New Book and Giveaway

New Book and Giveaway

What better way to start off November than with a giveaway?

Can you sense my excitement and happy dance from your side of the screen? I have finished my first draft of Franchise and Follies and am awaiting feedback from my editor. While I understand reaching this goal post does not mean the race is over, considering how much I’ve struggled this past year to complete a project, this milestone signifies meeting a personal goal.

Now, although I should be focused on making more progress on some other writing projects sitting in my queue, I’m taking a tiny break to enjoy the fall and focus on my other hobbies and interests. During this time, I also tried out two new hobbies: glass mosaics and quilting.

I recently returned from a visit with my sister. Her city was alive with the colors of autumn. I understand those of you in New England might be accustomed to seeing fuchsia foliage, but it still takes my breath away.

Anyways, she makes beautiful glass mosaics and has a home studio in which to work. While visiting her, I made two tiny mosaics. They were my first, and it shows. Still, it was nice to experience the process. Now, I know how much work she puts into her creations, and when I visit again, I will have a list of mistakes to avoid. Also, I only cut five of my fingers.*

I’m not a very talented seamstress or quilter, but quilts are my sister-in-law’s passion. She created a bunch of these little fall-themed table runner kits and invited me over to her house to complete one. Here is how mine came out:

It was super fast to put together, even for an inexperience sewer like me. I think it took me less than four hours to finish. I had so much fun; I bought a second kit so I can see if, now that I know what I’m doing, I can put one together even faster. To give you a sense of the colors, here is the second kit which I have yet to assemble:

You might wonder why I am telling you this. Well, I am offering two lucky Austen Authors readers the chance to win one of these cute runners. The prospect of winning is always fun, so this way, you can feel some of the excitement I have over finishing my latest novel. Unless you prefer to do your own sewing, I can assemble the second runner before shipping it off. To enter, just comment below before November 8, 2021.

Unfortunately, because of shipping costs, this contest is only open to those in the USA, but if you are selected and live outside the USA, I can send you the kindle version of my next book as soon as it is ready as an alternate prize.

Good Luck to each contestant and enjoy this beautiful fall.

*I’d offer the mosaics but they feel like they are made of lead, so shipping would be price prohibitive.

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Caryl Kane
Caryl Kane
November 7, 2021 5:33 PM

Gorgeous runner!

charlene capodice
November 7, 2021 10:28 AM

how beautiful~

Eva Edmonds
Eva Edmonds
November 7, 2021 9:35 AM

You did a beautiful job with the quilted runner. Quilts have decorated our homes and kept us warm for centuries (yes, even Jane Austen). Thank you for the giveaway. It will be perfect for Thanksgiving.

Patricia Finnegan
Patricia Finnegan
November 5, 2021 10:59 PM

They look so pretty!

JanisB
JanisB
November 5, 2021 4:28 PM

These are simply gorgeous — Thank you for the opportunity to win one!

stephen ainsworth
stephen ainsworth
November 4, 2021 8:13 PM

give one to me. My house has no color, and we’re related

Lynn Char
Lynn Char
November 4, 2021 7:48 PM

This is impressive. The runner is beautiful!

Kristiina Iisa
Kristiina Iisa
November 4, 2021 9:00 AM

Wonderful author and person!

Pam Hunter
Pam Hunter
November 3, 2021 11:38 PM

The table runners are beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win one! ??

Debbie Draper
Debbie Draper
November 3, 2021 11:11 PM

You are so talented and creative !!! Fall is my favorite time of the year ?. I love all of the colors you chose. I admire that you are able to accomplish so many things !!!

Catherine
Catherine
November 3, 2021 9:26 PM

I am so excited to read your new book! These runners are so pretty, anyone would be lucky to have one!

Marion
Marion
November 3, 2021 8:43 PM

These runners are beautiful. Winning would be a blessing. Thank you for a chance to win.
Marion

Joan
Joan
November 3, 2021 8:41 PM

The colors are beautiful and so appropriate for the season.
Joan

Marilyn
Marilyn
November 3, 2021 8:40 PM

What lovely runners. Thank you for this giveaway.
Marilyn

anne
anne
November 3, 2021 8:12 PM

So excited for your next book

Kay Springsteen
Kay Springsteen
November 3, 2021 5:30 PM

Oh goodness! That’s lovely. Love the colors.

Michelle David
Michelle David
November 3, 2021 5:21 PM

Gorgeous! There’s just something so satisfying in looking at a finished piece that you made!

Leslie Waters
Leslie Waters
November 3, 2021 10:33 AM

I used to quilt while attending college and even made my first babies their own quilts but haven’t done much in the past few years.

April
April
November 3, 2021 10:11 AM

Beautiful glass work and the runners are lovely for fall. How creative and artistic. Thanks for your giveaway.

Rebecca L McBrayer
Rebecca L McBrayer
November 3, 2021 7:44 AM

I began quilting almost 20 years ago. You did a great job!! Enjoy your new hobbies!

Glynis
Glynis
November 3, 2021 6:20 AM

Such beautiful colours! I’m not so good at sewing as my Mum and my sister-in-law excel (Mum lost her sight so is no longer able). I concentrated instead on knitting and I taught myself to crochet. I used to make table mats, bookmarks, coasters and baby clothes but now tend to stick to blankets.
I wish I’d tried quilting as it looks so lovely, alas I have too many books to read now to spare the time to learn! 🙂
I hope your second attempt is as successful as your first. Please don’t enter me in the giveaway as I’m in the U.K.

Buturot
Buturot
November 3, 2021 12:06 AM

Wow. Love the fall theme (fall is my favorite season) Love quilts but cannot do one. Thank you for this giveaway

Rebecca L McBrayer
Rebecca L McBrayer
November 3, 2021 7:47 AM
Reply to  Cinnamon

They do get hidden! Keep going. The Amish always made sure to include a mistake in their quilts to show that people are fallible but God is not. I include them accidentally but they add character.

ForeverHis
ForeverHis
November 2, 2021 1:42 PM

Lovely fall colors. If I am so fortunate to win, I’d need a finished product as I don’t sew, but envy those who do! Best wishes on the publication of your new work after the edits.

Linda A.
Linda A.
November 2, 2021 1:36 PM

I love the autumnal colors! Thank you for sharing.

Mary Campbell
Mary Campbell
November 2, 2021 11:22 AM

These runners are lovely. Very pretty for fall. Thank you for the chance to win one.

Patricia
Patricia
November 2, 2021 10:50 AM

Lovely! Shots of the mosaics would have be lovely also! That’s something I missed last year, buying homemade items at the fall/winter craft events. Thank you for the giveaway.

DarcyBennett
DarcyBennett
November 2, 2021 8:32 AM

They are lovely. Thanks for the giveaway and I look forward to the release of your book.

Regina Jeffers
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Regina Jeffers (@reginajeffers)
November 2, 2021 7:48 AM

Lovely idea for a fall giveaway.

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