Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Raising a Toast to Jane!

Some breaking contest news: The wonderful Ann Victor is hosting a contest on her blog--check it out here! You could win some very cool prizes from South Africa!!

I'm also hosting a December contest--see my two previous posts for details--so you can win, win, win just by leaving a comment on one of my posts this month.

And, today, in honor of Jane Austen's 234th birthday (!!), I'm guest blogging on two fabulous sites: I'll be at Single Titles, sharing some info about the ongoing celebration of our dear Jane at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City, along with a handful of insights I found particularly interesting. (Oh! And I'm giving away an autographed copy of According to Jane to one commenter. ;)

Also, as a guest of the lovely Kris Kennedy, I was invited over to Mama Writers today as well, and I'll be talking about how my son helped me become a novelist... Please visit if you have a chance!

In some fun and utterly unexpected news, my debut novel made a brief appearance in a newspaper far from Chicagoland. I was pleased to learn that According to Jane was mentioned in the "Books" section of Tulsa World last week (second-to-last paragraph) in an article by James D. Watts, Jr. called "Jane Addiction"--yay! (And anytime a writer wants to compare my novel to Bridget Jones's Diary--in the same sentence even!--I'm gonna be happy about it.)

Finally, I had an outstanding time visiting with members of the Wisconsin chapter of the Jane Austen Society this past weekend for Jane's annual birthday event. REALLY DELIGHTFUL!! Coming up in my next post: Photos! Advice for Mr. Charles Bingley from his sisters! An English Trifle Recipe! (And, possibly, fewer exclamation marks--but I'm making no promises!!)


Kirsten said...
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Marilyn Brant said...

Kirsten, thanks so much for your wonderful comments!! Clearly, we both have a tremendous respect for Jane...and I just love the lessons you feel you've learned from her (esp. this one: "That beauty is in a person's character rather than countenance" :). I can't help but believe she'd be proud to know how many millions of people she's inspired.

Thanks, also, for being persistent and commenting here when the Single Titles site gave you trouble. I left a comment that's awaiting moderation there, so maybe both of ours will show up soon (??) but, regardless, I've entered you in the contest there and also the one here. :)

Pamela Cayne said...

Do we get pictures from the Wisconsin birthday party, or are you still forgetting your camera? ;-)

Unknown said...

Don't know if you saw this. Thought you could appreciate it though.


Robin said...

*Your* Jane is addictive - how cool that you were mentioned far from home! I moved and reorganized my bookshelf a couple of weeks ago and when I cam across your book (which is in a prominent place on my shelf), I sat down to read some again - it made me smile. :)

Edie said...

Marilyn, you probably saw Vicky Hinshaw this past weekend. I saw her the week before at our chapter Christmas party at her place.

How cool that your book was compared to Bridget Jones's Diary! That must put you in the holiday mood.


Marilyn Brant said...

Pamela~Thank you for visiting me a both sites today, you wonderful woman, you! And YES--there will be photos!! I was so proud of myself for remembering my camera ;).

Tiffany~How cool! Thanks so much for the link! I didn't know they were even making a P&P&Z movie, let along that Natalie Portman was involved. Really interesting...

Robin~Oh, you're just so nice--thanks!! I'm glad the story makes you smile, even the second time around :).

Edie~Yes, I *did* see Vicky! I don't know if she saw me, too--or would even remember my name if she did (we've met only briefly at other JASNA Wisc. events)--but the group that gathers for these celebrations is a very nice one. I hope she had as wonderful a time as I did. And, BTW, thank you for stopping by MamaWriters today to visit me!!

Nancy J. Parra said...

Hi Marilyn,

The Tulsa World mention is awesome!! I agree "According to Jane" did remind me of Bridget Jones. Cheers~

Vesper said...

A toast to Jane! I love her!

And I would like to say how really thrilled I am for you, Marilyn, for all this recognition and all these great things happening to you. It's wonderful!


Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

Marilyn, thanks for the heads up on the Christmas contest over at my blog!

And good luck with your contest - I have a wonderful autographed copy of According to Jane and it's a proud addition to my bookshelf, so I know the winner will be getting a great prize!

erika said...

You can never use to exclamation points !!!! I really enjoy all of you posts -- keep it up.

Marilyn Brant said...

Edie~Thanks for visiting me on Single Titles, too! That moderation thing kept me from seeing your comment there until late last night :).

Nancy~I was pretty excited by the mention! It was made a little more fun by the fact that it was so very unexpected ;-).

Vesper~Thanks so much! And I really appreciated your comment on Mama Writers, too... {hug!}

Ann~You're very welcome, but sharing your contest news was a bit counter-intuitive for me because *I* want to win one of those prizes!! Looks like you've got a very good response to it so far.

Erika~Thanks, hon! And, so, with YOU I won't hold back on my exclamation point usage--LOL!! I have WAY overdone it lately, though, I know ;).

p.s. Kirsten~you won the drawing on Single Titles! Just in case you see this first, email me and let me know your mailing address: marilynbrant AT gmail DOT com

Laura Hartness said...

Congrats on all your accolades! That must be so exciting. Thanks for the heads-up on the According to Jane contest, which I was finally able to enter. Whew!

English Trifle recipe...mmm....

Laura Hartness
The Calico Critic

Marilyn Brant said...

Laura~I'm so glad your comments on Single Title finally went through! One of mine completely disappeared, and another one (from tonight) still hasn't made it on there yet...oh, well. Hope the trifle recipe will make up for it!! :)