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Donna Fletcher Crow

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Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more.
www.donnafletchercrow.com

Fay Sampson

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Fay Sampson (UK) is a writer of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction, including A MALIGNANT HOUSE, #2 in the Susie Fewings series, a British Crime Club Pick.
http://www.faysampson.co.uk

Day 4 Jane Austen's Prayers, John Wayne's Yacht

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 9, 2017

In the intense schedule of this conference our only chance for worship was 7:30 at St. Mary by the Sea,...

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Day 3 A Busy Jane Austen Day

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 8, 2017

Before starting my busy schedule of classes I stopped by the book table sponsored by the delightful Collins Hemmingway. Collins, author of The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen, delightful and well researched novels, kindly allowed me space to display my 2 mysteries with Jane Austen backgrounds on his table, along with Kim Wilson and Susannah Fullerton. I was delighted to be in the company of so many books I have read and enjoyed.

 

Then on to classes. First, on Jane Austen's Sanditon, the fragment she left unfinished at her death. I was especially interested in this as Sanditon will figure in the background of my next Elizabeth and Richard Mystery. Here is a projection of Austen's...

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Day 2 with Jane in Paradise

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 6, 2017

A light projection of Jane's silhouette reigns over the conference.

Day 2, morning outfit, off to trim a new bonnet

Stopped by the emporium for a little shopping and a visit with English friends from past conferences

Mary Guyat from the Jane Austen House Museum and Tim Bullamore, publisher of Jane Austen's Regency World 

Attended a special interest session on Jane Austen Churches. Since 2000 the Jane Austen Society of North America has designated  17 churches where Jane worshiped or have especially close ties with her family to...

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Day 1 With Jane Austen in Huntington Beach

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 6, 2017

Today the activities were all pre-conference events, the serious academics will start tomorrow. After a brief time on our balcony I was off to get acquainted with this enormous and lovely resort, and to enjoy the fact that the ocean is seldom out of sight.

 

As I mentioned in my last blog, one of the best parts is seeing friends from other conferences again. Frances Wills above and Syrie James below, were just two of them.

My major activity today was the two English country dancing classes I took. That was three hours of dancing. add...

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Watch This Space, An Invitation

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 30, 2017

the time Janeites across America, and, indeed, around the world, look forward to. It is the Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America. This year we are meeting at Huntington Beach, CA. The theme, commemorating, the two hundredth anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, is Jane in Paradise, Intimations of Immortality.

Every AGM is a great mix of events. It is part Regency festival with most participants wearing period dress and taking part in workshops on bonnet making and other accomplishments for the Regency lady, tea parties, and a grand Regency Ball. Another part is the scholarly lectures that fill most of every day and leave one feeling as if they have enrolled in a college course. Then there are the tours to places of scenic...

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The Joy of Being Read

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 9, 2017

"How is your book selling," is one of the most frequent questions authors are asked it is right up there with "Where do your stories come from." And, yes, sales are nice. Who does not need money and feel good about a nice royalty check in the bank. But for very few of us is that the main point.

Writers write because we have a story to tell. We labor hard to tell it the very best way we can, and then we want to...

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