Each age has always had its own set of rules for courting, for sure. Certainly nowadays, the equality of the sexes, the crush of old taboos, Sex and the City, why not, have utterly affected our behaviour in playing modern love games, as the roles are no longer fixed and immutable. In the past, the man led the “minuet” of courting and the lady followed him in the dance.
During the Middle ages and Renaissance,for example, the body of conventions which governed the relation of aristocratic lovers was called “courtly love “: a sort of idealized and sometimes even illicit kind of love in which the knight consecrated himself to a woman often superior in rank or even married – the prototypes are Lancelot and Queen Genevieve – who deliberately displayed a certain indifference in order to preserve her reputation. The ” mistress” was certainly beautiful, pure like an angel, distant ; therefore the essence of pleasure in this love game stood in…
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Three things I learned while writingA BURNING TRUTH
Be Certain of Your Facts. Recently I read a novel where the main character fled an assailant along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago just north of the Loop. Anyone familiar with the area knows it’s a street with tall skyscrapers, not suburban houses with fenced-in yards and gardens as depicted in the scene. The lesson here? If an author mentions actual places, make certain the setting is accurately reflected. I learned this the hard way when I used two different names for the same minor character in separate books. It is essential for me, particularly when writing a series, to keep an updated list of important dates, character names and profiles, location and setting details. Nothing jars the reader more than meeting a character in book fifteen that was killed off in book three. Readers don’t like to be introduced…
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~post by Ellen, BookKids Inventory Manager
We get customers – teenagers and adults – who need the newest and best teen books because they “have read everything.” I try to keep up with as many of the major new releases as I can, but it’s impossible to read all the new books. Here are five recent novels I did read this month. Grab them for your voracious reader today. Bonus: Four of the five books below are stand alones meaning they aren’t the beginning of a series or trilogy, and one of these books is actually for adults but has strong appeal for teen readers.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
This is an amazing book. Fantastic, high quality literary writing telling the story the women in one family and how they have been affected by love. Oh, and there is also a girl…
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We end the week with a Young Adult review by Chris from the library’s Outreach Services Division:
The light by D.J. MacHale is the first young adult book that I have read where I became so immersed in the storyline that I could not put it down.
The story follows a 16-year-old boy named Marshall who is being haunted. Marshall is sure of only one thing, and that is whatever is happening has something to do with his best friend Cooper who has been missing for over a week.
Marshall, along with the help of Cooper’s sister, search for clues and unravel something bigger than either one of them could have imagined.
The light is the first book in the Morpheus Road trilogy. Next in the series is The black, followed by The blood.
Check the WRL catalog for The light
Age (optional) About fiftyish, that’s all I’m admitting to.
Where you live (optional) Thirsk, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
1) How long have you been writing? I have been writing for just over a year.
2) What or who was your inspiration to write? Nothing or nobody in particular inspired me to write. From being a young child and throughout senior school, I always enjoyed writing essays/short stories. Reading is another favourite pastime of mine and I joined the local library at seven years old. Writing poems has also been a passion of mine, but usually just humourous pieces for the entertainment of myself, my family and friends.
3) Which genre do you like to read? My preferred genre to read is crime thrillers. Why? I suppose because a substantial amount of crime thrillers are true to life.
4) Do you write this genre or others? No I don’t write this genre at the moment as I am busy writing erotica/romance, but it is something I would like to try my hand at when I have finished my trilogy. Why? No particular reason, other than the fact that when I sat down to write my first novel, Fifty Shades or Grey was the book of the moment and I set out to give readers a raunchy read but with much more story than Fifty Shades.
5) Who are your favorite authors? My favourite authors are many. Agatha Christie murders were the first adult books I started to read, so she has got to be one of them. English horror writer, James Herbert, Dean Koontz, Robin Cook, Brett Battles, Patricia Cornwell and JK Rowling.
6) How do you create your characters? I base some aspects of my main characters on people that I know, but then add little quirks from totally different people. The people who I have based them on would never be able to recognize themselves, because there are physical attributes and personality traits that I add.
7) Do you give them names before you develop them? My main characters were given names before I started to develop them, yes!
8) How do you choose your characters names? Again these could be based on people I have known over the years. If my characters are likeable I give them the names of people I have liked and likewise, I give names of people I have disliked to characters that are not so nice.
9) Do you edit as you write or after you get your manuscript written? For my first novel, I completed my manuscript before I started to edit, which was a lot of hard work at the end, and I edited the whole manuscript twice. With book two I am editing as I am writing and I think the end process will seem much easier.
10) Do you have an agent, publisher, or self-publish? If you’ve used more than one which was most profitable? I don’t have an agent or a publisher, so I self-published “Going Up and Going Down” in Kindle and paperback format.
11) What advice have you received to help you and what advice would you give a new writer? I have received plenty of useful advice and tips throughout the time it took me to complete and publish my novel. That advice was mostly pertaining to writing, editing, formatting, uploading and marketing. Along the way, I’ve also had help with regard to the social media aspect, getting myself established on Facebook and Twitter within the writing communities.
12) The best advice I would give to a new writer is…..NEVER GIVE UP! It’s hard work, don’t get disillusioned with your writing if it seems rough around the edges. Just get your story down, get it written. You can go back and tweak things and fine tune them later in the day. If you’re stuck with anything…..ask another writer.
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