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 Post subject: Re: Difficult Term is out!
PostPosted: 12 Aug 2011, 04:42 
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Wah! Where's mine? (and where is the smiley for having a toddler tantie?)

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 Post subject: Re: Difficult Term is out!
PostPosted: 12 Aug 2011, 09:17 
Does anyone know when GGB intend to publish Island? It would make sense to have it published in the not-too-distant-future. I no longer have my Amazon copy so'll have to rely on memory (that's no good, then!) to link it to Difficult. If that ever arrives ... !!!


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PostPosted: 12 Aug 2011, 22:07 
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I really enjoyed this and am now re-reading Island to have it in context. The bits about the triplets and the juniors flowed very well from Three Go and it was good to see more of Bride & Tom as we rather jump from them being junior middles to seniors. Island was the first book I read and at that stage the end of the series was still in libraries and the Tirol ones were available in Armada so for a long time I was sure there would be a book about the term when the drains went bad so now at last there is one.


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PostPosted: 13 Aug 2011, 19:33 
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Mine arrived this morning! On Chapter 5 already... Liking it very much, very EBD :D

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PostPosted: 14 Aug 2011, 09:41 
I still don't have ... and now they're on holiday ... perhaps it's lost in the post somewhere?


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PostPosted: 14 Aug 2011, 20:17 
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I really enjoyed the book and it was really brilliant.

The only thing that made me sad was the fact that Jack didn't come straight to Margot but I guess this is what EBD would have written.

I would have put that as a spoiler but I wasn't sure how to do it on here.

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PostPosted: 14 Aug 2011, 23:48 
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Just ordered this - it'll be my very first fill-in book. Ordered it from your dad after toying with the ebook idea for a while. So not only did you manage to get me to want to read a fill-in, but I like the look of it enough that I went for a Real Copy over cheapness. Looking forward to receiving it :)


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PostPosted: 15 Aug 2011, 10:35 
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*squees with excitement* Mine has just arrived! Very excited :D I like the picture of you Lisa - I have always pictured you as looking the same as you did when we met at the First Gathering ... but your hair is very different - as is mine after (gulps) 7 and a bit years :shock:

Oh well done!! Can't wait to start reading it, lucky today is my only free one this week :wink:

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PostPosted: 15 Aug 2011, 15:48 
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Mine came Friday and I read it that evening. I really enjoyed it Lisa and it fits into the series perfectly....may I look forward to your next??


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PostPosted: 15 Aug 2011, 20:04 
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Just finished it and loved it! Thanks Lisa.


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PostPosted: 15 Aug 2011, 23:54 
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Lisa, I sent you a PM with my feedback, but it still seems to be sitting in my Outbox. Did you receive it?

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PostPosted: 16 Aug 2011, 02:43 
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:D :D :D
Thanks for all your comments people! At this rate I'll be needing a new hat, a la Joey. Then again, if the various dark predictions I keep reading regarding this coming winter pan out, I'll need one.

Am I going to do another fill in? I'd like to, but clearly the options are becoming increasingly limited. I have no particular yen for the Tirol years, and my favourite period - the Platz - has no real fill-in opportunity at all. Although I do wonder if a holiday story might work... Anyway, I have an idea for another fill-in, but I may have a go at something original first, and I'd need to ensure that the term in mind hasn't already been taken. Plus, I'd really like to finish my potentially long post-Prefects Coming Home Again fic - that's only half way through.

Lisa - you've no idea how much grief that photo caused! Hair up, hair down, with dogs, without dogs...

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PostPosted: 16 Aug 2011, 20:19 
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Lisa - you've no idea how much grief that photo caused! Hair up, hair down, with dogs, without dogs...


:lol: :lol: Bless! :wink:

Did any of you lot grin at me today on a train from Southamptonto Chichester? Only, I was sitting there reading DT and glanced up to see someone looking at the book who then caught my eye and grinned.

Mind you, she looked quite normal and respectable, so it is unlikely it is any of you ... :twisted: :twisted: Only joking!

Half way through Lisa :D I really like poor Annis!

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PostPosted: 16 Aug 2011, 20:44 
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HI Lisa, just letting you know that I am really enjoying your book - it is hard to remember that it is you and not EBD at times :) Congratulations again!

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PostPosted: 16 Aug 2011, 22:46 
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Lisa wrote:
Did any of you lot grin at me today on a train from Southamptonto Chichester? Only, I was sitting there reading DT and glanced up to see someone looking at the book who then caught my eye and grinned.

Mind you, she looked quite normal and respectable, so it is unlikely it is any of you ... :twisted: :twisted: Only joking!



*splutter* Now I have a mental vision of you eyeing all CBBers very suspiciously, in case they're the grinner.

Normal and respectable? Hah. :mrgreen:

ETA: thanks, Emma. Being completely mistaken for EBD is quite possibly the highest compliment you can pay a fill-in author.

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PostPosted: 16 Aug 2011, 23:05 
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I got my copy yesterday. I bought the ebook version from GGB, which was a very easy process. I had the book downloaded to my ipad in a few seconds and I read it in kindle.

It's a marvellous book! It felt just as though EBD had written it herself and the plot strands were handled very well. Annis was always a favourite of mine (after that other product of a nomadic lifestyle, Carola) and it was lovely to see her character fleshed out. I actually enjoyed the pieces that were Annis-centric the most. You put across her deep grief at the loss of her father very well. Though as I lost my mother a few months ago, that might be colouring my reading. I found it perfectly natural that her emotions would veer around and that grief would suddenly overwhelm her when she wasn't expecting it.

And you got in the drains! Well done! (Now if only someone would write about Marilyn, I'd be perfectly happy!) :P I love how you used EBD phrases. That really made it feel like something she had or would have written. And bless you for the distinct lack of interference from Joey! I could hug you for that alone!

This is the first fill-in I've read, apart from "Visitors" and if this is the general standard of them, then I'd better hurry up and read the others!


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PostPosted: 17 Aug 2011, 02:10 
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:oops: :-D Thank you so much! I'm delighted you enjoyed the book so much, especially since it's your first GGBP fill-in. You absolutely must read them all - my personal favourites are The Bettanys of Taverton High, Caroline's Juliet and Deira, and KB's Peace - but they're all worthy additions to the canon.

I'm amused that you elected to compare Annis to Carola as the first chapter of Carola helped enormously in getting me started - although Aunt Margaret is a much, much more unpleasant character than Carola's Cousin Maud or whatever her name is.

Thanks, too, for your comments re Annis's grief. I always thought EBD didn't actually show us much of that, and wanted to give it a go - even though I'm fortunate enough to have no personal experience to fall back on. I think that's probably pretty clear if you were to compare DT to MaryR's New Dreams in the SDL, for example.

As for Marilyn, I think there is a fill-in for that term in the works, but possibly I'm making that up! I'm sure someone will correct/confirm it either way though.

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PostPosted: 17 Aug 2011, 19:07 
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Where did the front cover come from please? Did you visualise anyone in particular?

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I'm going to have to get this, it sounds too good to miss out on it. Did it start off life as a drabble or something similar? Just wondering from the comments about how it's changed/developed.
I'm sure the writing and editing process was hard but I'm glad GGBP respect EBD enough to insist on such a high standard for fill-ins. :)


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PostPosted: 18 Aug 2011, 01:16 
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*g* Front cover? I have an idea that KB may have been involved in that..... I actually had very little to do with it, except to complain that the original version was dominated by St Nicholas - the girl who's now just wearing the hat was wearing a long robe, and it made the whole cover look unbalanced. I love the new cover, though, especially the flower hats and wings in the background!

Rubygates - this didn't start as a drabble, at least not in the normal sense. I first joined the CBB just over eight years ago, and started writing drabbles. They went down well, and then I heard about KB and Peace and GGBP (yes, KB, it was all your fault) and started speculating. Then I wrote my first novel length story - A Chalet Girl in Trouble - and the response to that (here) was good again, so I started seriously contemplating a fill in. I'd always wanted to know about the term between Three Go and Island, so....! KB and various other old timers on the board read at least the first draft - thus the comments. :lol: This has been a very long time coming. My PhD got in the way - although I'm sure my supervisor would see it the other way round!

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