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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Giveaway: FREE Janeite Printables!

If you’ve been around here for awhile. you’ll probably know by now that I like to make something every year for my giveaway(s) of Austen in August. You’ll likely also know that I’ve been hosting a tri-monthly challenge called the “30 Day Book Binge” for the last year, and that for this informal challenge, I’ve been creating free downloadable printables. So it was only a matter of time before these two worlds merged, and I created a printable freebie or two for my Jane Austen crowd!

So:Janeite printable splash

In this folder you’ll find 2 versions of an original watercolor-turned-printable – one in the original colors, one in shades of blue – that features the hand-lettered word Janeite surrounded by a wreath of roses, leaves and berries.

The printable is sized at 5x7, but is centered on the page so that you can cut it to your desired margins. It prints on standard 8.5x11 paper, easy peasy, and voila! You have your very own Austen in August giclee print to add to your Janeite collection!

There are no strings attached, you don’t have to fill out a rafflecopter, and all this will cost you is the price of whatever paper you print it on, and a frame if you choose to frame it. Don’t want to print it? It can easily be a laptop or table background!

If you end up printing and/or using your free printables, please let me know! You can share a snap on twitter or insta of it at home amongst your collection with the hashtag #AustenInAugust!

Want more? I’m toying with the idea of a set of printable Austenesque bookmarks – let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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A Proper Introduction to Dragons… part 2 | excerpt from Maria Grace!

Good morning! Today we continue our foray into the world of Jane Austen’s Dragons with sneak peek #2 of Maria Grace’s A Proper Introduction to Dragons! In case you missed it, Maria is sharing a series of excerpts with us every Tuesday morning! So grab yourself some breakfast, pour yourself a cuppa tea and continue the story right here, right now! And don’t forget, you can enter to win one of two copies of the book!

Excerpt 2; A Proper Introduction to Dragons by Maria Grace

May 1801 

Somehow it was not surprising that a solid week of rain should follow her outing with Papa, keeping her inside and well away from any dragon meetings. Why did it always seem the weather conspired against all things desirable? Ah, well, all was not lost, though. It did give her plenty of time to transcribe the bulk of the Pendragon Treaty—the foundation of the human-dragon peace in Britain—into her commonplace book.

It was a shame, though, that she could not possibly copy those lovely medieval letters that were used in Papa’s copy of the treaty. He said it was a family heirloom, dating back to the first Keeper of Longbourn and his estate. No wonder he did not want it leaving his study. Truly, it was a treasure, both for what it said and for the artistry it displayed. How had the original scribes managed to pen them so neatly and in so many colors? And the painstakingly inked dragons that paraded around the sides of the document! Just amazing. Perhaps Papa would allow her to try her hand at copying those when she became more skilled at drawing. A very good reason to see if Mama would take out that book on drawing for her from the circulating library in town.

Still, it really was not important that the letters were plain since the notes were for herself alone. And if that were the case, then it would not hurt to add a summary of it all at the end to remind herself of the high points of the treaty:

The Pendragon Treaty was penned to bring peace between the major dragons and between men and dragons. The treaty formed the Blue Order to which all major dragons and all humans who can hear dragons must belong upon pain of punitive action.

Papa had never mentioned a case where one who could hear dragons outright refused to join the Order. It was difficult to conceive of someone who would. But then again, people could be very difficult. Major dragons were smart enough to understand the great advantages the treaty offered, so they attached themselves to the Order, with only one hold-out who was later banished to the Continent. Minor dragons had the option of joining but could not vote on proceedings, much as men without Keeps could not vote.

The treaty assigned all major dragons and their progeny a territory, according to their size and needs, to be overseen by Keepers and their progeny, likewise assigned to the territory. Keepers bear the responsibility of ensuring all the Keep’s dragons' needs are met. In return, major dragons foreswore all aggression toward man and dragon (except where necessary in defense of their own lives) and promised to keep order among the lesser dragons in their territory. When disputes arise, the treaty declares they are to be settled by the Blue Order Council, a group charged with maintaining the peace established by the Pendragon Treaty.

All in all, it really was simple. Why did it take so many words and pages to say it all in official terms? At least it made a very pretty—and sizeable—first entry in her commonplace book. Pray Mama never asked to read it.

Monday, August 13, 2018

The Best Laid Flight Plans Excerpt and GIVEAWAY

This afternoon, Leigh Dreyer is once again joining us (here’s her riotously funny post from earlier in AIA, if you missed it). This time, she’s sharing an excerpt her modern P&P retelling, The Best Laid Flight Plans, as well as a chance to win a copy! Click through to read the full excerpt and enter for your chance to get your hands on The Best Laid Flight Plans. And don’t forget to check out Leigh’s answers in this year’s Janeite Convos!

August has arrived which means—for many around the world—that summer is nearly over. We spend our last days in the sun swimming, going on holiday, or scampering after the best school supply sales. Personally, my last hoorah will be attending the Reno Air Races and a NASCAR race in September. In Reno I will be doing some on the ground research for the third planned novel in my series. The first book, The Best Laid Flight Plans, was launched back in April. 

The Best Laid Flight Plans follows the storyline of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but places the characters in a new, modern setting. The story follows Lieutenant Elizabeth Bennet as she goes through United States Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training as a student pilot on her way to becoming a fighter pilot. Captain William “Fitz” Darcy is an instructor pilot at the same Meryton Air Force Base. Of course, their love story is hampered by Lieutenant Wickham, the Senator Catherine De Bourgh, and the Air Force’s fraternization policies.  Book 2, The Flight Path Less Traveled is expected sometime in the winter.

I’ve included an excerpt of chapter one, where we first meet Darcy as he soars over the base in Hawaii just before his move to Meryton. I hope you enjoy!

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Chapter One

    The clouds burst below and wispy peaks spiraled out as the plane surged through the sky. Captain William Darcy gazed at the horizon, crimson ribbons blazing across the sunrise. These peaceful moments were the only time he participated in anything resembling prayer. He checked his altitude and trimmed up.

    “Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth

    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings...”

    Darcy recited these lines from “High Flight” to himself as he scanned his surroundings and instruments again, his situational awareness high. 

    This mission was bittersweet. His last in the F-22. He would miss the deep alien whistle from the engines as it flew over the base, close enough to wave at families walking near the harbor. This sortie was an easy ride, nothing but practice and war games, but he took it seriously. He knew a few meters off perfection meant life and death. A slight left bank and the deep green mountains were to the east as he approached the runway for a quick touch and go.

    Those jade Hawaiian mountains rising from the blackness of the earth were what he loved most about this base. Oddly, they were quite alien to his upbringing in Central New York. The woods surrounding Pemberley were green but never quite this other-worldly, tropical color. Somehow Pemberley’s hills and forests were more real, and he missed seeing the horizon curve over the gentle hills of his land. Here, that prospect was only available in the sky and he ached for it. He loved that feeling of being alone in the world and watching it go on forever.

Lunch Chat: A Less Agreeable Man by Maria Grace!

Join me for lunch, brunch or a snack while I chat about the Jane Austen continuation, A LESS AGREEABLE MAN!

See my reviews of books 1 & 2 here:

The AIA News-Herald, vol 1 iss 3

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It's a brand new week, Janeites! There was lots and lots (and lots) of stuff going on 'round these parts last week, and there's just as much Janery to be had this week — so let's start the week with your morning paper, shall we? It's all the Austen news that's fit to print!

this week

Holy smokes! So much stuff this week, including:
  • An excerpt & giveaway from Leigh Dreyer (yes, she of the hilarious Menfolk post...)
  • A lunch date with yours truly, while I discuss a unique continuation I *heart*
  • Week 2 of our special excerpts from Maria Grace's A Proper Introduction to Dragons
  • Another thought-provoking piece, this time from Christina Boyd, on Austen's heroines' brush with feminism — and another giveaway!
  • My thoughts on another unique take on P&P (this time, with dragons), and, you guessed it, another giveaway!
  • A compelling conversation with Maria Grace on a surprisingly divisive, I thought totally-beloved, Austen man
  • The next of our Janeite Conversations, this time around the idea of pushing JAFF boundaries...
  • A brand-new Regency recipe from Beth — this one sounds so refreshing!
  • And to go along with it, the remainder of this weekend's Dinner & a Movie night, including a Twitter Watch-Along party!
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    In need of some Austenesque reads to get you in the mood for AIA? Here are some personal faves and current bargains to feed your reader -- and fill that Jane Austen shaped hole in your heart -- with! Some of these are even free!





    Not enough Janery going on for you in this first week of AIA? Don’t worry, we’ve got 8 previous years to plunder for awesome Austen posts, In Case You Missed It! Take a stroll through and discover (or rediscover!) things like:
    * a selection on newsy bits and bits and bobs for the truly discerning Janeite *
    Lots of interesting home bits for you this week. Maybe you're in need of some Pemberley pint glasses? Coasters to put under them? Pillows to lounge against while you drink your Pemberbrew?
    I gotcha covered.

    Next week, we've got more Dinner & Movie stuffs for ya, a number of giveaways and a freebie for all, the 3rd part of Maria Grace's A Proper Introduction to Dragons, a chat with a fledgling Janeite, and more!


    What's your favorite Austenesque book that's been out for awhile, and may not be on everyone's radar? Or your trusty, tried & true faves?

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