Monthly Archives: March 2011

Cajun French: Names

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Is everyone wearing green? I’m not, but I have grass stains on my shoes and that so counts.

Before I get to today’s lesson, I’d like to first let you know that I’ll be over at Evelyn Byrne’s blog for a giveaway. I hope you’ll stop by!

Now for the lesson. It should come as no surprise after the previous lessons, that things in the Cajun French language are not pronounced the way they’re spelled. This includes names. Sure, there are some that are exactly the way they seem, but for the most part, people who aren’t from here will mispronounce our names in so many different ways!

Let’s start with last names ending in -et. In French, these two letters generally mean the word ends in a long “a” sound, like “day”. My last name, Avet, is pronounced “ah-vay”. There are lots of other names with this pronunciation, like Duet (it isn’t duet as in two people singing together), it’s “due-ay”, another is Ledet which is “la-day”. However, there are some names that have stress on a different part of the name. Lirette, for example is pronounced “lee-ret” with the stress on the first syllable. Rivet, or Rivette, is another name with this pronunciation “ree-vet”.

Next would be the -eaux, -aux names. These letters together make a long “o” sound. Boudreaux is “boo-dro”, Thibodaux is “tib-a-do”, Robichaux is “robe-e-sho”.

Then there are the names that are pronounced differently depending on what parish you’re in. Belanger in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes is pronounced “bel-anjay” but in St. Mary Parish, it’s pronounced “bell-anjer”. Authement in Terrebonne Parish is pronounced “oh-dee-mon”, but in Lafourche Parish is “authe-mon”. This can cause friction between people who have these last names when they go to a parish that pronounces it differently.

So if you happen to be hanging around down here and want to go to Boudreaux’s Seafood Restaurant, don’t pronounce it “bo-drox”. If you’re going to Thibodaux, don’t pronounce it “thigh-ba-dux”.

Do people have a hard time pronouncing your last name?

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What’s Playing Wednesday

Before I get to the song of the day, I have a horror story to share.

I know I’ve mentioned my cat, Cookie, a million times. I’ve posted pictures of her all over Facebook. I love that damn cat, but she’s so bad!

I’d gone to bed early last night. There I was, innocently dreaming of me, Gerard Butler, and chocolate syrup when I heard the familiar sounds of Cookie running through the house at full speed. There was something different about it though. She sounded frantic and I could hear something rustling. I listened carefully and started to get up. I thought maybe something, like another possum, had gotten into the house and they were fighting.

I’d just lifted my head off the pillow with the intention of getting up to investigate when Cookie roared into my room, bounced off the wall and landed on my face—claws out. She was gone before I could process the rustling sound that seemed to be following her. I barely even felt the scratches, my concern for her was so great.

I hopped out of bed and went looking for her. I finally found her behind the sofa. She’d somehow found a plastic bag and the handle was looped around her neck. I guess she was playing with it when it decided to play back. Naturally, she couldn’t get away from the damn thing because it was attached to her. I rescued her from her dilemma and went back to bed.

Poor Cookie. I don’t even know where she got the bag from! It isn’t like we keep them hanging around all over the place. We store them in one area where kitty cats shouldn’t be able to reach. *snort* Leave it to Cookie Monster to prove us wrong!

Now that I got that out of my system, I’m going to play today’s song. I adore Gerry Rafferty—God bless his heart—and I was thrilled when my MP3 player chose one of his songs to make my morning better.

The song is called Right Down the Line. One of my absolute favorite songs is Baker Street, but this one is a very close second. I don’t know what I love so much about his music, if it’s the laid back vocals, the guitar riffs, or just that I listened to it when I was little, but there you go.

Um, let me know if you can view the video clip. For some reason, I can’t see it, but it should be the right one!

Enjoy!

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Rebel Yell

I know, y’all are singing along with Billy, aren’t you? I’ll even make it easier for you by doing this!

I never tried to hide the fact that I’m oppositional-defiant. *cough* I can’t even get a GPS because I don’t like being told what to do, even if it is navigating for me.

It doesn’t end there though. Today I’m over at Wicked Jungle talking about writing and breaking rules. Stop by for a chance to win a hand-painted mask!

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How Awesome

I had a marvelous weekend. Seriously. I haven’t had a weekend with so much fun packed into it in such a long time, I’m not even sure where to start! Hm, I suppose I should start with Friday and work my way forward. It’s logical.

I went to dinner with my mom and sister Friday evening. It wasn’t anything special other than a chance for us to have some mother-daughters time. To my surprise, my sister arrived with four—count them, four—print copies of my first novel, Ruby: Uncut and on the Loose. She also brought a sharpie because it was time for me to sign them. I can’t even begin to explain how…well, awesome it felt to look at this book and see all the scenes I’d labored over. It’s a bit different when the book is in e-format. It’s no less real, but it sort of feels more significant to hold the book in my hands. *sniff* I was so touched. Hell, my sister told me she was planning to order more! I think she’s going to give them out as Christmas gifts! LOL

Saturday night was quiz night in Cut Off, Louisiana. For those who follow my blog regularly, you’ll understand what I mean when I say Cut Off is down da bayou. It’s also the birth place of the Cajun Cannon, Bobby Hebert. Quiz night is a fund-raising event held once a year. Teams of six gather in the recreation center and answer 110 questions for the chance to be crowned the winners. We weren’t the winners. *wince* With my brother answering questions like, “Florence Ballard was one of the founding singers of what band?” with “Florence and the Nightingales!” we were doomed. Nah, not really. We did well, but not enough to land in the spotlight, but it was so much fun, we didn’t care. It’s a great night of using your brains, chatting with friends, watching people dance during the music category, and also aiding special citizens. It was a blast.

Then we come to Sunday. We decided that we wanted to go roder. We left at around 11 a.m. and headed west. Forever. We ended up west of Lake Charles, Louisiana which is just on this side of the Louisiana state line. With my mom, aunt, and cousin packed into my car, we laughed and laughed, took pictures of alligators (of which we must’ve seen at least 40 or more), and generally had fun goofing off. We’ve made plans to attempt something similar at least once a month. That’s the whole point of going roder you know, just having fun doing nothing but sightseeing. If we had to make a cover story in case we were stopped, that’s just part of the fun.

By the way, I told them if someone asked what we were doing, we’d tell them we were with Louisiana Back Roads magazine and that we were dedicating our first issue to Delcambre. *snickers*

So that was my weekend. I managed to pack in a lot of recreation and also get some ideas for more stories. Can anything be better?

Oh, I know what could!! One of my fellow Foxes on Four Foxes One Hound, Lynn Rush has just signed to have her novel, Wasteland, published with Crescent Moon Press! I’m so happy for Lynn, I can hardly contain myself. She’s such a wonderful person, so I hope you’re all planning to go out and buy her book when it’s released!

Happy Monday, y’all!

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Fantasy Man Friday

Oh, cher mon dieu, I thought Friday would never get here! It’s been a crazy week. Huh. I seem to think every week is crazy, don’t I? Well, this week really was crazy. Succubus-in-Waiting was released on Tuesday, I got the edits for book three, Lifestyles of the Fey and Dangerous on the same day, and an excellent review for Ruby: Uncut and on the Loose.

So am I ready for the weekend? You bet your sweet ass, I am! Pardon my French. It isn’t like I have much planned for the weekend though. Clean house, cut grass, dominate a team quiz fundraiser Saturday night, and I want to go roder on Sunday if it’s pretty. I might even take some pictures to bore you all with!

But before I can do any of that, I’m over at Rosalie Lario’s blog today for another interview and giveaway. I hope y’all will stop by for a visit and a chance to win one of the masks we made for Piper’s book.

It was Mardi Gras this week, so I think we should do something really wild for Fantasy Man Friday. What do you think? I just have to find the perfect man…

Chains, dirty, glistening skin, and look! He’s about to show us something! *gets her beads ready* *snort* Who am I kidding? I wouldn’t throw this man Mardi Gras beads. Hell, I’d throw myself at him. Rar.

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have a great weekend!

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Cajun French: Rôder

Before I get to the lesson for the day, I’d like to announce the winners of the last two interview giveaways! From Rebecca Zanetti’s blog, Yadira and Brans! From Falyn Donaldson’s blog, Jillian Chantal! Y’all e-mail me your addresses so I can ship your masks to you. (Y’all, this is the 2nd time Jillian’s won. She almost has a whole set of Veil based masks!)

Now it’s time for another lesson in Cajun French, or Cajun English. I know I throw some weird stuff up here sometimes, but I’m so not a teacher. I have no lesson plans with ideas of what the next lesson will be about. I simply go by whatever strikes my fancy on the day of the post. I think that makes for a fun experience…but it might annoy some people. Sorry!

Last week I told y’all about Cajun Reeboks. This week, I’m going back to Cajun French with a word that’s near and dear to my heart. Roder, pronounced row-day, means to roam, or run the roads. Lots of people do this and my family was no exception.

When I was younger, Mom used to pile me and my brother in the car and take us all over Houma and Thibodaux. She’d show us places she lived, or where relatives lived, where she went to school, and where she threw Coke bottles at her brother’s head. Yeah, those are stories that stuck with me. But Mom wasn’t the only one who used to take me roder. My pa-paw practically raised me in the car. We’d go visit his brothers and sisters, or we’d just ride around.

That’s what roder means. Just ride around with no particular place to go. You might hear a conversation like this:

So, what’d you do today?
Oh, we went roder.

With gas prices increasing, we might not roder as much as we used to. Although, I do believe I’m ready to go roder. I might even go this weekend if the weather’s pretty.

So how about y’all? Do you like to roder?

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What’s Playing Wednesday

The tension from Release Day is finally over. It’s a very stressful and joyful day and I feel like I aged overnight. That’s probably why I dreamed that someone bought me a birthday cake with the words, “Happy Forty-sixth Birthday!” written on it. I felt like the “old” man in The Holy Grail who said, “I’m not old!” Yeah, apparently my brain aged me twelve years. *shudders*

But it’s over now, so I can concentrate on edits for book three and work on my second Olympian book. So much to do, so much to do! I’m so thrilled though, that I can’t complain. I suppose that’s why I found myself dancing in my car on the way in today despite the nasty weather out.

Now it’s time for today’s What’s Playing Wednesday song. If you’re new to the blog, this is the day that I let Danica’s Magical Music Player choose what to talk about. Sort of. I always get my say first because I’m not a doormat! *grin*

Today’s song is by none other than that smexy man, LL Cool J. I’ve had a crush on this man since he first came out. Oh, yeah. Even when I was too young to understand how smexy he was, when he licked his lips, I felt all shivery. *cough* Nothing’s changed either. He’s still as smexy as he was back in the day, if not sexier. The song my MP3 player chose is Headsprung which I love. It’s such a great song! Every time I hear it, I start dancing in place. I can’t help it.

If you’ve never heard it before, give it a listen to see if it has the same effect on you. If you’ve heard it before, dance! Woo-hoo!

Gawd, that man is sexy. *fans herself* Happy Hump Day, peeps!

***UPDATE: I just discovered that my first Veil book, Ruby: Uncut and on the Loose received a 5 star rating from The Romance Reviews!! http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=1446 ***

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Release Day!!

And the crowd goes wild! Not really, but that’s what I hear in my head. Hey, I’m a writer, it’s what we do!

So today is the release of the second book in my Veil Series, Succubus-in-Waiting, and I’m ready for some fun! I’ll admit it, this book was one of my favorites to write. I adored Connor and Piper, so I hope everyone else does as well.

Did I mention that today’s also Mardi Gras? Woo-hoo!

I know I said I was going to keep with the Mardi Gras theme for What’s Playing Wednesday, but it seemed wrong not to play the most heard Mardi Gras song on Fat Tuesday. So here you go, the supreme Mardi Gras song 🙂

If you saw the whole video, then you saw a lot of parade pictures. Yes, today is the day for shouting, “Throw me something, Mister!” and in honor of that and my book release, I’m over at Falyn Donaldson’s blog for a special book release um, parade. That’s right! Now, everyone knows that New Orleans is infamous for people who flash for beads. I’m on Falyn’s blog asking you to flash me…with pictures of hunky men.

Yes! Go on over to read all about it and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for nummy men who might catch my attention so I’ll “throw”  you something. Sound like fun? I hope it is! I look forward to seeing y’all there!

Happy Mardi Gras!

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Lundi Gras

Happy Lundi Gras! You’re probably wondering what the hell Lundi Gras is. Well, tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, so today means Fat Monday. It’s also known as Shrove Monday. *shrug*

Anyway, I have a lot of news to report, so get out your notebooks. Ready?

First of all, the winners from Ciara Knight’s blog interview and giveaway are…Rebecca Zanetti and Susan Fields! Yay! I had such a wonderful time on Ciara’s blog and I’m so thankful she invited me over to meet some of her readers. Okay, it sounds like a cocktail party, doesn’t it? Well, that’s because it felt like that…minus the drinks (unless y’all had some and didn’t share) and minus the uncomfortable party dress (yay for pajamas!).

Secondly, today I’m over at Rebecca Zanetti’s blog for another interview and giveaway! It was an honest drawing on Ciara’s blog. I promise. Random.org is my friend and doesn’t accept bribes as far as I know 🙂 So hop on over to Rebecca’s blog for your chance to win another hand-painted mask!

Third, (I told you I had a lot of news!) my first book in the Veil Series, Ruby: Uncut and on the Loose is now available for print! You can order it from Amazon or Barnes and Nobles. Yay.

Then, tomorrow is the release day of my second book in the Veil Series, Succubus-in-Waiting. I’ll be hosting a “parade” over at Falyn Donaldson’s blog. You flash your hot men to me and I’ll “throw” you some goodies! Be sure to stop by for that, it’s sure to be a lot fun 🙂

And the last bit of news, (finally!) I received an e-mail over the weekend about a local writer’s conference. It’s only one day, but it looks to be filled with a lot of great information and speakers. If you happen to be in the New Orleans area on the weekend of March 26, you may want to check it out: http://www.terrebonne.lib.la.us/jubilee2011.pdf

So that’s everything! I hope everyone has a great day!

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Fantasy Man Friday

We’ve made it through another long week! Yay. Pat yourselves on the back, it’s time to do some fun stuff (or not so fun stuff) this weekend. I say not so fun because I have to paint again this weekend. It’s the bathroom this time, so at least it’s a small area. However, I will have fun because my sister and I are doing the hair thing tomorrow. Yay. My roots are showing (which means the gray is creeping out) and I can’t have that!

Release day is just around the corner and that means guest blog appearances and interviews are heading this way! In fact, today I’m over at the wonderfully sweet Ciara Knight’s blog with an interview and giveaway. Next week, I have three appearances around the web, so check out my website for a list of places I’ll be.

To quote John Cleese, “And now for something completely different.”

It’s starting to warm up here in south Louisiana. Yes, I know those of you north of us are jealous and wishing you were here soaking up our 80 degree weather…but I’m not ready for it. Why can’t we have a spring? Seriously! I just want some moderately cool weather for another three months before we get to the meltdown that is summer in south Louisiana! *weeps*

Ah well, this is where I live and there’s nothing I can do about it. I mean, it isn’t like anything good happens during the summer time. It’s too flippin’ hot to do anything. *mumbles* So I’m looking for a hottie (pun intended) to warm those of you still suffering winter pains.

Um…okay, so maybe there are good things about the summer after all. Like gorgeous, ripped men wearing next to nothing, their bodies glistening with sweat. *drools* He’s a man man…you see the hair on his chest? *swoons* Someone get me a glass of ice-cold water…no, make that a bucket because I’m heatin’ up over here!

Have a great weekend and happy Friday!

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