Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

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9780143142416: Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict

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After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, Courtney Stone wakes up to find herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom or even in her own body, but inside the bedchamber of a woman in Regency England. Who but an Austen addict like herself could concoct such a fantasy?

Not only is Courtney stuck inside another woman's life, she is forced to pretend she actually is that woman; and despite knowing nothing about her, she manages to fool even the most astute observer. For her borrowed body knows how to speak without slaying the King's English, dance without maiming her partner, and embroider as if possessed by actual domestic skill.

But not even Courtney's level of Austen mania has prepared her for the chamber pots and filthy coaching inns of nineteenth-century England, let alone the realities of being a single woman who must fend off suffocating chaperones, condom-less seducers, and marriages of convenience. Enter the enigmatic Mr. Edgeworth, a suitor who may turn out not to be a familiar species of philanderer after all.

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From the Author:

People always ask me how I came up with the idea for this book. The funny thing is that my protagonist, Courtney Stone, simply popped into my head one day when I was standing in the kitchen doing something mundane. I saw, in my mind's eye, this twenty-first-century Austen fan from Los Angeles waking up one morning in a four-poster bed. In Regency England. In someone else's body. I couldn't stop thinking about Courtney, and I began to write down what I saw in my head. The story kept coming, and before I knew it I was completely immersed in writing a novel.

Considering my own obsession with Jane Austen, it's not all that surprising that such a character would pop into my head. But what did surprise me is the journey that my heroine and I took together as I wrote, rewrote, researched, and finally turned out a finished, polished novel.

Along that journey I discovered a whole universe of Austen-obsessed people (I used to think I was the only one!). My research into Jane Austen's world put a dent in some of those Hollywood-sanitized romantic notions I had about what it would be like to live there. Which provided a great many opportunities for comedy in my book. Nevertheless, there was, and still is, a great deal about Austen's world that I still find very appealing. Which is why Courtney, my heroine, finds herself torn between what she left behind and where she has ended up. And has a wild adventure as she figures it all out.

About the Author:

Laurie Viera Rigler's novels CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT and RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT (both published by Plume in North America, by Bloomsbury in the UK, and by Sperling & Kupfer in Italy) could have been considered semi-autobiographical had they not involved time travel and body switching.

Her short story, Intolerable Stupidity, in which Mr Darcy brings charges against all the writers of Pride and Prejudice sequels, spin-offs and retellings, appears in the anthology JANE AUSTEN MADE ME DO IT (Ballantine, October 2011). In addition to working on her third novel, Laurie is the creator of the web series Sex and the Austen Girl, which is inspired by her Austen Addict novels. All 23 episodes can be found at Laurie's online home, janeaustenaddict.com, and at babelgum.com/sexandtheaustengirl. Laurie can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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