Saturday, January 2, 2010

In Which Miss Percy Makes Lists and Leanna partakes of worldly things (Updated)...

Not like grocery lists, but in which Miss Percy Parker's name is listed in the "Favourites of 2009" and such about the interwebs.

I've listed the many places in which my dear Miss Parker has appeared as a 2009 favourite (and I'm grateful for each and every one of them) thus far, and added to this list we now have:

1. The Discriminating Fangirl has listed Miss Percy in her favourites!

2. And Smexy Books lists Miss Percy in her favourites!

3. So does author and blogger Katie Lovett, as she lists Miss Percy as the best debut of 2009!

4. Amy of Romance Book Wyrm lists Miss Percy as a favourite of 2009, and The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker as a great anticipation in 2010!

5. Kate at Babbling about Books and More includes Miss Percy in the top 20 of the year - as well as an honourable mention for best debut! Thanks Kate!!

6. Anna's Book Blog has listed Miss Percy in her 2009 favourites by genre!

7. And Smokin' Hot Books has this most lovely, lovely review of the book - and then K.C. included it as a favourite of 2009!!

8. And Brooke Reviews lists Miss Percy as her #1 of 2009!!! Thanks Brooke!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday and are gearing up for the New Year! I certainly enjoyed time with family and friends, religious services and singing in choir. That's always a sacred treat.

In having-a-life-outside-of-writing news, I have seen a few movies and actually finished books I started reading. *gasp* Note: almost all of these have a Victorian bent, so you can see I'm justifying it all as research.

In the book world, I'd forgotten how much I love Elizabeth Peters and her Amelia Peabody series. These books are so outrageously fun. The bombastic Miss Peabody and the irascible Emerson never fail to delight me. Next up, another favourite author, Anne Perry's Execution Dock.

The movie The Young Victoria (happily seen in attendance with fellow authors / Victorian mavens Elizabeth and Hope) was dreamy. I loved it. I thought Emily Blunt was charming, disarming and engaging, the film as a whole was flawlessly cast, and the romance between her and Prince Albert (as it was a true romance) was delicate and passionate, something to cheer for. God Save the Queen indeed.

And continuing, of course, in my Victorianaphile vein, Sherlock Holmes was beyond lovely - it was clever and deeeeeeeelicious! YUM! Yum, I say. I saw it with the boyfriend and with my dear friend and Scandalous Women expert Elizabeth. My beloved is such a good sport, he even tolerated my rhaposizing about how delectable the film was (He's letting his hair grow, was a bit scruffy, so he looks a bit like Mr. Holmes these days and I can't say I mind. I should put him back in that frock coat I bought him. And then I'll swoon.)

And outside of the 19th Century (to indulge my prominent paranormal / sci-fi side) I watched my favourite X-Files episode, Bad Blood (the two-sides to the vampire story) and was reminded why that's one of my favourite shows ever. Next to Dr. Who. And Battlestar Galactica. And Star Trek TGN. And the geek alarm proudly sounds its siren call - blares, in fact.

In other pop-culture outside of the 1800's - the significant other and I finished the Bourne movies - wow they're good! I hope they make more. Now I need to read the Bourne books.

Stay tuned! In the new year I reveal The Darkly Luminous book trailer, excerpts, and launch a new contest!

Did I mention The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker is available for Pre-Order?!!

Happy New Year!


Julia Smith said...

Happy New Year, Leanna! How thrilling to be named on people's favorites lists - wow. And I second you on Sherlock Holmes, which I just saw yesterday. Love the gritty Victorian vibe in it, as well as the aforementioned yumminess. Young Victoria still awaits - we're trying to collect the women from my family together to all have time off so we can see it together. Not easy.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

Happy New Year my sweet. I'm pretty sure the Darkly Luminous Tale which make some lists in 2010. I so enjoyed seeing Sherlock and Young Victoria with you. And I agree that your honey should always wear a frock coat and a cravat, not to mention spats! Funny, I tried to watch the Jeremy Brett Hound of the Baskervilles last night and found it dull after Robert Downey Jr.!

The Discriminating Fangirl said...

Happy New Year, and I'm very happy to include Percy in my list! It was a fantastic book, and I'm trying to be patient for book 2. :)

I adore the Amelia Peabody books, too, though I got sidetracked partway through the series. I think I'm on... Seeing a Large Cat? I'm going to have to re-read, though, so I'm back up to speed. Oh, what a trial, to have to go through Peabody and Emerson's budding relationship again. ;)

Leanna Renee Hieber said...

Hi Julia! Thanks for stopping by! I'm so glad you liked Sherlock! Let me know what you think of Young Victoria - hope you love it!

Here's hopin. :) LOL, much is dull after Mr. Downey Jr. Wow.
Yes. I endorse frock coats all around, all the time.

Pamela / Fangirl Extraordinaire,
Thanks again! And see, I've read the Amelia Peabodys all out of order so I only just now went back to #1 to see the beginning of their relationship, wow was that delightful!


Katiebabs a.k.a KB said...

Happy 2010!! I have a major girl crush on RDJ after seeing him in Sherlock Holmes. What a great movie.

Leanna Renee Hieber said...

Kate, happy 2010 indeed! And yes. RDJ. Yum. Yum. Yum.