The Excessively Diverting Blog Award – New Nominations

Excessively Diverting Blog AwardThank you Catherine Delors of Versailles and More blog for nominating Austenprose for the Excessively Diverting Blog Award presented by Jane Austen Today. We are honored and hope to continue to live up to the challenge. 

The aim of the Excessively Diverting Blog Award is to acknowledge writing excellence in the spirit of Jane Austen’s genius in amusing and delighting readers with her irony, humor, wit, and talent for keen observation. Recipients will uphold the highest standards in the art of the sparkling banter, witty repartee, and gentle reprove. This award was created by the blogging team of Jane Austen Today to acknowledge superior writing over the Internet and promote Jane Austen’s brilliance. 

Here are our 7 nominations: 

History Hoydens – This group of eleven historical romance writers have been “dishing the dirt on research” and entertaining us for years. Beautiful and thoroughly researched posts that never fail to surprise and amaze. 

Costume Drama Reviews – Judy offers great insights on all the costume drama’s that we can not get enough of. 

Elegant Extracts Blog – Teresa A. F. has admittedly been pretending to be Jane Austen since 1999. Author and humorist, this blog never fails to make us laugh at her creative musing and shenanigans. 

A Comfy Chair and a Good Book – Jeanette chats about, books, and more books with such energy that it is addictive. 

The Bluestocking Guide – Book reviews by “a partial, prejudiced and ignorant reader.”  Get all the latest in book reviews, book news, critical essays, and most importantly- book giveaways. Smart and sassy. 

Sophisticated Dorkiness – Don’t let the title fool you. Kim is one smart lady who loves books, journalism, geeky technology stuff, and sharing. Her 2009 Blog Improvement Project is brilliant. 

Jane Austen Sequels Blog – Talented author Jane Odiwe dazzles us with her musing on Jane Austen and her life, her own Austen sequels, and her stunning original Austen inspired art. So much fun under one blog! Who could wish for more? 

Congratulations recipients. Please claim your award by copying the HTML code of the Excessively Diverting Blog Award badge, posting it on your blog, listing the name of the person who nominated you, and linking to their blog. Then nominate seven (7) other blogs that you feel meet or exceed the standards set forth. Nominees may place the Excessively Diverting badge in their side bar and enjoy the appreciation of their fellow blogger for recognition of their talent.  

Cheers, Laurel Ann

Austen Tattler: News and Gossip around the Blogosphere

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“All that she wants is gossip, and she only likes me now because I supply it.” Marianne Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility, Chapter 31

Jane Austen around the blogosphere for the week of February 1st

Hot News of the week

Definitely the upcoming release of the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which was taken the Internet by deathly storm prompting the publisher Quirk Books to move up the release date. You can read my first thoughts about it at Jane Austen Today, this week on the reaction, and the controversy regarding the author’s attitude toward Janeites at AustenBlog.


Jane Austen in the City of Bath, England is a lovely article with beautiful photos at Quillcards Blog

Get ready for Valentine’s Day with snarky Austen themed valentines at Elegant Extracts Blog.

Sense and Sensibility (2008) is being rebroadcast on Masterpiece Classic on Sundays Feb 1st & 8th. You can catch up on the first episode by reading the synopsis of episode one at the Masterpiece offical site and read reviews at Jane Austen’s World and here at Austenprose. Tune in to PBS this Sunday for the conclusion.

The Excessively Diverting Blog Award recognizes seven writers of note on the Internet presented by the Jane Austen Today blogging team.

Over at Risky Regencies indulge in a little escapsism with Highwayman of the High Seas: The Romance of the Smugler by Julia Justiss. Everyone loves a naughty pirate, yo ho!

Of Books and Bicycles is reading Claire Tomalin’s biography Jane Austen: A Life and has some interesting thoughts on her insights.

Arti at Ripple Effects asks which Austen Heroine was Jane herself most like?


The Black Moth is available from GirleBooks for free. Ms Place (Vic) at Jane Austen Today and Jane Austen’s World is an ardent Heyer fan and tells us that this is one of Heyer’s first novels, and now ready for you to download and read for free from GirleBooks.

The roundup of upcoming Austen inspired books for February is available for your persual here at Austenprose

The DVD of Lost in Austen will be available for purchase in North America on April 14th.

British actress Ruby Bentall is truly an up and commer. I have recieved more hits on her name in the past month than any other Austen actress. More than Gwenyth or Kiera or Kate. No lie! You can read about her at my post Ruby Bentall – A Most Memorable Mary Bennet at Jane Austen Today.

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Until next week, happy Jane sighting.

Laurel Ann

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