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Jane is on page 69 of 384 of The Hunger
ANACHRONISM OF THE WEEK (/month/year):

CHAPTER THIRTY
December 1831
Through the window of his grandfather's Victorian--one of the more prominent homes in the area--Stanton could see...

In case it needs explaining: 1) the Victorian era began in 1837 2) even if we were in the Victorian era, a character would not identify a house as a "Victorian".

This is why I self-publish. I have more self-respect than this.
May 29, 2018 01:16AM 3 comments
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I was just looking at a new book by an author who writes just the kind of book I like, and wondering whether I should buy it.

So I went to the Amazon buy page.

Kindle price: $25

I'm already hesitating over her other books, for which the Kindle price is around $10. Oh well, off to BookBub to follow her and hope for a promo!
Mar 28, 2018 03:53AM Add a comment

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Question: do you think you review a book more harshly if it already has a lot of negative reviews? (Whether or not its overall rating is high.) Do you think you review a book more generously if it already has a lot of positive reviews?
Mar 08, 2018 02:11PM 7 comments

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Heads up NetGalley reviewers! Lady Helena Investigates is now available as a READ NOW title. The lady sleuth trope meets Downton Abbey in 1881 Sussex...
Feb 15, 2018 03:38AM Add a comment

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I got the MS of Lady Helena Investigates back from the editor and it looks like I can hit my goal of pre-order and eARCs out mid-February, actual release mid-March.

So if any of you active reviewers would like a review copy, you've got a week or so to apply. I'll also be putting the ARC on NetGalley, I hope (kind of scrambling here trying to get everything done).
Feb 06, 2018 04:36AM 1 comment

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Better NetGalley link for The House of Closed Doors

Because I don't read instructions/was too excited about finally having a book on NetGalley

I'm planning to put my new first in series up too as soon as I have an eARC, so watch out for that.
Feb 01, 2018 11:22PM Add a comment

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Now you know I don't often post author stuff but I know how many of you love your NetGalley swag! The House of Closed Doors boxed set is up on the Kobo co-op page this month in some good-looking company.
Feb 01, 2018 02:42PM Add a comment

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According to Goodreads, The Tale of Peter Rabbit is similar to Mrs. Gaskell's Wives and Daughters.
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HOW????
Jan 28, 2018 11:10AM Add a comment

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GR is going to begin charging authors big $$$ to do giveaways on the site, so I'll be moving my giveaways elsewhere. I'd just like to point out that The House of Closed Doors is FREE worldwide on all ebook platforms, and that if you sign up for my newsletter at www.janesteen.com/insider you'll hear all about giveaways and price promos on other books. Sorry about the infomercial but GR has kind of forced my hand.
Nov 29, 2017 04:02PM Add a comment

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So here's the dilemma. Inferno provided me with material for the best review I ever wrote. But can I put myself through the pain of reading DB's latest in the hope I'll be similarly inspired?
Oct 05, 2017 12:49PM Add a comment

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Send love, guys. I'm almost done with sorting out my parents' house and am feeling overwhelmed with all the things I want to do, including getting on with my current WIP. What I crave most is reading time--peace and quiet!--but I seem to have less of that every year. I literally haven't had a vacation since 2015; moving to the UK and eldercare issues have dominated 2016 and, so far, 2017.
Aug 10, 2017 11:34PM Add a comment

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I'd really like to get my review mojo back.
Jul 17, 2017 11:32PM Add a comment

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I've found my Reading Fiction Mojo again! I mean, I never stopped reading fiction (and non-fiction) over the last year with the international move trauma, but I wasn't eager for it. I'm pretty sure I've been suffering from depression, and who could blame me? But now I'm licking my lips over NetGalley, helped by giving up reviewing for a publication so I can now read what I damn well please.
May 13, 2017 03:26AM Add a comment

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Jane is 21% done with The White Road
The first chapter may have scarred me for life.
May 12, 2017 12:09AM 2 comments
The White Road

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I read a piece online recently that calculated how many books you can actually read in your lifetime.
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I need another lifetime.
Apr 13, 2017 03:40AM Add a comment

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Jane is 13% done with A Journal of the Plague Year
I love the way Defoe starts out by saying that back in the plague year they didn't have newspapers, in pretty much the same tone someone my age talks about the days before the internet and cellphones. You sometimes get reviews where historical fiction fans bash the author for sounding too modern--well, some of the original historical sources sound pretty modern too!
Mar 09, 2017 10:33AM 2 comments
A Journal of the Plague Year

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I've been filling in reviews from 2009 and 2010, when I was posting on a long-abandoned blog--a task I've been meaning to do since about 2011. Back in those days I was on Goodreads but didn't understand it at all, so I didn't review here that often. My efforts have revealed I posted my very first online review on July 5, 2009. That seems a long time ago.
Mar 03, 2017 10:15AM Add a comment

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Jane is starting The Sixth Beatitude
This is what happens when you're left to wait in a library for a few minutes. I've been wanting to read this one, which is about the life of the poor of Rye.
Feb 23, 2017 09:49AM Add a comment
The Sixth Beatitude

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THANK YOU GOODREADS for finally putting a rereading date stamp on book reviews.
Feb 10, 2017 10:03AM Add a comment

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Jane is 15% done with A Superfluous Woman [annotated]
Reading this far in I can see that the blurb for this edition actually gets the story wrong! The annotations are generally not much use for the knowledgeable reader, but a good guide for readers not versed in Victoriana.
Dec 15, 2016 02:53AM Add a comment
A Superfluous Woman [annotated]

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I have more books pending review than I've read this year. I stopped reviewing when I started planning our international move, I think! So my end-of-year challenge needs to be to at least rate what I've read and move on...and hope to get back into proper reviewing in 2017.

The move also saw the end of the Bookcase of Shame, that large collection of unread books...alas, mostly sold before the move.
Nov 20, 2016 01:52AM Add a comment

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Jane is 2% done with Elizabethan Lover
Reading this one as part of the four-book bundle "An introduction to the Eternal Collection." I used to read my Gran's Barbara Cartland books and wanted to see what I thought of her as an adult reader. You know what? She could write! Just the kind of lightweight fiction I need on my Kindle right now.
Nov 20, 2016 01:29AM Add a comment
Elizabethan Lover

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Jane is 50% done with The Somnambulist
I figured out the Big Reveal very early on in this book, but I guess it was foreshadowed enough that I wasn't being particularly clever. I hope there are some twists to this tale going forward.
Oct 23, 2016 03:07PM Add a comment
The Somnambulist

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Jane is 48% done with The Somnambulist
I'm struggling to like this. I find the plot a bit waffly and can't find it in myself to like any of the characters. Nice writing, though.
Oct 23, 2016 06:27AM Add a comment
The Somnambulist

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Jane is 10% done with A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
I'm enjoying reading the book myself SO much more than listening to Roy Dotrice. The enhanced iBook edition is very nice, even if my old iPad 2 struggles a bit with load times. I love the illustrations as they overlay my images of the TV series actors with new ones, which makes it easier to imagine the world of the book as opposed to the world of the series.
Oct 23, 2016 06:26AM Add a comment
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

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Jane is 3% done with A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
I've been waiting for a good print edition of the SOIAF books to read them on the page (this has got to be better than listening to Roy Dotrice). The enhanced iBook is very pretty, although WAY too big a file for my iPad 2 to deal with seamlessly. Still, it's fun being able to see the maps and cross references, and I'm in love with the illustration of Jon with the puppy.
Oct 14, 2016 12:23AM Add a comment
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

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Jane is 10% done with The Somnambulist
What time period is this? "Smog" wasn't a word till the early 20th century. And there was a line about a scallop shell having an iridescent inside. Scallop shells have white insides--oyster and mussel have iridescence. Small things, perhaps, but they're irritating me and popping me out of the story each time.
Oct 14, 2016 12:17AM Add a comment
The Somnambulist

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Jane is 37% done with Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Grey, #1)
She's had a fruit basket put together with early roses, cherries, and "clusters of currants" (presumably redcurrants). Early roses would appear in late May or early June, and therefore not be in bloom at the same time as cherries and currents, which are generally in season in about August.
Oct 04, 2016 05:35AM Add a comment
Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Grey, #1)

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Jane is 29% done with Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Grey, #1)
I think I'm going to be buying more books in this series.
Oct 02, 2016 06:05AM Add a comment
Silent in the Grave (Lady Julia Grey, #1)

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