Today marks the first day of the long-planned Austen Authors November Revels. We planned a big celebration, but in light of the destruction and suffering from Hurricane Sandy, it seems appropriate to tone it down a little. We’re going ahead with the P&P200 posts and the giveaways, in the hope that they will provide readers with some gentle escape from reality.
There will be a few changes in light of the situation. We’ve planned some extravagant weekly giveaways this month, but we’re going to delay the drawing for the first week’s prizes for several days (precise date to be determined) so that those readers who have lost internet access can still have a chance to enter. Any comments left on posts from the first week will count toward those prizes, even if they come in late. Various authors are also looking at different ways to raise funds for disaster relief.
With our thoughts and prayers going to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy, Austen Authors welcomes you to the November Revels.
November is a very special month at Austen Authors!
You are cordially invited to attend
the 200th anniversary of the wedding of
Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy to Miss Elizabeth Bennet
& Mr. Charles Bingley to Miss Jane Bennet
Naturally, this means LOTS and LOTS of P&P200 vignettes – so many that during the entire month of November we’re cancelling our regular daily post to make room for daily P&P200 and wedding-related posts. THIS is the event we have been working toward since our inaugural P&P200 post on September 18, 2011.
As of today, there have been 117 P&P200 behind-the-scenes vignettes. All of them can be read, in order, either by clicking any P&P200 icon (start on the last page), or on The Writer’s Block P&P200 Board. This month alone we have over 40 additional P&P200 blogs planned surrounding the November 16 nuptials. WOW! You won’t want to miss a single day!
Here is a mere sampling of what is in store for your reading pleasure–
Colonel Fitzwilliam learns of Darcy’s engagement
Lydia complains that she can’t come to the wedding
Mrs. Bennet’s advice for the wedding night
Mr. and Mrs. Collins marriage
The Longbourn ladies go shopping in London
Lady Catherine & Anne de Bourgh talk about the wedding
Caroline Bingley explains it all
Darcy & Elizabeth’s last walk before the wedding
The wedding nights of the Bingleys & the Darcys
Numerous reflections of the wedding
~~and so much more~~
Additionally, several Austen Authors will be presenting historical pieces on Regency wedding customs. Also, because some days are packed with awesome posts, we will be publishing in a “real time” format upon occasion rather than all at once after midnight. For instance, The Wedding post will publish at 11:30 EST on November 16 to coincide with when a Regency Era wedding would have occurred. Check back often and be sure to scroll down the page so nothing is missed!
But if you thought the November Revels were only awesome blog posts, THINK AGAIN! We have many other surprises in store for you, including a big one for the 201st Anniversary of the Netherfield Ball on November 26.
There are prizes! LOTS and LOTS of Austen-related prizes every week. Highlights include
9 10 11 many multi-book sets, three original prints from Ackermann’s Fashion Repository (dated between 1810 and 1820), tons of single books, DVDs, audiobooks, and unique gifts. And we’re still adding more! Look for the weekly blog post detailing the prizes, and visit the Giveaway Page for a peek at what is coming during the month. Stop by frequently to comment and enter the Rafflecopter contest form for a chance to win some goodies!
It’s going to be a great time to try out new authors, because many Austen Authors will have one or more of their e-books on sale at $1.99 for the entire month. Some of the titles on sale are:
What Would Mr. Darcy Do? by Abigail Reynolds
Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan
The Truth About Mr. Darcy by Susan Adriani
The Darcy Cousins by Monica Fairview
The Three Colonels by Jack Caldwell
Mrs. Darcy’s Dilemma by Diana Birchall
Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister by C. Allyn Pierson
Mr. Darcy’s Bite by Mary Simonsen
Darcy’s Decision by Maria Grace
Compulsively Mr. Darcy by Nina Benneton
Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen by Sally Smith O’Rourke
Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star by Heather Rigaud
The Darcys and the Bingleys by Marsha Altman
Mr. Darcy’s Diary by Amanda Grange
As a bonus, there is a special illustrated ebook edition of Pride & Prejudice available FREE to everyone at Discover a New Love, courtesy of Sourcebooks. If there are any issues with the new prices not appearing immediately, please let us know, and we’ll try to get it corrected ASAP.