Author of the Month – Jan Hahn

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Good Afternoon everyone,

Welcome to my third edition of the author of the month feature. After giving a shout out to Joana Starnes and Nicole Clarkston in the first 2 months of the year, my choice for author of the month in March was obvious, it simply had to be Jan Hahn.

This month Jan Hahn has released her 5th novel called The Child which I have recently reviewed here at From Pemberley to Milton, but that was not why I chose her for this feature, I chose Jan Hahn because I’ve spent the entire month re-reading her books!

Jan Hahn is clearly on top of my favourite authors list and after reading the The Child I felt a compulsion to re-read her other novels. I though I would just have a good time reading The Journey for a couple of hours, but it turns out that just like the first time I read it, once I started I couldn’t put it down. After that one I attacked An Arranged Marriage, and now I’m re-reading A Peculiar Connection, this means the only book from this author I haven’t read this month is The Secret Betrothal… but I’m leaving that to April 😉

There are few authors who are able to truly find their way into my heart with their books and Jan Hahn is certainly one of them. There is something special in her writing that makes me completely and utterly engaged with the characters and the stories. She writes exactly what I want to read and I find her books absolutely PERFECT!

Her characters Darcy and Elizabeth are always exactly as I imagine them to be, and we know how these characters may vary depending on the author who is putting them on paper, so I consider myself lucky because this talented author views these characters just like I do, and always makes me feel connected to them in her books. But that is not the only reason her books are perfect for me; she is not afraid to give readers the taste of angst that I am incredibly fond off. She creates the most beautiful and perfect angst, the one where Darcy and Elizabeth love each other but can’t be together as a couple for some reason (usually a misunderstanding that is always justified and believable in her stories). That’s what makes it so incredible, her angst is not based on them being apart which is a type of angst I dislike, by the contrary, we see them together, we read their conversations and we feel their sorrow for not being together… it’s just delightful. But she never forgets readers who are not so fond of angst, because after she gives us the taste of it, she always takes the time to give readers many chapters of blissful happiness. This is one author who never rushes an ending, she takes all the time she needs to please all types of readers, and by doing it, she creates a perfect balance throughout her books with the ideal quantity of romance, angst and closure.

I’ve spoken about her characters, the tone of her books and their structure but I haven’t yet mentioned the storylines. That is another A grade for Jan Hahn! She devises the most intriguing plots, keeping the pacing of the books very fast and making readers want to keep going until everything is resolved. That is obviously a combination of incredible writing skills and a great imagination!

Jan Hahn’s writing is compelling, intriguing and addictive and her books are the perfect combination of great plotlines, well-developed characters and delightful romance. To me they are perfect in every sense and I must say A Peculiar Connection is my all time favourite JAFF book with The Journey running in second place. I only wish Jan Hahn could continue writing every day because her books are everything my soul needs when I am down.  Her stories and her characters allow me to escape my daily problems and be removed into a world where after some turbulence happiness is always met. Just like Joana Starnes, Jan Hahn is one of the few authors who reaches the deepest parts of my heart with the intensity of the scenes she writes, and that is what I love the most about a book, the ability to make me feel something. It is not easy to do that because it takes more than good writing skills to achieve something so powerful as intensely engaging the readers emotions, but Jan Hahn is quite an expert at it!

Jan Hahn is an author whose books I’ll always read and who I will always recommend to my readers because after reading all her books I can honestly say she cannot get it wrong! Her books are always incredible and she has a talent that words cannot explain, at least I can’t with my limited writing abilities, but I can only say I really hope she never stops writing because a talent like hers should not go to waste.

The last detail I cannot refrain from mentioning is the taste she reveals in the choice of her covers. Her covers are always sooooooo beautiful I can’t resist them 🙂 I remember buying The Secret Betrothal because of the cover and of course, the inside matched the outside, so let me finish by adding that we can judge a book by its cover, and Jan Hahn’s books are always winners 😉

 

 

Award-winning writer Jan Hahn is the author of five Austen-inspired novels. She studied music at the University of Texas, but discovered her true love was a combination of journalism and literature. Her first book, An Arranged Marriage, was published in 2011, followed by The Journey, The Secret Betrothal, A Peculiar Connection, and The Child. The anthology, The Darcy Monologues, contains her short story entitled Without Affection. She agrees with Mr. Darcy’s words in Pride and Prejudice: ‘A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.’

Jan is a member of JASNA, lives in Texas, has five children and a gaggle of grandchildren.

 

Jahn Hahn’s Facebook Page

Jan Hahn’s Author Page

 

 

Below you can see the books that made me love Jan Hahn:

My Review (coming soon) Amazon.com

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My Review (coming soon) Amazon.com


My Review (coming soon) Amazon.com

 

My Review Amazon.com

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My Review Amazon.com

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And now you can find a little bit more about all of the above books and discover why Jan Hahn keeps writing JAFF 🙂

 


Thank you, Rita, for honoring me as your author of the month! I’m thrilled that you would choose me from the huge selection of Austen writers out there. You are more than kind. Bloggers like you are treasures in the world of writing today. They are the essential link between readers and writers. Helping to launch a new book or an unknown talent into the reading world is a priceless asset, and it’s done by the selfless generosity of bloggers.

The Child is the fifth novel I’ve written based on Pride and Prejudice. People ask, ‘When are you going to create your own characters?” I laughingly answer when I grow tired of Austen’s perfect creations. But don’t expect it any time soon for who can tire of Austen? I have scattered a few original people throughout my novels. The maid Fiona provoked Elizabeth’s curiosity and a bit of jealousy in An Arranged Marriage. My own bad boy Nate Morgan appeared in The Journey. Father Peter Darcy, Elizabeth Willoughby and her family, and various minor characters played parts in A Peculiar Connection. A maid called Maggie, who plays a significant role in the plot, pops up in The Child, and of course, there’s the child herself named Fan.

I prefer, however, to write mainly about Darcy and Elizabeth. I like stories where they’re thrown together for most of the book even though they may be in conflict much of the time. And I delight in watching them fall in love all over again.

An Arranged Marriage was the easiest book to write. For some reason, the story just flowed out of me, and it’s still my most popular work. The first part of The Journey was fun to write. Since highwaymen in England compared to outlaws in the American westerns my late husband loved, I sought his advice on weapons and camping in the cave scenes. I can’t think of that book without remembering him. A novella I posted online in 2003 called The Engagement emerged into the fleshed-out book The Secret Betrothal. A Peculiar Connection featured a shocking premise, and yet brave readers embraced it.

Last year, Christina Boyd invited me to participate in her anthology The Darcy Monologues. My short story was entitled Without Affection and begins and ends in the twilight years of the Darcy marriage. And that brings me to The Child, a story beginning over two years after Darcy’s proposal at Hunsford. I hope you enjoy it. I want to express my deepest gratitude to all of you who have supported my work through the years. It means the world to me.


 

 

Jan Han and me would like to offer my readers a chance to be delighted with her writing, and I know it may seem presumptuous to say you’ll be delighted but I find it hard to believe that someone will not love her work 🙂 I would like to offer you one ebook copy of The Journey and Jan Hahn is kindly offering the choice of an ebook or a signed copy of it.

To enter the giveaway comment on this post and let us know if you have ever read any Jan Hahn book, which is your favourite, or why you like her writing, you know the drill 🙂

To receive extra entries in the giveaway comment on the review of The Journey I will post on the 9th of April and the review of An Arranged Marriage which will be published on the 12th.  The winners will be announced on the 16th of April.

Good Luck everyone!

 

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33 responses to “Author of the Month – Jan Hahn

  1. The Child is the only one I have not read.My favourite, not really sure,as I enjoyed all four as I read them.Maybe The Secret Betrothal just because of Wickham. (I have all four of the books in paperback already)

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    • Jan Hahn

      You and I have something in common, Vesper. The Secret Betrothal is my favorite of the books I’ve written, but I’ve rarely heard any reader say the same thing. People don’t like Elizabeth and Wickham together even for a little while (and I understand that!) even though Austen threw them together in the beginning. Thank you for your comments.

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  2. I really enjoyed An Arranged Marriage.

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  3. J. W. Garrett

    I read An Arranged Marriage years ago before I was writing reviews. I want to read it again so I can review it. I have purchased it and own two others so I am building my Jan Hahn ebook collection. I have The Child on my wish list. Thanks Rita for hosting and blessings to our author on the launch of this new book.

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  4. What a lovely tribute to a sweet and extraordinarily talented lady. I can’t wait to read your new book, Jan. I know I will love it just as much as your others!

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    • Jan Hahn

      Thank you, Nicole! I feel like I’ve joined two of my favorite authors – you and Joana – in Rita’s hall of fame. Such an honor and so humbling.

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  5. Sophia Rose

    Yay for Jan! I confess that I’m behind on her books, Rita. I still need to read The Arranged Marriage and The Secret Proposal. I loved The Journey, A Peculiar Connection, and her shorty, Without Affection. The tour stops for The Child have me really eager for that one. I like the way she develops her characters and her plots, too, even though I’m a non-angst person. LOL
    Neat how Jan’s husband helped her as consultant on The Journey.

    Great post! Please do not enter me in the giveaway as I have all her books.

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  6. Mary

    Hi Rita,

    Wow! You certainly love this author and your infectious enthusiasm and awe at her writing shines through in every word of your post!

    I’ve had the pleasure of reading all Jan’s books (except The Child) and,as I’d yet to buy a kindle, have them all in paperback. Years ago,when I first discovered the works of JAFF I happily stumbled upon Jan’s books and like you,Rita,fell in love with her writhing style.

    ‘The Peculiar Connection’ is perhaps the one I loved most as I really believed that there was no hope for a HEA for Darcy and Lizzy!
    Of course,I should have known that no JAFF writer could ever be so cruel as to deprive her readers of this basic necessity,but such was the angst and the realistic and seemingly insurmountable obstacles put in their way,that I was seriously concerned for both their welfare and mine!!!

    Please don’t enter me in the draw. I just wanted to drop by and have my share of the conversation!!
    Continued success to you,Jan. Hope The Child is as well received as your other works.
    Rita,thank you for such a positive and glowing post!!

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    • Jan Hahn

      Mary, I loved your comments and appreciate you taking the time to leave them. Did you really mean to say you fell in love with my ‘writhing’ style? If it’s a typo (of which I have many), it truly made me laugh out loud! If it was said in earnest, I relate – often I am squirming in pain while trying to get Darcy or Elizabeth out of the messes I’ve created. Thank you!

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      • Mary

        Jan,

        Apologies!!!
        I actually meant ‘writing’ but seeing as ‘writhing’ gave cause for such hilarity,’writhing’ it shall remain! 😉

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    • Jan Hahn

      Mary, I love your sweet comments and appreciate the time you took to stop by and leave them! I have to ask: did you really mean to say you fell in love with my ‘writhing’ style? If it’s a typo (of which I have many), it truly made me laugh out loud! If it was said in earnest, I can relate because after the messes I create for Darcy and Elizabeth, I am sometimes squirming in pain to figure out a solution. Either way, thank you!

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      • Jan Hahn

        Sorry about the double response, Mary. The first one disappeared, so I tried to remember what I wrote and made another comment. I think I truly am writhing.

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  7. I love Jan Hahn’s books so much!!!! Please don’t enter me in the giveaway, I already have The Journey in e-book & paperback 🙂 . I just wanted to pop by with some love for Jan Hahn and her awesome style. She has just released The Child, yet I can’t wait for the next. I loved all her books and the exquisite emotion portrayed in them, and I’m struggling to settle on a favourite. In each of them, there are lots and lots of deeply moving scenes that will stay forever in my heart. I think, same as Mary, A Peculiar Connection tugged the most fiercely at my heartstrings, with Darcy’s despair at the thought that he is separated from Elizabeth by an absolutely insurmountable obstacle, but OMG all the delicious moments of yearning in all of Jan’s other books, and the delightful way in which Darcy becomes attached to The Child that was not his!!! Please write more, Jan, we can’t have enough of your books!

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    • Jan Hahn

      I feel the love, Joana! Like I told Nicole above, I’m truly humbled to be given the same honor Rita bestowed on the two of you because I admire your work more than I can say. Thank you so much!

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  8. Jan Hahn

    Oh, my!! When you asked me to write a little something for this post, Rita, I had no idea you were going to say all that you did! Now, I can’t find the words to adequately express my appreciation. I’m literally overwhelmed! I do believe if I ever need a publicist, I must hire you.

    You are so kind and far more than generous in your remarks. I’m thrilled that you like my books and that you’re so willing to tell others. Thank you, dear Rita. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  9. Maureen C

    Thank you for this post. Jan Hahn is a new author to me, but after reading all the glowing reports, it looks like I have some books to add to my TBR list.

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  10. Leah Pruett

    Love Jan Hahn’s books!!

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  11. Glynis

    What a lovely post Rita. I’m sorry to say that so far I have only read An Arranged Marriage and the short story in The Darcy Monologues. I recently bought The Journey after reading all the praise for it. I have A Peculiar Connection and The Secret Betrothal on my list (although I was wary of the angst and Wickham) Again so many have praised these that I will definitely be buying them soon. But first I just must read The Child as the blog tour totally has me sold on it.
    Please don’t enter me in the giveaway as I do have the e-book of The Journey.

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  12. evamedmonds

    I hope that Jan is writing another book as The Child is released. I have truly loved all of her books, but I do like her stories of arranged marriages as with An Arranged Marriage and even the arranged marriage in The Child. It is fun to see Elizabeth realizing her affections for Darcy, who is a very patient man. Although I do have ebooks, I would treasured a signed copy of the paperback. Thank you, Jan!

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  13. suzanlauder

    When I was a new reader of JAFF back 9 years ago, I read anything I could find by “JanH.” For years, long before it was even published, “The Journey” has been my all time favourite JAFF Regency story. I knew exactly what two pages had the pivotal “swoon” scene and reread it for absolutely no reason in the middle of any old day, I adored it so much. Yet there’s so much more to that and her other books! Great characters, twists, romance, covers–everything Rita says! Now she has another new book for those who can’t get enough of her stories. Well done, Jan.

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    • Jan Hahn

      Oh, Suzan, what sweet, kind comments! And now, you’ve written so many dearly loved books of your own. What a long way we’ve come! Thank you for being so tremendously supportive.

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  14. Sally

    I have just finished reading The Child and I haven’t read a book that had me so anxious to find out what would happen next in quite a while! I even stayed up until 2:30 AM last night because I couldn’t put it down. I still didn’t finish until today. I got pretty sleepy at work but it was worth it! Everyone be sure to read this book you will be glad you did. Thank you Jan Hahn!

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  15. I have read all of Jan’s books, some twice. I can’t say which is my favorite as they each have appeal on their own. Thanks for sharing.

    The Child is very different from most other variations. But I loved how “he fell in love for the second time”.

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  16. I’m sorry to say that I have not read any of Jan Hahn’s novels yet but I’ve been meaning to start with An Arranged Marriage. I just can’t find the time and chance to read them. And moreover I’m a slow reader. I know I’ve been missing out on a lot but hopefully the opportunity will present itself.

    Thank you for offering a great insight into Jan Hahn’s work, Rita. I look forward until the end of the month to learn which author you’ll be featuring next. And all the best in your writing life, Jan.

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