Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tis the Season for Swag: Giveaways Galore 2

I am changing how this is going to work. Entrants may choose whichever book they wish to receive, and the winners from each giveaway will be in a new drawing, the winner of which receives the cards as well as their books. This is unless no one actually wants the cards at all, in which case I suppose my relations will have to enjoy them. If you like them, please let me know. I made two new sets, all different this time, though still Christmas themed. Each set of five is virtually identical, only one is on bleached card stock, and the other on unbleached. As you can see, I solved my crappy handwriting issue by employing modern technology. Yeah printers! I'm sorry, but I am a bit backwards about these things. I really am rather fond of them, and if you are too, now would be the proper time to encourage me to continue making them by sharing your thought sin a comment below. Thanks!

I have three books which entrants may choose from today (blurbs courtesy of Amazon):

The Dashwood Sisters Tell All by Beth Patillo
(read my review here)

Ellen and Mimi Dodge have never been close, but their mother's dying wish sends them on a walking tour of Hampshire, England, that follows in the footsteps of Jane Austen. Their mother also left them something else: a diary that belonged to Jane's sister Cassandra. These pages shed light on the secrets that nearly tore the Austen sisters apart and inspired one of the greatest love stories of all time. They also bring Jane to life in a way that no one has ever seen before: through the eyes of her sister. As the Dodge sisters embark on their walking tour, they too are drawn together in ways they never expected. They also discover that Cassandra's diary holds secrets, and someone doesn't want Ellen and Mimi to discover the truth. As they stumble on their way toward love, the women learn how Jane and Cassandra Austen inspired the original Marianne and Elinor Dashwood and come to realize that despite their very different personalities, they are a vital part of each other's happy endings.

Miss Bennet and Mr. Bingley by Fanella J. MIller
(read my review here and my interview with Ms. Miller here)

In Miss Bennet & Mr Bingley, Fenella J Miller returns to Jane Austen's best loved novel, Pride and Prejudice, giving an insight into both Charles and Jane's private thoughts through that difficult year. We discover what Jane did in London and how Charles filled the days until he was able to return to Netherfield. This book takes us past the wedding - when Kitty Bennet becomes the heroine of the hour. ""Jane Bennet is in the spotlight in Fenella-Jane Miller's delightful novel. We see Jane's growing love for Bingley as well as her view of Elizabeth and Darcy's unfolding relationship, and we find out what happened to her in London when she thought all was lost. Humorous, engaging and true to Jane Austen's world, this is a charming read for Austen fans." - Amanda Grange (bestselling author of Mr Darcy's Diary, Mr Knightley's Diary, Captain Wentworth's Diary)

The Mistresses Black Veil by M.K. Baxley
(read my review here)

In this new twist to Jane Austen's favorite romance, M. K. Baxley explores the road that might have been taken had one small alteration occurred in the original plot. Instead of Lydia Bennet going to Brighton while Lizzy toured the Lakes, what if she had gone instead while Elizabeth visited Charlotte in Kent?

In this tale of Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth was called home immediately after receiving Mr. Darcy's letter. Her father, while searching for his youngest daughter in London, succumbed to a cold and later died of heart failure. The subsequent events that follow are told in the narrative fashion of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones and within the manner of Jane Austen.

The Mistress's Black Veil begins five years after that fateful day at Hunsford Parsonage when Mr. Darcy proposed to Elizabeth Bennet. The Bennets, now reduced to poverty after the death of Mr. Bennet, are barely surviving, having been thrown into the hedgerow by their cousin, Mr. Collins, at the directive of his noble patroness Lady Catherine de Bourgh. As the situation becomes even more desperate, Elizabeth makes a difficult and irrevocable choice that will forever change her life and the lives of the ones she loves. In the end will she and Fitzwilliam Darcy find their way to their happily ever after?

The Mistress's Black Veil, influenced by Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story, "The Minister's Black Veil", is for mature readers only.

North American residents only, I am sincerely sorry to say. Typically, I do make my giveaways international but my pockets, like everyone else, are currently feeling the holiday pinch. Winners will enter a drawing to win the bleached Christmas cards. Don't forget you can enter any and as many of these giveaways as you'd like. Winner will be announced the 25th. To win a copy of either Sass & Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler or Emma & Knightley: Perfect Happiness in Highbury by Rachel Billington, follow this link to the previous giveaway post. Merry Christmas!  


  1. Yay, another chance to win. I haven't read any of these and the cards are cute so I'm open to winning anything.

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    sophiarose1816 at gmail dot com

  2. All of this looks wonderful!! Please enter me in the contests. adkroll (at) yahoodotcom

  3. I'd love to be entered in the contest, all the books sound like great reads!

    felicialso @gmail. com

  4. All these books sound like wonderful reads, but I think I'd prefer Miss Bennet and Mr. Bingley.

    Love the cards!

  5. I really like your cards! Very pretty - I wish I was crafty. All these books look good. I haven't read any of them. My first choice would be The Mistress's Black Veil but I'm open to anything. Thanks!

    monicaperry00 at gmail dot com

  6. Thanks - these books are great reads for the coming months!