Without further ado, there are contest winners to be announced! Again, thanks so much to Hank Phillippi Ryan for visiting last week and for being so generous with her books. There were supposed to be two winners for Hank's novels, but Hank writes: "In honor of AIR TIME just being nominated for the AGATHA AWARD for Best Mystery of 2009, three winners! Pamala, L.A. Mitchell and Tonya can get the TIME book of their choice! Just have them email me at hryan at whdh dot com and tell me their choice of book and their address -- or they can go to my website and click on contact." (WHOO-HOO, HANK!!!!!! CONGRATS!!!)
And congrats to Pamala, L.A. and Tonya, too! The books in Hank's TIME series include: Prime Time, Face Time, Air Time or Drive Time. And when you email her with your choice, you can add a second congrats because not only did AIR TIME receive an AGATHA nomination, but her short story "On the House" was also nominated for the AGATHA for Best Short Story of 2009! So, two HUGE nominations... Fabulous news, Hank! (You can sample the short story on her website, btw.)
Also, here's a fun new Jane Austen Challenge for the year. Thanks to Haley from The Life (and Lies) of an Inanimate Flying Object, you can take part in this 2010 Austen reading challenge at one of these levels:
**Newbie 2 books by J. Austen, 2 re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)
**Lover 4 books by J. Austen, 4 re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)
**Fanatic 6+ books by J. Austen, 5+ re-writes, prequels, sequels, or spoofs (by other authors)
Since I am pretty clearly in the "Fanatic" category, I'll be trying for that one...
My 6+ books by Jane herself are the regulars: Emma, Northanger Abbey, Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Mansfield Park and Persuasion. I'm tempted to add Sanditon (her unfinished manuscript) to this list as well. It's been years since I read it closely, and I think I'd find her partial draft even more interesting now.
As for my 5+ others, this is likely to be expanded just because there are so many Austenesque books out there that I'd love to read, but for now: Jane Bites Back (Michael Thomas Ford), The Other Mr. Darcy (Monica Fairview), Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart (Beth Pattillo), Longbourn's Unexpected Matchmaker (Emma Hox) and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: The Last Man in the World (Abigail Reynolds). I still have to catch up with some of the more recent delightful mysteries by Carrie Bebris and Stephanie Barron, too...sigh. My TBR pile is enormous.
What are you all doing/watching/reading this week? Any raves??