But Will He Be Approved?

Chase Bank invitation to Mr Frederick Wentworth to apply for a credit card

Someone, somewhere is very confused. No, Frederick Wentworth is NOT employed at Wytherngate Press, although he is a very busy man within the novels the Press publishes. Or is it that author Susan Kaye has put so much blood, sweat, and tears into bringing  Capt. Wentworth to life, that he actually has come to life and is using the Press as his forwarding address?  Could he be desperately trying to set up a life in 21st century America and needing a line of credit? Will he be approved? Hmmm. Curiouser and curiouser!

One thing is for sure, we intend to keep a closer eye on our mailbox, and if he appears to claim his mail, we promise to get a photo…and the full story!



May Sale for Mothers and Others

Mercy's Embrace; Book 1

Wytherngate Press has announced a May Sale on Laura Hile’s series Mercy’s Embrace and Susan Kaye’s wonderful Frederick Wentworth, Captain series.

If you scurry over to the Press (www.wytherngatepress.com), you can avail yourself of a price cut of $3.50 for each volume or $11 each. For eBooks, go directly to Amazon or Barnes and Noble where those versions are on sale for $4.99 – $5.99 each.

Laura is the featured writer this month at Austenprose (www.austenprose.com) Don’t miss the interviews and contests featuring Mercy’s Embrace–we’re very excited for the attention her marvelous series is attracting!

~~Pamela Aidan

Christmas at Pemberley 1797

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It’s Christmas 1797.  Darcy and his cousins Richard and D’Arcy Fitzwilliam have been given reluctant permission to stage a Christmas farce in hopes of cheering Lady Anne.
–An excerpt from Young Master Darcy: A Lesson in Honour.

–Pamela Aidan


“The doors are closed; they’re all inside!” Richard reported back from his post at the stairs. Earlier, they had raided the attic trunks for costumes, and Richard, as Lord Misrule, was tricked out in a coat from a much earlier time. Its hems almost swept the floor, but the unfashionably large brass buttons that adorned it and the voluminous pockets made it perfect for his part. An old-fashioned wig flowed almost to his waist to complete his costume, but his brother had not been satisfied.

“Where did you get those” Richard had looked suspiciously at the jars D’Arcy brought out.

“Something from school…never mind, just be still!” D’Arcy had commanded as he powdered his brother’s face white and painted red rouge circles on his cheeks, mouth, and the tip of his nose and then had finished him off with a black patch at the corner of his mouth.

D’Arcy adjusted the pillows strapped under the green cloak that proclaimed him Father Christmas, as did the “beard” fashioned from the stuff of an old mattress. Darcy joined Richard in the hall.  As befitted the character of Black Peter, Father Christmas’s assistant, Darcy was dressed in a mis-match of old clothes pinned all over with colourful ribbons. His face was smudged black with cork and he sported an old red stocking, bedecked at the end with sleigh bells, as a cap.

“Are we ready?” Lord Misrule waved the thin, gilded chair leg that served as his sceptre.

“Yes, and you both look perfectly ridiculous!” laughed Father Christmas as they glided down the stairs. Continue reading

200 Years and Counting

JASNA 2011

I confess that it’s been a few days since getting back from Texas and the General Meeting for 2011 of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA). This year’s GM celebrated the 200th anniversary of the publishing of Sense & Sensibility, the first of Austen’s novels to be made available to the public. It did not do as well as the author had hoped, although it did come to the attention of some prominent individuals of the time. One of those was the ill-fated only child of the Prince Regent and Princess Caroline, the Princess Charlotte, who wrote to a friend that she very much admired and understood Marianne Dashwood, having herself a temperament very much like her.

For those new Janeites and those who have never been to a GM, it is  a total immersion into all things Jane, from the interesting talks on the taking of snuff and tying of cravats to the more scholarly investigations of the philosophy and psychology behind Austen’s characters.

The emporium’s vendors offer Regency clothes and accessories, Austen gifts and tea–yes, the lovely ladies from Bingely’s Teas were again at the Emporium with delightful new flavors and were singled out by a crew from the UK BBC for a video-taped interview as part of their coverage of the conference. Seems the UK is keen to discover more about the American Austen phenomenon.

And finally, the ball offered participants the opportunity to imagine themselves at Meryton’s assembly rooms or Neitherfield’s ball. Not content with only the ball to exhibit, this year many attendees wore their Regency finery during the entire weekend. My favorite presentation of the conference? I’m saving that for my next post!


Lone Star Jane

Four more days until the Jane Austen Society of North American’s Annual General Meeting! This year the AG is in Ft Worth in the Lone Star state of Texas and will focus on the 200th anniversary of the publication of Sense & Sensibility. Wow, 200 years and still conquering hearts all over the world! Jane, you are amazing…and deservedly so!! We, your literary daughters, salute you as a true lone star in the literary night sky.

My husband and I attended our first JASNA meeting several years ago when I was invited to speak at the Boise, ID chapter at their annual tea. What a great experience that was and one we hope to repeat. (Hint, hint!) Last year we went to the AG for the first time, mainly because it was held in Portland, OR, a city within reasonable distance from our home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. We had a great time promoting Wytherngate Press and Susan Kaye’s and Laura Hile’s books in the Emporium. We had to observe the other “doings” from the outside, though. Conference attendance is a bit pricey.

BUT this year we’re swinging for the whole enchilada (a little Tex-Mex lingo since we’ll be in Texas) and attending the meetings as well as setting up the Press in the Emporium. An added benefit is the chance to visit with my family in east Texas and see my grandchildren, as well as celebrate together my mom’s 80th birthday!

If you’re going to the AG, please stop by our Wytherngate Press table and say hi. And…more on the AG as it gets closer.


“Jane Austen Made Me Do It,” I confessed!

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The call came from my agent that someone
with a contract from Random House is putting together a Jane Austen anthology and wants a short story. “Are you interested?”

Interested? I thought as I hurriedly dusted off my keyboard. A kick in the pants to get writing again? Of course, I’m interested!  Jane Austen Will Make Me Do It.

Months later, as I thrashed about trying to make it all work within the prescribed 10 – 12 pages, my concerned husband listened in patient support as I wailed, Jane Austen Is Not Helping Me Do It! 

As the days ticked down and Darcy & Elizabeth refused to cooperate, I read and re-read what I’d written with the growing dissatisfaction that writers tend to feel with their literary children and growled, It’s not my fault.. Jane Austen Is Making Me Do This

Finally, the re-writes are done, the editors are happy, the Q&A completed, and the check received!  Sigh of relief with attendant gratitude to Jane. For after all, from the very beginning 16 years ago, it was Jane who Started It. 

Yes, along with Fay Weldon, Elizabeth Garvey, David Rintoul, and Andrew Davies, Jennifer Ehle and, of course, Colin Firth, not to mention the support of Susan Kaye, Laura Hile, and my own dear husband, Michael…I confess that Jane Austen Made Me Do It.


Excerpt from every author’s contribution may be found by clicking on the cover. My contribution, The Riding Habit, begins on page 346 or the 53rd page on the link.

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