Monday, February 10, 2014

Bloghop Alert! Crystal Asked a Question and I Answered.




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In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially when she discovers him standing over her murdered host in the middle of the night.

Her nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless.


So here's the question: If you lived in a society where arranged marriages were a la mode, whom would you beg your parents to set you up with? Why? (Literary characters and celebrities welcomed.) 


John Ronald Reuel Tolkien or as we all know him, J.R.R. Tolkien, is the guy I would choose. He was a masterful storyteller and I think we (Tolkien and I) would sit across from each other discussing and writing our stories (How exciting!). His mother's name (like my mother's) was Mabel. His mother lived in a time when having type 1 diabetes was a death sentence. She died a few months after her diagnosis. I'm much luckier that she was. I have an insulin pump and can check my blood sugars with a hand held device built into my Omnipod (my pump). I would have loved to sit around a fire and ask his opinions of my WIP. WOWEE! He spoke Greek and Latin, so I could have had free lessons too. DOUBLE WOWEE! Our kids would have received The Father Christmas Letters from their dad, the famous author. TRIPLE WOWEE! I could have learned a lot from him. And I would have known that The Lord of the Rings was going to be a commercial hit even if no one else back then did. But I will say this, I'm glad I was born
when I was and that I'm a writer in the here and now and that I married my hubby. But it was fun to dream a little and think about living at the turn of the century. When he died back in 1973, the country lost a great storyteller. What an imagination he had! In the
comments, tell me your answer to the question. I'd love to hear.   
Apologies for the format of my answer. I've tried every trick in the book to fix it. Blogger hates on me about twice a month. *sigh*         

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37 comments:

  1. Fun choice and different. Glad you have your diabetes under control, unlike his mom. So excited for Crystal.

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  2. LOL! I love it, Robyn. Not only that, he liked to draw trees and contributed the "A" section to one of the big dictionaries. (Can't remember which.) Yeah, I totally geeked out and did a report on him in high school. =)

    How did I not know you have diabetes? I should, right?

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  3. Ooh, intriguing choice. Your words even gave me a visual. Hee-hee.... Thrilled for Crystal! She's done an amazing job with this release.

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  4. You went all intellectual with your post, I'm impressed. To talk about books with such a fantastic writer would make any marriage interesting. Nana Prah

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  5. What a great choice!
    He was an excellent story teller.
    Great post.
    Heather

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  6. I enjoyed reading your choice! Great one! Thanks for sharing!

    http://swordsandstilettos.blogspot.com/

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  7. Ooooo, Tolkien. A most excellent choice!

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  8. Being married to Tolkien, I can only imagine the kind of stories he'd tell you . . . and your kids. ;)haha

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  9. This will easily be the most unique pick for a match I'm guessing. Loved it! To be able to ask your spouse to read a menu to you in elvish? Priceless! ;D

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  10. Companionship is important in relationship and it's even better when you have an endless supply of topics!

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  11. Who doesn't love a partner who can teach you something? Amazing choice, I love it.

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  12. Now that was a different - and interesting! - answer. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Haha, I'm with you on loving writer guys, the more imaginative the better. I picked a physicist (over on my blog), so sometimes I go for smart guys who are not in my line of work.

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  14. Now I didn't expect that answer, but I think I might have to run off with 'your husband'!

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  15. That's an excellent choice. You'd get to hang out at the pub with Clive Staples Lewis, too.

    Love,
    Janie Junebug

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  16. A most excellent and unique choice!

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  17. Wow, that sounds like a super exciting story! And I love that she chose J.R.R. Tolkien (I'm superficial; I'm choosing Hugh Jackman! LOL!!).

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  18. I now know a lot more about Tolkien than I did before! :)
    erica

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  19. How exciting to find Crystal's book here today! Yeah! Wishing her the best of luck and I am so excited for her that Moonless is out in print. This sounds like such a great book and I can't wait to get my own copy. :)
    ~Jess

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  20. If I chose an author it would be Stephen King. Love the quirky way his mind works.

    Tolkein is one of my favorite authors though. He was pure genius. I could listen to him tell stories for hours and not get bored.

    .......dhole

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  21. What great qualities. I see why you picked him.

    Yay for Crystal.

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  22. Blogger hates me too. And I hate blogger, so there!!

    Tolkien had friends SS Lewis and others we know who met every day in Grenwich village in NY for coffee and other refreshments and the three good friends would talk about their books. The Lord of the Rings was cooked up in several of these sessions. Google it and tell me the names of his other friend.

    I find their personal love life so exciting. Not love life but friendships with our other authors we love. :)

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  23. Congrats to Crystal! So excited for her! :)

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  24. Such a fun blog hop. I'm having fun reading everyone's choices.

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  25. Crystal is EVERYWHERE. She's got some of the best blogging buddies out there supporting her.

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  26. I love this - great choice in Tolkien! :D

    No doubt it would have been pretty fun to hear about his stories as they were getting written or even conceived!

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  27. I've been seeing this question around all over the place.

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  28. Hi Robyn .. what a great choice .. and I love some of the commenters thoughts .. how about having breakfast in elvish, or having an instant translator on hand.

    I think I'd prefer a doctor, who had many outside interests .. who - now that is a question!

    Cheers Hilary

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  29. Yay, Crystal! Congratulations on your new book! Woo hop!

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  30. Robyn, this is such a fun bloghop and post. Congratulations to Crystal!

    Congratulations to you for a job well done. Love, love, love this, thank you for taking time to do this and for sharing it with us.

    I'm just stopping by to say hello and to wish you a nice weekend.

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