Jane Austen’s First Love by Syrie James Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY

Jane Austen fans, you’re in for a treat today!  We’ve all wondered where the inspiration behind Jane Austen’s novels came from.  Did the events of her teen years inspire Emma or Northanger Abbey? Did a lost love later in life result in her writing Persuasion? And was there a real life Mr. Darcy!?  Syrie James delves into Jane’s teen life, and explores these ideas in her latest novel, Jane Austen’s First Love. Following the book blurb and author bio are instructions on how you can win an amazing Jane Austen themed book package!

Jane Austen's First Love by Syrie James 2014 x 350Book Blurb:

In the summer of 1791, fifteen-year-old Miss Jane Austen is determined to accomplish three things: to do something useful, write something worthy, and fall madly in love. While visiting at Goodnestone Park in Kent for a month of festivities in honor of her brother’s engagement to Miss Elizabeth Bridges, Jane meets the boy-next-door—the wealthy, worldly, and devilishly handsome Edward Taylor, heir to Bifrons Park, and hopefully her heart! Like many of Jane’s future heroes and heroines, she soon realizes that there are obstacles—social, financial, and otherwise—blocking her path to love and marriage, one of them personified by her beautiful and sweet-tempered rival, Charlotte Payler.

Unsure of her own budding romance, but confident in her powers of observation, Jane distracts herself by attempting to maneuver the affections of three other young couples. But when her well-intentioned matchmaking efforts turn into blundering misalliance, Jane must choose between following her own happily ever after, or repairing those relationships which, based on erroneous first impressions, she has misaligned.

Syrie James headshot 2012 x 250Author Bio:

Syrie James, hailed as “the queen of nineteenth century re-imaginings” by Los Angeles Magazine, is the bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels that have been translated into 18 languages. Her books have been awarded the Audio Book Association Audie, designated as Editor’s Picks by Library Journal, named a Discover Great New Writer’s Selection by Barnes and Noble, a Great Group Read by the Women’s National Book Association, and Best Book of the Year by The Romance Reviews and Suspense Magazine. Syrie is a member of the WGA and lives in Los Angeles. Please visit her at syriejames.com, Facebook or say hello on Twitter @SyrieJames.

Grand Giveaway Contest Details:

Win One of Five Fabulous Jane Austen-inspired Prize Packages

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 To celebrate the holidays and the release of Jane Austen’s First Love, Syrie is giving away five prize packages filled with an amazing selection of Jane Austen-inspired gifts and books!
To enter the giveaway contest, simply leave a comment on any of the blog stops on the Jane Austen’s First Love Holiday Blog Tour.

Increase your chances of winning by visiting multiple stops along the tour! Syrie’s unique guest posts will be featured on a variety of subjects, along with fun interviews, spotlights, excerpts, and reviews of the novel. Contest closes at 11:59pm PT, December 21, 2014. Five lucky winners will be drawn at random from all of the comments on the tour, and announced on Syrie’s website on December 22, 2014. The giveaway contest is open to everyone, including international residents. Good luck to all!

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42 thoughts on “Jane Austen’s First Love by Syrie James Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY

  1. I love learning about Jane’s earlier years and how they may have inspired her to write some of her novels. Jane Austen’s First Love is a phenomenal book so far and I am anxious to see how the conclusion turns out.

    Lauigl [at] carolina [dot] rr [dot] com

  2. This is a great blog tour!! I love reading about how Jane’s earlier years may have influenced her writing. Jane Austen’s First Love is a phenomenal book so far, and I am anxiously awaiting how it will conclude.

    Lauigl [at] carolina [dot] rr [dot] com

  3. Thank you Kimberly for posting about Jane Austen’s First Love today. I am thrilled to be here. Writing this book was truly a labor of love. I hope everyone enjoys the novel–and if you do, that you’ll consider spreading the word to your friends and Austen-loving relations! 🙂

    • What a wonderful compliment, Luisa! Thank you. I’ve been feeling the same way. It has been such fun every morning to wake up to a new blog hosting something about Jane Austen’s First Love! Hope you all are enjoying it as much as I am!

  4. Syrie, I kind of feel like I’m turning into a stalker, following you around on your holiday blog tour! I still have some earlier spots to visit as I’ve been having trouble logging into some blogs hosted on Blogger, but I’ll double back eventually, I hope.

    Just wanted to say, again, how much I enjoyed your book!

  5. Reblogged this on A Literary Life and commented:
    Good evening!

    As a lover of Jane Austen’s work, I was very excited to come across this post and discover that a book has been written about her early life.
    Having just taken a peak at the website of Syrie James, I am also excited to see she has written ‘The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte’
    These are two must-reads for me; excuse me while I pop over to Goodreads to add to my TBR list 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Kristen! It was a wonderful experience to write Jane Austen’s First Love. I hope you enjoy reading Jane’s story about the young man who first stole her heart, and that it makes you smile (or shed happy tears).

      I’m excited, too, that my novel “The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte” caught your eye when you stopped by syriejames.com. I am such a passionate fan of the Brontes. I spent years researching and writing the story of Charlotte’s life, her journey to becoming the author of “Jane Eyre” (one of my fav books), and her tempestuous romance with Mr. Nicholls. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts after you’ve read it!! 🙂

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    • Thanks for your comment, Loren. I’d love to know what you think after you read Jane Austen’s First Love. Which of Austen’s heroes do YOU think he might resemble? 🙂

    • I did so much research into the people in Jane Austen’s First Love (and they are all real), I like to believe that the events unfolded exactly the way I wrote them. 🙂

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