Friday, December 21, 2012

Tis the Season for Swag: Giveaways Galore 6

Giveaways Galore Guidelines: 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.

I can hardly believe we have already come to the bottom of my pile of books, and Christmas is only three days away! I think I've saved a good one for the last giveaway, having a theme for the three final books on offer. It's a poll and party - a Mr. Darcy party! Which of these four classic takes on Darcy is your favorite? Enter to win, or vote in the sidebar, or both!

Darcy's Story by Janet Aylmer  

When Elizabeth Bennet first met Mr. Darcy, she found him proud, distant, and rude—despite the other ladies' admiration of his estate in Derbyshire and ten thousand pounds a year. But what was Mr. Darcy thinking?

Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice has long stood among the most beloved novels of all time. The story of Elizabeth Bennet's blossoming romance with "haughty, reserved, and fastidious" Fitzwilliam Darcy has enchanted readers for nearly two centuries. Yet, Mr. Darcy has always remained an intriguing enigma—his thoughts, feelings, and motivations hidden behind a cold, impenetrable exterior . . . until now.

With the utmost respect for Austen's original masterwork, author Janet Aylmer loving retells Pride and Prejudice from a bold new perspective: seeing events as they transpire through the eyes of Darcy himself. One of world's great love stories takes on breathtaking new life, and one of fiction's greatest romantic heroes becomes even more sympathetic, compelling, attractive, and accessible, all through the imagination and artistry of a truly gifted storyteller. 

Mr. Darcy's Diary by Amanda Grange

Monday 9th September

"I left London today and met Bingley at Netherfield Park. I had forgotten what good company he is; always ready to be pleased and always cheerful. After my difficult summer, it is good to be with him again. ..."

The only place Darcy could share his innermost feelings was in the private pages of his diary... 

Torn between his sense of duty to his family name and his growing passion for Elizabeth Bennet, all he can do is struggle not to fall in love.

Mr. Darcy's Diary presents the story of the unlikely courtship of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Darcy's point of view. This graceful imagining and sequel to Pride and Prejudice explains Darcy's moodiness and the difficulties of his reluctant relationship as he struggles to avoid falling in love with Miss Bennet. Though seemingly stiff and stubborn at times, Darcy's words prove him also to be quite devoted and endearing - qualities that eventually win over Miss Bennet's heart. This continuation of a classic romantic novel is charming and elegant, much like Darcy himself.
Pride and Prejudice has inspired a large number of modern day sequels, the most successful of which focus on the rich, proud Mr. Darcy. 

Mr. Darcy's Diary by Maya Slater

(This is the Orion Books publication of the book later renamed The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy)

Literature’s most famous romantic hero opens his diary: it’s intimate, dramatic, deeply passionate, and sometimes downright shocking.

Have you ever wondered what Mr. Darcy was really thinking? Find out his secrets in this captivating novel of love, pride, passion, and, of course, prejudice. Mr. Darcy’s intimate diary reveals his entanglements with women, his dangerous friendship with Lord Byron, his daily life in Georgian London, his mercurial mood swings calmed only by fisticuffs at Jackson’s—and, most importantly, his vain struggle to conquer his longing for Elizabeth Bennet.

The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy by Mary Street

Originally published in the U.K., Mary Street's ingenious retelling of Jane Austen's classic story now makes its U.S. debut-to the delight of the fans of Austen's comic masterpiece of divine romance. In Fitzwilliam Darcy, Austen created the ultimate romantic hero. Yet Pride and Prejudice reveals little of Darcy's innermost thoughts. Here, Street unveils the true motives and mysteries of Elizabeth Bennet's enigmatic suitor. Through Darcy's eyes we discover the reality of his relationships with his sister Georgiana, his cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam, the dastardly Wickham, his friend Bingley, and his formidable aunt, Lady Catherine. And of course, all his memorable encounters with Elizabeth, from that first view of her fine eyes to his disastrous proposal, and then to a pride and arrogance tempered by an unquenchable love.

I admit to feeling some pain in giving up these beloved volumes as well as intentionally withholding Pamela Aiden's novels form the list, for her Darcy is my favorite, and I cannot bear to part with him, but I included him in the poll regardless. I'm looking forward to seeing who wins. As usual, the winners will compete to win the following set of Austen-inspired greeting cards: 

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?"
Best of luck to all the entrants. Don't forget all the giveaways will be open through Christmas Eve, and that you may enter as many as you like, as long as you leave your email address and have a North American mailing address. Merry Christmas!

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

Giveaways Galore 3:

Memory Volumes One, Two, and Three by Linda Wells 

Giveaways Galore 4:
Perfect Fit by Linda Wells 
Mistress of Pemberley by Isobel Scott Moffat 

Giveaways Galore 5:
The Darcys & the Bingleys and The Plight of the Darcy Brothers by Marsha Altman
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathlene Schine
Derbyshire by Marie Hogstrom 


  1. Sorry none of the above. My absolute fav is Regina Jeffer's book called "Darcy's Temptations" and my 2nd choice is Pamela Aidan's trilogy. Though I have read all of the above books and did enjoy them, they are not my favorite. Did enjoy yor book very much. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!! :D

    1. I can't believe I forgot Regina Jeffers! I will add her to the survey, if you'd like to cast a vote.