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


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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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! 


  1. So a romance with Oliver Carling?

  2. Those are definitely special places to visit and holding her actual work and first editions in your hands while being inside Chawton House would be amazing. Looking forward to the story!

    1. I agree, Sophia Rose, to hold those books in your hand would be amazing!

  3. I'm so looking forward to reading this book! Enjoyed the post, Candy :)

    1. Thanks, Ceri! I'm looking forward to reading it too! :)

  4. Congrats on your release, the book sounds great!


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