(Click here to read about Syrie's upcoming events and appearances.)

The World Premiere of "A Dangerous Intimacy: Behind the Scenes at Mansfield Park" written by Syrie James and Diana Birchall
at the JASNA AGM Montreal, Oct. 10, 2014
was a smash hit!

Syrie spoke about & signed JANE AUSTEN'S FIRST LOVE at the Glendale Public Library on Sept. 20 and at Barnes & Noble, Santa Monica on Sept. 16

Read Syrie's Guest post "On Turning Down Marriage Proposals"

Celebrating 200 years of Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park" at Sarah Emsley.com

and unique guest posts by Syrie with more information about the novel,
its inspiration, characters, and the world in which it is set:

Review of Jane Austen's First Love at Austenesque Reviews

Launch party/Guest post at Austenprose

"Jane & the Magic of Midsummer" at The Reading Frenzy

Review at My Jane Austen Book Club

Review at Book Talk and More

Review at Joyous Reads

"My Visit to Goodnestone Park"at Laura’s Reviews

Review at Kinx’s Book Nook

Excerpt and Guest Post at Austen Variations

Review at Savvy Verse & Wit

Review at The Calico Critic

Review at Diary of an Eccentric

Review at The Paige Turner

"My Hollywood Cast for JAFL" at Austenesque Reviews

"Jane Austen and the Theatre" at More Agreeably Engaged

Review at  Peace Love Books

"What Jane Austen Wore as a Teenager" at My Jane Austen Bk Club

Review at So Little Time

"Did Jane Austen Powder Her Hair?" by Syrie at Deeds of Darkness

"Letters from Lady Bridges" at Jane Austen in Vermont

B&N Party Recap at So Little Time

Review at Impressions in Ink

"What Games Did Jane Austen Play?" at Book Babe


Syrie and Ryan are currently working on book 2, to continue Claire and Alec's story. Thanks to everyone who wrote, sharing your love for Forbidden. Please keep the messages coming, and spread the word! No specific news yet as to the title of the sequel or when it will be published, but please keep checking back here for information.


Five stars!
"Kept me turning pages
well into the wee hours of the morning."



Plus BONUS MATERIAL: Jane Austen's Nightmare

"A clever story which asks the question, what would happen if Jane Austen met her literary creations?... This story just proves why Syrie James is one of my favorite authors."
-For the Love of Austen


Can a handsome Seattle entrepreneur convince a sultry Southern California radio deejay to risk her career and her heart for love?

Read more about SONGBIRD here.

Available in paperback, on B&N Nook, and Amazon Kindle.


Can business and pleasure mix? Can a whirlwind romance last forever?

Read more about PROPOSITIONS here.

Available in paperback, on B&N Nook, and Amazon Kindle.

Syrie was privileged to take a wonderful Jane Austen tour of England, sponsored by Ingenious Travel, and organized by the same company that runs the JASNA tours. Syrie traveled with her dear friend Laurel Ann Nattress, editor of austenprose.com, and a group of 16 lovely ladies. It was the perfect sized tour and an amazing time was had by all! 

Arrival at Heathrow Airport:
Kathleen Kennedy, Laurel Ann, Syrie, and tour guide Christina

Tour group at Godmersham Park, County Kent, England

Read Syrie's blog post at Austen Authors for more details and photos of the tour.


FORBIDDEN's cover won Third Place

in the Houston Bay Area RWA
Young Adult Reader's Choice Awards!


"A literary feast for Anglophiles."—Publishers Weekly

"A magical book!" —RT Book reviews

"Syrie James has surpassed herself...
it'll be one of your favourite reads in 2013!"
—My Jane Austen Book Club


Gala Online Launch Party at austenprose.com

My Jane Austen Book Club: Syrie James Discusses Why Jane Austen Captures Her Writing Imagination

Austen Authors: Syrie James celebrates The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen -–book launch and giveaway!

Historical-Fiction.com: Syrie James on Her Writing and Travels

RT Book Reviews: Syrie James Channels Jane Austen

Fresh Fiction: Syrie James | The challenges of the writing process

Risky Regencies: How Did You Research The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen?

Austenesque Reviews: "The Best Writing Advice I've Ever Gotten" by Syrie James

Jane Austen in Vermont: "How JASNA Has Changed My Life" by Syrie James

Jane Austen's World: Review, Giveaway, and Fun Facts

The Maiden's Court: "Authors Who Inspire Me...and Blending Historical with Contemporary Fiction" by Syrie James

Diary of an Eccentric: Syrie James on Jane Austen’s Family and Friends

Becoming Jane Blogspot: An Interview with Syrie James


Syrie and Austenesque author Diana Birchall recently starred as Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte in Diana's comedic play "You Are Passionate, Jane" for enthusiastic JASNA audiences in Seattle, Washington and Pasadena, California.

This light, bright and sparkling diversion imagines what it would be like to be privy to an intimate view of two literary legends in tête-à-tête when they meet in heaven for the first time.

Jane Austen has been given the important job of Gatekeeper in Heaven, deciding which other literary figures will be allowed to ascend, and as the play begins, newly deceased Charlotte Bronte is brought before her.

The two women are temperamental opposites, and Bronte was known to be devoid of any sympathy to Austen's style.

As Charlotte's passionate life and works come under scrutiny (the title quote refers to Jane Eyre), the literary sparks fly--upward!

If your JASNA chapter or other group would like Syrie and Diana to perform a staged reading of "You Are Passionate, Jane" at a future meeting, please contact Syrie through her Guest Book, or email her at authorsyriejames@gmail.com.

"You Are Passionate, Jane" on YouTube

READ MORE about "You Are Passionate, Jane" and see more pix here:

"You Are Passionate, Jane To Premiere in Seattle"

Photos of "You Are Passionate, Jane" in Seattle

"An Austen Inspired Weekend"

About "You Are Passionate, Jane"

"Passionate in Pasadena"

Syrie and Ryan signing FORBIDDEN


with Syrie & Ryan

NOCTURNE was chosen as a BEST OF 2011 from Suspense Magazine and as a Favorite Novel of 2011 from Austenesque Reviews.

NOCTURNE was also a BEST BOOK OF 2011 NOMINEE by The Romance Reviews.

Review and INTERVIEW
with Syrie & Ryan

"A must read. Definitely added to my top 24 of all time favorite books."--Jean Book Nerd



Click on the link above, or on the arrow below.
Ryan & Syrie's interview begins about 7 minutes in...
so please keep listening! :)

Listen to internet radio with theauthorsspeakXcom on Blog Talk Radio

"FORBIDDEN Love: A New Take on Angels & Teen Romance"
By Syrie & Ryan James

Interviews, Q&As, and blogs about FORBIDDEN

FORBIDDEN'S facebook page


USA TODAY Interview           USA TODAY Review

FLY HIGH: From Romance to YA Fiction: Interview (Forbidden)

Writing Charlotte Bronte's Love Story: Interview

"The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë" AUDIO BOOK won the
2011 Audie Romance award!

"This award is a really big honor. The Audies are the Grammys or Oscars of the audiobook publishing world. To become an audie finalist, the writing has to be absolutely amazing, paired with an amazing reader--and Syrie's book beat out a list of top notch, bestselling novels to win the award. Congratulations!"
—Bob Deyan, CEO, Deyan Audio

Read about the audiobook.

List of Audie winners.

Authors Stephanie Barron
and Syrie James
at the Launch Party
& Booksigning for
the short story anthology
Jane Austen Made Me Do It

Barnes & Noble, Fort Worth, Texas

See More Photos and
Read All About It Here.

Real Men Read Romance!

"I was drawn in by the picture of the rose in the snow.... I read Nocturne in two days and after I was finished, I went on a mission to contact Syrie and let her know how impressed I was... I would highly recommend this book to anyone, men and women alike."

Jared Anderson, JSA Scribes

Syrie's interview in Dark Media Magazine.

"The defining element of a good story for me is that the main characters must go through a learning curve. They begin with a deeply felt inner wound
that has in some way prevented them from
moving forward in life..." (Read More)

Syrie and "Nocturne" in the New Fiction section
at Barnes & Noble

CLICK HERE for the link to LISTEN to
Syrie's appearance on The Diane Rehm Show in Washington D.C.
discussing the novel "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte.