It feels as if 2016 were slipping by at a cracking pace, and I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking, FINE. Bring on autumn and bonfires and falling leaves and sweaters and pumpkins and foggy mornings. But those seasonal delights are still a few weeks away for us, and I should probably focus on enjoying the last golden days of summer.

Have you tried any of my August book recs? I love to recommend series because–as a reader–there’s nothing I love better than discovering a delightful new book and then finding out it has FRIENDS.

Speaking of friends…today is the DVD release of LOVE & FRIENDSHIP! If you missed this film on release, now is the time to rectify. Based on Jane Austen’s novella, LADY SUSAN, the movie is a revelation if you’re not familiar with Austen at her most calculating. It has none of the sweetness or sentimentality that people like to play up in her other works; this one is all about the business transactions underpinning the marriage market in England. Kate Beckinsale is a deliciously outrageous Lady Susan, and the supporting cast does a tremendous job of keeping up. It’s witty, pretty to look at, and decidedly worthwhile. Highly recommended.

Don’t forget–it’s a new month which means new prizes on the Contest page! Every month we’re giving away a book club set of signed paperbacks, so be sure to pop over to the Contest page and enter. Also, I will be appearing later this month at Bouchercon in New Orleans on a panel with C.S. Harris, Tasha Alexander, Laurie R. King, Susanna Calkins, and Lyndsay Faye, moderated by Andrew Grant. It promises to be a whale of a time, so please check the Appearances page for details. Hope to see you there!