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MaryJoPutney
Author. Traveler. Cat lover. Introvert.
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by Mary Jo It's a wired, wired world! Communications have changed amazingly in a double handful of years. It started with e-mail as the "killer app" of the world wide web. Then wireless communications came in. Several years back, when Blackberries were state of the art, the satellites that carried them (I think that's what it was) went down, and a mighty howl of horror and anguish was heard from users across the land. These days, it's all about mobile devices--cell phones that are really tiny, incredibly powerful computers. For younger users, texting is the "killer app." Some kids send... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo At the end of every month, we do a What We're Reading blog, but now and then, we mix it up. Today is What We're Reading plus A Few of Our Favorite Things. So these are a few of our Favorite Things!: CARA/ANDREA: Today Mary Jo suggested we talk not only about favorite books we’ve recently read, but also other “favorites" that have caught our fancy. Now, I always have books to dish about, but last week I saw a wonderful art exhibit in NYC and wanted to share some thoughts it provoked. As a college undergrad,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo TWO Word Wenches releases are due on April 1st! An abundance of good reading. I waved my hand first to claim an ARC for Anne's The Winter Bride. This second book of her Chance Sisters Quartet is another delight. (Abby's story, The Autumn Bride () was first in the series, and chosen by Library Journal as one of the Top Ten Romances of 2013. AND has just been listed as an RWA RITA finalist!) Early reviews are great. Romantic Times' Kathe Robin gave The Winter Bride a 4 1/2 star Top Pick, saying: "The Chance sisters are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo The Word Wenches have always taken a global view of the romance community of readers, writers, and publishers. As I like to say, the sun never sets on the Wench empire since we have authors from the US, the UK, and Australia, and I like to count Jo Beverley twice because of her many years in Canada. <G> But there are English speaking authors in other countries as well, and one is my friend Alissa Baxter, a South African. Alissa started her writing career with traditional Regencies, which are still available as e-books at RegencyReads.com. I connected... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo These days when we talk about Amazon, we're probably referring to the mega-selling online site, but I'm just back from a visit to the real Amazon, and it certainly explains why Jeff Bezos chose to name his company after the mightiest river in the world. The longest river in the world can be disputed--just exactly where do the headwaters begin?--but everyone accepts that the Amazon River is the largest river in the world. Statistics abound: the water flow is greater than the next seven rivers combined. The world's largest drainage basin by far. The estuary at its... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2014 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo The audiobook of The Bargain has just gone live! My story of the heiress who marries a dying man in order to secure her inheritance--and then he doesn't have the grace to die!--has always been a reader favorite, which is why I thought it worth putting into audio. Last year I decided to produce my first backlist audio book, Thunder and Roses,I used ACX.com, the audio production arm of Amazon, which brings together producers and potential narrators. I posted an audition and listened to many samples from different narrators, pulling my hair because they were all good,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo I've long believed that much of the impetus behind the British empire was a desire to own lots of warm, sunny real estate. And very successful they were, too! Jamaica was one of the earliest possessions, taken from the Spanish in 1655. The island is rich and fertile and beautiful, and it became the world's greatest producer of sugar for a very long time. (With all the evils of the slave system that produced that sugar, but that's not the subject for the day.) For this year's winter sunshine break, the Mayhem Consultant and I wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo Today's guest needs no introduction, since she's the Wenches' own Cara/Andrea! Her last Cara Elliott Regency historical, Too Dangerous to Desire, was a RITA finalist as well as a Booksellers Best finalist, so it's a delight to see that the books of her new trilogy, The Hellions of High Street, will be published one after another in January, February, and March. First up is Scandalously Yours, which I've had the pleasure of reading. An early review describes the book as "Another hit for Cara Elliott!" The story is smart and sexy and has a lightness of touch... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at Word Wenches
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I've read about how the Romans cleaned and bleached clothing in vats of urine. I do hope they -rinsed- the garments after! I'm not sure whether I should be ashamed or proud of the fact that my sartorial standards are so much lower than Vikings and others! As has been mentioned, many modern fabrics are more wrinkle resistant than older ones, and I do look for that. I never wear linen because it always looks messy, and I most CERTAINLY am not going to iron the item! Thanks for the broad view of ironing, Susan. It hasn't increased my desire to actually do it, but the subject is interesting. *G*
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2014 on The Ironing Age at Word Wenches
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I read your post, and was immediately intrigued by the Twelfth Night cakes, of course. *G* Yes, the tree came down and the lights are out of the windows. Like Jenny, we expect to be finding tinself for many months to come. (Distribution was enthusiastically aided by the cats.) It was great fun to put the decorations up, but now we're ready for simplicity again. Till next Christmas!
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2014 on Twelfth Night! at Word Wenches
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Nicola, a lovely post. I grew up in a heavy winter area, and the overcast was worse than the snow. But there are lovely subtle shades of gray and misty blues and lavenders as well dark glossy every greens and sometimes the brilliant flash of a bright red male cardinal looking for a date. *G* We had several inches of snow last night, and today is gorgeous, with a dazzling blue sky and the sun blazing off the snow. I like living in a place that has four seasons. With deep winter here now, can the outrageous colors of spring be far away?
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2014 on The Colors of January at Word Wenches
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Laura-- We're all so busy these days that I think we really need to be reminded to stop and contemplate! A good word that resonates can be written on post it notes and scattered around a bit to remind us in the upcoming months. *G*
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2013 on What's Your Word for 2014? at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo With 2013 almost over and 2014 about to dance in, I'd like to suggest an exercise I've blogged about before. That is, to choose a word that encompasses our hopes and desires for the year ahead. I chose "Focus" for this past year--and was so busy running in different directions that I didn't get around to focusing better. <G> Maybe I should try this again for 2014! But maybe I should try a broader goal. "Balance," perhaps. Yes, I like the idea of Balance--finding the optimum point between working and enjoying life. Patience Joy Productive Self Limitless... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at Word Wenches
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Lovely, Jo! I think watching fire and water are equally mesmerizing. We have a fireplace in the den, and on particularly cold or nasty nights, I burn a log. (Usually a pressed wood one because I'm lazy, alas.) There is definitely a primal satisfaction in watching fire from a safe distance. But there's a lot to be said for central heating as well. *G*
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2013 on Colors in the Fire at Word Wenches
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Theo, that looks gorgeous. The Guernsey Farms Dairy looks similar to the Trickling Springs Creamery, which supplies the eggnog to my local gourmet grocer. (Based near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.) It's worth paying more for the good stuff. (The Trickling springs cost $5.99 a quart, I think!) Here's tip of the eggnog glass from one connoiseur to another. *G*
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2013 on Nog, Nog, Who's There? at Word Wenches
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Jenny-- So you were able to buy eggnog in Tasmania? The Tia Maria sounds like a nice addition! Give how far south you are, I can see where eggnog might have more appeal than in points sounds. A toast to you and your eggnog from my hemispher to yours!
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2013 on Nog, Nog, Who's There? at Word Wenches
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Ella- And a Merry Christmas to you also! Inquiring minds wonder about tht recipe of yours. *G*
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2013 on Nog, Nog, Who's There? at Word Wenches
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Shannon-- The no-calorie cider mix is surely much healthier, but you have whetted my curiosity about Tom and Jerrys. I've heard the name, but didn't realize it was a noggy sort of drink.
Toggle Commented Dec 27, 2013 on Nog, Nog, Who's There? at Word Wenches
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by Mary Jo Okay, that is a truly terrible pun for this Boxing Day! Continuing our Word Wench tradition of celebrating Yuletide with short, fun posts every day between Christmas and Twelfth Night on January 6th, I decided to riff a bit on eggnog today. There are many holiday specialty foods and drinks, and eggnog has a long, if somewhat fuzzy, history. It might have come from East Anglia and is a mixture of milk, sugar, eggs, cream, and spices. This being England, alcohol is generally added as well. Eggnog also because very popular in the U.S., and there was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2013 at Word Wenches
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I've probably read that Richard Halliburton book, Louis! I didn't receive a book today, but so many roll through here that I'm not feeling the lack. *G* Such a beautiful ornament, Cara/Andrea. Your mother was certainly a woman of many gifts--and you inherited them!
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Comet Ison sounds like a good metaphor for Life and Love. *G* I liked stargazing as a kid and had a telescope, with which I could see the rings of Saturn and a good views of the moon. Since we lived in the country without much light pollution, we had good stargazing, including the Milky Way and on a couple of occasions, the Northern Lights. Twice I've seen comets. Once was the last visit of Halley's comet, and some years back--15 or so?--Comet Kahoutek, I think it was called. It hung over my neighbor's garage for weeks or months--a little line of light, despite metro area light pollution. We were disappointed not to see mor stars when we visited Australia and were way out in the Outback, but apparently the South pole points aways from the galactic center or some such. Even now, I like taking the trash out after dark and admiring the moon and stars. *G*
Toggle Commented Dec 18, 2013 on Star Gazing at Word Wenches
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I remember the year my father commented on how rare it was to have a green Christmas as we did that year. Since I grew up a little east of Buffalo, you can imagine the rarity of that green Christmas. Snow is pretty when it's fresh, and walking in the snow while holding your boyfriend's hand is magical. But digging out your car or clearing the front walk gets old fast. *G*
Toggle Commented Dec 16, 2013 on Winter Wonderland at Word Wenches
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Maggie-- Yes! That's just the sort of place where we used to get cider, a couple of hours west of Oneida. Ah, that was the good stuff!
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2013 on With a Cider Beside Her at Word Wenches
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Raquel-- I'm sure you'll have fun trying different meads. The awful I had in California many years ago was sticky and sweet, but the new generation can be dry as well as sweet, and have various subtle flavors. Or so it is said. I must admit that I know a lot more about spiced cider than mead. *G*
Toggle Commented Dec 13, 2013 on With a Cider Beside Her at Word Wenches
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Jo-- Good of them to serve the lethal stuff in smaller quantities! I agree with you about the fizziness of commercial cider--it's sort of like beer, and I really don't like fizzy drinks. Natural cider that's maybe a little bit hard is the ideal.
Toggle Commented Dec 12, 2013 on With a Cider Beside Her at Word Wenches
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