Author Archives: Regina Jeffers

Announcing the Winners of Austen Authors’ Spring Quarter Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Austen Authors’ Spring Quarter Giveaway

We are happy to bring a bit of “sunshine” into the lives of those who kindly follow us!!! If your name appears below: (1) contact Regina Jeffers (Giveaway Coordinator) at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. READ THROUGH ALL THE NAMES FOR THERE ARE MANY WINNERS!!! Winners’ names are in RED.  (2) If your prize is an eBook, make certain the email… Read the full blog post …

Defending the Homeland: Fencibles + the Release of “Mr. Darcy’s Inadvertent Bride”

Defending the Homeland: Fencibles + the Release of “Mr. Darcy’s Inadvertent Bride”

Fencibles were British”defense” (from the word ‘defencible’) forces raised for a specific war. They were raised for defense against the treat of invasion during the Seven Years’ War, the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary Wars, the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. They were local military units, composed of residents of a… Read the full blog post …

The Rules of Courtship During the Regency + the Upcoming Release of “Mr. Darcy’s Inadvertent Bride” + a Giveaway

The Rules of Courtship During the Regency + the Upcoming Release of “Mr. Darcy’s Inadvertent Bride” + a Giveaway

  When a man of the Regency era proposed to the woman he wished to marry, there was still the need for parental approval. After all, the father could withhold any “fortune” allocated to his daughter. Even if the couple was “in love,” which was a relatively new concept in the early 19th century, the… Read the full blog post …

“Obstinate, Headstrong Girl,” Introducing “Austens of Broadford,” a Guest Post from Carole Penfield

“Obstinate, Headstrong Girl,” Introducing “Austens of Broadford,” a Guest Post from Carole Penfield

A life lesson universally acknowledged is that when you marry someone, you marry into their entire family. Not infrequently, some family member may act to interfere with the happiness of a couple during their courtship. Such was the case for Lizzy Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. Lady Catherine de Bourgh No… Read the full blog post …

A Suspicious Royal Birth: The Midwife Saga Continues in Finding Friends in Jane Austen’s Family, a Guest Post from Carole Penfield

A Suspicious Royal Birth: The Midwife Saga Continues in Finding Friends in Jane Austen’s Family, a Guest Post from Carole Penfield

On a frosty, winter night, there is nothing more comforting than climbing into a warm cosy bed heated by an electric blanket, or even a hot water bottle. These conveniences were not available in drafty 17th century palaces. Instead, the Royals had long-handled, copper bed-warming pans filled with hot coals or embers, placed between the sheets… Read the full blog post …

Announcing the Prizes for the Austen Authors Spring Quarter Giveaway

Announcing the Prizes for the Austen Authors Spring Quarter Giveaway

Welcome to the Austen Authors’ Spring Quarter Giveaway! Check out the wonderful prizes!!! Again, our authors are being quite generous. Although we welcome your comments below, to enter the giveaway, you MUST use the Rafflecopter form! The link can be found on the blog’s HOME page or by clicking HERE. Giveaway will end before midnight, EST on May… Read the full blog post …

On Being a Midwife, the Saga of the Dupres Midwives and their Relationship with Jane Austen’s Great-Grandmother, Eliza, a Guest Post from Carole Penfield

On Being a Midwife, the Saga of the Dupres Midwives and their Relationship with Jane Austen’s Great-Grandmother, Eliza, a Guest Post from Carole Penfield

During the Georgian and Regency eras, and even earlier, most women who were “breeding” worried a great deal, as these were the most dangerous years of their life. Two of Jane Austen’s brothers lost their wives in childbirth, so she understood pregnancy could lead to death. There was a general concern for a woman’s welfare… Read the full blog post …

Jane Austen and the Concept of Accepting a Marriage of Convenience, by Regina Jeffers

Jane Austen and the Concept of Accepting a Marriage of Convenience, by Regina Jeffers

What hope was there for the dowerless daughters of the middle class during Jane Austen’s lifetime? Such is a topic Austen explored repeatedly in her novels. Elizabeth and Jane Bennet sought men of a like mind. The Dashwood sisters found their choices limited by their financial situation. Fanny Harville and Captain Benwick could not marry… Read the full blog post …

Announcing the Winners of Austen Authors’ Winter Quarter Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Austen Authors’ Winter Quarter Giveaway

The Austen Authors are pleased to announce the winners for the 2020 Winter Quarterly Giveaway. Congratulations!!!! If your name appears below: (1) contact Regina Jeffers (Giveaway Coordinator) at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. READ THROUGH ALL THE NAMES FOR THERE ARE MANY WINNERS!!! Winners names are in RED.  (2) If your prize is an eBook, make certain the email address for the… Read the full blog post …

In Loving Memory of Barbara Silkstone

In Loving Memory of Barbara Silkstone

It is with a heavy heart, we at Austen Authors announce that the lovely and talented Barbara Silkstone passed away on February 16, 2022. She was the best-selling author of the Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider series that includes: Wendy and the Lost Boys, London Broil, Cairo Caper, Wendy Darlin Tomb Raider Boxed Set. Her Criminally… Read the full blog post …

Dressmaking and Fashion and What Jane Austen Said of Both, by Regina Jeffers

Dressmaking and Fashion and What Jane Austen Said of Both, by Regina Jeffers

A woman’s dressmaker, or “mantua maker,” as they were often known during the late Georgian era, were essentially paid to know what was the latest fashion trends. Most of us who are obsessed with the era, know something of fashion plates and La Belle Assemblée, but did you know many dressmakers had “fashion dolls” in their… Read the full blog post …