Monthly Archives: March 2013

The March Want List

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This month, I’ve stumbled across all sorts of new items to covert…some I’ll manage to secure soon but others, alas, will have to be admired from afar.

For the home:

Victrola iPhone Speaker

Photo credits: Etsy

Vintage Victrola iPhone Speaker:  Love this! This speaker is beautiful as well as functional.  I imagine finding it a home on a small table…likely you’ll find me there as well, reclining on a nearby chaise lounge chair, sipping Old-Fashioneds possibly reading a favored novel or editing one of my manuscripts.  All the while, the speaker will be pumping out harmonies.  Such a lovely image!  It makes me ache.  I only hope one day to see it come true.

For indulging:

GOT

Photo credit: Uncovet

Obviously, these are very couple-y, but I’ll ignore that fact (and hope the boyfriend does too) because they are simple and adorable and who doesn’t Game of Thrones?!

For my personal style:

Steampunk

Photo credit: DeviantArt

Adorable Dieselpunk hair clips…need I say more?!

hair chalking

Photo credit: Examiner

Lately, I have been obsessed with the idea of dying sections of my hair a fun vibrant color and when I saw this idea on Pinterest, I fell in love.  Plume has created a line of pastel hair chalks that rinse-out.  It’s basically all the fun without all those pesky harmful dyes and the eventual hair damage from said bleach/hair dye.  So with the giddy warmth of Spring and Summer almost here, you might see me soon with brightly dyed, and maybe even coifed, hair.

That’s all for now…check back at the end of April to see what I’m coveting next month.

New Book Releases

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The 2013 publishing year is underway, and more release dates have been announced.  Here are a couple of new and/or updated dates for series I follow.  If you haven’t read any of the earlier titles, I highly recommend giving the first book in these series a try.

YA:

The Girl with the Iron Touch by Kady Cross (Steampunk Chronicles #3)

May 28, 2013

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger (Finishing School #2)

November 5, 2013

Update to the Divergent series by Veronica Roth (Book #3)

Title still unspecified but the release date is now 10/22/13.

Adult:

Long Live the Queen by Kate Locke (Immortal Empire #3)

November 12, 2013

A Little Finishing School Goes a Long Way

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I had been dying to read, Etiquette & Espionage, the first book in Gail Carriger’s new Finishing School series ever since her adult series, the Parasol Protectorate, concluded last spring.  I even pre-ordered it, something I almost never do because I was so darn excited…maybe it was the book trailer that suckered me into actually pre-ordering but then again who am I fooling? I was planning to download the book on its release date anyway.  But I’ll let you decide for yourself…watch this trailer and tell me if it doesn’t make you want to run out and buy (or download and read as in my case) this book.

video source via Youtube

I don’t plan to prattle on like I usually can during a book review, particularly because Carriger’s books are reviewed pretty extensively and really I just want to gush about a few points and be done with it.

Here’s the cliff notes version:

Basic summary: Fourteen-year old Sophronia Temminnick is a bit of a handful who likes climbing trees and tinkering with gadgets more than refining her ladylike manners…much to her mother’s great chagrin. So said mother enrolls her daughter in a finishing school but it’s not your typical finishing school…I mean, yes, the girls do learn the more genteel manners like how to execute a perfect curtsy but they also learn how to finish the finer points of espionage, diversion and sometimes even how do dole out death. Thereby that’s how we find ourselves following Ms. Temminnick and her friends in their first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality as they help discover and thwart a fiendish plot. 

Review:

–Adorable adventure romp filled with lots of droll humor and witty conjectures just as one expects from a Carriger novel

–Very Steampunk meets Harry Potter with lots of classroom scenes where Sophronia and her friends learn how to curtsy, flirt, pick locks, spar and all other forms of relevant finishing school courses

–YA novel not focused on boys, dating and the inevitable love triangles! Amazing, I was so happy about this!

–Delightful dirigibles, gadgets, inventions, mechanimals, spying…need I say more?!

–Acts as an almost prequel to the Parasol Protectorate series, where the reader discovers the young versions of Beatrice Lefoux, Sidheag Maccon (aka Lady Kingair), and Genevieve Lefoux.  For me, it was as though I was able to peak behind the curtain at their early life even those I am well aware of how it all turns out. It gave even greater depth to their well-remembered adult characters.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to reading the next installment, Curtsies & Conspiracies, this fall.

Available at your favorite online retailers:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

iBooks

February, it’s been a blast!

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The first half of February was a relatively productive month.  I finished editing my not-yet-published draft’s first two chapters to a point where I was happy enough with its progress to send to three lucky friends (who I like to think of as my own personal beta readers) for review. 

The second half of the month was mostly marked by gallivanting around New Orleans and then later Vermont.  So, given my lack of free time and subsequent fatigue, the second half wasn’t too industrious.  I haven’t even looked at my manuscript in a couple of weeks, and only managed to write one blog post. While I did manage to get some book research accomplished in New Orleans, my shenanigans at night compromised my ability to be too productive during the day.  It wasn’t fruitless though and I’ll post some reflections from my trip sometime next week.  On a positive note, I also uploaded the first two chapters to Penguin-hosted Book Country, an online community for writers and readers.  So if you have an account on Book Country, you can read the first two chapters and get a better sense of what The Fly Tower will be about and offer constructive comments and critiques. This weekend I will start editing again, and I’m very excited to delve back into the world I created.  Also, I’ve given myself a strict July 1st deadline to have the remaining manuscript ready so I can start the submission process (ie find an agent, scout publishers, etc) so here’s to a productive Spring! 

Goodbye February–it was an unbelievable blast but now it’s time to get back to work!