Thursday Morning Links: It’s a Jane Austen Celebration
I wanted to post this early in the morning. Our reviews will follow later on today. Today is Jane Austen’s birthday and to celebrate Sourcebooks is giving away digital copies of the following books (look for them at your favorite etailer):
- Eliza's Daughter, by Joan Aiken (Sense and Sensibility continuation)
- The Darcy's & the Bingley's, by Marsha Altman (Pride & Prejudice continuation)
- Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife, by Linda Berdoll (Pride & Prejudice continuation)
- What Would Jane Austen Do?, by Laurie Brown (contemporary/time-travel romance)
- The Pemberley Chronicles, by Rebecca Collins (Pride & Prejudice companion)
- The Other Mr. Darcy, by Monica Fairview (Pride & Prejudice continuation)
- Mr. Darcy's Diary, by Amanda Grange (Pride & Prejudice continuation)
- Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Two Shall Become One, by Sharon Lathan (Pride & Prejudice continuation)
- Lydia Bennet's Story, by Jane Odiwe (Pride & Prejudice continuation)
In keeping with the Jane Austen theme, The Republic of Pemberly is hosting a short story contest in conjunction with Ballantine Books. The short story contest begins January 1, 2011. The grand prize is publication of your entry in the Ballantine anthology “Jane Austen Made Me Do It.” Publication of this anthology is tentatively set in the Fall of 2011.
- Eligibility: Previously unpublished U.S. residents over the age of 18
- Entries must be approximately 5,000 words in length
- Manuscript submission January 1 – February 13, 2011
- Voting for the Top Ten finalists February 14 – 28, 2011
- Top Ten finalists announced on March 1, 2011
- One Grand Prize winner receives $500.00 and a contract for publication in the anthology Jane Austen Made Me Do It
- Grand Prize winner announced Fall 2011 in conjunction with the official release by Ballantine Books (Random House, Inc.) of Jane Austen Made Me Do It
Jane Austen Made Me Do It contains more than twenty best-selling and popular authors who have contributed short stories inspired by Jane Austen, her novels and her philosophies of life and love. From historical continuations of her plots and characters to contemporary spinoffs and comedies, the stories encapsulate what we love about our favorite author: romance, social satire and witty humor. Contributing to the line-up are best-selling authors Karen Joy Fowler (The Jane Austen Book Club), Adriana Trigiani (Brava, Valentine), Lauren Willig (The Pink Carnation series), Laurie Viera Rigler (The Jane Austen Addict series), Syrie James (The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen), Stephanie Barron (Being A Jane Austen Mystery series), and the husband and wife writing team of Frank Delaney (Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show) and Diane Meier (The Season of Second Chances). Many Austenesque authors and others from related genres have also contributed stories to the project. One spot in the anthology remains open for the lucky Grand Prize winner.
The anthology's editor, Laurel Ann Nattress of Austenprose.com, is very excited at the prospect of discovering the next star in the burgeoning sub-genre of Jane Austen sequels and inspired books. "Jane Austen has been inspiring writers for close to two hundred years. It seems quite fitting that she should be the witty muse of our anthology and short story contest. Encouraging writing and discovering new talent is in spirit with her true legacy. I am "all anticipation' of what will develop, and am honored to be part of the selection team."
Visit the official Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest web page for official contest rules and eligibility requirements. Best of luck to all entrants.
Samhain is giving away freebies, although not related to Jane Austen but rather to New Year’s Eve. These four New Year’s themed stories are freebies on Kindle and Nook and will run a full month from mid-December to mid-January.
The first date is the day the book price flips to $0.00 and the second date is the final day and the original price will go into effect again.
- 12/15/2010 to 1/15/2011: Going All In by Jess Dee
- 12/15/2010 to 1/15/2011: Make Mine Midnight by Annmarie McKenna
- 12/15/2010 to 1/15/2011: The Bite of Silence by Mary Hughes
- 12/15/2010 to 1/15/2011: With this Ring by T.A. Chase
Remember the pedophile book? Amazon is continuing to censor books that its reading public decides is offensive. This time around erotic romances featuring incest is being pulled from the self publishing ranks. As Ars notes, part of the settlement over the George Orwell debacle was that Amazon would not remove purchased content from a consumer’s account without a court order. Yet, some readers have indicated that these now banned books have been deleted from their accounts. No confirming details have been given. Amazon’s censorship is concerning yet there isn’t enough of an outcry because the books being banned by Amazon are on the margins. I guess so long as Amazon just removes the fringe books, then it’s all okay?
Note: Amazon is censoring. Censorship, however, is not the same as a violation of the first amendment.