Friday, December 30, 2016

A Wrinkle In Time

  I first read Madeleine L'Engle's novel, A Wrinkle In Time back in August.  I really, really enjoyed it.  In fact, I loved it.  Blatantly 'Christian' fantasy annoys me sometimes, but this book didn't.  A few weeks ago when looking something up, no, I don't remember what it was, I discovered that a film version is in progress to be released in 2018.  I immediately looked it up feeling a bit suspicious and defensive because, "Really?  Who are they going to have?  Are they going to mess it up?"  Well I was agreeably surprised!

Storm Reid ~ Margaret 'Meg' Murry

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Chris Pine ~ Dr. Alexander 'Alex' Murry

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw ~ Dr. Kate Murry

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Levi Miller ~ Calvin O'Keefe

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Deric McCabe ~ Charles Wallace Murry

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Reese Witherspoon ~ Mrs. Whatsit

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Oprah Winfrey ~ Mrs. Which

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Mindy Kaling ~ Mrs. Who

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  So like I said, I was agreeably surprised!  I really, really like Chris Pine, I've seen him in Princess Diaries 2 and in clips from the new Star Trek movies.  By the way, he makes a smashing Captain Kirk.  And though I haven't seen Gugu Mbatha-Raw in anything yet, I hear she is an amazing actress.  And Reese is pretty good too.  So I am looking forward to it!  

  Oh! and one of the 'Three Wombats' from Ant-man is going to be in it too.  Which speaking of Marvel, Mum, Melody and I are planning to watch the New Year in with Captain America: The Civil War!!  Netflix now has it and it will be my first Marvel MCU film.  Well, I've seen clips from some of the other films, but this will be the first one I have seen all the way through!  I'm really looking forward to it!!

Movies I Watched In November 2016

Titles with nothing before them I watched for the first time.

Titles with ** before them are re-watches.

Titles with # before them I watched with my little siblings.

Full House Take 2 ~ 2012 ~ 7 eps

WOWO!!  They are FINALLY talking to each other!  And Go Dong!  Love that boy!  And oh my goodness, there is heartache ahead for our boys!

Leverage ~ 2 eps

Oh this is a good show!  Hardison and Parker are still my favorites, but the others three are magnificent too!

The K2 ~ 2016 ~ 4 eps

Well, so far it's a good drama.  Well for one thing it's Ji Chang Wook.

** Star Trek~ The Original Series
Galileo Seven & The Trouble With Tribbles 

 Oh how I love this crew!  We watched The Trouble with Tribbles as a family for Thanksgiving Day movie night.  It was the first time the little kids had seen any ST and they absolutely adored it.  I think it was my 3rd time watching this ep.  I love it!  And Galileo Seven and "You are a very stubborn man Mr. Spock!"  "Yes, Captain."

** The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ~ 2006

Netflix got this movie, so I sat down and re-watched it one Friday night.  James McAvoy is great!  HE makes the perfect Mr. Tumnus and I love the way he (James) interacts with Georgie.  Melody and I think that, had they included Fattly Bolger in the movies, James McAvoy should have played him.  He would have made a perfect Hobbit.

Books I Read In November 2016

Titles that have nothing before them are books that I read for the first time.

Titles with this ** before them, are books that I re-read.

 Titles with # before them, are books that I read out loud to my little siblings.

Titles in ( ), are books borrowed from the Library.

  And while November's list isn't being posted on the last day of December, it's close to the last day!

** Aunt Crete's Emancipation ~ Grace Livingston Hill
** Cloudy Jewel ~ Grace Livingston Hill
** They Loved To Laugh ~ Kathryn Worth
Sapphire Ice ~ Hallee Bridgeman
Greater Then Rubies ~ Hallee Bridgeman
Christmas Diamond ~ Hallee Bridgeman
 Christmas Star Sapphire ~ Hallee Bridgeman
# ** The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ~ J.R.R. Tolkien *
An Infamous Army ~ Georgette Heyer
Eragon ~ Christopher Paolini *
** These Old Shades ~ Georgette Heyer
(The Hunger Games) ~ Suzanne Collins *
(The Ruins of Gorlan) ~ John Flanagan *
** In My Father's House ~ Ann Rinaldi

* So TTT, we were reading it to my little siblings and it is so much fun to see their reactions.

* Eragon was definitely interesting.  I plan to read the rest of the series, but it didn't captivate me like most fantasy dragon stories do.

* The Hunger Games.  I read it on Thanksgiving Day and boy! it sure is a good book for making you thankful!  She is an amazing author!  It was really just an amazing story.  And guess which team I am?

* I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the Ranger's Apprentice series.  Love Halt!  He is the best!


Wednesday, December 28, 2016


  Seriously?  Can this year get any worse?  You know I really shouldn't ask that.  Cause then it might. 

  Guys, Debbie Reynolds just passed away.  Like not even a few hours ago.  She was at her son's house discussing funeral arrangements, when she collapsed.  I can't believe it!  Now I have never seen Debbie in anything, except for clips from Singin' in the Rain, but I knew her name, not only as an actress, but also as the mother of Carrie Fisher.  It's devastating!

  God, please be with their family as they do through this very hard time.  Losing two people they love in less then 48 hours.  

  Rest In Peace Debbie and Carrie.  You will both be sorely missed. 

The Book Sacrifice Tag

  I was tagged by my very good friend Keturah, for The Book Sacrifice Tag.  When I first saw the title I went, "Okay, sounds a little weird"....then I read the post and immediately said, "I'm going to love this!!"

  #1: An Over-Hyped Book
  Situation: You are in a bookstore when the zombies attack.  Over the loudspeakers you hear the military announce that over-hyped books are the zombies' only weakness.  What over-hyped book will you chuck at the zombies?
  Well this one is quite easy for me.  Anyone of the Twilight books!  Now I have never read the Twilight series, but I know people who have and I know the Twilight story, and it's over-hyped.  And not only are they so popular that I would be able to find them in pretty much any bookstore, also every time I am in a Thrift Store (which is where I do my book shopping usually) I run across 2 in. thick, hardcover copies of the Twilight series and they look like pretty efficient weapons. 
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  #2: A Sequel
  Situation: You are caught in a torrential downpour and you're probably the type who melts when you get wet.  What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself.
  First off, what do you think I'm made of?  Sugar Cookie dough?  Or at least, that's what I would tell my Grandpa when he would say I shouldn't be out in the rain!  I love the rain!  But if I was trying to protect a fancy hairdo or my makeup.....I would use either of the sequels in Beverly Lewis' Annie's People series.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a lot of Beverly Lewis' novels and she is one of the only Amish fiction authors I have read who actually accurately portrays the Amish.  And yes, I know what I'm talking about, I once lived among the Amish.  And while I think she did a good job of portraying the story that she wanted to, it was just really weird!  Like really weird!
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   #3: A Classic
  Situation: You're in English class and your professor won't stop going on about a classic that "revolutionized literature".  Personally you think the classic is garbage and you decide to express your opinion by hurling the book at his head.  What classic is that?
  Another easy one.  Gone With the Wind.  Now this is another book that I haven't read.  But I know a lot of people who have, one of those being my older sister whose opinion of literature I trust, and it has been described to me (and knowing the story as well as I do I agree with this description) as "A waste of 4 hours".  Plus in book format it's a pretty hefty book!  I might give the professor a concussion and that would effectually shut him least for a little while!
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   #4: A Least Favorite Book
  Situation: You're hanging out at a bookstore (where else would you be?) when global warming somehow manages to to turn the whole world into a frozen wasteland.  Naturally, your only hope of survival is to burn a book.  Which book would you not regret tossing into the fire?
  Beg pardon, but how does global warming turn the world into a FROZEN wasteland?  Anyway, the book/s I wouldn't mind tossing into the flames would be Jody Hedlund's An Uncertain Choice and it's sequels, A Daring Sacrifice  and For Love & Honor.  I read the first book all the way and skimmed the other two ( my sister's ARC's, the last book isn't out yet), and what I found the most annoying, is that the female's have such modern idea's and attitudes.  Plus the men are too crude in front of ladies.  At least for men who are supposed to be medieval knights.  Now they do have gorgeous covers, like really gorgeous ones.  My favorite is For Love & Honor.  So I would throw them in the fire and be content that, even if I had no use for them where enjoyment was concerned, at least they were useful for keeping me warm!
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 Now one of the girls who did this tag thought it was too short, so they added a question.  I agree, so I am using that extra question.
  #5: A Series
  Situation: There's a flooded stream you have to cross on your quest and you can't get your feet wet.  Which series (oh yeah, btw, you brought your whole bookshelf and also probably local library with you) will you use as stepping stones?

  Another easily answered question!  The Elsie Dinsmore series.  I enjoy the first few books, but by the time Martha Finley reached book 9 or so (and she only ever wrote past 1 because all her readers wanted more) she had run out of plot ideas and so the books are basically them traveling all over the U.S. and telling the stories of the historical sites they visit.  SOOOOOOOO BOOOOOORRRINNGGGGG!!!!!!  If these books were supposed to be history books, all right, but they aren't, they are supposed to be historical romance novels!  And I would totally find a way to transport my bookshelves and the local library with me on a quest!!

  Now I am going to tag, MovieCritic, my good friend Andie, my twin sister Tazzie (just do it in the comment,s sis), my older sister Melody (I don't usually tag Mel, but I know she would do this tag!) and HopeAnn.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Rest In Peace Your Worship

  This afternoon I received very sad news.  Carrie Fisher, or as most people know her, Princess Leia Organa, passed away.  It was very sad for my whole family.  We all love Star Wars (though over half of the family only saw the first movie last Saturday).  She was an amazing actress and we will miss her so very much.  Rest In Peace Carrie.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

A Very Merry Tag

  I borrowed this Tag from Lois Johnson over at You, Me and A Cup of Tea.

Does it snow where you live around Christmas?
  Yes.  Usually.  Though this year it can't decide whether to stay or not. 
 eta: It has finally come to stay!

Do you get a real tree or a fake tree?
  We don't get a tree.  Our house is far to small, but if we did, I would want a real one.

What is your favorite Christmas movie?
  The Mistle-tones!  I used to watch it every year on December 15th with one of my older sisters.  When she moved out last year, I watched it instead with a good friend.  Sadly we weren't able to do it this year because NETFLIX TOOK IT DOWN!!!!  I am still wailing over that!

Where in the world would you like to spend Christmas the most?
  In a farmhouse in the Vermont hills, or in Ireland. 

Which fictional/literary character would you like to spend Christmas with the most?
   I think Christmas on the Flying U Ranch or with the 12 Princesses of Ituria would be a lot of fun.

What is your favorite Christmas song?
  Traditional carol?  O Holy NightContemporary song?  This Is Christmas, Christmas Secrets, Winter Wonderland and Baby Please Come Home.  My favorite versions of the last two named songs are from above mentioned Favorite Christmas Movie but since I can't find them any where now, I linked to my second favorite versions.

What is you Favorite Christmas Book/Story (besides, ya know, THE story)?
  Oh! that's a tough one.  Probably Grace Livingston Hill's The Substitute Guest.  Or her Astra.

Which do you prefer: multicolored lights or white lights?
   White lights.

What time period/decade would you most like to spend Christmas in?
  It's a hard race between the Regency period, Victorian era and the 1930's.

Which period drama has the best Christmas scene/episode?
  Of all the ones I have watched, Emma 2009 with Romola Garai.

May your day be full of Love and Peace this Christmas Day.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Hello Everyone!

  Hey guys!  I know it has been a while since I last posted.  Life has been a bit crazy.  Okay, life is always crazy, but crazier then normal!  So here is a small update.

  I didn't finish NaNo.  I was sick the first week (I had around 4,000 words) and I wasn't able to write for a few days, then I had to help Mum prepare for a craft, and that set me back even further.  But NaNo at least gave me the motivation to write the story.  I now have close to 17,000 words done. 

  Over the last little while (being all of November and what has currently passed of December) I have re-watch The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, I've seen a few more episodes of Leverage, some Star Trek: The Original Series.  We like to watch something as a family on Thanksgiving Day and this year we watched the ST: TOS episode, The Trouble With Tribbles.  It is a lot of fun.  Melody and I also finished watching the kdrama Full House Take 2.  I loved the way that one ended!  And I've been watching Christmas music of course.  Melody doesn't like most Christmas chick-flicks, but I made her sit down and watch White Christmas with me.  Now she is going to make me watch a Bollywood movie that I don't find very interesting.  See, I told her that she had to watch White Christmas and then I would watch something of her choice that I didn't particularly like.  I've also watched a few episodes of a BBC kids series, Chuggington and Irish Netflix Original series, Puffin Rock with my little siblings.  Both are adorable shows.

  Christmas music of course!  Celtic Thunder, Celtic Woman, Oonagh, Steven Curtis Chapman, Kutless, Third Day, Blackmore's Night, Mandisa, Mark Schultz, Amy Grant, Downhere and a whole bunch more!!  Also, Melody has introduced the family to a Swedish power metal band called Sabaton.  I really like there music.  Their songs are about different battles (from the Scottish Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 to World War II battles).  The below songs are a few of my favorites.

  No Bullets Fly: The story of German pilot Franz Stigler who, instead of shooting down a crippled B-17, escorted it back to safe territory.  After the war, the B-17's pilot, Charlie Brown, got in touch with Stigler, and the two were close friends until their deaths in 2008.

  Night Witches: About the female Russian fighter pilots of World War II.  They were amazing.

  Scarfs, mitts afghans.  That sort of thing.

  And we have gotten quite a bit of snow....but it keeps melting!  Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, because then it is going slowly into the ground, but it is kinda disappointing when you want heaps of snow!!

Friday, December 2, 2016

A Haircut

  I have always had long hair.  Like really long.  And it is also very thick.  I've been wanting to cut it for a really long time and earlier this week, Mum finally said yes!  It's not super short now, but it is certainly shorter then it used to be!!  I'm loving it!!

This is the before picture.

And the after.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Movies I Watched In October 2016

Titles with nothing before them I watched for the first time.

Titles with ** before them are re-watches.

Titles with # before them I watched with my little siblings.

The K2 ~ 2016 ~ 12 eps

This is a good drama.  Plus it's Ji Chang Wook.  He's the best!!

Healer ~ 2011 ~ skippy

(skippy) In other words, I was re-watching it, but only wanted to watch certain parts so I skipped around.

Full House Take 2 ~ 2012 ~ 6 eps

Why won't they just talk?!?!?!?!

Martin Clunes: Heavy Horsepower

A documentary that was a lot of fun. 

Boys Over Flowers ~ 2009 ~ 1 ep

Mum and I are slowly working on finishing this drama.  I love Yi Jung!

Books I Read In October 2016

Titles that have nothing before them are books that I read for the first time.

Titles with this ** before them, are books that I re-read.

 Titles with # before them, are books that I read out loud to my little siblings.

Titles in ( ), are books borrowed from the Library.

  I know.  I'm posting about the books I read in October on the last day of November, but at least I'm actually posting it!  By the way, is anyone else annoyed/irritated with the new Blogger Dashboard?  I.  Can't.  Stand.  It.

Pride's Challenge by Joanna Campbell
Book of A Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
Eye of the Oracle by Brian Davis
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
Boy Allies at Li├Ęge by Clair W. Hayes
Boy Allies on the Firing Line by Clair W. Hayes
Lady Dragon, Tela Du by Kendra E. Ardnek
The Great Roxhythe by Georgette Heyer
** Conagher by Louis L'Amour
# ** The Princess Test by Gail Carson Levine
** Killoe by Louis L'Amour
Boy Allies with the Cossacks by Clair W. Hayes
Resistance by Jaye L. Knight

Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday Book Sale


Like most other bookworms, great books make their way onto my "things I'm thankful for" list every year. It's hard to choose favorites, but I went ahead and picked five books I read in 2016 (but most of them are re-reads) and am thankful for.
  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins  ~  It made me extremely thankful that I do not have to go through what the characters do.  It's a very good book to read on Thanksgiving day!
  2. These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer  ~  Because it is an excellent portrayal of how people can change.
  3. The Wheat Princess by Jean Webster  ~  Mostly the same reason as These Old Shades.  And something else that I can't quite put into words.  (Plus it's set in Italy so.... :))
  4. Chip, of the Flying U by B.M. Bower  ~  Because it can always make me laugh when I am feeling down.
  5. Dear Enemy by Jean Webster  ~  The same reason as Chip, of the Flying U.  Also because it is another very good portrayal of how people can change..
I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to another great year of reading!

Speaking of more reading, here's one more thing to be grateful for. Books on sale! In honor of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a group of independent Christian authors banded together to offer over seventy discounted books on Nov 25-28. There's literally something for everyone. Every single book listed on Indie Christian Books is on sale in one or more ways. Find discounted paperbacks, dozens of books offered with free shipping, $0.99 ebooks, package deals and more. Even if you have a budget of $0, new reading material awaits you. Don't know what to pick? The fearless Indie Christian Books team created a quiz that will generate a book list perfect for you! Check it out!

What awesome reads of 2016 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2017?
A note on the Ebooks Only page. All books are listed as "Sold Out." This only refers to paperback copies of these titles. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks. Also, some of the authors this year chose to not sell their paperbacks directly through the site. Those books are also marked "Sold Out" but if you click them open, you'll find a link to the site where they are on sale and a discount code for you to use at check out.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good and Kendra E. Ardnek for their work organizing this sale, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.

Monday, November 14, 2016

It Has Arrived...

  A day that I have been waiting for for close to a year, has finally arrived!!!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Fall-Tastic Favorites Tag

  Morgan LuaAnn over at The Day the Lord has Made, tagged me for:

1. Favorite Fall Holiday:  Thanksgiving!!  All  the yummy food and family (not yummy family).

2. Favorite Fall Dessert Ingredient: Carmel, Pumpkin or Pecan?  Ooooo!!  That's a really tough one!  Individually nad mixed together, all three area amazing.  But I think of the three, Caramel is my favorite.

3. Favorite Fall Movie:  I don't really have one.

4. Favorite Fall Candle:  Apple scent.

5. Favorite Fall Drink:  Hot Cocoa or Spiced Apple Cider.

6. Favorite Item of Clothing for the Fall:  My fuzzy, pink sweater.

7. Favorite Fall Outing/Activity:  Walking through the gap that's about 7 miles away.

8. Favorite Candy:  Chocolate!

9. Favorite Fall Weather:  Sunny, but cool.

10. Favorite at Home Meal:  Sauerkraut with wieners, Rolls, Applesauce and Beets.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

I'm Crazy

  Guys, I am certifiably crazy.  I'm doing NaNo this year.  Yeah.  I know.  Really crazy.  I can hardly ever get past 3 chapters when I try to write a book.  And I have trouble with writing prompts that require 1,000 words.  And no, I'm not saying these things so that you all will tell how not crazy I am.  I'm showing you the kinds of things that I let my older sister Melody talk me into doing.

  Anyway on to the actual story.  I have a slight....okay, more then slight obsession with Vermont farmhouses.  I blame it on Grace Livingston Hill novels and White Christmas.  And I was swooning on and on about how I wanted an Old-Fashioned Christmas in a Vermont farmhouse.  So Melody says, "Well I can't give you an actual Christmas in a Vermont farmhouse, but you can give your imagination one.  Go write a story about it."  So I decided to stick our family (with some adjustments) into a Vermont farmhouse and give them an Old-Fashioned Christmas.  It is currently titled, Christmas In Vermont, very unoriginal, but I haven't thought of a better one.  Half the kids are married, the Triplets (I turned myself into triplets, 2 girls, 1 boy, and based one of the girls off of  my real life twin who is actually 3 years older then me and not related to me by blood), are home from Dublin for Christmas, and another sister is home from Korea for Christmas bringing a guy home with her.  Oh, and it's an Irish family.  So basically, it's just this big family having a wonderful Christmas and sharing the love, joy and faith that the Season always fosters in me.

  It is 11:05 on November 1st, and I wrote 3,753 words throughout the day while canning applesauce.  I am fairly proud of myself.  I am also very tired which is why this is probably the most rambling, ridiculous post I have ever written and I can't believe I am actually going to to hit publish.  But I wanted to post about it and nothing sensible is coming out of my brain right now.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Movies I Watched In September 2016

Titles with nothing before them I watched for the first time.

Titles with ** before them are re-watches.

Titles with # before them I watched with my little siblings.

Full House Take 2 ~ 2012 ~ 6 eps

This drama continues to be absolutely hilarious.  

Cantabile Tomorrow ~ 2014 ~ 4 eps

This was another amusing one.  And the music!!

Back To the Future ~ 1985

Wow!!!  This movie.  Wacky, but funny!!

E.T. the Extra Terrestrial ~ 1982

This one was so sweet!!  And little Drew Barrymore was adorable!!!

An Affair to Remember ~ 1957

I love old movies!!!  Even when they are a bit corny!  Mum and Mel didn't enjoy it very much.

The K2 ~ 2016 ~ 2 eps

 And the drama that we were waiting for!!  It is Ji Chang Wook's newest and we are watching it as it airs.  It started out a bit more thriller-y than I expected, so I didn't know if I would be able to watch it, but it leveled out and I'm loving it!

Monday, October 24, 2016


  Omo!!  I have over 10,000 pageviews!!!!

Interview: Kendra E. Ardnek

  Today I am interviewing Kendra as part of the Lady Dragon, Tela Du Book Release Tour.

  My questions will be in blue, Kendra's answers will be in purple.
  Welcome to The Flowering Vales Kendra!  If you don't mind, we will sit here on this grassy slope and enjoy this bit of sunshine while we talk.

  I love sunshine, so I don't mind a bit!

  Good!  And here is some lemonade if you become thirsty.
  Okay, now let's start the Questions!  You have said before, that Rizkaland was inspired by Narnia.  Is the Doorkeeper your version of 'The Wood between the Worlds'? 

  The Doorkeeper is complicated and no, not inspired by "The Wood Between the Worlds," but her power is distantly connected to the wood. She was actually inspired by my desire to insert my own pen-name - then Sandra Elizabeth Nedor - into the series as a recurring character. She got more and more complicated until I retired her, and then brought her back as Laura when I was watching Doctor Who and was intrigued by River Song's timeline.

So, more accurately, I'd say that the Doorkeeper is my version of the TARDIS.

  Intriguing!  I haven't actually watched Doctor Who, but I have heard a lot about River Song.  Is Fantasy your preferred genre to write?

  It is. I've been dabbling in sci-fi and superhero fiction, though.
  Who is your favorite character in the Rizkaland Legends? 
  Laura the Doorkeeper. She has a long, complicated story that I've only brushed the surface of, and is such fun to write. And brilliant for foreshadowing, I might add.
  Oh it definitely is that!  Do you know how many children Clara and Andrew will have in the real world?
  Yes and no. I'm afraid I can't give any details on that until book 6.
  I see!  Do WPFP characters and the LDTD characters ever meet in our world?
  That's much of the premise of book three. And, actually, Reuben and Andrew have already met, as Reuben's cousin is Andrew's best friend.
  Kevin, right? 
  Which leads to my next question.  Do Kevin and Rhoda go to Rizkaland together?
  That will be book 5!  Do look forward to that.
  Oh I definitely will!!  It will be interesting to see how soon after she reaches Rizkaland, Rhoda begins to figure out that the others have been there before.
  And her reactions to finding out the truth about her cousin and best friend...
  Yeah!  I wonder if she might be a little upset at first. 
  She might. Any more questions? 

  One more.  What are a few songs that symbolize Rizkaland for you?
  I actually have a YouTube playlist set up for the series: Rizkaland Inspiration .  Some of the specific ones are "Just Fall," "Write Your Story" and "Greater."
  I will have to check it out.  Well, thank you for joining me.  I am very much looking forward to reading Lady Dragon, Telu Du when it is completely finished.  Have a nice day, and God Bless.
 Thank you for having me! 

  You can purchase Lady Dragon, Tela Du on Kindle HERE and in paperback HERE.  Also the first book in the Rizkaland Legends, Water Princess, Fire Prince, is available HERE for free until the 23rd. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Character Interview: Laura


  Today I am interviewing Laura, or the Doorkeeper as some of you know her.  My questions will be in green and her answers are in black.

  Welcome to my blog Laura.  It is very exciting to meet you in person.  *motions to a white wrought-iron bench next to a lily studded pond*  Please have a seat.

  Ah, yes, I'm excited to be here. *sits down.* Ponds can be so pretty, you know.

  Very, especially when they are covered in water-lilies which are my favorite flower.  Now I have a few questions for you.  You have the amazing gift of being able to travel between worlds.  Have you ever been to Middle-earth? 

  I will confess that I have. I enjoy having picnics with Tom Bombadil and Goldberry. 

  Oh my goodness!  That sounds amazing!!  Middle-earth is my favorite world.  Most people consider it a fictional world, but it has never felt fictional to me!
  I'm sure that you have run across many interesting foods and drinks in all of your world traveling.  What are a few of your favorites?

  Ooh, let's see. I must admit that I'm rather fond of Pomella Cider from Rizkaland, and Earth's spaghetti. And Twintas, a sort of fruit from Aloetway. Luna has some divine Spiced Soup - like tomato soup, but a bit richer. Then there's pizza, nothing tops pizza - except maybe Filla Pudding in Wienta...

  Ooooo!!  The Spiced Soup sounds delicious!  Do they serve it with Grilled Cheese sandwiches?
And you're right.  Nothing tops Pizza.

  They don't really do cheese in Luna, unfortunately, though Amber did enjoy the combination once introduced to cheeses in Lintooalintae.

  Do you ever have trouble learning the languages of the different worlds, or do they come naturally to you because of your world traveling gift?

  That is a complicated question that I can't fully answer, but yes, most languages come naturally to me. I'll give some more details in book 3, though, so you can look forward to that!

  I will!  Do you have a favorite world?

  Earth, actually. It has such an interesting history, and some of my favorite people live here.

  Have you ever been to Ireland?  I have a bit of an obsession with that country.

  Once. It's kind of a funny story. You know their legends about leprechauns?
  I do!  I find them quite amusing and love reading them. 

  They're kinda ... my fault. Someday I'll get back to Ireland, round up those little people, and send them back to Quina where they belong ...

  Oh really?  Well, I am kind of glad that you let them loose.  They have provided lots of tales and enjoyment for many people!

  Aye, I suppose.

  Have you ever ridden in an airplane?

  And on one, but I do not recommend that.

  Well it is definitely something I won't try!  Do you enjoy watching movies?

  Depends on the movie and whether or not I know the real events behind the story. And how much time I have on my hands and how tired I am. Movies are great for when you're tired. They don't require much thinking, you see.

  That they don't!  I find them very relaxing too....well, I guess it actually depends on the movie!
Do you have a favorite book?

  I actually don't do much reading, but any copy of God's Word in any world is amazing.

  It is.  Though I have only read the copy that exists in this world and in the English language.  It is getting a bit late and I have to make supper for my family, but I do have one more question. 

  All right.

  If you hadn't been chosen as the Doorkeeper, what is a career that you would have chosen and which world would you have chosen to live in? 

  I really don't know. I know I probably would be on Earth, but I have no idea of my career. I probably would still be doing some form of travel, though.

  Maybe a traveling Wedding Planner? 

  Maybe. I don't know. I really don't. And since I am the Doorkeeper, I really don't have to worry about it.

  Exactly!  Well I really do need to go now, but it has been very, very exciting to have you here.  Please feel welcome to drop in whenever you want and as a parting present, here is a bag of my favorite homemade Apple Cider Doughnuts.

  Oh, they sound delicious. *opens the bag to sniff* and they smell delicious, too. I'll see what I can do. My timeline is so tangled, I can't say when or if I'll ever show up again - but you never know!

  Well, you are always welcome!  Thank you again for coming!

  You can learn more about Laura in Lady Dragon, Tela Du, which can be purchased on Kindle HERE, and in hardcopy HERE.  Also, Water Princess, Fire Prince, the prequel to Lady Dragon, Tela Du, is free on Kindle HERE until the 23rd.