And thanks to all who entered, joined in the celebration, and left kind words!
Happy birthday to Jane Austen! Looking good at 236 years old!
Today, over thirty bloggers are celebrating Austen's birthday with a Soiree. You can see all the blogs, and the presents you can enter to win just by commenting! So blog hop and comment away!
REMEMBER: You can enter to win all the way up 'til December 23rd! Just make sure you leave your e-mail so that you can be notified.
Here at O Beauty Unattempted, we're giving two presents back to Jane. After all, she gave us a refuge from a very bitter world, something beautiful and pure and worth striving after. I think we can give her a little back.
Since she can't be here to accept them, I hope you will!
- The first is a present for everybody: the first six chapters of Presumption, a sequel to Pride and Prejudice that matches the coming of age Maria Lucas with luckless in love Colonel Fitzwilliam. (This story will be available for 30 days. Read it here.)
- The second is a book giveaway! For those die-hard Austenites, here's a special treat: comment below and enter to win a free e-copy of Letters of Love & Deception, a collection of Austenesque short stories, that brings together all of your favorite heroes, heroines, foils, villains, and fools from Jane Austen's six novels.
- And, one more for the road. So you want to write your own Jane Austen novel? Here's a primer on what characters you might want to include in Deconstructing Jane. (Comment there, too, for an extra chance to win a copy of Letters of Love & Deception!)
Our usual Free Fridays will continue later tomorrow night with the House of Strangeways...now complete with a growing text-adventure game! Explore the house with Governess Sera Meadowlark, and discover clues, hidden scenes, and much more. (Updated weekly.)
Click on READ MORE to see a list of all the Soiree presents!
Soiree Participants and Presents
- Katherine Cox
Blog: November’s Autumn
Giveaway: one $10 B&N Gift-card (US only)
- Maria Grazia Read her Teatime Ten Interview
Blog: My Jane Austen Book Club
Giveaway: A selection of Austenesque reads
- Emily C. A. Snyder
Blog: O! Beauty Unattempted!
Giveaway: one copy of Letters of Love & Deception
- Jennifer Becton Read her Teatime Ten Interview
Blog: Jennifer W. Becton
Giveaway: one copy of the eBook of the Personages of Pride and Prejudice Collection, which contains Charlotte Collins, “Maria Lucas,” and Caroline Bingley. Open internationally.
- Vera Nazarian Read her Teatime Ten Interview
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
- Regina Jeffers Read her Teatime Ten Interview
Blog: ReginaJeffers’s Blog
Giveaway: one signed copy of Christmas at Pemberley
- Farida Mestek Read Emily's Interview on Farida's Site
Blog: Regency stories set against the backdrop of Regency England
Giveaway: one copy of I was Jane Austen Best Friend, by Cora Harrison
- Sharon Lathan
Blog: Sharon Lathan
Giveaway: one copy of Miss Darcy Falls in Love
- Laurel Ann Nattress
Giveaway: one signed copy of Jane Austen Made Me Do It
- C. Allyn Pierson
Blog: SemiTrue Stories
Giveaway: one copy of Mr. Darcy Little Sister (open internationally)
- Cindy Jones
Blog: First Draft
Giveaway: one signed copy of My Jane Austen Summer and a package of Lily Berry’s Pink Rose Tea by Bingley’s, Ltd.
- Marilyn Brant
Blog: Brant Flakes
Giveaway: A canvas ACCORDING TO JANE tote bag and a pair of A SUMMER IN EUROPE luggage tags
- Prue Batten
Blog: Mesmered’s Blog
Giveaway: one copy of Georgiana Darcy’s Diary: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice continued, Anna Elliott
- Erin Blakemore
Blog: The Heroine’s Bookshelf
Giveaway: Pride and Prejudice notecards, by Potter Style
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
- Karen Doornebos
Blog: The Fiction vs. Reality Smackdown
Giveaway: 2 Jane Austen candles and 2 signed copies of Definitely Not Mr. Darcy plus drink coasters and tea!
- Alyssa Goodnight
Blog: Alyssa Goodnight
Giveaway: one Jane Austen Action figure
- Deb Barnum
Blog: Jane Austen in Vermont
Giveaway: 2012 calendars from the Wisconsin JASNA Region
- 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; one copy of George Kinghtley, Gentleman (Books 1 and 2), by Barbara Cornthwaite
- Juliet Archer
Blog: Choc Lit Authors’ Corner
Giveaway: one copy each of Persuade Me and The Importance of Being Emma
- Jane Greensmith
Blog: Reading, Writing, Working, Playing
Giveaway: one copy each of Intimations of Austen, and Sense & Sensibility (Marvel Illustrated)
- 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)
- Sitio Jane Austen
Blog: El Salón de Té de Jane
Giveaway: one copy of the Spanish edition of Sense and Sensibility and one copy of DVD package with adaptations of Jane Austen. (It’s only zone 2, but it’s in Spanish and English ), and one copy of BBC’s Emma with Romola Garai (Blue-ray)
- Kaitlin Saunders
Blog: Kaitlin Saunders
Giveaway: one copy of A Modern Day Persuasion
- Becky Rhodehouse
Blog: One Literature Nut
Giveaway: selection of Austenesque Reads
- Patrice Sarath
Blog: Patrice Sarath
Giveaway: one copy of The Unexpected Miss Bennet
- Adriana Zardini
Site: Jane Austen Brasil
Giveaway: DVD – Sense and Sensibility (1995) – English / Portuguese subtitles
- Jane Odiwe
Blog: Jane Austen Sequels
Giveaway: one mug with one of Jane Odiwe’s illustrations and one copy of Mr. Darcy’s Secret
- Courtney Webb
Blog: Stiletto Storytime
Giveaway: one copy of Noble Satyr by Lucinda Brant (Regency Romance)
- Abigail Reynolds
Blog: Pemberley Variations
Giveaway: one signed copy of Mr. Darcy’s Undoing
- Blog: AustenAuthors
Giveaway: one copy of Georgette Heyer’s Regency World, by Jennifer Kloester