Author Archives: Melanie Schertz

A Breath of Life

A Breath of Life

This past weekend, I received a treasured gift.  One of my father’s cousins was cleaning out her father’s house, when she came across a photo album.  Her father and my grandma were brother and sister.  The cousin looked through the photo album and separating them out for the families they should go to.  She and… Read the full blog post …

Darcy vs Beast

Darcy vs Beast

Tonight, I am watching the newest version of Beauty and the Beast, with my nearly 27-year-old daughter. It was always her favorite when she was growing up. While watching, it struck me how many similarities the story has with the story of Pride and Prejudice. If you think of it, Mr Darcy is much like… Read the full blog post …

Mr Hurst, I feel your pain!!

Mr Hurst, I feel your pain!!

Throughout history, there are characters in literature who suffer from painful conditions.  I have read many variations of Pride and Prejudice character Mr Hurst enduring painful joints. Recently, I spent a horrible night in severe pain and ended up going to the emergency room.  I thought for sure that I had broken my big toe… Read the full blog post …

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the air.  Of course, in Utah, we had the beginning of spring in February, when the temperatures would get in the 50’s, then two days later it would be down to the 20’s.  My lilac bushes are budding up and preparing to share their delightful scent in my neighborhood. Spring is my… Read the full blog post …

Comfortable Old Friend

Comfortable Old Friend

Hi everyone. As most of you who read my posts might already know, I watch a lot of TV and movies. It is one of my addictions (along with pizza) and reading JAFF stories. Can’t get enough. Today I want to talk about a movie I really love. It is called The Magic of Belle… Read the full blog post …

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

The world is filled with tension and unease.  Not the first time, most likely won’t be the last time.  Even in Jane Austen’s day and age, there was anger and hostility. People demanded rights and disputed land. So let’s take a look of just a few of the wars and rebellions that happened in Jane… Read the full blog post …

JAFF Addicts Rejoice

JAFF Addicts Rejoice

Recently I read a message from another author in the field of JAFF, and she was asking if we thought the genre was over saturated with all the new authors in the field.  My opinion is: no way!   One of the nice things about JAFF is the fact that our characters are timeless.  They… Read the full blog post …

Share a smile

Share a smile

Of course my swamp cooler (evaporative cooler) decided to give up a few weeks ago, when the weather was in the 90’s here in Utah.  Being the end of the season, only the most expensive replacements are available in the stores.  While I was in Home Depot, I watched as they were putting out Halloween… Read the full blog post …