Monday, 31 August 2015

Favia Gives Me A Case of Feels

Review:

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia de Luce Novel - Alan Bradley

 

You know when you read a book and the story isn't too interesting. You are not too interested in who the killer will turn out to be either. But you still love the book because you are in love with the characters. You still keep reading because the author writes beautifully. And most of all, the author stays true to the character (or what you think the character is like, anyway).

 

 

 

Yeah, that.

 

#Flavia #Flavia de Luce #Alan Bradley #Flavia de Luce Series

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Sunday, 30 August 2015

The Twilight Collection - Stephenie Meyer Wuthering Heights - Lucasta Miller, Pauline Nestor, Emily Brontë Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen Emma - Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë, Q.D. Leavis Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare Sense and Sensibility  - Jane Austen A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Persuasion - Jane Austen

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Dracula - Christopher Frayling, Bram Stoker, Maurice Hindle

Welcome to my house! Enter freely and of your own will!

 

The tradition was that a vampire could not force mortals to come into their home. When did it become the way around?

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Botany and Vocab IV

 

Sometimes, pretty words make me drool. They are not pretty because they describe pretty things, I like them because they sound fun or unique or aren't in common use.

 

The BPotD post in question, as usual, gave me another chance to express the heck outta my love for words. I imagined myself writing a story that made spectacular use of them. Not happening, I know, but I can dream!

 

Rhododendron(s) have some of the most beautiful flowers in the plant kingdom. Here are some of them:

 

 

 

 

 

Equally beautiful are the leaves and they are associated with the words for today. The lower surface of the leaves is coated with a dusting of fine hairs that is called Indumentum. Looking the term up opened the way to newer words. Here's a neat diagram that shows some of them:

 

 

The upper surface is also associated with hairdom. It is also a different color than the lower one. The hairs found here are called Tomentum and they are the leaf's defense against insect herbivores. Here is a labeled picture that shows both surfaces:

 

 

 

Another picture, this one just because it is pretty:

 

I mean look at the contrast...that mid-rib...*sigh*

 

The second I read these words, I visualized they would sound pretty awesome in a horror story. Something like:

 

She knew she would regret it but she could not not know. Wrapping her fingers around the glass, she held it to her lips. Here goes, she thought and not giving herself to even complete the thought, she swallowed the draught in one big gulp. The turbidity in the glass had resembled nothing she had ever known. It did not behave like a liquid would when she downed it either. As if congealing, the fluid gave an almost sentient pause. Then it started to make its indumental way down the length of her oesophagus. Yes, she could feel it had morphed into something else because those hairs tickled the surface of her gullet as it crept ever southwards! 

 

#botany #BPotD #vocab Botany and Vocab

Source: www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/potd/2015/08/rhododendron-falconeri.php

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Saturday, 29 August 2015

Win a FREE E-BOOK by helping me choose a new cover and title for the re-issue of Spirit Bear.

Reblogged from: Rod Raglin

Vote for your cover preference and suggest a new title for the re-issue of Spirit Bear  for a chance to win an E-Book edition of

 

THE BIG PICTURE
- A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic

or

FOREST

- Love, Loss, Legend

 

Spirit Bear Cover - Renfrew Ravine #2

 

 

Spirit Bear Cover - Cathedral Mountain #1

 

The Re-issue of Spirit Bear

Originally published January 1, 2010, Spirit Bear is being re-issued with a new cover and title December 1, 2015.

The story is a contemporary romance with a sub-plot that addresses an important environmental issue. This novel is a forerunner to the new genre, Eco-Fi and is as relevant today as it was then.
Here's a brief preview of what the story is about.

 

What Price Success?

Kimberley James is hoping her new assignment will jump-start her stalled career with a New York corporate relations firm. Her client wants to develop a mega ski resort in northern Canada. Her job is to convince the current owners of the land to sell. With millions of dollars to be made, it seems like a done deal.


Until she runs up against Jonah Baker.


Baker is part owner of a lodge on the land and an ardent environmentalist. He’s not about to permit a development that threatens ancient rain forests and the habitat of the rare and endangered Spirit Bear for any price.


Kim begrudgingly respects his principles before profit, but cannot allow a tree-hugging, bear-loving zealot to derail her fast track to success.


Jonah admires her determination and worldliness, but will fight to the end to stop a materialistic corporate climber from destroying something rare and unique.Will the mythical, white Spirit Bear survive, and what role will it play in resolving

 

NEW TITLE: Here's some of the new titles being considered:

 

The Spirit Bear Sacrifice
The Spirit Bear Savior
Saving Spirit Bear
Spirit Bear – To  Save or Sacrifice?

OR?

 

Send me an email with your title preference or suggest one of your own. While you’re at it vote for cover #1 or #2

 

Draw for a FREE E-BOOK will take place September 30, 2015. Winner will be notified and can indicate which novel they would prefer, FOREST or THE BIG PICTURE

 

Thanks,

Rod

 

 

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Friday, 28 August 2015

Bangles
Bangles
More Bangles
More Bangles
Some More Bangles
Some More Bangles
And Some More Bangles
And Some More Bangles
Yet More Bangles
Yet More Bangles

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

OTHERS & ODDITIES Now Available

Reblogged from: GreyWarden

Others & Oddities - Edward Lorn

OTHERS & ODDITIES is finally available in the Kindle store. The collection will be $0.99 until Friday, then it reverts to its normal price of $3.99. Feel free to share wherever you want. Here are the links. 

 

Amazon.com

 

Amazon UK

 

Amazon OZ

 

Amazon Canada

 

Thanks for all your support!

 

*hugs and high fives*

 

E.

 

 

 

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UPDATED: Useful links when booklikes menus fail ...

Reblogged from: GreyWarden

Booklikes direct links if ever useful to anyone:

 

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I have a favor to ask of all of you.

Reblogged from: The Lady Time Traveler

An author friend of mine has just signed his hospice papers. We are not close, but the man has been an inspiration to me. I've watched, through social media, him live in the shadow of this disease.

 

I'm at a loss here. I don't know what else to do for him or his family, because, like I said, we're not close. I would like your help. If you have five bucks, would you please buy his book. It's good. I can vouch for the quality, as he and I share a publisher. I think it would be cool for him to see his ranking skyrocket one more time.

 

Here's the link to the announcement of his declining condition.

 

Here's the link where you can buy his book. It's historical YA.

 

If you can't help by buying a book, perhaps share this post? Anything you can do I'm sure will be appreciated. 

 

Thank you.

 

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Reblogged from: Demoniacally Reading

Cats auditioning for a role in a movie adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat.

 

Source: http://time.com/3732365/black-cats/

Source: time.com/3732365/black-cats

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Craig Saunders had me over for a chat

Reblogged from: E.

One of my favorite people, Craig Saunders, invited me over for a discussion. His questions were damn fun to answer. Believe me when I say that this isn't your normal interview. 

 

If you've ever been curious about how I read and write as much as I do, whether or not I know how to kill another human being with a banana, or if I've ever eaten fermented shark, the answers are HERE!

 

For those of you bothered by naughty words, this interview has some. Reader discretion is advised, and all that.

 

Share if you like. I've no problem with it.

 

*hugs and high fives*

 

E.

 

 

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"Thoughts on Pratchett – [Part 1]"

URL: blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2015/08/thoughts-on-pratchett

 

 

So I have never read Pratchett but when I read the interview, it made me want to!

Source: www.tor.com/2015/08/26/afternoon-roundup-john-scalzi-tom-hanks

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I Want!
I Want!

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Why Am I Just Seeing This?

URL: www.openculture.com/2014/04/take-free-online-courses-at-hogwarts.html

Source: www.goodreads.com/blog/show/549-plotters-vs-pantsers-can-you-guess-which-side-stephen-king-and-j-k-ro

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Changing Styles Have the Power to Change the World

 

Linnaeus was as cool as taxonomists can be and since he is also called the father of taxonomy, he was the coolest of em all. He also had uber powers of observation since one look at the Welsh poppy and he knew it was one of the Papaver(s), and ended up naming it, Papaver cambricum.

 

 

The name was changed to Meconopsis cambricum, since there was a distinct style (the stalk that the stigma sits on), instead of the other Papavers who have no style but just stigma (helipad for landing insects). But the guy who did the renaming wasn't as smart as Linnaeus who is the McDaddy of taxonomy.

 

However, when it was proposed that taxonomists change with the changing styles, they argued that the Welsh poppy was a Meconopsis before all the other Meconopsis. In his paper, Christopher Grey-Wilson suggested a new generic name for it. The stylish poppy could now be called Parameconopsis cambrica

 

Now oriental poppies have got more than just style.

 

 

They also come with capsules laden with latex. This latex is the source of narcotics like opium, morphine, rhoeadine, and codeine.  

 

 

Poppies have been found in Egyptian tombs and have been linked to various deities from multiple mythologies. The association, of course, has to do with the narcotic power this flower has at its disposal.

 

California Poppy is the flower of the state it is named after

 

Corn Poppies are the memorial flowers of veterans

 

While Wikipedia mentions a Poppy Rebellion, a search did not show any interesting results but this guy talks about Poppy Police, which will also be the name of my minion army. You have been warned.

 

 

For now, I leave you with this image of Iceland poppies that are believe-it-or-not, called Champagne Bubbles!

 

P.S. All puns are intended ones

 

#poppies #botany #bpotd

Source: www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/potd/2015/08/parameconopsis-cambrica.php

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INFOGRAPHIC OF THE WORKSPACES OF GENIUSES

Reblogged from: Demoniacally Reading

Source: http://www.shortlist.com/instant-improver/living/fascinating-infographic-of-the-workspaces-of-geniuses

Source: www.shortlist.com/instant-improver/living/fascinating-infographic-of-the-workspaces-of-geniuses

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Kids *shakes head*

Reblogged from: Susana "Lost in Fantasy Land"

LOL!

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryBalogh/photos/a.186291551491885.39771.174810365973337/825269947594039/?type=1&theater

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