Happy Birthday, Jane Eyre!

cover of Jane EyreToday is the day that Jane Eyre was first published, back in 1847!  Jane Eyre is one of may favorite books.  I have two copies on my bookshelf, one on my phone, one in my car, and one wrapped in plastic and stored in my earthquake kit (I live in California and we have earthquake kits – it’s a thing).  Jane and I have been fast friends since I was ten and first discovered the book.

Here’s a few things you might not know about the story:

  • The character of Helen was based on Charlotte’s sister, Maria, who died at the age of 11 when she and Charlotte were both in boarding school.
  • The original version was published in three separate volumes.
  • Charlotte Bronte worked as a governess for a while.  She also was a student of German and fell in love with her teacher, who was married.  Unlike Jane, Charlotte did not marry the teacher bu returned to England alone.
  • Charlotte published Jane Eyre under the pen name ‘Currer Bell’.

Ready for the best quote?  Here you go:

“Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal — as we are!”

That’s my girl!

Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte Bronte

For more cool stuff about Jane Eyre check out my book, Pride, Prejudice, and Popcorn:  TV and Film Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre.  You can find it here:

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Pride, Prejudice, and Popcorn is Released Today!

Pride_PopcornCover_finalToday’s the day!  My first book, Pride, Prejudice, and Popcorn, has been officially released.  I could not be more excited.  OK, I could be more excited.  I could be more excited if Toby Stephens personally presented me with a copy and an entire chocolate cake, and said, “You are my favorite author.  This cake has no calories of any kind.  Please, enjoy it with me in my villa in Tuscany.  you will never have to vacuum again”.  But other than that, nope, could not be more exited!

Pride, Prejudice, and Popcorn is a light-hearted look at some of the many TV and film adaptations of Pride and PrejudiceWuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre.  It includes analysis of the original novels and some biographical information about Jane Austen and Charlotte and Emily Bronte, and trivia and a playlist just for fun.  I tried to write this book as though you and I are best friends enjoying movie night together with some wine, some chocolate, and, obviously, a lot of popcorn!

I’d also like to point you to another new release.  My book is part of a  new Harlequin non-fiction line called Harlequin Pop!  The second Pop book that’s out today is Movie Bliss, by Heidi Rice.  When movie night rolls around your house, me and Heidi have got you covered!  Here’s her cover:

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Back to my book:  it’s available as ebook only, and it’s available pretty much anywhere ebooks are sold.  It’s list price is $.99.  Here’s some links to get you started:

Amazon   Barnes and Noble  Harlequin  Kobo   iTunes

I had a great time writing this book and I hope you have a good time reading it!