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  • 11/2018
  • B07KWCR9J9
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  • 11/2018
  • 978 0 9986540 9 6
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Christina Boyd
Editor (anthology)
Yuletide: A Jane Austen-inspired Collection of Stories
Christina Boyd, editor (anthology)

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

“I went up to the Great House between three and four, and dawdled away an hour very comfortably...” –Jane Austen

A holiday short story anthology with some favorite Austenesque authors, YULETIDE is inspired by Jane Austen, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, and the spirit of the season. Regency and contemporary alike, each romance was dreamt to spark love, humor, and wonder while you dawdle over a hot cup of tea this Christmas.

Stories by: Elizabeth Adams * J. Marie Croft * Amy D’Orazio * Lona Manning * Anngela Schroeder * Joana Starnes * Caitlin William * Edited by: Christina Boyd

All proceeds to benefit Chawton Great House in Hampshire, former manor house of Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen Knight and now the Centre for the Study of Early Women’s Writing, 1600-1830.

Reviews
AUSTENPROSE Reviews YULETIDE

Now that my holiday décor, baking, and gift shopping are finished—reading time was in order! What better way to celebrate the season than tucking up with a cup of tea and a good holiday themed story? Fortunately for my Jane Austen obsession, a surprise anthology appeared like an irresistible kitten with a big red bow arriving on your doorstep on Christmas Eve.

Yuletide is a new short story collection edited by Christina Boyd. Inspired by Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice, seven altruistic Austenesque authors donated their stories, along with others involved in the independent publishing process, to create a small collection of stories to benefit Chawton House, the manor house owned by Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen Knight near Alton, England. This seemed a win-win for me. My purchase would benefit a worthy cause and support the Austenesque genre.

I understand that the book was pulled together in a very short time frame, so we shall see what magic happens when authors, editors, and book designers’ mettle is tested. Here is a rundown of the seven stories in the anthology.

REGENCY STORIES

  • “The Forfeit,” by Caitlin Williams
    The Christmas after he orchestrated the separation of Elizabeth Bennet’s beloved sister Jane from his friend Charles Bingley, Mr. Darcy finds himself snowbound at Longbourn, the Bennet family home where many of its residents despise him. Slowly lulled by Christmas carols and holiday festivities, tensions rise again with the unexpected arrival of his nemesis George Wickham. While Elizabeth and her family are subject to the ebb and flow of the mood of the “Great Man,” she is confident that Mr. Wickham’s claim that Darcy withheld his inheritance is true and that Darcy is also responsible for her sister’s unhappiness. Eager to win her point and bring Darcy down a notch, she challenges him to a wager. If she wins, he must forfeit his objections to Mr. Bingley’s interest in her sister Jane and re-unite them.
  • “And Evermore be Merry,” by Joana Starnes
    Set ten years after the marriage of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, we find the couple celebrating the holiday season at Pemberley with their five young children and his married sister Georgiana by decking the halls with greenery and mistletoe, engaging in snowball fights, playing parlor games, and singing carols around the pianoforte. The holiday guest list is quite extensive including all of their immediate family, their spouses and children. Told from Georgiana’s perspective, we are privy to a flashback of the conflict between Elizabeth and Darcy when Georgiana and her beaux declared their intentions—and with all family gatherings of his size, the different personalities make for very entertaining get together.
  • “By a Lady,” by Lona Manning
    Before they depart London for their visit to Rosings Park for the holiday season, Mr. Darcy and his wife Elizabeth stop at a bookshop to purchase Christmas gifts. Among Elizabeth’s selections are several novels for her husband’s cousin Anne de Bourgh—all selected in the hopes of widening her reading and cultivating their friendship. Once there, it is hard going to penetrate Anne’s reserve, especially since she is under the close scrutiny of her companion Mrs. Jenkinson and her mother Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Eventually Anne drops her guard and shares an amazing secret. With this new revelation, Elizabeth is determined to help her new friend—who like a princess in an ivory tower, must be set free.
  • “The Season for Friendly Meetings,” by Anngela Schroeder
    Given the unhappy loss of her eldest daughter Jane’s beau Mr. Bingley, and her second eldest daughter Elizabeth’s refusal to marry their cousin Mr. Collins, Mrs. Bennet is thrilled to accept an invitation to send them off to York to spend the holidays with her neighbor Mrs. Long’s nieces. While attending a local Christmas ball, they are introduced to Col. Fitzwilliam, the second son of an earl whose family resides nearby at Matlock. During the course of the evening Elizabeth encounters spurious gossip regarding her friend Mr. Wickham’s reputation which she shares with the colonel. Defensive and defiant, she soon has the opportunity to defend him to the one person responsible for ruining his future – Mr. Darcy.
  • “Mistletoe Mismanagement,” by Elizabeth Adams
    One month after their marriage, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy are hosting their first Christmas at Pemberley, their palatial estate in Derbyshire. His younger sister Georgiana, who also resides with them, is also assisting with the large party of guests: their aunt and uncle Lord and Lady Adlington, their eldest son Lord and Lady Lisle and second son Colonel Fitzwilliam. A formal dinner includes four local families to fill the table. While Elizabeth plays matchmaker for Colonel Fitzwilliam, two of the married guests are way too familiar with each other causing Elizabeth and Darcy to go to great lengths to foil their wayward guests’ plans by cleverly manipulating their time together.

CONTEMPORARY STORIES

  • “The Wishing Ball,” by Amy D’Orazio
    In this fantasy story, Fitzwilliam and his younger sister Georgiana prepare for Christmas during the month prior to the close of 2014. Her early gift to her brother is a silver-plated wishing ball which she is certain will be the talisman he needs to find happiness. Engraved with his initials and containing a had written wish, cryptically scribed in his own hand, Darcy is certain that it is a prank being played upon him by his best friend Richard. Later that night he visits his Facebook account and discovers pictures, people and a future life he does not recognize, nor had he ever imagined for himself.
  • “Homespun for the Holidays,” by J. Marie Croft
    Traveling by car on Christmas Eve in a New England snowstorm, Darcy is in pursuit of a handmade pink jumper (sweater) for his younger sister Georgiana. Arriving at Homespun, a home craft shop in a country barn run by the five Bennet sisters, he discovers that the one-of-a-kind item has been sold. In an attempt to throw his weight around and obtain what he wants, he goes toe-to-toe with the head proprietress Elizabeth Bennet, demanding she make another sweater while he waits. She thinks his behavior is insufferable. He thinks she is only tolerable. Stranded at the Bennet home, packed with a laundry list of Bennet relations, the proud man must make peace with his surroundings and his growing attraction to Elizabeth, before he discovers the most valuable gift of all.

Holiday short stories can be the most challenging to write. The best ones evoke the traditions and sentiments on the season without overwhelming the story. The problem is that the readers who are addicted to the Hallmark Channel Christmas movies will expect there to be plenty of treacle and twee, while those who prefer the deeper message of A Christmas Carol will require some substance. I am happy to say that there is a mixture of sentiment and parable in Yuletide. I especially enjoyed the stories that offered an aside with beloved characters set in Regency times. Lona Mannings’ story of Anne de Bourgh was particularly touching and poignant, while Elizabeth Adams’ masterful plotting of “Mistletoe Mismanagement” should have been titled “Mistletoe Madness!” The way she maneuvered her characters in scenes was like an intricate country dance where partners come together then twirl around and dance with someone else. Whoosh! In my view these two stories excelled because the authors both understand the unique skill of crafting a story of limited length. Their plotting, character development and resolution was textbook and really made their stories sing. For me, they were the big red bow that made this anthology a gift.

If you are looking for festive, Austen-inspired stories, I hope you will give Yuletide a try. By supporting Chawton House you ensure its future, the memory of Jane Austen, and her legacy.

4 out of 5 Regency Stars

Yuletide: A Jane Austen-Inspired Collection of Stories, edited by Christina Boyd
The QuillInk, LLC (2018)
Paperback and eBook (192) pages
ISBN: 978-0998654096

Diary of an Eccentric Reviews YULETIDE

When I heard that Christina Boyd was releasing another Jane Austen-inspired short story collection, that it was Christmas themed, and that the proceeds would benefit the Chawton Great House, I knew I had to get my hands on the book. When I saw that they were all Pride and Prejudice-inspired stories, a mix of Regency and modern (a huge plus because I love the modern variations), and that the stories were written by some of the best authors of Austen-inspired fiction, I knew I had to read it right away. With all that is going on in my life right now, I haven’t had much time or energy for reading, but I didn’t want to miss out on my annual December month of holiday books, so I turned on my Kindle, started Yuletide, and the next thing I knew, I’d finished the book! It was the right mix of stories, and they were just the right length to get me back in my reading groove.

My favorite passage of the book was from the very first story, “The Forfeit” by Caitlin Williams, in which Mr. Darcy finds himself stranded at Longbourn for the holiday during a snowstorm, and he and Elizabeth make a friendly wager. “It was usually her favourite time of year, when everyone was predisposed to laughter, love was limitless, and much joy was to be had from simple pleasures.” That line is the essence of Christmas for me, and I pretty much knew right then that I would love this collection.

“And Evermore Be Merry” by Joana Starnes shows readers a Christmas at Pemberley through Georgiana’s eyes some years after her brother and Elizabeth’s wedding. “The Wishing Ball” by Amy D’Orazio is a modern story in which Darcy finds some Christmas magic via Facebook and yearns for what his life could be. “By a Lady” by Lona Manning depicts an Elizabeth determined to become a friend to Anne de Bourgh. “Homespun for the Holidays” by J. Marie Croft is another modern tale that finds Darcy stranded on Christmas Eve while attempting to find a unique present for his sister, and he must depend on the generosity of the family he insulted in his pursuit of said gift. “The Season for Friendly Meetings” by Anngela Schroeder puts Elizabeth and Jane in Yorkshire for a Christmas ball, where Colonel Fitzwilliam gets Elizabeth thinking that her first impressions of a certain someone may have been based on falsehoods. And “Mistletoe Mismanagement” by Elizabeth Adams depicts a Christmas house party hosted by the newlywed Darcys at which his Fitzwilliam relatives (not the dear colonel, of course) prove to be anything but proper.

This was a fantastic lineup of stories, and I was especially pleased to find a couple of moderns thrown in. There was some magic and mischief, stories where Darcy and Elizabeth are falling love, and stories set during their marriage. Manning’s portrayal of Anne de Bourgh was a pleasant surprise, and I enjoyed the colonel’s sly maneuvering in Schroeder’s story. It’s rare to find a short story collection in which I enjoy all of the stories, but given how much I love these authors, I’m not surprised that Yuletide was an exception. This is a must-read if you love Pride and Prejudice-inspired stories, and it would make a perfect Christmas gift for the JAFF fan in your life.

All proceeds to benefit Chawton Great House in Hampshire, former manor of Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen Knight and now the Centre for the Study of Early Women’s Writing, 1600-1830.

From Pemberely to Milton Receiws YULETIDE, 5 Stars

I could not have been more surprised when I heard a new anthology edited by Christina Boyd was coming out, I haven’t read Rational Creatures yet, but I had to read this one right away! After all, Yuletide compiles different stories during Christmas time and I could let this season go by without getting into this wonderful compilation, especially because it was written by some of my favourite authors.

The anthology is very diverse, you can find in it variations, sequels and modernizations, but all of them portray our favourite characters and have that special feeling that all Christmas romances have, and that transports us into a different reality.

The book starts with The Forfeit, a story penned by Caitlin Williams, and it could not have started better as I was immediately hooked. Everything about this story was perfect, the premise, the setting, the writing. I could not stop feeling overwhelmed by how incredible this story is. I have to tell you, Caitlin Williams is a literary genius and Christina Boyd chose very well the first story to be included in this anthology. This was definitely one of my favourites

The book continues with an equally good story written by an equally talented author, Joana Starnes brings into this anthology a sequel that is cozy and warm and will make you want to read it with a hot chocolate and a fire in front of you You will feel you are right there with the characters and you will not want to leave!

After these two regency stories the book goes on with a modern that is absolutely delicious! Amy D’Orazio put her innovation and creative skills into this story and shows us a Christmas where Darcy is shown his future through a Facebook page. This magical story is all about Darcy and there is no way anyone could not love that

Lona Manning is next in the anthology and she wrote a sequel that includes the best Anne de Bourgh character I have ever seen! Elizabeth is put to test in this story, Darcy is charming as always, but it was Anne de Bourgh that caught my heart on this one! Absolutely loved it!

We go back to moderns with J. Marie Croft’s small town romance. I’m not sure if I have to say much more about this story, because to me, small town romance says it all! I just love them, especially when they are set during Christmas time 

Anngela Schroeder is next on the Anthology and she brings us back to regency variations in a cleverly written story that uses wit to show Elizabeth how gullible she was. This story does one of the things I love the most in P&P variations, it teaches Elizabeth a lesson by showing her that first impressions should not define her final opinion about people. It was very well written and very well done!

At last Elizabeth Adams closes the anthology with a sequel that will make you laugh and wish for more! Once again, I think this was the perfect story to close the anthology, it is entertaining, funny and it shows us just how Darcy and Elizabeth’s married life can be. Her relations are not the only ones who need to be tamed after all!

This Anthology was the perfect book to finish my year, it is diverse with a little bit of everything but also consistent in the quality of the writing and the ability to keep the reader engaged.

I highly recommend this anthology to my fellow janeites, plus all proceeds are to benefit Chawton Great House in Hampshire, former manor of Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen Knight and now the Centre for the Study of Early Women’s Writing, 1600-1830, so that’s an extra reason to get it

You can find Yuletide at:

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

News
11/27/2018
A Special Holiday Inspired Cover Reveal: YULETIDE: A Brand New Anthology to Supp

Good morning! Now that the holiday season is here, what’s more delightful than an announcement celebrating a new collection of JAFF stories written by an amazing collection of writers?

The talented Christina Boyd has edited a collection of JAFF stories titled, YULETIDE: A Jane Austen-inspired Collection of Stories and here’s a look at the charming cover…

Doesn’t this striking cover get you into the holiday mood? I know readers are going to adore this collection!!

Here’s a peek inside this delicious treat for readers…

“I went up to the Great House between three and four, and dawdled away an hour very comfortably…” –Jane Austen

A holiday short story anthology with some favorite Austenesque authors, YULETIDE is inspired by Jane Austen, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, and the spirit of the season. Regency and contemporary alike, each romance was dreamt to spark love, humor, and wonder while you dawdle over a hot cup of tea this Christmas.

Stories by: Elizabeth Adams * J. Marie Croft * Amy D’Orazio * Lona Manning * Anngela Schroeder * Joana Starnes * Caitlin Williams
Edited by: Christina Boyd

All proceeds to benefit Chawton Great House in Hampshire, former manor of Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen Knight and now the Centre for the Study of Early Women’s Writing, 1600-1830.

You can find the book at Amazon, along with my review!! YULETIDE is a delicious way to get into the holiday mood.

YULETIDE is also on Goodreads! 

02/28/2019
Q&A About YULETIDE with Christina Boyd

Christina Boyd, editor of YULETIDE, created and collated a Christmas Anthology with all the proceeds going to Chawton House. Below we discover the story behind the work…

Where did the inspiration for YULETIDE come from?

After wrapping up a six week blog tour for my anthology “Rational Creatures” (pub. October 2018), a collection of stories written by sixteen strong women about some of Austen’s strongest female characters, I had been reflecting much on the research library at Chawton House, the Centre for the Study of Early Women’s Writing. In the spring of 2017, I had the good fortune to visit Chawton House, as well as the Cottage, along with author Joana Starnes, blogger Mira Magdo, and my dear Mr B. That magical day left a lasting impression on me because of the history, connection to Jane Austen, and the present day library and research center.

Never one to idle long—I was waiting on a manuscript from another author to do a full edit—and wondered if it was possible to publish a holiday anthology by December. In an inspired moment, I thought “How about a Christmas-themed anthology and give all the proceeds to Chawton House…?” Easy as that, I asked all my twenty-two anthology authors and explained we would have less than a month to make it to holiday market and was anyone interested? Further, unlike previous anthologies, I could not pay them for their stories, asking them to donate their work to this project so that I might donate all the royalties (sans taxes) to Chawton House. Caitlin Williams, Joana Starnes, Amy D’Orazio, Lona Manning, Anngela Schroeder, J. Marie Croft, and Elizabeth Adams took up the challenge! 

What made you want to direct the proceeds towards Chawton House?

My life is more colorful because of Austenesque authors, like-minded readers, and through the many connections and friendships I have made through Jane Austen. Last year I bought several bricks for the Buy-a-Brick program for Chawton House as gifts, and this project seemed the next likely step for me to be able to give back. 

Were there any objects or spaces in particular you were drawn to when you last visited Chawton House?

When I think of Chawton House, I have flashes of moments:

the iconic long driveway as we made our way to the house; the gates into the Walled Garden; the disguised drink cabinet in the library bookcase; the window nook overlooking the driveway from the first floor; and the heraldic stained glass windows in the Great Gallery.

Christina Boyd on her trip to Chawton House with blogger Mira Magdo and author Joana Starnes

Having decided you were going to create a Christmas anthology, you had less than a month to produce it. What was the most challenging?

Time. I gave the authors TWO weeks to send me a manuscript to edit. I have never been so thankful for email. This project would never had happened on time, nay!—ahead of time—had I been dependent on the post. Imagine my entire edit process: I edit a story, return it to the author, back and forth until we get it right, then to my proofer, Debbie Brown, who corrects all I missed (and she donated her time as well), then back to the author to approve or reject, and again back to me. All of that repeated and juggled for all the stories. That’s the abbreviated, less chaotic version, but I think you can imagine how email made our impossible deadline realistic, considering the “team” lives in the UK, Canada, and all over the US. (All of that happens on every project but not in this hectic, abbreviated schedule!)

Any daunting tasks?

The biggest stressor was worrying about formatting it myself as I had never done that before, always hiring out. And lo! author Karen M Cox offered to format the ebook and the paperback. Over the American Thanksgiving holiday weekend, she formatted the anthology. I can’t tell you how much of a relief that step was to me. I think I would still be formatting it had it been left to my learning curve. Thanksgiving indeed!

Can you tell us about the book’s cover design?

As content and copy editor, I knew I could also keep costs down if I designed a cover myself. So, the cover you see is my own work too. The public domain image is Victorian era but I think it lends to the spirit of the season and the multi-era stories within. The black and white photo on the back cover is of Joana, Mira, and me as we walked up to the house in 2017.

 

What was the most enjoyable aspect of the process?

I felt great satisfaction when the finished product went live on Amazon and seeing on social media the enthusiasm of the seven contributing authors and the support by bloggers, reviewers, and readers. 

If you could travel back in time and ask Jane Austen one question, what would it be?

“Were you ever in love?”

And finally, do you have a favourite story in the anthology?

That’s like asking me to pick a favorite child! I can’t pick a favorite but the first story by Caitlin Williams was the first story sent to me. Caitlin’s delicious Regency story had all the elements that I love in a holiday romance and confirmed why I had to continue with this mad idea. 

As we can’t force you to choose, which is your favourite Austen novel?

My favorite story is always the novel or movie adaptation that I last read or watched. 

12/16/2018
Silver Petticoat Review Includes YULETIDE in 25 Cheery, Holiday Love Stories

#11 Yuletide: A Jane Austen-Inspired Collection of Stories by Collected Authors and edited by Christina Boyd

A holiday short story anthology with some favorite Austenesque authors. YULETIDE is inspired by Jane Austen’s PRIDE & PREJUDICE, and the spirit of the season. Regency and contemporary alike, each romance was dreamt to spark love, humor, and wonder while you dawdle over a hot cup of tea this Christmas.

Stories by: Elizabeth Adams, J. Marie Croft, Amy D’Orazio, Lona Manning, Angela Schroeder, Joana Starnes, and Caitlin Williams

Note – This collection has a 4.90-star rating on Goodreads.

05/14/2019
YULETIDE Anthology to be Narrated by #TheDARCYmonologues Harry Frost

We are over the moon to announce that Harry Frost, our voice actor from  THE DARCY MONOLOGUES, has returned to narrate YULETIDE: A JANE AUSTEN-INSPIRED COLLECTION OF STORIES. Look for it at Audible: November 2019.

And coming this summer, our anthology RATIONAL CREATURES--presently in production with the talented Victoria Riley.

12/31/2018
YULETIDE Named to Favorite Books of 2018

YULETIDE Named to Favorite Books of 2018 at From Pemberley to Milton blog.

Yuletide – Edited by Christina Boyd

Publication year – 2018

Number of Pages – 192

Sub Genre – Anthology

What I loved about it – It is a Christmas Anthology written by some of my favourite authors, what is there not to like? Plus it has all the necessary diversity to keep the reader engaged and looking forward for the next story

 

11/27/2018
YULETIDE Release Day at Austenesque Reveiws

Hello dear friends! Did you hear that there is a special surprise anthology being released today?!?!  

Yes!!! A lovely holiday anthology that includes 7 holiday-inspired short stories written by some of our favorite authors and edited and organized by the talented Christina Boyd is celebrating its release day and we are so very excited!! Yuletide: A Jane Austen-Inspired Collection of Short Stories is Book 4 in The Quill Ink Collective and after three exceptional anthologies – The Darcy Monologues, Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues, and Rational Creatures: Stirrings of Feminism in the Hearts of Jane Austen’s Fine Ladies we are nothing short of elated to see that Christina and her remarkable team of authors have collaborated once more!! 

  

Another Anthology from The Quill Ink

Yuletide: A Jane Austen-Inspired Collection of Short Stories

 

available now!

~ Book Description ~

“I went up to the Great House between three and four, and dawdled away an hour very comfortably…” –Jane Austen

A holiday short story anthology with some favorite Austenesque authors, YULETIDE is inspired by Jane Austen, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, and the spirit of the season. Regency and contemporary alike, each romance was dreamt to spark love, humor, and wonder while you dawdle over a hot cup of tea this Christmas.

Stories by: Elizabeth Adams * J. Marie Croft * Amy D’Orazio * Lona Manning * Anngela Schroeder * Joana Starnes * Caitlin Williams

All proceeds to benefit Chawton Great House in Hampshire, former manor of Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen Knight and now the Centre for the Study of Early Women’s Writing, 1600-1830.

 

What do you think, friends? Are you surprised?

I am so excited to read another Austenesque holiday anthology – I’ve read three that I really enjoyed – Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer, A Very Austen Christmas, and A Darcy Christmas. 

I love the elegance of a black, white, and red cover and that the stories are both Regency and modern!!

And I think the fact that the proceeds all go to Chawton Great House absolutely inspiring!

Well done, Christina and her team!!! And THANK YOU! This truly is a special gift for us readers!

01/03/2019
YULETIDE: Best of 2018 List

From Pemberley to Milton names YULETIDE in Favorite Books of 2018! #ILOVEBESTOFLISTSEASON Thank you!!

📷Yuletide – Edited by Christina Boyd

Publication year – 2018

Number of Pages – 192

Sub Genre – Anthology

What I loved about it – It is a Christmas Anthology written by some of my favourite authors, what is there not to like? Plus it has all the necessary diversity to keep the reader engaged and looking forward for the next story 📷

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 11/2018
  • B07KWCR9J9
  • 190 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 11/2018
  • 978 0 9986540 9 6
  • 190 pages
  • $8.95

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