Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Burns Night and New Releases, Including a Banshee!

Tonight is Burns night - anyone out there having a Burns supper? If I can get some in time, I'll raise a dram of Laphroaig (what Neil Gaiman calls body-in-the-bog whisky in American Gods). Allan Scott-Douglas, actor, played Robert Burns in Ae Fond Kiss: The Life and Loves of Robert Burns, and sings the voice of Jamie Fraser on the Outlander CD and will play Jamie in Outlander: The Musical.

(I was trying to find a photo to share with you, of Diana Gabaldon and Allan Scott-Douglas together. For some reason, when I search on Google Images, Page 2 gives me a picture of my cat lying on my "I Love Big Books" Diana Gabaldon tote bag, from my knitting blog. I don't think I have the new 'include my entire social media life' setting turned on, but you never know.)

You'll have to settle for Allan as Jamie:


Tiffany Allee's Banshee Charmer is available!


"When she's sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera 'Mac' McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose. Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure? When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns to desperation.

Certain the killer is an incubus, Mac works behind her department's back to chase down slim, sometimes perilous leads. While the killer eludes her, she does discover handsome Aidan Byrne, an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworlder Enforcement Agency. Mac typically runs her investigations fast and hard, but with Aidan at her side, she's running this one 'hot' as well. But Aidan knows more than he's letting on -- something that could shatter their blazing romance and add Mac to the killer's growing body count..."

Later, March will see two new releases (squee!): When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays (awesome title) by Marilynne Robinson and Wrecking Ball by Bruce Springsteen.

And in a new-old release, the final volume of Patrick Leigh Fermor's story of his travels, beginning in 1933 (!), from the Netherlands to Constantinople (!!), on foot (!!!), will be published for the first time in September 2013.

As for ROW80... I've completed the paper edits! But the list of missing scenes is endless. So that's what I'll be working on for at least the next month.

How's everyone else doing?

9 comments:

Joshua said...

I fear I'll be pushing my January 31 dead to February 29, unless some lightning bolt of inspiration strikes. Just too over-committed.

yikici said...

Heya Deniz; sounds like you are on target with your ROW80 goals -the list of missing scenes is something we writers should take as given (hard luck I know!). I'm certain there's not much left now for you to be happy with your novel. :)

I'm still writing and re-formulating plots and scenes so they are believable (I need to believe them before I can move on -it's an OCD curse I have! Writers and their demons –tell me about it!).

Nadja Notariani said...

Yes, yes (we're walking the same trail these days)...in my current WIP edit, I've added about six red pencil notes...ADD TO SCENE...MISSING SCENE...ha! This is where I can get creative, though, and add those little details that make AHA moments later. It's kind of fun - when I don't allow myself to get frustrated.

S.P. Bowers said...

Funny story about the picture of your cat.

I'm still plugging away at polishing. Still might get it done by months end though.

Lynda R Young said...

congrats on completing the paper edits and good luck writing those missing scenes.

Darlene Marshall said...

I didn't have a Burns supper, but I did pour a dram of Scotland's finest export in honor of the Bard of Scotland. I even broke out the special bottle--Scott's Selection, 1964. And I'm still typing coherently! It's a good night.[g]

Medeia Sharif said...

I'm doing computer edits, but paper edits are coming soon for me.

Congrats on your progress!

Banshee Charmer sounds interesting. I'll check out the link.

amy kennedy said...

AH, but you know what you have to do. Missing scenes, where the heck do they go?

Deniz Bevan said...

I've got so many scenes to write that I'll be going all month, too, Joshua..

Thanks yikici! I hear you on the re-formulating plots.

Exactly, Nadja. I've gotta keep it fun :-)

Can't wait to see it, Sara!

Thanks, Lynda.

Sounds yummy, Darlene. Slainte!

Thanks, Medeia, good luck on your edits!

I've gotta hunt, amy... Maybe around the next corner.

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • La Verite sur l'affair Harry Quebert by Joel Dicker (loving this!)
  • How To Be A Man (and other illusions) by Duff McKagan
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • Lonely Planet guide to Switzerland
  • Journal of Inklings Studies
  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
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  • The Jerusalem Bible
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  • Pop-up Peekaboo: Farm (DK publishing) (board book) (duh)
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  • The Last Chance Ball (a Word Wenches christmas anthology featuring Jo Bourne, Jo Beverley, etc.)
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  • CassaFire by Alex Cavanaugh
  • First and Second Things by C. S. Lewis
  • Smith of Wootton Major by J. R. R. Tolkien (reread but new edition)
  • So Anyway... by John Cleese
  • The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
  • Slowly, silently now the moon by Walter de la Mare (poem)
  • I can't work like this by Neil Gaiman (poem)
  • CassaStar by Alex Cavanaugh
  • Death of A Century: A Novel of the Lost Generation by Daniel Robinson
  • The Fly by William Blake (poem, reread)
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  • The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • secret beta 2!
  • The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak
  • Chu's Day at the Beach by Neil Gaiman (reread, many times)
  • Sacred Inwardness by Marilynne Robinson (essay)
  • New Statesman issue guest edited by Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman (I don't usually include magazines in this list but I read this one cover to cover)
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  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King (loved My Pretty Pony)
  • Every Month Was May by Evelyn Eaton
  • Occasional Soulmates by Kevin Brennan
  • secret beta!
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  • Mother Tongue -- The Story of the English Language by Bill Bryson
  • The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
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  • Come, Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie
  • The Lord Fish by Walter de la Mare
  • The Going To Bed Book by S Boynton
  • The Nursery Rhyme Book by Andrew Lang
  • In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
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  • Many Moons by James Thurber, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (reread)
  • Colours Are Nice (Little Golden Book)
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Judy Blume
  • The Wars by Timothy Findley (reread)
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  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (reread)
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (reread)
  • The Poky Puppy (Little Golden Book) (abridged)
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (reread)
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • secret beta read 2
  • Pre-Fix: A Ciel Halligan Short Story by Linda Grimes
  • Hidden by Catherine Mackenzie
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton
  • But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton
  • Oh, Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad by M. R. James (short story) (1904)
  • Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman (reread)
  • My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl
  • Usborne board books
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  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson (so lovely)
  • Flowers for Mrs Harris by Paul Gallico
  • secret beta read!
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  • HELP! Food Allergies Coming To Dinner by Kait Nolan
  • This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak
  • The Owl Service by Alan Garner
  • Two Caravans by Monica Lewycka
  • Aunt Sass by P. L. Travers
  • An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten (actually a few pages of the story, written by John Green for the film of his novel The Fault In Our Stars)
  • January Brings the Snow by Sara Coleridge (poem)
  • Kissing song by Neil Gaiman (poem)
  • The Mother by Nettie Palmer (poem)
  • William Tell Told Again by P. G. Wodehouse
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  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
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  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
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  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
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