Sophia Rose Guest Posts: RATIONAL CREATURES & Early Feminists in JAFF

You’ve all met Sophia Rose here as my contributing guest poster; she is always reading and reviewing the most interesting mystery and Jane Austen-themed fiction. She writes as well; Read on and she can tell you all about this new Jane Austen based anthology in which she has a story. 

Rational Creatures

by Christina Boyd (Editor ), Joana Starnes, Elizabeth Adams, Nicole Clarkston, Karen M. Cox, J. Marie Croft, Amy D’Orazio, Jenetta James, Jessie Lewis, KaraLynne Mackrory, Lona Manning, Christina Morland, Beau North, Sophia Rose, Anngela Schroeder, Brooke West, Caitlin Williams

Paperback, 450 pages
Expected publication: October 15th 2018 
Publisher: The Quill Ink





Howdy, Fangs, Wands, and Fairydust blog regular visitors and new guests!

I am thrilled to come to you today with a special post in honor of our upcoming book release of Rational Creatures. Many know me as a regular guest reviewer here at FWaD. Today I’m trading caps from guest reviewer to guest author, to share about my small, but exciting part in making this book happen.

In the early part of this year, it was a privilege to be invited to participate in the latest The Quill Ink anthology project. For Rational Creatures, we were asked to direct our pens to the telling of why several of Jane Austen’s ladies were ahead of their time when it came to feminism.

My particular Rational Creature is the heroine of Northanger Abbey – a young lady emerging on the other end of her first venture away from home with a strong mind and her own ideas about many things. Without artifice or deceit – or a great dowry and family connections, I might add – Catherine gains the attention, attraction, and, eventually, love of Mr. Henry Tilney. I enjoyed giving this fresh, youthful Catherine Morland a follow-up adventure that would challenge her in ways even her imagination couldn’t have conjured up. Catherine has the opportunity to confront the mistaken notion that a young lady could not come to the rescue of a missing brother. In doing so, she is also brought up against a wall between herself and the all-male and upper class establishment of formal higher education.

You might wonder why I chose higher education as the inequality element that my particular Rational Creature would face. A few points factor into that. First of all, I confess that education is my first love and I made a career of it, so of course, my mind went there first. Also, in an effort to stay true to Austen’s spirit throughout my story, I chose a barrier that she herself would have faced from her earliest years. Young Jane would have seen brothers going off to school to study and would have observed firsthand the youth her father tutored in subjects denied her because she was female. The Jane Austen who wrote her stories, novels, and letters proved that her mind was just as capable of learning those subjects as well, if not better. She sprinkled her tales liberally with clever, well-informed women who were worthy and equal to their fictional gentlemen counterparts. Catherine was one of the youngest of Austen’s leading ladies, but I was pleased to give her the opportunity to storm the citadel of higher learning and see what she made of it, while at the same time, making this an interesting talking piece for her to discover if her own hero, Mr. Tilney, saw her as a rational creature.

It was more than an exercise in writing a story with an economy of words or an attempt to channel a beloved author’s style, but a chance to explore women’s history, appreciate what others have accomplished who came before us, and shine a light on one sample of a lady wordsmith’s work that continues to inspire her fellow rational female creatures hundreds of years later to stand beside and not behind, to choose, to persist, and joyfully pursue what she will.
I hope you enjoy Catherine’s further adventures in The Strength of Their Attachment along those of her fellow Rational Creatures.

Thank you, Stephanie, for the opportunity to stop by today. Always a pleasure!

Author, and Contributor to FW&FD, Sophia Rose.

Sophia’s Bio:
Sophia Rose is a native Californian currently residing in Michigan. A long-time Jane Austen fan, she is a contributing author to Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes and Gentlemen Rogues, The Darcy Monologues, Sunkissed: Effusions of Summer, and Then Comes Winter anthologies, short stories based on Jane Austen’s works. Sophia’s love for writing began as a teen writing humorous stories. Writing was set aside for many years while Sophia enjoyed a rewarding career working with children and families. Reduced work hours offered an opportunity for a return to writing stories that continue to lean toward the lighter side of life and always end with a happily ever after.


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Rational Creatures

Rational Creatures Full Cover(6.0) Ebookby Christina Boyd (Editor ), Joana Starnes, Elizabeth Adams, Nicole Clarkston, Karen M. Cox, J. Marie Croft, Amy D’Orazio, Jenetta James, Jessie Lewis, KaraLynne Mackrory, Lona Manning, Christina Morland, Beau North, Sophia Rose, Anngela Schroeder, Brooke West, Caitlin Williams

Paperback, 450 pages
Expected publication: October 15th 2018 
Publisher: The Quill Ink

Book Description

“But I hate to hear you talking so, like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. We none of us expect to be in smooth water all our days.” —Persuasion
Jane Austen: True romantic or rational creature? Her novels transport us back to the Regency, a time when well-mannered gentlemen and finely-bred ladies fell in love as they danced at balls and rode in carriages. Yet her heroines, such as Elizabeth Bennet, Anne Elliot, and Elinor Dashwood, were no swooning, fainthearted damsels in distress. Austen’s novels have become timeless classics because of their biting wit, honest social commentary, and because she wrote of strong women who were ahead of their day. True to their principles and beliefs, they fought through hypocrisy and broke social boundaries to find their happily-ever-after.
In the third romance anthology of The Quill Collective series, sixteen celebrated Austenesque authors write the untold histories of Austen’s brave adventuresses, her shy maidens, her talkative spinsters, and her naughty matrons. Peek around the curtain and discover what made Lady Susan so wicked, Mary Crawford so capricious, and Hettie Bates so in need of Emma Woodhouse’s pity.
Rational Creatures is a collection of humorous, poignant, and engaging short stories set in Georgian England that complement and pay homage to Austen’s great works and great ladies who were, perhaps, the first feminists in an era that was not quite ready for feminism.
“Make women rational creatures, and free citizens, and they will become good wives; —that is, if men do not neglect the duties of husbands and fathers.” —Mary Wollstonecraft


Stories by: Elizabeth Adams * Nicole Clarkston * Karen M Cox * J. Marie Croft * Amy D’Orazio * Jenetta James * Jessie Lewis * KaraLynne Mackrory * Lona Manning * Christina Morland * Beau North * Sophia Rose * Anngela Schroeder * Joana Starnes * Caitlin Williams * Edited by Christina Boyd * Foreword by Devoney Looser






Rational Creature SUPER Giveaway: The Random Name Picker winner review all blog comments and select one winner from these blog stop comments during the tour for all 21 prizes: Winner’s choice of one title from each authors’ backlist (that’s 16 books, ebooks, or audiobooks), our bespoke t-shirt/soap/candle; #20, a brick in winner’s name to benefit #BuyABrick for Chawton House; and #21, the Quill Collective anthologies in ebook or audiobook.

Rational Creatures Tour Schedule

September 18 / My Jane Austen Book Club / Guest Post

September 20 / Long and Short Reviews / Guest Post

September 25 / Books & Wine are Lovely Playlist

September 27 / Fangs, Wands and Fairydust / Guest Post

October 2 / Babblings of a Bookworm / Guest Post

October 4 / From Pemberley to Milton / Guest Post

October 9 / Austenesque Reviews / Guest Post

October 11 / Silver Petticoat / Guest Post

October 15 / Just Jane 1813 / Book Review

October 16 / My Love for Jane Austen / Guest Post

October 18 / Rosie’s Review Team / Book Review

October 23 / More Agreeably Engaged / Guest Post

October 25 / The Book Rat / Guest Post

October 30 / Margie’s Must Reads / Book Review

November 1 / My Vices and Weaknesses / Guest Post

November 6 / Diary of an Eccentric / Book Review

November 8  / Of Pens and Pages / Book Review

November 13 / Let Us Talk of Many Things / Guest Post


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