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I have two gifts today to giveaway!
Here’s the first for those lucky enough to own a Kindle:
SEARCHING FOR CAPTAIN WENTWORTH
Free on Kindle – December 16th – Jane Austen’s Birthday!
This offer is only open for one day so to claim your free copy make sure you download it on the 16th


My second gift is a choice of any one of my books!
i.e Choose one copy of either Searching for Captain Wentworth, Mr Darcy’s Secret, Willoughby’s Return, Lydia Bennet’s Story or Effusions of Fancy!

Let me know your preference in the comment box with a contact email. As before, the winners will be announced on Monday 17th December. Thank you for joining me this week with all your lovely comments!

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Do you think you know Sense and Sensibility? Today’s competition in celebration of the publication of Willoughby’s Return is to win a pack of Effusions of Fancy notecards. The pack of cards designed by yours truly from original watercolour paintings will comprise of the following:

Pump Room at Bath

Jane at Lyme

Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy at the Ashe Ball

Christmas at Steventon (Jane and Cassandra walking in the snow)

Steventon Rectory in Winter

Jane and her Father

Jane Austen Portrait

L’aimable Jane

All you have to do for a chance to win is answer the following questions – then visit my austeneffusions website – and e-mail your answers! The competition is open worldwide and correct answers will be drawn from a hat. Competition closes November 14th, winner announced on Monday, November 16th! Good Luck!

I am awarding two sets of cards to two winners who answer the following correctly.

1 In Sense and Sensibility who does Marianne Dashwood marry?

2 In Sense and Sensibility who gives Marianne a horse?

3 In Sense and Sensibility who does Elinor Dashwood marry?

4 Where do the Dashwood sisters go for the season with Mrs Jennings?

5 What is the name of Edward Ferrars’s brother in Sense and Sensibility?


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I’ve just received the cover from my editor at Sourcebooks for my new book Willoughby’s Return. I am absolutely thrilled, I think it’s gorgeous! Thank you to the designers who have worked on it, you’ve done a wonderful job, I don’t know how I shall manage to wait until November to hold a copy in my hands!
There’s more information about this book, Lydia Bennet’s Story and Effusions of Fancy on my website with extracts and some of my paintings.

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I’ve just received the cover from my editor at Sourcebooks for my new book Willoughby’s Return. I am absolutely thrilled, I think it’s gorgeous! Thank you to the designers who have worked on it, you’ve done a wonderful job, I don’t know how I shall manage to wait until November to hold a copy in my hands!
There’s more information about this book, Lydia Bennet’s Story and Effusions of Fancy on my website with extracts and some of my paintings.

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I’m very excited to tell you that I have a new web site, same address and name, Austen Effusions, but with a totally new look. The site has updates about my books, Effusions of Fancy, Lydia Bennet’s Story and Willoughby’s Return, including extracts, and a page about my interest in Jane Austen’s world, which shows a slideshow of my paintings.
Aimee Fry, the talented website designer, has done a beautiful job, I think. She was a pleasure to work with and she was so fast I found it hard to keep up – a lovely, pain-free experience! You can find her at Site Amigo and she also has a website selling some vintage-inspired gifts Brown Paper Package. I am absolutely thrilled with the website – thank you so much, Aimee!
To celebrate the launch I have a copy of Lydia Bennet’s Story and Effusions of Fancy to give away. All you have to do is go to the Austen Effusions website, and drop me an e-mail through the contact page. I shall put the names in a hat to select the winner – the competition is open to all wherever you are! Please put Competition in the subject line. The winner will be announced next Friday. Good Luck!

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Jane Austen’s work has been hugely inspirational in my life. I love all of her novels but my favourites are Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion.
I love the painting that Jane’s sister Cassandra painted of her sitting in a rural scene in a blue dress. There is that tantalizing curve of her cheek, the fullness of her face that is hinted at in descriptions written about her by contemporaries. I always wished she could turn round so that we could see her face so I attempted a painting in which Jane turns to look at us.
I imagined Jane in Lyme Regis with her sister in 1804. In my book Effusions of Fancy I wrote a letter as though from Cassandra to accompany my painting:-
‘What do you think of this little sketch? Do you remember the other sketch that I drew of you at Lyme? I had been puzzling over it and I decided that I should attempt to improve the proportions and I think it flatters you well. I had a fancy to make you turn in this drawing as though your name had just been called, so here you are, not looking in unwearied contemplation of the beautiful scenic views of Lyme but into the eyes of your dear family.’

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Jane Austen’s work has been hugely inspirational in my life. I love all of her novels but my favourites are Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion.
I love the painting that Jane’s sister Cassandra painted of her sitting in a rural scene in a blue dress. There is that tantalizing curve of her cheek, the fullness of her face that is hinted at in descriptions written about her by contemporaries. I always wished she could turn round so that we could see her face so I attempted a painting in which Jane turns to look at us.
I imagined Jane in Lyme Regis with her sister in 1804. In my book Effusions of Fancy I wrote a letter as though from Cassandra to accompany my painting:-
‘What do you think of this little sketch? Do you remember the other sketch that I drew of you at Lyme? I had been puzzling over it and I decided that I should attempt to improve the proportions and I think it flatters you well. I had a fancy to make you turn in this drawing as though your name had just been called, so here you are, not looking in unwearied contemplation of the beautiful scenic views of Lyme but into the eyes of your dear family.’

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