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Cajun French: Intensifiers

Yay for another Cajun French/English lesson! Today is going to be a good one, I think. I’ve actually had to tap into some Cajun resources to keep this post string going. I’m sad to say I don’t actually speak Cajun French. My grandfather was beaten at school for not speaking English, so he never taught my mom, nor any of his grandchildren. It’s sad really, but I think my generation is trying to win that back. Or I hope so at least.

Anyway, it’s cool today. Weird. Earlier this week we were in the 80’s and now it’s in the 50’s. Personally, I love it, but some people don’t. That’s what brings me to today’s lesson. Intensifiers. Writers know these are bad things when you’re writing. They’re filler words, but we use them anyway because sometimes you have to. Really, very, real, etc. are all words we use in our everyday dialect to convey emotional intensity to the word it precedes. Make sense?

Well, Cajuns don’t believe in them. Or, I should say…”Intensifiers? We don’t need no stinkin’ intensifiers!” We double the word an intensifier would modify. Here are some examples:

Mais, it’s cold cold.
or
Mais, it’s hot hot!
This place is bad bad.

Now, I’m posting a clip here from a Cajun comedian named Poo Poo Broussard. He looks awful, but he’s a riot…um, to us at least. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched his videos and cracked up! He’s done spoofs of Titanic and E.T. which leave me gasping for air because he’s dead on the money with how we would react.

In this video, he’s talking about his lips being chapped. I’m pretty sure you can understand him, but if you can’t, drop me a comment and I’ll interpret, LOL

Funny stuff, huh? So do you use intensifiers? Or are you like us and say “mais, we don’t need no stinkin’ intensifiers”?

Before I leave you…I have two very, very special guests tomorrow for Fantasy Man Friday. I’m serious y’all. You’re going to love what I have planned for you! It’s going to be fun fun!

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What’s Playing Wednesday

Before I get to today’s song, I’d like to announce the winners of the final giveaway for Succubus-in-Waiting are LaTessa and Tonya Kappes! Ladies, drop me a line at danica(dot)avet(at)gmail(dot)com with your addresses and I’ll mail your prizes out this weekend.

Thank y’all again for the wonderful support for the last two blog tours. As I mentioned yesterday I’m launching a new blog tour for book 3. The first stop is over at Marsha A. Moore’s blog. After that I’ll be at Haunted Dreams, Dark Destinies with another guest blog. I’ll post dates on Friday.

Now to today’s song. I actually woke up and worked out this morning. I haven’t done that in a while, so I’m kind of…well, alert today. Wow, I know! So I figured my MP3 player would be right there with me and decide to play something upbeat and fast. But nooo, it has its own mind and is determined to use it.

The band I’m playing today is a local group. I don’t know if any of you have actually heard of them (probably not) but that’s okay. I do What’s Playing Wednesdays to expose you to the kind of  music I listen to (poor people). The band is called Acid Bath. They were a pretty big thing around this area when I was in high school. Oh, yes, everyone in my age group, who were into the darker, heavier music, dug them. I’m showing my age, aren’t I?

Listening to them now though, I wonder if they were a little before their time. Sure, there were bands out there with the whole goth, dark music like Type O Negative, but these guys were from…Houma, Galliano, Morgan City, and Thibodaux. *blinks* It’s kind of crazy. They were together until 1997 before they went their separate ways. The singer, Dax Riggs started a couple of other bands like Agents of Oblivion and Deadboy & the Elephantmen. The others formed another band called Goatwhore. I tried to make it to that show, but there were so many people at the club, I decided to bail.

Anyway! The song is called Screams of the Butterfly. I think it was their most popular hit and I’ll admit…it’s dark and bleak, but what a powerful song! I hope you like it…or if not like it that, you don’t think I’m strange 😉

And before I get to that, I’m over at my group blog, Four Foxes One Hound. This week we’re talking about heroes. I hope you stop by and give us your input!

Now the song…no video, but pretty pictures!

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Back in the Saddle

Well yesterday was fun…sort of. It was great having Rachel Firasek over and I’m so glad y’all had a chance to learn about her latest release. By the way, Nikki Brandyberry is the proud winner of Rachel’s giveaway! Yay! I’ll tell y’all, Rachel is a truly wonderful person and I hope you all check out the rest of her blog tour.

The not-so-fun part of yesterday was me being sick. It was such a bummer. On one hand, I figured since I was home, I could write, but then I couldn’t stand sitting in front of the monitor, so that didn’t work out. Then my mom fell down the steps (for the hundredth time). She’s okay! And I swear, I didn’t laugh until she laughed. She’s hurting, bruised butt and ego, but I think she’ll be fine.

Today though, I’m hoping for good things. I’m actually over at the Plot Mamas blog with another giveaway so I look forward to seeing y’all there. It’s the last stop in the blog tour for Succubus-in-Waiting. I have to thank everyone for being a part of it, but as you know, that isn’t the end of the fun and games.

Oh, noes. Lifestyles of the Fey and Dangerous is being released on April 6th and this means another round of blog tours. So if you’re in dire need of someone fabulously funny and goofy…I’m your woman! Drop me an e-mail and we can set something up. And yes, I have masks for this tour as well. There’s at least one person who’s won two masks so far (Jillian) and she’s on her way to having a complete set.

Lifestyles is about a shadow fairy assassin who’s assigned to kill none other than former bad boy, Malachi Cromwell. If you’ve read books one and two of the series, you know how charming he is, so it shouldn’t come as no surprise that she can’t quite bring herself to erase him. That’s when the fun really starts.

So…now that I’ve got all that out of the way…c’mon Tuesday, be good to me!

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Release Day for Rachel

I love those words “release day”. They’re really two of the best sounding words in the English language…right after “book contract”. So I’m especially pleased when I hear/read those words in connection with one of my writing pals. When Rachel Firasek asked to interview me for her blog, I was thrilled. When she let the cat out of the bag about her own soon-to-be released book, I was beyond thrilled.

Today I have Rachel here discussing her release, which is…um, today! Er, okay so Rachel actually gave me this information last week, but I was out-of-town for work and couldn’t get to it. But better late than never, right? Right? *runs away before Rachel skins her*

I want to thank Danica for letting me abuse her, I mean use her blog today! You are so great Danica. I’m still watching for those masks…*whispers to the crowd* I wanna win one.  J Okay, in all seriousness, I have an announcement, and you fine people are the first ones to know. My debut novel, Passion of the Soul: Piper’s Fury is now out today!. Yeap, that’s right, today marks the end of this last 18 months or sore fingers, sweating pits—yes, people, women sweat when they’re nervous—and sleepless nights revising to rest.

Now, on to a new world: Promoting!

I get to go out into the vast world, overcome my extremely introverted nature, and convince you fine folks my book is the next best thing to whatever higher power you relate to.  (No offense intended)

So, I’ve thought long and hard, and unlike Danica and her crafty masks, I haven’t come up with a marketing tool yet. So, I thought I’d ask for help from the crowd. I’ve put together some keywords to help you out.

Soul-Piper can read your soul.

Demon-Beware what you call from the dark world.

Vampire-Mine are alive.

Pain-Suffering is a state of mind.

Heart-A still heart can beat again.

Light-A pure soul will blind you.

Child-A child’s smile can erase all hate.

So, like I said, I’m at a loss. What can you think of? Anything will be welcome! If you’d like to read an excerpt, please visit my website at http://www.rachelfirasek.com/prufbooks.htm

One lucky person will win a free ebook! Thank you so much for celebrating my release day with me!

Danica here again…I’d like to thank Rachel for being so kind and patient with me. She’s a wonderful person and I for one, can’t wait to read her book. So c’mon, peeps. Help Rachel out. Toss your ideas out there and win a chance to get a free book.

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Fantasy Man Friday

What a week. You can’t even imagine how glad I am that today’s Friday.

Tomorrow I’ll be at my very first book fair and author signing as a published author. That’s right! The 8th Annual Jambalaya Writers Conference is taking place in my home town and I’ll be attending (and signing books!) as a published author. I’m so nervous. I still have no idea what I’m going to wear, but the ugly shoes are coming out so I’m not grimacing at people when I should be smiling at them. It looks to be a lot of fun.

On top of that, Monday I have special guest, Rachel Firasek stopping by to celebrate the release of her first book, Piper’s Fury. I hope you’ll visit. And then next Friday, I have a very, very special Fantasy Man Friday planned for you (so mark your calendars).

This has been one of those weeks when you want nothing more than to stagger home and dive head first into your bed—so long as there are no furry babies in your way. I need a massage and a vacation. At the same time…I’m closing my eyes right now to imagine what that would be like.

I’m at a luxurious spa resort where only male attendants with schexy accents cater to your every need. Of course, they’re all gorgeous and built like the studs they are. But I’m not in the mood for that. No, it’s all about the relaxation right now.

I enter the locker room to change before my massage and…wait, what’s that? Oh. My.

Um. Sorry y’all, I think my masseuse is waiting for me. If you don’t hear back from me in about five days…don’t come looking for me.

Happy Friday!

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Bad Danica

I’m taking a slight break from our regularly scheduled Thursday post to talk about something I did that may have reflected badly on me. We’ll get back to Cajun French lessons next week, I promise! In fact, I’m compiling a list of words to use for future “lessons” and since I don’t speak Cajun French, it’s a lot harder than you’d think!

Back to the post. As many of you know, I was at a work related conference Monday and Tuesday. Well, the first day was well-attended and I wasn’t the only woman. Yay. The second day though, I was all by my lonesome with about eight men. No, I’m sorry, none of them looked like Gerard Butler. They were nice though, so I can’t complain.

I should carry one of these at all times. For myself.

We were at lunch with the instructor and the sales representative for our region. Again, remember, I’m the only woman and one of the only two people from this area. The others were from north Louisiana (like…an entirely different state even!) and Arkansas. So we’re sitting there chit chatting over our club sandwiches and salads when the sales rep starts to talk about one of his first sales jobs.

It seems that he used to sell medical supplies to retirement homes. He was telling us how the nicest retirement home he’d ever been to was in this very small town in north Louisiana. He said what was so nice about the home was that the workers had a vested interest in the patients because they were connected somehow. I thought that was nice. Then he told us how everyone who lived in the town—and even the retirement home—had worked at the paper mill so they all knew each other.

That’s when my mouth opened and I said, “That had to really suck.”

I had eight men turn and stare at me like they didn’t know what I was talking about. I forged ahead.

“I mean, you live surrounded by the same people, worked at the same place all your life, and then you have to live with them until you die in a retirement home? What if you didn’t like the person who worked right next to you for 40-some odd years?”

They laughed and laughed, of course, but then the sales rep looked at me and said, “I never even thought of that.”

It’s something I would think about. I mean, c’mon people! You can’t tell me you’re going to be best friends with everyone, especially the people you work with. I couldn’t imagine being happy to find myself in a home with the person who used to annoy me at work. Could you imagine? I mean, what if you had a bad break-up with someone who cheated on you and you were in the same room with the person they cheated on you with? Or the neighbor who would blab your business all over town because they had a front row seat to anything that happened at your house? Or, even worse, your long-time rival for some guy’s affections? Oh, the list could go on and on.

However, it’s as I think about it now that I realize I should’ve just kept my mouth shut. I wish I could blame my extreme youth on my careless words, but um, I haven’t seen extreme youth in a long time. Instead I’m going to blame Danica. She’s the social butterfly who actually likes talking to people. Before her, I would’ve never said anything without being prompted. Ever. Yet I did and it’s all her fault!

So what have you done to embarrass yourself this week?

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What’s Playing Wednesday

It’s back to the grindstone for me. Yup, I’m back from my conference and I have a ton of work to do. Most of it is regular day-to-day work, but the rest is all things I learned at the conference that I have to start implementing at our sites. Yay.

I suppose it shouldn’t be any surprise that my MP3 player is feeling the same sniffly urge to run back home and dive under the covers. You got it! It picked a melancholy song for today’s What’s Playing Wednesday.

The band is called Dashboard Confessional. I’ll admit I don’t know much about this band other than the fact that they have one song I really like. I guess they were part of the sudden flux of emo bands that popped up a few years ago. I listened to one live recording of this song and didn’t even hear the band over the girls singing. Needless to say, I didn’t choose that version.

The song I’m playing is called Screaming Infidelities and it’s not the sweetest song I’ve ever heard, but for some reason I like it. Maybe because it sounds soothing at times, or probably because the lyrics are interesting. Either way, it’s one song I sing along to when I hear it (and no, I wasn’t in that live recording).

Without further ado, I give you Dashboard Confessionals!

For us romance writers, this would be a good song for a dark moment. Say if the heroine catches the hero with another woman, or suspects he’s with another woman, or something along those lines. You might consider adding it to your playlist for those moments.

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