I'm very pleased to announce the winners of the Valentine's Month Giveaway. After a random drawing of all entries, the winner of the grand prize is Sheila Majczan, who posted reviews of SONGBIRD and PROPOSITIONS on February 19. The winner of the runner up prize is LilMissMolly, who posted a review of SONGBIRD on February 26. Please contact me at to redeeem your prizes. A big thank you to everyone who entered the contest!


ç Hey, readers! To help you celebrate the most romantic of months in style, I'm lowering the e-book price of SONGBIRD and PROPOSITIONS (which are very close to my heart) to 99 cents for a limited time only--through the end of February-- and giving away a signed book + $25 Amazon Gift Card!

How to Enter: Read and post a review of SONGBIRD and/or PROPOSITIONS on Amazon by February 28, 2015. Then email me (at a link or screenshot of your review with subject “VALENTINE'S MONTH GIVEAWAY.”

One Grand Prize Winner will be selected at random to receive a signed paperback copy of my novel “Nocturne” plus a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

One Runner Up will receive a signed paperback of “Nocturne.”

Double your chances of winning by reviewing both SONGBIRD and PROPOSITIONS on Amazon! U.S. only. Good luck, and happy reading!

Click on one of the book cover images below to buy SONGBIRD or PROPOSITIONS.

Named a BEST OF 2014

  Austenesque Reviews
Savvy Verse & Wit

A Postscript to Syrie James' Jane Austen's First Love -- by Ron Dunning

Looking for a good book to curl up with on a cold winter day or night? Bookbub has listed NOCTURNE as one of the 14 best snowbound romances novels. You can't go wrong with any of the steamy novels listed here, in which two people are trapped together by winter weather and fall in love!


It's time to announce the winners of five fabulous prize packages filled with Jane Austen goodies and books. The lucky winners, drawn at random from all of the comments on the tour, are:

GRAND PRIZE: Susan Heim who left a comment on Living Read Girl on 12/11.

PRIZE PACKAGE 2: Poof...books! who left a comment on Reading, Writing, Working, Playing on 11/29.

PRIZE PACKAGE 3: Artzy Heart who left a comment on Woman of a Wire on 11/26.

PRIZE PACKAGE 4: Debbie Haupt who left a comment on vvb32 reads on 11/21.

PRIZE PACKAGE 5: Amanda who left a comment on Leatherbound Reviews on 12/3.

Congratulations to all the winners! To claim your prize, please email me at with your full name and mailing address by Monday Dec. 29, or you will forfeit your prize.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in my blog tour. So many of you followed the tour all the way from beginning to end! I was thrilled and delighted to chat with you, and your comments were amazing and so inspiring to me. I hope you'll continue to visit me on my website and facebook pages. And please don't forget to sign up for my my newsletter to get advance news about my next book and all my contests.

Thank you again. I wish each and every one of you the happiest of holidays, and a wonderful new year.

Enjoy this deleted chapter from Jane Austen's First Love at B&N--
(a true moment from Jane Austen's life)-- now an
Exclusive Short Story!

Syrie's Holiday Gift Guide for the Jane Austen Fan at Bustle magazine


Jane Austen's First Love is celebrating the season with a HOLIDAY BLOG TOUR! More than 40 stops are featuring a cornucopia of fun, including interviews with Syrie, excerpts from the novel, reviews, spotlights, and unique guest posts by Syrie on a variety of topics. Don't miss out! There are fabulous prizes to be won! Winners will be chosen on Dec. 22, 2014.

Please visit any or all stops on the tour, enjoy the diversions, and leave a comment for a chance to win. See you there!


        11/17         Savvy Verse & Wit: Interiew

        11/18         vvb32Reads: "Jane Austen at Fifteen"

        11/18         I'm Lost in Books: "Wacky Parlor Games in the Georgian Era"

        11/19         Laughing with Lizzie: Q & A

        11/20         Passages to the Past: Spotlight

        11/20         Lit and Life: "The Challenges of Writing Jane Austen’s First Love"

        11/21         Woman on a Wire: Review

        11/22         My Love for Jane Austen: "A Visit With Jane Austen"

        11/23         Poof Books: Excerpt

        11/24         The Book Rat: "My Top Ten Fav Things To Do When I’m Not Writing"

A Bookish Way of Life: Review

        11/25         Fond of Fiction and Film: "My Career as a Screenwriter"

        11/26         Little White Attic: "A Few Quotes From Jane Austen’s First Love"

        11/28         Reading, Writing, Working, Playing: Interview

        11/29         Reflections of a Book Addict: Spotlight

        11/29         Romantic Historical Reviews: Excerpt

        11/30         The Duchess of Devonshire's Gossip Guide: Excerpt

        12/1           Write Meg: Review

        12/2           Leatherbound Reviews: Excerpt

        12/2           The Book Tart: Q & A (with Cupcakes)

        12/3           Austenesque Reviews: Interview

        12/3           Scuffed Slippers and Wormy Books: Review

        12/4           Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century: Excerpt

        12/4           English Historical Fiction Authors: "Edward Taylor of Bifrons"

        12/5           Luxury Reading: "Six Books That Changed My Life"

        12/6           My Kids Led Me Back to Pride & Prejudice: Excerpt

        12/7           Austen Variations: Excerpt

        12/7           Jane Austen in Vermont: Q & A

        12/7           Random Bits of Fascination: "Writing Superheroes"

        12/8           My Jane Austen Book Club: "8 Reasons Why I love Historical Fiction"

        12/9           P & P 2005: "6 Signs Elizabeth Bennet Has Taken Over Your Life"

        12/9           More Agreeably Engaged: Review

        12/10         Living Read Girl: Review

        12/10         Peeking Between the Pages: Review

        12/11         Songs and Stories: Excerpt

        12/11         Becky's Book Reviews: Review

        12/12         Much Madness is Divinest Sense: Review

        12/12         CozyNookBks: Review

        12/13         In the Spirit of Jane Austen "The Three Sisters"

        12/13         In the Spirit of Jane Austen: Review

        12/13         For The Love of Austen: Review

        12/14         Psychotic State Book Reviews: Review

        12/14         Reading the Past: "Dinner with Jane, Charlotte, and Will"



Are you ready to WIN great prizes? Jane Austen's First Love Holiday Blog Tour is giving away the Grand Prize shown above ($180 value) as well as four more prize packages filled with an amazing selection of Jane Austen-inspired gifts and books.

To enter the giveaway contest, simply leave a comment on any of the stops on the Jane Austen's First Love Holiday Blog Tour. Increase your chances of winning by visiting multiple stops on the tour. Contest closes at 11:59 pm PT, December 21, 2014. Five lucky winners will be drawn at random from all of the comments on the tour, and announced on this page on December 22, 2014. The giveaway contest is open to everyone, including international residents.


Good luck to all, and enjoy the tour!

Don't forget, Jane Austen's First Love
makes the perfect holiday gift
for your Austen-loving friends and relations!  

Breaking News: Q & A with Syrie James

Confessions of a Book Addict: Interview

Books in the Burbs: Jane Austen Talk & Giveaway!

Toot's Book Reviews: Interview

Syrie's "7 Tips To Live Like Jane Austen" in Bustle magazine

The World Premiere of "A Dangerous Intimacy: Behind the Scenes at Mansfield Park" written by Syrie James and Diana Birchall
at the JASNA AGM Montreal, Oct. 10, 2014
was a smash hit!

Syrie spoke about & signed JANE AUSTEN'S FIRST LOVE at the Glendale Public Library on Sept. 20 and at Barnes & Noble, Santa Monica on Sept. 16

Read Syrie's Guest post "On Turning Down Marriage Proposals"

Celebrating 200 years of Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park" at Sarah

Check out the guest posts and reviews from Jane Austen's First Love debut blog tour:

Review of Jane Austen's First Love at Austenesque Reviews

Launch party/Guest post at Austenprose

"Jane & the Magic of Midsummer" at The Reading Frenzy

Review at My Jane Austen Book Club

Review at Book Talk and More

Review at Joyous Reads

"My Visit to Goodnestone Park"at Laura’s Reviews

Review at Kinx’s Book Nook

Excerpt and Guest Post at Austen Variations

Review at Savvy Verse & Wit

Review at The Calico Critic

Review at Diary of an Eccentric

Review at The Paige Turner

"My Hollywood Cast for JAFL" at Austenesque Reviews

"Jane Austen and the Theatre" at More Agreeably Engaged

Review at  Peace Love Books

"What Jane Austen Wore as a Teenager" at My Jane Austen Bk Club

Review at So Little Time

"Did Jane Austen Powder Her Hair?" by Syrie at Deeds of Darkness

"Letters from Lady Bridges" at Jane Austen in Vermont

B&N Party Recap at So Little Time

Review at Impressions in Ink

"What Games Did Jane Austen Play?" at Book Babe


Syrie and Ryan are currently working on book 2, to continue Claire and Alec's story. Thanks to everyone who wrote, sharing your love for Forbidden. Please keep the messages coming, and spread the word! No specific news yet as to the title of the sequel or when it will be published, but please keep checking back here for information.


Five stars!
"Kept me turning pages
well into the wee hours of the morning."



Plus BONUS MATERIAL: Jane Austen's Nightmare

"A clever story which asks the question, what would happen if Jane Austen met her literary creations?... This story just proves why Syrie James is one of my favorite authors."
-For the Love of Austen


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.


Can business and pleasure mix? Can a whirlwind romance last forever?

Read more about PROPOSITIONS here.

Available in paperback, on B&N Nook, and Amazon Kindle.

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, 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

Read Syrie's blog post at Austen Authors for more details and photos of the tour.


FORBIDDEN's cover won Third Place

in the Houston Bay Area RWA
Young Adult Reader's Choice Awards!


"A literary feast for Anglophiles."—Publishers Weekly

"A magical book!" —RT Book reviews

"Syrie James has surpassed herself...
it'll be one of your favourite reads in 2013!"
—My Jane Austen Book Club


Gala Online Launch Party at

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! 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


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

"You Are Passionate, Jane" on YouTube

READ MORE about "You Are Passionate, Jane" and see more pix here:

"You Are Passionate, Jane To Premiere in Seattle"

Photos of "You Are Passionate, Jane" in Seattle

"An Austen Inspired Weekend"

About "You Are Passionate, Jane"

"Passionate in Pasadena"


Syrie and Ryan signing FORBIDDEN


"The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Brontë" AUDIO BOOK won 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

Read about the audiobook.

List of Audie winners.

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."

Jared Anderson, JSA Scribes

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.