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Giveaway Winner Announced for A Proper Companion

A Proper Companion, by Candice Hern 40 of you left comments qualifying you for a chance to win a paperback or digital copy of A Proper Companion, by Candice Hern. The winner drawn at random is:

Christina who left a comment on January 24, 2013

Congratulations Christina! To claim your prize, please contact me with your full name and address by February 6, 2013. You may choose which format you would like. Shipment of paperback to US addresses only. Digital copy sent internationally.

Thanks to all who left comments, and for all those participating in the Regency Romance Reading Challenge 2013. We are reading all nine novels or short stories by the fabulous Candice Hern. The challenge is open until July 1st, 2013, so please check out the details and sign up today!

© 2013 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

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The Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011

The Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 20112011 is a celebratory year for Jane Austen and her legion of fans. It marks the bicentenary of her first published novel, Sense and Sensibility. Since 1811, we have been enjoying her romantic, dramatic and witty story filled with divergent characters – the Dashwood sisters: cool, practical Elinor and emotional, impulsive Marianne, and the men in their lives: stoic Edward Ferrars, staid Colonel Brandon and rakish Willoughby. There is much to praise in this novel which has inspired many movie adaptations, book sequels and spinoffs.

The Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011

We are very pleased to announce the Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011. If you have not read Jane Austen’s masterpiece or would like to revisit it in honor of its significant anniversary, seen all of the movies or read all of the sequels and spinoffs, this is the year to join the challenge along with other Janeites, historical fiction readers and period drama movie lovers.

Challenge Details

Time-line: The Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011 runs January 1, through December 31, 2011.

Levels of participation: Neophyte: 1 – 4 selections, Disciple: 5 – 8 selections, Aficionada: 9 – 12 selections.

Enrollment: Sign up’s are open until March 1, 2011. First, select your level of participation.  Second, copy the Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011 graphic and include it in your blog post detailing the novels or movies that you commit to reading and watching in 2011. Third, leave a comment linking back to your blog post in the comments of this announcement post. If you do not have a blog you can still participate. Just leave your commitment to the challenge in the comments below.

Check Back Monthly: The Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011 officially begins on Wednesday, January 26, 2010 with my review of the novel The Three Weismanns of Westport. Check back on the 4th Wednesday of each month for my next review in the challenge.

Your Participation: Once the challenge starts you will see a tab included at the top of Austenprose called Reading Challenges. Click on the tab and select the Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011. Leave a comment including the name of the book or movie read or viewed and a link to your blog review. If you do not have a blog, just leave a comment about your selection that you finished with a brief reaction or remark. It’s that easy. Continue reading “The Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge 2011”

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Everything Austen Challenge II, 2010- Are you Game?

Huzzah! Stephanie’s Written Word is offering Everything Austen Challenge II, a Jane Austen reading challenge again this year. Starting on July 1, 2010 the event will run for six months ending on December 31, 2010. Just select and read/view/craft six Jane Austen related books/movies/craft projects. It’s that easy. Check out all the details and post your results as you progress on her blogs Mr. Linky tool.

I had a great time completing this last year and encourage all of you to join in the fun. It’s a great excuse to validate your need to feed your Jane Austen addiction. As usual, I am raising the ante and bumping up my commitment number up to twelve and challenging anyone who wants to join me! Here are my choices.

√ 1.) Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

√ 2.) Murder at Mansfield Park, by Lynn Shepherd

√ 3.) Emma and the Vampires, by Wayne Josephson

√ 4.) Jane and the Damned, by Janet Mullany

√ 5.) Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron, by Stephanie Barron

√ 6.) Bespelling Jane Austen, by Mary Balogh, Colleen Gleason, Susan Krinard & Janet Mullany

√ 7.) Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister, by C. Allyn Pierson

√ 8.) Murder on the Bride’s Side, by Tracy Kiely

√ 9.) Pemberley Ranch, by Jack Caldwell

√ 10.) Pride and Prejudice: An Annotated Edition, by Jane Austen, edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks

11.) A Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy, by Mary Lydon Simonsen

√ 12.) Dancing with Mr. Darcy, selected and introduced by Sarah Waters


Let the games begin!

Cheers, Laurel Ann

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Everything Austen Challenge X Two Wrap-up

Last day of the Everything Austen Challenge and I am finished with not a day to spare!

Many thanks to Stephanie at Stephanie’s Written Word Blog for organizing and managing the Everything Austen Challenge and letting me spin-off my mini-challenge, Everything Austen Challenge X Two.

Here are my reviews of the books and movies I selected. I changed some of my selections from my original list, but that is a ladies perogative.

Love, Lies and Lizzie, by Rosie Rushton

Mr. Darcy Vampyre, by Amanda Grange

Prada and Prejudice, by Mandy Hubbard

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler

Darcy and Anne, by Judith Brocklehurst

The Other Mr. Darcy, by Monica Fairview

According to Jane, by Marilyn Brandt

A Match for Mary Bennet, by Eucharista Ward

A Truth Universally Acknowledged, by Susannah Carson

Willoughby’s Return, by Jane Odiwe

Jane Bites Back, by Michael Thomas Ford

Sense and Sensibility (1971) movie

Phew! It was fun and I am ready for the next Austen reading challenge for 2010.

Many thanks to all who participated in my leg of the extended challenge. The winner of a copy of one of the books or movies that I read or watched will be drawn from all the participants who finished the Everything Austen Challenge X Two on January 1st, 2010.

Congratulations to all who met the challenge and completed it.



Everything Austen Challenge X Two

Everything Austen ChallengeWe are so happy to see that the Everything Austen Challenge at Stephanie’s Written Word blog has had such an outstanding response. As of today, there are over 115 participants ready and willing to read and or watch six Austen or Austen inspired books, or view movie adaptations and spinoffs over the next six months. Sign-ups continue through July 15th, so don’t delay. There is an abundance of all around Austen geekiness and prizes too! Here is our list of six choices to meet the challenge: 


Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Sense and Sensibility (1971) 

Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth in Pride and Prejudice (1995)


Love, Lies and Lizzie, by Rosie Rushton

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, by Amanda Grange

The Other Mr. Darcy, by Monica Fairview

Darcy and Anne, by Judith Brocklehurst 

As we mentioned in our post on Jane Austen Today, we are very happy to participate – but fear that we shall meet six more quickly than we would like to reveal. So in the genteel spirit of Austen one-upmanship, we raise your ante of six Austen inspired books or movies to twelve by January 2010. That’s two Austen inspired books or movies a month. SO easy, you won’t even have to try, right? Here is our second set of movies and books: 


Clueless (1995)

Persuasion (1996) 

Cher and Dion in Clueless (1995)


Prada and Prejudice, by Mandy Hubbard

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler

Darcy’s Hunger, by Regina Jeffers

Willoughby’s Return, by Jane Odiwe 

To participate, sign up for the Everything Austen Challenge and follow Stephanie’s protocol for reading/viewing and posting your choices. If you meet the Everything Austen Challenge X Two by reading and or viewing 12 Austen inspired books or movies by January 2010, you will be eligible not only for the drawing of copy of a Lost in Austen DVD, but also for a copy of a book or movie of your choice from my reading/viewing list that I am throwing in the pot. 

Hope everyone enjoys their choices. I am looking forward to mine.

Cheers, Laurel Ann