Melanie Rachel is a university professor and long time Jane Austen fan. She was born in Southern California, but has lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Washington, and Arizona, where she now resides with her family and their freakishly athletic Jack Russell terrier. _Courage Rises_ and _Courage Requires_ are companion novels. Both are available on Amazon. She is currently at work drafting a modern P&P adaptation, _Headstrong_, which she hopes to publish this fall.