Monthly Archives: March 2009

The 1st Ladies’ Detective Agency

I watched this movie on HBOC last night, with Jill Scott in the lead role, and I loved it! For those who don’t know, this is based on the first book in a series about Mma Precious Ramotswe, a Botswanan woman who has opened a detective agency, the very first run by a woman, and thus The 1st Ladies’ Detective Agency. This movie will be followed by a series, each episode one hour in length.

You will experience no shoot ’em ups, nor disgraceful murders, nor fast-paced action. Like the books, the movie is a gentle and wise look at the life of a Botswanan woman who happens to be a detective, because she believes women have  a way of understanding people.

Jill Scott in the title role is wonderful, but Anika Noni Rose as Mma Makutsi is marvelous, too! (Remember Anika from Dreamgirls?)  Sharp and defensive, she is still the kind of woman you’d want as a friend.

It doesn’t hurt that the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful.

See what I mean?

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Getting your Words Worth

No, this post is not about the poet, William Wordsworth.

As I wrote Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark, I became fascinated by how many words were either much more modern than I had suspected, or which modern-sounding words have old origins. So I decided I would document my word searches, and talk about the origins of the words that I either found I could use, or was forced to discard.

For instance… would you, in a historical novel that takes place in 1786, use the phrase ‘tongue tied’? I had severe doubts about this, and not because it is a cliche. I suppose it could be damned as that, but I was curious, how old is the phrase?

This is what I found out: Shakespeare used it in Sonnet LXXXV

It must have been current to him, and likely older, so I used it! Hey, if it’s good enough for Willy, it’s good enough for me. No jokes, folks!

So here it is, in its proper usage:

Sonnet LXXXV

William Shakespeare

My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still,
While comments of your praise, richly compiled,
Reserve their character with golden quill
And precious phrase by all the Muses filed.
I think good thoughts whilst others write good words,
And like unletter’d clerk still cry ‘Amen’
To every hymn that able spirit affords
In polish’d form of well-refined pen.
Hearing you praised, I say ”Tis so, ’tis true,’
And to the most of praise add something more;
But that is in my thought, whose love to you,
Though words come hindmost, holds his rank before.
Then others for the breath of words respect,
Me for my dumb thoughts, speaking in effect.

I’ll have lots more to add to my Words Worth feature, so if you’re interested in words through time, stay tuned! I, too, ‘think good thoughts whilst others write good words’.

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I’m of two minds.

This is the strangest time for me… I am deep in the final rewrite of Lady Anne Book Three – The Gypsy Curse, and heavily into promotional necessities for Lady Anne Book One – Howl in the Dark.

I keep getting confused, because I am, of necessity, going back and forth, promo, guest blogs, answering email, etcetera.

Then delving back into gypsies, and Kent, and tying up loose ends.

Argh! I am writer, hear me whimper.

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Where I am…

Monday, I am guest blogging about Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark at Romance Junkies

http://www.romancejunkies.com/rjblog/

My topic is… Do You Believe in Magic?

Now you have that song stuck in your head, right? C’mon, you know you do!

If you don’t, here you go!

No need to thank me!!

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A NEW fun place for BookBloggers!!

This is one cool place… a social network devoted to readers, writers, publishing industry types, and those who blog about books!

Come up and see me sometime!!

http://bookblogs.ning.com/profile/DonnaLeaSimpson

This is one cool place… finally a book group that allows you to personalize the page!

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Blogging at Casablanca blog!

Check me out at the Casablanca Blog, as I talk about Lady Anne Addison, from my new Lady Anne series!

http://casablancaauthors.blogspot.com/

Check out a neat mention at All About Romance’s blog today, too!

http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/

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Casablanca Authors Recipe Party

Come, have fun at the Casablanca Recipe Party and enter to win books at Barbara Vey’s Publisher’s Weekly Party. Links below!!

First, come to the Casablanca Blog to see what I brought to the party!

http://casablancaauthors.blogspot.com/

Then move on to the main event, Barbara Vey’s celebration and win books!!!

http://www.publishersweekly.com/blog/880000288/post/1980041998.html

Win books… lots of lovely romance novels!!

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