Book Review: Mistress of Rome

Mistress of Rome (The Empress of Rome Book 1) by [Kate Quinn]

 

Lady Rougepen Says: Luck be a Lady

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The word “fortune” derives from the Roman goddess of luck, Fortuna. She is said to be Jupiter’s daughter, and also to bring forth bountiful farming, if in a good mood. She has ties to the cornucopia or horn-of-plenty, which is the cone, spilling fruits and vegetables we often see in autumn decorations.

Fortuna was not all about good luck. She brought bad luck too. It depended on how you played your cards (no pun intended). She might give you your just desserts if you were naughty, according to legend. Think of Fortuna the next time you say, “Good luck!”

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Young Adult Readers’ Choice

 

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16-year-old Glorious Day Roberts (Glo Ro) is big-haired, dyslexic, and fighting family demons. But she takes those issues in stride, instead, focusing on getting to kernels of truth. When her favorite thrift store is in trouble, Glorious knows she has no choice but to turn on her shine, full-blast.

Genre: Young adult crime novel

Length: 195 pages

Average rating: 4/5 stars

Get the book here.

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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Goodbye, Prince

Today marks the 4-year anniversary of Prince’s death. This post was originally posted in 2016.

Dear Prince,

My first memories of you were in the 1970s when I was a girl. Patchwork denim was everywhere. I had a head full of plaits, and remember enjoying your songs when they came on in the car. “Do Me, Baby” was choice, even though I had no idea you were singing about grown folks’ business; VERY grown folks’ business. I became further entranced with you with “1999” in elementary school. That album was visionary, energetic, and just well…fun.

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Puberty loomed with your release of Purple Rain. I was 12, and began to notice your beauty, as well as your talents. You were a compact dynamo of genetic artistry:  slim, creamy-skinned with good bone structure and hazel doe eyes. And boy, was I ever mad jealous of Vanity and Appolonia! I nourished my crush the best way a teenage girl does, with posters, albums, and buttons on jackets. I had my parents get me a cake with your likeness on it for my 13th birthday. I often went to sleep, dreaming of you and your compelling world of colored lights, lace, glitter, purple everything, and doves.

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1988. I was 16, and my parents gave me your Sign o’ the Times cassette tape for Christmas. I was instantly struck by the single “Starfish & Coffee.” It was melodious and whimsical; simply poetic. It made that frigid winter downright warm and Zen.

I continued eating up your genius with LoveSexy and Diamonds & Pearls. “Gett Off” was the jam. In college, a girlfriend introduced me to your more obscure stuff, like The Black Album. It was then that I realized your penchant for humor with the satirical “Bob George.”

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The whole time, I was entranced with your breathtaking chameleon style. Your hairstyles changed as often as the weather, and were always flawlessly coiffed. I SO dug your colorful, well-tailored suits, tunics, hoop earrings, and unique props. Your gun microphone was just so…Prince. I loved it!

And your dichotomy was amazing. You were playfully raunchy one moment, a coy gentleman the next.

I saw you in concert in 2004. You, of course, didn’t disappoint. The pinnacle of that magical evening was a hail of confetti and streamers falling from the ceiling.

Your passing was like a gaping gash to the Purple Heart. It was a Thursday. When I found out, all of the above memories rushed back to me in a fond, warm gush. They say your life flashes before your eyes when you die. My life with you in a small suburb of Dallas, Texas, flashed before my eyes, too. Then the sadness took hold as I realized all that would cease:

Poetic verses with infectious melodies.

Outrageous outfits that only you could slay with your beauty and confidence.

Purple magic, period.

The world became lackluster and flat in a matter of minutes. I couldn’t concentrate for the rest of the day.

Anyway, I thank you, Prince Rogers Nelson, for entertaining me and countless others with your beautiful abilities. Thank you for sharing your unforgettable third eye visions with us. You penned deep, ethereal lyrics, and kept us partying like it was 1999 for about 40 years.

Goodbye, Sweet Prince. Until the end of time, I’ll truly adore you.

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Sean C. Wright is the author of the short story collection A Gathering of Butterflies and the novella Honey Riley.

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Send me your typo images! Snap pictures and email them to msseanc@aol.com. They must be real pictures and not images in online links, as those might be doctored. I’m looking for The Real McCoy. Conceal the company’s identity if possible. No sweat if you can’t. I’ll hide the name before I post it. We’re not looking to embarrass, but to educate.

Lady Rougepen Presents: Va-va-va-voom Vocabulary

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Oevre – an artist’s particular piece

Example: Monet’s beach oevre is showing at the art museum, next week. Would you like to go with me?

Gelastic – provoking a fit of laughter

Example: Lucille Ball’s physical comedy never fails to produce gelastic results for me.

Hygge – an atmosphere of profound comfort or coziness

Example: It was a cold, gray day, so I created ideal hygge with cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate.

Panacea – a cure-all, or solution to a laundry list of problems

Example: My grandmother swears that bananas are a panacea for everything from joint aches to low energy.

Madeleine – 2 meanings: something that recreates a memory, or a small cake, shaped like a shell.

Example: Shelly brought madeleines to Jeff’s birthday, and they were a big hit.

Pescatarian – someone who only eats fish

Example: I’ve been a pescatarian for two years now, and my bloodwork results are much improved.

Indolent – slow or lazy

Example: The teenager’s indolent attitude angered his father.

Aphorism – a short, wise or instructional statement

Example: “Life is not fair” is probably one of the most popular aphorisms. Don’t you agree?

Lugubrious – extremely mournful, or sad

Example: The toddler was lugubrious after flushing his action figure down the toilet.

Ardent – Fiery or intense enthusiasm

Example: Thanks to my gardener’s ardent efforts, my lawn is dandelion-free in the spring and summer.

Quaff – to gulp heartily

Example: The winning team cheered and quaffed Gatorade back in the locker room.

Vainglorious – boastful, or swollen pride

Example: Brad was so vainglorious about winning the tennis match this afternoon that I refused lunch with him at a later date.

Happy writing!

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

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99-Cent Ebook Deal: April 7 – 10, 2020

Today is the last day to take advantage of this offer.

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Give the children something to take their minds off all the craziness with a good bedtime story.  I am offering one of my children’s books (number 3 in the series) in ebook form for 99 cents from April 7 – 10, 2020. Mary & Jerry Canary & Mrs. Polka Dot the Ocelot.

Please leave a review if you get it.

Get the book here.

3rdbookCoverSean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged…

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99-Cent Ebook Deal: April 7 – 10, 2020

Give the children something to take their minds off all the craziness with a good bedtime story.  I am offering one of my children’s books (number 3 in the series) in ebook form for 99 cents from April 7 – 10, 2020. Mary & Jerry Canary & Mrs. Polka Dot the Ocelot.

Please leave a review if you get it.

Get the book here.

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Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

Afro-Sean-Commission-Final copy

Lady Rougepen Presents: Better Ways to Say “Said”

 

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Avoid “teen talk” in your writing by saying “like” or “go” in dialogue. Examples:

I’m like, officer, are you kidding me? I was only going five over the speed limit.” And he, like, gave me a citation anyway.

Before we left for the dance, I go, “Diane, I have the perfect pair of earrings to match your blue dress.” And she goes, “Sweet!”

Yikes. And you’re NOT limited to “said.” Check it out:

“I don’t wanna eat my broccoli!” the toddler bleated.

“How about we order a pizza?” Todd piped up beside me on the couch.

“Thank you for pulling my weeds, and getting my mail,” the old woman happily squeaked.

“Did you just see that huge lightning bolt in the distance?” Monica nearly whispered with wide eyes.

See you next time!

Sean C. Wright is the author of 8 books. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit https://seanarchy.wordpress.com.

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I’m pleased to announce the release of my 8th book, Skoll’s Diary.

Africans and African Americans left Earth in 1900, and went to another planet in The Milky Way to escape mistreatment…

It’s now the year 3005 on that terraformed planet. We get a peek into the life of a bright and sensitive teenaged boy, Skoll, through his journal. He loves his world, but is curious about life on Earth. Then suddenly, an epic event casts him in the middle of a difficult decision.  The fate of the planet’s community is in his hands.

Get the book here. I’d appreciate your leaving a review if you read it. Thanks in advance!

Afro-Sean-Commission-Final copy