Welcome to my blog! I am a historical romance writer journeying on the pathway to publication. Today, the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest opens for voting. It is sponsored by The Republic of Pemberley, a large site with a wealth of Austen information (which also includes full texts of all her novels), and editor Laurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose.com. There are 84 total entries! The popular vote to pick the top ten begins today. Then, an editorial board will choose the winner, which will be published in a Jane Austen short story anthology to be published by Ballantine Books this fall. So head over and check out all the stories–mine is #70, The Lost Portrait of Jane Austen.