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So many kinds of heroines. I'll go for most any character who's well written. I DO get weary of heroines who don't seem to learn from their mistakes ...
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It's one of the things women do well. They stand by their principles. They protect the vulnerable.
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You have described what all writers want to do with their characters. We want to let them be full-spectrum humans. Sometimes folks simplify the human spectrum down and pick a few salient emotions they want to work with. When I'm reading I watch how they do that, what they pick, how they highlight this or that. Always interesting.
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Good point. And there have ALWAYS been folks who managed to do this under the most difficult circumstances.
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Hi Amy -- Isn't that one of the prime characteristics of a true adult? Taking responsibilities for one's actions? I do admit I prefer a Romance where the heroine decides "This is what I'm going to do, even if I admit it may not be wise," rather than "I'm not responsible. I got swept away by emotion."
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Go thou and finish that book. We are all waiting with bated breath.
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Hi Larisa -- That's the definition of a good heroine IMHO. You'd like to have them over to tea, even though they're probably a bit exhausting to be around. (jo fans herself gracefully)
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Okay. (jo rolls up her sleeves and dives in.) All the audiobooks AFTER Spymaster's Lady were done by Tantor Audiobooks. You can buy them at Tantor and I think that includes the MP3 download. For instance, here's My Lord and Spymaster at Tantor. https://tantor.com/my-lord-and-spymaster-joanna-bourne.html Tantor can probably tell you about the technical specs of the download, but I imagine it is straight MP3. I do not know, and have no easy way to find out, how well Tantor handshakes with a UK ISP. Looks like you can buy Spymaster's Lady MP3 download at http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/301661/the-spymasters-lady-by-joanna-bourne/9780425236215/ Let me know if this doesn't work, okay?
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Great recommendations !! I love the Georgian period -- though with reservations. The clothing doesn't seem suited to adventuring, somehow. I'll have to rethink that, about the clothing. Barbara Samuel, btw, writes contemporary (http://www.barbarasamuel.com/) and has won the RITA more times than is humanly possible ...
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I won't exactly have 'free' time, but I'll be able to schedule my non-free time a little differently. I think this may be what you're doing. More "me" time. Yes. It feels good. It feels very good. So I'm looking forward to change, theway you are. And -- yes -- some reading time.
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I loved Anne's Marry in Haste. Isn't that a lovely cover? (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01KGZVT5S/?tag=wordwench-20) I think I read the Sabrina Jeffries book some time back, but I haven't got to the Jennifer Ashley books yet. Looking forward.
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(jo nods gravely) ... sounds like a great idea. Hope you enjoy *g*
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Y'know how folks listen to audiobooks when they commute or when they exercise. I don't do so much of either of those, so I never seem to have time to listen to books. I will keep trying. It's a whole 'nother way ofenjoying. And I, too, love nonfiction. I'm finding it relaxing at a time when I need some peace of mind.
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I read the Outlander books as they came out, one by one. I've fallen a little behind in the last year or two. I must go catch up.
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I went to read a few poems by Mary Oliver. They are splendid. I stopped at three because poems are not meant to be gobbled. But I'll be back. Thank you for the heads up.
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How lovely to have a new Stephanie Laurens series to jump into. I'm always delighted when I find something I wasn't expecting. Serendipity.
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I love the Phantom Tree cover. Andrea seems to have all the lovely colors. Good luck on reviewing Christmas books while the temperature soars outside. If I recall correctly, they used to make Christmas puddings far in advance (and saok them in brandy). Must have been something of the same "feel".
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On a very different note, I also enjoyed My Life With Bob, whose subtitle is: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues. It’s part memoir, part musing on books by by Pamela Paul, the editor of the New York Times Book Review. As a shy, introverted high school student, she started to keep a notebook of every book she read, and over the last 28 years, she's kept it up, hauling the tattered volume around the world with her as she goes on life’s journeys Continue reading
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I will do that. I am now officially on the look out for spelt.
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It seems so unfair that food we really love and is traditional and everything turns out to be not good for you. I simply refuse to believe pizza is not a health food. I put lots of onion and green pepper on it and fool myself.
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I know some folks who have problems tolerating wheat who can get along with spelt. I see spelt bread for sale every once in a while. I should try it some time. Though apparently it tastes a lot like other wheat varieties. I guess it's "heirloom grain" maybe.
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I remember from my time in Germany that the main meal of the day -- the "dinner" of the day -- was served at lunchtime. That was still a custom in country households in the US until quite recently. The move of the main meal of the day to "after work" is an industrial society thing, I think.
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Genuine corn bread and traditional Southern biscuits are quite different from most other traditional breads -- though there's a good bit of variety in the historical recipes. Commercially available corn bread and biscuits (jo sniffs disdainfully) represent modern interpretations.
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There are tens and dozens of specialized, local varieties of grains. Heirloom grains. I hope our generation manages to preserve them, especially the small traditional grains of remote places.. There are seed banks and heirloom growers. Many thanks to all of them, says I.
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Life is short, eat the bread first. The unashamed enjoyment of the harmless pleasures of the world is something to hold onto with both hands. Good on you.
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