Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict: A Novel

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A tale of manners, morals, and the search for the perfect man

by Laurie Viera Rigler,

author of the national best-seller Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict


When Jane Mansfield, a gentleman's daughter from Regency England, awakens one morning in twenty-first-century L.A -- in the body of someone named Courtney Stone -- culture shock and chaos ensue.

Jane must quickly find her way in a world in which everyone thinks she is Courtney: a dizzying world of horseless carriages, unrestricted clothing, and unheard-of liberties for womankind. And then there are all those people talking to the air while holding a small object against their ears.

The only thing that is familiar -- and the only thing Jane has in common with the woman in whose life she has landed -- is a love for the novels of Jane Austen. But will the wise words of her favorite novelist be enough to guide her through this bewildering new world? And what is she to make of Courtney's attentive friend Wes, who is as attractive and confusing as the man who broke her heart back home? As Courtney's romantic entanglements become her own, Jane wonders: Would she actually be better off back in Regency England -- and will she ever be able to return?

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In my first novel, CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT, I dropped 21st-century Los Angeleno Courtney Stone into the social confines of Jane Austen's England, where she awoke as nineteenth-century gentleman's daughter Jane Mansfield (no relation to the 1950's screen siren).

Although I considered including in that book the parallel story of that very same gentleman's daughter taking over Courtney's life in the 21st century, it felt right to devote myself to Courtney's journey as Jane in the first book, and to Jane's journey as Courtney in a separate book.

The two books are parallel stories. One doesn't have to have read CONFESSIONS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT in order to enjoy RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT, and vice versa.

The process of writing RUDE AWAKENINGS OF A JANE AUSTEN ADDICT was full of surprises for me. The biggest surprise was seeing my own world through the eyes of someone from a proto-industrial time, someone who never saw a computer, or a car, or a movie, or the Internet. What would she think of all these wondrous things that we take for granted in our daily lives? The opportunities for comedy were everywhere.

And what about our arcane set of rules and regulations about dating and relationships? How would a thirty-year-old virgin who had never done more than kiss a man and who still lived with her parents feel about finding herself in the body and life of a woman who had not only slept with the fiancé she then refused to marry, but also bedded who knows how many others? And how would inheriting that personal history affect her growing attachment to a young man of this strange future world? Especially when that young man had supposedly betrayed the lady in whose life Jane has inexplicably landed?

I had no idea, but I had a blast watching the story unfold.

About the Author:

Laurie Viera Rigler's novels Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict and Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict (both published by Plume in North America, Bloomsbury in the UK, and Sperling & Kupfer in Italy) could have been considered semi-autobiographical had they not involved time travel and body switching.

Her short story, Intolerable Stupidity, in which Mr Darcy brings charges against all the writers of Pride and Prejudice sequels, spin-offs and retellings, appears in the anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It (Ballantine, October 2011).

In addition to working on her third novel, Laurie is the creator of the web series Sex and the Austen Girl, which is inspired by her Austen Addict novels. All 23 episodes can be found at Laurie's online home, janeaustenaddict.com, and at babelgum.com/sexandtheaustengirl. Laurie can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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