Today’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.
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.
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!
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”
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)
(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.
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