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    Me Me Me Me Meme!! Plus Contest Winner

    Here are my answers to last Friday’s Meme:

    1. When I think of Mr. Darcy, he is buck naked.

    2. Lord Masterful greets YOU at a ball. You look down to see what he’s staring at and discover a billet-doux from Lord Hawt.

    3. One of my favorite Regency-set novels is Mary Balogh’s A Summer to Remember.

    4. If you could meet Lord Byron, what would you ask him? WTF? Seriously, dude, WTF?

    5. You wake up and find yourself in a Regency historical novel. What’s the plot? I inherit a vast fortune that comes with an evil guardian who wants to off me. As I’m climbing out the window to save myself, I fall into the arms of a masked highwayman who turns out to be Lord McHunkyPants who, just my luck, is looking for a rich heiress to marry and ravish him.

    6. A Regency fairy-godmother grants you three Regency wishes. What are they? 1) Suffrage 2) The ability to sing like an angel and 3) Good taste in all things fashionable.

    7. If you could change ONE fact about the Regency what would it be? Voting rights, including women. But I might insist that Shelly rewrite his essay on poetry so it actually makes sense.

    8. Napoleon writes you a letter. What does he say? Darling, the key to the treasure is under the 5th floorboard in the seventh room in your cottage. Spend it madly, my love.

    9. How many exquisite slippers are in your wardrobe? None unless my wishes get granted in #6, in which case the answer is 15 and I vote for Reform.

    10. How do you take your tea? As hot as Lord Hawt and as black as our sins.

    The Winner of the Friday Meme is…. M

    M – email me (carolyn AT carolynjewel.com) so I have your email address and can set up your prize! (An Amazon Gift Card!!)

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    Meme Friday

    Carolyn here, filling in for Risky Megan. And since Megan starts with M what else can I do but declare this Meme Friday.

    Answer or complete the following questions in comments, or at your blog and leave a link to your blog in a comment:

    1. When I think of Mr. Darcy, he _____________.

    2. Lord Masterful greets YOU at a ball. You look down to see what he’s staring at and discover ________________________.

    3. One of my favorite Regency-set novels is ___________.

    4. If you could meet Lord Byron, what would you ask him?

    5. You wake up and find yourself in a Regency historical novel. What’s the plot?

    6. A Regency fairy-godmother grants you three Regency wishes. What are they?

    7. If you could change ONE fact about the Regency what would it be?

    8. Napoleon writes you a letter. What does he say?

    9. How many exquisite slippers are in your wardrobe?

    10. How do you take your tea?

    I will come back later and add my answers…

    Go. Perhaps there will be a prize for a commenter. Yes, I think so!

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    Let’s Talk About Books, Baby!

    Today I head off to New Jersey, land of tomatoes, peaches, and Springsteen for the New Jersey Romance Writers’ Conference.

    Conferences are great motivators; not only do you get to meet and talk with other women who do what you do and like what you like, but man, you’ve spent the registration fee, so darn it, you better do something besides sit on your butt and whine about not writing.

    Which means, of course, that it is–let’s see–6:39am in the morning and I have to think of something to post here before I go.

    [sudden switch of topic, I will bring it back around, just wait]

    Another great thing about writing is that, contrary to what we whine about a lot, it is not a solitary endeavor; your comrades-in-arms (or keyboards) understand what you are going through and can commiserate. For example, I am heading to New Jersey with my friends KJ and EKM, who posts as the Lady Novelist.

    A few days ago, EKM tagged me for a book meme. Which I now present here. Please comment and share your answers, too, so we can be a big community of obsessed book people!

    Total number of books?

    Oh, lord, I’m a reader, not a math person; I estimate about 2,000. My husband and I were both English majors, plus there’s the obsessive reader thing–maybe more, I dunno.

    Last book read?

    Traveling With The Dead by Barbara Hambly, a vampire story set in the 1920s. I am currently reading J.R. Ward‘s Lover Unbound. And next up in the queue is Deborah Simmon’s Tempting Kate, a Regency historical.

    Last book bought?

    Lover Unbound and The Devil’s Right Hand by Lilith Saintcrow (but honestly, I’m not ALL about vampires and demons, it just happened to be that way right now).

    Five meaningful books?

    Andrew Lang‘s The Colored Fairy Books: amazingly diverse tales that all usually have a happy ending.

    C.S. Lewis‘s Narnia Chronicles: Kids surviving on their own, using their own innate good sense and morality, something I found myself doing when I was growing up.

    Jane Austen‘s Pride and Prejudice: Romance, a seemingly irresolvable conflict, strong characters, plus that Mr. Darcy is soooo alpha-sexy. Le sigh.

    Barbara Cartland‘s The Wicked Marquis: Ellipses and all, I read and re-read this book when I was nine or ten. And spent all my allowance money on more Cartlands. Eventually, I discovered the Heyers lurking in my parents’ library, but Dame Barbara was responsible for my introduction to romance.

    Charlotte Bronte‘s Jane Eyre: First person, not a traditional heroine, a dark, tortured hero, melodrama, she turns down that prig St. John, thank goodness, and yet it’s got an HEA.

    What about you? Share your obsession!

    Megan

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