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The 12 Days of a Jane Austen Christmas – Jane’s Birthday Celebration and Giveaway — 52 Comments

  1. I feel it is such a shame she never knew how loved her books would become. I think she must have loved someone (and been loved) to be able to write such lovely stories. It’s such a shame that she died so young and never got her own happy ending. Thanks for this post and the giveaway.

  2. I would have loved to have met Jane Austen. She was born far too soon. I think she would be extremely witty and good fun. If she only knew how loved her books would become. Happy birthday Jane. Thank you for the give away

  3. I too wish she had lived longer and written even more books. Every time I read one of her novels again, and come to the end, it’s a wrench. I never want the stories to end. This, after reading these these books every year since I was in high school!

  4. Enjoyed the excerpt and appreciate the
    giveaway. Have many times wished she
    had known how beloved and respected
    her novels had become!

  5. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win. Like others, I’ve often wondered what would have happened if Jane had had her happily ever after. She probably would have had less time to write her wonderful stories!

  6. I loved your book, The Persuasion of Jane Austen, and can never thank you enough for signing my copy of the book. This story is most definitely worth reading. I adore the ending…..the one we all wish Jane had. Please do not enter me in the give away as I already have the ebook and paperback.

  7. Love your books but for some reason this is one I do not have. After that except I’m going to have to make sure it’s on my wish list! And I would dearly love some cake today!

  8. What a lovely excerpt! I would love having either a Kindle or a paper copy of your book; it looks wonderful!!

    Thank you for the short bio on Jane and for giving us a taste of your happy-ending for Jane herself.

    Wishing you joyous holydays,

    Susanne 🙂

  9. Happiest of Happy Birthdays to Jane! What she has inspired in so many readers is truly the best kind of gift! The fact that so many of us want to read and write about her is a testament to her talent!

  10. And such a special day this is to all of us. Without Jane. . ..

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a gift and for the pleasure of your books.

  11. What a splendid idea! I am playing Jane in an original play entitled: “Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker: An Interactive Ball!” I am having so much fun celebrating her through this production and on her birthday!

  12. Happy Birthday Miss Austen! Whenever I get a new calendar for the new year, I always put her name under the Dec 16th. That was a very flirtatious excerpt! Thank you for that and your generous giveaway!

  13. Hello Mrs Winslow
    I love the introduction you made oto Jane Austen’s life and your novel brings us closer to her, there is a more intimate relationship with her like with the movie
    Since the movie when I see James Macavoy I think of Tom lefroy.
    As it is quite late now for me ,in France, I will eat some fruit so no cake .
    A short little info, no critic at all!! In French it is “à la ” and not “a la” because “a” is the verb to have. I understand that you may not have the “accent of the a on your keyboard” you can copy mine 😀 it is always a pleasure as a French reader to see now and then some French expression used by JA authour’s

    • Yes, Mariam, although my French is VERY limited, I do know the “a” should have had an accent. I just couldn’t figure out how to make it appear. You might be interested to know that the true hero of this book (The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen) is a dashing French expatriot by the name of Captain Devereaux! For French words and phrases, though, I would refer you to another of my novels – Return to Longbourn – which boast a French music master who has retained more remnants of his native tongue. I hope you will find no errors there. I had someone fluent in the language (although not a native speaker) proof read the French bits.

  14. Hello Mrs Wislow, please understand I was trying to offense you. And I had no idea you has French heroes in tour novels. If I had known I would not have told you about the “à”. I was referrg to it as a mere information in case you did not know about the différence (but you do know). I wrote it as I often see in English speaking media and even books “a” instead of “à” and some other grammar mistake, not the French words That English assimilate through centuries.
    Your novels do looks quite unique(characters) and If I have some time I Will tryn at the moment I already have such a long list that I do not know where to start.

  15. Using a Person fluent in French (even if he /she is not a native) Is a good idea. I am quite about your work 🙂
    If it is modern novel then it is modern French and if it is,Regency Era (Napoléon) then it is Classical French

  16. Thanks for the giveaway Shannon. I loved The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen when I read it last year. I think it’s my favourite of all your books. The story you crafted for our beloved Jane is just the sort of life I would have wished for her. I already have the ebook but would love to be entered for the paperback and tote if it’s open internationally.

    Our son’s girlfriend made me a Jane Austen cake for my birthday this year. I’ve posted a photo of it in The Jane Austen Picture Wall and Mr. Darcy’s Extensive Readers on FB to celebrate Jane’s own birthday.

  17. There are so many authors who you grieve over the loss of all the subsequent works they might have written. A few get taken up by new authors who try to fill the void (and some even succeed), but I’m afraid Jane has spoilt the field for most people trying to carry on her work – she’s just too sharp, imaginative, and firmly rooted in her own era. It’s too easy for a modern author to use newer idioms and ideas. Don’t get me wrong – I love all the books written by modern authors from this website and more, and while I enjoy getting more information about the characters I love, we sadly all know that there aren’t going to be any new wonderful romances with new characters directly from Jane’s imagination. Sigh! Thanks for help keeping her work alive, all.

    • Very true, Brenda. No one can equal Jane Austen

      When I started writing in this genre it was because I wanted more and she wasn’t available. So I began with the two things I wished for most: a sequel to Pride and Prejudice (The Darcys of Pemberley) and another original story with original characters, like she wrote (For Myself Alone). I can never expect to measure up, but I hope my books help to fill the void in a way that does her legacy justice.

  18. Ha, ha. No nonsense Jane and flirty Tom make an amusing subject. Thank you also for the link about the backwards words letter which I had not heard about before.

  19. I don’t know if I’m in time for the giveaway, but this bittersweet story is absolutely charming. After “meeting” JA through her writings I was saddened by the limitations of her own life. As, I suppose, are most Janeites, who no doubt join me in wishing that Jane had lived to a ripe old — and more worldly — age. Alas, we take what we can. And thank the authors of pastiches for filling in the blanks for us.

  20. Thank you for the lovely excerpt. If Jane Austen had married, I have often thought that she would not have been able to write the marvelous few books that we have and then what would have happened with JAFF! Thank you for the giveaways.

  21. I do have a copy of that movie…teasing man. I have been so busy and am just getting to read some of these short snippets. I found it amusing that Tom Jones was the one book taken up in conversation. Thank you for this glimpse into what might have been.

    Happy New Year everyone.

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