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Author has written 13 stories for Fairy Tales, Pride and Prejudice, and Mansfield Park.

"Yes, novels; for I will not adopt that ungenerous and impolitic custom so common with novel–writers, of degrading by their contemptuous censure the very performances, to the number of which they are themselves adding — joining with their greatest enemies in bestowing the harshest epithets on such works, and scarcely ever permitting them to be read by their own heroine, who, if she accidentally take up a novel, is sure to turn over its insipid pages with disgust...

Let us leave it to the reviewers to abuse such effusions of fancy at their leisure, and over every new novel to talk in threadbare strains of the trash with which the press now groans. Let us not desert one another; we are an injured body. Although our productions have afforded more extensive and unaffected pleasure than those of any other literary corporation in the world, no species of composition has been so much decried. From pride, ignorance, or fashion, our foes are almost as many as our readers.

And while the abilities of the nine–hundredth abridger of the History of England, or of the man who collects and publishes in a volume some dozen lines of Milton, Pope, and Prior, with a paper from the Spectator, and a chapter from Sterne, are eulogized by a thousand pens — there seems almost a general wish of decrying the capacity and undervaluing the labour of the novelist, and of slighting the performances which have only genius, wit, and taste to recommend them. “I am no novel–reader — I seldom look into novels — Do not imagine that I often read novels — It is really very well for a novel.” Such is the common cant. “And what are you reading, Miss — ?”

“Oh! It is only a novel!” replies the young lady, while she lays down her book with affected indifference, or momentary shame. “It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda”; or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best–chosen language."

--Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, ch 5

Hello, everyone! My name is Lara and I like to write Jane Austen fan fiction. I also dabble in fairytale variations on the side. I'm a Christian, wife and teacher so this is very much my side hobby, although my one full-length novel was picked up by a publisher. I love Jane Austen because of her wit and style and because of the wonderful morality that underlies her stories, and just adore the language of early 19th century England. I like to write romantic stories but also funny ones and you'll find a mixture of both in my writing. Thanks for stopping by!

Publication Update:

My novel, Unequal Affections, is now available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other outlets, in hardback, ebook and audible versions. http:///Unequal-Affections-Pride-Prejudice-Retelling/dp/1626361002/ref=tmm_hrd_title_0

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A Clever Plan reviews
Henry Crawford has a clever plan to get Miss Price's attention and win her heart. -One shot-
Mansfield Park - Rated: K - English - Humor/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,521 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 6 - Published: 7/8/2021
The Way It Ought to Be reviews
The impulse of a moment in Netherfield's drawing room leads to a more hasty proposal, and consequences that are painful, and humbling, and eventually happy. - I have removed the larger portion of this story due to plagiarism concerns. Will probably publish before long. Sorry!
Pride and Prejudice - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,526 - Reviews: 755 - Favs: 341 - Follows: 806 - Updated: 12/12/2016 - Published: 9/29/2016 - Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy
Adventures at Morecastle reviews
A lucky meeting in the seaside town of Morecastle results in a series of light-hearted adventures and misadventures, accompanied by prodigious amounts of flirting.
Pride and Prejudice - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 6 - Words: 37,756 - Reviews: 316 - Favs: 918 - Follows: 229 - Updated: 6/27/2014 - Published: 5/10/2013 - Elizabeth, Jane, Mr. Bingley, Mr. Darcy - Complete
Because of the Mud reviews
Consequences depending on falling into mud with a Gentleman. Two-shot, complete.
Pride and Prejudice - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 7,821 - Reviews: 122 - Favs: 532 - Follows: 168 - Published: 6/27/2014
Leaving Nothing to Chance reviews
Darcy makes plans to propose at Rosings, but things don't go quite the way he expects.
Pride and Prejudice - Rated: K - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 8,718 - Reviews: 152 - Favs: 520 - Follows: 105 - Published: 7/5/2013 - Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy - Complete
Bingley's Blunder, or the High Fine Art of Gossip reviews
Shortly after the engagements at the end of Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Bingley takes a brief trip to London, where he drops certain remarks which lead to rumors about Darcy's engagement.
Pride and Prejudice - Rated: K - English - Humor/Friendship - Chapters: 5 - Words: 16,864 - Reviews: 170 - Favs: 665 - Follows: 176 - Updated: 6/29/2013 - Published: 6/18/2013 - Caroline, Elizabeth, Mr. Bingley, Mr. Darcy - Complete
Astonished in Derbyshire reviews
Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy do not see each other in Kent, but she visits Pemberley with the Gardiners, only to find many surprises await her there.- Complete!
Pride and Prejudice - Rated: K - English - Romance - Chapters: 8 - Words: 21,564 - Reviews: 328 - Favs: 1,271 - Follows: 469 - Updated: 5/8/2013 - Published: 4/25/2013 - Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy - Complete
The Prince Defends Her Honor reviews
This is a vignette to accompany my story, "Lady Ella," which presents the confrontation between Lady Chesney and Prince Simon. A guilty pleasure!
Fairy Tales - Rated: K - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,621 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 8 - Published: 12/9/2012 - Complete
The Wedding Day--Unequal Affections Vignette reviews
A small story to accompany "Unequal Affections"
Pride and Prejudice - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,866 - Reviews: 49 - Favs: 177 - Follows: 45 - Published: 10/21/2012 - Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy - Complete
Unequal Affections reviews
Diverging from Jane Austen's classic novel at the first proposal in the Hunsford parsonage, Unequal Affections explores what might have happened if Elizabeth Bennet had reacted thoughtfully rather than emotionally to Mr. Darcy's proposal. First chapter and prologue.
Pride and Prejudice - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,887 - Reviews: 765 - Favs: 512 - Follows: 511 - Updated: 10/16/2012 - Published: 9/2/2012 - Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy
The Test reviews
Sasha is applying for a position as princess, but is confused by their testing procedures. The story I can't believe I wrote.
Fairy Tales - Rated: K - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,825 - Reviews: 38 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 6 - Published: 10/3/2012 - Complete
The Restoration of David de Vigny reviews
My version of the Beauty and the Beast-told with an emphasis on romance rather than magic.
Fairy Tales - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Fantasy - Chapters: 19 - Words: 24,561 - Reviews: 120 - Favs: 108 - Follows: 21 - Updated: 8/7/2012 - Published: 7/21/2012 - Complete
How to Gain a Kingdom reviews
A short fairytale parody.
Fairy Tales - Rated: K - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,750 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 5 - Published: 8/4/2012 - Complete