Saturday, June 29, 2013

Winner & Forthcoming

Before I give you some hints on what to expect next week on Disenchanted & Co., let me announce the winner of Her Ladyship's Summer Reading giveaway, and that is:

Lisa954, who wrote I've heard a lot about the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger, so I'm starting at the beginning and working my way through. GOOD READING!!!

Definitely agree with that. Lisa, when you have a chance please send your full name and ship-to address to LynnViehl@aol.com so I can get your books and tote out to you. My thanks to everyone for joining in.

This Monday I'll have an interesting book store random-browsing story to tell you. Expect a tale of bold bargain hunting that led me to discover The Twelfth Enchantment by David Liss.

For the Wednesday World-building feature I will be answering a question one of you asked during our Q&A last month. Which problem will be solved? You'll have to drop in to find out.

I don't have my plans for Friday yet finalized (I'm waiting on something to arrive that I'm almost sure will get here by then) but whatever I post, I promise it will be fun.

Until then, have a great weekend.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Her Ladyship's Summer Reading

Now that Summer has officially arrived I'm not surprised to see Sarah Addison Allen's Garden Spells appear in Her Ladyship's Hat Box; it's really a magical book. English Tea & Cakes is pretty neat, too; it's a collection of over 100 classic British recipes perfectly suited for making your tea time more delicious. I think Her Ladyship wants to remind everyone to take more time for reading and having fun this summer (and to help out with that, I found a lovely reusable bag from Barnes & Noble to use as a book tote.)

If you'd like a chance to win it all, in comments to this post tell us what you're reading this summer by midnight EST tonight, June 28th, 2013. I'll draw one name at random from everyone who participates, and send the winner the tote and the books. This giveaway is open to everyone on the planet, so please join in.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Print from the Past

Using old documents, periodicals and even packaging from a particular era in recent history can provide you with a wealth of world-building materials. I say recent because any era that predates the printing press was recorded by hand in forms that are much more difficult to find and far too expensive too collect, although you can smetimes find some modern transcriptions of these ancient documents, scrolls, clay tablet and so forth online or in nonfiction books written about that particular era.

Over the years I've been building a small, modest collection of Victorian era books, newspapers, magazines and other printed matter. None of what I own is in mint condition or worth more than a few bucks; I've been more interested in content. One page from a 1870 newspaper provides an instant snapshot of life in that time, especially as to what people wanted to read, buy, and communicate to each other. Advertising was still as deceptive as it is today (just not as clever about it) and medicine, which was still in its infancy, was rife with as many quacks as visionaries. Businesses wanted to make money, consumers wanted to be attractive, healthy and successful, and everyone wanted interesting content.

Advertising and packaging from historic eras may not seem as reliable as a court document or legal notice, but you can pick up some good ideas from these as well. Here are a couple of ad placards for a carpenter and builder:



Mr. Letteney, whose business was established in 1884, was probably a successful carpenter and builder; for one thing he could afford to advertise with lovely color illustrations of country life on his placards. He also had not one but two telephones, which makes me suspect he might be a son or grandson of the business's founder; my best guess is he made up these ads sometime around the turn of the century. These are the sort of ads that would catch a woman's eye; the idyllic illustrations + the slogan of "all kinds of repairing promptly attended to" seem like choices made deliberately to appeal to the ladies (who were making a lot of the household decisions during WWI, when most of the men were off fighting). In particular these ads helped me think about how Torian advertising would be slanted, as men maintain complete control of the family's finances and make almost 100% of the household buying decisions.

I bought this original front page of the Decemeber 28th, 1889 edition of Illustrated London News for the lovely original print of Kate Greenaway's The Fairy Ring. When I removed it from its cardboard holder to frame it I discovered the back of the page is covered with short articles on politics, agriculture, language, art, and even a full report on Queen Victoria's court. Americans -- referred to as "our Transatlantic cousins" -- are ridiculed not once but twice, and women are likewise bashed for their apparent lack of respect for the hazards of fire and flammable clothing.

Probably the most valuable print resource I've found to date is an original edition of July 1st, 1821 issue of The Monthly Magazine, a 100-page English periodical that has no cover but is otherwise completely intact. This little magazine contains so much information and so many valuable resources I'm still learning new things every time I read it. Among the treasures printed in this publication are several detailed letters from an Englishman who emigrated to America, indepth commentary on conflicts with the Irish, observations on cultivating land, analyses on Middle Eastern culture, the French revolution and Italian literature, the sad state of Northern Wales, a review of Lord Byron's latest poetry, how much it cost one parish to look after its poor and its prisoners, a biography of one of Prince George's lovers, an indepth description of the life and household of an eccentric lady, the account of two enormous spiders drinking the oil from lamps in churchs in Paris and Milan . . . and that's just thirty pages. There are listings of notable marriages and deaths from every county in England, commercial reports, meteorological reports, agricultural reports, medical reports, bankruptcy notices, articles on art and sculpture and chemistry and philosophy -- for such a little magazine it's like a treasure chest of data that never empties.

Let me share with you just one of the obituary notices, written about John Baker Holroyd, the first Earl of Sheffield:

"The Earl of Sheffield, who closed an active life at his house in Portland-place in his 86th year. His son Viscount Pevensey succeeds to the title and estates. Lord S. when Col. Holroyd, and M.P. for Coventry, resisted Lord G. Gordon's mob, in their attempt to force a passage into the House of Commons. The Colonel, with his drawn sword, placed himself in the doorway, and told Lord G. that if any offered to enter, he would run him (Lord G.) through the body. This had the desired effect."

Here's also notice for a Yorkshire woman who got married, but then . . .

Married] "At Ripley, Mr. J. Houseman, of Clint, to Miss M. Mills. The bride soon after was seized with apoplexy, and after lingering some hours, closed her earthly pilgrimage."

It seems like Miss Mills -- or rather, Mrs. Houseman -- was the ultimate runaway bride. I don't think I've ever read a marriage notice that ended with an obituary, either.

When you hunt for historic material, consider first what you really need for your story. Are you interested in gathering authentic names? Any census material is pure gold, as are obituaries, marriage notices, military or criminal records. Many families would keep records in the household Bible, which are sometimes donated to and preserved by local churches. Does your story need news items from the era? Newspapers are excellent sources, but so are magazines, letters, postcards and diaries (and personal/handwritten documents are regularly sold, sometimes in bulk, at online auction sites, especially letters.)

Online you can find sites on both sides of the pond that provide scanned copies of different documents from various eras, too. For example, the UK's National Archive web site has 1000 years of British government records, and Penn Libraries maintains an enormous virtual collection of historic American newspapers (and just this month our own National Archives launched the Founders Online web site in order to make the founding father's documents available to anyone who wants a look back at what Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and the other revolutionaries were up to.)

Monday, June 24, 2013

Victorian Shell Art

Shell art, also known as shell work, is likely one of the oldest decorative crafts in the world. Primitive peoples who lived near the oceans would collect sea shells and use them to decorate their homes, their clothing and themselves; in some cultures shells were used to adorn the dead before burial. Sailors were known to collect shells during their voyages, and came home with shell art so often it became known as "sailor's valentines." Some of them may have indulged in the craft to relieve the tedium of long voyages, but most of what they brought home was probably purchased during island stops. Islanders around the globe are masters of shell art, which they still use to create souvenirs for the tourist industry.

Shell art became hugely popular during the Victorian era, when it was fashionable to decorate picture frames, embellish boxes and vases, and create grottoes. Ladies would collect shells, dip the back side of them in hot wax and attach them in artful designs to whatever they were decorating. Her Majesty Queen Victoria was also very fond of shell art, which she often commissioned to make portraits and gifts for her favorites at court. A shell art portrait of King Dick, one of her favorite dogs, reportedly still hangs in Buckingham Palace.

Unfortunately the Victorian love of shell art was not always a good thing, as with the case of a magnificent, secret underground grotto made of over four million shells, which was discovered in Kent in 1835. Victorians who toured the grotto kept it lit with gas lamps, which unhappily deposited a great deal of carbon that blackened the shells.

I grew up by the sea, and I've been collecting sea shells since I was a kid. Some collectors and artists harvest "live" shells (sea shells found in the water that are still being used by various mollusks and other sea creatures) but this hurts the sea's ecosystem. When you hunt for shells do take care to collect only "dead" shells, or what washes up on the beach, and only hunt in areas where shell collection is legal.

Today I'm going to show you how to make a traditional Victorian shell art picture, for which you'll need these materials:

small sea shells
beads, pearls, raffia or other craft materials suitable for your design
an old pair of tweezers
a large sheet of black construction paper
quick-bonding, clear-drying glue (tacky glue, jewelry or bead glue; I'm using Quick Grip permanent adhesive.)
a shadow box or deep picture frame
a base for your picture (this can be cardboard or any material sturdy enough to support your shells and sized to fit into the shadow box.)
background for your base (pretty fabric, painting, scrapbooking paper, wallpaper remnant or whatever you want to serve as the background for your art; should be of a size to completely cover your picture base.)

The first step is to sort and arrange your seashells on your sheet of black paper to work out the design of your art (and if you're not sure what to design you can find lots of interesting examples of shell art by doing an image search online.) The reason you use black paper is that it's easier to see the different colors of the shells and group them accordingly. My piece is a traditional "vase of flowers" design, so once I sorted my shells I experimented with different flower shapes and arrangements on my paper.

Once you've arranged your shells to your satisfaction on your practice paper, prepare your shadow box base by glueing or taping your background material to it. Let this dry before you do more work so it doesn't shift around or wrinkle.

Once your base and background are dry, begin building the shell art by gluing your shells, beads and other materials to your base. Use your old pair of tweezers to hold the materials while you apply the glue and transfer them to your background; this will help keep your fingers glue-free. As you see here I started with a single scallop shell (my "vase") and some dried, gold-painted wheat grasses I saved from an old floral arrangement (to serve as the "flower" stems.)

If you're not sure how something will look you can lay out the shells without glue on your background first to see how it works in your design. Also, if you're planning to work in a layered design, let the first layer of shells dry before you add more shells on top of them so they don't shift or get knocked askew.

Once you have all your shells and beads in place, let the piece dry completely. Before you place your base in your picture or shadow box give it a gentle shake or stand it upright to make sure everything is glued down securely.

Here's my finished shell art:



These make lovely gifts for family or friends, or a interesting memento of a beach vacation. This craft is also fun for older kids (sea shells are a choking hazard, so it's not suitable for the very young); just be sure to use child-safe glue and supervise the construction.

Related links:

Fine Shell Art Blog

Particia Davidson's Victorian Shell Art page and Myko Bocek's Antique Victorian Shell Art page on Pinterest

Shell Artists: Peggy Green, Bill Jordan and Blott Kerr-Wilson.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Forthcoming

Next week on Disenchanted & Co.:

On Monday I'll have a neat little Victorian craft project that requires no sewing skills whatsoever.

For world-building on Wednesday we'll take a look at historical documents and other types of texts as writing resources. This will include ways to draw on advertising, packaging, and periodicals. It will also include detailed looks at pages from two of the oldest magazines (1821 & 1889 respectively) in my personal document collection.

There's also something I heard rattling around Her Ladyship's Hat Box, so expect a giveaway on Friday.

Have a lovely weekend.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Accessory Gadgets

Before I open Her Ladyship's sketchbook I have some giveaway winners to announce (and I apologize for neglecting to post the winner from last week; I thought I had but it turns out I completely forgot.)

The winner of the Wednesday World-building Q&A giveaway surprise is:

bluebamboo

The correct solution to June's puzzle poem is "star", which everyone guessed, so I drew one name at random from everyone who participated, and the winner of the Jane Austen posh puzzle book is:

Anonymous, who wrote Star---LIV on June 17, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Winners, when you have a chance please send your full name and ship-to address to LynnViehl@aol.com so I can get your prizes out to you. My thanks to everyone for joining in.

I have two sketches to show you this week, and both are for accessory-type gadgets used by well-to-do Torian gentlemen and ladies when they're out and about. The first is a pair of goggles, which men wear while motoring about in their carri (a steam-driven horseless carriage):



I based this sketch on a real pair of antique driving glasses and then tinkered with the design to suit my universe's needs. Because gentlemen drive both day and night I decided to incorporate two types of lenses, with clear glass at the top and flip-up darker lens for day driving. The mesh eye cups further protect the eyes from any debris, as does nose guard, and the lens hoods can be pulled out to shield the lens from rain and snow. I considered adding some sort of mouth guard, too, but I think my guys can remember to keep their mouths shut while driving.

For the ladies I designed a keylace glove, which is a more genteel version of the simple length of key-holding ribbon or lace common women wear around their wrists:



Carrying the keys to one's home close at hand is something nearly all Torian women do whether they have servants or not, and this habit is more than a tradition. During the early years of settlement when the colonists and the natives were at war, Torian women were often left to defend the household while their men were forced to fight alongside the militia. Often the ability to get inside the home quickly and lock a door against an intruder meant the difference between life and death for a woman -- and during an attack on the settlement, the entire household.

A Torian lady may also have more than her own house key tucked away in her glove; when indulging in an illicit affair a married woman will meet her paramour at discreet, short-term lodgings which he procures as their love nest, where she will let herself in with the key he provides for her. I haven't quite decided where the lady hides her keys (possibly an inner pocket in the glove itself) so I'm going to collect some orphaned gloves from my vintage bits bag and see if I can turn the sketch into a real-world version. I'll be sure to post pics of the results if I can make it work, too.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

World-Building with The Jaunty Quills

Today I'm taking our world-building Wednesday feature on the road with a guest appearance at The Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills, where I'll be discussing the differences between vampire and non-vampire fiction. Stop by if you get a chance, enter the giveaway and you might win some Victorian goodies, one of my handmade pocket watch pendants, and a signed print galley copy of Her Ladyship's Curse.

Monday, June 17, 2013

June's Mystery



Riddle poems were quite popular during the Victorian era; they ranged from children's nursery rhyme puzzles to secret-message acrostics (Lewis Carroll famously spelled out Alice Pleasance Liddell's name in the acrostic poem at the end of Through the Looking Glass).

For the first monthly mystery here at Disenchanted & Co. I decided to compose my own riddle-poem (and don't worry, this one is easy):

Who is She?

I have a darling little friend
who wanders far away,
yet everyone still sees her --
except during the day.

As heavenly as she is
she has no halo, harp or wings,
she lends her name to actors
and her shape to many things.

She's not the sun or moon
but she's often called quite bright.
You'll know her by four letters or
when you make a wish at night.

Read the poem, and in comments to this post tell me who you think she is by midnight EST on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013. I'll draw one name at random from everyone who gives the correct answer, and send the winner The Puzzle Society's Pocket Posh Jane Austen, a pocket-size book of 100 puzzles and quizzes themed on Jane Austen's books. This contest is open to everyone on the planet, so please join in.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Forthcoming

Next week on Disenchanted & Co.:

We'll kick off the new monthly puzzle feature with a Monday Morning Mystery for one of you to solve and win a neat prize.

I'm taking the Wednesday world-building feature on the road with a guest post elsewhere, with a giveaway that includes all you see here.

We'll wrap up the week on Friday with another peek inside Her Ladyship's Sketchbook, this time in the gadgetry section.

Hope to see you all here for the fun, and have a great weekend

Friday, June 14, 2013

Excerpt from His Lordship Possessed

The first excerpt from His Lordship Possessed, Disenchanted & Co. Part II, is now available to read in the Extras section of the sidebar -- or just click here.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

World-Building Wednesday: Q&A

Now that I've devoted Wednesdays exclusively to world-building I can hardly wait to write the posts. Building new worlds is the most fun this writer has ever had (well, with my clothes still on) and there are so many different aspects of it in fiction you can never really run out of topics related to it to discuss.

While I can natter on incessantly on the topic of world-building, the whole point of creating of this new weekly feature is to focus on what would be interesting or helpful to all of you. For that reason I'd like to gather some requests on specific world-building topics you'd like to discuss in the future here at Disenchanted & Co. So if you have any suggestions, please let me know in comments -- and as an extra incentive, on Friday morning* I will draw one name at random from everyone who leaves a suggestion and send the winner a surprise (and no, I won't tell you what it is, but my surprises are good ones.) This giveaway is open to everyone on the planet, so please join in.

*To qualify for the surprise giveaway, please leave a world-building suggestion no later than midnight EST on Thursday, June 13th, 2013.

Related Links: I gave a two-day world-building workshop on my writing blog a few years ago, and the companion e-book, It Only Took God Six Days, can be read online or downloaded for free from Google Docs here.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Let Them Eat Icing

My mom always baked our birthday and special event cakes from scratch. She has one cake she makes called Starlight that is so good it gets eaten in one day. She baked her own cakes probably to save money, as it was cheaper than buying one from the bakery, but my mom is a fabulous baker, and we never complained.

I learned to bake cakes from scratch when I was in elementary school, and I still prefer them because a) they bring back memories of Mom's wonderful cakes and b) while boxed cake mixes are convenient, after a lifetime of having homemade they taste funny to me. I've also been gradually working up to creating my own recipes, although I still rely heavily on cookbooks for the basics and build on those.

Now we come to the reason why I created my tea cake. I have a daughter who is the only child I know in existence who hates icing. Doesn't matter what kind or flavor, she won't eat it (and whenever I make cupcakes I always leave a half-dozen plain just for her.) We mainly opted out for ice cream cakes for her birthdays or special events, but I always wanted to come up with a cake icing she would like. When I had to give up sugar last year this added an extra incentive because now I can't eat icing anymore.

I got the general idea for this cake from a tea room excursion, during which we tried their variation on a Queen Victoria sponge cake: a two-layer angel-food type cake spread with some sort of fruit preserves (I think raspberry) in the center and sparingly topped with a bit of sprinkled powdered sugar. My daughter loved it, and I thought this might be an answer to our mutual dilemma.

I still wanted icing, however, because to me a cake looks naked without it. Then I thought of a dessert my daughter loves almost as much as plain cake: fresh strawberries and real whipped cream. I could ice the cake with whipped cream and serve it with fresh strawberries . . . and that's how I came up with this recipe, which everyone including Miss No-Icing loved.

Lynn's Strawberry and Cream Tea Cake

Cake Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1 cup milk
3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs

Heat your oven to 350F. Grease and flour two round 8" or 9-1/2" cake pans. Beat all the ingredients in a large mixing bown on low speed, scraping the sides of the bowl constantly, for 30 seconds. Beat on high speed, scraping the sides frequently, for 3 minutes. Divide batter equally between both pans. Bake 30-35 minutes until golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cake to cool completely before icing.

Filling Ingredients:

3-1/2 oz. (about a third of a 10 oz. jar) Smuckers Seedless Strawberry Simply Spreadable Fruit (or your favorite strawberry jam or preserves)

Invert one of the cooled cakes on a plate or cake stand. Cover the top of cake with filling. Place second cake on top.

Icing Ingredients:

1 pint heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup powdered sugar
fresh, thinly-sliced strawberries

Chill your mixing bowl in your freezer for about 5 minutes. Combine cream and powdered sugar in bowl and whip together at high speed until cream is at a spreadable texture (about 3-5 minutes.) Ice cake with whipped cream. Garnish with sliced strawberries (I serve mine in a separate bowl so everyone can add as much as they want.)

For some fun variations, try this recipe with some different fruits and preserves -- peaches, apricots, plums, blueberries or any fruit that goes with cream should work.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Forthcoming

Next week on Disenchanted & Co.:

Take another peek inside Her Ladyship's cookbook when I share the recipe (as well as the story behind) this lovely and light tea cake. For the new world-building Wednesday feature I thought we'd start off with a Q&A about what sort of related topics you'd like to discuss in future posts. To wrap up the week I'll be posting a new excerpt, this time from His Lordship Possessed, Part II of Disenchanted & Co.

Stop by if you have a chance, and until then have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

An Old Acquaintance

Reading Sterling by Dannika Dark brought back a lot of old writing memories for me. I think there's a stretch in every novelist's journey when you're so in love with the craft that you write unfiltered and straight from the heart. In my twenties I once took a month off from the day job to write a massive fantasy idea I had into a book, and every day was pure bliss. I had so much fun with that novel, and doing nothing but writing for four weeks gave me enormous insight into what it would be like to be a full-time writer and do this for a living.

I did send out quite a few queries and proposals for that novel, all of which were resoundingly rejected. No one even wanted to look at a partial, and that was a crushing disappointment. As there was no digital self-publishing in those days, and I had no money to self-publish the book in print through a vanity press, after a year I boxed up the manuscript, put it away and moved on. To this day no one but me has ever read that particular novel, and in fact only two copies of the manuscript still exist.

If I'd written that book today, I could have (and probably would have) self-published it. For this reason I'm also glad -- for once -- that I am an older writer who didn't have that option. As much as I still love that blissfully-written novel, and remember with pleasure the joy of writing it, now I can look back and honestly say it was not professional-level work. Because I had no editor, the manuscript remains riddled with spelling and grammar errors. There were also some basic flaws with the story, the characters and even the theme. I was so close to the work that I couldn't see any of them. Even if I had, at the time I didn't possess the skills or the experience to fix them properly. Publishing that book would have been wonderful, yes -- but in the end I believe readers would have eaten me alive for it.

I see the same kind of love for the work in Dannika Dark's novel, and unfortunately most of the same mistakes I made back when I wrote my beloved fantasy. I could get into detail, but when I thought about that I imagined how it would go if I could talk to my younger self about all the things that was wrong with mine. My younger self probably would have thought I was being patronizing, and that I didn't understand what she was trying to do and/or that I had some sort of nasty secret agenda. Nor is it appropriate for me to measure this writer by standards she has yet to achieve.

There is promise here, but without the many (and admittedly often ugly) aspects of the submission process that forces us to evolve as writers, I'm not sure what will come of it. Every writer's journey is different, and the direction she's taking is one I never pursued, so maybe she will be luckier than I was. She may not have to work another fourteen years to go through the evolution needed to bring her work up to professional quality.

I am glad I read this book because it reminded me of a very special time in my writing life; one I can never regret. Without that experience I would not be the writer I am today, and I hope the same is true someday for this author.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Time for Changes

Now that June has arrived I'll be making some changes around here, both to try some new things and to prepare for the August release of Her Ladyship's Curse. Here are the plans I have for Disenchanted & Co.:

Free for You: I'm adding a new feature spotlighting free content, e-books and other cool things I think will appeal to my visitors. If you're a regular at Paperback Writer you know I constantly hunt for freebies, and let's face it, free is nice.

Her Ladyship's Guests: I'll be inviting some other authors to visit Disenchanted & Co. for interviews and guest posts, with which I'll pair some giveaways of their books.

Monthly Mysteries: Ever fancy being a detective? Now you'll have your chance with a new mystery to be solved each month here at the blog, with a prize for the first visitor to come up with a solution to the puzzle.

Newsletter: I'm finalizing the details on Her Ladyship's Post, which will be the official Disenchanted & Co. monthly newsletter. You'll be able to sign up here at the blog and once a month get all the latest news, special offers, and insider info no one else will have.

Posts: I have a new blogging schedule to keep me on track and to provide more reliable content, so expect new posts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting on June 10th. On Saturdays I'll continue to do the Forthcoming posts because that's been fun and I have lots of events in the works that I don't want any of you to miss.

Writing Wednesdays: Everyone seems to enjoy the world-building and other writing-related posts here, so I'm going to dedicate Wednesdays to covering those topics.

Now I have a request for all of you: if you've enjoyed the blog and think I'm doing a good job with it, please let others know about it. As you can imagine launching a new series is a lot of work, and much depends on readers and their willingness to spread the word about a new venture like this. I know from past experience that readers provide absolutely the best advertising a writer can get -- but can't buy.

So if you like what I'm doing here, please talk about the blog and the books, invite your friends to stop in, link to the blog or the posts you enjoy, and otherwise let people know about Disenchanted & Co. You may think one mention of my blog or my series somewhere isn't a big deal, but actually it is. Every time that happens, what you do is open a gateway for other readers to discover me and my work -- and as help goes, that is priceless.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Winner & Forthcoming

The winner of Her Ladyship's Hat Box galley giveaway is:

Erin Z., who just finished reading Entice by Carrie Jones.

Erin, when you have a chance please send your full name and ship-to info to LynnViehl@aol.com so I can send your package out. My thanks to everyone for joining in.

Next week on Disenchanted & Co.:

As per my giveaway promise, I've bought and I'm reading Sterling by Dannika Dark, the book Sarah recommended in her entry. If you'd like to hear what I think of the book, stop in to read my review.



The August e-book release of Her Ladyship's Curse is rapidly approaching, and it's also time for me to make some changes to the blog. If you'd like to know what they are, stop in and see.

Have a great weekend, everyone.