Giveaway winner announced for Jane and the Genius of the Place

Jane and the Genius of the Place, by Stephanie Barron (1999)18 of you left comments qualifying you for a chance to win a signed hardcover copy of Jane and the Genius of the Place, by Stephanie Barron. The winner drawn at random is Penelope who left a comment on April 26th.

Congratulations Penelope! To claim your prize, please contact me with your full name and address by May 4th, 2011. Shipment is to US and Canadian addresses only.

Thanks to all who left comments, and for all those participating in the Being a Jane Austen Mystery Reading Challenge 2011. We are reading all eleven novels in this great Austen inspired mystery series this year. The challenge is open until July 1st, 2011, so please check out the details and sign up today!

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Giveaway Winners Announced for The Dashwood Sisters Tell All

The Dashwood Sisters Tell All, by Beth Pattillo (2011)26 of you left comments qualifying you for a chance to win one of three signed copies of The Dashwood Sisters Tell All, by Beth Pattillo. The winners drawn at random are:

  • jennythelibrarian, who left a comment on April 7
  • Jennifer W., who left a comment on April 7
  • Marcie, who left a comment on April 9

Congratulations ladies! To claim your prize, please contact me with your full name and address by April 20th, 2011. Shipment is to US and Canadian addresses only.

Thanks to all who left comments, and to author Beth Pattillo for her great replies to my interview questions!

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Giveaway Winners Announced for What Would Mr. Darcy Do?

What Would Mr. Darcy Do, by Abigail Reynolds (2011)29 of you left comments qualifying you for a chance to win one of three copies of What Would Mr. Darcy Do?, by Abigail Reynolds. The winners drawn at random are:

  • Joy P., who left a comment on April 4
  • Andrea, who left a comment on April 4
  • Annalynn, who left a comment on April 5

Congratulations ladies! To claim your prize, please contact me with your full name and address by April 20th, 2011. Shipment is to US and Canadian addresses only.

Thanks to all who left comments, and to author Abigail Reynolds for her great replies to my interview questions!

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Giveaway Winners Announced for Wickham’s Diary

Wickham's Diary, by Amanda Grange (2011)35 of you left comments qualifying you for a chance to win one of three copies of Wickham’s Diary, by Amanda Grange. The winners drawn at random are:

  • Elenatinil, who left a comment on April 1
  • Valerie R., who left a comment on April 2
  • Jen, who left a comment on April 12

Congratulations ladies! To claim your prize, please contact me with your full name and address by April 20th, 2011. Shipment is to US and Canadian addresses only.

Thanks to all who left comments, and to author Amanda Grange for her great replies to my interview questions!

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Giveaway Winners Announced for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Z Day Celebration

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Dreadfully Ever After, by Steve Hockensmith (2011)12 of you left essays qualifying you for a chance to win one copy each of the P&P&Z trilogy: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Dawn of the Dreadfuls and Dreadfully Ever After – and the Zombie survival apothecary kit in our Z Day Celebration.

The winners selected by me based on creativity and all-around undeadlyness are: Lieder Madchen for P&P&Z, Lady T. for Dawn of the Dreadfuls, Amy L. for Dreafully Ever After, and Hira H. for the apothecary kit!

Congratulations to all the lucky winners. Your essays were charmingly zombieish. To claim your prize, please contact me with your full name and address by April 13th, 2011. Shipment is to US and Canadian addresses only.

Thanks again to Quirks Books for sending me so much zombie stuff to pass along to my readers.

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Giveaway Winner Announced for My Jane Austen Summer

My Jane Austen Summer: A Season of Mansfield Park, by Cindy Jones (2011)46 of you left comments qualifying you for a chance to win a signed copy of My Jane Austen Summer, by Cindy Jones, & Lily Berry’s Pink Rose Tea.

The winner drawn at random is Amy L. who left a comment on March 29th. Congratulations Amy! To claim your prize, please contact me with your full name and address by April 13th, 2011. Shipment is to US and Canadian addresses only.

Thanks again to author Cindy Jones for your great new book, My Jane Austen Summer and for offering the signed copy and tea to the winner.

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Giveaway Winners Announced for The Jane Austen Handbook

The Jane Austen Handbook, by Margaret Sullivan (2011)43 of you left comments qualifying you for a chance to win one of three copies of The Jane Austen Handbook, by Margaret C. Sullivan. The winners drawn at random are:

  • Barbara Kidder, who left a comment on March 22
  • Joy Andrea, who left a comment on March 22
  • Amanda, who left a comment on March 28

Congratulations ladies. To claim your prize, please contact me with your full name and address by Wednesday, April 6, 2011. Shipment is to US and Canadian addresses only.

Thanks to all who left comments, but especially to those who attempted to guess Margaret’s middle name. Here are some of the best names offered:

Camille, Constance, Charity, Clarissa, Clementine, Collins, Cecelia, Cordelia, Calliope, Camilla, Cressida, Candace, Cerulean, Clairvoyant, Cleopatra, Cassiopeia and Cathleen.

Some of you guessed it right off the bat. Margaret’s middle name is appropriately, Catherine – just like Jane Austen’s impressionable heroine in Northanger Abbey.

I now stand corrected. I always thought the C. was for Cluebat!

Many thanks again to all and especially Margaret. Winners, enjoy your books.

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Giveaway Winner Announced for The Dashwood Sisters Tell All

The Dashwood Sisters Tell All, by Beth Pattillo (2011)37 of you left comments qualifying you for a chance to win one copy of The Dashwood Sisters Tell All, by Beth Pattillo.

The winner drawn at random is Danae who left a comment on March 28th. Congratulations Danae! To claim your prize, please contact me with your full name and address by Wednesday, April 6, 2011. Shipment is to US and Canadian addresses only.

Thanks to all who left comments, and watch for an interview with author Beth Pattillo and another giveaway of her great new book The Dashwood Sisters Tell All.

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Cover Reveal of Jane Austen Made Me Do It

Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature's Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart , edited by Laurel Ann Nattress (2011)

Waving my flag for the cover of my book Jane Austen Made Me Do It, and feeling incredibly fortunate and humbled by the reality that this is really happening after so many months of hard work by many.

For the benefit of anyone who does not know, Jane Austen Made Me Do It: Original Stories Inspired by Literature’s Most Astute Observer of the Human Heart is a short story anthology of Jane Austen-inspired stories from 23 best selling and popular authors. It releases on 11 October, 2011 from Ballantine Books, and I am the editor. I am also the luckiest Janeite in the world to see my dream come true. *sniff*

If you are so inclined, the book may be pre-ordered at many online booksellers including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Now I need that shot of port please.

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

A Bookselling Moment with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies & the Judgmental Bookselling Ostrich

Judgmental Bookselling Ostrich Jane Austen editionBooksellers get asked the most amazing questions and we all love to share our best customer interactions with each other. Recently the really hysterical stories seem to be involving zombies. I had my own personal book selling moment with zombies last year, so when my fellow bookseller Jen Beard told me about her own interaction, I knew that my fellow Janeites would appreciate the irony of customers perceptions of Jane Austen and zombies and enjoy a good giggle. She has offered the rundown in her own words. Take it away Jen!

So the basic story is that last Christmas season I was helping a customer pick out a book for herself. Now, as you know, this time of year brings in a lot of non-readers shopping in the store, many of whom are not well versed in literature. We all have our own funny stories of customers mixing up the titles and authors of books. Much of the time it is an easy mix up confusing similar sounding names like Walden and Whitman and other times the mix up is so absurd that it tries our ability to not laugh in their faces.

Generally, we are just happy that they are reading anything and are buying it from us, so we help them as best we can. Well, this woman, and she was a woman not a teenager, came up to me with a copy of Jane Austen: Seven Novels, our beautiful leatherbound Jane Austen collection in her basket. You will remember last year’s big trend in teen fiction was to “mash-up” a classic work of fiction with something to make it appeal to the teen audience. The most popular one being Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen listed a co-author since it was based on her original work. The lady then very earnestly asked me if this collection had the Austen story with zombies in it. At first I thought she was joking as we frequently make our own literary jokes and puns at work, often with the customers. I soon realized that she was not joking and really had no idea what she had in her basket. I very politely explained that Jane Austen wrote her stories around two hundred years ago and the zombie story was a lampoon written by someone else based on Jane’s book. She was very interested in reading the collection and not wanting to discourage a reader I suggested she look at a few pages to be sure that she was comfortable with the language. She ended up choosing the teen fiction.

Jand Austen: Seven Novels (Barnes & Noble) LeatherboundJen has an incredible sense of humor (as all good booksellers should) and created this hysterical Judgmental Bookselling Ostrich graphic for me and sent it to my Facebook page. Now, far be from me to ever say that any bookseller is judgmental toward our wonderful customers, but there is a smidgeon of truth lurking and a lot of good humor. Zombies in “our Jane” is a goofy concept that you just have to roll your eyes and go with. The third book in the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies trilogy Dreadfully Ever After just arrived in our store this week. One wonders out loud what new humorous adventures from the bookselling trenches will ensue?

A big thank you to Jen for sharing her story and the humors graphic.

2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Follow Friday: Girlebooks

Girlebooks logoIf anyone hadn’t noticed, I love books! I work in a bookstore, I blog about books, a lot, and I have a household full of them. As a book reviewer, publishers and authors send me books weekly. I also buy *gasp* books, more than I would like to admit in this public forum. I have my special collection beautifully displayed in my ONE bookcase, stashes of them stuffed about the house, and boxes of them in storage. I am now maxed out on buying more physical books. Making me stop acquiring more books was not an option that I cared to even to contemplate. My solution was to buy a NOOK, Barnes & Noble’s nifty digital eReader. It has solved my space issues and also opened up even more possibilities of acquiring new books. Squee.

One great online source of digital books that I enjoy is Girlebooks, so I am selecting them as my Follow Friday this week. The “gals” Laura McDonald and Joyce McDonald  are experts at digital geeky stuff and offer many classics and some new authors too in a variety of digital formats. So who are Girlebooks and why are they so great? Here’s the low down from their website:

What is Girlebooks?
Much more than a simple ebook resource, Girlebooks aims to make classic and contemporary works by female writers available to a large audience through the ebook medium. The site was founded by Laura McDonald and her mom  Joyce McDonald with lots of help by volunteers and contributing bloggers.

Why books by women?
We love books by both men and women. However, if we may generalize, women’s most loved and re-read books are generally books by other women. The same is probably true for men. Also, as women authors were not always as celebrated and promoted as they are today, we are digging up many forgotten books that that we believe deserve a wider audience than they have.

What is different about your ebooks?
You can get ebooks in lots of places on the internet, but our ebooks are hand-crafted and professionally formatted. Each ebook has a linked table of contents and text reflow for small reading devices. We create covers, correct errors introduced by digital conversion, and offer the ebooks in multiple formats to accommodate most ebook reading devices. All of our ebooks, even the ones in the ebook store, are DRM free (no digital rights management). This means that once you download the ebook, it is yours forever.

• Here is a partial and prejudice list of ebooks that I have from Girlebooks that Janeites and historical fiction lovers might consider owning yourself:

There dozens of other classics that I could snap up without hesitation if I had the time to read them all, but I must stay focused on the tasks at hand and be patient.

All ebooks available for digital download out there from other sources are not created equal. It is all about the formatting, proof reading and editing – and the gals at Girebooks do a beautiful job.

♥ Great news! Girlebooks is now offering their entire inventory for just .99 cents. I know! You can purchase and download right from their website, or like me go, to Barnes & Noble or your other favorite online retailer and purchase directly. I just added Nachtstürm Castle: A Gothic Austen Novel, by Emily C.A. Snyder today, and can’t wait to read it (in my nonexistent free time mind you).

If you do not have a digit eReader, don’t despair. Did you know that Kindle and NOOK offer free app’s to download and read of your computer, Blackberry, iPad and many other digital devices? Here is the info at B&N and Amazon.

Enjoy Girlebooks everyone. They are a fabulous resource.

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2001 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

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Winner Announced in the Jane and the Wandering Eye Giveaway

Jane and the Wandering Eye, by Stephanie Barron (1998)16 of you left comments qualifying you for a chance to win a signed hardcover copy of Jane and the Wandering Eye, by Stephanie Barron. The winner drawn at random is Shannon Winslow who left a comment on March 9th. Congratulations Shannon! To claim your prize, please contact me with your full name and address by March 23, 2011. Shipment is to US and Canadian addresses only.

Thanks to all who left comments, and for all those participating in the Being a Jane Austen Mystery Reading Challenge 2011. We are reading all eleven novels in this great Austen inspired mystery series this year. The challenge is open until July 1st, 2011, so please check out the details and sign up today!

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose