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That's very much the way I feel. Some fine books are just not for me, at least not this minute. I put them back on my shelf and resolve to try again in a month or a year. When I go out of my way to mention a book in WWR, it's been special to me. Some months I have to throw up my hands for WWR and say -- "I've been so busy I haven't read Anything At All!" Or "I kept trying books and couldn't settle down into anything." (Thought that's nearly always my fault when you come right down to it.) I have not read the Lee Child's Jack Reacher books but I am resolved to do so as soon as I have a free minute. I get so many reccs for them and now one from you ...
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Caryn Moya Block's Siberian Volkov Pack I will keep an eye out for those. I'm always looking for a good shape shifter romance.
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I admire Joan Smith for her tight, skilled writing. A great stylist. I started admiring her way back in the good old high days of Regency Romance. Berkley seems to have released some of her titles as mysteries.
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Australia ... Regency Romance / rock stars. No predicting. I had not heard of the Louise Allen book. I see she won the RoNA Rose Award 2015 Love Madeline Hunter. She's written some of my all time favorite Medievals.
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Hah. Interesting setting. (Okay. I've been watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries so I am in the mood for all things historical Australia.)
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I'm a big fan of JAK myself. Comforting reads, wonderful to slip into when my mind is busy and I can't concentrate. I haven't read much Western Romance. Elizabeth Lowell has been a great pleasure to me. The MacKenzie/Blackthorn books are the ones I remember best.
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When I'm deep into writing a new book, I often reread comfort books because I know I'll enjoy them and there isn't the stress of hunting down new books and maybe not finding something I like. So--currently rereading Jayne Ann Krentz romantic suspense novels. I love her Arcane series, where characters have paranormal, psychic type abilities that are both blessing and curse. WHITE LIES is a particular favorite, where the heroine can always tell if someone is lying. This is a decidedly mixed blessing. Continue reading
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What Mary Jo said. I had not known or, more likely, I had forgotten that it was coming out in mass market.) Last Chance Christmas Ball with My True Love Hath My Heart is at https://www.amazon.com/Last-Chance-Christmas-Ball-ebook/dp/B00RRT32HU?ie=UTF8&btkr=1&redirect=true&ref_=dp-kindle-redirect Gambled Away with Gideon and the Den of Thieves is at https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=gambled+away
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2016 on Interview with Jeannie Lin at Word Wenches
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Yes! That idea of moving the whole story to a new place and time has been very well done. I like it when this happens to stories I love. In a general way, this moving a whole cast of characters to a new place is intriguing. One could take the cast there and set them to telling a new story. Maybe I'll get to do that someday.
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2016 on Interview with Jeannie Lin at Word Wenches
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Oh Faith, This is so much My Bad. I didn't think to give the title of the anthology, (The Last Chance Christmas Ball) and a buy link. I added buy links to Everything, and forgot that one. Definitely try her novella in Gambled Away. You may well find yourself fascinated by her hero and heroine. They continue their story elsewhere.
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2016 on Interview with Jeannie Lin at Word Wenches
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This story was so much fun to write. It's kind of a villain-centric story.
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*g* Novellas are a whole nother way of writing. I'm just learning to appreciate them. When Jeannie does it, she creates a whole rich setting from hundreds of little details.
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2016 on Interview with Jeannie Lin at Word Wenches
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I get to talk about a story I love and characters I love. I get to do it with their creator. Fangirl moment. Jeannie writes such intelligent, delicate stories.
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Oh, that's a lovely idea. I can see Will Scarlet demanding 'just the right fit' to his jacket on Jermyn Street and Maid Marion picking out a fashionable hat.
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King_of_hearts_fr.svg Joanna here. GambledAway-hires I’m interviewing Jeannie Lin, writer of most excellent Historical Romances set in Tang Dynasty China and Steampunk set in an alternate but formidably realistic historical China. She writes love, adventure, complicated family relationship, and high stakes in a world that sets all our assumptions wobbling. These are not your everyday Romances, folks. Continue reading
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That puts it in words for me. Somehow I thought she'd go on forever.
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That's a lovely story. I am so glad to have heard it. Thank you.
Toggle Commented May 26, 2016 on In Memoriam: Jo Beverley at Word Wenches
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We just say what we can. Even a few words help. Just saying we'll miss her and that we respected and liked her is a memorial. There's an old custom. It's a Jewish custom, but it's probably shared by many peoples. When you visit someone's grave you bring a little stone with you and leave it on the grave. That's what I figure my words are. One stone to put with the others.
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I was watching Mary Beard on Youtube giving a lecture on the history of the Roman Empire. I was reminded of Jo for some reason. And it came to me that Jo was another of these remarkable women -- intelligent, principled, authentic -- who cut through the cackle and tweep and keep us all centered. A privilege to know her. I'm a better person for it.
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My place is pretty small, so I hang only one picture, mostly. One thing an old friend taught me was, you don't have to hang all the art all the time. She'd put up a strong nail and change her artwork every couple months. Kept the collection carefully in a box in the bottom of the closet.
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Now the idea of 'artist's agents' or entrepreneurs in art in Regency times is an intriguing one. I haven't come across examples of this -- but it is so very much not my field of expertise, I wouldn't necessarily have seen it. The Farington Diary by Joseph Farington, RA, is available in print. I have a copy but have done no more than leaf through it since I've never written about a circle of artists. Farington knew a lot of artists and might talk about the business of selling art. I dunnoh.
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I love auctions so much I want to just buy stuff for the fun of it. Everybody should collect something so they can go to auctions and look for it. The 'new look' is great, isn't it? I had about nothing to do with making it so I can just stand back and admire.
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And there's something very special about owning a work that's original, not mass produced. It's sort of a magic that stays in the the canvas and paint because the artist laid it down. I like to think I help the artist earn a living when I buy original art ... though I guess I help living artists who have their art mass produced when I buy that.
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Even my little town here in the hills has a once-yearly juried craft show. There's something quite wonderful about buying work right from the artist or craftsperson. I seldom get away without buy at least a coffee mug. I am a sucker for pottery. And in terms of learning. am with you and your husband on this. We learn so much from artists.
Toggle Commented May 10, 2016 on Buy that art! at Word Wenches
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They certainly had shops that sold art. These would often be print shops since prints would be far cheaper than paintings. Print shop windows might display new and scandalous works. they're shown in contemporary pictures with everyone gathered round. A windy day outside Bowle's Print Shop: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/d6/19/36/d61936964f57e19310cc03d9d8a5c382.jpg The Print Shop Window https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/c9/5f/af/c95fafbbf3d84ddc7f3075019ac0c4cc.jpg And here we see Ackermann's which sold prints, art supplies, and -- see on the walls? -- paintings. https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/67/4a/13/674a138001930726b8b603d9e45bd3ca.jpg The best paintings of the day were hung in exhibitions. This is the 1800 Royal Academy. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e2/The_Exhibition_Room_at_Somerset_House_by_Thomas_Rowlandson_and_Augustus_Pugin._1800..jpg I imagine paintings changed hands from artist to patron at such exhibitions the same way they do at Gallery shows today.
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