Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'd Recommend... Georgette Heyer

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday.  This week's theme is Top Ten Books I'd Give To Readers Who Have Never Read X.

Top Ten Books I'd Give To Readers Who Have Never Read Georgette Heyer

1. The Grand Sophy
Seriously, if you only ever read one Georgette Heyer in your life, read this one.  It's terrific.  A young woman comes to stay with her aunt and decides to 'straighten out' the family.

2. Frederica
An older sister doing her best to chaperone one clueless younger sister through a London Season in hopes of marrying her off, while the two younger brothers wreak havoc.  Fortunately, Lord Alverstoke is around to help... or is it so fortunate?

3. These Old Shades
A cold-hearted 'devil' duke rescues a spitfire girl from a life of misery... and his heart is taken by storm.

4. Devil's Cub
The sequel to These Old Shades.  The son of the aforementioned duke is doing his level best to outshine his father's reputation... until he runs away with the wrong woman.

5. Sylvester
A girl runs away from a potential marriage, only to find herself falling for the Duke anyway.  (His nephew is the most hilarious kid ever.)

6. The Corinthian
An ingenious girl decides to escape an arranged marriage by running away, and climbs out of her bedroom window... right into the arms of a lord who is also wishful of escaping marriage.

7. The Unknown Ajax
A country cousin is line to inherit, and therefore comes to the estate to be 'trained' for the role.

8. The Talisman Ring
A missing talisman ring, smuggling, an exiled cousin, an imaginative French lady, a woman only too willing to aid her... and a stiff and proper trustee... or is he so stiff and proper?

9. Bath Tangle
A feisty, headstrong beauty whose father dies... and leaves her fortune to the trusteeship of the man she rejected.

10. The Conqueror
This one ripped me apart.  It was beautiful and wonderful and the friendships in it are AMAZING.

NOTE: Although these are clean romances, I still would not recommend them for anyone under 16 due to some rather mature themes handled.

Miss Melody Muffin

Monday, August 4, 2014

Magda: Protector of the King

Er, that is, the hopeful King.

My friend Miss Jack Lewis Baillot has just released her fourth book:

A Test of Loyalty
Upon learning he is one of the sons of the now dead king, Prince Lachlan is forced to leave the only home he has ever known. Fleeing for his life, his step-brothers a step behind, Lachlan finds safety and friendship with a young seamstress named Magda, a hermit, an Elf, and two Dwarf brothers. Determined to keep the young prince alive, Magda and the others seek out help in the surrounding Nations. 

Everywhere they go, the fugitives are constantly turned away. They are followed by Lachlan's half- brothers who are determined to kill him so that one of them might take their father's crown and become the next king. With every place Lachlan is taken, his brothers close in and when the finally catch up Lachlan is forced to face the question that has been haunting him since he left home. 

Lachlan was saved in the hopes he would become a better king then his father and his brothers. But the last thing he wants is to sit on the throne. If he refuses the crown, will there be anyone willing to fight to keep him alive?

In honor of said release, she was able to wrangle interviews with some of her characters.  (If you don't believe she had to do some wrangling, you haven't read some of the interviews.)  It was my privilege to interview Magda.

Welcome to The Splendor Falls, Magda!

When does Stefan annoy you the most?
When he is especially hermit - y. He hasn't been as quiet and doesn't keep to himself as much as he did when we first met, but he still has days were he can go without saying a word to anyone and that annoys me. And I also always worry that maybe he is mad. It is hard to tell, his hermit expression and his mad expression are the same. He just sets his jaw and glowers at anything he looks at and it is hard to know if he is going to shove you in a snowbank or just ignore you.

 What is your least favourite animal?
 I - I don't think I know. Maybe bears, because they might eat me. Out of everyone in our company, I think I would be high on the dinner list. Unless Ennion is above me. I am sure Elves taste delicious. Though if it comes when Stefan is cooking it would ignore us all because his cooking is better then Elf and girl.

 Do you like to watch thunderstorms?
 Yes. But I like them better if I am inside. I don't like the idea of getting struck by lightening because I am outside watching a storm.

 Have you ever danced?
 Um...yes. A little. I don't know if it is real dancing though. I attempted it. But, I spent more time on my partner's feet then my own.

 Does Ennion ever say or do things that make you angry?
 Not really. He is easy to get along with and it takes a lot of work to get angry with him. I guess I do sometimes because it is hard to be around someone as much as I am around him and NOT become angry. But there is no particular thing he does that upsets me.

 If you weren't on this quest to keep Lachlan safe, what would  you be doing?
 I would be with my mother, sewing, dreaming of the day I met a dashing prince and got married. (Kind of funny, now that I look back on it. All of my childhood dreams were of marrying a prince, now I am running away from three of them who would like nothing better then to stab me in the back. I think I am done with princes and I'd rather marry a.....Hm, I don't know. What is the opposite of a prince?)
A hermit.  What?  It is!

 If you had known about all the dangers you would face on this quest, would you still have chosen to undertake it?
 I'd like to say yes...but to be honest, I don't think I would have.

 When do you like Golon and Cordon the most?
 When they are tormenting each other, or Ennion. Or Stefan. Just any time they are trying to make everything better by insulting someone else in our company.

Thank you for this interview, Magda!

You can find A Test of Loyalty on Lulu HERE and on Amazon HERE.  Visit Jack's blog for more information about the book, and to find all the interviews together in one place.

Miss Melody Muffin

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Miss Ardnek's Tag

As part of her blog party, Kendra posted a tag for participants to fill out.  She actually posted the tag on the first day of the party, but only now do I have the opportunity to fill it out.

1. How long have you been blogging?
Two years and two months.

2. Which of the books on my WIP list intrigues you the most?
Well, as much as I'm looking forward to HaV Academy, Infiltration, The Nutcracker's Son, Silivock, League of Royals (which shares similarities with my Quivira- but just as far as all the countries having royalty) and The Worth of a King, I'd have to say that Dreams of History sounds pretty intriguing to me right now.  I've often thought of doing something similar but I doubt it will ever happen.  As much as I love history, that type of story isn't really my forte.  So, I'll just read yours when it comes out. :)

3. You're stuck on an island that has no sign of other people. What five items would you like to have with you in this event?
My Kindle.  It has over one thousand books on it and room for more.  I would finish adding my favorite books to it and also a Bible and then voila, no need for anything else!
A laptop.  (With a source of power- like a solar charger.)  That way I can write without having to have tons of notebooks and pens.
Internet.  Yep, on a deserted island.  Hey, I'd never lack for company or something new to do.  And I could still study languages.
My horse.  We'd have an awesome time.
A packet of seeds for several different types of herbs.  They are wonderful things, herbs.

4. Someone gives you a thousand dollars. What do you do with it?
Buy another laptop.  (Mine quit last year and I haven't been able to replace it yet.)

5. Is there any book that you wish you had written? (Not because of the money involved, but because you love idea so much you wish it was yours.)
Ummm, not really?  I don't recall ever feeling that way, actually.

6. What is your favorite fairy tale?
It's a tie between The Wild Swans, the Plain Princess, Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, and Beauty and the Beast.  Yes, I have a very hard time choosing favorites, especially when it comes to fairy tales.

7. Describe Kendra in seven words.
Delightful, imaginative, unique, good writer, friend, FUN.

8. What is your opinion of popcorn?
If it has butter on it, then I don't mind eating it sometimes, but most of the time I'd rather snack on crackers, cheese or fruit.

9. How many different crafts can you do?
Knitting, crocheting, tatting, embroidery, cross stitch and I do know how to spin, though I haven't done it in years.  I also have books and materials on Hardanger Embroidery, though I have yet to actually undertake it.

10. How long have you been following my blog and how did you find me?
I'm not really sure how long I've been following your blog, but I think I found you through a comment you left on Anne-girl's blog.   I liked the comment and decided to visit your blog.

To also fill out the tag, visit THIS POST.

Miss Melody Muffin

Mynna of the Mermaids

There are still two more days left in Kendra's fabulous blog party.  Two more days of fun and frolic, so go join in!

Today's spotlighted story is The Ankulen.  This book is my favorite of all of Kendra's published works.  It's fantastic and inspirational, especially for writers, and if you haven't read it, I suggest you go do so as soon as you can.

The Ankulen
A girl finds out that her two adopted siblings were actually products of her long-lost imagination, and that she needs to rescue her imagination before it is destroyed entirely.

Today, I will be interviewing Mynna, a mermaid who is a minor character from The Ankulen.  She is one of my favorite minor characters and I was delighted to hear that she will have her own story.  I'm not sure how much I'm allowed to say about it, so I'll just leave it at that.

Welcome Mynna!

1. Can you play a musical instrument?
No, I cannot. I'm a mermaid, not a Singer.

2. What is your least favorite food?
Squid Fingers. They're just nasty.

3. Which of your six sisters are you closest to?
I ... oh ... I'm actually closer to my mother than any of them. With seven of us, they've all paired up, leaving me the odd man out. If I must chose, Shelly, because she's the most sensible.

4. What is your favorite time of day to go to the surface of the ocean?
Early morning, right when the sun is rising through the Rainbow and all the colors! It's so pretty. I think everyone loves that time of day best.

Thank you for this interview, Mynna!

Miss Melody Muffin