographical Notice of the Author’ at the front of the book. Written by her brother Henry Austen, it was the first account of Jane Austen’s life and writing with a description of her final illness and death that almost made me cry. 




All of these things helped to inspire Jane Austen’s Ghost and I had a wonderful time incorporating so many moments of her life and writing into the novel. I’d often wondered how Jane Austen would react to our world with its intense, fast-paced life, modern manners and very different language. So much has changed in the two hundred years since her death – almost everything except human nature – and as Jane Austen was an expert on human nature, I wanted her to cast her keenly observant eye over our world and hear what she had to say about it. 


Jane Austen’s Ghost is the fulfilment of that wish.





Jane Austen's Ghost
by Jennifer Kloester

DESCRIPTION   

A masterpiece of wit, ingenuity and impeccable style, Regency maven Jennifer Kloester brings the great Jane Austen into the modern world in this enchanting, exhilarating adventure of love, literature and life everlasting...

With her life a mess, Cassandra Austin seeks refuge in Winchester with her eccentric great-aunt – but Aunty B has problems of her own. Ghost problems.

Cassie doesn’t believe in ghosts but she’ll do anything to help the only person who’s ever loved her. Besides, a simple spell in the cathedral crypt couldn’t do any harm, could it? Well, except for the two-hundred-year-old curse on Jane Austen, that is.

Overnight, life is suddenly a whole lot weirder and it’s up to Cassie to save the day with the help of a dour Bishop, two literary geniuses, a couple of wise-cracking geriatrics and the enigmatic Oliver Carling.

Magic and mystery abound in this genre-bending contemporary-historical paranormal romance with a Regency twist.
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About the Author

Jennifer Kloester first read Georgette Heyer’s novels while living in the jungle in Papua New Guinea and re-read them while living in the desert in Bahrain. In 2004, she completed a Doctorate on Georgette Heyer and her Regency Novels. Since then she has written extensively about Heyer and the Regency and has given writing workshops and public presentations in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand. She is the author of Georgette Heyer’s Regency World and Georgette Heyer: Biography of a Bestseller. Jennifer also writes fiction; her novel Jane Austen’s Ghost is out October 29, 2019.


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Advance Reviews

Jane Austen's Ghost is a fabulous, fun read full of fantastical twists - mind-candy for anyone who has heard of Jane Austen. Meticulously researched, this work is nevertheless a tour de force of the imagination. Although steeped in all things Austen, due to its imaginative presentation, this work will appeal to readers everywhere – from Austen scholars to the man in the street. This is a work that transcends genres, incorporating a contemporary-historical paranormal adventure, a sweet romance, and a female protagonist in a coming-of-age arc. A truly not-to-be-missed read destined to become a classic.”
-- STEPHANIE LAURENS

“Jennifer Kloester’s meticulous research frameworks an intriguing, complex fantasy, as well as a gorgeously intimate insight into a concept of the Jane Austen we’d love to have at our dinner table. The characters are marvelous, the friendships warm and deep, and the plot holds us spellbound until the end. A truly fabulous read.”
-- MARION LENNOX

“Jane Austen meets Bridget Jones meets Harry Potter in this fast-paced romp from Georgette Heyer expert Jennifer Kloester. There are laugh out loud moments but genuinely scary moments, too, in this diverting tale. Supernatural elements mix with Regency manners as Jane Austen finds herself grappling with the twenty-first century in Jane Austen’s Ghost.”
-- AMANDA GRANGE



Thank you, Jennifer, for stopping by today! I'm so happy to have you here! Your book looks so fun! I'm looking forward to reading it! Also, I'm so jealous that you got to spend time at Chawton House, and how amazing was it to be able to hold and read some of Jane's first additions! Wow! 

So, friends, any thoughts? Please leave any comments or questions for Jennifer Kloester below! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

What Are You Reading? ~ Oct. 16, 2019

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Happy Wednesday! I just got back from my son's wedding! It was beautiful! I only took a few pictures myself.
  


What are you Reading?  Let me know what your current read is, what you recently finished reading, and what you plan on reading next! 

Currently Reading:

I just started reading Sanditon by Jane Austen, so nothing to report yet!









Recently Finished:

I finished Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I thought the beginning of this one was slow, but it did pick up in the end! I love this series! I'm so glad I reread it. 








What's Next? 

For a Halloweenish read, I'd like to read Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel next! I read Frankenstein for the first time last year and have been looking forward to reading Pride and Prometheus all year! 







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Have a great week, friends! Are you reading any spooky books? 

Friday, October 11, 2019

A Case of Some Delicacy Blog Tour! ~ Guest Post & Giveaway!

Hello, my friends! I'm delighted to be part of the A Case of Some Delicacy Blog Tour! KC Kahler has stopped by to tell us a little about her new book, and she has a cute interactive timeline to show us the plot alterations from the original Pride & Prejudice. Plus, there is an awesome giveaway going on! Details are at the bottom of the page!






Thank you, Candy, for hosting the final stop on the A Case of Some Delicacy blog tour here at So Little Time...! 

Hello, readers! If you’ve been following along on the blog tour already, you’ll know that A Case of Some Delicacy is a Pride and Prejudice variation. But any JAFF reader also knows that P&P variations can, well, vary quite a bit. Some of them stray so wildly from canon that they might be considered an AU (alternate universe), while others only have a small change at one crucial point in the plot. 

A Case of Some Delicacy is an example of the latter type of variation. I like to say that the plot “hugs” the original P&P plot. Most of the familiar early events (the Meryton assembly, the stay at Netherfield, meeting Wickham for the first time, the Netherfield ball) still happen in A Case of Some Delicacy, but they are slightly altered. These small changes all combine into a sort of snowball effect by the end of the story.

So what is the crucial change in A Case of Some Delicacy? Mr. Collins visits the Bennet family earlier, right before the Meryton assembly. That small difference in timing cascades into the early plot. For example, Mr. Collins expresses his interest in Jane as a possible bride, just as he does in canon. But rather than warning him off Jane and pushing him toward Elizabeth instead, Mrs. Bennet encourages him! Jane hasn’t even met Mr. Bingley yet, so why shouldn’t Mr. Collins pursue her? 

What about the Meryton assembly, you ask? Well, Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy are introduced to the neighborhood just as in the original. But Mr. Collins is also introduced to the neighborhood that night, and rumors of a connection between him and Jane are already spreading. 


I’ve created an interactive timeline comparing the early plot of A Case of Some Delicacy (on the top) to the original Pride and Prejudice (on the bottom). (Interactive Timeline)


Click on the image to take you to the interactive timeline.









A Case of Some Delicacy
by KC Kahler

Blurb: 

A secret alliance grows when an unwanted suitor arrives at Longbourn... 

When rumours of Jane Bennet’s impending betrothal to her father’s heir begin spreading at the Meryton Assembly, Elizabeth vows to save her dearest sister’s happiness from being sacrificed in marriage. 

She finds an unlikely accomplice in Mr Darcy, the taciturn man whose heroics on the cricket field have managed to turn Lydia Bennet’s infatuation away from redcoats. Upon overhearing a heated exchange between Elizabeth and Mr Bennet, Darcy is stunned not only by her devotion to her sister, but also by her defiant words to her father. An inexplicable desire to help Elizabeth draws Darcy into the match-breaking scheme, despite knowing that he should want nothing to do with a family like the Bennets. 

As the new allies work together, their friendship deepens into mutual admiration. But they must navigate a complicated web of sisters, parents, friends, cousins, and aunts, some of whom may be attempting their own manipulations and romantic schemes. Eavesdropping and jealousy abound, cricket balls go astray, and love blooms in spite of Mrs. Bennet’s misguided matchmaking.

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About the Author

KC Kahler lives in northeastern Pennsylvania and works in online education, after having dabbled in sandwich making, bug collecting, and web development. She discovered Jane Austen fan fiction in 2008 and soon began dabbling in writing her own. 

KC blogs about Austen and other pop culture topics. In 2015 and 2017, her popular Austen + The Onion Headlines meme was featured in The Atlantic, Flavorwire, and AV Club. In 2017, she made the requisite pilgrimage to Jane Austen country, where she took the waters in Bath, walked the lanes of Steventon, didn’t fall off the cobb in Lyme Regis, and stood awestruck in Chawton.  


KC’s first novel, Boots & Backpacks, was published in 2014. Her second, A Case of Some Delicacy, released in 2019.


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It's giveaway time! You can win a $50 Amazon gift card from Quills & Quartos Publishing! The contest ends on October 18. To be eligible, just comment on any of the blog tour stops. You need not visit all the stops (one point per stop and comment), however, it does increase your chances of winning by earning more entries. 


Wow! That's a fantastic giveaway! Thank you Quills & Quartos Publishing


Blog Tour Schedule



Oct. 2 Austenesque Reviews
Oct. 3 My Jane Austen Book Club
Oct. 4 From Pemberley to Milton
Oct 8 Diary of an Eccentric
Oct 9 Savvy Verse & Wit
Oct 10 My Vices & Weaknesses
Oct. 11 So Little Time...






Many thanks to Christina Boyd for organizing and including me on this blog tour!

Congratulations to KC Kaher on the release of A Case of Some Delicacy! And thanks for being a guest here at So Little Time...


Ooh, I'm curious to see Darcy and Elizabeth teaming up! What about you? Also, please show KC some love by leaving a comment or question below!  

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

What Are You Reading? ~ Oct. 9th, 2019

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What are you Reading?  Let me know what your current read is, what you recently finished reading, and what you plan on reading next! 

Current Read:


I'm currently reading Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I've enjoyed re-reading this series. 









Recently Finished:


I finished reading Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I think this is my favorite of the series.








What's next? 


I'm planning on reading Sanditon by Jane Austen for my JASNA reading group that meets this month. I'm excited to dig into this! It will be my first time reading it. Have you read it? 






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Have a great week, friends! Be sure to share what you've been reading! 
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