Today my Jane Austen’s World site meter registered 500,000 hits. Wow. For me this marks a milestone. Collectively my three blogs have garnered over 1 million hits. Studying the stats, these numbers represent a half million unique visitors, of whom 300,000 stayed long enough to read a post or two on this blog, Jane Austen Today (with Laurel Ann), and Dishin’ Dat (now closed.)
To celebrate I am giving away three well-thumbed books from my personal romance writers library. I’ve been clearing my library stacks, but have been loathe to part with these books which are chock full of good and useful information for the aspiring romance or sequel writer.
Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of Romance, edited by Jayne Ann Krentz, 1992. This book will arrive creased and dog eared for good reason. Popular and successful romance writers like Sandra Brown, Laura Kinsale, Elizabeth Lowell and Susan Elizabeth Phillips discuss the various aspects of writing a romance novel and the nature of its appeal, effectively countering the widely held belief that romance novels are poorly written schlock. Although this compilation is 17 years old, its precepts still ring true.
Creating Unforgettable Characters: A Practical guide to character development in films, tv series, advertisements, novels and short stories, by Linda Seger, 1990. Linda discusses researching the character, creating a back story, writing dialogue, etc. She sets examples using classic films like Casablanca and familiar authors like Agatha Christie. Linda’s advise is classic and timeless and still well worth reading.
The Romance Writers’ Phrase Book, Jean Kent and Candace Shelton, 1984. Sometimes you simply cannot overcome writer’s block and this phrase book is designed to help you jump start your brain. Use it as a crutch and you will wind up with the sort of cliche riddled drivel that critics like to pounce on, but used sparingly and only in a pinch and these phrases will help to inspire you to create your own unique phrases and word images.
All you need to do to be eligible to win the books is to leave a comment on how Jane Austen inspires your writing. The contest will stay open until March 31! (Please note: A Winner has been chosen. Congratulations Donna Lee Simpson! ) Thank you all for stopping by to read my posts and leave comments.
Please Note: Only those who live in the continental United States are eligible to win; although anyone may enter a comment.
In addition, this blog has received two more awards.
One is the Sisterhood Award from All Things Considered. Thank you Gina! I can only come up with ten blogs total which I shall divide among the two awards. Nominees, please go to All Things Considered to read about the Sisterhood Award. My six nominations are:
- Austenprose by Laurel Ann
- Enchanted Serenity of Period Films by Charley Brown
- Jane Austen Sequels Blog by Jane Odiwe
- Jane Austen in Vermont with Janeite Deb and Janeite Kelly
- Kaye Dacus.Com
- Silver Screen Surroundings by Linda Merrill
And the other is the Proximade Friendliness Award from TammiMaggee at Histatic! This award is reserved for history blogs and the rules of the award sit on Histatic! My nominees are: