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Friday, August 23, 2019

GIVEAWAY: Austen in August Mega Prize Pack #4!

Can you believe we're almost at the end of Austen in August? Not only does that mean we'll soon be out of amazing guest posts, interviews and the like, but we're also down to our last Mega Prize Package. Frowny-face indeed. BUT it's a good thing this prize pack is just so, so good!

This prize pack is crammed full of Austenesque goodies for you to get your hands on.

Click through to see what's up for grabs, and enter to win!

And don't forget to enter to win our other  three mega prize packs, featuring 22 books plus swag, in total!


Assignment Austen: a New Dawn, a New Day. . .

. . . a new media!

So far in Austen in August, we've been spending a fair amount of time in the past. And though last week's "assignment" took me somewhere modern, it. . . didn't quite work out the way I'd have hoped. So I'm giving modern Austen adaptations a chance to redeem themselves by going super modern! We're diving straight into the digital world by sampling a few of the (surprisingly many) available-on-youtube adaptations of Austen. These adaptations tend to be bite-sized and blog-style, taking their cues from the LBD (more on that below), and though I've seen a few in their entirety, some I've only sampled, and some are completely new to me!

Below you'll find trailers and info for a number of these web series (often put together by enterprising young Janeites), but I'm sure there are more out there — and if you know of any, let me know!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Disappointed Hopes & Dreams | A Janeite Conversation

This week's Janeite Conversation is a follow-up to last week's discussion, in which we talked about scene anticipation: those little things that we love so much, we get butterflies pages before we even get to them. This time around, we're looking at the opposite of excited anticipation. . .
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Are there any things you wish would have happened, either differently or at all, that never did?

MISTY: I would imagine there might be some overlap with our "controversial Austen opinions" conversation.
JESSICA: I wish Edmund Bertram had died in a fire.
MISTY: Welp. Guess I was right...
JESSICA: No, I'm just kidding. I wish he was in the fire, didn't die but suffered terribly...then died in another fire.

The Dark Side of Jane Austen from Eliza Shearer

I mentioned earlier in AIA that there's a lot of discussion of Mansfield Park this time around, much of which is making me look at the book in a new light. Here today we have another such piece, from Eliza Shearer, who's taking a look at the darker aspects of the story — and how they may reflect Jane, herself.
Check it out below and let us know your thoughts in the comments! And make sure to keep an eye on this year's Austen in August mega prize packs, because Eliza's book, Miss Darcy's Beaux, shows up in 3 of them!

Mansfield Park, or the dark side of Jane Austen

It is a truth universally acknowledged that, while all Jane Austen admirers admit they enjoy Pride and Prejudice, dissent appears at the mention of Mansfield Park. The Mansfield Park protagonist, Fanny Price, who is arguably Austen’s least popular heroine, has no small share of the blame.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

GIVEAWAY & Excerpt: Darcy in Hollywood by Victoria Kincaid!

Today's post comes from Victoria Kincaid, who is sharing a sneak peek at her latest adaptation of Pride  Prejudice, Darcy in Hollywood! Click through to read it and enter for a chance to get your hands on a copy of your own!

Hi Misty! Thank you for having me as a guest today!

I’ve had great fun imagining Darcy and Elizabeth in contemporary settings. For Darcy in Hollywood, Darcy is a movie star and Elizabeth is the daughter of a producer of B movies (Mr. Bennet) who would rather be a doctor than chase fame. After I had those characters in place, I had to determine roles for the other Pride & Prejudice characters. I needed a new way for Mrs. Bennet to obsess over her daughters, so she evolved into a stage mother who particularly believes Lydia is destined for greatness. Lady Catherine became a Hollywood diva/legend while Mr. Collins is her slavishly devoted personal assistant. Charles and Caroline Bingley are actor friends of Darcy’s.

Below is a scene from near the beginning of the book. The cast has just finished a table read of the screenplay they’re about to shoot. Having had a bad day, Darcy is eager to escape the room.

Rich and arrogant movie star, William Darcy, was a Hollywood heartthrob until a scandalous incident derailed his career. Now he can only hope that Tom Bennet’s prestigious but low budget indie film will restore his reputation. However, on the first day of filming, he nearly hits Bennet’s daughter, Elizabeth, with his Ferrari, and life will never be the same. Okay, she’s a little sarcastic, but he’s certain she’s concealing a massive crush on him—and it’s growing harder to fight his own attraction….

Elizabeth Bennet has a lot on her plate. She’s applying to medical school and running the studio’s charity project—while hoping her family won’t embarrass her too much. Being Darcy’s on-set personal assistant is infuriating; he’s rude, proud, and difficult. If there’s one thing she dislikes, it’s people who only think about themselves. But then Elizabeth discovers Darcy has been doing a lot of thinking about her.

She might be willing to concede a mutual attraction, but events are conspiring against them and Darcy subject to constant public scrutiny. Do Darcy and Elizabeth have any hope of achieving Hollywood’s elusive happy ending?

Chitchat was simply intolerable. He’d had to endure it when he was new to Hollywood, but now it was better left for people with time to burn and careers to build. Darcy could tell people what he wanted them to do. Small talk was pointless.

"Women Archers of Jane Austen's Day" from Maria Grace

Good morning, Janeites! Today brings to a close Maria Grace's Toxophilite series, which takes a closer look at the place of archery, particularly for women, in Regency times. If you missed any of this series, you can find the first part here, and last week's post here. And of course, don't forget to check out Maria's answers in this year's Janeite Conversationsand her contributions to this year's giveaways!

Women Archers of Jane Austen's Day

Instructions and fashions for the young women archers.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

GIVEAWAY & Excerpt: The Flight Path Less Traveled by Leigh Dreyer!

Earlier this month, Leigh Dreyer stopped by to once again give us side-splitting shenanigans, when she made her husband and brother sit down and watch Sense & Sensibility, but today she's dropping in to share a peek at the latest in her modernized Pride & Prejudice retelling, The Flight Path Less Traveled, as well as giving two of you a chance to win a copy!

The Flight Path Less Traveled is a modern Pride and Prejudice continuation and the second in a series following The Best Laid Flight Plans by Leigh Dreyer. The final novel in the series, Came a Flight Gently will be released in 2020.
Here’s the blurb: In this modern Pride and Prejudice continuation and sequel to The Best Laid Flight Plans, 2nd Lieutenant Elizabeth Bennet and Captain William Darcy are facing trials after the events of Elizabeth’s last flight. Darcy’s proposal lingers between them as Elizabeth becomes almost single sighted to her rehabilitation and her return to pilot training. A secret is revealed to Elizabeth about Mr. and Mrs. Bennet’s past that throws all she has known to be true into a tail spin. The romance between our hero and heroine begins to blossom through military separations, sisterly pranks, and miscommunications. Can Darcy and Elizabeth come together or will flying in the Air Force keep them apart?
Leigh is giving away two copies of the e-book!

Please enjoy an excerpt from Chapter One of The Flight Path Less Traveled by Leigh Dreyer. (Caution, contains spoilers from The Best Laid Flight Plans)

Chapter One

Rain. She shuddered with a sudden chill as a raindrop slid down the back of her shirt. The dark, heavy clouds settled around her, prickling her skin. Her eyes searched for shelter from the storm and spotted the familiar stone house in the distance. Running toward it, her shoes heavy in the mud, she felt herself pick up speed. Soon she found herself on a winding, paved driveway.

To her left was a small stream that emptied into a quaint pond. Raindrops rippled at the banks. It’s a great day if you’re a duck. She smiled as a single drake waddled from the bank, then glided effortlessly into the pool.

The house loomed in front of her and she soon found herself at the door. She knocked loudly and waited, rubbing her arms in an attempt to stay warm.

There was no answer.

She knocked again, much louder this time, and looked around the entrance for a doorbell of some kind. She shuffled anxiously from one foot to the other, shivering, and hoping that someone would answer the door.

No answer.

She pounded against the door, then walked back a few steps, looking at the windows in the home, trying to ascertain if anyone was there.

Finally, she saw him. He was as handsome as she had ever seen him. Dressed in a sweater and jeans with his hair perfectly in place, he looked out at her through the window and smiled. Warmth immediately flooded her chest and she felt alive. She needed him.

She stretched out her hands and he came to her with a thought. She looked into his dark eyes and her stomach turned in anticipation of his touch. He brushed her cheeks with his thumbs, pulling her face gently to him, touching his lips to hers. As he kissed her, his fingers combed through her wet hair and ran down her back. Every part of her touched by him was on fire, electric somehow, and every sensation was heightened by the contrast with the cold rain around them.

She wrapped her arms around his neck and deepened the kiss that seemed to touch her very soul. The raindrops ran down their faces and she sighed. Warm, content, happy, and in love. She closed her eyes gently, letting her body take over. He moaned in response, a deep vibration against her chest and suddenly―

Scents & Sensibility: a Befuddled Rant

So, you may know from following along in Austen in August (or from following me on Twitter) that for this weekend's Assignment Austen, I chose to watch the modern S&S update, Scents & Sensibility, and I documented the "journey" on Twitter.
And I. . .
I just. . .

Why is this movie? Why?

You probably know the drill by now, so let's get into it!

"How Did I Get Here?" — Guest Post & GIVEAWAY from Heather Moll!

We're kicking off today — a day of double giveaways — with a look at how Heather Moll came to be the Janeite she is today. She's also giving you a chance to get your hands on a copy of her book, His Choice of a Wife, so make sure to click through and enter!

Heather Moll Guest Post, or: How Did I Get Here?

Thanks for welcoming me to Austen in August, Misty! I’m excited to be on this side of your blog and have the chance to talk Jane Austen and offer a giveaway of His Choice of a Wife to your lovely readers who love Jane just as much as I do.

For years, I thought Jane Austen wasn’t for me. I’m an avid reader, I was a librarian, and if there was a classic that you had to read, I probably read it because I wanted to. But when I tried to read Emma in high school, I hated it. Or, more to the point, I hated her. Emma Woodhouse may have been handsome, clever, and rich but she was also spoiled, meddlesome, and I never finished the book. Not even Clueless could make me go back to Austen.

Monday, August 19, 2019

GIVEAWAY: Regina Jeffers Prize Pack!

You can catch Regina Jeffers thoughts in this year's Janeite Conversations (including this hilarious story about teaching "The Letter" to high schoolers), but today she's dropping by to offer up a chance for two of you to get your hands on two of her books!


Regina has offered up two prize packs of her books, In Want of a Wife and Where There's a Fitzwilliam Darcy, There's a Way to two separate winners!

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To enter, follow Regina on Twitter or on Facebook, and tweet or leave her a message mentioning Austen in August!
If you already follow Regina, you can email her at reginalm@rjeffers.com and mention that you're entering this AIA giveaway.
This giveaway is international, but act quick, because unlike the majority of the giveaways in Austen in August, this giveaway only lasts a week!


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