Friday, 26 September 2014

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS : AUTUMN




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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

NEW BEGINNINGS: ROSH HASHANAH 24.9.14 THRU 26.9.14



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The new year starts on a feminine note. Rosh Hashanah is ushered in by the candle-lighting of Jewish women. The candles precede the prayers in the synagogue and the grand holiday meals. They lend a glow of holiness to the whole year,
as a woman whispers quietly, “Shehecheyanu vekiyemanu vehigianu lizman hazeh”—I am grateful to G‑d for giving me life, and the opportunity to fulfill this mitzvah, which will brighten the entire coming year.
Explore more on the meaning of Light as peace at chabad.org
{Click for More fascinating info on Rosh Hashanah and here.}
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Further thoughts:  
Today, I will value the significance of candle-lighting as a time to reflect on my role as a woman.
In stillness I will contemplate the new beginnings 
opening before me. . .

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SHANAH TOVAH!

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

TUESDAY INTROS and TEASERS: THE PERSUASION OF MISS JANE AUSTEN by Shannon Winslow



Welcome Autumn!
Another day of gorgeous blue sky and colourful foliage as I'm posting for today's Tuesday Intros and Teaser Tuesdays~

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I am particularly pleased to have the opportunity to intro and Welcome
both novel and author for today's post of the
 book I'm featuring for Monday's Reading, Tuesday Intros and Teasers post ~
the new release from a favourite Jane Austen variation author, Shannon Winslow ~
THE PERSUASION OF MISS JANE AUSTEN



~ Here's today's Tuesday Intro Teaser ~

"Your favourite authoress, dead,"  said the count.  "Sad news indeed, my darling."
Madame frowned and slowly shook her head.
"If it were true, but I cannot believe it.  I will not!  Surely there has been some error."
"What?  Do you think the newspapers invent these things?"
"I daresay they do not.  More likely, they are simply mistaken in this case.. or misinformed.   No, this report does not upset me, I assure you.  Although I am glad to be told that there are now two  more of her books out in the world, I am quite certain that this business about Miss Austen herself is a gross falsehood.  I feel it in my bones.  In fact, I would wager anything you like that she is every bit as much alive as I am.  Will you take my bet?" ...

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For every fan who has wished Jane Austen herself might have enjoyed the romance and happy ending she so carefully crafted for all her heroines…

The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen
By Shannon Winslow

What if the tale Jane Austen told in her last, most poignant novel was actually inspired by momentous events in her own life? Did she in fact intend Persuasion to stand forever in homage to her one true love?

While creating Persuasion, Jane Austen also kept a private journal in which she recorded the story behind the story – her real-life romance with a navy captain of her own. The parallel could only go so far, however. As author of her characters’ lives, but not her own, Jane Austen made sure to fashion a second chance and happy ending for Anne and Captain Wentworth. Then, with her novel complete and her health failing, Jane prepared her simple will and resigned herself to never seeing the love of her life again. Yet fate, it seems, wasn’t quite finished with her. Nor was Captain Devereaux.

The official record says that Jane Austen died at 41, having never been married. But what if that’s only what she wanted people to believe? It’s time she, through her own private journal, revealed the rest of her story...

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Having just returned from my own varied travel experiences,
Shannon's insights and quotes from Jane Austen on her own travels will be of interest to other 
Janeites, I'm sure.  Thanks for sharing with us Shannon!

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Town or country? Setting is one of the things an author must consider when planning a novel. However, in the case of my new book, The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen, it was decided for me. Since this story of her secret lifelong romance with a gentleman by the name of Captain Philippe Devereaux is fit within the framework of Jane Austen’s own life, it goes where she went – starting in the country at Steventon, moving to the busy town of Bath (with an excursion to Sidmouth), back to the country at Chawton and then finally Winchester.

I’m fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the world (in a semi-rural area south of Seattle), surrounded by tall evergreen trees and with a view of Mt. Rainier from my windows. And although I enjoy visiting cities, including my one trip to Bath, I’m just as glad I don’t live there.

Jane Austen shared my preference for country life, and she was miserable the five years she spent in Bath. It’s her own attitude that’s reflected in Persuasion when she writes:

Anne entered [Bath] with a sinking heart, anticipating an imprisonment of many months, and anxiously saying to herself, “Oh! When shall I leave you again?”

“Imprisonment” may sound extreme to us, but it was a pretty accurate description of Jane Austen’s situation. She had no say; she was entirely dependent on her father for support and therefore captive to his decision to move the family to Bath.

Since The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen represents the author’s own journal, written in her own words, her attitude towards the move to Bath comes through loud and clear. She is shocked at the news, grieved to leave her home in Steventon, and only briefly diverted by the freshness of her new environs:

We had been at Bath for a full year by then; we had seen all the sights in every season, attended the assembly rooms a dozen times or more and begun to tire of our confined and unvarying society. At least I had. Father promised we would go to the seaside again, as we did the summer before, but until then we were consigned to suffer the white glare and dreadful sameness of Bath.

And, after her respite at the seaside (more specifically Sidmouth, where she had adventures much like Anne Elliot at Lyme), she must return to town:  

The setting itself gave me no comfort, for I had learnt to dislike Bath. Not least among its detractions for me was the familiar din that greeted us immediately upon our arrival – the dash of other carriages, the heavy rumble of carts and drays, the bawling of newsmen, muffin-men, and milk-men. These did not upset my father, I noticed. No, his spirits rose under their influence, and he remarked that, after being so long in retirement at the seashore, there was “nothing like the cheerful sound of a little activity.” I suppose everybody has their own tastes in noises, as well as in other matters, and sounds that are quite innoxious to one ear may be most distressing to another. For me, it was a sad thing indeed to exchange the natural music of wind and wave for the mechanical clatter of town.

I trust this is an accurate representation of Jane Austen’s way of thinking and not simply a reflection of my own. I likewise much prefer the quiet music of nature to the “mechanical clatter of town.”

Oh, but there is one more location that plays a small but critical role in the story – another place I have had the pleasure of visiting – and that is Venice, Italy. It has a special light and a music all its own. Perhaps that unique town/seaside setting would have been more to Jane Austen’s taste than Bath. What do you think?

I hope you’ll read The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen and follow Jane through her travels – over the years and from place to place – as she recounts for us the surprising story of her romance with Captain Devereaux.

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Author Shannon Winslow specializes in fiction for fans of Jane Austen. Her popular debut novel, The Darcys of Pemberley, immediately established her place in the genre, being particularly praised for the author’s authentic Austenesque style and faithfulness to the original characters. For Myself Alone (a stand-alone Austen-inspired story) followed. Then last year Return to Longbourn wrapped up Winslow's Pride and Prejudice saga, forming a trilogy when added to the original novel and her previous sequel. Now she has given us a “what if” story starring Jane Austen herself. In The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen, that famous author tells her own tale of lost love, second chances, and finding her happy ending.

Her two sons grown, Ms. Winslow lives with her husband in the log home they built in the countryside south of Seattle, where she writes and paints in her studio facing Mt. Rainier.

Learn more at Shannon’s website/blog. Follow her on Twitter (as JaneAustenSays..) and on Facebook.

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• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
and at Bibliophile by the Sea,Every Tuesday Diane hosts First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where she shares the first paragraph or (a few) of a book she's reading or thinking about reading soon. 

Feel free to join in and post the Intro from one of your reads by linking up.

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Monday, 11 August 2014

MONDAY READING: AUSTEN IN AUGUST PLUS.... 11.8.14



I luv this reading representation from Sayoor on flickr.
Says 'summer' to this reader!

I am feeling a bit negligent in blogging at the moment
and it's about to grow even more sporadic.
I've been accepted for a certification program
and will hopefully be heading to my course in 3 weeks!
Excitement and anticipation rolled into one...
So, while I'll definitely be reading, the topic will be changing 
to course material.
Def great books ~ just maybe not all my anticipated Austen in August !

As there will be gaps in posting, I wanted you to know all is well,
just some changes in life's trajectory!

What Austen in August have I been reading to this point?
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I read and loved Beth Patillo's, Mr Darcy Broke My Heart.
Jane Austen discovered during a summer seminar in Oxford and in the contemporary life of an American substitute attendee plus~
what would be the impact of discovering an unpublished Jane Austen manuscript...? 
Fun story makes me want to read another in the set!

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I made it through the considerable 343 pages of Val McDermid's
contemporized Northanger Abbey of the Austen Project.  Seemed a lot longer - more wordy- than the original and I had to fight to get through it.
Of course I loved the story being set in Scotland!



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I followed my reading by watching the movie version of Northanger Abbey as written by Jane Austen which was a bit of a headspinning period contrast to the contemporary novel.
Totally enjoyed!

Northanger Abbey is a 2007 British television film adaptation of Jane Austen's gothic parody. It was directed by British television director Jon Jones and the screenplay was written by Andrew Davies.  -Wikipedia
 Initial releaseMarch 25, 2007
Running time120 minutes
                                    ScreenplayAndrew Davies

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Austenland wouldn't play in either laptop or dvd player ~ sorry to have missed that opp, but I've ordered 2 versions of Mansfield Park
to celebrate it's 200th anniversary for Austen in August!
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I've begun the audio of Longbourn by Jo Baker
and have to say I'm totally enjoying it!


Insights of below stairs thinking and well drawn imagery
are a fantastic addition to Jane Austen's world of
Pride and Prejudice.
Emma Fielding makes this audio exceedingly pleasurable!
Luving the British accents...
{I'll post a Tuesday Intro and Tuesday Teaser tomorrow}

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So that's been my week .
What's on your radar?

Find more reading at Sheila's Book Journey
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Monday, 4 August 2014

FREE SENSE AND SENSIBILITY #AUSTENINAUGUST EBOOK TODAY ONLY [+ AUDIO ADDON SPECIAL] 4.8.14


FOR TODAY ONLY ~ FREE!


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Perfect addition for #AusteninAugust

ebook is FREE today via Bethany House Publishers 
Thank You!

and...

the unabridged audible audio add-on is sale priced $2.49!
Narrator is Victoria McGee

Listen:  Play Sample


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This is Austen's first published novel, from 1851, which she wrote under the pseudonym "A Lady". The story is about Elinor and Marianne, two daughters of Mr. Dashwood by his second wife. They have a younger sister, Margaret, and an older half-brother named John. When their father dies, the family estate passes to John, and the Dashwood women are left in reduced circumstances.
The novel follows the Dashwood sisters to their new home, a cottage on a distant relative's property, where they experience both romance and heartbreak. The contrast between the sister's characters is eventually resolved as they each find love and lasting happiness. Through the events in the novel, Elinor and Marianne encounter the sense and sensibility of life and love.
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Sunday, 3 August 2014

MONDAY READING FOR AUSTEN IN AUGUST 3.8.14



and I'm fully enjoying my Austen in August book vacation
for this long weekend!

At least my 4th year of participating, it's one event I plan for in advance - book selections and squeezing in reading time!

Visiting 2 different libraries on Friday turned up new additions
to my already lonnng list , so we'll discover what books actually  
get conquered.  Guaranteed I'll have pleasure in the process!

My anticipated first read got bumped when I discovered a new
contemporary version of NorthAnger Abbey - Book 2 of The Austen Project - available in the 1 week library express reads.  
I'm already 2/3rds through.
Val McDermid writes of Cat Morland's invitation to Edinburgh's Book Festival, 
modern equivalent of being seen by the ton at Bath in JA's original N.A.  Ms McDermid's done a credible job of
creating the gothic atmosphere and complementary characters to the original.  I'm enjoying the mockup!


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My original reason for the library trip was to pick up the audio of Longbourn by Jo Baker


I'm anticipating a brilliant imaginative      story with this one!

Irresistible below-stairs answer to Pride and Prejudice: a story of the romance, intrigue, and drama among the servants of the Bennet household, a triumphant tale of defying society's expectations, and an illuminating glimpse of working-class lives in Regency England.






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I also managed to snap up 2 dvds for this extra long weekend viewing of the Austen in August theme...
Northanger Abbey and Austenland !
Care to join me?  kettle corn awaits...
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Final novel additions that changed my AinA list include:
 



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Thursday, 31 July 2014

AUSTEN IN AUGUST 2014 BEGINS! 1.8.14



For all the fans and followers of Jane Austen,
the month of August brings special delight.



Our reading selections take a determined turn in Jane's direction.
From Jane Austen's own writing to biographies about Jane,
and every genre claiming a Jane Austen connection in between.
In the Garden with Jane Austen
Tea With Jane Austen, The Jane Austen Guide to Life,
to The Jane Austen Marriage Manual,
one is sure to find a topic of interest when it comes to choosing 
Jane Austen.

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Interested readers have until the end of July 31st 
to join the merriment of Austen in August {with giveaways} by
Signing up in comments at Lost Generation Reader.

Then have fun choosing which Jane Austen books 
you're adding to your August reading shelf.

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I have been collecting Jane's own novels for the past several months in preparation of immersing myself in Austen in August.

My current anticipations?

Dear Mr Knightley by Katherine Reay
Jane Austen's First Love by Syrie James
Accidentally Yours by Robin Helm
Dearest Cousin Jane by Jill Pitkeathley
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Murder in Abbot's Folly by Amy Myers
The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle
Austen Country: the life and times of Jane Austen [dvd]
The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by Paula Byrne
and hopefully, Jane's own, on its 200th anniversary year,
Mansfield Park.

My local library is well stocked with Jane titles,
so I have no fear of running out of options or selections.
Audios, ebooks or paperbacks - all waiting to fill my time!
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How my reading/listening will shake out remains to be seen...


Have you decided to join Austen in August?
If so, what's on your reading list...?

Looking forward to connecting via tweets
#AusteninAugustLGR


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and always looking out for new additions.

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Friday, 25 July 2014

CHRISTMAS IN JULY FEATURE FOR PARIS IN JULY 25.7.14



Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365

Joining Natasha in Oz for her Christmas in July party!
For my Christmas post I created a Christmas in Paris in July
pinterest board.

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Let's begin with a picturesque stroll through the
Christmas Wonderland of Paris in the Snow!

via weheartit.com

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traditions and a linkup at Natasha's Party HERE !
I know you'll be welcomed!


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Keeping The Christmas Spirit Alive

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS: CAPTURING HISTORY 24.7.14


Adding my Photo to Weekend Reflections

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Coming from a relatively young country, I remember how awed I was at seeing this ancient architecture
right next to the carriageway.
Here's a wee reflection of the Scottish gatekeeper's window captured in the approach. 


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