I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

All Things Jane -- a Warm-Up

Colin Firth as Darcy in the 1995 BBC adaptationImage via Wikipedia
I've been busy the last few weeks preparing a post for Inkwell Inspirations, a backlist of Jane Austen-inspired fan fiction which features her and her characters in prequels, sequels, mash-ups and mysteries.

It's been a lot of fun. And a lot of work, as there are literally scores of books which fit the bill. One need only visit Amazon and search for "Jane Austen sequels." Oh mercy.

The hunt has led me to a few delightful books, which I'll share as a teaser to my February 5 backlist. In Austenland, author Shannon Hale (who's famous for her YA novels, including Princess Academy) writes a sweet story about a thirty-something New Yorker with a Mr. Darcy obsession who inherits an all-expense paid trip to a Regency-house-party in England, complete with cravat-wearing actors who challenge her notions of fantasy and reality. (Please note that this book isn't CBA or YA.)

For an inspirational look at Jane Austen's life, Just Jane by Nancy Moser is an enjoyable read, as Jane struggles to find her place in the world -- and her voice.

If you can't wait until February 5 for more Jane Austen, Debra Marvin has written a fun post over on Inkwell Inspirations today called "Jane Incorporated." She shares a compilation of the movies, societies, blog sites, and extras that pay tribute to Jane, as well as a few lovely photos of Mr. Darcy. Check it out!

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Jane Austen and Tea -- I'm in Heaven!

It's a "Jane" day for me!

Today I'm posting on Inkwell Inspirations (click here) on a few of my favorite subjects: Jane Austen and Christmas -- Twelfth Night, in particular. Today is the eleventh day of Christmas, and Austen would've still been celebrating the holidays with parties and masquerades and a crazy game called Bullet Pudding.

I'm sure she drank a lovely cup of Twining's tea with her companions, too, so I have to mention the most delightful product I came across yesterday: a series of "Jane Austen" tea blends created by Bingley's Teas. There are fourteen blends in all, each named for a character in a Jane Austen novel whose traits describe the tea, as well. All the blends looked wonderful, to me, but the blends which piqued my interest most were "Miss Elizabeth (Mr. Darcy's Distraction)," "Marianne's Wild Abandon," and "Longbourn Wedding Tea," which is a white blend that can be added to champagne! The teas arrive in a package that looks like a book, too. To check it out, click here. I have not tried these teas yet nor have any experience with the company, but I plan to order some soon.

In honor of Jane Austen, I lift my cup of Earl Grey and wish you all a Merry Eleventh Day of Christmas!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A New Year Resolution, on the Inkwell

Happy New Year (Floating on a bubble)Image by nexus6 via Flickr Happy New Year! I pray that 2011 is a year of peace, rest, and good health.

I don't usually make resolutions, because I tend to set myself up for failure. Nevertheless, this year I have a few goals -- mostly related to writing and health. Start a new manuscript and see it through, exercise more, plan out family meals, that sort of thing.

But I'd also like to work on my prayer life. It's erratic -- I'll be honest, sometimes it's dismal -- and I want to honor God by showing more consistency in my relationship with Him.

One area I'd like to pray for is unity in the Church. I go into more detail on the Inkwell this morning, so click here if you'd like to read it.

How about you? Do you make New Year's Resolutions? What sorts?

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