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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Miss Price's Decision Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY!

Many of you will recognize the name Eliza Shearer from her appearances in Austen in August, including this year's discussion of the darkness that permeates Mansfield Park. Eliza's latest release delves into that same novel, and today, she's dropping by to give you two things: some insight into her protagonist, Susan Price, and a chance to a copy of Miss Darcy's Decision!

Click through to read the post and enter to win!

Miss Price’s Decision: Character Interview & Giveaway

Thanks for having me on your blog again, Misty! I am delighted to be here today to present my second novel in the Austeniana series after Miss Darcy’s Beaux: Miss Price’s Decision, a Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey and Pride and Prejudice crossover.

The book tells the story of Susan Price, Fanny’s younger sister in Mansfield Park. Of late, I have grown increasingly more interested in Jane Austen’s darkest novel; I suppose it was natural for my second Austeniana protagonist to stem from there.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Aesthetic: FIREBORNE by Rosaria Munda


I'm always on the hunt for ways to shake up my coverage of books, and have been wanting for awhile to start doing more pictorial and photographic features (I have so many plans, y'all! And so much broken technology!*). So the opportunity to do a moodboard / aesthetic of a book that was high on my 2019 wishlist wasn't something to pass up.

That book is Fireborne, and it is one of the many things I'm currently in the middle of reading. It's a dragon fantasy, which I've become more and more infatuated with, but the thing I'm most excited for is that it has quickly become known for its deft philosophical threads (it's based on Plato's Republic!) and actual consequences for the characters decisions.
And also, dragons. Win, win, win.

For my aesthetic, I chose to represent Annie, one of the book's two main characters: her fiery hair and freckles, her amber dragon and the special fireproof armor she must wear, and most importantly, the silver and gold band she wears, a rare combination indicating her dual talents...


Fireborne hit stores yesterday, and is also one of this month's Book of the Month YA club picks!

Is Fireborne on your list of books to read? I've yet to hear a bad thing about it, and I'm enjoying it so far. Let me know in the comments!


*yes, my computer keyboard is still only half-working. Yes, both of my phone cameras are broken. WHY. 😓)


FIREBORNE by Rosaria Munda

Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone--even the lowborn--a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders.

Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn't be more different. Annie's lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee's aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet.

But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city.

With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he's come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.

From debut author Rosaria Munda comes a gripping adventure that calls into question which matters most: the family you were born into, or the one you've chosen.


AUTHOR BIO
Rosaria grew up in rural North Carolina, where she climbed trees, read Harry Potter fanfiction, and taught herself Latin. She studied political theory at Princeton and lives in Chicago with her husband and cat.


Image credits:
red braid / metal band / leather armor / reins / dragon / scales

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The Last Dragon by James Riley

Thoughts on The Last Dragon by James Riley!
If you have requests of books you'd like o see me do first impressions or reviews of please let me know in the comments!



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Fort Fitzgerald is determined to uncover the truth, but a new student at school and the secrets he has to keep complicate matters in this second novel in a thrilling new series from the author of the New York Times bestselling Story Thieves!

Fort Fitzgerald can’t stop having nightmares about the day his father was taken from him in an attack on Washington, DC. In these dreams, an Old One, an evil beyond comprehension, demands the location of the last dragon. But other than some dragon skeletons dug up with the books of magic on Discovery Day, Fort has never seen a dragon before. Could there still be one left alive?

And weirdly, Fort’s not the only one at the Oppenheimer School having these nightmares. His new roommate, Gabriel, seems to know more than he’s letting on about this dragon as well. And why does everyone at the school seem to do whatever Gabriel says? What’s his secret?

Fort’s going to need the help of his friends Cyrus, Jia, and Rachel, if he’s going to have any chance of keeping the Old Ones from returning to Earth. Unless, the Old Ones offer something Fort could never turn down…

Saturday, September 7, 2019

AUSTEN IN AUGUST Winners!

Whew! Last month really flew by, didn't it?
And with it, the time to enter ALL THE GIVEAWAYS. And man, they were plentiful! I seriously cannot say thank you enough to all of the many authors that made Austen in August so great, and all of you for showing up and chiming in.

Below you'll find the complete* list of giveaways and winners. All winners have been contacted except for TWO who didn't provide a valid way to contact them, so if you think it's you mentioned on this list, check your email or email me! If any winners don't respond to claim their prize, I will choose a new winner or winners, and I will contact them -- I'm not one of those people who makes you tie yourself to a blog post in the hopes of winning something; I will seek you out. I will find you, and I will give you things.
*at least, i think it's the complete list. there were a lot of giveaways to keep track of this year, guys! i might have missed something.

But before I get into the list of winners, I have one final piece of Austen homework for you. Well, two. The first is, I want you to go out into the world and just JANEITE all over the place. Just, everywhere. Spread that Austen love around. And then come back here and tell me when you find something amazingly Austenesque out there, so I can help you share it!
The second is; Let me know in the comments what you'd like to see more of (or less of), and any authors or books you think should be on my radar for next year! I normally do an end-of-event survey, but I think the comments section has more potential for conversation, so let me know.

Now. Onto what you're really here for!


THE WINNERS

all winners are listed as they are in Rafflecopter, 
not according to email addresses or blog/social media usernames

Edel W!

Kate B!


Patricia L!

Suzannah Clark ( I don't have an email address for you, Suzannah, please contact me!)
Kai C!

Emmaline Lavender Fields (I do not have an email address for you, either, please contact me!!)

Megan S!

Darcy Bennet!

Mary E!

Laura H!

Danya!

Bailey C!
Renee G!

Regina decided to add some extra prizes, so the following people 
were chosen and already gifted with their prize(s):
Danielle C
Eva E 
Marsha B 
Peggy K 
Luthien84 
Debbie F

Edel W.

Sophia R!
Colleen L!

Talia S!

Kelly W!
Cassandra D!

bn100!

Buturot!

Jessica C!

Darcy B!
John S!
Nancy P!

Congratulations, winners!!

Didn't win anything? Don't forget, I made sure there was something for everybody!


BIG THANKS to the following people for contributing prizes, posts, and/or time this Austen in August:
Alexa Adams, Jennifer Altman, Christina Boyd, Marilyn Brant,  Cara at Wilde Book Garden, Jennieke Cohen, Courtney at The Green Mockingbird, Karen M. Cox, Amy D'Orazio, Riana Everly, Leigh Dreyer, Monica Fairview, Jacqueline Firkins, Alyssa Goodnight, Maria Grace, Cecilia Gray, Jessica Grey, Regina Jeffers, Natalie Jenner, Nancy Kelley, Kerri the Book Belle, Victoria Kincaid, Debra-Ann Kummoung, Kara Louise, Heather Moll, MyNameIsMarines, Laurel Ann Nattress, Nikki Payne, Lisa Pliscou, Abigail Reynolds, Sophia Rose, Eliza Shearer, Joana Starnes, Shannon Winslow, Deborah Yaffe, and YOU!
And if I forgot anyone, I am sincerely sorry, but from the bottom of my lil' Janeite heart, THANK YOU!

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

September TBR!

I'm probably getting too big for my britches* in thinking I can read all of these PHYSICAL books when all I've been doing for 11 months is reading quick romances on my phone in the dead of night.
ANYWAY.



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Friday, August 30, 2019

The Janeites Play Austen MASH

Before we get into today's Janeite Conversation, I just want to take a moment to give a
BIG THANK YOU
to all of the authors who participated in this year's silly discussions, and in Austen in August, in general. And to all of you who gave your own answers and opinions in the comments. You all brought such insight and personality and general interestingness to this year's event, and Austen in August would be nothing without you.
Thank you!!

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For our final roundtable of the year, I want you to get a little silly — Play a game of Austen MASH!
MASH is a childhood fate-telling game, and if you've never played, yes, it is as ridiculous as it sounds. I have a post about it here, which tells you how to play and even includes a print-out if you want to use it (though I encourage hand-written instead! It's easy!) Basically, sit down with a piece of paper and a pen, give yourself some options both good and bad, then find out what fate has in store for you. Snap a pic if you'd like and send it to me, along with your reaction to your fate!

MISTY: Here's how things worked out for me last time, as a refresher:



ABIGAIL: I'll skip Austen MASH, since I don't want to live in the Regency. ;)
MISTY: Honestly, can't say I really blame you.

GIVEAWAY: Janeite Swag Pack

In case you missed it, a couple of days ago, I offered up a set of free printables, because even though there are a ton of giveaways in Austen in August, I'd hate for any Janeites to walk away empty-handed.
In that post, I mentioned that you'd be seeing some of the printables artwork again — and today is the day!

Oooh, shiny...

****GIVEAWAY****

For our last giveaway of Austen in August 2019, I'm giving away the original watercolor pieces that were used in this year's printables!
One US Austen in August reader will receive:

  •  a 5x7 blue floral piece with the quote "her heart did whisper..." in gilded lettering 
  • an "obstinate, headstrong girl!"  pink floral bookmark, also with gilded lettering 
  • and a set of Emma-inspired earrings*!


Additionally, 3 more Austen in August readers (from anywhere in the world) will receive a customized Jane Austen bookmark, in shades of their choosing, similar to the "Janeite" bookmarks featured in this year's Mega Prize Packs!



To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below. Full terms in the Rafflecopter.
Ends September 5th, 2019, at 11:59pm EST

Good luck!

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*Please note, the final earrings may look different, as I'm still fiddling with them!
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More Austen Retellings Than You Can Shake a Stick At...

This month has flown by! We've made it to the final day of #AustenInAugust 2019, and I feel like there's still so much more to say!
10 years on, and my love of Jane Austen (and all things related, including JAFF, or Jane Austen fanfic) is showing no signs of slowing down.

And to that end, here's a look at a handful (and a half) of JAFF books I've read recently, most of which are out now, and some of which you'll be able to get your hands on soon(ish). Let me know your thoughts -- and your recommendations! -- in the comments!

And make sure to check out the full Austen in August schedule for more Austen goodies and giveaways!




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Thursday, August 29, 2019

GIVEAWAY & Guest Post: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time... from Jessica Grey!

Author Jessica Grey has been sprinkled throughout Austen in August this year, from our Janeite Conversations to a number of our AIA Mega Prize Packs! Today, she's stopping by to talk to us a bit about the Holidays with Jane series, and just how all of that came to be — she's also giving you one more chance to get your hands on the books (this time, the entire set!), so make sure to click through and enter! 

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: The Writing of the Holidays with Jane Collections

by Jessica Grey


I recently told my mom that when I die I want “Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time…” on my gravestone. She laughed and told me if I die before her that she’s having it made to read “Wait, I’m overthinking this too.” I wasn’t even mad, because both describe my life (and writing) style pretty well.

“It seemed like a good idea at the time” is my number one response when people ask me about the Holidays with Jane series. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love these books and I am so freaking proud of what my fellow authors and I accomplished. But I’m going to admit that in the middle of the two and a half year process of adapting all six of Jane Austen’s main novels into modern short stories/novellas, I had a few major meltdown moments that I didn’t see coming.

"Austen, For the Rest of Us" — guest post from Nikki Payne

Earlier this month, Kerri stopped by to dream-cast Austen films with diverse actors. Today, debut author Nikki Payne is joining us to talk about Austen's place in a modern diverse world, and the types of new, relatable storylines Jane Austen fanfiction can take on.
Click through to check out her thoughts, and find out more about her serialized contemporary Pride & Prejudice retelling, Netherfield Must Go! And you can keep up with Nikki & future installments of her book on her instagram or her author page!




Austen, For the Rest of Us


As Hot Girl Summer comes to an end, I like to retreat into my Pumpkin-Spice-Regency-Novel-Fall. When I crack open Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility, it is to be taken away to a different time — one of genteel politeness — where manners, position and propriety rule every aspect of our heroines' lives. Almost every heroine has one fundamental thing in common in Austen novels — they are bursting with social commentary about the times in which they lived. So why do we so often read Jane Austen contemporary remakes filed with the false tension of a bygone era?

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