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New Year, New Books to read…

From Pemberley to Milton

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Hello everyone,

And welcome to From Pemberley to Milton’s first 2016 post!

For the first post of the year, instead of the usual reviews, I thought it would be best to share with you some of my favourite books from 2015 and my plans for 2016. But don’t worry, I’ll never stop reviewing, and my next post will definitely be a review 🙂

2015 was a great year for me in terms of JAFF reading due to the diversification. Usually I prefer regency variations, and before this blog those would be the only JAFF books I would read, but the contact with other readers, writers and editors opened my eyes to many other types of JAFF books that I came love. I loved Longborn’s Songbird which occurs in the post WW II, I fell in love with Then Comes Winter which was my first Anthology, and I now look at…

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Just Jane 1813 Reviewer’s Favorites / 2015 Awards & Giveaways

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This year I had the pleasure to read 134 Jane Austen Fan Fiction titles. Many of them were five-star reads for me and most were books I’d gladly read again. I also had the pleasure to read about 50 Jane Austen Fan Fiction titles that were published in 2015. Therefore, I thought it would be fun to create a Just Jane 1813 Reviewer’s Favorite List for 2015 to share with my readers, and include links to Amazon and Goodreads, where titles and reviews are readily available for readers.

I also thought it would be fun to share some of the features offered on Goodreads to help readers reflect upon their past year of reading. These features are available at the bottom left-hand side of the Goodreads screen when you go to the page that says My Books at the top. The page here is my very own “My Books” page…

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Then Comes Winter blog tour: Meet Maureen Lee Lenker — plus a giveaway!

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“Then comes Winter with bluster and snow, that brings to our cheeks the ruddy glow…”
~ Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

If you long for a toasty snuggle on a cold winter’s night, this compilation of original short stories inspired by the magic of the holiday season—and more than a nod to  Jane Austen—is fancied as a sublime wintertime treat. Featuring short stories by four Meryton Press authors and seven up-and-coming winners of their Holiday Romance contest, Then Comes Winter offers a mix of contemporary and Regency musings.

15060606_Maureen_Lenker-035I’m very happy to welcome one of the contributors, Maureen Lee Lenker, to Skipping Midnight today. After the interview, follow the Rafflecopter link to win a free copy of Then Comes Winter!

Laura: Why did you decide to enter the Holiday Romance contest? What were you hoping to get out of it? 

Maureen: Well, I love to write, but often find my time to do so limited, so…

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“Then Comes Winter,” / A Review for the Meryton Press Blog Tour

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A Collection of JAFF Holiday Short Stories to Help Readers Weather Those Long Winter Nights!

Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Source: I received an ARC of this book, from Meryton Press, in exchange for an honest review. 

I am thrilled to join this book’s blog tour and serve as a barometer for my fellow readers, as I offer here the first book review of several planned for this collection’s blog tour. When I browsed the list of writers who contributed their stories to this anthology, I knew I was asked to be part of a refreshing collection of short stories. Even though I read mostly novel-length JAFF, I am always willing to give a well-written story of any length a chance! This collection was so satisfying for me because even though this is a collection of short stories, most of them are long enough for readers to get swept…

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Being Mommy

It’s throwback Thursday and I’m feeling a like I have too much space in my empty nest!

100_0529I have some friends who are anxiously waiting for the empty nest. They have trips planned (and not to visit the kid at college), they have classes they finally have the time to take and lists of things that they have been waiting to do.

I don’t. Sure there are a few classes I’d like to take, but let’s face it wasn’t the kids at home that was keeping the DH on the sofa when I suggested taking ballroom dancing classes. It was my lack of coordination and his fear that I’m not joking when I mentioned that I thought we could do some of those cool lifts that we always see on Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing With The Stars.

IMG_1282I’m really proud of both of my children. How they’ve transitioned from…

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