Austen & Aidan in Atlanta…well, close.

Reading from Young Master Darcy
at the Decatur Book Festival

It was “Welcome to HOTlanta” from more than one native as the Austen authors took shelter under tents that reflected the sun but little of the 98 degree heat. I am happy to report that we were well furnished with traditional Southern self-actuated cooling devices, otherwise known as hand fans, that we elegantly wafted back and forth to counter the “glow” that no real lady ever condescends to acknowledge. Yeah…  Well, we did have one such lady, the lovely Lady Rita, who dressed a la Regency in a beautiful dress, stunning hat, and lace parasol. *sigh*

The lovely Lady Rita

The fellowship of Austen authors was a wonderful experience and the organization of “Jane Then and Now” nothing short of phenomenal for a first time effort. The logistics were a bit daunting, but the lovely Jan and Barbara were up to every trick.

I met several long-time fans, some long-ago friends, and a goodly number of Austen aficionados who came to see what all the Austen-ruckus was about under the white tents. What a privilege to meet all of you and share our love of this incredible literary inspiration! Thank you Robin and Gayle for carting me about, Jan and Barbara for dreaming this and making it happen, and my fellow authors who came from all over the country to become the biggest gathering of Austen authors ever!

Signing my books for Jackie Leatherberry and Meredith Esparanza

~Pamela

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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

Jane Austen Birthday Soiree: Come Celebrate!

Yes, Jane Austen is 236 years old this Friday!

Thirty-two Austen bloggers, authors and literature enthusiasts are joining together for an Austen Birthday Soiree on December 16th. Organized by Maria Grazia of My Jane Austen Book Club &  Katherine Cox of November’s Autumn, the all day blog hop will feature a post in celebration of Jane Austen, her life, her novels and the era in which she lived at each of the 32 blogs!

And, what birthday would not be complete without present?  There will be gifts for Jane – and the visitors of the blogs. Just leave a comment to qualify for the great giveaways being offered in celebration of the Janeite holiday. Be sure to drop by Jane Started It? as well as here at Traipsing After Jane.

~Pamela

Click here to see the list of participant blogs and their prizes!  Continue reading