Friday, December 14, 2012

Tis the Season for Swag: Giveaways Galore 4

I'm going to state the rules upfront this time, to make sure there is no confusion. To enter, please leave your email address in a comment on the giveaway in which you are interested (you may enter as many as you want), including the name of the book in which you are interested. This giveaway is only open to US residents, I'm sorry to say. All giveaways are open until Christmas, winners being announced on 12/25. In those giveaways featuring greeting cards, the recipient of said cards will be selected amongst the winners.

Now that that is out of the way, and I hope said perfectly clearly, let's chat about "said cards". It occurred to me, as I glued together the most recent batch, that the images I'm posting do not well explain how the cards are constructed. In case anyone might be interested, I am making the cards out of cards stock cut with the aid of stencils. I have been very fortunate to find many cute Christmas stencils for free at, several of which I have used in my Austen cards. I cut the paper and glue it on the cards, which I have used the simple expedient of the household printer to emblazon with Austen's witticisms. It's a humbling hobby, but one which is all the rage witrh me at the moment. Here are images of the set just completed. Only four cards this time, and just general greetings, rather than the Christmas cards I've been offering thus far. As I explained in Giveaway Galore number 4, I made two identical sets: one on bleached paper, the other on unbleached. One of the winners of today's giveaway will also receive the unbleached set. I'm really pleased with these:

To receive so flattering an invitation! ...  so warmly solicited!
It was a delightful visit; perfect, in being much too short.
"Ha! Is it you? Thank you ... This is treating me like a friend."
"Do you not know that such a report is spread abroad?"

Two books for entrants to choose from today, blurbs courtesy of Amazon. First, keeping the Linda Wells' love flowing (those of you familiar with her very mature novels will please excuse that horrific attempt at innuendo - such banter is not my forte):

Perfect Fit by Linda Wells
(read my review here)

Perfect Fit is a modern fairy tale featuring the characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Billionaire William Darcy is burdened with maintaining his family’s legacy following the tragic deaths of his parents, and must also attempt to restore his young sister’s spirit after becoming the victim of Internet luring by a former family friend. Elizabeth Bennet is a popular author of young adult mystery novels. She began writing as a way to escape first the behavior, and then the memory, of a dominating former lover. These two lonely people meet at a wedding, over a broken shoe, and learn that once upon a time can lead to a happy ending. This low-angst story contains scenes of a mature nature. Linda Wells is also the author of Chance Encounters, Fate and Consequences, Memory and Imperative.

And second: 

Mistress of Pemberley by Isobel Scott Moffat

The trials and tribulations of the Bennet family continue. Elizabeth, now Mrs Darcy and mistress of the great estate of Pemberley, is blissfully married and considers it her responsibility to ensure that Darcy's sister, Georgiana, and his cousin, Anne, daughter of the daunting Lady Catherine de Bourgh, achieve a similar state. Yet Georgiana and Anne are both so shy that surely they will require a helping hand from Elizabeth, and how is she to outwit the formidable Lady Catherine? But while Lizzie has her attention on those at Pemberley and Rosings, intrigue is afoot at her former home of Longbourn, where her sisters, Kitty and Mary, and, more alarmingly, her father, seem to have all fallen under the spell of a certain Mrs Castlemain. Only one more thing is needed for Elizabeth and Darcy's happiness to be complete. But, in the meantime, Darcy is once again confronted with the shadows of the past, and Elizabeth is horrified to find that she might be turning into her mother! A charming sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Be sure to check these other posts to enter for your chance to win!

Giveaways Galore 1: 
Sass & Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler
Emma & Knightley: Perfect Happiness in Highbury by Rachel Billington 

Giveaways Galore 2:
The Dashwood Sisters Tell All by Beth Pattillo
Miss Bennet & Mr. Bingley by Fanella J. Miller

Giveaway Galore 3:
Memory Volumes One, Two, and Three by Linda Wells

Good luck and happy holidays!


  1. I was just going to ask you, how you are making these! That's so impressive, Alexa! You sure have a lot of patience! I just love Jane Austen's silhouette! I would love to have it all over my house! I remember when you reviewed Perfect Fit and I was interested in picking that one up myself. I do love fairy tales! Once Upon a Time is my new favorite show!

    Thanks for the opportunity!!! Hope you and Eliza are doing well!

  2. Hi Meredith! So good to hear from you, and thank you for saying such nice things about my cards. I would love to send them to you.

    Eliza is a absolutely fabulous. We are all looking forward to Christmas. Happy holidays!

  3. Another wonderful giveaway! I would love to win a copy of Mistress of Pemberley. Those cards are SO darling!
    Thanks :)