Thursday, 16 December 2010


My Happy Birthday Tribute
Here I am to give with my humble tribute to Jane Austen on her birthday. It’s  just a simple Happy B-day post to join the happiness which has spread all over the web to celebrate her.
Happy Birthday,  Jane! 
My very  best wishes and  love to the Hampshire girl who stubbornly wanted to live on her pen and be free and independent.
Happy birthday to clever and strong-willed, Jane, the one her family so much loved and whose company they appreciated so much, the one who preferred writing to a married life , who dreamt of beautiful  love stories but never achieved  one of her own.
Of course, Happy Birthday to  the  widely loved  and celebrated writer, to the successful author  who defeated  Death with fame  and Time with her  wit. Her name is an extremely best selling brand nowadays. Who would imagine that while she was alive and in desperate search of a publisher?
I want to celebrate Jane’s birthday because I’m indebted to her for so many delightful unforgettable moments! The best  dashing heroes for my teenage daydreams and the most intelligent sensitive heroines to side with. I’m grateful for Lizzie, Catherine, Elinor and Marianne, Emma, Anne and even Fanny Price. Yes, even.  Huge thanks for Darcy, Henry Tilney, Mr Knightley, Frank Churchill, Willoughby, Edward ,Brandon and , especially for Captain Wentworth.Yes, especially for him!
I also owe  Jane Austen my being part of a huge,  active , sparlking international  web community which has become an enriching part of my life. I feel blessed and honoured because Janeites are such extraordinarily talented  people!
This blog is not yet one year old but has already  got many  friends . It started as a journal of my real life Jane Austen Book Club in January 2010 and has become my virtual Book Club where I meet Janeites and talk Jane Austen with them, where I host interesting contributes from Janeite bloggers and writers, or post my reviews of Austenesque readings and films, collect news and curiosities about Jane.

I owe all this to you. Thank you, Jane. A very happy birthday!

Now,  this  Happy Birthday Party has got lots of great Janeite friends waiting for you on their own blogs and sites. Just leave a comment here before going on with your  tour. Visit all the sites in the list below: every comment you’ll leave on any of the blogs will give you a chance to  win  one of the many gifts we have for this extraordinary multiple giveaway. 

Books -  1 signed copy, directly from the author, of ...

  1. Willoughby’s Return by Jane Odiwe
  2. Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
  3. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler
  4. Murder at Mansfield Park by Lynn Shepherd
  5. Intimations of Austen by Jane Greensmith
  6. Darcy's Passions: Fitzwilliam Darcy's Story by Regina Jeffers
  7. First Impressions. A Tale of Less Pride  and Prejudice  by Alexa Adams
  8. Jane and the Damned by Janet Mullany
  9. Bespelling Jane Austen by Janet Mullany 
Other gifts:
  1.  Austen bag offered by Karen Wasylowski
  2. DVD Pride & Prejudice 2005 offered by Regina Jeffers
  3. package of Bingley's Tea  (flavor  "Marianne's Wild Abandon" ) offered by Cindy Jones
  4. DVD Jane Austen in Manhattan offered by Maria Grazia
  5. 3 issues of Jane Austen's Regency World offered by Maria Grazia

Do you like the gifts in the list above? Incredible occasion, isn't it? Hurry up, then! Go and  visit all the other bloggers involved, comment their posts in order to collect many chances to get a prize. I’ll wait for you back next December 23rd, just before Christmas,  when I’ll announce the names of the winners. Enjoy the Happy Birthday, Jane blog tour , follow the links below  and ...  Good Luck! 

  1. Adriana Zardini at Jane Austen Sociedad do Brasil
  2. Laurel Ann at Austenprose
  3. Vic Sanborn at Jane Austen World 
  4. Katherine Cox at November’s Autumn
  5. Karen Wasylowski at  her personal blog
  6. Laurie Viera Rigler at Jane Austen Addict Blog
  7.  Lynn Shepherd at her blog
  8.  Jane Greensmith at Reading, Writing, Working, Playing
  9.  Jane Odiwe at Jane Austen Sequels
  10. Alexa Adams at First Impressions
  11. Regina Jeffers at her blog
  12. Cindy Jones at First Draft 
  13. Janet Mullany at Risky Regencies
  14. Meredith at Austenesque Reviews
(The giveaways are open worldwide and end on December 22nd. Don’t forget to leave your e-mail address!)


I Dig This Life said...

Happy birthday Jane! I love the fact I share the same birthday as you (16th Dec) Thank you for sharing your words with us that I can relive the fun and excitment everytime I read your books or watch the films time after time! :)

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

a lovely gift to offer this blog b'day celebration! thank you!

Felicia said...

The happiest of birthday's Jane!

I can't wait to cisit all the sites. Thank you all for hosting this party!

Anonymous said...

"I want to celebrate Jane’s birthday because I’m indebted to her for so many delightful unforgettable moments!"

Bravo! Thank you for hosting this birthday celebration, Maria! Vic

Julia said...

I too am indebted to Jane. And to Colin Firth, but that's a different matter!
Thanks for the celebration!

Jillian Pikora said...

I really am enjoying this opportunity to check out all of these cool blogs! Thanks!

Unknown said...

Julia: "I too am indebted to Jane. And to Colin Firth, but that's a different matter!"

LOL, I was about to write exactly the same! :)
Lovely way to celebrate JA's b'day, MG! And even Google does today! :D
xx K

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday dear Jane! What a fun party! If I win you can leave a comment on my blog! :D YAY!
~TattingChic ♥

Jane Odiwe said...

Hello Maria,
Thank you for hosting this wonderful party, I'm enjoying all the different blogs - lovely blog post too!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jane!!!
Today is a very happy day for all her fans :-).

lizziedias said...

I love Jane Austen! She brightens my life. Happy Birthday!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jane!

I wish I could thank Jane personally for the many hours of enjoyment her books have given me.

Karen K. said...

Happy birthday to Jane from one of her devoted fans! I'm sorry I didn't sign up to participate in the party but I'll be blogging today about the TWO birthday parties I attended last weekend in her honor.

I'd love to be entered into the drawing: Thanks again for doing this.

Isabel said...

Happy Birthday, my dear Jane!

Margay Leah Justice said...

Happy Birthday, Jane! Thanks for giving us the gifts of your books.

Elsie said...

Happy Birthday my dear Jane

Linda said...

Happy Birthday, Jane.
And what a great list of blogs, and prizes. thanks for the celebration.

ahartsell said...

What a nice idea! Happy Birthday Jane!

Anonymous said...

I can say, without exageration, that Jane Austen transformed my life! Happening upon an omnibus edition of her novels in a used book shop was the best thing that ever happened to me.

maribea said...

I join you, Maria Grazia and all her fans all over the world, in saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY JANE. Thanks to Pride and Prejudice I entered a world of courtesy and romanticism I have never abandoned!!!
I feel like home everytime I read your novels!
thank you, Jane.

Courtney said...

Jane's birthday is the third day in a run of special events for me every December. December 14th is the anniversary of my husband and I starting to date, December 15 is his birthday. So I get three days of celebrating two people who've taught me a great deal about love. :)

Regina Jeffers said...

Thank you for organizing this tribute to Jane Austen. I am excited to be a part of it.

Unknown said...

I love Jane Austen and my favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. Happy birthday!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Jane Austen! Your words on love, life, and relationships have inspired me and sparked a romantic flame that cannot be quenched by the common.


vvb32 reads said...

brilliant! nice way to pay tribute to the gal!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to our dear Jane! Thanks for this great event--I'm excited to visit all of these blogs!

laurie said...

Happy Birthday Jane

Thank you for this wonderful blog tour

Lia said...

I love Jane Austen! Happy Birthday!

Unknown said...

Hii Maria! I'm from the Jane Austen Society of Brazil!

I'm loving this blog tour! haha

Happy Birthday, dear Jane Austen! She deserves all this party!

Priscila Murlik

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday Jane..........Thank you for blogging about Dear Jane!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jane!!
~Sara S.

Petali rossi said...

A beautiful occasion for all of us! Thank you for the chance!
Happy birthday Jane!

Karen V. Wasylowski said...

Maria, thank you from the bottom of my heart for asking me to be a part of this. Odd how a woman who lived over two hundred years ago could still bring such joy and connect so many people around the world. What a great legacy! Merry Christmas!

lunarossa said...

Happy Birthday, Jane! I wish you could see your popularity so many years after you published your books! And yes - I agree - many thanks for Colin Firth too....And thanks to you, MG for hosting this event! Ciao.

Patricia said...

What a lovely, lovely tour and tribute to Jane Austen. I am really enjoying this wonderful celebration. Happy Birthday to our dear Jane.

Petali rossi said...

I didn't leave my email address! (

terie said...

What a great celebration for a great lady.
She has given me many hours of enjoyable reading.

Marilyn Brant said...

Maria, thank you for hosting this wonderful celebration! It's been such fun visiting many of the stops along the Jane birthday tour ;).
Here's to the next 235 years of Austen love!

Anna said...

A great tribute to a great author.

Many happy literary returns!

lynnquiltsalot said...

Happy Birthday to Jane from another devoted fan! I'm off on the tour.

Miss Laurie said...

Happy Birthday dearest Jane! :)

~Miss Laurie

Lynnae said...

Thank You! What a fabulous blog party you've put together!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jane - I have loved spending my morning visiting all the blogs. My tea got cold, but it was so much fun joining in the celebration.

AngelatheCreativeDiva said...

Happy Birthday, Jane. Your books have brought me great please.

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday, Jane! You ans your stories resonate with me and remain my ultimate reading pleasure.

Elsina said...

What a great way to find more Jane Austen blogs! Happy birhtday Jane!

El Sitio de Jane said...

Happy Birthday Jane!
Thanks for changing our world! :)

Natallie said...

Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!
Thank you for introducing me to the wonderful world of English literature!

Natallie Chagas

Anonymous said...

I'm late to the party! Belated Birthday Jane Austen, thank you for the wonderful stories you have left us with to enjoy, read endless times and fall for them all over again.

OML :)

benjamina said...

Happy Birthday Jane!
Maria, Thank you for arranging this tour of Jane loving blogs. I found some that I have never seen before. Thank you.

Yolande95 said...

happy birthday Jane !

Mystica said...

Happy birthday Jane - Thank you for this post.

Thalita Carvalho said...

Happy birthday Jane Austen! A genius of literature!

Else M Tennessen said...

Brava! Jane Austen! May your memory be eternal (and your books, too!)!

vvb32 reads said...

i visted all and loved jane odiwe's short story of jane and tom the most! looking forward to part 2. you know tom would be the best gift for jane!
vvb32 at

Autumn said...

Thank you for doing this
Happy birthday Miss Austen.


Nany said...

Happy Birthday Jane

It's the best party <3

Writrchick said...

I echo the gratefulness for one Cpt. Wentworth. :)
Thank you, Jane Austen! And happy birthday!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jane! If I could talk to her now, I'd thank her for so much. It's scary how much I owe someone I've never met.

Kim said...

Happy Birthday Jane, and my thanks to all who continue to pass on her legacy. Your efforts are appreciated more than you know.

Abigail Reynolds said...

Thanks for organizing this great blog tour, Maria Grazia! It's fascinating to read everyone's take on Jane's birthday

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday Jane and Fans! What a fun day to share our affection for our favorite author!
Enjoy a nice cup of tea with me and I'll see you at the next blog stop!

JaneGS said...

>I also owe Jane Austen my being part of a huge, active , sparlking international web community which has become an enriching part of my life. I feel blessed and honoured because Janeites are such extraordinarily talented people!

Amen to that! Lovely tribute to a wonderful author from a lovely lady. Thanks so much for organizing this blog party--I have enjoyed myself immensely making the rounds and mingling with the crowds. Well done!

Alexa Adams said...

Thank you again, Maria, for organizing this fabulous event. It's late in the day when I'm finally getting the chance to read all the wonderful tributes, and I still need to find a quiet moment to give Jane Odiwe's story proper attention (can't wait to read it!). I love your heartfelt tribute, and only regret that I didn't have more time to give this occasion proper due. Happy birthday my dear Miss Austen - "the successful author who defeated Death with fame and Time with her wit." How well said!

Kate Dana said...

I can never get enough of Jane Austen. She is an amazing literary talent.

Happy Birthday my dear.

Mel said...

Happy Birthday Jane! My favourite author!


Anonymous said...

Thank you Maria for hosting this birthday blog tour! - a day of tributes to celebrate our literary passion!

Melissa A said...
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Melissa A said...

What a birthday party! Happy Birthday!!

AprilFool said...

Thank you for hosting htis wonderful birthday tribute. Happy birthday Jane!

SuzeJA said...

Happy Birthday Jane Austen!!! Enjoyed your dedication to Jane. I was said something similar about living through her writing to some friends..

Laurel Ann (Austenprose) said...

Lovely tribute Maria.

the successful author who defeated Death with fame and Time with her wit.

Wonderfully said. Thanks for organizing the blog tour Maria. Well done.

Happy Birthday dear Jaen.

Cheers, Laurel Ann

Sofia said...

I have saved the best for last also!

Thank you for your contribution to the best party I have been to in a long while!

A party which gives its guests so many gifts is a party which will never be forgotten!!

Now, for my news...

I had managed to stay single like Jane for almost 45 years...but Jane made sure that didnt happen... She sent me a Darcy & Wentworth together for the perfect gentleman and he loves me even more than those two combined loved our darling Regency girlfriends!

The bestest news? Our wedding day is set for December 16, 2011 in the Regency style. My choice? Of course but I cannot take the credit. My fiance saw to it that my ring, and our plans be done in this fashion for he has fallen in love with Austen all on his own!

Every night by Skype he reads several chapters from whatever Jane novel we are reading at the time. Does it get any better than that. I think not!!

God love you Jane... Since my twelfth birthday when my mother introduced me to Jane with a copy of P&P as my gift I have felt so profoundly close with our darling Jane...

Now, I have it all just as she promised in her novels..that they would all have happy endings!

Happy Birthday Jane in Heaven!!


Sofia said...

Dear Maria,

Im a newcomer to all the blogs (the last year) and I am so grateful for all the hard work that has been put into this magnificent Birthday Blog Tour Party...

I must say that this last year following and reading all of the Austen blogs on the list has made my life so much richer and of course made me realize even more how great our Jane really was!

Thank you in particular for hosting this party and your effort is so very appreciated. You have made this Christmas merrier than all the others since I was a young girl...Really...

It is also the first Christmas together for my fiance and myself and so this day is agreat memory for both of us as he is a big Austen admirer as I stated in my post before.

God Love you Maria and I look forward to 2011 and all the posts you and your colleagues grace upon us!

Grazie mille,


~ Babs ~ said...

Maria I love your blog who can not love coming by and seeing JA things everywhere and this wonderful party that is going on for her birthday. I am having a great time going from blog to blog and meeting some new people.

Louisa Cornell said...

First of all, Congratulations, Sofia! What a lovely bit of news to celebrate Jane's birthday!

And can I just say that this whole blog tour birthday celebration of Jane Austen's birthday is absolutely BRILLIANT !!

Bloggin BB said...

Happy Birthday, Jane and Happy Blog Birthday to you!

Sheila said...

Happy Birthday Jane!!!! You are holding up well!

Kate Dana said...

Jane Austen is a teasure. Happy Birthday and thanks for the memories.

Lúthien84 said...

Happy 235th Birthday, JA and thanks for giving us 6 wonderful novels and some minor works.

Thanks MG for organizing this celebratory blog tour about our beloved JA. You know, I was inspired by your tribute to write my own personal tribute to JA at my blog. My post is here.

Kate Maxwell said...

Thank you so much hosting this wonderful way to celebrate an author who is near and dear to us all! What a fantastic tribute to this Timeless Author!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for hosting this amazing worldwide giveway in honor to Jane!!!

I love her, and thanks to her birthday , i can see that so do tons of people of the globe!

best wishes from Spain,


LAUREN at Faith Fuel said...

What fun!! I love this blog tour!

Adriana Sales Zardini said...

Happy birthday Jane!
lovely post! Thanks for joining us in this big event!

Adriana Zardini

Unknown said...

Happy B'day Jane! A wonderful way to bring in the Jane community in a single page..

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