Letters of Love & Deception: Book Giveaway

Announcing a book give away to celebrate the release of Letters of Love & Deception on Monday, September 19th!  

We'll be giving away six books in all: five copies of Letters of Love and Deception and one copy of Nachtsturm Castle in whatever e-book format you prefer.


But first, the rules! 

To enter to win, simply answer the Jane Austen quiz of the day (from Wednesday-Monday) in the comments below.  Much like the BBC program QI, you'll gain points both for accurate answers...as well as for amusing answers!  And yes, you can totally crib...!  (For my favourite clip from QI, click below!)

Each day, the names of those who have garnered the most points will be put into a raffle and a winner chosen.  You can enter more than once, but you can't win more than once.  Spread the love!

DO MAKE SURE that when you leave your comment, you remember to include your e-mail so that if you win, you can be contacted!

And now, without further ado, for the grand prize of an e-book copy of Letters of Love and Deception, may I present...


Novels: Jane Austen's heroes from all six novels have all, naturally, fallen desperately in love with you!  But do you know their first names?  (Completed novels only...bonus points for names from her juvenalia or unfinished works!)

History: While taking a tour in London, you happen upon your acquaintances, Jane Bennet and the Dashwood sisters.  Since you have only been introduced to them once, what is the polite term to call each lady?

Literature: What is an epistolary novel...and did Jane Austen ever write one?

Austen: To whom did Jane Austen dedicate Emma?  (Bonus points for why it is ironic!)

Austenesque: Give me a title or a first sentence (or both!) for the world's worst Jane Austen monster mash-up you can think of!  (Not real titles, please!)


  1. Novels: Mr. Edward Ferrars, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, Mr. Edmund Bertram, Mr. George Knightley, Mr. Henry Tilney, Captain Frederick Wentworth. I shall, of course, be serving tea to all of the gentlemen before they duel for my hand.

    History: Having been raised politely, I should of course refer to them as Miss Bennett, Miss Bingley and Mrs. Hurst.

    Literature: An epistolatory novel is one in which the story is told in the form of letters. "Lady Susan" is an example of an epistolatory novel written by Miss Austen.

    Austen: At the suggestion of his librarian, Jane Austen dedicated "Emma" to the Prince Regent despite that fact that she did not care for him.

    "Jurrassic Park" The first velociraptor attack would surely have put a period to Miss Fanny Price's existence had not her cousin, Mr. Edmund Bertrum, clubbed the monster to death with an improving tome.

    Happy almost publication day. If I win, you can contact me via facebook.

    Patricia McMahon

  2. Novels: Fitzwilliam Darcy, Edward Ferrars, George Knightley, Frederick Wentworth, Edmund Bertram, and the gentleman who has undoubtedly stolen my heart, Henry Tilney. Oh! And Sidney Parker from Sanditon.

    History: Miss Bennet, Miss Dashwood, Miss Marianne Dashwood and Miss Margaret Dashwood.

    Literature: An epistolary novel is composed of letters or diary entries or some similar format as opposed to a normal narrative format. Jane Austen wrote one epistolary novel titled "Lady Susan."

    Austen: Emma was dedicated to the the Prince Regent!

    Austenesque: Persuaded to Battle Sharks (Captain Wentworth in JAWS. Truly terrible, don't you think???)

  3. what a lovely dilemma to find myself in! yumm... Novels:
    Frederick {my love}! Wentworth, Henry Tilney,
    Fitzwilliam Darcy, George Knightley, Christopher Brandon {my hero} vs most women's choice of Edward Ferrars, Edmund Bertram,frm the main 6.
    Sidney Parker frm Sanditon and Reginald De Courcy frm Lady Susan - whew!

    History: {Manners}? i would address my acquaintances as Miss Bennet, Miss Dashwood, Miss Marianne Dashwood, and Miss Margaret Dashwood

    Literature: An epistolary novel is a novel written as a series of documents. The usual form is letters, although diary entries, newspaper clippings and other documents are sometimes used. epistolary comes from the Latin word epistola, meaning a letter.
    yes, Jane did try her hand at epistolary with her novella Lady Susan. as well, it is thought her lost novel "First Impressions", which was redrafted to become Pride and Prejudice, may have been epistolary: P&P contains an unusual number of letters quoted in full and some play a critical role in the plot.

    Austen: Jane dedicated "Emma" to the Prince Regent, later King George IV. Austen privately abhorred the Regent for the treatment of his wife Princess Caroline and his dissipated lifestyle. In 1813 she wrote to her friend Martha Lloyd, “I suppose all the World is sitting in Judgement upon the Princess of Wales’s Letter. Poor woman, I shall support her as long as I can, because she is a Woman, & because I hate her Husband.” =)) hehehe!! she was so devious =))

    Austenesque: worst monster mashup? liking the 2 already given")
    hmmmm "Prawns and Polyps Take on Shrimps and Starfish ~ an Epic JA Fantasy Feud"

  4. Novels: Fitzwilliam Darcy, Frederick Wentworth, Henry Tilney, Edmund Bertram, George Knightley, Edward Ferrars, and Colonel Brandon. ;)

    History: Miss Bennet, Miss Dashwood, and Miss Marianne. Or, collectively, "three of the luckiest ladies of literature."

    Literature: Epistolary novels are ones where the plot centers on an epistolny--that is, the characters suddenly realizing the truth about something. In this meaning, Emma would be the closest of Austen's works to an epistolary novel, given that after Harriet reveals her designs on Mr. Knightley, Emma "suddenly realizes" she loves him too.

    Austen: Emma was dedicated to Prinny, which is ironic because Jane didn't like the Prince Regent very much. However, her brother let it slip that his sister was the authoress of S&S, P&P, and MP, and Prinny passed on that he would be pleased to have her next novel dedicated to him... and thus, she was stuck.

    Austenesque: I don't have a title, but I did think it would be really interesting to rewrite P&P as a dystopian novel. The world has been infected by an alien virus, and only people with a natural immunity have survived. I have the whole thing pieced together in my head. To that end...

    "No one in Longbourn knew how the sickness started. It struck young and old alike, and by the end, no family was left untouched."

  5. Novels: Edward Ferrars and Colonel Brandon; Fitzwilliam Darcy and Charles Bingley; Edmund Bertram and Henry Crawford; George Knightley and Frank Churchill, Frederick Wentworth, Henry Tilney.

    History: Miss Bennet, Miss Dashwood and Miss Marianne Dashwood

    Literature: A novel comprised of letters. Lady Susan was an epistolary novella that belonged to Jane's pen.

    Austen: to Prince Regent whom she detested; her sympathy rested with his estranged wife.

    Austenesque: Well, as far as I'm concerned, all monster mash-ups are horrible and I'd rather not know think about them. What an awful notion! I wish they didn't exist!



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