Celebrating new web design with a GIVEAWAY

This past fall I decided to update the look of my website. As always I wanted something Gothic and a bit creepy, but I also yearned for warmth and color. Again and again I came back to this image:


It struck me as both bleak and beautiful. Moreover it reminded me of the Yorkshire moors (like you see here) and thereby brought to mind all the Gothic tales of the Brontës. My genius web designer Maddee at xuni.com boosted the color and added my name. I love the final result, which you can see simply by scrolling to the top of this page.

To celebrate my new website, I’m giving away the Brontë-related items featured in the photo at the top of this post, each of which I enthusiastically recommend to Brontë fans! Read on to learn more about them:


Praise for Take Courage: Anne Brontë and the Art of Life:
“I thought that everything had already been said about the Brontës. But Samantha Ellis has looked at the family from a new angle, and in doing so brought Anne out of the shadows and placed her front and centre amongst her splashier siblings. I was wowed and moved” (Tracy Chevalier)
“A fascinating and compelling read… what Ellis does extraordinarily well is to convey the emotion of her own deeply personal voyage of discovery about Anne and herself… [makes] you long to rush off and reread Anne’s novels and poetry: what more could you ask for?” (Juliet Barker)
–my take: This book brought me to tears more than once, and my perception of the youngest Brontë is forever altered by reading it.


Praise for The Glass Town Game:
“A throwback to classic children’s literature: it has the cleverness of The Phantom Tollbooth, the imagination of Alice in Wonderland, the whimsy of Edward Eager…A lovely, fanciful piece of middle-grade fiction about the worlds we make, and the lives they can take on.” (Booklist, starred review)
“The story’s real delights come from the wit and cleverness woven into every description and conversation, as well as the sharp insights Valente brings to the children’s insecurities, longings, and hidden desires, which burst to the surface in this magical and perilous world.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
–my take: A gorgeous tribute to the Brontës and the fictional worlds they created.

Also included:


Just for fun I’ve added a small Paperblanks journal decorated with Charlotte Brontë’s signature and lines from Jane Eyre. (These journals are no longer in production and are therefore pretty hard to find.) You’ll also receive a Brontë mug featuring Branwell’s drawing of the four siblings AND a volume of poems from all four Brontë siblings, along with a timeline and endnotes.

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30 thoughts on “Celebrating new web design with a GIVEAWAY

  1. Danielle P.

    Sonia, your website looks so beautiful! That header image is simply perfection <3

    I've been wanting to read "Take Courage" (Team Anne member here!), so this prize makes me swoon…

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  2. Michelle Lunsford

    The website makeover looks great. The image you’ve chosen – perfect for you and your writing inspirations and passions.

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    1. SoniaG Post author

      I think you would love the book by Ellis! I really enjoyed her emotional engagement with the subject. And how fun that you and I are both Paperblanks fangirls. Hee.

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  3. Heather Etchevers

    How lovely. Thank you for your generosity!
    Of course I traveled and dreamed often as a girl with Jane Eyre and (a bit less so) with Wuthering Heights, but my adult favorite is Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, harsh as it is. It features women’s friendship and solidarity at important moments, and our heroine gets to propose to her (well-)chosen at the end.

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  4. Anna Maria Ballester Bohn

    Wow, what a wonderful giveaway. I’m especially taken with the book about Anne, I love The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, both the book and the BBC adaptation. Are there any other films of that? Or of Agnes Grey?

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    1. SoniaG Post author

      You’d love the book about Anne, I think! I thought the adaptation of Tenant of Wildfell Hall with Tara Fitzgerald was quite good. Looks like there was a 1968 TV adaptation, as well, with Corin Redgrave as Arthur Huntington. How strange! Wonder if it could be found anywhere? We’re about due for an updated version, I daresay…

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  5. Tünde

    I read an abridged version of Jane Eyre when I was about 9 and it is still my favorite Bronte novel (I love the adaptation where Anne Paquin was the young Jane), though a few years ago when I re-read The Tenant of Wildfell Hall I was surprised to realize how progressive it was.

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    1. SoniaG Post author

      Tenant of Wildfell Hall IS very progressive, isn’t it? I think you’d love Ellis’ book. As for Jane Eyre adaptations, not too many people remember the William Hurt/Charlotte Gainsbourg version, so I’m glad you mentioned it. I confess to being quite swoony over the more recent Michael Fassbender/Mia Wasikowska pairing.

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  6. jama

    The new website header is so YOU! Now you’ve got me dreaming about visiting Haworth and the Yorkshire moors again . . . 🙂

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    1. SoniaG Post author

      It’s been too many years since I’ve been to Haworth! A Brontë country writing retreat would be brilliant, wouldn’t it?

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  7. Britt Bachmann

    I love the new design of your website! The image is perfect and evokes a variety of emotions and feelings. I also really love the birds flying off the sides into the black space. Love it! 🙂

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  8. Evie

    Oh, Sonia! I absolutely love the header! It’s brilliant, charming and so atmospheric! Your designer did a great job 🙂 I’m not entering the giveaway, as my husband wouldn’t approve of me trying to get more books *nervous laughter* but I’ll be sure to spread the word about it!

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    1. SoniaG Post author

      Thanks, Evie! For the compliments and for helping spread the word. And I certainly know what you mean about books. My TBR pile can no longer be contained by my shelves–I now have a towering stack on the floor.

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  9. Artemis Giote

    Awesome giveaway!!! My favorite book is Jane Eyre and my favorite movie adaptation is Wuthering Heights with Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche.

    Happy website launch!!!

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    1. SoniaG Post author

      I need to revisit that Fiennes/Binoche adaptation of Wuthering Heights — it’s been so long. (I also need to re-read the book.)

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