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My friend and fellow blogger Carol Cork from across the pond, tagged me to answer these questions.  You can get fabulous HR recommendations from Carol’s blog

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RULES: You must be honest. You must answer all the questions. You must tag at least 4 people.

  1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Where Passion Leads by Lisa Kleypas (1987) I have never read this book, don’t ask me why, I don’t know. It resides on my keeper shelf with all of Lisa’s books.

Where Passion Leads

  1. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current: The Thing About Love by Julie James.

Last: My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch

Next: I Dared The Duke by Anna Bennett

  1. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Hate is such a strong word.  But one that I thought totally silly and read like a contemporary novel but it was set in the Regency was… Say Yes To The Marquess by Tessa Dare ..most people thought this book was great.

Say Yes To the Marquess

  1. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

This is a tough one because my intentions are to read them all but I do have at least 4 or 5 Georgette Heyer books sitting on my Kindle and I have no idea when I will ever read them.

  1. What book are you saving for retirement?

This is retirement for me.  No more saving, now it’s do or die.

  1. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

I always read until the end.  Every book is a journey to be savored.

  1. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I read them and many are very interesting.

  1. Which book character would you switch places with?

I don’t want to switch places, I’d rather be a voyeur into the past while I still have running water, showers, flush toilets, refrigerators, memory foam and supermarkets. BUT a clandestine affair with Jack Devlin from Kleypas’ Suddenly You would be a lovely diversion.

Suddenly You

  1. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

I recall back in the 80’s my sister taking me to a used book store in Oregon and she insisted I get a Kathleen Woodiwiss novel (I can’t recall which one, maybe The wolf and The Dove) but that was the first time I read a romance novel.

The Wolf and the Dove

  1. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

The Jane Austen Handbook: Proper Life Skills from Regency England by Margaret C. Sullivan

I added this book to my Amazon wishlist and while hoping that a family member would see it there and gift it to me, I inadvertently put it in my checkout cart while purchasing something else.  Best mistake I ever made!! This is a terrific book and probably no family member would have thought to get it for me.

The Jane Austen Handbook

  1. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

No, but I do donate some to our community library.

  1. Which book has been with you most places?

My Kindle goes everywhere I go.  All books are special.

  1. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I can’t think of any, I had teachers that had us reading very interesting books, Dickens, Thackeray, Poe, Twain, Lewis, etc.

  1. Used or brand new?

I’ve bought both used and new books.

  1. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Yes, most of them. I enjoyed the movies, too.

  1. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?

No

  1. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Diane Mott Davidson’s mystery books with Goldy the caterer have some yummy recipes.  My favorite cookbook is Ten Dollar Dinners by Melissa d’Arabian, so-o-o good.

 

  1. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

My fellow bloggers are pretty good at setting me on to good reads.

  1. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Harlen Coben’s  mystery books, I love them although I don’t consider any books outside my comfort zone except perhaps those that are too bloody or gory.

Tag Four People:  Okay here it gets too difficult.  Those I would tag are probably already tagged. But I would welcome any of my followers to play along and send me your answers. deetda2@yahoo.com

 

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Merry Christmas At Deet’s

Here is a peek at my house today.  Soon Paul and I will open our gifts and then I will start getting dinner ready.  This year Roast Beef is on the menu.  Friends will join us for dinner.  I set the table last night so I wouldn’t have to fuss this morning.  We ate breakfast on the little table on our lanai. I hope your Christmas is very Merry!

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The greenery is from the Holly tree in our front yard. A bit different than the traditional holly bush.

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You better watch out-Sexy Santas & Elves are invading my blog

I’ve been a very good girl this year.  At least up until today.  Maybe I just have too much Christmas Spirit.

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Deet’s Glorious Adventure (the Finale)

No events were planned until 1pm so I got to sleep-in. Yeah, right. I was on east coast time the entire week so on this final day I awoke at 5am just like the other days. I was being really lazy in the morning, uploading photos to my computer, reading a bit on my Kindle. At 1pm I made my way to the Grand Pennington Ballroom where the Book Fair and signing was held. Here we have the two Sabrinas, York and Jeffries. At the last table is Karen Hawkens and Lorraine Heath. The bottom photo is fuzzy but I wanted you to see the entire signing room.

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There was about 3hours between the book signing and the Grand Ball.  I was invited to go to dinner with the fab Victoria Vane and Julie Johnstone and Collette Cameron.

We were so caught up in conversation and laughter that time got away from us and we hurried back to the hotel to get ready for the Grand Ball. The food was Hor D’Oeuvres and Dessert.

But the gowns were the big attraction as well as the beautiful women wearing them. Yes there were a few men attending and dancing. It was a fairytale setting. first u[ our hostess Delilah Marvelle, then our other hostess Renee Bernard, next a view of the back of the gowns. Next (can I ever take a decent photo? Guess not, but wanted to show you.) Victoria Vane and the ladies wearing the gowns she sewed for them. Victoria also made her gown. Then comes Erin Knightly just beautiful! Next we have Elizabeth Essex, Tessa Dare and Victoria Vane (this one taken at an earlier event). Next is terrific blogger Ki Pha. Last and certainly not least Lovely Wendy Loverage,book reviewer, all the way from England.

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The next morning there was a continental breakfast gathering before we all bid our farewells.  Oh, and here is the Dowager Duchess of La Deetda Reads:

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Deet’s Glorious Adventure (Part 2)

The second day of the Historical Romance Retreat in Spokane, Washington was a morning to late night affair. (For some photos of day one scroll down the blog to Monday’s post.) Day two started with Author Chats/Presentations I sat in on a panel consisting of Julia London, Katherine Bone, Valerie Bowman, Tessa Dare, Rose Lerner, Darcy Burke, Wendy LaCapra, Karen Hawkins and Jenn LeBlanc. I also played a game of Regency Charades with Karen Hawkins and Victoria Alexander. But the high light of the afternoon was  the High Tea held in the Marie Antoinette Ballroom. As you can see below the tea tables were exquisite and I can relate, delicious. The little favor boxes contained a gift from Delilah Marvelle which I’ll show you later. In the photo of me I’m wearing my take on a 1930’s outfit.

After the Tea there was free time until the 8 pm Historical Gaming Night where we played various gambling games from history.  Carol and I played Bone-Off (yes, I know that name would conjure lascivious thoughts but it was quite tame) and I did win eight or ten raffle prize entries.  Alas, I didn’t win a prize.

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The evening wound down (or revved up depending on your take) with the Absinthe and Abigail  Party, where we imbibed the drink and then along with the green fairies found our rooms for the night. Here is a photo of the gifts from Delilah Marvelle, a beautiful brooch that was in that cute favor box at Tea, and from Renee Bernard a lovely mirror compact in the shape of a rose.  The charm bracelet was in my registration goodie bag. Stay with me for the Grand Ball will blow you away in a future post.

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Deet’s Life-Deet’s Glorious Adventure

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I’m off to Spokane, Washington for the first ever Historical Romance Retreat, a four day event filled with readers and authors who love the genre. I’m sure I will have some photos to upload when I get home.  Here is a glimpse of the venue, The Historic Davenport Hotel.

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This is the gorgeous Lobby:

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I will be welcomed to the event and also do some gambling on Gaming Night here:

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In this room I will be entertained at High Tea:

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The room where the Grand Ball and Book Fair  will be held:

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Playing With Fire-Deet’s Keeper Shelves

These are some of my favorite books that will always be on my Keeper Shelves.  There are books and series by Kleypas, Quinn, Long, McLean, Reynolds, Adrian, Harris, Balogh, Wildes, Duran ,  Sands, etc. Every year I discover fabulous new to me authors. Now many are on my Kindle and they are not up on a shelf.  Do you have favorites that you won’t part with?(I took these photos playing with my Kindle Fire)

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Deet’s Life- Kitchen Renovation

We have been up to our ears in a Kitchen renovation for about 5 weeks now.  We are almost completed but still have to add lighting.  I didn’t hate my old kitchen, although the appliances were often a trial, but it was built in the 1970’s and it was tired and out of date. Here in photos are our progress. This is the old kitchen.

 

Here is the installation and finish of the new kitchen, and the new kitchen floor which is cushioned vinyl to replace the ceramic, hard on my feet, tile. The dowels in the drawers keep the dishes from sliding around when the drawer is opened and closed.  The appliance garage is keeping things tidy.  The new pantry doors are most welcome since the old ones were nearly falling apart.  The scale is set in a piece of quartz counter material so it matches the marble-look countertops. I got a bit carried away with the size of the fridge but it does have plenty of room inside. BTW the appliances are GE Profile in a slate color.

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Bad Boys in Historical Romances, Why we love them

( this is a repost from 2011)

Rakes Regency Fashion googleThese Regency Rakes don’t look so “Bad” they actually look like a bunch of Dandys.

What makes us love Bad Boys in Historical Romance novels or any Romance novel?  Well here is my totally biased take on the subject:

Confidence with a capital “C”

The thing is, bad boys are uber confident, they know what they want and tell it to their women truthfully. They are totally “take charge” and rarely, if ever, seek approval for their actions. That’s an attractive trait.

Brawn and Brains, yummy!

Bad Boys are never cowardly in any situation.  They never run from a confrontation. They have superior strength and intelligence.

Absolutely Hunky

Bad Boys in novels are always, always drool worthy.  Thank you authors!!  Unless they are the evil reincarnations of Voldemort, but then I’m not talking about them.

Thrill Seekers

There is never a dull moment with a Bad Boy.  There is always adventure and passion or the promise of passion.  They infuse us with the feeling of being adventurous even if our lives are rather 9 to 5.

Consummate Lovers, oh yeah!

Those Bad Boys know all the techniques for seduction and how to put them to good use.

Bad Boys can make us “Bad Girls” (yes they can)

Those of us who read romance novels, like the idea that we can fantasize about those bad boys and maybe fantasize about being a bad girl, then we can go back to being the “good” women we are day to day.  Those novels can also spice up that “good” woman to act in adventurous ways.  Take note men.

Here is a video that shows us some very bad boys from those Historical Romance novels.  If you missed some of these movies you should really give yourself a treat and check them out of the library: (E-mail followers please go to my blog site to view the video.)

Movies:
Persuasion
Mansfeild Park
Emma
Sense & Sensibility (1995 & 2008)
Northanger Abbey
Pride and Prejudice (1995 & 2005)
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982)
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Becoming Jane
The Inheritance

Music:
Let It Rock – Kevin Rudolf

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No Copyright infringement is intended or implied. For personal entertainment purposes only.

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Deet’s opinion revisited- Pro Reviewers VS Amateurs

(I haven’t heard much muttering from the professional reviewers since this was posted back in 2011, but then again, I stopped listening quite awhile ago.  Still it is a topic that rears itself every now and then.  I’m still on the side of the Amateurs.)

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At PEN World Voices Festival on April 27,2011 (the event was cosponsored by the National Book Critics Circle). On hand were American critics Morris Dickstein and Cynthia Ozick among others.

Morris Dickstein, Professional Critic and Professor of English, “The professional reviewer, who has a literary identity, who had to meet some editor’s exacting standard, has effectively been replaced by the Amazon reviewer, the paying customer, at times ingenious, assiduous, and highly motivated, more often banal, obtuse, and blankly opinionated,”

Ozick, a novelist and essayist , made what she called the “disheartening” case that the most committed American readers are the Amazon customer reviewers. “Not only are they willing to buy books consistently, not as a now-and-then event; they also are intent on evaluating them in a public way, and they devote time and effort to fashioning a response. In short, they are serious about the meaning and effect of books, exactly what we would call a literary point of view.”

Read the full article here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-05-12/the-future-of-book-reviews-critics-versus-amazon-reviewers/#

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So what does this mean to an amateur reviewer like me.  Well….I guess it means that I irritate the professionals a tad.  It probably means that they think I have no business calling my opinions “reviews”.  Somehow I just can’t get worked up about it.

Am I “banal and obtuse”? Perhaps.   I’d rather think I was ingenious and assiduous and at least moderately motivated. 🙂   Do I still think my opinion is worth the read? Hell yes!

I am an avid reader so I figure my contribution is to let those readers, who share my proclivities, know what I think of a particular read.  Maybe in my naiveté I missed the allegory or even the well hidden theme of the book, but I’m betting that most genre readers are not going to fault me for those oversights.  They just want to know if I resent the money I paid or if I felt it was worth skipping the Starbucks coffee to buy this book.  They want to know if they should schedule this read for a Friday night so they can sleep-in on Saturday morning.  They want to know if the book is uplifting or depressing, violent or sweet, sexy or not.

Yes, my reviews are “opinions” as are all reviews whether by amateurs or pros.  I don’t think for a minute that amateur reviewers will infringe on professional literary critics.  Usually we are talking about different things.  Anyone who reads Amazon reviews for deep insight might just be missing the point of those reviews.

The Pros are going to have to make room for us amateurs.  Times they are a changing and all those ensconced in the “good ole days” are going to feel displaced.  This is how it has always been.  Ya think Henry Ford didn’t get flack from the horse breeders?

What do you think?

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