Friday, August 19, 2011

Austen Characters, Goodreads Giveaways & Summertime 'Magic'


Just a heads up that I'm over at Austen Authors today talking about "Austen Character Encounters" (aka, meeting people in real life who resemble in manners or appearance a character that populates one of Jane's novels). I'll confess to having met a modern-day Mr. Collins or two...

Also, there's a Goodreads giveaway for U.S. residents that just began this week. Winners will get one of ten autographed advanced reading copies of A Summer in Europe. If you're interested, you can enter here!

Finally, just because school's starting next week (YAY!!!), it doesn't mean summer's really over. I had the first line from this song running through my head all day yesterday so, perhaps, a little 1984 "Magic" from The Cars is in order:

Ahhh, the Eighties... That's what turns me upside down. I'm in the mood to get just a bit nostalgic this weekend and will probably have a YouTube video marathon tonight. I want to see John Waite sing "Restless Heart" and "Change." I could use a Huey Lewis and the News boost, too. And Journey. And Asia. And REO Speedwagon. And Bon Jovi, of course. (But I listen to them even when I'm not feeling nostalgic. ;) What were some of your favorite '80s tunes? What's a song I should definitely cue up this evening??

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Edie Ramer said...

Wasn't Girls Just Want to Have Fun the 80s? LOL. Springsteen! He's still a fav. Paul Simon. Tom Petty. I like bluesy music, so I'll add Clapton and Bonnie Riatt, though they might have been favorites in the '90s.

Comparing people to the Austen characters has got to be fun. I'm on my way over there.

Marilyn Brant said...

Edie, yes! Cyndi Lauper!! Definitely and '80s airwave staple ;). LOVE Bruce and Paul Simon, too. Their songs bring back so many great memories...sigh.
Hope you have a fab weekend, my friend!

Nancy J. Parra said...

Hi Marilyn,
Thanks for the video~ 80's songs are bubblegum fun. Have you been shopping lately and noticed how much the styles are making a comeback?

Best of luck on your Goodreads giveaway. I'm going over to enter. Cheers~

Marilyn Brant said...

Nancy, thank you! I've heard rumors about retro stuff returning, but I'm not much of a clothes shopper, so I haven't seen it firsthand. I'll have to get out there and take a look, although I'm cringing at the idea of stirrup pants making a return, LOL!

Caryn Caldwell said...

Oh, yes. I've met my share of Mr. Collins characters. Some Wickhams, too.

As for music, you have good taste! I love 'Magic' and all the other ones you listed. Well, except Bon Jovi. Sorry. Never could get into his music.

Marilyn Brant said...

LOL, Caryn!! Years ago I'd heard some odd rumors that there were people in the world not totally in love with Jon Bon Jovi and his music, but I thought that was a myth... :) Glad we share a mutual appreciation for The Cars!