From Northanger to Frankenstein Event

Come for Jane Austen book geekage.
The Fall meeting of the Jane Austen Society.

Gain a deeper understanding of Catherine Morland by looking at her horror fan side. Was she just a silly young miss innocent of the real dangers of the world, or did she enjoy horror literature on a more intimate level in a way that fans of horror media today can relate to? Author Emmy Z. Madrigal will give insight on this most misunderstood heroine.

Frankenstein and the Problem of Exile
Professor Omar F. Miranda of USF will talk us through what Mary Shelley’s readers might have thought 200 years ago, when Frankenstein was published. What did it mean to be exiled, to be cut off from society? Displacement, banishment, as well as alienation and exclusion all figure into the narrative. How does the creature use exile for auspicious ends? Can Victor Frankenstein break free from what he has created?

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Author Reading, Come Meet Emz! April 21st

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Come Meet Emz!

Friends of the Palo Alto Library’s

80th Anniversary Local Authors Event!

FOPAL invites the community to meet published authors of
different genres as they take the microphone &
read selections from their work!

Saturday April 21, 2018 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Mitchell Park Community Center – Adobe Room

3700 Middlefield Road Palo Alto, CA 94303

Award Winning Podcaster – Emmy Z. Madrigal aka Emerian Rich will be reading from her Regency Novella, Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe.

Other featured Authors:

Legendary Hip-Hop Artist, Entrepreneur, MA – Suga-T
Poet Laureate of the City of East Palo Alto – Poetess Kalamu Chaché
Award Winning Journalist – Minu Dave
FOPAL Event Organizer – Tina Gibson
Prized Poet, Actress, Author and Educator – Venus Jones
President of the California Writers Club, SF Peninsula Branch – Lisa Meltzer Penn
Award Winning Writer – Patty Somlo
Award Winning ‘Hall of Fame’ Journalist – Doug…

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Introducing author Lela Bay and her debut book — Ruined Reputations — with a Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway

A Regency pair and a giveaway!!

Every Savage Can Dance

Welcome! It’s nice to be back at Every Savage Can Dance after a winter hiatus!

I do occasional beta-reading for one of my Facebook acquaintances, and amongst my favourite reads was this delightful book by new JAFF/Regency author Lela Bay. It actually comprises two stories in one. You may have noticed that I often crab about how disappointed I am when authors publish short stories as stand-alones, and how I wish they’d put two or more together when they publish them. (When you encounter a single engaging short story it’s kinda like you’re just starting a yummy meal only to see it yanked off the table before you’ve finished enjoying it.) So I was most gratified by Ruined Reputations, which comprises two delightfully engaging short romances. Enough to keep you occupied and happy through one cup of tea or a potful!

ruined reputations coverBlurbing the book

–The Unusual Manners of Mr…

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Guest Blog: Meet the Hero of The Unusual Manners of Mr. Aarons

Meet the Hero of “The Unusual Manners of Mr. Aarons” by Lela Bay

Thank you for having me on your blog, Emmy Z. Madrigal.

Although stories that dark and dramatic are enjoyable, sometimes it’s a relief to indulge in a romance that’s funny and bright. The first story in Ruined Reputations, “The Unusual Manners of Mr. Aarons,” is a lighthearted affair that plays with the conventions of a Regency romance. In the tale, Emmaline is constantly amazed at Mr. Aarons lack of convention. Undaunted, and driven by larger concerns, he drags Emmaline into his unusual quest.

Their very first meeting is filled with heroic promise, as Mr. Aarons insists on being introduced to Emmaline’s cousin, the lovely Catherine Connersfield. The result is less than heroic.

“A pleasure to make your acquaintance, Mr. Aarons. I understand you’re staying in town with the Mayor?”

“Only while seeking my own residence for the summer,” he agreed. His voice was warm and deep. “Your hat is lovely.”

“My hat?” Catherine raised a hand to check the impressive structure. Bemused, she added, “How kind of you to notice.”

Rather than bow, he reached toward Catherine. He tugged on her hat with untoward familiarity. “Perhaps you can tell me where…?”

Rather than submit to his impertinence, Catherine reared like an unbroken horse.

A collective gasp left the watchers, smothering the rest of his sentence as his grip pulled the confection over Catherine’s forehead. Berries and doves cascaded to the ground. A ribbon hung in her hair, dragging her head down and throwing her wrapped braids into disarray. She squealed in shock, batting at the mess and grabbing the bonnet, still half-attached to her coiffure.

Mr. Aarons stood in shock, hand still extended.

Emmaline stepped between them, swooped up the abused bonnet and smoothed Catherine’s hair.

Aunt cried and Uncle shouted for the carriage. In the hubbub, they got Catherine seated inside. Her face glowed red and tears streaked her cheeks, though whether from sadness or pure fury, well…Emmaline had a good guess. She wouldn’t want to be Mr. Aarons should he make the mistake of crossing paths with Miss Catherine Connersfield again.

She peered out the window as they drew away from the church. A grim-faced Mr. Aarons watched the carriage depart, his hand still gripping a single long feather.

Emmaline pursed her lips and studied the hat in her lap, noticing a large gap where he’d helped himself to a handful of decorations. Really, what had come over him?

Recovering her words, Catherine shouted, “He plucked me!”

Emmaline and Catherine stared at each other and dissolved into a fit of giggles. Aunt Prue, sitting across from them, fanned herself with a handkerchief and Uncle drove the horses as if his daughter had been accosted for more than a few feathers and a paste cherry.

The girls’ fit of laughter lasted all the way until they reached home.

The second story, “Virtue’s Temptation,” is still humorous, but takes a darker, sexier turn as Eleanor Sinclair attempts to chaperone Bitsy, her unwilling charge, home while keeping her reputation intact.

Check out the pair of tales in Ruined Reputations by Lela Bay.

Learn more about Lela Bay at Lelabayblog.com


Lela lives in a modest house with her husband, children, and pets. Despite living in the far north, she requires a certain amount of sunshine each day or she gets grumpy. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys strolling, gardening, reading, and tea time with friends.

She enjoys stories with intimacy and humor.

Blog: http://lelabayblog.wordpress.com
Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/lelabay

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bay_lela

RUINED REPUTATIONS

“A tantalizing pair of Regency tales.” ~Emmy Z. Madrigal

“Ruined Reputations is a love letter to high romance of the Brontes with the meticulous eye for detail that readers crave like oxygen itself.” ~MJ Sherry-author of the Back Page Babylon series

–The Unusual Manners of Mr. Aarons–

Rumors of Mr. Aarons unconventional ways are confirmed when he nearly yanks the bonnet off Emmaline’s cousin’s head. Drawn by his charm and good looks, Emmaline finds herself assisting him in his mysterious mission.

His obscure search appears to lead to her cousin, beautiful Catherine Connersfield. She is the more sensible choice, but will she have him? More to the point, will Emmaline let her?

–Virtue’s Temptation–

Experience has taught Eleanor it’s better to be practical than passionate.

When she discovers Bitsy eloping with her French tutor, scandal threatens to ruin the girl.

To keep her reputation intact, Eleanor reluctantly chaperones the rebellious heiress.

Eleanor’s spotless character protects Bitsy, but behaving respectably proves difficult when tempted by the dangerously attractive Mr. Stinson.

If she fails it will end with … Ruined Reputations.

Lela Bay Announces A Pair of Sweet Regency Stories in Ruined Reputations

Meant to Be Press

Ruined Reputations is now available in print and ebook on Amazon.com. Read for free on Kindle Unlimited.

“A tantalizing pair of Regency tales” ~Emmy Z. Madrigal

–The Unusual Manners of Mr. Aarons–
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Rumors of Mr. Aarons unconventional ways are confirmed when he nearly yanks the bonnet off Emmaline’s cousin’s head. Drawn by his charm and good looks, Emmaline find’s herself assisting him in his mysterious mission.

His obscure search appears to lead to her cousin, beautiful Catherine Connersfield. She is the more sensible choice, but will she have him? More to the point, will Emmaline let her?

Check out an excerpt from The Unusual Manners of Mr. Aarons…

Emmaline tapped the unopened letter on the back of her hand once and ripped it open.

Miss Emmaline Connersfield,

I am grateful my quest led to you.

The Honorable Mr. Aarons

Beneath the terse words he’d scrawled a sweeping feather. She…

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Guest Interview–Lord Harrington

Stories from the Past

51hWvtatiUL._SY346_It’s been awhile since I’ve had a guest on the blog! Today, I’m excited to share this interview with Lord Harrington. I first read Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe a few years ago. It’s such a sweet, feel-good story and I appreciated the unique premise involving the treatment of the insane during the Regency era.


Lord Harrington is the lead male in Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe. Affectionately called “Mr. Grumpy” by those who know him best, he is the owner of a massive estate in Northern England.

  1. What is your favorite drink?
    Brandy
  2. What is your usual breakfast?
    Turtulong, marmalade, tea
  3. What is your favorite holiday like?
    A quiet one, spent at home with just family.
  4. What is your favorite feast?
    Venison, asparagus, rarebit, port
  5. What is your favorite animal?
    My horse
  6. What is your favorite thing you own?
    Denwood, my estate. I’ve worked hard to bring it back from ruin.

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Review: I Survived the Titanic by Lawrence Beesley

I’ve been fascinated with the Titanic quite a while and have many books on the subject, but this one is the most enjoyable I’ve ever read. Lawrence Beesley was a second-class passenger on the Titanic and survived the sinking.

In I Survived the Titanic, he gives readers a play-by-play of the crash, from impact to rescue in a way only a true account can. A few of my favorite parts are:

1. When the iceberg first hits and no one is really worried about it. After all, it was an unsinkable ship, right? He walked through the smoking room where gentlemen were playing cards. One of the gentlemen jokes about his glass of whiskey and says,

“Just run along the deck and see if any ice has come aboard: I would like some for this.”

To which all in the room laughed. It’s amazing to me that the ice would be joked about when not two hours later, the ship was under the deep dark sea, probably accompanied by the joking gentlemen himself.

2. One of the biggest things this account speaks of are the misconceptions we hold about the crew, passengers, and the mood of that bitterly cold night. He mentions several times that they never thought the ship would sink. There was no panic. No rush. No indication of anything being wrong.

“…after we had embarked in the lifeboats and rowed away from the Titanic, it would not have surprised us to hear that all passengers would be saved: the cries of drowning people after the Titanic gave the final plunge were a thunderbolt to us.”

3. His mention of details I had not heard yet. Like there was a stoker on his boat so cold because he wore only pants and shirt because below decks was so hot working with the coal. Or the woman with so many furs she started handing them out to those who were shivering on the lifeboat. Or the Chinese passengers who saved themselves by hiding under the seats in rowboats, only discovered when they started unloading at the Carpathia.

For anyone interested in the Titanic this is a must-read.