Archive for ‘Lauren Willig’

November 1, 2010

The Orchid Affair Review

Well i reread both The Betrayal of the Blood Lily and The Orchid Affair today

The Orchid Affair was a deeper novel of spies as we follow Laura Grey as an undercover spy/governess. It is more involved than the other books where the story is more about the relationships and someone working on their own as a spy. This book is about someone trained at the Selwick Spy School going on a mission, her first mission to be exact. I really enjoyed the fact that she reported to others and was living the spy life rather than the clumsy bumbling of Charlotte or Amy. Not to detract brilliance from them but this book was more intriguing in the spy aspect and well plotted. I enjoyed it thoroughly and the Eloise side of the story was good as it always is. Eloise is in Paris and has an obsession with marzipan pigs. Clever and witty with lots of laugh out loud moments and others where you’re reading as quickly as you can to find out what is happening next.

October 15, 2010

Interior Design Overload

I have started working for Blackledge Furniture and I love it. The training is very intense; it will be 6 weeks from the date of starting to the time when I can even think of being on the floor and selling. I am learning about the construction of furniture from the frames, cushions, springs, padding, mattress types, and woods and how to recognize them by sight, and fabrics. It is all very detailed and it’s nice to see that when I walk out on the floor to explore and use what I have learned that I see it and can understand it. I am still having a hard time distinguishing mahogany and cherry woods. I am getting along well with the other employees and have gone from lecture to now a self regulated study. We are still training with an online system and videos but we can choose what we do first.
The next big step will be learning details about the different furniture product lines and I thought it was going to be a horrible task but it is not bad at all. It is more about getting a good idea about what each vendor offers and how to find what you are looking for in catalogs and pricing them out. So far I have gone over Flexsteel, and started one book of Ashley upholstered furniture.
One thing I have learned is that most fabrics though pretty are super easy to damage and the ones that are not are either so rough or not attractive. The company offers a protection which coats the fabric in a protective layer without compromising the fabric and it helps repel stains and keep pet’s kids and life from snagging bits of thread. Thought that was a great idea.
I have also looked at all my furniture and so far I have a polyester twill Flexsteel couch and is a typical Lawson style. It has two basic recliners and wood accents that are not solid pieces and I want to say it is a dark stained oak. Anyways time to do something other than furniture for an hour.

I have been rereading
The Secret History of The Pink Carnation
The Country Gentleman
The Seduction of the Crimson Rose
The Deception of the Emerald Ring
Currently: Only to Deceive

Lots of good books coming soon!!

September 29, 2010

Pink Carnation Graphic Novel

From Lauren Willig, author of the Pink Carnation Series, with the combined efforts of Illustrator Joanne Renaud, we have a Pink Carnation Graphic Novel!!! We have been given permission to post their art on our own sites so for the enjoyment of everyone. Here are the first few images of the Pink Carnation Graphic Novel. We will also get a chance to win one here in a week or so. That would be so amazing.
My personal favorite part is when Miss Gwen gives Bonaparte a lecture on his bad manners when invading countries.

September 28, 2010

Interview #2

Well I interviewed with a furniture store the other day. I applied for a sales position that would be commission plus salary. I know the owners through my family connections and I think they would be wonderful people to work for. Anyways the first interview was an hour and a half and included some tests on communications and sales approach as well as some personality and written tests. A very thorough evaluation so as of Monday morning when I had not heard from them I figured I did not do well on something. I felt great when I left the interview except the tests. I was not sure how I would score on them. All turned out well I got an e-mail today inviting me back to a 2nd interview and hopefully this will be a good place for me. I have never even made it to round 2 before so it makes me nervous. I think I will be more disappointed if I do not get the job. I am just trying to think positive and relaxed because my communication skills I think are what my biggest asset is for that position. Anyways that was just an update on the job hunting front.
I did not get a prize in Lauren Willig’s Contest, hard to compete with graphic designers on top of not being all that artsy myself. . Hopefully I will get this job and then I can just buy the book. I can dream right…

September 16, 2010

More Tee Shirt Fun!

Here are my last three tee shirts. LOL I promise! I did design a tote though…

Update: The Orchid Affair has a new cover, our protests against mainstreaming it worked! The lovely new cover can be seen below as well as in my updated tee shirt. 🙂 Yea!!!

September 15, 2010

Tee Shirt Contest Fun

Lauren Willig is having another contest. This time we get to design tee shirts for her books. Though her book The Secret History Of The Pink Carnation is the main focus. Here are some of the fun ideas i have come up with.

August 5, 2010

Lauren Willig Cover Contest

I designed a few covers for the Lauren Willig Cover contest. Found on her site here.. Here I ask those who would like to, go and vote for their favorite covers. Note there may have been cheating and i am not asking you to vote for my covers just your favorites. It looks like someone is stacking votes which is really frustrating. I would suggest if you have not looked at her covers before go to books and glance them over so you can pick covers that would match the trends of the older books. The winner gets a copy of The Orchid Affair which is awesome. Lauren Willig has also posted other prizes going to be one big woopie! Happy voting

August 2, 2010

Lauren Willig’s The Orchid Affair

The loyal fan base of Lauren Willig’s Historical romance novels have a petition going. We are trying to petition Dutton to change the cover of The Orchid Affair. They have gone away from the tradition of the first 6 novels of historical art work featuring sophisticated women to that of the typical cover of the common trashy romance novel. Now as there is nothing wrong with those books it does seem unfair to classify Lauren Willig’s novels as such. Her books have far more class, history, mystery and in essence more substance than the historical porn out there. Those looking for such would pick up the current cover and be disappointed. I do not mind that the paperbacks can have this design. But please keep to the wonderful tradition of these covers. I would be embarrassed to own this book and will not buy it if the cover changes. I cannot imagine reading this book in public.

June 15, 2010

Looking Forward

So I haven’t written in a while, no it’s not because I got a job. Well sort of. I worked two temp jobs three weeks a piece. One job was with an engineering firm and another for a municipal court. The engineering firm was fantastic and I loved every second, they have a position opening which they might consider me for I have applied and hope to hear from them soon. (Crosses fingers and wishes deeply) they had a great office and community.

The court was interesting but not the work itself. I filed the whole time and processed parking and traffic tickets. I learned a ton and even got to sit in on a bench trial. It was super interesting. I have noted one thing though the city wants to higher those with less than a college degree that are going to be lifers. I would not qualify. But I got to ask the judge questions I had about parking tickets, speeding, and of course cell phone. I learned all the basic fines, and honestly people pay your parking tickets with in the first 10 days. After 20 it doubles so you got a 10 dollar meter ticket. In 20 days you owe 20. You get 45 for parking in a restricted area in 20 days it’s like 80. That’s where people get in to the most trouble is not paying on time.
Either way I have applications in with about 5-6 place looking at admin, hr assistant, sales assistant type positions I sure hope something comes along I am so sick of holding back on doing fun things because they cost money.
On a happy note my garden is going nuts, cucumber, zucchini, two varieties of beans, peas, and tomatoes are all sprouted and tomatoes are blooming! Hopefully this will save me some money and allow me to eat some good veggies this year!
Currently rereading Harry Potter by JK Rowling, so I doubt I really need to review those books but let me tell you this, if you have only seen the movies you are missing out. The books are rich in world mythology, as well as great themes and everyday emotions. I am currently on book 5 and it still amazes me how much the movies have to leave out and how much deeper and more fulfilling the books are than the movies. The movies you glance in at a world. In the books you become fully submerged and are involved. You get so angry you have to put it down, so sad you cry, and so happy you cannot stop smiling even after you put the book down.
Books I am looking forward to reading (all coming soon! Hence the rereading of the old standbys)
Dangerous to Know (Lady Emily Novel) – Tasha Alexander – October 26th
Mischief of the Mistletoe – Lauren Willig – October 28th
Seer of Sevenwaters – Juliet Marillier – December 7th
The Orchid Affair – Lauren Willig – January 20th

November 25, 2009

Secret History of the Pink Carnation – Lauren Willig

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig. This book I picked up on a whim. I was wondering through boarders and noticed the pretty cover. The girl on the front is in a pink satin dress holding a flower. I was curious and flipped over and scanned the back. To my surprise it was a historical romance with a bit of mystery. I bought it went home and spent the next 4 hours laughing. It was wonderful; the story is fun and light hearted with two story lines. One of a Harvard graduate student, Eloise, and her search and trials with her dissertation on Napoleonic era spies such as the Scarlet Pimpernel, and of course the most elusive Pink Carnation.  Eloise story is just as intriguing and constantly has you giggling at her random and slightly chaotic self.

The second story is that of Amy Balcourt and her deepest desire to join the Purple Gentian.  Along with her quiet but brilliant cousin Jane, and Miss Gwen who always is great for a laugh. Amy’s tenacious nature makes for a great character and torture for the man that adores her.

Cleverly written with that amazing laugh out loud quality that has co workers giving you odd glances when you are reading on your lunch break.  The best part Eloise story continues in Lauren Willig’s other novels. The other best part is your favorite characters never really disappear but are connected throughout the other novels.  Great for those who finish books and wonder what happened next. Fun read that mixes mystery, romance, and very entertaining characters.