Nov 152017
 

Austenesque ARC

Hi friends!  You know what I’m thankful? You!  I appreciate your visits and conversation on this blog!  I love to read and review, but it is even better to spend my time doing it with such lovely company!!

I love doing this quarterly post and am so thankful to the kind friends of this blog – Jean and Reina – for sending my some books that are searching for new homes!  Thanks for spreading all this book love, ladies!!

*Since the giveaways of these previously owned books are open for just US readers (sorry international shipping costs sometimes 3x the price of the book), I am hosting a Winner’s Choice option for all our international friends!

There are 6 ARCs/previously owned books in this giveaway but I’ll choose 7 winners – 6 for the books I’m giving away and 1 who will choose one of the 6 books to receive as an ebook.

All books are in gently used/like new condition.

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Nov 132017
 

Sketching the Characters of Jane Austen’s Bad Boys!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Editor

OVERVIEW:

After delivering a splendidly successful and praiseworthy short story anthology devoted to Mr. Darcy, editor Christina Boyd and a team of skilled and imaginative authors have decided to join forces again. This time to divulge the inner workings, untold heartaches, and sometimes scandalous pasts of Jane Austen’s anti-heroes, villains, and charming scoundrels. (Can I get a woot woot?!?) Eleven roguish characters, eleven talented authors, and eleven fascinating tales of human nature and romance. However the question does remain – can these bad boys be redeemed? Continue reading »

Nov 122017
 

Happy Sunday, friends!  Are you a fan of The Jane Austen Centre?  Have you spent hours browsing all the interesting finds on their site?  I have!  Not only does The Jane Austen Centre have an amazing gift shop, but they also publish interesting articles and reviews on their blog!  The kind people at The Jane Austen Centre have kindly offered to engage in a post exchange with some blogs, and today I’m sharing one of their posts about Jane Austen, Caroline Jane Knight, and her new book Jane and Me: My Austen Heritage!

The Enduring Love for Jane Austen

Jane Austen passed away 200 years ago, yet the names of Lizzy Bennet and Mr Darcy are familiar even to people who have never picked up one of Austen’s novels.

Then there are those who have read Austen’s works…. countless times. The academics, the Janeites, and those who simply appreciate her work for its place in classic literature.

Austen’s books have been translated into over 35 languages. Over 100,000 people make the pilgrimage to Jane’s homes each year and there are over 30 Jane Austen Societies worldwide, the largest of which (The Jane Austen Society of North America) has more than 70 branches. Over fifty Jane Austen events and festivals are held each year across the world and her works have inspired at least 75 movies or television series. More than 20,000 fan fiction novels have been published, based on Jane’s life, work, and characters, and there are over 7,000 Austen related websites and social media profiles online. Continue reading »