Happy Birthday, Jane! by Juliet Archer

austenbdaysoireepicture-1Today’s a very special occasion – Jane Austen’s Birthday Soirée! Around the worldwide web, 31 Austen enthusiasts are celebrating her 236th birthday and showering her with cards, gifts and letters. We’re also showering you, dear readers, with giveaways.

I’ve written a letter to Jane, and I’m giving away a signed copy of The Importance of Being Emma and a signed copy of Persuade Me – open worldwide.

Dear Jane,

When you described your books as your children, did you ever imagine that they would be the start of an ever-expanding dynasty of prequels, sequels, modernisations, mash-ups and other ‘what-ifs’?

Two hundred years after your ‘eldest’ was first published, you have thousands of ‘descendants’ inhabiting every continent. Although the world you knew has undergone huge changes, your stories, characters and humour are timeless. You understood all the magic ingredients of comedy romance long before anyone else did.

Thank you for believing in your writing and persevering to get published. Little did you know how many readers would enjoy your work.

Happy Birthday!


Juliet Archer

To win a prize, leave a reply to the question below, giving your email address and indicating whether you’d like a copy of The Importance of Being Emma or Persuade Me. Giveaway closes at midnight on 23rd December.

Question: if a lost Austen novel was discovered, what do you think its title would be?

I’d like to thank the ladies who thought of this Soirée and organised it so beautifully – Maria Grazia – My Jane Austen Book Club and Katherine Cox – November’s Autumn (who also did the fabulous images). Finally, here’s the full list of participants and giveaways – feel free to drop by:

1. Sharon Lathan  Blog: Sharon Lathan Giveaway : Miss Darcy Falls in Love

2. Emily SnyderBlog: O! Beauty Unattempted Giveaway: Letters of Love & Deception

3. Laurel Ann Nattress Blog: Austenprose Giveaway: signed copy of Jane Austen Made Me Do It

4. C. Allyn Pierson Blog: SemiTrue Stories Giveaway: Mr Darcy Little Sister (open worldwide)

5. Cindy Jones   Blog: First Draft Giveaway: a signed copy of “My Jane Austen Summer” and a package of Lily Berry’s Pink Rose Tea by Bingley’s, Ltd.

6. Farida Mestek   Blog: Regency stories set against the backdrop of Regency England Giveaway: I was Jane Austen Best Friend by Cora Harrison

7. Marilyn Brant    Blog: Brant Flakes Giveaway : A canvas ACCORDING TO JANE tote bag and a pair of A SUMMER IN EUROPE luggage tags.

8. Prue Batten  Blog: Mesmered’s Blog Giveaway : Anna Elliot’s “Georgiana Darcy” (Kindle book)

9. Erin Blakemore Blog: The Heroine’s Bookshelf Giveaway : a set of Potter-Style Pride and Prejudice notecards

10. Velvet    Blog: vvb32 reads Giveaway: Jane Austen’s Little Instruction Book (Charming Petites) By Jane Austen Edited by Sophia Bedford-Pierce, Illustrated by Mullen &

Katz, Introduction by Barbara Paulding

11. Karen Doornebos  Blog: The Fiction vs. Reality Smackdown Giveaway: 2 Jane Austen Candles and 2 signed DNMD books plus drink coasters and tea!

12. Regina Jeffers ReginaJeffers’s Blog Giveaway: An autographed copy of “Christmas at Pemberley “

13. Alyssa Goodnight    Blog: Alyssa Goodnight Giveaway: Jane Austen Action figure

14: Deb  Blog: Jane Austen in Vermont Giveaway: JASNA 2012 calendars from the Wisconsin JASNA Region

15: Laura Hile,  Susan Kaye, Pamela Aidan, and Barbara Cornthwaite Blog: Jane Started It! Giveaway:

· One copy of Young Master Darcy: A Lesson in Honour by Pamela Aidan

· One set of Frederick Wentworth, Captain (Books 1 and 2) by Susan Kaye

· Two copies of Mercy’s Embrace: So Rough a Course (Book 1) by Laura Hile

· George Kinghtley, Gentleman (Books 1 and 2) by Barbara Cornthwaite.

16 . Juliet Archer   Blog: Choc Lit Authors’ Corner Giveaway: a copy of “Persuade Me” and one of “The Importance of Being Emma”

17. Jane Greensmith   Blog: Reading, Writing, Working , Playing Giveaway: a copy of “Intimations of Austen”, and Sense & Sensibility (Marvel Illustrated)

18. Jenny Allworthy Blog : The Jane Austen Film Club Giveaway: a copy of Northanger Abbey DVD starring Felicity Jones and JJ Feild (The winner will choose region 1 or 2 DVD)

19. Sitio Jane Austen    Blog: El Salón de Té de Jane Giveaway: – Spanish edition of Sense and Sensibility for the 200th Anniversary + A DVD package with adaptations of Jane Austen

(It’s only zone 2, but it’s in Spanish and English ) + blu-ray of the BBC’s Emma with Romola Garai

20. Kaitlin Saunders    Blog : Kaitlin Saunders Giveaway: “A Modern Day Persuasion”

21. Becky Rhodehouse     Blog: One Literature Nut Giveaway: selection of Austenesque Reads

22. Patrice Sarath Blog: Patrice Sarath Giveaway: A copy of The Unexpected Miss Bennet

23. Adriana Zardini Site: Jane Austen Brasil Giveaway: DVD – Sense and Sensibility (1995) – English / Portuguese subtitles

24. Jane Odiwe Blog: Jane Austen Sequels Giveaway: a mug with one of Jane Odiwe’s illustrations and a copy of her “Mr Darcy’s Secret”

25. Courtney Webb Stiletto Storytime Giveaway: Noble Satyr by Lucinda Brant (Regency Romance)

26. Jennifer Becton    Blog: Jennifer W. Becton Giveaway: An ebook of the Personages of Pride and Prejudice Collection, which contains all of my Austenesque works: Charlotte Collins, “Maria Lucas,” and Caroline Bingley. The giveaway will be open internationally.

27. Vera Nazarian    Blog: Urban Girl Takes Vermont Giveaway: a copy of Vera Nazarian’s gift hardcover edition of her inspirational calendar and diary, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

28. Abigail Reynolds   Blog: Pemberley Variations Giveaway: a signed copy of “Mr. Darcy’s Undoing”

29. Blog: AustenAuthors Giveaway: Georgette Heyer’s Regency World by Jennifer Kloester

30. Katherine Cox   November’s Autumn Giveaway :$10 B&N Gift-card (US only)

31. Maria Grazia  My Jane Austen Book Club Giveaway : A selection of Austenesque reads

38 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Jane! by Juliet Archer

  1. Ooh, exciting, I didn’t know any of this was going on, so thank you, Juliet! I’ve already got your books, so I’ll let someone else win them 🙂

  2. Happy Birthday Jane! What a lovely sentiment, Juliet! Her children have progeny all over the world- its true though. If a new lost manuscript were to turn up it could be called ‘Faith and Hope’.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. Your books sound like they will be good reads. I’ve added them to my wish list.

  3. I would like to be entered for Persuade Me.

    Jane Austen has definitely jumpstarted many authors’ careers, not just in the spin-offs and sequels, but also for all those she helped to realize their love of writing.

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    The importance of being Emma since I have read your other book 🙂

    Now what would the book be called….this was hard. Maybe simply Bath.

  5. Thank goodness Jane Austen did keep persevering-I hate to think of a world without her writing!
    I just wanted to say hello on Jane’s birthday-I’ve got your books, which are fab, so no need to enter me!

  6. Happy Birthday Jane! The lost novel I wish to be found would not be an unknown title, but the completion of “Emma Watson”. There’s so much more to tell in that story.

  7. Hmmm….. Well, Miss Austen herself seemed to prefer to call her novels by the heroine’s name. (Though only Emma remains titled that way). So, let’s allow her to name a novel “Frances” since there seems to be a Fanny in just about every novel!

    I love Mr. Knightley, so I’d love to be chosen to win a copy of The Importance of Being Emma. (And I love Wilde’s play too!)

    Happy Jane’s Birthday!

  8. I would like to win The importance of being Emma, but the second one would be great too 😀
    A title of “lost” Austen´s book…well, maybe Heart and soul 🙂

  9. I’ve not read much about Jane Austen outside of the essays at the beginning of her books, but looking at her book titles- two were paired adjectives, two were the name of the houses that were the core of the story, and one was the name of the protagonist. Just to keep things rolling, I’d say it would be the name of her protagonist, so Susan? Jane? Charlotte?

    The letter was lovely.

    If I were to win, I am interested in The Importance of Being Emma.

  10. I would love the Importance of Being Emma. And I think her newly discovered book might be “Beauty and Bounty” about a woman who falls in love with a sailor. Happy Bday, Jane!

  11. That is a lovely thought, of all Jane’s descendants scattered everywhere – a very (pro)creative bunch!

    I’d love to win a copy of Persuade Me. If a new Jane Austen novel was discovered, I hope it would be something satirical and humorous, called something like Follies and Foibles.

    Happy Birthday Jane!

  12. Hmm, if a new Jane Austen novel was discovered, I’d prefer something less alliterative and less a name or place name…something different–intruiging but not openly punny or “witty”…of course, given those restrictions, I’m not sure what the title could be!!

    I’d love to win a copy of “Persuade Me”


  13. I would love to win the book The Importance of Being Emma.

    I think the lost manuscript title would be called “Manners and Mayhem” or maybe even “Dejection.”

  14. Happy Birthday, Jane!

    I think that a lost manuscript would be entitled “Conscience and Constancy” 🙂 Thank you for the lovely giveaway, I would like to be entered for The Importance of Being Emma. I already have Persuade Me and it was wonderful. 🙂


  15. A difficult question. I would like to read a Jane Austen book called “Thomas”.
    I would also like to read “Persuade Me”, I love “Persuasion”.

  16. How about something like “Avarice and Adversity”? (But no need to enter me in the comp as I have your lovely books.) Thanks for letting us know about this!

  17. I’m not terribly creative: but something like “Proposals & Propositions”.


  18. Oh, Juliet, that is an interesting question! Let’s see, she already talked about Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, the pitfalls of Persuasion, a girl named Emma and a trip to Northanger Abbey…what would she think of next? Perhaps she would simply write about Love and Gentility.


  19. Oh, I forgot! I’ve already read Persuade me (and absolutely loved it) so I would love a chance at getting The Importance of Being Emma (love that title!).

  20. Thank you for joining us for the Soiree, Juliet! 🙂
    I love your question. Since she was going to title Persuasion, “The Eliots,” I would say her next title would have been something similar… a new family let’s say “The Rutherfords.” No need to enter me in the drawing. 😉

  21. I would love the signed copy of The Importance of Being Emma.What a wonderful but hard question.How about,Our Enchanted Christmas.Any girl of any age would buy it.Esp.if it had been lost. Denise’s Delights in her Coffeeberry Cottage.

  22. Happy Birthday Miss Austen and congratulations to all who celebrate it like a dear friend’s birthday.
    The novel would be called “Serenity”. It is the story of a young widow who lived a short but beautiful love story that has a new opportunity to love but has trouble opening his heart.

  23. Happy Birthday Miss Austen and congratulations to all who celebrate it like a dear friend’s birthday.
    The novel would be called “Serenity”. It is the story of a young widow who lived a short but beautiful love story that has a new opportunity to love but has trouble opening his heart.
    I would like to read “Persuade me”

  24. Happy Happy Birthday Miss Austen! And thanks for the lovely giveaway….in all honesty I would be happy to read either of the titles in the giveaway but if I had to pick one I might pick “Persuade Me”. As for a title for a lost Austen title how about “Imitation”….Austen could have such fun with playing around with social implications with that title…would she not?

  25. One of Jane Austen’s lost books would have to be titled something like: “Tartness and Tomfoolery”. I can imagine from the title what the hero and heroine would be like:)

    Thanks for this great giveaway! I’d love to win a copy of Persuade Me.


  26. I think the title would be The Young Heiress of Rosings Park. My choice if lucky is The Importance of being Emma. Thanks for the giveaway!


  27. Wow, great question!
    My guess would be “Independence”, since I like to believe she would have eventually written a novel with a woman like her as protagonist: a strong woman who chooses to stay unmarried and becomes a famous novelist, prejudices and difficulties notwithstanding.
    I would love to win “The importance of being Emma”.
    Hugs and best wishes for a merry Christmas you all!

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