Welcome to Our New Home! Also, Free Book

Welcome to our new home and thank you for visiting!

I hope to soon have the non-writing life under better control and not be so horribly scattered and stretched a wee bit thin.  But hey! The Riskies have done our thing and ported our blogger blog to WordPress and our very own domain. I say “we” but I really mean Risky Elena, who did all the work.

Big loud HUZZAH for Elena!

So, aside from welcoming you to our new digs, I want to talk about Jane Austen. Like most readers of this blog, I am not alone in having read Jane early in life. I read everything, naturally, including Austen’s work. I re-read P&P several times. The Darcy grovel scene was among my favorites. I discovered, later in life, that I continued to appreciate Austen throughout my life, and that has not been true of many books.

Though I adore P&P, I think Persuasion might just be one of my favorite Austen novels. Even now, I so very much identify with Anne and her travails with family and love. Austen is a master of the showing us the woman whose quality goes unappreciated by those closest to her. I’ve often wondered if Austen herself fell into that category. Depended upon, vital to the functioning of the family, and completely dismissed. It’s a familiar theme for women.

Austen, as we all know, was the master of longing. Oh, Elizabeth and Darcy, the longed for so much! She shows us how her characters navigate all that longing and end up happy. As a young girl, having read so much Fantasy where the women either died or just didn’t matter except in their domestic or sexual capacities, it was a revelation to read stories where the female mattered.

Thank goodness we have her stories!


I have a hardback copy of Persuasion up for grabs. Leave a comment to be in the running for this giveaway. You can say anything, but it would be awesome if you completed this phrase:

Pink, my dear, is

Rules: No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. You must leave your comment by midnight Pacific on Sunday December 16. International OK. Winner picked at random.


About carolyn

Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master’s degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has two cats and a dog. Also a son. One of the cats is his.
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29 Responses to Welcome to Our New Home! Also, Free Book

  1. HJ says:

    Pink, my dear, is a very good singer and performer, if somewhat advanced for we Austen lovers…

    (As I’m in the UK, I expect it’s too far to send Persuasion so don’t enter me in the contest. It’s my favourite JA book, though.)

  2. Ebony Morton says:

    Pink my dear cottar’s on your marriage and baby girl! !!! 🙂

  3. Pink, my dear, is the surname of the director of the Milwaukee Ballet, Daniel Pink, who choreographed the current presentation of The Nutcracker.
    Now I perceive this is quite quite what you ha i mind, but it was the first thing I thought of.
    How a bout: Pink, my dear, is the hue most flattering to your complexion.

  4. Elena Greene says:

    Pink, my dear, is the colour of my cheeks after all that praise. Carolyn, I thank YOU for all the helpful and reassuring technical advice.

  5. donna harris says:

    Pink, my dear is not a very flattering color upon your cheeks….
    I’ve seen the movie Sense and Sensibility, is that based on Jane Austen? I really liked the movie. I don’t know if I ever read one of her books, but I’m going to look into now.
    donna harris

    • carolyn says:

      Donna: Yes!! Sense and Sensibility is indeed an Austen novel. I hope you enjoy reading the books! (Just about all the movies are fabulous, too!)

  6. Kathleen says:

    Pink, my dear is best left for young girls and those about to take a good gallop.

  7. CrystalGB says:

    Pink, my dear, is the color of my cheeks when you whisper risque suggestions in my ear.

  8. Reta says:

    I love the look of the new site!!

  9. Susan/DC says:

    Pink, my dear, is the color of the lipstick on your color. Since we both know I wear only crimson, I await your explanation . . . .

    P.S. I’ve already got a copy of Persuasion, so please don’t enter me in the drawing. It is such a wonderful, multi-layered story of love, families, and wisdom. Captain Wentworth’s letter to Anne has to be one of the most romantic in all literature.

  10. Pink, my dear, is the color of my true love’s underwear after the unfortunate laundry mesalliance.

    I LOVE the new site! Clean and classy!

  11. Jeanne Miro says:

    Pink, My Dear is the name of a website I have visited that features wonderful food!

    Oh dear, hum, Jane Austen does so like tea and you must have food to go along with the tea! Perhaps I should have paid more attention to
    those recipes! Oh and thinking about tea, would you like me stop by that new little tea shop run by Richard Twining on the Strand?

  12. Stella says:

    Carolyn, where have you been all my life? I just discovered your wonderful books. Truly fun, fun reads. Now in celebration of Miss Austen:

    Pink, my dear, is a wonderful song by Aerosmith. Pink, my dear, is the color of passion. Pink, my dear, is not quite red. Please check out the lyrics. Seems like it was written just for a romance novelist!!

    According to Glinda (from Wicked) Pink, my dear, is the new black!!

    I’m in agreement with Maggie. Love the new website. Beautiful!!

    • carolyn says:

      Thank you, Stella! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed my books. I have to tell you now that a couple years ago, my son and I were in NY, and we went to see Wicked. My son was just appalled that I was making him go see a play. On Broadway. Ohmygod. He LOVED it. It was the highlight of our trip. Plus, a relative of a very good friend of mine had just joined the cast, so it was a win all around. I loved Wicked, too. What a wonderful play. Thanks for reminding me of that.

  13. Jane George says:

    I see what you’ve done here. But rather than turn PINK ;-j I shall relish my part in a good Risky deed.

    Please don’t enter me in the drawing.

  14. Terri says:

    Pink, my dear, is the color of your beautiful new floral background.

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’ve not yet read the book.

    niteofblu at gmail dot com

  15. JanieC says:

    Pink is the new black. Don’t enter me. I already have a copy of “Persuasion.”

  16. Pink, my dear, is the color of all that I hold sacred: your cheeks, your lips, and no doubt other parts of your delectable self which I intend to investigate at the earliest opportunity.

    Goodness gracious, did I just say that? I already have a copy of Persuasion, but thanks for the interesting post!

  17. Cathy P says:

    Pink, my dear, is the color of a flamingo.

    I have never read Persuasion, but I love Jane Austen.


  18. Maya M. says:

    Pink, my dear, is a color of which we mothers of kindergarden-aged girls see WAY too much!

    No need to enter me for book, I just wanted to complete the phrase 🙂

  19. Pink, my dear, when it comes to gentlemen is only worn by Beau Brummel with aplomb!

  20. Barbara Elness says:

    Pink, my dear, is my great niece’s favorite color – and she looks fabulous in it.

  21. librarypat says:

    I may be one of the few Regency romance readers who has not actually read any of Jane Austen’s books. I am most familiar with her through the movies made from her books. Considering how different interpretations can be from the original, I know I haven’t gotten a good feel for her work. I have many of her books and might have an old copy of PERSUASION somewhere. I really need to make an effort to read at least one of her books to start the new year.

  22. ki pha says:

    Pink, my dear, is the colors of my bottom lip when it’s released between my teeth while thinking.

    The page looks great!! Congrats ladies~

  23. Lesley A. says:

    Pink, my dear, is sometimes used to excess, but here, it is used to perfection! I love the new Risky look!!! 🙂

    I love Miss Austen’s Persuasion.

    I must confess, I really loved Sally Hawkin’s portrayal of Anne in the most recent BBC version of Persuasion. It was all about longing!! *sigh

  24. Cyn209 says:

    Pink, my dear, is every girl’s first favorite color……….

  25. Maureen says:

    Pink, my dear, is the color I painted my daughter’s walls when she was little.

  26. Liz says:

    ….is not a very flattering color on your cheeks….

  27. LoriA says:

    Pink, my dear, is definitely not the new black.

    I saw Wicked, but that’s what popped into my mind. 😉 I also love Persuasion (my favorite JA), but I already have a copy, so no need to include me.

    I recently read an article that suggested that pink was originally for boys. Pink and red were seen as strong colors. (Before that, boys and girls were dressed pretty much alike.)

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