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Book Tour Stop – Chicago June 2017

Even though I had a trip through Chicago in May this year, I didn’t leave the airport to enjoy the city. The last time I was here was about 5 or 6 years ago when I came out for a training on October. That week had been rainy and yucky. The first time I wentRead more

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Book Tour Stop: New York City- May 2017

It felt like forever since I had been to New York City, but it had only been 2 years.  It was a crazy two years, but that’s not really a long time to have not been able to visit.  I shared a lot of my NYC photos on Instagram, but I didn’t share everything.  IfRead more

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Modern Persuasion, Emma, and Book Tours

Publishers and editors typically have nothing to do with book tours. I learned this as I asked authors, publicists, and publishers during my research for Modern Persuasion. Can you imagine how frustrated I was when I learned this? It put me in a small tail spin because, since I had quickly written my first draft,Read more

Pinterest Board of the Month

Pinterest Board of the Month: Cuppa Tea

Today I am sharing the monthly Pinterest board from my account.  It’s all related to tea and it’s role in Modern Persuasion! Actually, I called the board “Cup cup cup cup tea tea tea tea.” It’s the chant that Emma (and Fredrick) keep saying. It’s originally from My Fair Lady.  As a tea drinker myself,Read more

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I Promised You All A Short Story

A few weeks ago, before I knew how quickly it could happen, I promised everyone that, if I got 100 people to add Modern Persuasion to their GoodReads TBR list, I’d release a pair of short stories I wrote for Modern Persuasion. Well, thanks primarily to running a giveaway on GoodReads, it happened this pastRead more

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Why Don’t You Describe Emma More?

Like many young women in their 20s, I went through a Chick Lit phase.  This was in the 90s and early 2000s when the genre was dominated by books that focused on two topics: weight and marriage.  Bridgette Jones was the voice that spoke for the genre and many other authors copied the idea inRead more

Getting to Know Modern Persuasion

Getting to Know Modern Persuasion: Meet Abby

Today is the final character profile for Modern Persuasion.  Over the last year, this has been one of my favorite posts to write on this blog.  In the process I fell in love with characters I hadn’t really thought much about originally.  There were some moments when I wondered if other people cared about theseRead more

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Sara’s Adventures in Promotion

It has been an exciting month.  Between the blog tour, being on local television, and getting to be a guest on the local AM radio station, I am hoping to have made a good impression and increased awareness of the local writing community.  Also, I hope more people are exposed to Modern Persuasion.  As exhaustedRead more

Modernizing Classic Characters

Modernizing Classic Characters

One of the struggles with writing Jane Austen fan fiction, in my experience, is balancing the idealized characters created by Austen and realistic characters.  Let’s face it, even when considering their flaws, her characters are still idealized versions of the purpose they serve to the plot.  It’s easy to either love or hate her characters. Read more

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Getting to Know Modern Persuasion: Meet The Douchebag

I know I have already launched into character profiles for Phi Alpha Pi, but there are two more people in Modern Persuasion you should get to know.  They are very minor characters, but they two characters far more than I expected. Before I get into The Douchebag, let me say something about character development.  IRead more