Mary’s Musings about reading, reviewing, and random passing thoughts that come at me every day while I contemplate books and life.
Jane Austen is the iconic figure of historical romance. Everyone achieves to write a prolifically as she did, create characters as memorial, and bring a tear to the reader’s eye when they close the book.
There has also been so much said about Jane Austen and her life dissected at every angle, but one – Jane as a vampire. Janet Mullany explored this first in Book #1 Jane and the Damned, and now in Book #2 JANE AUSTEN: BLOOD PERSUASION. Jane Austen is given even more depth and greater range if that is possible and explores the torment a woman goes through when having to choose eternal life with the man you love or a normal existence with your family that will lead to your death.
Be prepared to share Jane’s conflict of both mind and heart as she is reunited with her lover and making the decision that will change everything for her as a writer and person.
You will enjoy this book but I highly recommend reading JANE AND THE DAMNED to get the feel of how the story will flow in this second book.
But what you will enjoy the most is that a comment I made about this book was quoted and distributed with the publicity information about Jane Austen: blood Persuasion. I was so proud and honored to have been quoted and love seeing my name in print.
A little Halloween Q&A with Janet…
Jane Austen as a vampire threw me off quite a bit but after I read Jane and the Damned I saw this as a great idea. Did you think readers would get the concept and understand where you were going with this idea? I think there was some early confusion that this was a monster-mash book or an Austen sequel with vamps, and not what it is, which is an alternative history paranormal starring Jane Austen. It's categorized in some places as horror--I guess it's inevitable, since it's about vampires, that there would be quite a lot of spurting blood! But the people who most enjoyed it, as far as I could tell, were readers who knew about Jane Austen and had some familiarity, through her books or movie adaptations, with her work. I really wrote it with readers in mind who would enjoy both the "spot the Austen" references and the idea of action and adventure with a little romance starring a slightly unusual Jane Austen.
When I see sections of my reviews quoted and my name attached in print I get beyond excited. Do you still get that feeling of "wow that is my name right there" when your books are published? I get really excited about seeing my books in the library! In bookstores they seem rather impersonal. I don't know why one moves me and the other doesn't. I love seeing a great review like yours--thanks again!--and I love it when people talk about my books online.
Since I am hosting you on Halloween please tell me your favorite Halloween experience, costume, or story from childhood or as an adult. I grew up in England and then we had bonfires and fireworks on Nov. 5 to celebrate Guy Fawkes. I'm surprised it took the English so long to adopt a celebration centered mainly around candy, but Halloween is quite big now. I think it has coincided with Guy Fawkes becoming more of a community event with fewer hands-on family fireworks; there were always lots of people injuring themselves with fireworks and I suspect there's some political correctness creeping in, since probably poor Guy Fawkes and the others were set up to create anti-Catholic sentiment. I remember one Bonfire Night when it was very cold and clear despite the smoke from fireworks and I saw the Milky Way for the first time. My favorite Halloween memory is when my daughter dressed up as a Princess Bunny, her dad was a pirate with a cardboard parrot secured in his shirt pocket and I was a teenage mutant ninja turtle (the basis of my shell was a wok). Our Halloween costumes tended to rely rather heavily on cardboard and glue and last minute ingenuity.
Thanks for having me here, and have a happy Halloween!
I am proud to announce that William Morrow An Imprint of Harper Collins Publishing is giving away one copy of this book (review below). To be eligible to win please leave a comment on “what is your fondest Jane Austen memory?” Come back on Sunday – October 10th to see if you have won. Please remember to come back as I am going to need your address.
REVIEW from Mary Gramlich "The Reading Reviewer"
JANE AUSTEN: BLOOD PERSUASION by Janet Mullany
10/11 - HarperCollins Publishers - Paperback, 304 pages
What will it take for me to resist the temptations of the past?
Jane Austen has spent the last thirteen years trying to recover from being part of the Damned and return to a normal family life. She is writing, enjoying her mother, sister, and trying to reform a wayward niece. However, her domestic tranquility comes to a crashing halt when her creator comes back to town and wants Jane back with his family of misfit characters.
William “saved” Jane from death by making her part of the undead and Jane has done everything she can to cure herself of this disease. She still longs for the taste of blood and hungers for the adventures in the darkness but has kept herself under control all these years. Having William return as well as her former lover is making the life of this responsible unmarried woman very confusing and dangerous for her family.
Jane knows she can trust no one outside her family but to stay alive and keep everyone from destruction she also knows she must step a toe back into the society of the Damned. William tempts her with eternity and Luke with his version of love but all Jane desires is the pursuit of writing her next great novel and not have the fragile peace she has created explode.
If Jane Austen is having trouble putting all the pieces of a life together, the rest of us may never figure it out.
How does one write Jane Austen so that she is fresh and innovative, ask Janet Mullany because she has a gift for it. The most sought after character in historical romance is Jane Austen who has been discussed and dissected from every angle, sans one. She is never allowed to step outside the box and have some otherworldly experience, enter Ms. Mullany who has so seamlessly produced a book that shows what tortured Jane besides her writing.