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Kanji meaning tea Christina here. Despite being half British, I’ve never been much of a tea drinker. I don’t mind it, but it’s not my favourite beverage. It doesn’t work on me as a panacea or cure-all either, the way most British people seem to see it. If I have a cold or the weather is chilly and damp as now, however, I do occasionally enjoy a cup of Twinings English Breakfast with lots of milk and sugar. It’s cosy and yes, quite comforting. And we all take for granted how cheap and easy it is to buy it –... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2021 at Word Wenches
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Christina here. Why Shoot a Butler? is the title of one of Georgette Heyer’s country house mysteries/crime stories. It kind of makes it sound as though a butler isn’t even worth shooting, which is a bit odd! Or maybe that’s just the slant my mind put on it and it wasn’t what the author meant? It did make me think though … I have just reread all Heyer’s mystery/crime books, and although most of them are ostensibly set during the 1930s (only the last one is after the war), the settings seemed to me almost identical to those of her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2021 at Word Wenches
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Christina here. Have you all been busy making new year’s resolutions and starting the year as you mean to go on? Me – not so much. I think one can safely say I’m a “bah humbug” type person when it comes to new year’s resolutions. In short, I gave up on them years ago because I simply never stuck to them - not even for a week in some cases. So what was the point in making them? I just ended up spending money on expensive gym memberships I was never going to use or a bunch... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at Word Wenches
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Christina here. It’s been a strange year and Christmas is definitely going to be different, although I’m lucky enough to be able to celebrate it with my husband and two daughters. It’s making me think about the past, however, and I’m feeling a trifle nostalgic. The Christmases we had as children always seem so much more magical than anything we can have as adults, and it’s lovely to have those memories. So today I thought I’d share the kind of Christmas I had as a child:- It all began on the first Sunday of Advent – whichever Sunday was closest... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2020 at Word Wenches
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Christina here – just a quick Sunday post to announce that the winner of a signed copy of The Runes of Destiny and a raven keyring is Jane Nelson! Thank you so much to everyone for your lovely comments! Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2020 at Word Wenches
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Christina here. Next week sees the publication of the second book in my Viking series – The Runes of Destiny. It is the story of Linnea, a twenty-first century woman who ends up travelling back in time to the Viking age. Here’s a short blurb:- “When helping out at an archaeological dig, Linnea uncovers an exquisite brooch, but blacks out after reading the runic inscription. She wakes up surrounded by men in Viking costume, who seem to take re-enactment very seriously. Lost and confused, she finds herself in the power of Hrafn, a Viking warrior who claims her as his... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2020 at Word Wenches
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Many people will walk in and out of your life but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. Eleanor Roosevelt Me and my BFF We all need friends and there has seldom been a time when we’ve needed them more than we do right now. The pandemic has really shown us the value of true friends – mine have definitely kept me sane throughout the lockdown and without them it would have been easy to sink into lethargy and depression. With the days blurring into one another (my husband has taken to calling every day “Blursday”!), having a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2020 at Word Wenches
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“Love may not make the world go round, but I must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile.” Sir Sean Connery (1930-2020) As we mentioned in our recent newsletter, the Wenches were all very sad to learn about the loss of the wonderful actor Sir Sean Connery, the inspiration for many romantic heroes. We started to reminisce about our favourite memories of the roles he had played, and felt it would be a fitting tribute to this real-life Scottish hero if we shared them here:- Mary Jo – Sean Connery was one of the most charismatic and compelling actors ever,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2020 at Word Wenches
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I love Christmas romances and especially Regency ones, so I'm really looking forward to reading this one - it's next on my TBR pile! Absolutely love that cover too, it's gorgeous!
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Christina here and I’m continuing with the paranormal theme, even though Halloween is over. I love this time of year when the nights are getting longer and darker, and we (in the northern hemisphere) begin to light log fires and candles at night to dispel the gloom. It’s easy to imagine that the shadows around us are moving and there’s something, or someone, lurking in the corners, especially if you live in an old house. In other words – it’s the perfect time for ghostly tales! Do you believe in ghosts? Spirits or lost souls who remain on earth because... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2020 at Word Wenches
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By Evan Bench, Paris-httpscommons.wikimedia.org Christina here. I’ve been reading a lot more than usual recently, not just on my Kindle but also trying to get through my TBR pile of physical books. It was getting ridiculous, although not quite as bad as the mess in this photo. Once I finish one, however, I have to find a space for it on my shelves and despite the fact that I have a LOT of bookshelves, this is getting increasingly difficult. That made me start thinking about what makes a book a keeper? This is probably a topic that’s been discussed before... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2020 at Word Wenches
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Christina here. Authors are by nature inquisitive – some people might even say nosey – but that is a very necessary trait. We observe the people around us to get inspiration for characters, we listen in on conversations in cafés and on trains and buses to help create good dialogue, and we try to absorb all the details of the world around us and store them in our memories. Because you never know when it will come in useful, or what will spark the beginning of a story. It could be any or all of the above that suddenly results... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2020 at Word Wenches
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Christina here and today I’ve got chocolate on my mind. Not just today, actually, but most days because I’m a complete chocoholic! But here’s the thing – I haven’t had a single piece for the last week. Not one tiny crumb! Unfortunately, this is necessary because my chocolate consumption had been going through the roof recently. What with being at home all the time during lockdown and not moving enough, drastic measures were called for. I did try cutting down at first, but found it was calling to me, and time after time I headed for the fridge without even... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2020 at Word Wenches
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Christina here and as Nicola was telling you the other day, we had a lovely day out at the ruins of Goodrich Castle recently. I had never visited before and it was a fascinating place. What was more, it had so much in common with my favourite castle ruin nearby – Raglan. Both were established in the 11th century, both held by the Royalists during the English Civil War, then fell to the Parliamentarians in 1646 and were subsequently destroyed. A sad fate for such lovely places! I hope you will indulge our obsession for castle ruins a second time... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2020 at Word Wenches
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Christina here – I was chatting to some of my writing friends via FaceTime the other day and for some reason we started reminiscing about our favourite childhood reads. We came up with one great title after another and I thought back to those exciting days when I would go off to the library to browse the children’s section – there was so much waiting for me to discover! What really struck me, however, was how similar my reading experiences and tastes had been to those of my two friends – all the Enid Blyton stories (especially the Famous Five... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2020 at Word Wenches
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We all do things differently, don't we, and that makes it more interesting! I know some authors don't do descriptions of any kind, whereas others decribe their characters in minute detail. I think mine are somewhere in between, but I do like to emphasise the eyes. It probably also depends on the type of book/story, don't you think?
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Same here, Cindy, on both counts! Interesting that you feel they are changing colour now though - perhaps it depends on what you're wearing? (Apologies for the late reply - something went wrong with the comments today and they didn't appear.)
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Thank you Kareni and apologies for the late reply - something went wrong with the comments today and they didn't appear, but now I've got both of yours! I didn't look into heterochromia but Binne mentioned it above - it does make for a very interesting look. You're so right about the dukes LOL - I will have to pay more attention to their eye colour from now on but there are definitely too many of them! There must be lots of green-eyed ones with very long eyelashes :-)
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Thank you, Annette - yes, Elizabeth and Mary Jo mentioned genetic inheritance too, it's a fascinating subject! I'm pretty sure that we can inherit things from a couple of generations back so you just never know what colour eyes a child will have. It's interesting how our eyes can change colour depending on what we wear, isn't it? And things like eyeshadow can do that too. For some strange reason lilac seems to enhance the green in mine - no idea why! (Apologies for the late reply - something went wrong with the comments today and they didn't appear.)
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That's exactly what I've been thinking, Margot, as I heard someone say it's much easier to only pretend to smile when people can only see your eyes above the face mask. Hopefully most people are sincere and really smile underneath as well. Good point about the eye details - you're right that you would only see things like that on very close inspection and not at first glance! (Apologies for the late reply - something went wrong with the comments today and they didn't appear.)
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That does sound interesting, Binnie, and a great thing for a fictional hero to have. It would certainly make him stand out! I wonder how common that condition is? I believe you can have different coloured eyes after having an accident too. Definitely something to think about for a future hero/heroine - thank you! (Apologies for the late reply - something went wrong with the comments today and they didn't appear.)
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There does seem to be an abundance of red-haired heroines, but it definitely makes them stand out and I think it's a beautiful colour! As I said, I do try to vary my character's eye colour and the heroine in the book I'm working on at the moment has amber eyes (like the girl in my second photo above). (Apologies for the late reply - something went wrong with the comments today and they didn't appear.)
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Oh, I know that feeling - my brother has much longer eyelashes than me and I always felt it was most unfair! Thank goodness for mascara! You're lucky to have really dark ones - I know it's possible to have them coloured but I would be too scared to attempt it. As for blue eyes, it really depends on the person's emotions I think - my daughter has blue eyes and when she's happy it's a very warm colour. (Apologies for the late reply - something went wrong with the comments today and they didn't appear.)
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Yes, but only some of them, or so I understand. I think eyes and eye contact must have been so much more important in times gone by when men and women weren't allowed to touch in any way unless they were married. You can say a lot with just one glance, can't you? Good point about the heritage!
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Many thanks, Constance! Yes, flashing eyes is perhaps a strange way of describing it - one of my friends hates that expression. For me it just means when the hero or heroine shoot you an angry or smouldering glance so that the light sort of bounces off the eyes. Not sure I'm putting it very well either! (Apologies for the late reply - something went wrong with the comments today and they didn't appear.)
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