The good part: I'm actually going to see a movie tomorrow morning - "Norm of the North" (Yeah, well. What can I say? The TV commercials were just too cute for words!). The bad part: It's a special price, targeting kiddies newly out of school for the summer.
Oh, well. Grin and bear it!! (Sorry! Couldn't resist!!)
Oh, the joys of two countries being separated by a common language! In England,NZ, and Australia (and probably South Africa, too!), not to mention Ireland and Scotland, being knackered is to be tired, fatigued, exhausted. Here in the US, it usually refers to a horse that is too old or "broken down" (whatever the heck THAT means!), and said animal is now on the way to the glue factory. (Yes, that is what used to happen to horses that were too old for whatever they were originally bred/purchased for. Bad for the horse, good for your local Luther, as glue made from the horse's hide is the best ever found for holding a string instrument together, yet being flexible enough to work with the wood as the instrument is played.
I'm one of those people who read just about anything they can get their hands on, including the cereal box (hey, I was desperate!). However, I am a big sucker for Regency romances (thank you, Georgette Heyer!), and this one has a premise new to me, so even if I don't win, I can guarantee that I'll be checking all three of the series out from my local library!!
I'mlucky enough to know many Miriam's, one in particular stands out in my mind. While Judy is nowhere near the age of 86 (I'm guessing that she's in her mid-60's), she has that same kind of "Miriam" mindset, and I love her dearly for it!
Since I'm professional chamber musician, I do have to say that music is one of the most important parts of my life, and I'm extremely lucky that Wisconsin has the best classical music public radio station in the country (check it out: WPR.org, and click on the link for WERN). Having said that, I want you to know that I will be forwarding this posting to one of my best friends who, like me is a professional chamber musician, but who also happens to be the fiddler in one of the best local bluegrass bands in Madison!! Many thanks for the post, and for the contest!!
When in France one summer, a friend and I were driving on small country roads in the Dordogne region in southwestern France, and stopped at a tiny roadside cafe, in an equally tiny village, for lunch. I swear the village had maybe 20 houses total! I don't remember what Jana had, but I had the Plat due Jour, which happened to be "Tripes en Brochette" that day.
Now, in French, tripes simply means innards, as my Southern grandmother used to call them, and it was a mixture of liver, kidnay, heart, and yes, tripe, along with a couple of other items that I don't remember, all collected on three skewers and grilled. They came with a salad and bread, and it was one of the most delightful meals I had in those 3 1\2 weeks in France that summer, both because of the food and because of the company. And it was only â‚¬10!! (The equivalent of about $7.50 then.)
I can't begin to count the number of series I have read over the years. However, the number of them I go back and re-read because I simply NEED to revisit that world and those charactors is a much smaller number. In fact, it boils down to two authors: Anne McCaffrey and Nora Roberts.
I haven't had the chance or opportunity to read any of your books, but having read this posting, I can state that I will be putting them on my list at my library!
I found this a most interesting post. As a former employee of a fabric store, I'd guess my interest in fashion is probably more closely aligned with Ms. Weaver's than the average reader is. I have also worked in a theater costume shop, but definitely NOT at the same level - I just sweed the costumes together.
I always enjoy a well-written description of a well-designed gown in the historical I read, and I would venture to guess that is what I would find in Ms. Weaver's books!
P. S.: Is there any way to weed out troll comments (which isn't a comment at all, just an ad) like the first ones here? They are extremely annoying and distracting.
The ability of the author to to take me to a time (usually) and place (sometimes, since I have traveled a lot in the parts of Europe where a lot of my favourite romances are set) I wouldn't necessarily have had a chance to go to. Learning some history about the setting/background of the story is always a plus, as the following example shows. Recently, I was at a dinner party, and there was a trivia competition afterwards. Because I read a lot (make that a TON!) of romance novels set in the Regency period, I knew the answer to one of the questions (Who crowned Napoleon emperor? Napoleon did it himself, while the Pope looked on.) Admittedly, I had also learned the answer from a public TV travel series (Thank you, Rick Steves!), but I learned it from romance first!! While I didn't admit it was in a romance novel that I first learned that fact, I did say I learned it from reading. And our team won that portion of the contest!!
Like Mary Songer, it's the ability to drive in snow and ice, and heavy rains that I take for granted, and when I travel South to visit family, I realize just how much I take it for granted that people all over can at least drive in a rainstorm!!
I can't say that I've totally re-invented myself for a guy, but I have considered it, and done a bit of re-invention, but part-way through the process, he up and married someone else, so .... So much for re-invention!!
Books with recipes are always some of my favourites, and when you throw in a mystery, well, I'm hooked!!
And if there was a shop like this here in Madison, I'd be in BIG trouble, as I totally LOVE cookbook shops! Getting me out of the cookbook section of any bookstore is difficult, but out of a store devoted to them?
Being a Warlock and being good are not necessarily incompatible things. Throw in the TDH (&R, if at all possible!) (that's Rich, in case you were wondering), and you have the perfect swoon-worthy hero!!
I must agree with the writer above who really loves Nancy Atherton's "Aunt Dimity" series, and Lawrence Sander's has a personal connection - he was my father's roommate as an undergraduate at Wabash College in the early 1940's!!
Cozy mysteries that involve cooking are favourites of mine, especially when there are recipes included!
Home, for me, is definitely where my friends and family are. I live in a mid-size city, that has the "vibe" I need to be happy and comfortable, and where most of my friends and friends I call family also live.
I love to travel, but I honestly can't envision myself living somewhere else, for any reason.
Favourite dessert? Various and sundry forms of chocolate cake, vanilla angel food cake with fresh raspberries or strawberries, and maybe some french vanilla ice cream. I'm told that I make a mean brownie (triple chocolate and dried cherries, known to my roller derby crew as "Boxy's Infamous Brownies").
I personally don't think that Shakespeare would have been at all surprised by Jane Austen. I think he might have been more surprised by how long it took for a woman to be accepted as an author under her own name.
As a professional musician, I must have the chamber music of Mendelssohn and Brahms, the occasional Gee Gees, Big Band/Swing Era, and definitely Tony Bennett. Can't live without him!! Throw in some Mahler and Schubert and Schumann, and I'm the world's happiest camper!
I love series! Although I must admit, I'm one of those who likes to read them in order, and sometimes that's really the only way to read them!!
Some of my favourites: Stephanie Laurens: The Cynsters; Black Cobra Quartet; The Bastion Club; and the Lester trio are all inter-related with charactors coming and going throughout.
The various Nora Roberts series are also favourites, along with Diana Gabaldon's Outlander and Sir John Grey series.
Outside of romance, I also love most everything by Anne McCaffrey, but especially her "Dragonriders of Pern" series, now being written by her son Todd (unfortunately, she died a couple of years ago, but he is doing quite a good job of keeping the flame held high).
This set sounds like one I will have to investigate further on, for sure!
I think I would have changed the fact that I didn't go on and get a Master's degree right after getting my Bachelor's (which only took me 25 years to get!). I might have had a job that I enjoy, with all that implies, instead of being unemployed and looking now.
I'm kind of like Lancelot, in the musical "Camelot", who can't decide which season he can leave Camelot and Guinevere in.
I like all four seasons, and here in Wisconsin, we certainly have them! Admittedly, I would prefer not to have to shovel and blow snow as much as I do, but that's part of living here, so I'll take the bad along with the good, and enjoy them all.
Coming from a small family, I obviously don't have any big family stories to draw on, so I let book families do it for me. Some of my favourite "big" book families are those of Nora Roberts - the multiple Irish families, the guys in the Chesapeake quartet, and the women in the Wedding quartet, even though they aren't related by blood, they are still a family.
I'm grateful for friends who have proven themselves to be more family to me than my real family, in so many ways.
I'm grateful for authors who write books that I love to read, for chances to win said books, and for a loving grandmother who had the great idea to teach me how to read before I turned 4. I've been reading ever since, for over a half a century!
I agree with Amy (above). I have found that any "resolution" I make tends to get broken within the first month, if not sooner. I learned early on to just go with the flow, and work at making the future better than the past was as much as possible.
Well, I have never killed a fake plant, but I have just about managed to kill off any other plant that came within my purview. My friends know not to ask me to plant-sit, or take care of their gardens in the summer, at least, not if they want to come home to living plants!!
Looking at the picture, I would have said it was a meat tenderizer. You know, one of those hammer thingies, where one side of the head is flat, and the opposite side has kind of triangular bump-ups where if you hit your thumb with them, you can do a lot of damage.
I may be city born and bred, but I still use visuals along with street names and numbers to tell people how to find my house!
For instance, I currently live on a street between two major roads. The street dead-ends at one of the roads, and crosses the other. So, if someone is on University, and wants to find my house, I tell them, "Take a right (or left, depending on whether they are in-bound or out-bound) at Brennan's, and go two blocks to the so-called "traffic calmers" (which really don't calm traffic - they just annoy us!), and take a right. If you go left, you're in someone's driveway, and they don't like that."
For where I grew up, it was even better: "Get on Whitney Way, and go under the Beltline. Take the first street to the left, and go up the hill. Halfway up, you turn left. If you try to turn right, you end up in someone's front yard, and they don't appreciate having strangers driving into the yard that way. It's the 4th driveway on the left, in the trees, and if you cross the first road on the left, you've gone too far. Turn around and come back to what is now the first driveway on your right after the street you shouldn't have crossed." Even with directions like that, people still missed the driveway, because they didn't believe we would have such a forest in the city!
And then there are the directions people give up in the Twin Cities, especially those that live in South St. Paul, which just happens to be north and west of East St. Paul, and ... Don't get me started!!
As a professional musician, of course I connect music and the books I read. It's impossible not to. However, when I listen to music, it's mostly classical, so my correlations probably wouldn't match anyone else's!!
Oddly enough, one of the most erotic pieces of music I have ever heard is the slow movement of Rachmaninoff's 2nd Symphony. I was sitting in a live concert listening to the performance, and all of a sudden, my mind just went into desire overdrive!! I have NO idea as to how or why this happened, but it still happens whenever I hear this movement. A little scary, but exciting nevertheless!
Of course Jugs looks, sees, and knows all - he's a cat!!
And as one who had been cat-owned for most my life, but currently isn't (I have to go to friends to get my cat fixes), you've sold two copies of this book, once I get my check from working this past election. One for me, and one for my best friend who is multi-cat owned!!
It's not that charactors "become" real when I'm reading a book - it's that they ARE real!! Even if I end up not liking the book very much, the charactors are still real, and nothing can take that away from them.
That's one really great things about book series - you get to revisit old friends again and again, so when a series ends, it's pretty painful. But then you can just sit down and re-read the books over and over again, so the charactors never leave your heart!
I would say that your top 10 list of reasons to like Christmas stories is pretty much what I enjoy about Christmas, but I must admit that I'm puzzled by all the people who think that HÃƒÂ¤ndel's "Messiah" Oratorio was written for the Christmas season.
It was commissioned and written for Easter at the Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland. It has three sections, and only the first one (or "Part the First" as HÃƒÂ¤ndel styled it) deals with the Christmas story.
I don't mean to be a nay-sayer about it being played at Christmas, but there is so much more to the Oratorio than that. I highly recommend that people give the entire piece a listen someday - there's so much more there than just the "Hallelujah" Chorus!!
Since I starting reading historical romances with an author who was excellent at integrating fact with fiction (Georgette Heyer), throwing the paranormal side in just makes it that much more interesting.
As someone who reads the OED and DARE (Dictionary of American Regional English) for fun, I think that dialect is very important. Of course, growing up in Madison, Wisconsin, in a split-dialect household (Mississippi Gulf Coast and Indiana small town) and being a professional musician, language and dialect are very important to me.
It doesn't bother me to read books set in the British Isles that are full of dialect. I actually like them quite a bit, as it takes me back to the time I've spent over there, and makes me want to go back again!
Considering how Georgette Heyer wrote romance novels, I don't think Clare's mother (second comment above) had anything to nag her daughter about! In fact, that's how I got into reading romance!!
I've never really "hid" the covers, but there are some of my books I won't read in public because of the covers. (And no, I don't have a physical e-reader, when reading e-books, I do it on the computer.)
And when someone asks me what I'm reading, if it is a romance novel, I'm just as likely to answer, "A trashy romance novel!", even if isn't "trashy." It simply pre-empts them from making snide remarks about my choice of reading materials!
Of course lawyers can be sexy! Especially when you call them barristers!! All kidding aside, it seems to be that underlying confidence that most lawyers (at least, most of the GOOD lawyers) have, while not being overbearingly egotistical jerks. And of course, it certainly doesn't hurt if they are good-looking!
I like to think I wouldn't have too much problem with Jake Donnelly being a non-dog lover, because a lot of the time, people who claim they don't like/love dogs (or cats or whatever) usually haven't been animal-owned, and just need to learn how to live that way.
To answer your question: I don't know. I really don't think anyone could say, "Definitely ye," or "Definitely no" without having to think seriously about how it would affect everyone in that home, and all the connections that home has to others. And personally, if someone says that they could say one or the other without thinking about it, I wouldn't want to be connected with them in any way, shape or form, should such a situation ever arise.
I was wondering about the dogs, too. I was envisioning them having to swallow bundles of lace, and then, once over the border, being killed so that the bundles could be retrieved. Very glad to be proven wrong!!
It sounds like a fascinating book. I'm glad you were finally able to write it!
Old Favourites: ANYTHING by Madeline L'Engle (I'm reading a memoir of hers right now, in fact!), ANYTHING by Georgette Heyer, whether historical romance or her 1920's mysteries (which I guess would be a historical nowadays), ANYTHING by Anne McCaffrey, may she RIP (what a terrible loss!), and the list goes on and on.
Most disliked forced read from school? Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness." Ugh. Totally creeped me out, and I don't think I ever was able to finish it.
Doing the stealth-listening thing seems to be a favourite thing of a lot of people. I know that I'm just as guilty of doing it as the next person! The worst time to do it, however, is when I'm out with friends, and we catch each others eyes, and burst out laughing from something the listenee has just said to whomever it is they are talking to, and they figure out that we've been listening in. Can you say embarrassing? But oh, so worth it!!
And the title, "Perfect Pitch"? I assumed it would be about music, because as a professional musician, that's the first connection I make to that terminology. However, the excerpt I read sounded quite hilarious, even without being about music!
I really, really dislike the poor, spineless creatures that can't say "Boo!" to a goose, let alone say "No" to the ÃƒÂ¼ber-rich, overbearing macho hero (?) found in so many of the contemporaries published by a certain company that shall remain nameless here.
But now I'm burning with curiosity!! What happens if the husband LOSES his CrimCon suit? Does the divorce still get granted in the long run?
Like Tanja above, I'm in WI, and here in Madison, beaches are a rarity, even though the city is built around 5 lakes.
However, my mother grew on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, literally THREE blocks from the beach, so when I was a kid and we were visiting the grandparents, I was there a lot. Unfortunately, at that point in my life, noticing the guys wasn't high on my life list, not that there were many to notice in the first place.
Now that noticing the guys IS high on my life list (even at 54!), the beaches to notice them on aren't in my life!!
Since I haven't ever seen any of the show you listed (but do like the photos of both gentlemen!), I'll add a couple of names of my own.
Alan Alda in anything (but if he could get rid of those round glasses he wears nowadays?).
On the Food Network: Geoffrey Zakarian, a judge on "Chopped" and an "Iron Chef". Even if he doesn't have a knife in his hand, he's sexy! AND has a wicked sense of humour!!
Also on the Food Network: Alton Brown, host of "Iron Chef" and a judge/mentor on "The Next Food Network Star", and former host of "Good Eats." That man has a twinkle in those eyes, and the humour to go with it!
Of course I'm a romance heroine!! NOT!!!!!!! I must admit, though, there are times I wish I was one. Those times when I see those luscious hunks on the covers of books like yours, and just start drooling all over my keyboard. Times like that make me wish I carried a towel with me in my purse (which is already packed to over-flowing, of course!).
I do like the sound of Sophia. She sounds like a gal I'd be happy to sit and dish with!!
It's been a while since I've been in the military acronym neighbourhood, so I guess I'd have to fall back on the standard "SNAFU" (Situation Normal, All F**ked Up) or "FUBAR" (F**ked Up Beyond All Repair).
Since I don't do testing, I can't say that I'm too familiar with that group of acronyms, aside from the ubiquitous "LOL", which has multiple definitions of it's own.
I'm glad to see that I'm not the only person in the world who will sit and READ a cookbook, instead of just finding and making a recipe!! In fact, I read through the cookbook we put out at my church the other day, but that was business, pleasure (although I did find a batch of recipes I want to try), because I was looking for those errors that simply escaped the entire proof-reading committee! Found more than I wanted to (but fewer than expected - hooray!), but that's life in the Big 10, I guess.
I guess my favourite part is the anticipation of seeing how the H&H are going to react to their attraction (or antagonism) when they first meet. Seeing them working through to the HEA is fun!!
Like Sandra above, I was involved with someone considerably taller than (5'5" and 6'7", respectively), which also didn't work out because of differing thoughts and beliefs.
However, the height differential didn't have anything to do with the breakup. Remember, when horizontal, everyone is the same (or very close to the same) height! The taller of the pair will have to make some adjustments, but otherwise, it works.
Also, my parents were a foot apart in height, and they lasted for 57 years, until the death of my mother.
Like Carole above, I'm not comfortable in groups of people whom I don't know well. My solution was to join my local Roller Derby league originally as a volunteer, now as a staff member, where I run the Box Office and supervise the Front of the House. Extreme? Maybe, but it gets me out of the house and meeting people I wouldn't have otherwise met!
For fun, and for magic, I play chamber music at least twice a week. However, in July, our cellists disappear to the wilds of Vermont for a three week long chamber music workshop, so no quartetting!! Instead, I play in the pit for a local theatre group. This summer, it's Brigadoon. If that's not magical, I don't know what is!!
I used to have a sweatshirt with Opus (y'all do remember Opus the Penguin, don't you?) on it with "Valentine Needed" printed above him (he was sitting and waving his tie), and "Apply Within" printed below him.
Unfortunately, the only candidate I got was someone I wouldn't have been caught dead with!!
So, nowadays I'd write something to the effect of: Wanted: Gentleman caller. Must have irreverent sense of humour, love to travel, classical music (although you don't need to play, it might come in handy), and cats.
Books are everything mentioned above and so much more. For me, they have been a life-saver at times, and at other times, they have found me new, life-long friends. I simply can't live without them. And while I prefer the "real thing," that is, the actual, physical book that you hold in your hands and turn the pages in, and where you can insert a bookmark or dogear the page to mark your place when you have to stop reading for whatever reason, I have learned to live with e-books also.
I must admit, however, my cat prefers the "real thing" too! It's so much more amusing for her to sit on the page I'm trying to read - it means so much more cuddling and petting as I move her to turn the page!!
You've got me extremely curious - How in the world did Nev Chamberlain get the nickname "City"?!? And aside from the crisps/chips intermingling (one or the other, please!), this was a great excerpt.
And for all those bemoaning the fact that this is an e-book, you can get FREE downloads of all THREE of the major e-reader applications for either platforms.
Yep, that's right. Get your FREE Kindle app at Amazon, your FREE Nook app at Barnes & Noble, and your FREE Kobo app at kobobooks.com.
And no, I don't work for any of these companies. I just get tired of seeing so many people claiming they can't read e-books without an e-reader, especially since I used to be one of you, until one of my book groups called me on it, and told me to put up or shut up.
Lots of more-than-slightly-embarrassing crushes, but none I really want to share. They're much too embarrassing!!
But, having been cat-owned, and been given one of the Magical Cat mysteries by a friend who is a librarian (I'm the daughter of TWO librarians, and a former student employee of my university's major research library - no Dewey Decimal System for me, thank you very much!), I totally know that cats are more than able to be magical, and that they love to read just as much as I do (especially if it's the book I'm trying to read as they sit on my chest blocking my view!!).
"Home for the summer" for me actually meant leaving my home and going off to music camp for 2 months or so during my HS years. A few years later, whilst in college, it meant going off for 2 weeks to a month or so in Europe for - you guessed it - a chamber music workshop and some general traveling.
And now? Well, it means hanging out with friends, both in person and on-line, and wishing I could get back to Europe again!!
Newsflash: If you don't go, you'll be kicking yourself forever for not doing so!!
Especially go to the Highlands and the Western Islands, both the Inner and Outer Hebrides. That is some of the absolutely most beautiful country on this planet. I would go back in a flash if I could afford it!!
And you'll also find more kilts in the islands than anywhere else in Scotland. Not to mention fantastic single malts!
I have to agree with Jennifer Beyer (above). It's like someone thinks they've discovered the wheel, when all that has happened is that some new writer has tried to re-invent it.
They don't always do a good job of it, but that's true in any genre, so you read and find authors who do do it well, and stick with them.
Personally, I've read just about every level of romance I can get my hands on, from super-sweet Barbara Cartland-style books, to the ever-so-explicit that even I cry TMI!!
This one, however, sounds good. Just the right amount of heat, and the right amount of tension between the main charactors. It would be nice to win, but if I don't, well, there's a Barnes & Noble not too far from my house.
For me, frankly, all a book has to have is Mary Balogh's name on it, and it goes on my TBB (To Be Bought) list soonest!!
But seriously, having had my father survive WWII, and never talk about it much, reading about a place like this, even if it's fictional, helps me to understand more of what he went through during the last year of the war from D-Day on.
I used to work in a department of my university that specialized in continuing education in the arts, and my boss was in charge of the music area.
We made educational music videos, and took them to trade shows for marketing. I dearly loved my boss (and still do - he and his family are good friends!), but he has one really bad fault - he loves to schmooze!! Given that we were there to sell stuff, that wasn't so bad a fault, except for the way it ALWAYS played out!
We'd get to the show, get the booth set up, and go out for dinner. Next morning, we'd both appear at the booth at the opening time. Within ten minutes, we would have already had multiple friends from around the country stop by to start the "catch-up" going. My boss would turn to me and say, "I'm going to go have coffee with So-and-so. I'll be back in 10 or 15 minutes."
Well, the first time that happened, I believed him. Problem with that was, he didn't get back until lunchtime!! And by then, I was practically jumping up and down, I had to pee so badly! He just started laughing, apologized, sent me off to the bathroom and lunch, and when I got back, he was off again, for "10 or 15 minutes." Needless to say, I had learned my lesson, and had brought a soda back with me, so I didn't die of thirst in the afternoon.
It's not really a "horror" story, as I enjoyed standing in the booth (I became quite the tie connissouer!), and I got to travel and get paid at the same time. It also gave me a chance to see friends that I usually only saw at these conferences/conventions/shows, so I really can't complain.
The memory still makes us both laugh when we start talking about such-and-such a conference!
Love the books of yours I already have, and would love to win this one too!
Hey! I thought that I would be the first to nominate Ranger!!
I completely agree with the listing of Lord Peter Wimsey, Jim Rockford (James Garner - le sigh), Jack Lord in the original Hawai'i Five-O, and would like to add to the list: Burt Reynolds in "Smoky and the Bandit" was certainly easy on the eyes, even though he played a sheriff, not a PI. And Robert Wagner in "Hart to Hart" should be in the mix also.
I know that there was another one I wanted to add, but I just can't remember the name. My apologies!
Yes, many times, especially when traveling in Europe.
I can't begin to count the number of times I've been somewhere that I KNOW I've never been to before (at least, not in this lifetime!), and been able to drive around it without looking at a map and get exactly where I was going, without getting lost.
It's also happened some in this country, but nowhere near as much.
Deja vu all over again, that's all there is to it!
And since I love Austria and Wein, this sounds like the perfect book for me!
Maybe I'm crazy, but sometimes I enjoy reading both versions of a book, both the original and an updated version. Mostly just for comparison, but a few times (albeit rarely), I have found that the updated version was actually better than the (really) good original!
The main thing to keep in mind is that this process really only works very well with historicals, that is, when it works at all.
Like many have said above, trying to keep up with the changes in technology if the book was set in the present era would be enough to drive someone completely crazy, and yes, it would be an entirely new book because of that (the technological changes, not because the author went crazy updating it!) (or maybe because of both!!).
Anyway, for me, most of the time I'm in the "if it ain't broke, don't "fix" it" camp. Even with historicals, really the only reason to update them would be to correct gross errors in spelling and how people were addressed in that era.
"Mariana" sounds like it would be an interesting book to read.
Integrity/a sense of honour, both personal and public; a sense of humour, and the laughing eyes to go along with it; the ability to show that he cares about you, both in private AND in public; the protection thing; and finally the least important - good looks. This last doesn't always have to fit the "norm" (whatever the heck THAT might be!), it just has to be looks that appeal to YOU.
Like a couple of others above, I don't do FB and don't plan to, so that option of winning is out. Having been stalked once on a social media site, I'm not willing to open myself up to that ever again.
Of course the setting is a charactor in the story!! Most stories couldn't be written without a setting, so if you don't consider it a charactor, then the story, at least to me, really isn't worth reading!!
And now, with the chance of winning a book that showcases three parts of my life (classical music [I'm a violist], photography [I'm also a B&W film photographer], and Mississippi [my mother was from Gulfport, and I had cousins from Natchez!]), it's even more of a charactor!
I totally agree with you on the subject of re-makes of older classic films. The originals are almost ALWAYS better than the copies. And the re-make of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"? Um, hello? It's only been out a year or so, and already Hollywood jumped on the band wagon? Give me a flippin' break!!
I also totally agree with you about Debbie McComber's books. Throw Sheryl Woods' books in that category too, along with Dorothea Benton Frank's. Add into that mix your books, and we should all be happy campers!!
I visited the Low Country as a child and pre-teen on a couple of family vacations, taking the long route to my grandparents in Gulfport, MS, from here in Madison, WI, and I yearn to go back there again, physically, both for the scenery and the seafood. I do have to admit that the seafood has probably got the stronger pull, but the scenery is beautiful, and I'll love to be out in it taking tons of pictures.
Visiting friends in the are ranks pretty high on the wish list, too.
Being claustrophobic, I wouldn't be able to make it through 12 hours in a stalled elevator. Unless, of course, it was me and that hot dude who's been flirting with me, who helps fulfill that elevator fantasy ....
Who would I write with? My two best friends, who don't even know each other, although I've mentioned each of them to the other. All three of us are within a couple of years of one of the others in age (mid-50's). One is very grounded, a musician (like me), reads mostly mysteries and suspense, is obsessed with ironing stuff (or so it seems sometimes!), a single/divorced mom/grandmother and is rabbit and love-bird owned. The other is more laid=back, reads more romances along with the mysteries, is married, and is cat-owned. I'm the most foot-loose and fancy free of the three of us, never married, read just about anything except hard-core Westerns (Louis L'Amour and the ilk), and am sort of the bridge between the other two. All three of us like to cook and eat out, and then dissect the meals we've shared (so to speak).
I think the three of us could come up with at least one good book between us. Whether we would ever want it published is another question altogether, however!
Personally, I tend to have my local Public Radio (Hurray for WPR!) on all the time, except for three programs on Friday and Saturday nights, when I will turn the radio off, and the TV on. Unless, of course, I'm out in the car, in which case I switch to the CD (running Tony Bennett right now) or tapedeck (Robin & Linda Williams here).
My problem is, as a professional musician (violist), classical can distract me enough so that I lose track of what I'm supposed to be doing. And making a road trip with CD's of it? Nope. Ain't gonna happen. I've found out the hard way that playing classical CD's when on a long already boring drive will put me to sleep faster than using the cruise control does. SO I bring along the CD pack with all my favourite swing-era stuff in it.
I tend not to like most of what passes for popular music today. It's just too loud and obnoxious for my taste. Otherwise, my taste is fairly eclectic, although there are some things I will not listen to, and there's nothing in the world that will make me do so.
Hurray!! I see (finally!) that I'm NOT the only person in the world who hasn't seen "Gone with the Wind"!!! What a relief!
Anyway, I'm a total fan of musicals, starting from the beginning, up until pretty much the present, even though there are very many done anymore, unfortunately.
The original set of "Star Wars," of course. Not so much the second set, however. "Inglorious Basterds," a kind of "what if?" WWII movie with Brad Pitt, fairly recent. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (original version, NOT Hollywood's remake!) was really good (haven't seen the others yet).
And as a professional musician, "Immortal Beloved," the Beethoven bio-pic from sometime in the 80's, hit all the right buttons for me.
I anticipate watching new people meeting and getting to know each other, or in the case of a series (Stephanie Laurens Cynster series comes immediately to mind), learning more about the secondary characters in previous books as they get to tell their own stories.
Yes, they have changed a lot in the last 200 years. Heavens, they've changed a lot in the last 20 years!!
To me, the biggest and best change of all is the fact that females are not only allowed to attend school, but positively encouraged to do so. Most of the time, at least. Definitely a good thing, even though there is still a lot of work to do in being accepted by the old boys club, and breaking through those glass ceilings.
How have I missed out on your books? I'm even signed up for the MWKB (or at least, I thought I was!), and hadn't seen anything about these!!
Anyway, one of the things my quartet likes to do after an evening of playing is to sit in the kitchen, gossip, and eat cheese and drink wine. (No whining with that cheese, please!)
Luckily, all the groceries in town have great cheese sections, and there's also a really good cheese shop up on the Square (Fromagination), not to mention all the artisinal (and award-winning) cheesemakers who are at the Famer's Market every week.
But then again, since Wisconsin is America's Dairyland, of course we have great cheese!!
As a professional musician, I create pictures in music on my viola. As a semi-professional photographer, I create pictures in black & white film (mostly), and as a potter, I try to create the pots I see in my head, but I'm not as successful with that as I am with music and photography!!
I also love to bake, and create happy friends when I share the treats I make.
I totally agree that different types of furniture have their own personality. Otherwise, why would so many people love so many different styles?!? I wish I could do furniture restoration, but that isn't in the cards anytime soon, with everything else I've got going on!
I go to author's websites to learn more about their books, and hopefully find excerpts to read, which, in turn, usually lead to my buying the book(s). I love finding out more information about the books, especially when it's a series. Learning the backstory, so to speak, just makes me want to purchase more of them!
Yes, I have also won author contests, and gotten a variety of things, but mostly books, which given my budget right now, are the best things! I have also won a Greek Calendar from Tony Carrington, along with a cookbook from another author here on Fresh Fiction ("The Best Of Kentucky" I believe it was. Haven't had a chance to make anything out of it yet, but that will happen, believe me!!).
And let me say, as the daughter of not one, but TWO librarians, and having been a librarian myself, this series of books definitely pushes all the right buttons with me!!
Personally, I'd like to know more about Nannerl, so this definitely caught my eye.
In general, Mozart's chamber music and operas are much more interesting, musically, to me than his symphonies, especially because the viola parts in a goodly number of the symphonies are so deadly boring, and as a violist, I loath being bored!