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Annette, what a wonderful story, and what an amazing adventure. Well done you for stepping up and wanting to help.
Toggle Commented yesterday on The ninth, part deux! at Word Wenches
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Sonya, the regional restrictions drive me crazy, too. And yes, I do think it's encouraging people to go to the pirate sites. Harlequin Australia are going to republish my four harlequin historicals in August -- Gallant Waif, Tallie's Knight, An Honourable Thief and The Virtuous Widow novella -- in two two-in-one editions, large paperback format. When I heard this news, I also asked would they please make the e-books available also, and they said they'd look into it. So stay tuned. When I hear, I'll send out a newsletter.
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Thanks, Karin. I know when I've written a tear-jerker scene when I find myself with tears writing it -- just like in Romancing the Stone. :) Thanks for dropping by.
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LOL about the tug-of-war, Theo. And thank you for paying so much for it! Thanks for popping by, and for your good wishes.
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Thank you everyone for the thoughtful comments. I'm sorry I didn't reply to you all — I've been battling with internet and phone problems. I will choose a winner later on this week and announce it on Sunday. Thanks again — much appreciated. Anne Gracie
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on The Changing World of Publishing at Word Wenches
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I'm getting hungry just reading this! And I'm going to have to have a lesson in making a flaky layered Southern biscuit. And eat one (or two) -- I've never eaten one like that. The US biscuits I've eaten are very like a scone (pronounced scon by me -- Scottish forebears) BTW scones left overnight in a biscuits tin go soft. My grandma was renowned for her baking skills and always had scones fresh and hot minutes after we arrived. She was also known for her date scones, which we ate slathered with butter and nothing else.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Time for the Scones! at Word Wenches
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Anne here. When I was trying to decide what to blog about today, I glanced through the list of topics sent in by wenchly readers over the years, looking right back to the earliest of those lists. So many of those early questions were from aspiring authors asking about the publishing process, how to get an agent, tips for catching an editor's eye, which conferences were you most likely to meet good editors —and many more. Those were the days of relative certainty — there was a process for getting published, a clear pathway, with steps. Now there are so... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Word Wenches
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You spit it out, Lil -- never swallow it. I know people who've used hydrogen peroxide on their teeth. Seems to work. I've used baking powder and salt when toothpaste is in short supply. Great blog, Joanna. I remember my high school science teacher saying people also used to use ash to scrub their teeth. He told a hilarious story about someone who accidentally cleaned their teeth with grandma's ashes.
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Helen, I think hundreds of writers of popular fiction started off reading -- and loving -- Enid Blyton. Certainly in the UK and the "pink bits on the map" (referring to the Former British Commonwealth) I devoured her books like lollies (sweets)
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And before she started writing those wonderful mysteries, CS Harris was writing as Candice Procter -- big meaty wonderful historicals set in interesting places. Hunt them out — they're well worth it.
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Mary, my mother was a huge admirwr of Pearl Buck and I read a number of her books as a kid. haven't read them for years -- thanks for the reminder. And yes, the "Call the Midwife" TV series brought the books back into prominence -- which is a wonderful thing. I hadn't heard of them before then.
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OK, that's why I didn't recognize the name -- I LOVED Spiral Path -- as I think I've told you before, Mary Jo. Possibly many times. It started my passion for labyrinths.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2015 on Chick-in-Pants (part 2) at Word Wenches
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Thanks Michelle. I know a lot of our wenchly readers are always on the lookout for new reads and will give someone new a try. I think we're all readers at heart. On our private loop, we've been collecting pieces for our upcoming monthly "What we're reading" and as various authors posted their piece, the rest of us bought their recommendations.
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2015 on Chick-in-Pants (part 2) at Word Wenches
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No, Minna and it was a fun movie.
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2015 on Chick-in-Pants (part 2) at Word Wenches
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Nancy, I think people simply divide into those who do or don't find it plausible. I do, because while I think people might find someone "odd" I doubt very much if they could know he was a she. People aren't good at keeping secrets, and it would be regarded as so scandalous they would be outed.
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2015 on Chick-in-Pants (part 2) at Word Wenches
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Faith, I love MJP's silk trilogy, but now I'm wondering whether I've read Phoenix Falling. A new MJP book to read? Bliss.
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2015 on Chick-in-Pants (part 2) at Word Wenches
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Thanks, Lil Miss Molly -- I might have to watch that movie again.
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2015 on Chick-in-Pants (part 2) at Word Wenches
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Fascinating, Joanna. Thanks so much for sharing that tale.
Toggle Commented Apr 25, 2015 on Chick-in-Pants (part 2) at Word Wenches
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Thanks, Janga. I thought Tootsie was comedic, but with more depth than most man-in-drag movies. Dustin Hoffman's research is always interesting to hear about -- I love learning about the behind-the-scenes stuff of acting. And I've never seen or even heard of that Tom Hanks Bosom Buddies show -- a lot of US TV never makes it to Australia. I'm not surprised you've read all the books mentioned — you're an extremely well-read person!
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2015 on Chick-in-Pants (part 2) at Word Wenches
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Thanks, Margaret -- I haven't read that book, so it sounds like that's a Margaret Evans Porter book I have to chase up.
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2015 on Chick-in-Pants (part 2) at Word Wenches
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Thanks, Anne. Yes, Bonnie Prince Charlie dressed in women's clothes -- as someone's maid, I think -- after the disaster than was Culloden, when he was escaping from Scotland with a price on his head. I suspect the fact that he was to act the maid would also help hide him, as to many people servants are so uninteresting as to be invisible. A bit of an ignominious exit, wasn't it? I haven't heard about the other royal cross-dressers you mentioned.
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2015 on Chick-in-Pants (part 2) at Word Wenches
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Kit, I do too, even though each time Prudence tips her wine down her sleeve, I still can't um. . . swallow it. I find Prudence more convincing than her brother, though, but as he was small and slight, I suppose it *might* work. But I do love the romance between Prue and her mountain.
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2015 on Chick-in-Pants (part 2) at Word Wenches
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Yes, Janice, as Mary Jo said, we do tend to suspend our disbelief in movies. But there are still those real historical women who managed to remain undiscovered for years... I think it's to with it being simply unimaginable for a woman to do that, to risk herself and fight etc. And in the case of Dr James Barry, she lived her entire adult life as a man, even fought duels and was never suspected -- or at least never investigated. The scandal broke after she was dead, and her body was found to be that of a woman. You can listen to a simple little story about her here -- the site of my little books for adult literacy. http://pageturners.prace.vic.edu.au/book-6-4-doctor-secret.php
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2015 on Chick-in-Pants (part 2) at Word Wenches
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Yes, Beverly, they made their own rules and took the risks that went with that.
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2015 on Chick-in-Pants (part 2) at Word Wenches
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"Can't wait for you to (secretly) write this! " Heh heh -- you and thousands of others, Elizabeth. :)
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2015 on Chick-in-Pants (part 2) at Word Wenches
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