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Historical context of Pride and Prejudice

While taking a breather from writing since Love Unmasked got done, I’ve been researching the Regency era some more. I’ve been finding some great info. Among the effects of England’s foreign wars during this period were great financial instability and monetary volatility. Now this next section is eye opening. Austen would have witnessed, moreover, the beginning of industrialization in England, though the growth of the factory system would not reach its peak until the middle…

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Brighton in the Regency era

My next JAFF book will be set in Brighton.  I know just about nothing about Brighton, so my research is going to go here. Hopefully I’ll help out another Regency romance author. Brighton Pavilion George hired architect Henry Holland to transform his Brighton lodging house into a modest villa which became known as the Marine Pavilion. With his love of visual arts and fascination with the mythical orient, George set about lavishly furnishing and decorating…

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A Pride and Prejudice cross stitch pattern for free!

Download the cross stitch pattern for free from https://gumroad.com/bellabreen.  It’s one of my favorite, and probably everyone’s, quote from Pride and Prejudice. “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” #freecrossstitchpattern #freecrossstitch #prideandprejudice #janeausten #crossstitch #crossstitchersofinstagram #crossstitchlove #freepattern View on Instagram http://bit.ly/2BC28Yr

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Reworking Extortion or The Rescue of Elizabeth Bennet

I have substantially altered the story from chapters 23-28.  I’ve got 4 beta readers on it right now to give me ideas and advice on what to add, remove to make the story better. And of course ideas on how to improve that horrible ending that 98% of readers thought was far too short. I have never, in all the 9 novels I’ve published, ever had a problem with a story. And this one has…

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Acne in the Regency Era?

So I’ve been battling awful acne for awhile. It turns out that I was doing the worst thing imaginable for my dry skin, using an astringent on it. UGH. Don’t you wish they taught you this stuff in high school or college? Anyway, I got to thinking about those poor girls in the Regency era in England. You know some had clear skin, some had pimples and some had acne so bad they wanted to…

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Worst Thanksgiving Ever

I am truly thankful for all the reviews, with helpful feedback and ones just to tell me they can’t wait for the next chapter. You  will be amazed at how much they help on tough days. Yesterday was a tough day. I was an hour into my drive to my parent’s house when my mother called. She told me to turn around and go home. My daughter was there, and did not want me around…

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Oh, Mr. Collins!

LOL.   In other news I believe my sinuses are better but today is another day of my being absolutely exhausted. I woke up exhausted. It feels like I don’t even have the energy to walk across the room. I don’t know what is wrong but it is really affecting my work. I didn’t write the last two days. I edited only one chapter yesterday. I wish I could figure this out.

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It is impossible to edit with a cat

Babou has been rolling around on my keyboard tray, laying on the keyboard, attacking the mouse so that chunks of text have disappeared. Thank goodness for CTRL Z which undoes the last action.  That damn cat. I don’t want to kick him off because he only wants head scratches about once a day. But it’s impossible to get anything done when he rolls, then shoves his head under your hand thereby screwing up what you…

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My back is killing me

Somehow, someway I managed to do my back in on Saturday. Went to a Halloween party Saturday night and all I could do was sit in a recliner in the corner and not move. Very festive! 🙁 So no writing was done yesterday or today. Hopefully the chiropractor can jump on my back or whatever and put it back in place tomorrow.

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The Words are Flowing But I Need a Book Title

I just banged out over 7,000 words on Compromised! I did a search on Amazon and found that there are two already published JAFF books called Compromised. I’m obviously going to have to rename it before I publish. Suggest some names! Compromised and Crabby? Forced to Marry? Darcy’s D’oh? Ball and Chain? Caught and Compromised? Making the Best of It?  Horrid Beginnings? Fell Into Your Heart? Tripped Into Your Heart? Sorry I Exposed Myself Accidentally…

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