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My grandfather dowsed for water repeatedly -- and found it. It was a hugely valued skill in this very dry land. It's a mystery -- maybe an ancient piece of magic, maybe there's science behind it. Pop would have scoffed at magic -- it ran in the family.
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"The publishing industry seems to me to be completely nuts and needs to move into the modern world! " Too true. It seems ridiculous but is true that self-published authors seem to be able to do a number of things that major publishers claim they can't. Best of luck finding audio versions of Joanna's books -- you won't regret it
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Quantum, sometimes US publishers don't think outside the US box and don't sell rights to the UK or elsewhere. After some complaints from UK readers about the unavailability of my audio books, I contacted my editor who passed the concerns onto the rights department, and they fixed it. So if you still can't get audio through Jo's suggestions, let us know. Jo and I have the same publisher, and it might be the same relatively easily-fixed issue.
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Jo Bourne is interviewed about her long-awaited new book, Beauty Like the Night, the latest in her acclaimed "Spymaster" series. For those who might be wondering, the title comes from Lord Byron:
 She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies, And all that's best of dark and bright Meets in her aspect and her eyes; The reviews are glowing. Continue reading
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Barbara Samuel is a superb writer. She also writes as Barbara O'Neill and she used to write for Harlequin many years ago as Ruth Wind. I have most of her books under the various names. She's a writer's writer (like Joanna)
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Thanks Joanna. If you haven't read Jennifer Ashley, start with The Madness of Lord Ian McKenzie.
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I'll be interviewing Joanne about Beauty Like the Night on Friday.
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Very glad you're enjoying my Chance sister series, Quantum. I don't do as much driving as I used to so I'm not listening to as many audio books, nor have I been tackling the dreary house chores where I also use audio books to whisk me to a different reality as I scrub. But right now I'm writing, so no time for distractions.
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2017 on What We're Reading in August at Word Wenches
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Thanks so much Vicki, glad you enjoyed it. Jennifer Ashely is a favorite author of mine and she's amaaaazingly fast and prolific, so you wont have long to wait.
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Thanks, Janga. I'll look her up.
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Jan I saw the next book in the series in Readings Bookshop the other night, so it's landed here. But I'm flat out at the moment and don't have time for it. Yet.
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Janga, I'm envious of your advance reading books -- except for Mary Jo's Once a Rebel, which I've read and enjoyed and will interview her about when it comes out. *g* I'm particularly enjoying Mary Balogh's new series and am looking forward to Someone to Wed. I don't know Mary Oliver's poetry — thanks for sharing.
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Sue, Sophia James is a lovely writer, I agree. She's also a very nice person. I'll be going to the NZ conference later in the month and will be catching up with a lot of the very fine writers there, so I'll pass on your comment.
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Still it's cold here at the moment, Sonya, so reading all those chilly Christmas books will feel appropriate, even if it's not snowing.
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Yes, and I think in that case it's as much a connection with an author's characters and world that matters. Some worlds and characters are more distant to some readers than others. I also prefer her romantic suspense novels, though I enjoyed her Arthurian ones. And maybe it's also that we've come across other versions of that world and prefer them -- certainly a LOT of authors have written their version of the Arthurian Legend. Voice is so much more than the way someone puts words together and I'm always striving for a good description/definition. *g*
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Great post, Susanna. I love reading new books by authors whose works I love, and finding an extra element, something a little fresh and different and surprising. I've also read books by some writers where they've made a radical new jump, writing in a whole other genre, and some of these I've loved, and others have been less successful for me. With the ones I haven't liked, it's been because I haven't liked the new world, or the way the characters interact or perhaps a radical change of tone or voice to one I dislike. But I think if the writer is really good, they can take me pretty much anywhere.
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Fascinating blog, Susan -- friends of mine had theirs and their siblings done and found quite different percentages of ethnic background in each of them. Some got bigger doses of some than others. Sue, I'm so glad you mentioned your blog -- a lot of wenchly readers would enjoy it, I'm sure -- not to mention a few wenches,
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Irish dancing is wonderful -- my grandmother, who I remember as a hefty woman, was amazingly light on her feet and could—and often did— a pretty snazzy jig. I suppose she was a skinny young thing when she first met Pop. I had a friend who did Scottish dancing competitively, and it looked like fun, but alas, we went away almost every second weekend, so I couldn't join in. She did teach me some steps, though.
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Kathy, how lucky to have those classes available when you went to college. And what a shame your DH wasn't similarly taught. But boot scooting kind of dances can be fun, too. And in the meantime, get those couple of drinks into him. *g*
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I'm chuckling, Annette -- my parents danced everywhere and anywhere and I know quite a few of my friends were a bit stunned. And what you said about dancing with a man who's good at it, and how it makes you feel -- that's exactly it, I think. If more men knew that, it would be a good thing. Unfortunately most men I know are reluctant dancers at best.
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Sonya, I'm envious of your training. My older sisters both had ballet lessons, but by the time I was old enough (4) we'd started moving, because of Dad's job, and were bouncing all over the globe, a new home/school/town almost every year. And horses are a very good excuse for wagging a dance. *g*
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Love that story, Lillian, and the fact that your mother worried about the attraction power of a good dancer. Its so true, I think that if a guy can dance well it really does add to his attractiveness. But your Father sounds lovely.
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How lovely, Patricia. When I was little, I had a friend like you -- she and her sisters went to dance school from an early age. I was enthralled by the idea, and she used to show me the stuff they did. I begged my parents to let me go, and they were willing, except that then we moved to Scotland. Someone involved in the Beau Monde writing chapter of RWAmerica might know of a Regency dance group. The one time I attended the Beau Monde event at a US conference, they did a dance thing. Or maybe someone in one of the Jane Austen groups. Good luck with it.
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LOL Sue -- you've reminded me that I CAN do the conga! I'm envious of your youthful dance classes, and sorry that you were made to feel clumsy and uncoordinated. I think dancing should be about having fun, not getting it right. I think that's why my impromptu "bush dancing" classes on the school oval were so popular with the kids at the girls high school I taught at. Nobody was making them do it, there was no pressure to get it right -- in fact messing up caused a lot of laughter in the nicest way. And the PE teachers used to grumble that a lot of the girls who were dancing through their lunchtimes but always tried to avoid PE
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I'm a bit the same as you, Mary -- the dances of my day were not places for conversation and afterwards my ears would often ring for hours. These days I'll happily dance around the lounge-room, and even do a vague kind of aerobics. But real aerobics classes are often a bit serious for me. I pretty much dislike all those competitive shows -- dancing, singing, etc. I don't like the false drama of them. And everyone's a judge, whether or not they can sing or dance themselves.
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