Lou
Under a prickly, cynical surface Lou Harper is an incorrigible romantic. Her love affair with the written word started at a tender age. There was never a time when stories weren't romping around in her head. She is currently embroiled in a ruinous romance with adjectives. In her free time Lou stalks deviant words and feral narratives.

Lou's favorite animal is the hedgehog. She likes nature, books, movies, photography, and good food. She has a temper and mood swings.

Lou has misspent most of her life in parts of Europe and the US, but is now firmly settled in Los Angeles and worships the sun. However, she thinks the ocean smells funny. Lou is a loner, a misfit, and a happy drunk.

The Romance Reviews

Wednesday Word: Anthropophagy
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anthropophagy |ˌanθrəˈpäfəjē|nounthe eating of human flesh by human beings.

DERIVATIVES
anthropophagous |-gəs| adjective

ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Greek anthrōpophagia, from anthrōpophagos (see anthropophagi ).


I had no clue there was a word--in English at least--specifically for human-on-human cannibalism. I think I found this word on Pinterest when I stumbled over the Psoglav, a demonic figure of Slavic lore. However, I don't believe a demon eating is true anthropophagy, even if said demon has a more or less human body.


Wednesday Word: Apotropaic
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apotropaic |ˌapətrəˈpā-ik|adjectivesupposedly having the power to avert evil influences or bad luck : apotropaic statues.

DERIVATIVES
apotropaically |-ik(ə)lē| adverb

ORIGIN late 19th cent.: from Greek apotropaios‘averting evil,’ from apotrepein ‘turn away or from’+ -ic .


I can't remember where I picked up this word, but I've been reading lots of urban fantasy lately.


Vintage Monday: Three Gentlemen in Tophats
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I'm too groggy this morning to say anything witty, or even try. So, enjoy the gents and their tophats.


Vintage Monday: Same Old, Same Old
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I found this on Pinterest, and the best I can figure it must have been the poster for some propaganda movie about the evils of female sexuality. The kind that titillates and admonishes at once. Because, you know, a woman in charge of her own body and desires is the first sign of the end of civilization. After all, a woman should allow a penis penetrate the sanctity of her body only with disgust and within the confines of marriage.


Considering current conservative rhetorics and the the political disputes over whether birth control should be covered by health insurance, very little changes in the last half a century or so.


Wednesday Word: Salmagundi
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salmagundi |ˌsalməˈgəndē|noun ( pl. -dis )a dish of chopped meat, anchovies, eggs, onions, andseasoning.a general mixture; a miscellaneous collection.

ORIGIN from French salmigondis, of unknownorigin.


Just another word for mishmash.



Vintage Monday: Do you remember these?
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I do. And I just recently realized what a relic it makes me.


Public libraries are one of the best inventions. Anyone who's against them should be shot. Out of a cannon and into a field of cacti.


Since the protagonists of my next Secrets book (fourth in the collection) will be a couple of bartenders, naturally I set out on research mission of everything mixology. My inquiries led to me to The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks by David A. Embury, a book that has been out of print for decades and copies of it sell for more than a pretty penny. Fortunately, the LA County Public Library system has several copies.



As I opened it I saw the familiar pocket, but there was no card in it, so I put my receipt there. At least, it's still a print book. Most days I mostly consume ebooks and audiobooks, both of which the Library has plenty. I love libraries.


Wednesday Word: Avuncular
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avuncular |əˈvə ng kyələr|adjective1 of or relating to an uncle.kind and friendly toward a younger or less experienced person : an avuncular manner.2 Anthropology of or relating to the relationship between men and their siblings' children.

ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: from Latin avunculus‘maternal uncle,’ diminutive of avus grandfather.’


I would've never guessed this one.


Status Update – The Hot And Sticky Edition
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I've been melting—it's been too effing hot in SoCal lately.  It's kinda hard to think when your brain is trying to turn into jello.

On the bright side, I managed to finish the first draft of Secrets and Bow Ties, the third book in the Secrets collection. The first one was Secrets and Ink and came out last December. The second one is Secrets and Charms and is slated for this December.

The one-year gap between book one and two is pretty big, but since Bow Ties is not a sequel but a spin off, I hope it doesn't matter too much. Bow Ties is supposed to come out in May 2015, and the fourth book, Secrets and High Spirits in October 2015, so those three will be pretty close together—assuming everything goes according to plans.

It is often said that in a series the sales go down by every sequel. I wonder if this still applies if the stories are not actual sequels. Every Secrets book is a standalone, can be read in any order. Characters wander from one the other, but the protagonists of one story are bit players of the other.

Supporting characters from other books make appearances too. Bran's mother, Layla, (Dead Man books) plays a small role in Charms, and will probably return in High Spirits. Struggling actress, Sandy Baker first had a role in Hanging Loose, and was mentioned in Spirit Sanguine. In Charms she has a very big supporting role.

Before jumping on High Spirits, I plan to write another novella featuring Jon and Leander from Dead In L.A. and Dead In The Desert. I also have plans for another paranormal book or series, in the vein of the Dead Man books, but with different characters and set in LA. Hopefully my brain won't melt before I get to it.

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Vintage Monday: Officer of the Royal Air Force
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It Monday morning, the temperatures here in LA are already getting too high, and I haven't finished my coffee yet. My vocabulary is still booting up. So I give you something lovely to look at.


Wednesday Word: Cryptid
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Following the paw prints of Monday's Wolpertinger, I give you the phooka. What these creatures have common is that they are bot cryptids.

"In cryptozoology and sometimes in cryptobotany, a cryptid (from the Greek κρύπτω, krypto, meaning "hide") is a creature or plant whose existence has been suggested but has not been discovered or documented by the scientific community. Cryptids often appear in folklore and mythology, leading to stories and unfounded belief about their existence. Well-known examples include the Yeti in the Himalayas, the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland, Bigfoot in North America and the Chupacabra in Latin America." (Wikipedia)

"The púca (Irish for spirit/ghost), pooka, phouka, phooka, phooca, puca or púka, is primarily a creature of Irish folklore.[1] Considered to be bringers both of good and bad fortune, they could either help or hinder rural and marine communities. The creatures were said to be shape changers which could take the appearance of black horses, goats and rabbits." (Wikipedia)


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