Welcome to the Jane Austen's Birthday Soiree on My Jane Austen Book Club! You know, this is an idea Katherine Cox's at November's Autumn and I had some time ago and we've invited other bloggers and Austen writers to join us in this celebration of Jane Austen's Birthday.
But, after 30 of those friends accepted the invitation, something strange happenedto me: the more I tried to figure out something special and original as Jane's birthday gift the more I found my ideas and words inadequate. Our gifts could be letters (Jane loved writing them and wrote brilliant ones), cards or any other item we could think of, and we had to post it or about it today, on December 16th. So, I decided to leave space to Jane's best men: who better than them can use words effectively and to the point? And who could make Jane happier as guests to her birthday party? So, I'll leave the stage to Mr Darcy, Mr Tilney, Mr Knightley, Edmund Bertram, Colonel Brandon and Captain Wentworth. They and their words are my gift to Jane.
There are gifts for you as well! You'll find a great Austenesque giveaway contest on each one of the participating blogs. Click, visit, comment all of them following the links in the list below and you'll get plenty of chances to win extraordinary prizes! Start from here, if you wish. The details of my giveaway are below, at the end of this post, which I really hope you'll like. Good luck to you all and a very happy birthday to our dear Jane.
Choose one of the cards above, your favourite one, and tell us which is it in your comment. Don't forget to add your e-mail address, please. Then choose one of the following books:
1. Tracey Kiely, Murder Most Persuasive
2. Victoria Connelly, A Weekend with Mr Darcy
3. Mary Lydon Simonsen, Mr Darcy's Bite
4. William Deresiewicz, A Jane Austen Education
5. Claire Harman, Jane's Fame
I'll pick up the name of one winner on 23rd December and will announce it here. This giveaway is open internationally.
Now the celebration goes on all over the Austen blogosphere: the more, the merrier!
Here's the list of the other blogs/sites participating in this cheerful Austen Soiree. Visit all of them and leave your comments. You will have lots of chances to enter awesome giveaway contests and read brilliant posts dedicated to Jane Austen on occasion of her birthday. Good luck!!!
(N.B. Remember we all live in different time zones, so not all of the participants will have posted their gifts to Jane when I am posting this. However, be patient, hold on. The wonderful prizes you'll find in the various contests are worth the effort to wait and try again. Don't miss any of the posts!)
o Austen Authors
o Austenprose, Laurel Ann Nattress
o Brant Flakes, Marilyn Brant
o Choc Lit Authors’ Corner, Juliet Archer
o The Fiction vs. Reality Smackdown, Karen Doornebos
o First Draft, Cindy Jones
o The Heroine’s Bookshelf, Erin Blakemore
o Jane Austen Brazil, Adriana Zardini
o The Jane Austen Film ClubJenny Allworthy
o Jane Austen SequelsJane Odiwe
o Jane Started It! Laura Hile, Susan Kaye, Pamela Aidan, and Barbara Cornthwaite
o Jane Austen in Vermont, Deb
o O! Beauty Unattempted, Emily Snyder
o One Literature Nut, Becky Rhodehouse
o Pemberley Variations, Abigail Reynolds
o Reading, Writing, Working, Playing, Jane Greensmith
o Regency Sketches, Farida Mestek
o SemiTrue Stories, C. Allyn Pierson
o Stiletto Storytime, Courtney Webb
o Urban Girl Takes Vermont, Vera Nazarian
o vvb32 reads, Velvet
(The graphics for the event has been created by Katherine Cox at November's Autumn)