Saturday, September 24, 2011

Bespelling Jane Austen - Paranormal Romance Anthology

Bespelling Jane Austen is an anthology of four paranormal romances inspired by Jane Austen novels. The pieces range from reincarnation to a paranormal dating service, and one even features Mr. Darcy himself as a vampire. I really do need to go back and read the original Jane Austen novels if I really want to appreciate all these mash-ups to their fullest!

Of this group I enjoyed Mary Balogh's Almost Persuaded the best, though all were enjoyable reads. She mentions that she really has not done anything in the paranormal genre, I think she does more traditional historical romances, but her story of two lovers reincarnated again and again, always separated and unable to overcome obstables such as social class, finally able to come together was heartwarming and lovely.

Colleen Gleason's Northanger Castle follows Caroline, a girl obsessed with gothic novels, and who sees villains and vampires everywhere she looks, discovers that her favorites stories are not so fictional, and that not everyone is who they seem!

Blood and Predjudice by Susan Krinard, who was the instigator of this anthology, is the Elizabeth and Darcy story in a modern day setting. Darcy is as infuriating as ever, though truly good-hearted, and Liz is the bold heroine who wants to protect her family, yet finds herself oddly attracted to the villainous vampire!

Janet Mullany takes us to Washington DC and a tale of competing paranormal dating services in Little to Hex Her. Emma has taken over the running of her sister's business while she is away, trying to help the paranormal's of the city find matches. When a rival dating service is begun, and everything seems to go inexplicably wrong for her, Emma finds help from an old boyfriend, and learns a few truths about their past that could make a future possible for them.

For more information on these lovely lady authors, please visit their websites:

Mary Balogh
Colleen Gleason
Susan Krinard
Janet Mullany

This is my 7th read for the Paranormal Romance Challenge hosted by Bitten by Paranormal Romance.

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