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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061958301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061958304
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,140,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Mullany (Improper Relations) pens an impressively compelling Jane Austen mashup full of humor ("You damned Damned!") and poignant irony. At a Basingstoke dance, the Austen sisters encounter some fashionable Londoners with a taste for blood. Jane is drawn to meet one of the Damned, enigmatic William, who turns her into a vampire against her will. Reverend Austen takes the family to Bath to seek a cure, but when the French invade England, Jane joins the other vampires in putting their superhuman strength and speed to the service of their country. Purists might regret Cassandra's relegation to soppy sister, but the bond between Jane and her father, the small scenes that reflect Austen's novels, the sly humor of a vampire Prince Regent, and an abundance of moral dilemmas and vivid action make this a very satisfying page-turner for vamp-lovers and Austen fans alike.
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From Booklist

Mullany rewrites history in more ways than one in this novel, which sets up Jane Austen as a vampire. In 1797, Jane is attending a ball when she’s bedazzled by a seductive young man named Mr. Smith who happens to be one of the Damned, a genteel group of vampires who operate on the edges of polite society. A stolen moment with the dashing Mr. Smith has grave consequences for Jane, who wakes to find she has been transformed into one of the Damned. Her family takes her to Bath, where the waters are reported to be the only cure for vampirism. But soon after the Austens arrive in Bath, the French militia takes over the city. The only ones who stand a chance of defeating the invaders are the Damned, and a powerful, handsome vampire offers to take Jane under his wing and show her how to use her new abilities to help fight the French. A fast-paced adventure for those who don’t mind the vampire craze impinging upon historical events and beloved authors. --Kristine Huntley

More About the Author

A long time ago I was born in England but for the past few decades I've lived in the US. I'm not one of those people who dreamed of writing; instead I found a few years ago that I had the happy combination of time on my hands, a use for my troublesome imagination, and a computer. What I did do, in preparation for becoming a writer, was to read. I still love to read although I find I do so now with a niggling editorial eye, and I read very widely.

I fell into writing romance because I liked romance writers and was fascinated by the genre although I seem to have spent much of my time breaking or subverting the rules everyone claims doesn't exist. I chose initially to write historicals for reasons of laziness, having devoured all of Heyer's books as a teenager and with an innate knowledge of Georgian England from having lived there and been something of a history freak (I still am). I've now become one of those writers who does terrible things to Jane Austen.

My dayjobs? Many, weird, varied, including archaeologist, editor/proofreader, classical music radio announcer, box office manager.

What I do the rest of the time? Drink tea, volunteer at a local historic house museum, read, frivol away time on the internet.

Thanks for visiting! My website is www.janetmullany.com and you're invited to drop by and join my mail list. My e-newsletters are infrequent yet dazzling.

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It was very entertaining and reads like one of the best fictional biographies ever.
Jennifer Sicurella
It was written using phrasing and styling that you would find in a Jane Austen novel, which can be a little hard to get used to if you don't read those a lot.
Amazon Customer
The war-time action, the romance and well simply the wonderful Jane Austen and it all added up to a great book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary J. Gramlich VINE VOICE on September 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
In the fall of 1797 the Austen family is preparing for the winter and making the final rounds of social events still trying to procure a proper match for Jane. But at one such event Jane encounters a man that turns out to be everything she should fear and no one she should associate with. Before the end of the evening Jane has found herself turned into one of the feared vampires called The Damned and the quiet, modest life Jane led is over and choices she makes from here on out will impact everyone surrounding her.

Jane confides in her father what has happened and he takes the family to Bath to find a cure for this condition. There are powerful, healing waters he believes can save her but the condition the entire family needs saving from is the invasion of France onto the English shores. The French overtake one city after another and the Austen family finds itself not only staying in strange surrounding but also must share this home with the French military. Jane has spent her life writing and seeking to compose the perfect piece of literature but now even that does not bring her solace. Writing has been the core of her existence and now that she fails commit one word to paper she feels even more lost.

What Jane does encounter is the residence where the other Damned are staying and discovered there is a mentor called a Bearleader who can take the novice vampire Jane and help her through the transition from woman to vampire. The Damned are also a service to England's military and use their special gifts of persuasion to help win back the country they may not love but call home.

But does Jane want immortality, can she leave her family and embrace the Damned as her closest allies, is the vampire relationships she is forming her destiny?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ria Darling VINE VOICE on September 13, 2011
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I'm a fan of both Austen and vampire fiction so I decided to try this, along with Jane Bites Back. While Janes Bites Back is set in the present, this one is not does a very amusing job of speculating about Jane's time at Bath. While it takes liberties (hello?! Vampires! not for Austen purists!)it's an interesting examination of the character, historical events and moral grapplings, all with an amusing story and vampires. It was a bit slow to start but took off 1/4 of the way through. I'm looking forward to the next one! If you like Austen, don't mind liberties taken with her characters/historical events and enjoy vampires, it's a good mix. If you prefer witty and comtemporary, go with Jane Bites Back.Jane Bites Back: A Novel
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In 1797, Jane Austen is depressed when her manuscript is returned obviously unopened and rejected. Her father the Reverend tells her to keep trying as like him, her mom and her siblings, believe she is very talented.

Jane, her sister Cassandra and Catherine Bigg attend a dance at the Basingstoke Assembly Room. At the gala, Jane meets Sybil Smith who repairs the wannabe writer's sleeve. Soon after her encounter with Sybil, she meets Miss Smith's brother who tastes her blood and turns her into a vampire. Jane becomes ill and her father takes her and the rest of the family to Bath to find the cure for vampirism. When the forces of the French Revolutionary Army cross the Channel, Jane joins the English vampire corps led by Luke Venning to repel the invaders.

This is an entertaining Jane Austen vampire tale that readers of historical fantasy will enjoy although the recasting of the famous author in a variety of roles has been so frequent, it feels like its own sub-genre (see Bespelling Jane Austin, which includes a Janet Mullany novella). The story line is fast-paced as the heroine adapts to her new status, but insight into the Damned society is somewhat lacking. Still Jane and the Damned is an enjoyable early regency fantasy.

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For lovers of Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, this was a very enjoyable way to spend a Saturday, escaping into the pages of Regency Bath into a world where the social and moral codes of both polite society and co-existing vampires are explained to the new fledglings and readers. From the assembly room in Basingstoke to the streets of Bath, where 'taking the waters' in the Pump Room has as new meaning, Mullaney establishes a credibilty of place and time in which to establish the narrative. Readers can enjoy recognising elements of the novels that young Jane is yet to write playing out in the lives she observes around her. Having the French invade Bristol and billet themselves in Bath allows an array of imagined scenarios of how people might behave, as well as giving a new twist to the vampire society beyond their decadence of dining and discourse. This is pleasurable indulgence of imagination mashing romance, neatly observed social detais, sensationalism and humour plus some decent characterisation and dialogue.
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The year is 1797 and in one flirtatious moment Jane Austen goes from being mortal to becoming one of the "Damned" when she is bitten by a stranger, a Mr Smith. The only cure to her condition is to drink the miraculous waters in Bath, so Jane and her family head off to cure her of her "vampirism". However before Jane can take the cure she meets a vampire, a Mr Luke Venning, who convinces her to feed on him, as she won't be able to take the cure if she is weak. Before she can continue with her initial plans to take the cure she gets caught up in the war between England and France, and must fight with the Damned to save the town of Bath and her family.

I absolutely adore Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice rates as one of my favourite books of all time. I'd seen this book floating around the blogosphere the last few years and hadn't had a chance to pick it up yet, but decided to do so recently when I was craving some Austen.

Let me start by saying I'm not a purist. While I do love my Jane Austen original novels and movies (hello Colin Firth as the best Mr Darcy ever), I also love some of the Jane Austen sequels and paranormals that have been released in recent times. I went into reading Jane and the Damned with an open mind. I knew there would be vampires and I knew that it wouldn't be exactly like Jane's original novels and I absolutely loved it for what it is - a fantastic take on Jane as a vampire.

The war breaking out between England and France while Jane is in Bath gave this story a great adventurous feel. I got to see a different side of Jane, not just the sedate authoress, but the Jane that is willing to fight for her country - even if it means ripping out the throats of her enemies!!
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