Undressing Mr. Darcy by Karen Doornebos

undressing_doornebosSummary: Vanessa Roberts, a PR queen, has the envious task of shepherding around Julian Chancellor, a Mr. Darcy lookalike, at multiple JASNA conferences and finds herself growing more and more distracted by his multiple charms, but he’s an old-fashioned kind of guy, and she’s purely 21st-c. tech. The two are just not compatible.  Then there’s also that business with that pesky pirate. 😉 * — *

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Attempting Elizabeth by Jessica Grey


Kelsey Edmundson has had her own encounter with a Mr. Wickham in her love life, so she rejects the idea of a quickie rebound, especially if it’s Ricky, her best friend’s boyfriend’s friend, or that hottie Aussie bartender at the club, Mark Barnes. Turning to her favorite Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice, to drown her sorrows, Kelsey gets sucked into the fictional world of Pride and Prejudice, just not as Lizzy. Will dallying inside one of the world’s greatest love stories help her rewrite her own? Continue reading

Top 10 Bookish Things (That Aren’t Books) That I’d Like To Own

photodune-3938229-top-10-xs-e1380168647738I don’t always participate in The Broke and the Bookish’s Top 10 Challenge but this week’s challenge was too much fun to dismiss:

Pick out 10 things that are related to books (but aren’t books) that you’d like to own.

How fun is that? I’ll admit up front that I love shopping from indy artists, especially Etsy, so you’re going to find a ton of stuff on here is from Etsy, with links to purchase back to the artist’s Etsy store. That said, here’s my Top 10 for the week!


Irving Harper book1. An original paper sculpture by Irving Harper

Mr. Irving Harper works with paper as his medium and I think his sculptures of owls, architectural wonders and floor-to-ceiling sculptural columns.

The photo is of a recent book released showing his sculptures. I encourage you to check out a copy and see the awesome stuff he’s doing. Oh, to be able to get frilly, pretty things … but where on earth would you display them?

2. A full weekend’s worth of Regency gowns and accoutrements

I would love to do a historical re-enactment at a JASNA convention, or one oversees, as a Regency-era character but those costumes are pricy! Still, at a minimum, I’d love the dress, bonnet, stockings, shoes, jewelry, underthings, etc., of at least 1 day dress, and preferably, also an evening gown for special events — like a dance at the local assembly!

il_570xN.578248235_gitq3.Scheherazade Tea (Arabian Nights) by Stroble Farms

I love tea and a friend of mine curated this tea in her foodie treasury list which is how I ended up discovering Stroble Farms’ Etsy page.  Cloves, cinnamon and cardamon are all favorites of mine but I haven’t tried them with rose petals and allspice. Sounds amazing to me.

This is going on my birthday wishlist.


il_570xN.532331459_61mk4. On To Our Next Adventure (tote) by WinterCabin

This is pictured in yellow but it’s currently also available in red.  If they’d expand their collection to include blues, greens, and purples, I’d love to get one of these. A girl can never have too many book totes.  Mine are forever being overstuffed and falling apart.

5. A vintage card catalog

I grew up using these heavy-duty babies at my local library and they’ve got a great vintage feel. Just like the old apothecary cabinets you see in antique malls, card catalog drawers can hold a variety of knickknacks (jewelry? art supplies? cd storage?) and look great. But they’re getting harder to find and oh, so expensive. Maybe someday if I’m lucky…

il_570xN.3280604546. Penguin Book Dangle Earrings by Coryographies

I know this makes me such a geek but I’d love to get these Penguin Classics (in purple!!) earrings.

Aren’t they cute?  Oh my gosh, adorable. And purple is my favorite color. #librarygeek flag flying here. Deal.

7. The official Jane Austen charm bracelet released by the Jane Austen Centre

As of this writing, the British pound is around $1.68 American so one of these beauties would cost me around $340.00 American, plus s/h and taxes. For a charm bracelet, yes. So not happening (lol). But as long as we’re dreaming, I’d like the bracelet and optionally, the fan charm add-on please.

il_570xN.541006271_foh38. If I’m Honest I Have To Tell You… (Decal) by Raaa100

I need to patch and re-paint the walls in my home office, and find a smaller chair so it won’t scrape the new paint first. But after that, then maybe, I’d like to get this for the wall above my desk. $20.00+ for wall art is a great price.

Alternatively, there are tons of great literary-inspired quotes and art prints that I would love to get and frame all in black (or maybe all in a metallic color) and do a grid display on my home office walls.

9. Page Nibs™ by Levenger

If I’m being perfectly honest, you should know that I lose bookmarks. All the time. These page nibs seem like a useful, utilitarian alternative — not too unique that I won’t get attached and coming out at about 33 cents a piece, it’s not the end of the world if I forget to take one out before returning a batch at my library.

il_570xN.576110689_204l10. Any of the literary prints by PemberleyPond

I love this type font print of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell but if Gaskell’s not your thing (who are you and why are you on my blog?!), there’s also some great Jane Austen picks.

This is one of those other art series I could see myself doing someday — get a bunch in complimentary colors from different books and frame side by side or in a grid format. Lovely.

Repost: Jane Austen Satire on Newsbiscuit

Photo credit: Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee, FreeDigitalPhotos.com.

Photo credit: Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee, FreeDigitalPhotos.com.

A positively delightful look at young ladies misadventures abroad and the perplexed coppers who must try to wrangle these ladies into some sense of order after “late nights spouting Mozart arias in the streets” (a paraphrase).

Although this is clearly satire, a part of me (that wishes that ladies still wore sprigged muslin and talked prettily) would love this to be real.

Alas, this is one fashion that has not come around again.

I’ll keep waiting.