Happy Birthday Jane Austen: A Celebration with Recommendations of the Best Books in My Personal Library and a Giveaway!

*throws confetti in air* It’s Jane Austen’s 238th birthday today! Let the party begin by entering a chance to win a beautiful collector’s edition of The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, published by Race Point (2013). Details are listed below.

St Nicholas Church, Steventon Jane Austen Tour 2013

The festivities are especially poignant to me this year after visiting Jane Austen’s birthplace and home for twenty-five years on our tour of Jane Austen’s England last fall. Our stop at the former site of Steventon Rectory, and St. Nicholas Church, were my favorite sites along the tour. The original rectory was demolished in 1823, however the site is still viewable as an empty field where cattle now graze. Just up the road is St. Nicholas’ Church where Austen’s father, Rev. George Austen, was rector for forty years (1761-1800). The church is a small, simple, Norman building which was originally constructed around 1200. It has had a series of revisions over the 800 of years that it has been in existence, including the addition of the prominent spire in the mid nineteenth century.

Laurel Ann at St. Nicholas Church, Steventon during Jane Austen Tour 2013

Of all the many Austen related sites that we visited on our 10-day tour, my visit to St. Nicholas Church was the most moving. The neighborhood is very isolated and rural with large oak trees lining the narrow roads and other mature trees, including the huge 900-year-old yew tree, spanning 50 feet, at the front the church property. When we departed the coach, I was immediately struck by the quiet, unassuming, and uncommercial atmosphere we were privileged to enter. The church is surrounded on three sides by a graveyard and many of the local family names Jane mentions in her letters appear on the stones, including the Digweeds and LeFroys. The graves of her elder brother James Austen, who followed her father as rector of the parish, and his two wives are situated there; and inside is a plaque in their memory. Continue reading

Austenprose’s Jane Austen Birthday Soiree – December 16, 2011 – with tons of Giveaways!

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HAPPY 236th BIRTHDAY JANE AUSTEN!

Welcome to our contribution to the Austen’s Birthday Soiree!

Austen's Birthday Soiree 2012We are participating in the Austen’s Birthday Soiree, hosted by Katherine Cox of November’s Autumn & Maria Grazia of My Jane Austen Book Club. The daylong blog hop will feature a post in celebration of Jane Austen, her life, her novels and the era in which she lived at each of the 31 blogs!

Quick links to participants in Austen’s Birthday Soiree

  1. Blog: Sharon Lathan
  2. Blog: O! Beauty Unattempted
  3. Blog: Austenprose
  4. Blog: SemiTrue Stories
  5. Blog: First Draft
  6. Blog: Regency Skethes
  7. Blog: Brant Flakes
  8. Blog: Mesmered’s Blog
  9. Blog: The Heroine’s Bookshelf
  10. Blog: vvb32 reads
  11. Blog: The Fiction vs. Reality Smackdown
  12. Blog: ReginaJeffers’s Blog
  13. Blog: Alyssa Goodnight   
  14. Blog: Jane Austen in Vermont
  15. Blog: Jane Started It!
  16. Blog: Choc Lit Authors’ Corner
  17. Blog: Reading, Writing, Working, Playing
  18. Blog: The Jane Austen Film Club 
  19. Blog: El Salón de Té de Jane
  20. Blog: Kaitlin Saunders
  21. Blog: One Literature Nut
  22. Blog: Patrice Sarath
  23. Blog: Jane Austen Brasil
  24. Blog: Jane Austen Sequels 
  25. Blog: Stiletto Storytime
  26. Blog: Jennifer W. Becton
  27. Blog: Urban Girl Takes Vermont
  28. Blog: Pemberley Variations 
  29. Blog: AustenAuthors
  30. Blog: November’s Autumn
  31. Blog: My Jane Austen Book Club

Our Tribute to her Letters

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$1.99 eBooks from Sourcebooks in Celebration of Jane Austen’s Birthday

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Come celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday on December 16th with eBooks available for only $1.99!

Sourcebooks, the number one publisher of Jane Austen sequels is offering a selection of fourteen Mr. Darcy themed eBooks for only $1.99, available December 13th thorough December 30th, 2011. Here is their description:

The Darcy of your dreams is just a click away! This promotion gives you Darcy as a tortured vampire, a modern day rock star, a Texas rancher and anything and everything in between. Purchase them all while you can – like Darcy’s good opinion, once this promotion is over, it may be lost forever…

Titles available

Darcy and Fitzwilliam
ISBN: 9781402245947
By: Karen Wasylowski

Darcy Christmas
ISBN: 9781402243394
By: Carolyn Eberhart, Sharon Lathan,  Amanda Grange

Darcys & the Bingleys
ISBN: 9781402213489
By: Marsha Altman

Darcy’s Voyage
ISBN: 9781402241024
By: Kara Louise

Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star
ISBN: 9781402257810
By: Heather Rigaud

Man Who Loved Pride and Prejudice
ISBN: 9781402237324
By: Abigail Reynolds

Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One
ISBN: 9781402215230
By: Sharon Lathan

Mr. Darcy Goes Overboard
ISBN: 9781402246937
By: Belinda Roberts

Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife
ISBN: 9781402202735
By: Linda Berdoll

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre
ISBN: 9781402236976
By: Amanda Grange

Pemberley Chronicles
ISBN: 9781402211539
By: Rebecca Collins

Pemberley Ranch
ISBN: 9781402241284
By: Jack Caldwell

Searching for Pemberley
ISBN: 9781402224393
By: Mary Simonsen

Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy
ISBN: 9781402221101
By: Sara Angelini

Follow this link to the Sourcebooks website to purchase books from a variety on online eTailers like Barnes & Nobel, Amazon, iBooks and many more.

Don’t own a digital reader? Not to worry. You can download Kindle, Nook and other eBook reading software for free and read books on your computer, blackberry, iPhone and many other devises. If you are tempted to buy an eReader, I have a Nook and love it!

Happy birthday Jane!

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

Join the Birthday Soiree for Jane Austen on December 16, 2011

Austen's Birthday Soiree 2012Yes. Jane Austen is 236 years old this Friday!

Thirty-one Austen bloggers, authors, and literature enthusiasts are joining forces for an Austen Birthday Soiree. Organized by Katherine Cox of November’s Autumn & Maria Grazia of My Jane Austen Book Club, the daylong blog hop will feature a post in celebration of Jane Austen, her life, her novels and the era in which she lived at each of the 31 blogs!

And, what birthday would not be complete without presents, and there will be gifts for Jane – and the visitors of the blogs. Just leave a comment to qualify for the great giveaways being offered in celebration of the Janeite holiday.

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