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Wednesday, February 3

A Grand Giveaway of Mr. Darcy’s Great Escape, by Marsha Altman

Mr. Darcy’s Great Escape, a new Austen inspired sequel is in bookstores this week. It is the third book in the Pride and Prejudice Continues series which also includes The Darycs & the Bingleys (2008) and The Plight of the Darcy Brothers (2009).
This "campy, madcap adventure" series continues the story of many of the beloved characters from Jane Austen’s classic novel in imaginative and comical ways. Here is the publisher’s description:

Straight into danger, daring Elizabeth Darcy rushing to the rescue.

Hilarious and action-packed, this installment brings the Darcy and Bingley families to the year 1812 and the intrigues of the Napoleonic war. When a coded letter alerts Elizabeth that her husband and his traveling companion Dr. Maddox, have run into trouble in eastern Europe, Elizabeth sets off on a daring and dangerous mission. While Darcy and Maddox are both worse for wear, Charles Bingley has his hands full holding down the fort at Pemberley, and Lady Catherine de Bourgh sets out to kick up a truly shocking scandal. Can Elizabeth get her husband out of harm’s way and both of them back to Pemberley in time for the impending blessed event? Will Darcy be able to recover from the dark revelations of his imprisonment? And what are the Darcy’s going to do about the demented Asian assassin circumventing the globe to get to Pemberley before they return? With danger, intrigue and psychological depth, this action-packed Pride and Prejudice sequel bring the Darcy and Bingley families closer together as new bonds are forged, lovers are reunited, and unforgettable adventures change their lives forever.


GIVEAWAY CONTEST


Enter a chance to win one of three sets of the Pride and Prejudice Continues series by Marsha Altman which includes one copy each of The Darcys & the Bingleys, The Plight of the Darcy Brothers and Mr. Darcy’s Great Escape. Leave a comment stating who your favorite character is in Pride and Prejudice and why by midnight PST February 16th, 2010. Winners to be announced on February 17th, 2010. Shipment to US and Canadian addresses only.

Author Bio:

Marsha Altman is a historian specializing in Rabbinic literature in late antiquity, and an author. She is also an expert on Jane Austen sequels, having read nearly every single one that's been written, whether published or unpublished. She has worked in the publishing industry with a literary agency and is writing a series continuing the story of the Darcys and the Bingleys. She lives in New York.

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The giveaway contest has now concluded and the winners have been announced. Thanks to all who participated and congrats to the lucky winners!

64 comments:

Marie Burton said...

I would live to win!
My fave P&P is Mr Bennet! Memories of my own father perhaps.. But Mr B seemed to be a supportively quiet type of rock & I loved when he was in the scene!
Thx!

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Jami said...

Mr. Darcy! I know that's unoriginal, but he's so enigmatic. Love him!

Maggie said...

My favorite is Elizabeth Bennet; I think I wish I had her wit on my feet!

Rhonda said...

My favorite character is Aunt Gardiner. She's sensible and not only takes Jane in, but gives Lizzy good advice!

Courtney said...

My favorite character is Jane. She's a little naive, but the way she always looks for the best in people is incredibly endearing.

Christina/Book Addict said...

I'm sure a lot of people will say this, but my favorite character is Elizabeth. She is my all time favorite heroine. What is not to love? She is smart, witty, and relatable.

Melanie said...

Mr. Bingley! He's so friendly and trusting.

Missy said...

My favorite is Mr. Bennet. I think he is a wonderful father-figure, loving his daughters despite that,at that time, it would have been very disappointing to have that many daughters and no sons and to have the task of attempting to find them husbands. I love that he finds humor in his family, which I believe is the only way he could have kept his sanity in a house full of women. But he also has his faults, like outwardly displaying that Elizabeth is his favorite, but that makes him all the more real because we know that all fathers are not perfect. To have a father who displays such warmth and affection in a time when that was not appropriate really makes Mr. Bennet my favorite character.

robsad79 said...

I can't help but love Elizabeth Bennet.

Julia Ergane said...

This is a wonderful give-away. I really have to say that Elizabeth Bennett, followed closely by Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bennett and the Gardners are my favourite characters in P&P, followed closely by Mr. Darcy.

lynnquiltsalot said...

It's really hard to pick just one, but I'd have to say Elizabeth. She's so sure of herself one minute and then not quite sure of herself the next. A "real" person. Thanks for the chance to win.

sandyquill said...

Please tell me someone's fixed the cover text and spelled BINGLEYS and not BIGLEYS?

Mystica said...

I would dearly love to win this! please count me in. Mr Darcy is my favourite (I know I am amongst thousands but whats to be done)

Rachel said...

I have to go with Jane Bennet. Not for anything spectacular, but I have just always loved her...

Ollie Otson said...

My favorite character in the book is Mr. Darcy, mainly because he reminds me of how I am in relationships and how foolish it can be. He'd do anything for Lizzy and works on himself as a person in order to insure he can have her forever. When Lizzy rejects him, he doesn't go off and find someone else, like Caroline Bingley, who would have him easily, but he decides to do all in his power to have the one he knows will make him happy, even if it's someone he may never get. "We're all fools in love."

These books sound incredibly far-fetched and interesting, I'd love to take my own stab at them.

BubbaCoop said...

Is that a misprint on the book cover? It looks like it reads "Bigley".

Favorite character is Mr. Bennet because he's so dryly and sarcastically funny.

Else M Tennessen said...

I would have to say my fav character is Elizabeth. She is so like us--making up her mind after a first impression--so human in her reactions. She is also human in her love, for as soon as she knows someone better (like Mr Darcy) she changes her mind about him, and for the better. My second favorite is Mr Bennet, just for putting up with all the estrogen in his household!

Laurel Ann said...

Hi Sandyquill, you have sharper eyes than the publisher and myself. It has been fixed. ;-)

shuffy2 said...

Not sure I could pick just one, which probably won't win me anything! Hmmmm let's see Lizzy and Darcy of course! The two characters compliment the other so nicely but without Bingley's enthusiasm, Mr. Bennet's common sense, Mrs. Bennet's ravings, Lydia's selfishness, Wickham's dastardliness, Mr. Collin's incessant flattery, and Lady Katherine's arrogance P&P wouldn't be the same. I couldn't possibly pick just one!

Shannon said...

Elizabeth. For her intelligence and wit.

Lisa H said...

My favroite is Mary. So consistently dull!

Lisa H.

Laura Hartness said...

I enjoy many of the characters in P&P, but I must say that Mr. Bennet amuses me the most. I love how he deals with the henhouse of women that he lives in, and his responses to his hysterical wife are priceless!

Thanks for the contest-- I'd love to win!

Laura Hartness
The Calico Critic
CalicoCritic at gmail dot com

Emily said...

Enter me please! I love Mr. Bennett from P&P...I really like how much he cares for his daughters.

emily DOT wittenberg @gmail.com

Felicia said...

I know this is not original, but its definitely Elizabeth Bennet. I remember the first time I read P&P, I wanted to be her!

teabird said...

Oh, this is easy: Mr Bennet! He's so droll -

I'd love to win!

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Cecilia said...

I like Charlotte Lucas for her practicality.

J said...

My favorite would be Elizabeth. She is so fun to listen to and confident.

Sandra said...

Would love to win :)

My favorite is Mr Darcy, by far, there's just no other for me :)

Msslaydbug said...

I've never read this series but would love to. I know it's very unoriginal but my favorite is Elizabeth. And of course....Mr Darcy.

Marlyn said...

My favorite P & P character has always been Lizzie. Not sure why...perhaps I identify with her?

Lois said...

Hi and boy would I love to read these books! :) Well, obviously my number one favorite is Darcy, because, well, it's Darcy. And for the record, I did like the character even before seeing any sort of lake dipping scene in any movie. ;) But besides Mr Darcy, I'll go with Lady Catherine -- she's quite fascinating, what nerve, what fun, and it's no wonder Anne is so quiet, can't go up against her! LOL :)

Lois

mjmbecky said...

What a great giveaway!

I have to say that my answer is quite bland, but it is Mr. Darcy. In literature, in general, I love characters that are more complex than what they appear on the surface, who are often misunderstood. While Elizabeth is witty and "amiable" by literary standards (and I love her), I can't help but feel that Darcy is such a nicely developed character, both through the things he says and does.

Jessica said...

What an amazing give away! Elizabeth, of course ;)

Kristen said...

Lizzie of course! She's just got so much moxie.

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Aranel said...

My fave character is Mr. Darcy. He's dark and mysterious at first and then becomes such an individual with a great heart, emotions, feeling, intrigue, love.

Heather said...

Jane Bennet. She's the one I identify with the most. She is most like me and Elizabeth is most like my little sister. I just wish we had their relationship!
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Dani said...

Lady Catherine De Burgh.

It takes a lot of chutzpah to hold solid to your convictions in a fickle society easily persuaded.

Reality check: A guy of Mr. Darcy's means would never realistically look upon Elizabeth Bennett with any favour based on her family standing if this were set in real Regency Era England.

It would be like Donald Yrump dating someone from the welfare line. Possible but highly unlikely.

And it was clear that the Bennett family was looking to further their standings. It was quite right of Lady Catherine to air her concerns. My aunt would do the same.

;)

Shelly said...

My favorite P&P character is Elizabeth Bennet. She is the classic heroine!

Thanks for the chance to win this great set!

donnyandshelly at yahoo dot com

Nonna Beach said...

Without hesitation, Elizabeth Bennet is my favorite. When I first read "Pride & Prejudice", I instantly recognized myself in her character and took to her like a duck to water.I have many of her strengths and weaknesses and that was humbling indeed...

Thank you for doing such a fun giveaway !

newsie15 said...

I think my favorite P&P character is Elizabeth Bennett. She is so witty and free-willed for the time, and even though she denied it, she is a hopeless romantic!

Lauren said...

My favorite P&P character would have to be all of them. The book would never do without each of their own characteristics: Elizabeth who loves her family & the protector even though in society it wasn't her role to play. Jane the respected & good hearted person to all (even though some don't deserve it), Lydia with her wild ways (similar to her mother), Kitty who eventually learns her own self when Lydia is married to Mr. Wickham, Mary with her babble at the wrong times, Mrs. Bennet without her constant hysterics where would we be without her poor nerves, Mr. Bennet even though its obvious he has a strong attachment to Lizzy, he shows an undying love for all his daughters and never once blames them or Mrs. Bennet for the loss of an heir, & Mr. Darcy, every woman dreams to have who is strong and soft. There are so many more characters to name, but I think I have made my point clear and show a love for all of Austen's characters.

Kathleen said...

What a great contest!
My favorite character is Mrs. Gardener "Aunt". She is just so likeable, so kind, so loving, so helpful... I like her a lot. I know she is such a small character but she is also a crucial one to the story. She is the kind of person I would want to be.

Annette said...

I would love to win!
Thank you

C Dixon B said...

Elizabeth Bennet. I appreciate how she finds human behavior so entertaining. We are very silly creatures, really.

Wendi said...

Mr. Bennet is my favorite. He allowed his daughter the opportunity to turn down a marriage because she wasn't in love.

Emily said...

Mrs. Bennet is my favorite character. Whether I'm reading P & P or watching the definite version (1995 BBC of course!), she is a scene stealer and constant source of amusement.

Winning a set of these books & a little sea bathing would set me forever!

EmilyATpageandpaletteDOTcom

Vegan Wheekers said...

Lizzy Bennet! She's flawed, to be sure, but her liveliness and wit is what makes P&P shine and beloved by so many. She is a heroine like no other and deserves her Mr. Darcy.

Domestic Goddess said...

Darcy, Lake scene, 'nuff said.

Margay said...

There is something about each character that makes them special and unique, but ultimately, my choice would be Elizabeth. Not only is she fun and intelligent, she is not afraid to speak her mind or stand up for her principles. She wouldn't let them be compromised - not even by her mother, who tried to bully her into an unwanted marriage - which I think is very admirable.

Margay

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shan said...

Mr. Collins always cracked me up but Id have to say that my favorite character in P&P is also one who frustrates me the most, Jane Bennet. She is lovely, beautiful, well tempered and sweet. She is the quietest and most reserved in a house of stress and sillyness. Yet seems the most real to me, and the most flawed. Jane seems to keep herself in constant check, never asking for too much. People see that as her perfect manner, but I see it as her demonstrating a huge lack of self esteem. She does not fight for herself; if Mr. Bingley wasnt there to sweep her off of her feet, I doubt she would have had the gall to refuse any decent proposal, not because she'd want it, oh no.. but because it would be rude not to. She sort of follows Lizzy in a way and inturn Lizzie is her cheerleader. She doesnt wish Lizzie to see her in pain. She hides it, trying to appear strong, believing herself silly and maintaining an air of perfect older sister. I think she envies Lizzy's passion and tongue.
We all dream of being Lizzy, but I see more of us in Jane than any. She hides her feelings and pain, she pretends, she wants the best for others but doesnt know how to go after what she wants for herself. How I would love to get a peek in her head!!

OreAnnie said...
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OreAnnie said...

I, too, would be most happy to earn this book set. Mr. Bennett is my favorite character, because he doesn't hold with silly girls!

Wanda said...

My favourite character is Mr Darcy. I find him mysterious.
I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.
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ChaChaneen said...

Ooooh give-away and from my favorite blog! Oh I would lurve to win! My favorite character is Jane! I imagine her to be the perfect hostess next to her Man, Mr. Bingley giving dinner parties and balls at Netherfield!

kalynnick said...

My favorite charcter has to be Elizabeth Bennet.

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TheWingchairTraveller said...

Such a difficult question. The characters in Pride and Prejudice are some of the best in English literature!! I love Mr. Bingley for his tolerance, openness and kindness, but Mr. Bennet is also a wonderful father and a very amusing husband to Mrs. Bennet. But, I would have to say Elizabeth because, as a woman, she is who I strive to be- witty, outspoken, and forever searching for love and truth. Please pick me! ;)

Amber said...

Elizabeth Bennet is such a strong-willed character that she is my favorite.

4giveMeJane said...

Gotta love Elizabeth. What woman doesn't want to be her when she grows up? Brave, witty, young and making men all over fall in love with her.

Sandee61 said...

I like Elizabeth...her personality, she's witty and smart. I really enjoy reading any books with her character in them.
Please enter me in your giveaway, I'd love to read this one. Thank you!

Sandee61

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Minerve said...

Hard to choose, they are so many fun and wonderful characters in P&P!

My favourite character has to be Elizabeth. I love her because she has great qualities (witty, intelligent, loyal to those she love). But I also love her because she is very human. Her doubts, contradictions and prejudices make her relatable to us readers.

Like many others said, P&P wouldn't be the same with all the other characters that make this story so fun and endearing.

I particularly like Mr Bennett, Mrs Bennett (a non-stop source of entertainment), sweet Jane, adorable Mr Bingley and of course, Mr Darcy!

atwaroski said...

Mr Darcy is by far my favorite character, mostly because it's such an adaptable one. His character can be interpreted in so many ways, that even when reading the novel, he appears differently and different traits stand out each time. As we change as readers, what we look for out of Mr Darcy changes, and he's always able to provide it.

griffithgirl said...

Oh my goodness I love this blog and Austenprose too! Here goes my first comment - This is rather odd, but Mr. Wickham has always been my favorite character. True, he's a dirty good-for-nothing rakish wastrelly shirker, but his nasty oily demeanor is so entertaining. I've always thought it so funny how he minces up to everyone and charms them though he's really not particulary attractive or intelligent. It makes it so satisfying when his disgusting character is finally revealed and Mr. Darcy becomes the hero =) And if it weren't for Wickham's sleazy behavior and seduction of Lydia, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy would never have been brought so close together! Their nasty encounter with Wickham forged a strong bond between them. Wickham's indiscreet actions also cleared Mr. Darcy's character in everyone's eyes. Thanks to Wickham's wicked ways there was a happy ending!

griffithgirl said...

For some reason it says that I posted my previous comment on Feb 17th? Well I don't know if it's some time-zone thing, but I'm in California and it was around 9 today (Tuesday, the 16th) when I posted my comment... and it's still not the 17th here (it's 11 PM)