The Five

 

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I know it’s been forever since I blogged, but I miss it and will try to blog regularly going forth. I’ve got a lot going on in my personal life and have had to sideline a lot of stuff, but I miss writing so I will do as much as I can.

I have been reading a lot. I just got back from vacation and I read this book. The Five is about the five victims of Jack the Ripper. I’ve long been a fan of true crime, and used to listen to a lot of true-crime podcasts. With my growing consciousness as a radical feminist I’ve been examining my interests in this genre.

Almost all the victims are women killed by men, and most of the true crime podcasters are men. I have a major problem contributing financially to men profiting from the murder of women by other men.

The infamous ‘Ripper Tour’ has long been on my bucket list should I ever find myself in London–unlikely, but you never know. This tour has become controversial of late as being the glorification of male violence. An opposing tour has started, highlighting the victims which is what led me to this book.

The Five is an indepth look at the lives of the Ripper victims. It’s shockingly indepth given that these women were purportedly prostitutes, born 150 years ago the author was able to find an astonishing amount of information about them. The most amazing fact she discovered is that of the five, only two had records of being prostitutes. The other three were assumed to be streetwalkers because they were out-of-doors at a late hour. Never mind, that it was common for poor people who didn’t have the price of a bed to ‘sleep rough.’ The author further speculates that it’s possible that the Ripper attacked his victims while they were lying on the ground, sleeping.

And that’s another aspect of the story that’s so very striking. The issues that led to these women being available to killer are very common to anyone with even a passing interest in social services today. The speed at which a woman could go from being a respectable working class wife and mother, to a homeless alcoholic sleeping on the ground is breathtaking. Having worked in social services, this is remarkably familiar. And that’s a damned shame.

Christmas is Here!

 

 

And it’s hotter than July!

This is a favorite scene:

“You’re welcome. Scrapper’s not really a bad guy,” she interrupted hurriedly to defend her brother. “He just gets carried away, that’s all.”

“Carried away?! You call kidnapping me and tying me up simply getting CARRIED AWAY?”

“If he didn’t tie you up, what would have been the point of going to the trouble of kidnapping you?” she queried reasonably.

Saul put an arresting hand on her arm. Stopped walking. Stared at her.

She shrugged. “I’m just saying. You said being tied up as if it has the equal weight of being kidnapped when it’s such a given part of the process that it’s not even worth mentioning really.”

“Libra. Stop. Don’t even.” Saul wanted to scream, but made himself say calmly, “I can’t believe you’re trying to apply logic to even this fucked up, irrational situation.”

She grimaced. “Sorry. Habit.” Genuine concern was back in her gaze as she said, “I know your head must be hurting and it’s dark and late. As you’ve never been here before, I’m sure you’ll have a hard time finding your way home, so I’ll drive you.” Her soft alluring voice was the stuff of a thousand wet dreams and the number one reason he had no business accepting a ride or anything else from her.

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Christmas is Coming!

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All I Want for Christmas, the fourth book in the Christmas at the Meadowlark series, will be released tomorrow July 22, 2018. And don’t forget, today’s the last day to get the third book, A Lot Like Christmas for .99¢.

Sometimes the best family is the one you make for yourself.

Libra wanted Saul from the moment they first met and he didn’t hesitate to let her know the feeling was mutual. After a shocking discovery, scars from her tragic past compelled her to push him away. Then came the Christmas she would never forget—the night he announced his engagement…to her sister. The wedding is fast approaching and torn between guilt and regret Libra is determined to keep her secrets and support her sister.

Confused and hurt by Libra’s rejection Saul decided to finally yield to family pressure and get married. It didn’t hurt that his fiancée’s ambitions meshed perfectly with his own. Though his intended bride is an excellent business partner, sweet Libra still has his heart.

When the wedding day finally arrives both are caught up in a whirlwind not of their making and in the end the question remains; which sister will be his bride?

 

 

 

Revolutions

I have a crazy long commute so I listen to a lot of podcasts. My current fave is called Revolutions. So far he’s gone from the English Civil War to the American Revolution to the French Revolution and then the Haitian Revolution. Being a history geek I already knew a little bit about these but not nearly enough. The Haitian Revolution has been particularly interesting. I love the way he called them The Avengers of the Western Hemisphere. And the crucial relationship between that revolution and the South American Revolution which I’m listening to now is fascinating.

As you know I frequently use current or historical events as backdrops for my stories. I can guarantee I will have some stories from these if not a whole series.

Macarons

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Other than creme brûlée macarons are my favorite dessert. Try as I might, I’ve only managed to make the finicky little cookies a handful of times. Maybe that’s why…oh yeah, Lisa said no spoilers. You’ll just have to wait until the 22nd to see what happens to them. Don’t miss, All I Want for Christmas, July 22nd.

I can say that Libra is my second heroine to own a bakery. I am a passionate baker and I tend to have characters involved in things I have an interest in. Oddly enough, though, I haven’t had a character who is a quilter. At least not yet.