Friday, December 16, 2011

Austen’s Birthday Soiree

Austen’s Birthday Soiree
hosted by November’s Autumn
My Jane Austen Book Club
on Jane Austen's Birthday - December 16, 2011!

A haiku for Jane...

two hundred three six
how do you keep yourself so
time stands still for you

Some eye candy for Jane, a certain Mr Lefroy...

And cake, must have cake...

--~ Book Giveaway ~--

Jane Austen's Little Instruction Book
(Charming Petites)
by Jane Austen
edited by Sophia Bedford-Pierce
illustrated by Mullen & Katz
introduction by Barbara Paulding

''There is no enjoyment like reading!

How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book!''

''A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment.''

''One cannot have too large a party.''

Fans of Jane Austen will love this delightful ''Charming Petite,'' filled with the author's wit and wisdom on women, men, relationships, and life.

Elegant little gift book features floral borders and silhouette-style images throughout, a ribbon marker, and a 24K gold-plated charm. 80 pages. 3-1/4 inches by 4 inches high.

WIN a copy of this book!

Open to all.

Offer ends: December 23, 2011

Visit one of the fellow blog hop participants listed below and leave them a comment.

Come back here and tell me who you visited.

AND, leave your email (if I don't already have it)


Contest has ended - winner is here



Hop along to fellow bloggers...


Sharon Lathan of Sharon Lathan
Giveaway : Miss Darcy Falls in Love

Emily Snyder of O! Beauty Unattempted
Giveaway: Letters of Love & Deception

Laurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose
Giveaway: signed copy of Jane Austen Made Me Do It

C. Allyn Pierson of SemiTrue Stories
Giveaway: Mr Darcy Little Sister (open worldwide)

Cindy Jones of First Draft
Giveaway: a signed copy of “My Jane Austen Summer” and a package of Lily Berry's Pink Rose Tea by Bingley's, Ltd.

Farida Mestek of Regency stories set against the backdrop of Regency England
Giveaway: I was Jane Austen Best Friend by Cora Harrison

Marilyn Brant of Brant Flakes
Giveaway : A canvas ACCORDING TO JANE tote bag and a pair of A SUMMER IN EUROPE luggage tags.

Prue Batten of Mesmered’s Blog
Giveaway : Anna Elliot’s “Georgiana Darcy” (Kindle book)

Erin Blakemore of The Heroine’s Bookshelf
Giveaway : a set of Potter-Style Pride and Prejudice notecards

Velvet of vvb32 reads
Giveaway: see above
Jane Austen's Little Instruction Book (Charming Petites) by Jane Austen
edited by Sophia Bedford-Pierce

Karen Doornebos of The Fiction vs. Reality Smackdown
Giveaway: 2 Jane Austen Candles and 2 signed DNMD books plus drink coasters and tea!

Regina Jeffers of Regina Jeffers's Blog
Giveaway: An autographed copy of “Christmas at Pemberley “

Alyssa Goodnight of Alyssa Goodnight
Giveaway: Jane Austen Action figure

Deb of Jane Austen in Vermont
Giveaway: JASNA 2012 calendars from the Wisconsin JASNA Region

Laura Hile, Susan Kaye, Pamela Aidan, and Barbara Cornthwaite of Jane Started It!
• One copy of Young Master Darcy: A Lesson in Honour by Pamela Aidan
• One set of Frederick Wentworth, Captain (Books 1 and 2) by Susan Kaye
• Two copies of Mercy's Embrace: So Rough a Course (Book 1) by Laura Hile
• George Kinghtley, Gentleman (Books 1 and 2) by Barbara Cornthwaite.

Juliet Archer of Choc Lit Authors’ Corner
Giveaway: a copy of “Persuade Me” and one of “The Importance of Being Emma”

Jane Greensmith of Reading, Writing, Working, Playing
Giveaway: a copy of “Intimations of Austen”, and Sense & Sensibility (Marvel Illustrated)

Jenny Allworthy of The Jane Austen Film Club
Giveaway: a copy of Northanger Abbey DVD starring Felicity Jones and JJ Feild (The winner will choose region 1 or 2 DVD)

Sitio Jane Austen of El Salón de Té de Jane
Giveaway: - Spanish edition of Sense and Sensibility for the 200th Anniversary + A DVD package with adaptations of Jane Austen
(It's only zone 2, but it's in Spanish and English ) + blu-ray of the BBC's Emma with Romola Garai

Kaitlin Saunders of Kaitlin Saunders
Giveaway: “A Modern Day Persuasion”

Becky Rhodehouse of One Literature Nut
Giveaway: selection of Austenesque Reads

Patrice Sarath of Patrice Sarath
Giveaway: A copy of The Unexpected Miss Bennet

Adriana Zardini of Jane Austen Brasil
Giveaway: DVD - Sense and Sensibility (1995) - English / Portuguese subtitles

Jane Odiwe of Jane Austen Sequels
Giveaway: a mug with one of Jane Odiwe’s illustrations and a copy of her “Mr Darcy’s Secret”

Courtney Webb of Stiletto Storytime
Giveaway: Noble Satyr by Lucinda Brant (Regency Romance)

Jennifer Becton of Jennifer W. Becton
Giveaway: An ebook of the Personages of Pride and Prejudice Collection, which contains all of my Austenesque works: Charlotte Collins, "Maria Lucas," and Caroline Bingley. The giveaway will be open internationally.

Vera Nazarian of Urban Girl Takes Vermont
Giveaway: a copy of Vera Nazarian’s gift hardcover edition of her inspirational calendar and diary, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

Abigail Reynolds of Pemberley Variations
Giveaway: a signed copy of “Mr. Darcy's Undoing”

Giveaway: Georgette Heyer's Regency World by Jennifer Kloester

Katherine Cox of November’s Autumn
Giveaway :$10 B&N Gift-card (US only)

Maria Grazia of My Jane Austen Book Club
Giveaway : A selection of Austenesque reads


* image source jane austen minicake


  1. Oh I was never clever enough for creating Haiku, but Jane would appreciate it.

    What a lovely giveaway idea! Thank you for the opportunity to win it.
    I have visited so many of the blogs, but I will pick 'Jane Made Me Do It' for you to check particularly. This is so fun visiting everyone's sites.

  2. What a wonderful gifts for Jane Austen and giveaway for her fans! Thank you for this opportunity to try to win Charming Petites. So far I've had the pleasure of reading about great gifts prepared for Jane and us by Abigail Reynolds, Regina Jeffers and C.Allyn Pierson. But knowing how many interesting treats are prepared by Austen authors and dedicated followers for this day I'm sure today I will enjoy visiting blogs of other participants as well:)

  3. Ups, I forgot to indicate my e-mail:

  4. Amazing event! Happy Birthday to our beloved Jane :)
    I visited Emily Snyder of O! Beauty Unattempted (but also many others :)


  5. I have visited and commented at most all of them, too many wonderful giveaways to not visit. And now a list of 10 more books I need to buy. :)

  6. I have visited many of the blogs and hope to visit them all by the end of the day. But I most recently read Erin Blakemore's blog.

    Happy Jane's Birthday! I would love to be chosen to win the drawing!

  7. I visited and commented on The Jane Austen Film Club's post. arianne(dot)hartsell(at)gmail(com)

  8. I visited and commented on Laurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose

    rallu.93 (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. What delightful gifts you want to give Jane, cake and a man. I bet that sums up a lot of birthday wishes around the world.

    I confess, I plan to visit every single one of the participants in Janes Birthday Celebration. It is simply so much fun to read about people who also love Jane. C. Allyn Pierson at SemiTrue Stories has an especially witty story.

    It would be wonderful to win your drawing. What a charming little book!

  10. I have visited all of the blog giveaways.

    Happy Birthday Jane!!!

  11. I have visited the heroine's bookshelf and more! You are amazing, for doing something like this!

  12. I have visited all of the blogs...
    Happy Birthday, Jane Austen
    Lia Freitas

  13. I've visited 10 soiree blogs so far! So fun! and your prize sounds delightful. Happy Bday, Jane!

  14. I visited Cindy Jones :) Or at least, her blog is one of those I visited and commented on.

    Have a happy Jane Austen birthday!

    irisonbooks [at] gmail [dot] com

  15. I'm visiting all of them My Dear.I think the last one I visited was Mesmereds.It will take me at least 3 days to visit them all.This is a delight,so much fun.Wonderful gift you gave Jane.Please include me in your giveaway and visit my blog any time @Denise's Delights in her Coffeeberry Cottage Thank you Denise Happy Birthday Jane!

  16. You are so right. I would love a copy of this delightful "Charming Petite." I visited the Jane Austen film club. I've never been there before.


  17. What a great way to celebrate Jane's birthday, by writing letters. I've been a devoted fan ever since I saw Emma Thompson's Sense and Sensibility. I've read all the books a couple of times since then. Thanks.

  18. I visited and left a comment on Brant Flakes blog. I'm sure if I win my daughter will be taking over the book. I know she won't be able to resist this one! Thanks for the giveaway!


  19. I have been hopping to most all of them! The last one I went to was Regina Jeffers. Thank you for the giveaway!

  20. Lovely gifts for Jane on her special day. Thanks for the giveaway too Velvet.

  21. Happy Birthday to our beloved Jane! I visited and commented over at Austenprose!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  22. Hello! I visited My Jane Austen book club and leave there a message.
    Thank you for this giveaway!!

  23. Hello! I visited Cindy Jones of First Draft and left a comment. :) Thanks!

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  25. I've visited and commented at several of the soiree blogs, including Jane Austen in Vermont. Thank you for the chance to win!

  26. I'm trying to visit as many as I can. So far, I've stopped at Cindy's, Laura's, Juliet's, and several others. I plan to keep hopping around till my daughters' movie ends. LOL!

    Thank you all! And Happy Birthday Jane!

    lcsieck at gmail dot com

  27. Beautiful cake AND that gorgeous plate it's setting on! Also, lovely haiku!

    Soon as I get caught up here, will definitely visit the participants :)
    In the meanwhile ... *Happy Birthday, Jane*

  28. Poetry in any form is my bane.
    Happy Birthday, Jane, and thank you, Velvet, for being part of the celebration.

  29. Love your gifts to Jane! Who wouldn't? Especially Mr. LeFroy. I would absolutely love to win Jane's Little Instruction book. Thanks!

  30. I am making my way around to visit everyone!!!
    Happy Birthday, Jane!

    This is the best blog hop ever!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  31. I'm loving this. I have visited STILETTO STORYTIME, but I will visit more.


  32. Please pick my name!!!!! I would love to have this book. This giveaway is so much fun. Thanks for the lovely idea!!!

  33. I have visited already most of the blogs yesterday and then today. I must confess I stated on top of the list and made my way through the blogs - that way I don´t miss a post - there are so many great, special birthday posts! Wow!

    I´d love to win the book!

    kewinkler at gmail dot com

  34. I visited a handful of the blogs but I'm still on my way to visit them all. The first blog I stop at is MG's My Jane Austen Book Club. I commented to win A Jane Austen Education which I do not own yet.


  35. I visited Sharon Lathan and Austenprose! Love discovering new Austen-inspired blogs.


  36. Lovely post, lovely gift!
    I'm so happy you've joined our party, Velvet. I hope you've been having as much fun as I have visiting all the participants' blogs. Brilliant!

  37. I visited Sharon Lathan and Marilyn Brant, to name a couple.


  38. I visited JANE AUSTEN BRASIL and many others, but I made a comment at Jane Austen Brasil and my e-mail is

  39. I visited several, but the one I commented at before your blog was at Marilyn Brant's blog.

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

  40. With each passing year I find out more about you and your writing .. every year that passes I know only a few minutes ... I would live forever in your stories, breathe the air and feel every emotion and your words a thousand centuries. .. as you continue to have this as I had in my heart every second, every moment ... wrap me in your stories .. which we know from beginning to end. We know your thoughts ... your deepest longings ... your disappointments and fears.

    We understand, for all this ... I feel a great joy to have you by my side (materialized in book) every night .. Happy Birthdays Jane!

    I would love to participate in the contest ... I leave my mail ..

    I visit El Salón de Té:

  41. I have visited almost all the sites participating in the soiree so far...I just visited Laurel Ann of Austenprose a moment ago! Thanks for the lovely giveaway and Happy Happy Birthday Dear Jane!

    stilettostorytime at gmail dot com

  42. I've visited all of the other blog sites and left comments on all but a few of them. Most recently Sharon Lathan's. It's been a lot of fun celebrating Miss Austen's birthday!

  43. I visited and joined Jenny Allworthy's The Jane Austen Film Club. I love this blog "hop" and celebrating Jane's big day!

  44. Forgot my email - sorry!
    lvsgund at

  45. Heey, it's a lovely giveaway that'd be much apreciated by Jane.
    I visited some blogs, but to pick one: Jane Austen Brasil.


  46. I visited Sharon Lathan's blog and left a comment as IdentitySeeker on her giveaway post and on a post with an excerpt from The Darcy's First Christmas.

    Thanks for this giveaway:)

    Happy holidays!

  47. I visit all the blogs, I especially enjoyed Patrice Sarath and I leave this comment:
    Dear Miss Austen,
    I love to hear your opinion of "North and South" by Elizabeth Gaskell. Another novel of very different time and style I would like to introduce you to is "My Orange-Lime Plant" by José Mauro de Vasconcelos, I'm sure that despite cultural differences, their eyes would fill with tears with this.
    I wish you the happiest of birthdays in a heaven surrounded by friends and congratulations to all who celebrate it like a dear friend’s birthday.

    In Jane Austen in Vermont, I comment:
    My dear Miss Austen,
    God bless you for your prodigious mind, for I could enjoy it more delicicosas hours with the most beloved books. What a pleasure to know you through your writings. What a delight and fascinating pleasure is travel every word, every phrase, every name so memorable.
    Persuasion, this word sounds so harmonious in my ears. What sweet sentiments were able to create characters so sublimes?
    If I were a book one of my chapters would be called Jane Austen.
    Deeply grateful I wish you the happiest of birthdays in a heaven surrounded by friends.

    And as birthday gift in some blogs I suggested:
    For her birthday I would like to invite her to the movies. I want to see together, "Persuasion" 1995. I know I would be amazing to share that moment with her and I think she might like.

    My e-mail address is


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