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Kaitlin Saunders: A Modern Day Persuasion

I’m Back!

Posted by Kaitlin Saunders in Blog on June 14, 2016 - (Comments Off)

Wow, I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last posted on my website!  Since September 2014, I became pregnant with my third child and welcomed Mira Jane in May 2015.  And now she’s a year old.  Where did time fly?

To hold with tradition, here is a picture of Mira at her one-year photo shoot and I’m going to talk a little bit about our miracle baby. My husband and I thought we were done after Samuel was born.  We had a boy and a girl, about 19 months apart, and life seemed crazy enough.

So when I started feeling the symptoms of pregnancy again when Samuel was only 6 months old, I refused to take a pregnancy test.  Surely I couldn’t be pregnant – we used birth control!  But after feeling nauseous and sick for several weeks, I finally tested myself and with shaking hands, called my mid-wife’s office to confirm what that flimsy plastic thing was telling me.  Sure enough, I was pregnant – but things were scary at first.  Because of the birth control device I was using, chances were this pregnancy was ectopic – meaning my life was potentially in jeopardy.  We were instructed to go to the hospital directly and get a vaginal ultrasound – and there she was – at 6 weeks – right where she was supposed to be.  Of course, we didn’t find out we were having a girl until nearly 20 weeks, but “it” had made its way past the device.  One thing we knew, this child would be determined (and boy, is she!).

I’ll admit right now that I burst out crying when we rejoined my parents and Emma and Samuel in the waiting room.  In fact, I think I scared some of the patients in the waiting room and a chaplain even came over to see if I needed to talk.  Life had not been lost – it had begun!  Why, then, was I sad?  Well, I was already overwhelmed with my other two children, and honestly, I didn’t want to go through labor again!  But as I look back now, Mira has been exactly what her name means – Miraculous.  She is a true joy, a gift from God.  I love her and I don’t know what I would do without her.  Sure, my life is crazy busy and I barely get any free time, but my kids are well-worth it.  Isn’t she just a ray of sunshine!

So perhaps that explains why I haven’t had time to blog.  I even look at a computer and my children start acting up.  But I’m starting to regain my evenings after bedtime, which is really exciting – especially since I’m nearly 2/3 way done on my third novel!  I’m hoping to have it finished early next year, but with three kids (ages 3,2,1), it can be hard to stick to a deadline.  Call it a goal then.

Adieu for now, I have some exciting news to share next time I log in (and no, it won’t be another pregnancy/newborn announcement! haha!)

I cannot begin to describe how fulfilling it is as an author to have someone appreciate my work – I’m no Shakespeare, I’ll be the first to tell you that – but I write because I have ideas to share.  So when someone praises one of these ideas, I find myself beaming the rest of the day, week, or how ever long the high lasts.  Thank you, Kate, for reviewing my book and posting your feedback on your website!

You can check out Kate’s review by clicking here.

Check out the latest review of my new novel, A Modern Day Sense and Sensibility!

Jane Austen, I suspect, would secretly be very pleased with this modern-day adaption of her classic novel,Sense and Sensibility. Author Kaitlin Saunders (who has previously written a modern-day adaption of Persuasion,) seamlessly moves the characters and settings from the classic novel to the United States and makes quite convincing arguments for the set up of the story–including most importantly how the Dashwood sisters lose their inheritance to their half brother and his conniving wife, who has been renamed Fancil in order to fit in with the novel’s contemporary setting. Sanders cleverly follows the plot of Sense and Sensibility throughout the novel, while adapting it to present day America–in this narrative for example the Dashwood sisters find themselves living in a substandard apartment building in Oregon. Elinor, or Ellie, remains the sensible sister, Marianne remains fanciful. Love interests Edward, along with the caddish Willoughby remain in keeping with the original characters, while Colonel Brandon is now Brandon, a wealthy thirty-something hotel owner.

Overall this one is a lot of fun and real treat for Austen fans who want to see a contemporary spin on their favourite tale. Recommended.

Thanks Kathryn for the review!  You can visit Kathryn’s website here.

Announcing My Handsome Samuel Isaac!

Posted by Kaitlin Saunders in Blog on March 31, 2014 - (Comments Off)

God has blessed me once again – and this time with a wonderful baby boy!  Samuel Isaac was born January 25th, at 1:49pm.  I cried tears of joy when I saw my baby boy and held him for the first time.  He is such a sweetie.  He gives me the sweetest, most endearing smiles.

My daughter Emma is still adjusting to being a big sister at a mere 21-months, but we can already tell she cares for him deeply.  If she hears Samuel’s unhappy cry (like when he’s gassy or a little chilly after his bath), she gets concerned and has to make sure he’s alright.  It’s so cute!

Samuel Isaac – you are a gift from God!  Your name means ‘Heard by God’ and ‘He laughs.’  May God always hear your prayers and your life be filled with much laughter and joy, my son!   I love you!

Austenesque Reviews, which only just reviewed A Modern Day Sense and Sensibility, took the time to also read and review A Modern Day Persuasion!  Meredith’s flattering review is now available on her website!  Wow, thank you Meredith for featuring not one of my books, but BOTH!  You made my day!

I must begin by expressing my gratitude to Kaitlin Saunders for penning modern adaptations to some of Jane Austen’s othernovels!!! Don’t get me wrong, I love Pride and Prejudice, it is probably one of top five favorite reads, but I also adore and cherish Jane Austen’s other novels! I love traveling to Highbury and dropping in on Mr. Woodhouse, spending some time with “clever, well-informed people” like Anne Elliot and Elinor Dashwood, and going on gothic adventures with Catherine Morland! I’m so glad Kaitlin Saunders has published modern adaptations for both Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion! …

The first official book review of my novel A Modern Day Sense and Sensibility is now available on the Austenesque Reviews website!

Meredith, the lovely lady behind Austenesque, posted her thought-provoking and complimentary review for visitors to read. Check it out! It’s so exciting to have my novel featured and to get feedback about it! Thank you, Meredith!

A round of applause to Kaitlin Saunders for stepping up to the challenge of modernizing Sense and Sensibility, which in my opinion, is one of the most daunting of Jane Austen’s novels to modernize! So many of the situations and conflicts in this novel do not have the same significance or consequences in our contemporary world as they did in Jane Austen’s. Engaged to a girl you are no longer in love with? (break up with her, it won’t cause a scandal!) About to be disinherited by your wealthy aunt? (get a job, stop being lazy!) I commend Kaitlin Saunders for taking on such a challenging feat!

Interview on Austenesque Reviews Website!

Posted by Kaitlin Saunders in Blog on February 17, 2014 - (Comments Off)

The lovely Meredith interviewed me on her website, Austenesque Reviews, in promotion of my latest release, A Modern Day Sense & Sensibility.  Check it out!


“I am very excited to welcome Kaitlin Saunders, author of a brand new modern adaptation of Sense and Sensibility titled, A Modern Day Sense and Sensibility, to Austenesque Reviews today! Kaitlin has graciously agreed to answer my grilling questions about Jane Austen, her writing, and her new release, A Modern Day Sense and Sensibility! . . .”

Guest Post on My Jane Austen Book Club!

Posted by Kaitlin Saunders in Blog on January 15, 2014 - (Comments Off)

Interview with Author Kaitlin Saunders

A Modern Day Sense and Sensibility was featured on My Jane Austen Book Club along with an interview with me!  Check it out!  One lucky person can even enter in for a chance to win a free copy of my book!



A Modern Day Sense and Sensibility Now Available on Kindle!

Posted by Kaitlin Saunders in Blog on January 6, 2014 - (Comments Off)

If you’re like my husband, paperback is now a thing of the past – it’s all about Kindle or e-book versions.  In fact, for Christmas, all he asked for were Amazon gift cards so that he could purchase more books for his Kindle!  Therefore, I’m pleased to announce the Kindle version for my book is finally available on Amazon!  If you have an e-book reader that requires different versions of e-books than Kindle, Smashwords is your place to get a copy of my book.  Enjoy!

Happy Reading!


You can now purchase copies of my book through and!  Get your paperback or e-book versions of my book today!

Happy Reading!