If her mother is to be believed, Jeanette Watts has been telling stories since she figured out how to speak in complete sentences.
After making up stories to entertain her best friend while they walked to school, and telling stories with the stuffed animals for the children she babysat, she was writing Star Wars fan fiction before she knew that was a "thing."
Growing up adoring Gone With the Wind because Margaret Mitchell was a journalist who did her homework when writing historical fiction, Jeanette has followed her example and puts in hundreds of hours of research into her historical fiction. Her modern Jane Austen stories required only a little less research.
Wealth & Privilege
Money. Family. Love. Hate. Obsession. Duty. Politics. Religion - or the lack thereof. Sex -- or, once again, the lack thereof.
Thomas Baldwin finds himself married to a woman he can’t stand, while head-over heels in love with another woman he can’t have. Talk about bad planning. He feels like a kite, buffeted by circumstances which blow him not only through personal crises, but also through some of the most significant events in Pittsburgh during the late 1800s, including the railroad riots of 1877, the creation of the Homestead Steel Works, the assassination of President Garfield, and the Johnstown Flood. Over time, and with the help of his muse, who dances maddeningly just beyond his reach, he takes control of his life, wresting it from the winds attempting to control him.
A carefully-researched historical novel about life among the privileged class of Pittsburgh during the Industrial Revolution.
Brains & Beauty
The last thing a proper Victorian lady says – is what she’s really thinking.
Regina Waring wasn’t your typical Victorian woman. Women didn’t usually own companies, belong to men’s clubs, and avoid the obligations of raising children. But that didn’t exempt her from the rest of society’s expectations.
Always appease the husband, dress the part, say the right thing. Never, never say what you’re actually thinking. That would get in the way of getting things done. And, if there’s one thing Regina did really well, it was getting things done.
Navigating her way through the old and new money of New York City, the high-powered industrialists of Pittsburgh, and the elite in many another American and European city, Regina’s existence is ever-precarious. One wrong move, and she will drown.
Enter Thomas Baldwin. Young and handsome and completely off limits, Regina is smitten with him at first sight. Then, to her great astonishment, he slowly becomes her best friend. Torn between her fascination with him and her desire not to ruin a marvelous friendship, she tries to enjoy each moment with him as it comes.
If only that were enough.
Jane Austen Lied to Me
What college girl doesn’t dream of meeting Mr. Darcy? Lizzy was certainly no exception. But when Darcy Fitzwilliam comes into her life, he turns out to be every bit as aggravating as Elizabeth Bennett’s Fitzwilliam Darcy. So what’s a modern girl to think, except....
How could my hero be so wrong?
A Woman's Persuasion
Anne Elliot broke off her relationship with Freddie Wentworth when her family didn't approve. Almost eight years later, Freddie re-materializes in her life. She's a captain in the Air Force, successful, single, and as beautiful as ever. Mortified that she doesn't have much to show for the intervening years, Anne tries to avoid her. When contact is inevitable, her life is turned upside down. Self-doubt becomes self-improvement, old wounds are reopened and then allowed to heal, and true friends and true love win in the end.