Sunday, March 10, 2013

What's happening this week...

This week (March 11th through 15th) I will have another full schedule.

Monday: We will see what could be in Elizabeth's future. A couple of weeks ago we found out that Elizabeth had decided that she had given up the only chance that she would have at a profitable marriage. Where will she go to from here?

Tuesday: We will take a closer look at two of my favorite Caroline Bingleys and figure out exactly what it is that I will be trying to emulate.

Wednesday: We will enjoy a fan mail letter from a college student who is currently studying abroad in Spain!

Thursday: This Thursday I will be reviewing the book, 'Finding Mister Darcy' by Diane Clark and comparing it to 'Finding Mr. Darcy' by Amanda Hooton.

Friday: I am very excited to interview the one and only Mary Lydon Simonsen. If you keep up with my blog you will remember that I reviewed her novel 'Darcy on the Hudson' on Thursday of last week.

I am looking forward to this busy week! Its all very exciting!

Also, Check out my Friday page to find out if you were the winner of my Brenda Webb giveaway!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Coming up this week!

We have had a very exciting start to the blog! Thank you Brenda Webb for being my inaugural interview. If you haven't had the chance to read our interview, I highly suggest you check out the Friday tab. Leave a comment and enter the contest to win a copy of Brenda's novels! I will announce the winner on Friday March 8th, so be sure you get your name in as there is not much time left. The drawing closes on Thursday at midnight!

This week we have some interesting things happening on the blog:

On Monday we will take a look into the mind of Mr. Colins. What could possibly be going on in that crazy head of his?

On Tuesday we will see a change in format. I had been posting funny things that I found on twitter, but it was getting harder and harder to find anything that I found blog-able. Consequently, I will be revamping Tuesday. We will go from Twitter Tuesdays to Transformation Tuesdays.
            -In September of last year I decided that I wanted to go all out and attend the Netherfield Ball in full costume this year. When contemplating the ball, I realized that there will be a ton of girls dressed up as Elizabeth or Jane Bennet, so in order to stand out, I've decided to go as Caroline Bingley! Join me on Tuesdays as I chronicle my transformation into Caroline Bingley!-

On Wednesday we will read another fan mail letter. If you would like to send in a letter of your own, feel free to email me @

On Thursday I will be reviewing Darcy on the Hudson by Mary Lydon Simonsen!

Last but certainly not least, I will be interviewing:

Evangelina Joseph

This should be an interesting interview! I am really looking forward to it! If you are an author and would like to promote your novels, please send me an e-mail. I would LOVE to interview you!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Tabs Breakdown

Looking at the top of the page you you see several different tabs. I've decided to break down my writing by the day. This should make it easier for me to get everything on my list done, and for you to read appropriately. I hate it when I subscribe to a blog and I get all kinds of randomness all the time. Here you will see that I have it broken down by topic and day.

Mondays- Every Monday I will post a little more of my story, Mr. Darcy's Defeat. It may not be a whole chapter, but there will be something of interest added to the story. If you are a JAFF fan this would be a good day for you to follow.

Tuesdays- I love some of the funny things that I find on Twitter. On Tuesdays I will post some of those funny things that have been posted during the week (Tuesday through Tuesday). If you are on Twitter, you should pay attention to this day because who knows, I might just quote you!

Wednesdays- On Wednesdays I will post some of your thoughts and letters to your favorite authors. This is a great place to encourage those authors to continue the wonderful work that they do.

Thursdays- I plan on reading a lot of books this year. Here you can  keep up with what I'm currently reading and perhaps find a new book for yourself. I will follow each book that I've completed with a short review.

Fridays- Here is the biggest event of the week! Every Friday I am going to feature an interview with one of your favorite authors. In the beginning it may be a simple getting to know you read along, but I have big multi-media plans  for the future.

I've excited to see this blog grow and hope that you are too!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Welcome to the newly re furbished Lavender Lady's blog. Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Evie Cotton and I was born into a pretty awesome family. Due to my parents life's work, we traveled pretty extensively and I found myself growing up in all kinds of fantastic places, such as the Virgen Islands, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Taiwan.

While living in St. Croix (USVI), my parents discovered that I was dyslexic. They did not have many resources for dealing with different kids at the time and my parents were forced to take me out of school. That may have been the best thing that they have ever done for me. At night, my parents would record my lessons for me. During the day, I would listen to them and follow along in my school books. In the beginning, that was the only way that I could read.

As I got older and my brain was better able to focus, I learned different reading techniques. I began reading more difficult books and by junior high school, Jane Eyre was my favorite book. I loved all of the Bronte sisters and was fascinated with their lives, devouring biographies and reading anything Bronte-esque. In high school, my parents allowed me to study on my own for the first three years. We were pretty cutting edge at the time. While all of my friends we IMing by fax, I was introducing them to the internet and pagers. Who remembers Juno? One of the greatest things about the internet was the availability of source material. My parents purchased an encyclopedia program for me which had an online library. It was amazing! I would sit in front of my computer for hours at a time, watching historical videos of the A-bomb and WWII. I loved to study words and would read the histories of the origins of words. I was such a nerd that when I went to boarding school for my senior year, I ended up helping to teach Senior Etymology.

I wasn't one of those crazy social outcast that you hear about being home schooled. I was on a rock climbing team, two youth groups, hung out at the mall and was a part of a writer's club. I also LOVED the Emma Thompson version of Sense and Sensibility and hosted movie viewing parties for it. That movie opened me up to Shakespeare and William Cowper.  I can still quote it in my sleep. I tried to read Sense and Sensibility as a teenager and since I was never able to make it all the way through the book, I decided that Jane Austen was a horribly boring author and that I would never read her work!

I avoided Austen at all costs.

Thank goodness for Colin Firth. If I had not seen the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice while on spring break in college, I might still be lost. A friend of mine convinced me to give P&P a try and I immediately fell in love with it. I read that book so many times that I could see the pages in my sleep. One day, many years later, I came across Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. From that moment on, I have been a JAFF Super Fan and THAT is what this page is all about. My goal is to connect on a more personal level with JAFF authors and fans and bring them together to the common good of the JAFF community.