Austen mashup FI

Austen Monster Mash

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Jane Austen mash-ups are everywhere! By definition, a “mash-up” is a derivative work consisting of two pieces of media conjoined together. In the Austen world this was originally attributed to movies like Clueless and Bridget

Phantasmagoria FI

Scary Movie: Regency Style

Imagine it is 1817. You are in a theatre usually reserved for opera performances and ballets. It is pitch black with eerie music rising from the orchestra pit. You are clutching onto the armrests, or your companion, while witnessing a

Recipes FI

Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Icing & Caramel Drizzle A cupcake that offers the best of both worlds—sugar and spice. ½ cups Vegetable Oil 1 cup Brown Sugar 1/3 cups Granulated Sugar 2 whole Eggs, Room Temperature ½ teaspoons Salt ½ teaspoons Cinnamon 2 teaspoons Pumpkin

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Go Gothic

The word “Gothic” conjures a host of imagery to us these days. For the moment let’s set aside visions of head-to-toe black painted and garbed Marilyn Manson. LOL! Instead, let’s delve into the history so as to learn what the

Robin Hoods

Robin Hood ~ Truth or Fiction?

We all know the legendary story of Robin Hood. In the time of Richard the Lionheart a minor noble of Nottinghamshire, one Robin of Loxley, was outlawed for poaching deer. At that time the deer in a royal forest belonged to the

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Which Darcy Saga Novel?

I have a confession: After all this time I forget which of my novels a particular event happened in. Shhh…. Don’t tell anyone I told you! Perhaps you can answer these questions off the top of your head, but I’ll never know

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Fortnum and Mason Candlemakers

How does a used-candle seller establish one of the most successful and prestigious businesses in British history? Well, if your name is William Fortnum and the candles in question belonged to the royal family, you are well on your way to


Diss the Dress ~ Emmy Fashion 2014

On Monday night the stars aligned in Los Angeles for the 2014 Emmy Awards. I didn’t watch the telecast, but sure had fun checking out the fashion walking down the red carpet! So much fun that rather than write a