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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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Guest Blog: The Secret Victorian Language of Love

The Secret Victorian Language of Love

by M. M. Genet

I have a confession to make. Behind this tough exterior of jaded writer and road weary musician is a mushy, Meg Ryan, romance junkie. Whether she’s playing Kathleen, the New York children’s bookstore owner or the full-of-hope romantic listening to a broken hearted widower on a radio show, I’m all in. While I may love the pairing between her and Kevin Cline in French Kiss the best, there is a scene in Kate and Leopold that tops them all.

Victorian time traveler, Leopold tries to explain to his modern contemporary that there is more to giving a woman flowers than grabbing a bouquet at the local supermarket. In Victorian times, each flower meant something specific. Along with Meg Ryan films, I also adore flowers. I buy them for friends to say thank you for dinner or for hosting me in their home for a weekend (along with a good bottle of champagne.) I send them to friends who’ve been dumped and I buy them for myself when I need to celebrate the little triumphs in life. I’ve even been known to send them to the man in my life on occasion.

Want to send your love a message that mere words can’t express? Let’s see which combination conveys what is brewing in your heart.

Acacia has stalks with tiny yellow flowers. It represents a secret love between two people. Have a secret crush? What if the two of you hang out every day in the break room and smile, blushing, but neither of you can summon the courage to ask the other out? Why not send a bouquet of Acacia? Card optional.

Cactus. Yes you read that right. Love isn’t always about tingles and giggles and holding hands. Sometimes staying together is tough. Sometimes life is so hard that all you have is each other. A cactus represents resilience. If your partner sends you a cactus, it means that they believe the two of you will still be standing together no matter what the world throws at the two of you.

Carnations are maybe one of the most commonly gifted flowers in the United States. They’re beautiful and often inexpensive. Did you know they represent the ultimate in feminine beauty as well as delicate emotion? If you love a woman for all the things only she can be; sweet, loving, gentle, a celebration of both happy and sad tears, then the carnation is the one to send her.

Gardenias and roses became associated with love thanks to the writing of Shakespeare. Gardenias have a heavy, sweet floral scent. White pedals surround a yellow center with delicate green leaves. Their specific meaning is, “You are lovely.”

Ivy was long used in wedding ceremonies called Handfastings during the Middle Ages. During a Handfasting, the couple holds hands and ivy is wrapped around their wrists (instead of the exchange of rings) to symbolize “two becoming one.” Hence, Ivy is a serious addition to any bouquet as it represents betrothal, fidelity and commitment.

Jealous much? No really. Is there a certain someone that you pine for? You (and everyone else) can see that the object of your affection would be much better off with you than the unappreciative idiot their currently with. Want to steal their heart? Send Lilly of the Valley. This stealthy little plant, with it’s delicate bell shaped, white flowers are beautiful but the legend says that the magic is in the scent. One whiff of its intoxicating perfume and you will steal another’s heart. That said, be sure to send a card.

Orange blossom is often used in floral bouquets to symbolize fertility. More recently, people in long term relationships hoping to have a baby will send it to their partner as a sign of hope.  Send your love orange blossom particularly when waiting to hear the results of a fertility treatment, learning that it’s early days of a recent conception or to gently suggest that you’re ready to try to have a baby with them.

Lastly, it wouldn’t be an article about the language of love without mentioning roses. First painted in Renaissance portraits wrapped around the ankle of the Goddess Venus, roses were meant to represent femininity, beauty and the intoxication of love. While white roses imply very innocent love, pink roses mean maternal love and deep red roses symbolize long time, committed love.

However your heart is aching, express it by surprising that special someone (who may realize or not) in the language of flowers. The Victorians gave us some of the longest lasting stories about love and angst that have endured the test of time. In a modern world of text messages, swiping left or right and online profiles, flowers and their meanings need to make a comeback. The romantic in me needs to believe that there is something worth exploring in reserving a secret language reserved just for love.


M.M. Genet is the author of  The Clever Courtesan.  The book takes readers on a wild ride through the eyes of Cassandra Flemming, a Lady of Keys.  Fighting the norms of Victorian high society, Cassandra challenges all the rules when it comes to women, power, sex and power of a lock and a key.