JOIN THE FUN ON THE
JANE AUSTEN'S FIRST LOVE
HOLIDAY BLOG TOUR!>
To celebrate the season,
Jane Austen's First Love is going on a festive HOLIDAY BLOG TOUR!
Forty stops along the way are featuring a cornucopia of fun, including interviews with Syrie, excerpts from the novel, reviews, spotlights, and unique guest pots by Syrie on a variety of topics--such as
the true story of the remarkable Edward Taylor (who stole Jane's heart), Jane at fifteen, wacky parlor games in the Georgian era, the research for and challenges of writing Jane Austen's First Love, and much, much more. Don't miss out! There are fabulous prizes to be won!
HERE'S THE JANE AUSTEN'S FIRST LOVE
HOLIDAY BLOG TOUR LINE-UP:>
11/17 Savvy Verse & Wit
11/17 Stiletto Storytime
11/18 I'm Lost in Books
11/19 Laughing with Lizzie
11/20 Passages to the Past
11/20 Lit and Life
11/21 Woman on a Wire
11/22 My Love for Jane Austen
11/23 Poof Books
11/24 The Book Rat
11/24 A Bookish Way of Life
11/25 She's Too Fond of Books
11/26 Little White Attic
11/28 Reading, Writing, Working, Playing
11/29 Reflections of a Book Addict
11/30 The Duchess of Devonshire's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century
12/1 Write Meg
12/2 Leatherbound Reviews
12/2 Faith, Hope and Cherrytea
12/3 Austenesque Reviews
12/3 Scuffed Slippers and Wormy Books
12/4 Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century
12/4 English Historical Fiction Authors
12/5 Luxury Reading
12/6 My Kids Led Me Back to Pride & Prejudice
12/6 Romantic Historical Reviews
12/7 Random Bits of Fascination
12/8 My Jane Austen Book Club
12/9 Pride and Prejudice 2005 Blog
12/10 Living Read Girl
12/10 Peaking Between the Pages
12/11 Songs and Stories
12/11 Becky's Book Reviews
12/12 Much Madness is Divinest Sense
12/13 In the Spirit of Jane Austen
12/14 Reading the Past
GRAND GIVEAWAY CONTEST>
WIN ONE OF FIVE FABULOUS
JANE AUSTEN-INSPIRED PRIZE PACKAGES>
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.
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF PRIZE PACKAGES, CLICK HERE.
Good luck to all, and enjoy the tour!
And don't forget,
Jane Austen's First Love
makes the perfect holiday gift
for your Austen-loving friends and relations!
Read Syrie's article "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 Emsley.com
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
FORBIDDEN BOOK TWO: THE SEQUEL IS IN PROGRESS!
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.
Includes both PROPOSITIONS and
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.
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!
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
"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 email@example.com.
READ MORE about "You Are Passionate, Jane" and see more pix here:
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
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.