Author Archives: Riana Everly

Recent Travels and a Cover Reveal

Recent Travels and a Cover Reveal

After two of the most difficult years I’ve experienced, my husband and I managed to get away for an actual real genuine vacation. It even involved an aeroplane! With international travel a bit uncertain, we decided to explore some of our own country, and we spent two weeks in Newfoundland, Canada. We planned to do… Read the full blog post …

Shakespeare and Austen

Shakespeare and Austen

If you were asked to name two famous English writers, chances are pretty good that the list would include William Shakespeare or Jane Austen – or possibly both! They lived two centuries apart, but their fame and influence has been long-lasting and global. Austen herself grew up during an age when Shakespeare’s work was established… Read the full blog post …

Persuasion in the Present Tense

Persuasion in the Present Tense

I have almost finished a new novel, a modern take on Persuasion. I’ve been saying I’m nearly finished for about a month now, and I keep not finishing. But perhaps the end, this time, is in sight. Persuasion is probably my favourite of Jane Austen’s novels, although choosing a favourite is like choosing a favourite… Read the full blog post …

Neurodiversity and Mr. Darcy

Neurodiversity and Mr. Darcy

It’s April, and that means many things. It is, according to TS Eliot, “…the cruellest month, breeding / Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing / Memory and desire, stirring / Dull roots with spring rain.” Perhaps not coincidentally, it is also the month when many in North America settle in to do their taxes for the previous year.… Read the full blog post …

Regional and Social Accents in England

Regional and Social Accents in England

“It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him.” George Bernard Shaw, Preface to Pygmalion I am a bit late to the audiobook game, but I have recently been talking to a lovely and talented actress/narrator in England about my first novel, Teaching Eliza. Teaching… Read the full blog post …

Announcing the Winners of Riana Everly’s “Crossing Borders” Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of Riana Everly’s “Crossing Borders” Giveaway

Austen Authors is pleased to announce the winners of Riana Everly‘s “Crossing Borders” Giveaway. Imalden and mellykzn will each receive an eBook copy of Ms. Everly‘s Death in Highbury. Congratulations, Ladies. Please contact Regina Jeffers, Giveaway Coordinator, at reginalm@rjeffers.com to claim your prize. [According to stated giveaway rules on Austen Authors, all prizes must be claimed… Read the full blog post …

Crossing Boundaries

Crossing Boundaries

A couple of weeks ago, I released the second novel in my Austenesque mystery series, Miss Mary Investigates. In this new book, Death in Highbury: An Emma Mystery, Mary Bennet travels to Highbury, Surrey, where she helps to solve a perplexing series of unexplained deaths. As you probably gather from the title, this is the… Read the full blog post …

A Slippery Situation

A Slippery Situation

It is now mid-January, and in any other year my thoughts would be drifting eastward towards Ottawa. For some reason my family has decided that Toronto is not cold enough in winter, and that we have to take ourselves somewhere even colder to participate in an annual February festival called Winterlude. Ottawa boasts, among other… Read the full blog post …

Masquerade – A Short Story

Masquerade – A Short Story

Sometimes plot bunnies hop out of the strangest places. It’s a busy time of year for everyone, and no matter that I try my best to stay isolated due to some health issues, I have more than a few errands that need running. I glanced at myself the other day – tweed fedora with fleecy… Read the full blog post …

A Matter of Time

A Matter of Time

Recently I have been thinking about time. It is one of those things we all rather take for granted. Oh, we complain about the shift to daylight savings or summer time, and we are all lost in this sort-of Covid-induced timeless muddle, but the concept of time and what time it is does not really… Read the full blog post …

Taketh Me Out to the Ball Game

Taketh Me Out to the Ball Game

Ah, Baseball! Some things seem to be eternal. Even during these strange COVID times, the World Series is underway. Baseball will not take second place to a mere pandemic! But this most typical of American sports has a history that starts far from America’s shores.   Most Janeites know that one of the first mentions… Read the full blog post …