Friday, April 30, 2010

Women of Flowers

Illustration of an orchid by Margaret Mee.

One of the 150 floral paintings and botanical prints in Women of Flowers: A Tribute to Victorian Women Illustrators by Jack Kramer.

Published by Welcome Books, New York.

First published in 1996, the book won the Garden Writers of America's Award of Excellence.

The book celebrates the contribution to the art and science of botanical illustration by women who received little or no recognition during their lifetime for their exquisite work.

It's an exquisite book.


I was waiting for my cover to give you a T'da! post on the new title for the Lillie St. Claire adventures - but since the release schedule ( oh, oh, my book, my name!) is out on the Carina Blog, there seems little point in restraint. Only my sense of something or, maybe?...held me back anyway.

Editor Guy liked A Malignity of Ghosts. The production team emphatically did not!

Sooo...the new title is DARK AND DISORDERLY.

I like it.


During the Countdown to Carina, each day an author will blog anecdotes about his/her book - which I think is a terrific way of introducing readers to both the author and the imprint.

First one up is Kelly Lynn Para. Her Carina title is Criminal Instinct, a romantic suspense.


On some blog or other, someone asked what boys want to read these days.

Earlier generations had the Hardy Boys detective-type mysteries and Tom Swift for SF and countless others. Girls had Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, Ginny Gordon, etc., Sweet Valley High and more.

Is there a similar mystery/science fiction series out there for boys, one not as complicated as Harry Potter?

If not, why not?


Another Really Bad Joke:

A Mother Superior called all the nuns together and said: "I must tell you all something. We have a case of gonorrhea in the convent"

"Thank God," said an elderly nun at the back. "I'm so tired of chardonay."


writtenwyrdd said...

I liked your old title better, but the new one isn't bad at all.

The Darren Shan Cirque du Freak books are boy-oriented. And then there's The Chronicles of Vladimir Todd, by Heather Brewer.

I'm presently reading the first book of the Vlad books, and read the first three or four of Cirque. I like Cirque du Freak better, by and large. slightly younger intended audience than Vlad Chronicles.

writtenwyrdd said...

(It seems weird to admit that I read a lot of midgrade and YA books, but I do.)

fairyhedgehog said...

I exploded with laughter at your bad joke! Oh dear.

Dark and Disorderly works well as a title.

Bernita said...

Wyrdd, the more I see it the better I like it.
And the novel does contain some disorderly conduct.

I was startled to find that any number of books I like are now labeled mid or ya!

Bernita said...

Rather funny and sweet, isn't it, Fairy?

The title does set up for something like "Dark and Dangerous" if I produce a sequel.

laughingwolf said...

drink up, sister! :O lol

gopher the sequel, bernita!

and grats on the upcoming fun :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Lovely picture. I agree with D. I liked the original title better. But the new one sounds OK.

Bernita said...

Thank you, LW!

It's a truly lovely book, Charles.
I assume marketing didn't think it would appeal to the basic demographic.

Angie said...

Another vote for A Malignity of Ghosts. You'll just have to save it to use some other time. :) I guess we'll just have to hope that the marketing department knows its stuff. [crossed fingers]

On series books for boys, the only one I can think of right now is the Jedi Apprentice series, which I wouldn't have specifically said was for boys as opposed to girls, but the protag is a young Obi-Wan Kenobi, and a male protag is often enough to label a book as being "for" boys.

And... I'm having a neural hiccup. :/ What's the series, sort of like Harry Potter, but the boy-protag is the son of Zeus or something like that? It's another series named after the main character -- each book is Johnny Whatever and the Something Cool-Sounding, IIRC. I don't remember his name, not having read the books, but they sound interesting and I have a mental note to try the first one. Again, I'm sure a lot of girls read them, but the protag is a boy.


BernardL said...

"Thank God," said an elderly nun at the back. "I'm so tired of chardonay."


Bernita said...

I did like "A Malignity." Angie. Of course the humans turn out to be more malignant than the ghosts, but as you say, I can always use it later.

Yes, I for one, don't care if the protag is male, I'd read regardless.

Such a dear old thing, Bernard!

Natasha Fondren said...

Oooh! I like the new title better! Just because it pulls you in and makes you curious about what is dark and disorderly. Malignity is a great word, though. :-)

Whirlochre said...

Dark and Disorderly sounds very nice. Gives me a good idea what to expect.

Son of Whirl likes the Shan books. Also, Garth Nix, the Percy Jackson books and Septimus Heap.

My thought about Harry Potter is that it's highjacked that kind of thing in the same way that Dungeons and Dragons hijacked fantasy a while back, or Alien hijacked spacecraft decor. 31 years on and they still can't afford bloody light bulbs in the future.

Bernita said...

"because it pulls you in and makes you curious about what is dark and disorderly."
It does? That's wonderful, Natasha!
Yes, but perhaps I was channeling R.R. Martin too closely

Thank you, Whirl.

Soon, grandson of Berni will be old enough to gobble up boy's series - considering the sophisticated creatures he constructs out of lego.
Am taking names.

Chris Eldin said...

Ditto "Cirque du Freak" and the "Percy Jackson" series. Both are being gobbled up by my two sons, and their friends, and their friends' friends...

Both titles are good, but I think I'm used to your title, so perhaps that familiarity makes me favor it a bit more. Both are very nice though!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Chris!

The unconscious bias of familiarity - I've wondered about that...

sex scenes at starbucks said...

I like the new title.

I also liked the old one. But when I wanted to use Duplicity in a title, I had very split reaction to it. Big words=out, alliteration=in.
I guess. :)

My son loves PERCY JACKSON and it's not as complicated as Harry Potter. In fact, he's not such a Potter fan (seen the movies). But I think I might persuade him to read them this summer. Also WIMPY KID. And boys love all things comic-book and graphic novels. BONE is very popular.

Travis Erwin said...

I too like the Dark and Disorderly title.

Bernita said...

Sounds like a similar case, Betsy.

Thank you for the titles.
Any action type comic would be a hit, of course.

THank you, Travis. My daughter suggested it, so she's pretty pleased with herself.

moonrat said...

heehee. excellent.

Bernita said...

Thank you, dear Moonmouse!

India Drummond said...

Congratulations ... I like Dark and Disorderly! Will definitely be keeping an eye out for it!

Bernita said...

Thank you, India.It's very nice to see you.

Michael A. Banks said...

My opinion is that people who didn't like A Malignanty of Ghosts thought it was too negative. I still like the term--you have a flock of sheep, a covey of quail, and a malignity of ghosts. And there are some malignant ghosts in the novel.

Meanwhile, Dark and Disorderly is an excellent title. And it is possible that you could use A Malignanty of Ghosts in the future.

raine said...

I loved the "Malignity" title, but the "Dark" one is good too. The marketing gurus know their business. ;)
Looking forward to that release.

...if I produce a sequel

"If"?? Of course, you MUST produce a sequel. We insist.
Don't make us come up there.

Bernita said...

I can see their point, Michael, and am very glad you approve of Dark and Disorderly.

Yes, Raine, I'm the last person to argue with marketing, 'cause they do know their business.

Don't make us come up there.
Made me laugh, but
seriously, I wish you could.

jason evans said...

Dark and Disorderly...that has a mystery to it. I think it's "Disorderly." Very interested to see why.

Bernita said...

Does have a bit of a hook, Jason.
I sometimes watch "Disorderly Conduct." It may have been a subtle influence...