In early September, Syrie was privileged to take a wonderful Jane Austen tour of England, sponsored by Ingenious Travel, and organized by the same company that runs the JASNA tours.
Syrie traveled with her dear friend Laurel Ann Nattress, editor of austenprose.com, and a group of 16 lovely ladies. It was the perfect sized tour and an amazing time was had by all!
Arrival at Heathrow Airport:
Kathleen Kennedy, Laurel Ann, Syrie, and tour guide Christina
Tour group at Godmersham Park, County Kent, England
FORBIDDEN's cover won Third Place
in the Houston Bay Area RWA
Young Adult Reader's Choice Awards!
VISIT THE STOPS ON SYRIE'S BLOG TOUR
Gala Online Launch Party at austenprose.com
My Jane Austen Book Club: Syrie James Discusses Why Jane Austen Captures Her Writing Imagination
Austen Authors: Syrie James celebrates The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen -–book launch and giveaway!
Historical-Fiction.com: Syrie James on Her Writing and Travels
RT Book Reviews: Syrie James Channels Jane Austen
Fresh Fiction: Syrie James | The challenges of the writing process
Risky Regencies: How Did You Research The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen?
Austenesque Reviews: "The Best Writing Advice I've Ever Gotten" by Syrie James
Jane Austen in Vermont: "How JASNA Has Changed My Life" by Syrie James
Jane Austen's World: Review, Giveaway, and Fun Facts
The Maiden's Court: "Authors Who Inspire Me...and Blending Historical with Contemporary Fiction" by Syrie James
Diary of an Eccentric: Syrie James on Jane Austen’s Family and Friends
Becoming Jane Blogspot: An Interview with Syrie James
Congratulations to Betty A. Strohecker of Virginia Beach, VA, winner of an advance copy of THE MISSING MANUSCRIPT OF JANE AUSTEN in the December 13 newsletter giveaway contest. Thank you to everyone who participated.
ANNOUNCING THE HARRISON DUET
A pair of novels Syrie wrote years ago, books one and two in The Harrison Duet, have been released in newly edited editions!
Both are sexy, whirlwind romances featuring strong, intelligent women and charismatic, successful men who make life-changing decisions on the road to happiness.
Can a handsome Seattle entrepreneur convince a sultry Southern California radio deejay to risk her career and her heart for love?
Read more about SONGBIRD here.
Available in paperback, on B&N Nook, and Amazon Kindle.
Other e-reader editions coming soon.
Other e-reader editions coming soon.
"THE AUSTEN ASSIZES"
The theme of the 2012 JASNA AGM in Brooklyn was "Sex, Money, and Power in the novels of Jane Austen." Syrie and Diana Birchall were thrilled to write, produce, and perform in a staged
reading of a comedic Austen-themed play as a breakout session.
Here’s the logline of THE AUSTEN ASSIZES: "Three of Austen’s most colorful characters are put on trial for crimes committed involving abuses of power, sex, and money in a delectably disputatious verbal free-for-all."
(The "Assizes" were periodic criminal courts once held in England and Wales.
The word assize refers to the sittings or sessions–Old French assises–of the judges, who traveled across the seven circuits, setting up court and summoning juries at the various Assize Towns.)
In the play, a judge hears three cases; the audience is the jury; the defendants and the prosecutors (all well known Austen characters) take the stand simultaneously; and hilarity ensues.
Pitting Lady Catherine against the flighty Mrs. Bennett, and Mr. Willoughby against the sterling Colonel Brandon and Marianne, turned out to be hilarious indeed–-and Syrie had a wonderful time playing the nefarious Lucy Steele.
The play was an hour long, filled with standout performances from our cast and one laugh after another. We estimate that 300 people attended, and their response was thrilling, ending with a standing ovation that brought down the house! Diana and Syrie were delighted to learn that "The Austen Assizes" was voted the number one breakout session at this year's AGM.
If you belong to an organization, educational institution, or JASNA chapter that would like to put on a production of the original play "The Austen Assizes," please contact Syrie. It is available for a royalty fee to produce in your home town!
"YOU ARE PASSIONATE, JANE"
Syrie and Austenesque author Diana Birchall recently starred as Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte in Diana's comedic play "You Are Passionate, Jane" for enthusiastic JASNA audiences in Seattle, Washington and Pasadena, California.
This light, bright and sparkling diversion imagines what it would be like to be privy to an intimate view of two literary legends in tête-à-tête when
they meet in heaven for the first time.
Jane Austen has been given the important job of Gatekeeper in Heaven, deciding which other literary figures will be allowed to ascend, and as the play begins, newly deceased Charlotte Bronte is brought before her.
The two women are temperamental opposites, and Bronte was known to be devoid of any sympathy to Austen's style.
As Charlotte's passionate life and works come under scrutiny (the title quote refers to Jane Eyre), the literary sparks fly--upward!
If your JASNA chapter or other group would like Syrie and Diana to perform a staged reading of "You Are Passionate, Jane" at a future meeting, please contact Syrie through her Guest Book, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
READ MORE about "You Are Passionate, Jane" and see more pix here:
Syrie and Ryan signing FORBIDDEN
March 1, 2012
NOCTURNE was a finalist in Cover Cafe's annual ROMANCE BOOK COVER CONTEST in the Alternate Reality category.
NOCTURNE was also a BEST BOOK OF 2011 NOMINEE by The Romance Reviews.
"A must read. Definitely added to my top 24 of all time favorite books."--Jean Book Nerd
THE AUTHORS SPEAK - RADIO POD CAST
FUN INTERVIEW re FORBIDDEN
Click on the link above, or on the arrow below.
Ryan & Syrie's interview begins about 7 minutes in...
so please keep listening! :)
Congratulations to Jennifer Thomas of Amherst, Ohio, winner of the Forbidden Bestseller contest!
"The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë"
AUDIO BOOK wins the
2011 Audie Romance award!
"This award is a really big honor. The Audies are the Grammys or Oscars of the audiobook publishing world. To become an audie finalist, the writing has to be absolutely amazing, paired with an amazing reader--and Syrie's book beat out a list of top notch, bestselling novels to win the award. Congratulations!"
—Bob Deyan, CEO, Deyan Audio
Authors Stephanie Barron
and Syrie James
at the Launch Party
& Booksigning for
the short story anthology
Jane Austen Made Me Do It
Barnes & Noble, Fort Worth, Texas
See More Photos and
Read All About It Here!
Real Men Read Romance!
"I was drawn in by the picture of the rose in the snow.... I read Nocturne in two days and after I was finished, I went on a mission to contact Syrie and let her know how impressed I was... I would highly recommend this book to anyone, men and women alike."
Syrie's interview in Dark Media Magazine.
"The defining element of a good story for me is that the main characters must go through a learning curve. They begin with a deeply felt inner wound
that has in some way prevented them from
moving forward in life..." (Read More)
Syrie and "Nocturne" in the New Fiction section
at Barnes & Noble
CLICK HERE for the link to LISTEN to
Syrie's appearance on The Diane Rehm Show in Washington D.C.
discussing the novel "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte.
Review of Focus Film's JANE EYRE
AUSTENALIA at Chapman University,
a panel discussion and book signing event with Syrie and three other Jane Austen-related authors.
Syrie and Nocturne are in the Paranormal and
Urban Fantasy Spotlight at RT Book Reviews.
Click these links for an exclusive excerpt,
a review of Nocturne, and a personal message from Syrie about the creation of Nocturne.
Syrie dishes about
"Heroes: The Men She Loves To Write About"
at The Romance Dish.