Giveaway Winners Announced for How to Rescue a Rake

How to Rescue a Rake by Jayne Fresina 2016 x 200It’s time to announce the winners of the giveaway of three paperback copies of How to Rescue a Rake, by Jane Fresina. The lucky winners drawn at random are:

  • clm1743, who left a comment on January 18, 2016.
  • Priscilla, who left a comment on January 19, 2016
  • dholcomb1, who left a comment on January 18, 2016.

Congratulations to the winners! To claim your prize, please contact me with your full name and address by February 04, 2016, or you will forfeit your prize! Shipment to US addresses only.

Thanks to all who left comments, to author Jayne Fresina for the guest blog and her publisher Sourcebooks for the giveaways.

Cover image courtesy of Sourcebooks © 2016, text Jayne Fresina © 2016, Austenprose.com

Demelza: A Novel of Cornwall, by Winston Graham – A Review

Demelza A Novel of Cornwall, 1788-1790 by Winston Graham 2015 x 200From the desk of Pamela Mingle:

If you’re like me, you are spending your Sundays killing time until Poldark lights up the TV screen. When I learned that Season One would be based on Winston Graham’s first two books in the series, Ross Poldark and Demelza, I was determined to read them before viewing the adaptation. Although the episodes I’ve seen so far can stand on their own merit, reading the books has given me a richer understanding of the two protagonists. If Ross’s character functions as the moral compass of the story, Demelza’s represents the emotional heart of the books. Her struggle to be accepted as Ross’s wife makes us empathize with her, root for her, right from the start.

Demelza opens with the birth of Ross and Demelza’s baby girl. The new mother plans two christening parties, one for the country folk and another for the gentry. Trouble arises when her father, now a Methodist and wearing his religion like a cloak of righteousness, shows up on the wrong day and promptly insults some of the guests. Put in the uncomfortable position of defending his father-in-law, Ross must intervene. Demelza flees to the house, mortified. “…I thought I would show ’em I was a fit wife for you, that I could wear fine clothes and behave genteel an’ not disgrace you. An’ instead they will all ride home snickering behind their hands…” (51) Continue reading

Ross Poldark & Demelza, by Winston Graham – Preview & Giveaway of New Sourcebooks Editions

     Ross Poldark A Novel of Cornwall, 1783 to1787 2015 x 200         Demelza A Novel of Cornwall, 1788-1790 by Winston Graham 2015

It’s always a red-letter day to bibliophiles when books originally published eons ago get a new life and a new audience. It usually takes a major television series or movie for this to happen. In the case of Jane Austen, we have seen new tie-in editions for Pride and Prejudice in 1995 & 2005 and Sense and Sensibility in 1996. Just the other day I saw a beautiful new movie tie-in cover for Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd in my bookstore. A good story is a good story no matter what generation it is introduced to.

Now the Poldark Saga, one of my favorite historical fiction series, is up for a remake. Some of you might remember the wildly popular television adaptation entitled Poldark on the BBC and Masterpiece Theatre in the mid 1970’s. Robin Ellis stared as dashing Captain Ross Poldark and Angharad Rees as his fiery Demelza. The two season and twenty-nine episode series was based on the first sevens novels in Winston Graham’s multi-generational saga. Now the BBC and Masterpiece have created a new production of Poldark. It aired in the UK in March and April to critical and public acclaim, garnering up to 7 million viewers an episode. Happily, US audiences will spend this summer in Cornwall swashing and buckling with dishy hero Ross Poldark when Poldark begins on Masterpiece Classic on June 21. Continue reading

All Around the World with Jane Contest

All Around the World with Jane banner 2012

In celebration of the release of All Roads Lead to Austen: A Year-long Journey with Jane, by Amy Elizabeth Smith in June, publisher Sourcebooks is offering a contest with great prizes!

It’s easy to qualify. Just take a picture of yourself with the Flat Stanley image that you can download and print out and submit your pictures on the All Around the World with Jane Facebook page or email your submission to landmark@sourcebookspr.com.  Here are the details from the publisher:

In the June memoir, All Roads Lead to Austen the author Amy Elizabeth Smith took Jane Austen’s works along with her as she traveled to foreign countries. Her goal was to see if the magic of Jane Austen could hold its power across borders, languages and cultures.

Amy took Jane to far off countries – and we need your help to take her even further! We are holding a contest called All Around the World with Jane! Join us on our Austen love fest by printing out our Jane Austen “flat Stanley.” Take pictures of yourself with Jane in your hometown or on your vacation, and submit it from April 30th – June 3oth!All Around the World with Jane 2012

We will award the following prizes to the individuals with the most creative picture:

Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • An E-reader with all of our available Austen sequels/continuations downloaded on to it
  • A signed copy of All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith
  • A Skype session with Amy Elizabeth Smith

Second Place Winner will receive:

  • A signed copy of All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith
  • A choice of 5 Jane Austen sequels/continuations from Sourcebooks

Third Place Winners will receive:

  • A signed copy of All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith

Below is an example of where Jane has been already from The Jane Austen Centre in Bath! along with the flat Stanley that you can print off (also available on the Facebook page).

All Around the World with Jane in Bath, England

Barnes & Noble will be offering All Roads Lead to Austen: A Year-long Journey with Jane in NOOK format as an early exclusive and will be offering the eBook at $6.99 starting Monday April 30th for a limited time!

© 2007 – 2012 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

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

Sourcebooks Austen Birthday Banner (2011)

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

Georgette Heyer Birthday Bash Celebration with Laura Wallace & Sourcebooks!

Georgette HeyerQueue the paper streamers and party hats – today, Tuesday August 16th, is Georgette Heyer’s 109th birthday! We are celebrating the Queen of Regency Romance in style with a great guest blog from our resident Heyer enthusiast Laura Wallace and a ton of fabulous giveaways from Sourcebooks. So put on your best party frock and dancing slippers and let the merriment begin!

Welcome Laura:

When I was about twelve years old, I received a mysterious box for Christmas from one of my aunts.  It was an ordinary flat shirt box, but it was heavy.  I opened it to find a rather tattered collection of paperback books.  The spines were broken, the pages dog-eared, the covers occasionally torn, and the pictures on the covers were of rather dreadful-looking females in high-waisted dresses in atrocious colors with ´60s hairstyles.

With many years´ hindsight looking back, I was not, perhaps, quite as enthusiastic as I ought to have been.  But I wasn´t at all disappointed.  I was a great reader, and while I hadn´t yet discovered Jane Austen, I had discovered Victoria Holt and similar gothic novels (in the quaint, mid-20th century sense of the word) which would today probably be marketed as young adult fiction.  So I was not at all daunted by this large box of what appeared to be historical fiction.  This was, it turned out, my aunt´s well-loved Georgette Heyer collection, which she was passing along to me.  I don´t remember what she said.  I don´t remember which novel I read first, or how long it took me to get around to it.  I don´t remember much about them, except that once, a few years later, I went searching through my Heyer books looking for the one about Catherine Morland, who was duped by that jerk John Thorpe who drove off with her when she had promised to take a walk with her friend Miss Tilney and her brother, and hurt their feelings.  I never did find it, until I read all of Austen´s novels (some of them for the first time) many years later when I made the acquaintance of Colin Firth´s Mr. Darcy.  But by the time I graduated from high school, I was devoted to Georgette Heyer.

I still have all those old paperbacks, which are now truly falling apart.  I never passed them along to my own niece because she was uninterested.  (She eventually returned most of the ones I tried to give to her, including Heyer, Austen, and Holt-I guess I impressed on her too much how precious they were to me.)  A few of them are still on my shelf as my only copy of that particular novel, though most have been replaced.  The rest are in a protective box.

Later, on something called BITNET, I discovered both Austen-L and the Georgette Heyer Mailing List, the latter of which was run by Eileen Kendall.  There I found like-minded readers who loved these authors and whose discussions of their books enriched my enjoyment and appreciation of them.  Although I love many other authors, I have never found any to equal their elegance of prose, gentle manners, and exquisite settings.  Both Austen and Heyer literally changed the way I feel about words and about literature, and even about the world.  Reading them makes me want to write novels.  (I am still attempting to do so.)  Reading them makes me study history and even genealogy.  Reading them makes me collect books about Regency England and much of the preceding and following centuries. It makes me spend hours studying in academic libraries, and sometimes makes me wish I´d majored in history, or gone back to school for a Ph.D. in history.  It makes want to write biographies of Regency-era people as well as novels.  It certainly was the genesis for my website on the British system of noble titles.

Reading Austen and Heyer led even to my falling in love with the portraiture of Sir Thomas Lawrence, which I collect avidly in electronic images, books, and prints, and to the study of other portrait artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and to the study of costume.  It placed Beethoven and Mozart in a particular context and enriches my enjoyment of both playing and listening to them, as well as seeking out other composers of the era (and I was a music major, so I didn´t exactly lack context for them).

I could go on, but I think you get the picture!

So, to celebrate Georgette Heyer´s birthday, I give thanks for her life and for her work, which gives me so much pleasure so frequently, and impacts my own world almost every day.  I know there are others like me among her legions of fans who value her work for all the reasons she herself valued it:  for the meticulous research, the exquisite language, the wit and humour, the memorable characters, and the wonderful world she created that we can go back to again and again, always certain to find something beautifully wrought and something that is new.  And most of all, perhaps, always certain to find pleasure and inspiration.  Happy Birthday, Miss Heyer!

Laura A. Wallace, is a musician, attorney, and writer living in Southeast Texas.  She is a devotee of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer and is the author of British Titles of Nobility:  An Introduction and Primer to the Peerage (1998).

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Heyer Laura. We all have our own personal Georgette Heyer stories, or you should have if you have not discovered this great author yet.

Grand Giveaway

Enter a chance to win one of the three Heyer ‘Novel Packs’ that have been generously donated by Sourcebooks. Share your favorite Georgette Heyer story with us such as: Who recommended her to you? What was the first novel you read? Which novel is your favorite? Who is the most swoon worthy hero?  To qualify, leave a comment by midnight PT, Wednesday August 24th. Winners to be announced on Thursday, August 25th. Shipment to the US and Canada only. Good luck to all.

Heyer Pack #1

  • Bath Tangle
  • The Reluctant Widow
  • The Grand Sophy
  • Regency Buck
  • The Convenient Marriage

Heyer Pack #2

  • The Black Moth
  • The Masqueraders
  • False Colours
  • Black Sheep
  • Lady of Quality

Heyer Pack #3

  • Sylvester, or the Wicked Uncle
  • Charity Girl
  • Cousin Kate
  • The Foundling
  • The Talisman Ring  

Remember – in celebration of Georgette Heyer’s birthday, Sourcebooks is also offering all 46 of the Heyer’s books that they publish in eBook format for $1.99 from August 15-August 21 ONLY.

Stock up. These great prices may never happen again.

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2011 Laura A. Wallace, Austenprose

A Happy Birthday Celebration for Georgette Heyer!

HUZZAH!

Incredible news for historical fiction, mystery and romance fans…

In grand celebration of the 109th birthday of Regency Romance Queen Georgette Heyer on August 16, 2011, Sourcebooks is discounting EVERY SINGLE one of the eBooks they currently have available of her titles to $1.99 for one week only. The party starts a day early on Monday August 15th, 2011 and ends on August 21st!

That’s 46 books by Georgette Heyer, plus the fabulous reader companion, Georgette Heyer’s Regency World by Jennifer Kloester, available for $1.99 from August 15-August 21 ONLY.

Below is the full list of titles, separated by category: regency romance, mystery, historical fiction and non-fiction. The eBooks will be available through Sourcebooks.com and major eBook retailers (and please give them some extra time if prices aren’t adjusted right away on Monday—this is a long list and a lot of data to update)

REGENCY ROMANCE

Arabella
Bath Tangle
Beauvallet
The Black Moth
Black Sheep
Charity Girl
The Convenient Marriage
The Corinthian
Cotillion
Cousin Kate
Devil’s Cub
False Colours
Faro’s Daughter
The Foundling
Frederica

Friday’s Child
The Grand Sophy
Lady of Quality
The Masqueraders
The Nonesuch
Powder and Patch
The Quiet Gentleman
Regency Buck
The Reluctant Widow
Sylvester
The Talisman Ring
These Old Shades
Venetia

MYSTERY

Behold, Here’s Poison
A Blunt Instrument
Death in the Stocks
Detection Unlimited
Duplicate Death
Envious Casca
Footsteps in the Dark
No Wind of Blame
Penhallow
They Found Him Dead
Unfinished Clue
Why Shoot a Butler?

HISTORICAL FICTION

The Conqueror
An Infamous Army
My Lord John
Royal Escape
Simon the Coldheart
Spanish Bride

NON-FICTION

Georgette Heyer’s Regency World

A big thank you to Sourcebooks for re- issuing all of Georgette Heyer’s novels over the past three years and for offering this incredible deal to all of her fans!

Be sure to visit Austenprose on Tuesday, August 16th for our own birthday celebrations with tons of giveaways.

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose