Monday, August 18, 2014

Jane Austen's First Love GIVEAWAY ~ A SIGNED COPY

Hey Everyone! On Saturday, I had the opportunity to go to a book launch party for Jane Austen's First Love by Syrie James! This was totally unplanned. I didn't know about the event until the day before. I asked my kids if they wanted to drive to Santa Monica, have lunch and then go to Barnes and Noble for the book launch. They said yes, so off we went. 

Syrie gave an enjoyable talk, and I learned more about her new book. For instance, it was interesting to hear that every character in Jane Austen's First Love was a real person! The picture on the cover is what Goodnestone really looks like. Syrie did so much research for this book, it is amazing really. Most of this information and more is in the Author's Afterword in the back of the book. Plus, there is an article in Jane Austen's Regency World about it.



Syrie read chapter one aloud in a lovely British accent! It was a delightful afternoon!



There was also a raffle, and I won a beautiful little book full of quotes from Jane's books called, The Jane Austen Companion to Life.




I decided while I was there might as well get a book to give to one of my readers! So, I grabbed an extra copy of Jane Austen's First Love and had Syrie sign it




If you miss it, you can read my review here










~ ~ ~ GIVEAWAY ~ ~ ~


To enter the giveaway you must fill out the Rafflecopter below and leave a comment! Sorry, since I am mailing it myself, it's open to US only. Last day to enter is August 25, 2014. 


  • One person will win a signed paperback of Jane Austen's First Love.
  • US only.
  • Last day to enter: August 25, 2014.
Good luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Please, leave a comment! We'd love to hear from you! Remember, to enter the giveaway you MUST fill out the Rafflecopter above. If you need any help entering, email me! Just click on the icon at the top of the sidebar. Thanks!

28 comments:

  1. I am so glad you were able to go. If I lived nearby I would have loved to hear her reading. I saw some pictures of the event on facebook. Looks like it was a good turnout.

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    1. Hi Schilds! Yes, I do love to go to these events, but I'm not thrilled about the traffic around LA! It was a good turnout! I didn't see any of the pictures on facebook. I'll have to try and find them! :)

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  2. I have added this book to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Hi Raquel! It was a wonderful read! When you get a chance to read it, I hope you enjoy it too! You're welcome! :)

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  3. I want to read this one so much! I wish there were more reading hours in the day! I'm glad you got to go to the book launch celebration and meet Syrie - looks like fun. :)

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    1. Oh, I'm with you, Monica! There is so little time to read! Half (MOST) the time I can only read at night, and then I'm too tired and fall asleep! LOL!
      Yes, it was fun! And Syrie goes to all the AGMs, so you should meet her in Louisville! =D

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  4. Lucky duck!! Congrats on winning her raffle, what a treasure to have met her. I am too far away. The teaser excerpts I have read grim her new book have me drooling and I CAN'T WAIT to read it!! Thanks for hosting a giveaway, it's so generous!

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    1. Sorry, my above comment clearly was not editted...:-) Replace 'grim'' with 'from.' :-)

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    2. Hi Just only Angela! :) No worries! Thankfully, someone emailed me about a mistake in my post earlier today! *cringe* It happens! ;) I hope you get to read it soon!!

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  5. I've really wanted to read this book. What a bonus that it is a signed copy! Thanks so much :)

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    1. Hi Magistrabeck! I hope you get a chance to read it soon! It was fun going to the event to get the book signed! :)

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  6. I have been reading all about this new book. I am fascinated by the story and the real people that she has used for this story. I am really looking forward to reading it. She is a new author for me, I have not read anything by her as of yet.

    Julie R
    countrydancefeet@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Julie! It's too bad so much of Jane's personal life is lost. I love that Syrie did so much research do get something close to what may have happened. I am currently reading another book by Syrie and her son, Ryan James, called "forbidden". I'm about a third of the way through and enjoying it! It's a YA paranormal. I also read "Dracula, My Love" a while back and it was good too. I hope you get a chance to read "Jane Austen's First Love" soon!

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    1. Hi Melissa! I hope you get to read it soon! =)

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  8. Divine appointments are awesome! Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I can't wait to read Jane Austen's First Love

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    1. Hi Caryl! Yes, they are! I'm so glad I went! I hope you enjoy the book when you get a chance to read it! :)

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  9. You two girls are gorgeous! What a wonderful day for you both. Congrats for winning the little book. Your generosity in offering Syries new SIGNED book is over-the-top. You have a great heart, Candy.

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    1. Thanks so much, Joy!! Yes, Syrie had a nice turn out. I didn't realize she was giving a talk, so that was a bonus for me! Thanks for stopping by and for all your help!

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  10. Thanks for his great giveaway and feature. This book would be captivating. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I was already planning to get a copy of the book but having a signed copy would be a win/win!! Thanks for such a generous offer!

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  12. Thank you for doing this! I have read one other book by Syrie James which I really loved!! :)

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  13. Great photo's what a wonderful opportunity Candy, sounds like it was a wonderful day! My kids would have said no! :)

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  14. I grew up reading Jane Austen's novels and now study her writing as part of my English PhD. Always love to read new criticism and perspectives on Austen's fiction and life. Can't wait to delve into it!

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  15. You are so fortunate to have been able to see Syrie and hear her read. What a nice picture of the two of you. I would've loved to have been there, but the trip from New York would've been a little too much. Thank you so much for your generous give away. I am reading the book on my NOOK.

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  16. What a fun day you had! I cannot wait to read this book! I am such a fan of Syrie's other books and this one sounds wonderful too. Thanks for the giveaway!!:)

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  17. Your adventure sounds fun; thanks for sharing :) . I’m looking forward to reading this book!

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  18. What a delightful experience. Thanks for this giveaway.

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