Were Fairies the First #Ballerinas?

If you are in any doubt, read The Grace of the Hunchback by Annabelle Troy–available on Amazon, for free Jan. 12, 13th and 14th. It is a novel based on real-life prima ballerina Marie Taglioni who, among other famous parts, played a sylph, the most ethereal type of fairy. The book is about her quest for love. However, it is not a romance; rather, it portrays Marie’s yearning for affection in a world where she plays a beauty on stage but spends her reality as an awkward outcast. Jane Eyre gives it 5 stars!     Continue reading Were Fairies the First #Ballerinas?

Charm Or Opulence: Which Do You Prefer?

Jane Eyre, the lead character in Jane Eyre Gets Real, a whimsical mash-up novel available on #Amazon, knows all about the language of flowers. To the Victorians, sending a bouquet of white violets meant you were asking someone to gamble on love; if they returned a dark pink rose it meant they shared your passion but a light pink one signified they wanted to leave you in the friend zone. In a debate on the merits of charm versus opulence, two autumn flowers speak for themselves. Aster Daisy: I’m sweet and unpretentious. If I were a house I’d be a thatched country cottage; … Continue reading Charm Or Opulence: Which Do You Prefer?

Are Dolphins Players?

  Emma Bovary, a character in Jane Eyre Gets Real, was infamous in her time for being a housewife on the prowl. Bored with her dull husband, she sought adventures in love with a series of unworthy men, most notably a self-absorbed aristocrat and an immature if handsome bank clerk. Well, pickings were slim in 19th century France, even for a beauty. It is with a mixture of interest and revulsion that Emma has come to learn of the free- spirited antics of male dolphins. In the 1960s, an era generally known for its experimental attitude, Margaret Lovatt lived in a converted … Continue reading Are Dolphins Players?

Battenburg & Ballerinas

This distinctive type of lace, named Battenburg after Queen Victoria’s son-in-law, was developed in the late 1800s. It was distinctly modern in that it combined machine-made techniques with hand stitching. It quickly became very popular and was used for everything from parasols to kitchen curtains. For the next five days read The Grace of the Hunchback by Annabelle Troy, the story of an outwardly ethereal but inwardly fractured #ballerina–as unique as Battenburg lace–for free on Amazon. Continue reading Battenburg & Ballerinas

Jane Eyre Runs Rings Around Jane Austen

In Jane Eyre Gets Real by Annabelle Troy, #JaneEyre finds herself on a Big Brother-type reality TV show along with #MrDarcy and other literary favorites. Read Jane Eyre Gets Real for free April 6-8. Available on Amazon.   If reading isn’t your thing you might want to shop online at #VictorianTradingCo. Among the many luscious period-reproduction items they carry: a replica of a turquoise ring belonging to #JaneAusten.  (Though not free it’s under $70). It’s Item No. 29846, at http://www.victoriantradingco.com. Continue reading Jane Eyre Runs Rings Around Jane Austen

When Hope Despairs, Turn to Fiction

If you are feeling in despair, as the Bronte sisters–and brother Branwell–almost always were, reading is a good way out. Emily Bronte can attest to the power of the imagination, and so she did, in the poem at the end of this post (reprinted by kind permission of her spirit). If writing poetry on the moors isn’t your thing, read Jane Eyre Gets Real by Annabelle Troy, free on Amazon from Sept 16-Sept 20th. Happy Imagination! To Imagination by Emily Bronte When weary with the long day’s care, And earthly change from pain to pain, And lost, and ready to despair, Thy … Continue reading When Hope Despairs, Turn to Fiction

Some Enchanted Eclipse

An eclipse of the sun deserves a good fairy tale. Read Hansel & Gretel Inside the House of Candy for free Aug. 17-21. You don’t even have to follow a breadcrumb trail through the forest. Simply click on the box below that says Buy On Amazon and the book will appear free on your electronic reading device; it’s as easy as magic! Remember to act before the sun disappears. Continue reading Some Enchanted Eclipse

Ballerina on the Rocks

  Celebrate 2017 with free week of The Grace of the Hunchback by Annabelle Troy Jan. 2-6 https://www.amazon.com/Grace-Hunchback-story-Marie-Taglioni-ebook/dp/B00L1RWQ7Q Radiant 19th century ballerina Marie Taglioni leaps from tragedy to triumph! Meanwhile, enjoy this ethereal Basho haiku: If there were fragrance these heavy snowflakes settling… Lilies on the rocks Continue reading Ballerina on the Rocks