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Subject: Lady of Hay
Date Posted: 3/22/2012 8:22 PM ET
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For those of you who have read Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine; what  would you consider it?  H/F fantasy, mystery, paranormal a little of everything?  Just wondering as it seems to hit quite a few areas.

Date Posted: 3/22/2012 8:44 PM ET
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I shelve them as time slips. She does write in historical content, but she does diddle with history quite a bit.

Date Posted: 3/22/2012 8:54 PM ET
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I would say Cathy has it right.  But most of her books have that paranormal, past life, time warpy thing going on. 

My favorite of hers is still, Midnight is a Lonely Place.  That is time slippy paranormal. Spooky.  I don't like spooky but this was good.

Date Posted: 3/23/2012 12:55 PM ET
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I agree with Cathy too. Diddler of history. It's funny how Susanna Kearsley writes basically the same time of book, but I would classify her as historical fantasy or gothic fantasy. I guess I just have more respect for Kearsley's storytelling.

Date Posted: 3/23/2012 1:07 PM ET
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Although to be fair, Erskine isn't going all over the net claiming she's writing real historicals like Philippa Gregory some author authors we know. It's the doormat heroines that get old after a while.

Date Posted: 3/23/2012 8:59 PM ET
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And the next thing you know, they're writing narratives claiming the the Sun King left a secret diary. ... Which was actually HF written by an obscure French professor.

Do you remember this news when it broke, Cathy?

Date Posted: 3/23/2012 9:23 PM ET
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Genie, I think I missed that one. But it is amazing what people will believe as fact from historical fiction. I wandered over to the discussion boards at PG's website one time. Never again.

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Date Posted: 3/23/2012 9:47 PM ET
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Jerelyn...thank you! Not only for sending me Lady of Hay as my 1st hf book but for giving me a great new expression...it may take a while but I will use "time slippy" in a conversation!

 

Date Posted: 3/23/2012 9:52 PM ET
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Oh Bonnie, It wasn't your first,  I sent you an Elizabeth Chadwick novel.  I think you used it either for the deflowering category or headless lady category in last years challenge. 

You have my permission to use Time Slippy anytime you feel the need. ;p

Bonnie (LoveNE) - ,
Date Posted: 3/23/2012 9:56 PM ET
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I knew that! I did, I swear! (except I forgot to come back and edit...) WTH?

 

 

AND it was Pope Joan!!!! Yeeha! (yes I had to come back cuz I forgot to say this AGAIN!)



Last Edited on: 3/23/12 9:57 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/23/2012 10:20 PM ET
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LOL  okay, you got me!