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. Continue reading

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

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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

Jane Austen's Letters, Fourth Edition, collected and edited by Deirdre Le Faye (2011The fourth edition of Jane Austen’s Letters, collected and edited by Deirdre Le Faye was just released in October in the UK and December in the US by the good folks at Oxford University Press. It has some new additions to the text, including a new preface by Le Faye, subject index (huzzah), but sadly no new letters were discovered.  What remains of her correspondence is all here – and for those who have not delved beyond her prose, her letters might surprise you. They start in 1796 and continue until her death in 1817.

Here are some choice quotes from her letters:

Here I am once more in this scene of dissipation and vice, and I begin already to find my morals corrupted. 23 August 1796

What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance.         18 September 1796

Next week I shall begin my operations on my hat, on which you know my principal hopes of happiness depend. 27 October 1798

I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal. 24 December 1798

You deserve a longer letter than this; but it is my unhappy fate seldom to treat people so well as they deserve. 24 December 1798

We have been exceedingly busy ever since you went away. In the first place we have had to rejoice two or three times everyday at your having such very delightful weather for the whole of your journey. 25 November 1800

You will have a great deal of unreserved discourse with Mrs. K., I dare say, upon this subject, as well as upon many other of our family matters. Abuse everybody but me. 07 January 1807

I begin already to weigh my words and sentences more than I did, and am looking about for a sentiment, an illustration, or a metaphor in every corner of the room. Could my Ideas flow as fast as the rain in the Storecloset it would be charming. 24 January 1809

How horrible it is to have so many people killed! And what a blessing that one cares for none of them! 31 May 1811

I will not say that your mulberry-trees are dead, but I am afraid they are not alive. 31 May 1811

I could not sit seriously down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life; and if it were indispensable for me to keep it up and never relax into laughing at myself or at other people, I am sure I should be hung before I had finished the first chapter. 01 April 1816

The little bit (two inches wide) of ivory on which I work with so fine a brush as produces little effect after much labour. 16 December 1816

Single Women have a dreadful propensity for being poor—which is one very strong argument in favour of Matrimony. 13 March 1817


Jane Austen Made Me Do It, edited by Laurel Ann Nattress (2011)In celebration of Jane Austen’s birthday, we are offering readers a chance to win twenty Austen items:

And…just for the heck of it…advance reading copies of:

To qualify for one of the giveaway items (one item per person) please leave a comment stating which of the giveaways you are dying to read and wish Jane Austen a happy birthday! Contest ends on 11:59 pm, Wednesday, December 21, 2011. Winners announced on Thursday, December 22, 2012. To claim your prize, please respond by contacting us with the name of the book that you won in the subject line and your full name and address by Wednesday, December 28, 2011. Shipment to US and Canadian addresses only.

Good luck to all.

Happy Birthday Jane Austen!


Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

$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!


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.

Participants in Austen’s Birthday Soiree

  • Sharon Lathan
    Blog: Sharon Lathan
    Giveaway: one copy of Miss Darcy Falls in Love
  • Emily Snyder
    Blog: O! Beauty Unattempted
    Giveaway: one copy of Letters of Love & Deception 
  • 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.
  • Farida Mestek
    Blog: Regency Sketches
    Giveaway: one copy of I was Jane Austen Best Friend, by Cora Harrison
  • 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
  • Erin Blakemore
    Blog:  The Heroine’s Bookshelf
    Giveaway: Pride and Prejudice notecards, by Potter Style
  • 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!
  • Regina Jeffers
    Blog: ReginaJeffers’s Blog
    Giveaway: one signed copy of Christmas at Pemberley
  • Alyssa Goodnight
    Blog: Alyssa Goodnight   
    Giveaway: one Jane Austen Action figure
  • Deb Barnum
    Blog: Jane Austen in Vermont
    Giveaway: 2012 calendars from the Wisconsin JASNA Region
  • 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
  • Juliet Archer
    Blog: Choc Lit Authors’ Corner
    Giveaway: one copy each of Persuade Me and The Importance of Being Emma
  • Jane Greensmith
    Blog: Reading, Writing, Working, Playing
    Giveaway: one copy each of Intimations of Austen, and Sense & Sensibility (Marvel Illustrated)
  • 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)
  • Sitio Jane Austen
    Blog: El Salón de Té de Jane
    Giveaway:  one copy of the Spanish edition of Sense and Sensibility and one copy of  DVD package with adaptations of Jane Austen. (It’s only zone 2, but it’s in Spanish and English ), and one copy of BBC’s Emma with Romola Garai (Blue-ray)
  • Kaitlin Saunders
    Blog: Kaitlin Saunders
    Giveaway: one copy of A Modern Day Persuasion
  • Becky Rhodehouse
    Blog: One Literature Nut
    Giveaway: selection of Austenesque Reads
  • Patrice Sarath
    Blog: Patrice Sarath
    Giveaway: one copy of The Unexpected Miss Bennet
  • Adriana Zardini
    Site: Jane Austen Brasil
    Giveaway: DVD – Sense and Sensibility (1995) – English / Portuguese subtitles
  • 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)
  • Jennifer Becton
    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.
  • Vera Nazarian
    Blog: Urban Girl Takes Vermont
    Giveaway: a copy of Vera Nazarian’s gift hardcover edition of her inspirational calendar and diary, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
  • Abigail Reynolds
    Blog: Pemberley Variations
    Giveaway: one signed copy of Mr. Darcy’s Undoing
  • Blog: AustenAuthors
    Giveaway: one copy of Georgette Heyer’s Regency World, by Jennifer Kloester
  • Katherine Cox
    Blog: November’s Autumn
    Giveaway: one $10 B&N Gift-card (US only)
  • Maria Grazia
    Blog: My Jane Austen Book Club
    Giveaway: A selection of Austenesque reads

Don’t miss out on all the fun and fabulous giveaways!

Cheers, Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose