Sunday, October 20, 2013

You know You’re a Jane Austen Addict When?????

With the recent release of the movie Austenland about a woman who is so obsessed with Jane Austen that she spends most of her savings on a trip to a Jane Austen theme park, I thought it might be fun to see how many of us fall into the “Addicted to Jane Austen Zone.” Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer yes to only one to three, you’re a mere fan. Five to eight, you’re an aficionado. If all ten apply then you wish you could step into a time machine and go back to 1812!


 1)     You have a t-shirt, bumper sticker, and duffle bag all bearing the logo “I Love Mr. Darcy!”

2)     You have both the VHS and DVD version of the 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice, but your friends and family wonder why you bother – you can recite the whole thing.

3)     You have a Jane Austen figurine on your desk at work.

4)     Your pet bears the name of one of your favorite Austen characters.

5)     Whenever someone makes you mad, you look them in the eye and say, “You have insulted me with every possible method, I must beg to return to the house.”

6)     Your dream vacation is a trip to England to visit the Jane Austen museum’s at Chawton and Bath and once you arrive, you never want to leave!

7)     You compare people you know to Jane Austen characters. On a regular basis.

8)     You drive an hour to take English country dance lessons. And then several hours to attend an authentic Regency ball.

9)     The contents of your closet look alarmingly early nineteenth century with bonnets and gowns that you plan on wearing to aforesaid ball.

10) When you first heard about Austenland, your immediate reaction was – “how soon can I book a ticket?”


To fuel your Jane Austen and all things Regency addiction, books and movies are released year after year. One of my favorite authors, Laurie Alice Eakes, just released a new winner A Reluctant Courtship. This novel, the third in the Daughters of Bainbridge House trilogy is a stunning conclusion to the series. Full of Laurie Alice’s usual combination of romance, intrigue, and Regency glamor, you will love this novel.  I looked forward to this story ever since the second title, Flight of Fancy was released.


In honor of this release and for all of you that answered yes to any of the above questions, I am giving away a copy of A Reluctant Courtship, plus a copy of Julie Klassen’s most recent novel, The Tutor’s Daughter. So leave a comment with your email to win this great Jane Austen Addict/Regency Package!!


***Congratulations to Jillian, our winner of the copy of Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund and Wives of the Signers that I gave away last week!
*****Don't forget to leave your email with your comment to get the great Regency Package above!
As usual - Happy Reading and Writing!



Sybil Bates McCormack said...

Hi, Amanda. I know I'm a Jane Austen addict, because: (1) I own and have read and re-read Jane Austen's Complete Novels several times in hardbound, paperback and Kindle versions; and (2) I own and have watched and re-watched Austen DVD's that include "Pride and Prejudice" (Firth/Ehle and Knightley/Macfadyen), "Sense and Sensibility" (Thompson/Grant), "Persuasion" (Root/Hinds), "Mansfield Park" (O'Connor/Miller) (though admittedly disappointed by some unfortunate content), "Emma" (Paltrow/Northam)and the lovely "Becoming Jane." I'm also a huge fan of the 2007-2008 BBC Austen episodes intermittently available for viewing on YouTube. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the contest.

My email address is bizzysyb[at]gmail[dot]com.


Carolyn Boyles said...

Hi Amanda,
Can I add 11) You read every Regency romance you can get your hands on in addition to Jane Austen's books?

I'd love to win these. My dream is to someday write a Regency Romance.

Carolyn Boyles
authorboyles at

Susan said...

Sorry, I am not obsessed! ;) Fun post. I did read Austenland, the book, and in the book, the heroine is given a specific bequest which she has to use to go to Austenland, a resort dedicated to providing an Austen-like experience. I do not recommend the book, and I am surprised it was made into a movie. I intend to view it, however, when it comes to dvd.

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi Amanda--fun post! I am an addict. I covet the Austen action figure. Have you heard of Bingley's Teas? They are marvelous, and they're all named for Austen characters.

I have Laurie's book, so no need to enter me into the drawing.

Nice to find another Christian Regency fan!

Cynthia A. Lovely said...

I've read Austenland and I'm looking forward to the movie. Attended a Jane Austen Christmas tea last year in Vermont which was great fun!

karenk said...

a wonderful posting, Amanda...thanks for sharing :)

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by Pegg Thomas said...

I'm not obsessed, apparently, but I do enjoy both reading and watching Austen's stories. Thanks for the chance to win a couple of good looking books. :)

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