Jane Austen's 236 Years Young

Or, as Oscar Wilde might put it, there are some women who have remained 236 for years!

Yes, that's right mesdames et monsieurs, our own Jane Austen turns 236 years young this Friday - and to celebrate, O Beauty Unattempted! is joining other Austenites across the blogosphere in Jane Austen's Birthday Soiree.

Our Soiree hostesses are Maria Grazia of My Jane Austen Book Club and Katherine Cox of November Autumn.  You can hop around to each of the thirty-two blogs, each of whom will be giving a gift to you in honour of the birthday girl.

Here at O Beauty Unattempted! I'll be giving away a free e-copy of Letters of Love & Deception, a collection of Austenesque short stories, including characters from all of Austen's novels, perfect for any enthusiast!

Fridays are also Free Fridays here at O Beauty Unattempted!, which is currently chronicling the original Gothic novel, The House of Strangeways...but there will also be an extra Austen ficlet surprise!  (Hey, you only turn 236 once!)

How do you enter to win any of the giveaways?  Easy!  Just comment on the Soiree posts!  A full lists of sites and presents is below.  See you Friday!

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