Thursday, December 15, 2011

Jane Austen Birthday Soiree

UPDATE: Congratulations Becky for winning the Letters of Love & Deception Giveaway!  

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!
  1. 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.)
  2. Our usual Free Fridays will continue later tomorrow night with the House of complete with a growing text-adventure game! Explore the house with Governess Sera Meadowlark, and discover clues, hidden scenes, and much more. (Updated weekly.)
  3. 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.

  4. 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!)
Happy birthday, dear Jane, and thank you for giving us such wonderful gifts!  God's blessings be with your soul, amen!

Click on READ MORE to see a list of all the Soiree presents!

Soiree Participants and Presents
  •  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.
  • Laurel Ann Nattress
    Blog: Austenprose
    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
  • VVB
    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!
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Kaitlin Saunders
    Blog: Kaitlin Saunders
    Giveaway: one copy of A Modern Day Persuasion
  • Patrice Sarath
    Blog: Patrice Sarath
    Giveaway: one copy of The Unexpected Miss Bennet
  • 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)
  • Blog: AustenAuthors
    Giveaway: one copy of Georgette Heyer’s Regency World, by Jennifer Kloester


  1. Happy Birthday Jane! Thank you Emily for both the 'present' possibilities.

    The idea of Col Fitz and Maria Lucas is intriguing for a sequel.

  2. Hi, thanks for this giveaway, sounds very cool!
    Also Happy Birthday Jane :)


  3. Happy 236th bday Jane Austen! Very nice blog and giveaway!

  4. I wonder what Jane would be doing today to celebrate her birthday?

    I would love to have this collection of stories!

  5. Happy Jane's Birthday! I would love to win this book!

  6. Happy Birthday Jane!!!!
    What a great giveaway, thanks!

  7. Can't wait to read "Presumption"! Thanks for sharing and Happy Birthday, Jane!

  8. Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!!
    Lia Freitas

  9. What nice gifts for Jane's birthday! I love this even more because of all the new bloggers I'm meeting. :)


  10. Hurrah!I love these parties.I'm in like flinn!

  11. This is such a great way to celebrate Jane Austen's birthday. I had no idea there were so many Ausenesque works out there. I will have to get busy reading! Thanks.

  12. Happy birthday Jane Austen. Thanks for the great tribute and giveaways Emily.

  13. Happy Birthday dear Jane! Thanks for the presents and the giveaway!!=)

  14. Can't wait to read Presumption! Happy Birthday Jane!!!

  15. Thank you for the peek at Presumption and thank you for the giveaway. Happy birthday Jane!

  16. I'm looking forward to Presumption, Emily.

  17. Happy birthday, Jane! Looking forward to Presumption...

  18. An instant treat with the peek at Presumption!

    Happy Birthday, Jane!

    This is the best blog hop ever!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  19. Happy Birthday, Jane!

    Thank you for the lovely giveaway!


  20. Thanks for joining our party, Emily, and for contributing to the fun :-)

  21. Happy Birthday Jane! I was under the weather yesterday, so I'm celebrating today!


    felicialso @gmail. com

  22. Happy Birthday Jane.

    Thank you for your generous giveaway.


  23. This is such an amazing giveaway! And it's leading me to new blogs, like this one, that will go in my trusty Google Reader for later consumption!

    Happy Birthday, Jane!


  24. Wow, thanks for the great giveaways. I'm looking forward to reading Presumption. Colonel F and Maria is something I've not read before.

    Happy Birthday Jane!

    monicaperry00 @

    P.S.If this posts more than once, I apologize. Technical difficulties.

  25. Happy Birthday Miss Austen and congratulations to all who celebrate it like a dear friend’s birthday.
    My e-mail address is

  26. Happy Bday Jane!!
    Ms. Austen would certainly love the gift.

    My email:

  27. I've only, sadly, read tow of Ms. Austen's works (Persuasion and Pride&Prejudice) but I plan on reading a whole lot more very soon. Thanks for the great giveaway:)

    Happy holidays!


  28. What a wonderful giveaway and thank you for the sneak peek!


  29. Thank you for joining us for the Soiree, Emily! No need to enter me in the giveaway. ;)

  30. Fabulous idea, isn't it?
    Thanks for joining us in this event!

    Adriana Zardini (Brasil)