Well, actually her real name is Carolyn. But she goes by Anne-girl on her blog. And on the cover of her debut novel, she goes by Anneliese Blakeney. I love that pseudonym, but I'm not quite sure why she chose it. I suppose she just liked the name Anneliese-- and as for Blakeney, I think she just picked it at random out of the phone book or something.
Anyways. For the last year or so Cara's been working on a novel known as The Princess and the Sage. I can't put into words how much I adore this story. It's silly. It's ridiculous. It's off-the-wall. It contains pickles and mud angels and a mysterious Jub-Jub bird and foreign
First of all he was not one of those old sages with long white beards and doddering mustaches, he was the Young Sage, and if you dared address him without the Capitals... well, withered doesn’t begin to cover it. You could leave off the young part if you wanted too. At least he lets me leave off the young part. But then, I’m the one writing it and that puts us on rather intimate terms.
I could have begun the story at any number of places but I decided to begin it here: with the princess and her last lesson with a governess. Why? No reason. This is a nonsense tale you must remember; and beginnings and endings, while important, are not considered relevant.
~The Princess and the Sage, chapter one
Those are the first two paragraphs, people. And it only gets better after that. If you like Lewis Carroll, A.A. Milne, P.G. Wodehouse or E. Nesbit--or if you're like Carolyn and me and adore all of the above--then get thee to Create Space and purchase thee a copy of Princess and the Sage. Your stomach muscles might not thank you for it when you're done, but it'll be worth it. They say that every time you laugh, you increase your lifetime by a minute. Once you're done this book, you'll be practically indestructible.
|Can we take a minute to appreciate Perry Elisabeth's|
perfectamundo cover design? I love it to pieces!
Again, you can purchase it here. Is this post a shameless plug for my sister's book? Yes. Yes, it is. It is also a review of sorts for a piece of hilarity that I am strongly recommending to you. I received this book after buying it from Create Space, and I have written an honest review-- the opinions expressed here are my own and have totally not been influenced by any other person, least of all my sister.
Have you seen her, by the way? She owes me some dark chocolate for... something.
p.s. Yet Another Period Drama Blog has a brand-new look, courtesy of my sweet Melody! Hop on over to her blog and tell her how much you admire her header-making skills, yes?