ELIZABETH BENNET: SHAPECHANGER week – 2

Two weeks till my latest book goes online. Here’s a map of an important location in the book as well as in Pride and Prejudice.

Eliza sees her friend Charlotte (formerly Lucas) Collins when Sir Lucas and his younger daughter Maria visit her. She and her husband live in a Hunsford parsonage given to him by Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

There she meets Darcy and he proposes to her with disastrous results, as she has just learned that he was instrumental in keeping Bingley from her sister Jane.

Rosings Park may have been near Westerham in south-east Kent, 20 miles south of the Gardiner’s home. At night shapechanger Eliza, clothed only in camouflage-patterned skin, might have prowled through the city. But she had no interest in eavesdropping. Her target was any body of water in which she could frolic and eat water vegetation and little fish.

To see a separate page with a larger map click HERE. Once there you can zoom in and out on the map, click on individual items to get more info, use Street View to virtually cruise the locations, and see photographs of the places if they’ve put them on the web.

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ELIZABETH BENNET: SHAPECHANGER week – 3

Three weeks till my latest book goes online. Here’s a map of an important location in the book as well as in Pride and Prejudice.

After Bingley departs Netherfield for London, apparently just for a day, his sisters and Darcy leave too. It then seems he will not return. To console Jane Mrs. Bennet’s brother and his wife offer to guest her for a few months in London. She readily agrees. Sometimes later Elizabeth joins them.

That’s when Eliza learns that Mr. Gardiner is quite wealthy and lives in an upscale and elegant residence near Cheapside, an area the Bingley sisters derided. Not at all tawdry, it is the financial center of the Empire and very upscale. The Bingley sisters are revealed as ignorant wannabes to elegance.

To the west a couple of miles away is the theatre district where the Gardiners and the two elder Bennet sisters watch a play. It is also where Eliza, shapechanged to appear an old woman, goes to enjoy the amusements where theatre patrons go after performances let out. It is unsafe for a woman alone–unless she is a being who can tear the arms off attackers and turn criminal gangs into funeral pyres.

To see a separate page with a larger map click HERE. Once there you can zoom in and out on the map, click on individual items to get more info, use Street View to virtually cruise the locations, and see photographs of the places if they’ve put them on the web.

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ELIZABETH BENNET: SHAPECHANGER week – 4

I will release my retelling of Pride and Prejudice the first day of February – which I call Valentine’s MONTH!

To begin the weekly countdown I present my map of the locale where Eliza grew up and became an immortal shapechanger.

Eliza’s home is Bennet Manor, a farm in the tiny village of Longbourn somewhere in Hertfordshire county, about 24 miles north of downtown London where her uncle and aunt by law live in considerable style. On that site today is the beautiful Harpenden Golf Club which hosts events in its club house.

Meryton, the “big city” (to the Bennet girls) is a half hour’s easy walk to the north. Professor of Criminology and Sociology Kenneth Smith in an essay thinks it might be Harpenden. Meryton had a town hall (as does Harpenden) where the Bennet girls meet the Netherfield company at a ball.

Netherfield where Darcy’s friend Charles Bingley rents and lives is an easy walk to the north and east. There are several places where it could have been. My favorite spot is Aldwickbury Park where there’s a golf place with a large dining and party venue.

To see a separate page with a larger map click HERE. Once there you can zoom in and out on the map, click on individual items to get more info, use Street View to virtually cruise the locations, and see photographs of the places if they’ve put them on the web.

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ELIZABETH BENNET: SHAPECHANGER completed

I just finished a book called Elizabeth Bennet: Shapechanger. It tries to answer the question: If Elizabeth Bennet had become an immortal shapechanger before meeting Fitzwilliam Darcy, how would the events of Pride and Prejudice be different, how the same?

All that is left to do is go through it and polish it, then convert it to ebook and print book formats and put them online. I expect to do this by the first of February, which I think of a Valentine’s MONTH! Here is the book cover.

Click on the image to see a larger version.

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

ILIZA SHLESINGER hilarious comedy specials

I recently came across a genius comedienne, smart, creative, and most of all HILARIOUSLY funny. She is Iliza Shlesinger.

She has been working steadily since 2007. She is best known for five comedy specials. Here they are, from earliest to latest. I eagerly look forward to what she does next.

Click image to preview & add to your Watchlist/MyList.
The first two are on Amazon Video, the next three are on Netflix.

     

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THE THRICE-DEAD GIRL corrected edition available

Someone pointed out that one chapter of this ebook was incorrectly formatted. To get the corrected version: (1) Delete the downloaded version (2) re-download the ebook. The new version should have a Table of Contents as well as the better chapter.

It may interest you to know that the background image is of a real place. I took the photo while spending some time in Llano, Texas, in the Hill Country some 70 miles to the west of Austin.

The barbecue place in Llano where a couple of important scenes take place is a real one in this universe as well as the alternate universe of the story.

Click the image to read the first few chapters & to buy the book.

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

GREAT BOOK – Rarity from the Hollow

I seldom recommend a book until I’ve read the ending. Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton is first ever. I’m three chapters in and I already feel this book deserves the Pulitzer and Booker and the HUGO all together.

I was captured by Eggleton’s story from the first page and am steadily reading through it. It’s NOT one of those books which are hard to put down. This is one of those books that are read slowly because when you’re done you will never, ever read it for the first time.

Here is the blurb for the book.

“Life in the Hollow is hard. But Lacy Dawn has one advantage – an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. He wants something in exchange. It’s up to her to save the Universe. Lacy doesn’t mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.”

Click image to read first few chapters and to buy the book.

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

FUN DANCING SCENES from Great Older Movies

Just for fun – a mashup of dancing scenes from movies set to the tune of Footloose.

Click on image to see the video.

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Michael Jackson inspired BILLY JEAN dancing

Whatever Michael Jackson did in his personal life, in his public life he gave joy to many millions of people all over the world. Here is a dance mashup of performances by both expert and amateur dancers to the tune “Billy Jean.”

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

DARTH VADER, storm troopers, more DANCING

Want to see Darth Vader & Storm Troopers dancing? (And some cute girls and guys?) Watch!

The tune is from an album by the UK band Status Quo. Video by videditor KM Music in Thessaloniki Greece. One of my favorite YouTube channels.

Posted in Announcement | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment