Thursday, December 16, 2010

Advent Calendar giveaway day 16

Another quick dash in here today. I have to tweak the latest book - I should have had it tweaked and back to her by now but my editor's comments letter went missing in cyberspace so I've only just got to know about it! And we are on a tight dreadline with this so - only a brief post today.

Yesterday's winner of a copy of The Antonakos Marriage is Mary Reinert.

Mary please email me your postal address and I'll send the book on its way.

Today's book is much more up to date and very special to me because it's the novel that is short-losted for Best Presents Extra on the Romantic Times RT Book Reviews web site.

And that book is of course The Konstantos Marriage Demand.

The Greek's ruthless reunion.

Sadie Carteret and Nikos Konstantos were once blissfully in love. They planned the wedding of the year, and their union would create a powerful dynasty.
But business and pleasure should never be mixed. Nikos was accused of scheming for Sadie's money and title, and was systematically destroyed by her family. The wedding was cancelled, the relationship in tatters.

Now the ruthless billionaire has built himself back up from scratch. He will clear his name and demand what was rightfully his...

Sadie must love, honour and...obey...

Today's question is a little different - because December 16th marks a special day in the history of romantic fiction and writing.

Because December 16th 1775 is the birthdate of Jane Austen,

So to mark Jane's 235th birthday - my question today is do you read the 'classics' of romance/literature? Which Jane Austen is your favourite? Or do you have another classic author you prefer? Tell me your favourite classic read. Or say if you don't read them at all.

I have a special reason for asking - more later when I finish tweaking!

And just to say - again I'm so sorry I don't have time to comment on each individual comment but there are a lot of you entering - and I love it! But I do read every post you make. And to prove it - Valerie - eleven kids!! - you can have a real party all together - never mind the boyfriends/girlfriends! I hope you find time to sit down and read your prize book which will be in the mail to you today.


Nicolette said...

I love Pride & Prejudice. I'd read it leisurely and then had to re-read it some years later as part of my English degree, looking at realism and free indirect speech. And though i hated having to strip the novel to the bones to study it, it has now given me a much deeper appreciation of the book and subsequent re-reads have been very pleasurable because I see so many more things.

host said...

Congrats Mary!
Pride and Prejudice is my favourite; I love it so much :) I also bought the BBC version of it and I watch it regulary.

Nas Dean said...

I read Pride and Prejudice after a movie came out Bride and Prejudice(hindi, Bollywood). But no others.

Nas Dean said...

Forgot to add, Congrats to the winner!

And please do not put my name in as I've already got THE KONSTANTOS MARRIAGE DEMAND!

Kirsten said...
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desere_steenberg said...

Congratulations to the winner !!

Hello Kate

I read the classics every now and then,for Jane Austin Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility are my favorites.

They are both very relaxing books and are definitely only to be read when you can give your full attention to it (I am hoping that makes sense) otherwise it feels like I have missed something and I am not sure which character is up to what.

Have great day


Kaelee said...

It's been so long since I have read any Jane Austin books That I can't tell you my favorite one. I do have her complete works in one treasured volume. The only trouble is now that I'm older the print size is so very small. I feel I must read one soon. I also need to dig out a Georgette Heyer or two.

I have this book as well so don't enter my name. Good luck with your tweaks.

Anonymous said...

My favourite is Persuasion - I love that the heroine is a little bit older and that her love for the hero has remained constant even "when all hope is gone"... sigh.

runner10 said...

I hate to admit it, but I don't read the classics.
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Laney4 said...

Hi again, Kate!
I haven't read a classic in years; okay, in decades! When I DID read them in high school, though, I really enjoyed Shakespeare, amazingly enough. Read and reread Romeo and Juliet. Wuthering Heights was darker, but I reread that one too.
Good luck with your revisions!

Jennifer Faye said...

I hate to admit it but I don't read the classics. BUT I do watch all of the movies. Does that count? *G* I tried reading GWTW and didn't make it very far. Found I loved the movie version sooo much more. Go figure.

CrystalGB said...

Pride and Prejudice is my favorite Jane Austen book. Love Mr.Darcy. I was an English major in college so I have read a lot of the classics.

chey said...

I'm afraid I haven't read the classics.

Summer said...

I love Jane Austen, I have all of her books. My favorite would be Pride and Prejudice, though Persuasion is a very close second, Captain Wentworth's letter is pure swoony perfection.

Anonymous said...

I like so many others, love Pride and Prejudice. Such a romantic book with such passionate characters.
Another book which I read some months ago (not a classic but it does include the fantastic Mr.Darcy in a modern setting), is called Me and Mr. Darcy. I cannot remember the author's name but the book is well written, funny, romantic and emotional. It made me laugh out loud more than once. I must have put this book in a charity bag alongside others because I was going to lend it to a friend of mine but could not find it. Shame. Sorry for going off the given subject and please don't include me for today,s prize as i already have the book.

Anonymous said...

Whoops sorry. Forgot to put my name on Anonymous posted at 10 43pm.
Anita B.

Anonymous said...


I read a lot of classics as a teen. Austen, Bronte, Poe...who I really love.

Emma is one of my favourites too.

in Germany

Debby said...

I am ashamed to sayt his but I have never read Jane Austin. i ahve heard a lot about her but never read her.
debby236 at att dot net

Lois said...

Oh boy, I've read all six novels at least twice in the past few years, but do believe P&P and NA once more each. Of course P&P (and Darcy, even before seeing the 1995 version!) is my favorite, but basically tied or a very close second is NA -- just loved Mr Tilney! :)


Maija said...

I don't read classics, but I have bought a couple of them and added to my shelves in the hopes of someday reading them. I do enjoy their film versions, so I think I'll end up liking the books top, but I would just have to pick up one first... :P


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