Time for the giveaways! Yes, there are two of them, with multiple prizes each. One giveaway is open world-wide, and one is open to people with US addresses only. (I don't really care if you live in the USA or not -- if you live elsewhere, but have a friend who lives here and is willing to have your prize shipped to them and then will send it to you, that totally would work -- but I can't afford to send these overseas.)
Both giveaways run through the end of Friday, February 17, 2017. I will choose the winners on Feb. 18 and post them here, as well as notify the winners via the email addresses you provide to the giveaway widgets when you enter. Please make sure you use an email address you check often. If I don't hear back from you by Saturday, February 25, I will disqualify you and pick a different winner for what was to have been your prize.
Both giveaway widgets will ask you to leave a comment with your choices of prizes. I do not guarantee that, if you win, you will receive one of the prizes you chose. I try to match people up with things they want the best I can, but sometimes I just can't do it. If there's anything you DO NOT WANT, such as a movie or book you already own, PLEASE SAY SO in your comment as well.
Let's start with the world-wide giveaway! No matter where you live in the world, inside or outside the USA, you may enter this giveaway. Here's a closer look at the prizes, and explanations thereof.
+ One set of 5 "Jane Austen Coloring Bookmarks" with artwork by Chrissy Lau. The whole set will go to one lucky winner.
+ Four sets of Jane Austen stickers! One set of stickers will go to each of 4 lucky winners. Each winner of a sticker set will receive one sticker that says "Austenite" and one that bears a quotation.
#1 "The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerably stupid."
#2 "Obstinate, headstrong girl."
#3 "I would rather have nothing but tea."
#4 "My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me."
+ Two sets of Jane Austen bookmarks! I bought these from the Etsy shop Castle on the Hill, and I will send two lucky winners each a set of all three of these bookmarks.
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Now for the US-only giveaway! Like I said, I can only ship these to US addresses. Please don't enter this giveaway if you would need me to ship them overseas, because I just can't do it. Here's a closer look at these prizes, and some explanations.
+ Letters from Pemberley and More Letters from Pemberley by Jane Dawkins. Both books will go to one lucky winner, as I don't want to split this set up. I've read both of these, and reviewed the first one here. Both are clean and enjoyable -- I would rate them both "G" if they were movies. These are used copies -- I bought them used and read them each once, but they are in like-new condition.
+ Persuasion (1995) on DVD. This is a used copy -- it works in my DVD player, but I make no guarantees about whether it will work for you. It is a Region 1 disc, and as such, won't work in players outside the US and Canada. This adaptation stars Amanda Root as Anne Elliot and Ciaran Hinds as Captain Wentworth. I reviewed it here, if you want to know more about it. It is rated PG and does have a couple instances of swearing, but nothing else objectionable.
+ Four other books! These will go to four lucky winners, one to each. They are as follows:
The Jane Austen Guide to Life by Lori Smith. I reviewed this book here. I would rate it PG-13 for non-explicit discussions about adult activities. This is a used copy in excellent condition -- it looks new.
Jane Austen's Little Advice Book by Cathryn Michon and Pamela Norris. It's entirely composed of quotations from Austen's writings and letters grouped under various subject headings. I would rate it PG. This is an ex-library copy, as you can see in the picture below. It's not in the greatest condition, as the binding is broken at the very front, but it's still really fun to read.
Jane Austen: Her Complete Novels in One Sitting by Jennifer Kasius. As you can see from the photo, this is tiny and cute! It has a synopsis for each of Austen's six novels, a short biography, and lots of pictures. This book is brand-new.
The Pursuit of Mary Bennet by Pamela Mingle. This is a follow-up to Pride and Prejudice, and I reviewed it here. I would rate it PG-13 for discussions of childbirth, mild sexual situations, and a few curse words. This is a used copy -- I bought it new and read it once, so it is in like-new condition.
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