Challenges/Tags/Fun Stuff, Ray & Marcus da Díxon 💙

Writing Tag!✍

So, Grace over at Following Him Beside Still Waters nominated me to do this tag some months ago (try January) and I completely slept on it. I can never get around to completing tags in a timely manner, but I thank Grace for the nomination and I’m here for it, but first…

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I don’t really write anymore. I still enjoy it from time to time, but I don’t devote my energy to it as before. However, I’ll be doing this tag with my serial Crazy Rich French Twins given that I don’t have much writing material as before to choose from. This serial is still in its planning stages, but I’ll try to feature an episode for Short Story Sunday soon. I am also contemplating on entering it for this year’s NaNoWriMo. 

1. A crazy hacker’s gone into your computer and has deleted all of your music, except for one song off of your writing playlist. Which song is it?

I don’t have a playlist for CRFT, but if one song had to remain it’ll be ‘Oubliez Moi’ by Ridsa. It fits perfectly given that the story is set in France.

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2. Your protagonist and antagonist have been paired up by friends to go out to lunch together. Where do they go?

CRFT shares two protagonists who are supa dupa mirror identical twins so good luck identifying who is who.

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The twins are practically one so they’ll go out with Jean-Pierre Papin at Ladurée in the Champs Elysées…

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…and maybe leave with some tasty macarons. Kudos to Ladurée for inventing this tasty treat.

3. You’re crossing a bridge when the troll living under it stops you. He demands to read a chapter from your novel, and won’t let you cross otherwise. Which chapter do you give him?

The joke is on the little guy who spends his miserable life under a bridge for I don’t have any chapters as yet. Plus, I don’t need to cross the bridge by walking over it when I can simply fly over it in a helicopter.

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4. Your friends have invited you out to a party. Surprise! All of your characters are there. Who do you choose to hang out with?

You won’t ever see me at parties for it’s not my thing, but it’ll have to be Ray da Díxon. He’s sunshine in a cup and a beautiful soul. He’s fascinating and his mind works like no other so I know he’ll be a blast to hang with!

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5. Oh no. You left your car keys in your house, and you’ve (somehow) locked yourself out. Which of your characters picks the lock for you?

It’s okay, I’ll pick the lock myself. Oh, right, this is about the characters. How dare I pick the lock myself! This is a job for… anyone of my main characters actually.

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6. The zombie apocalypse is happening right now. (It’s awful.) Everyone is fleeing the planet, and moving to Mars. ONE of your characters can go with you. Who do you choose?

I hate zombies! I won’t be choosing any character to go to Mars for we’re not cowards. We’re going to form an army and go Nick Morton on them! Flee to Mars? Please!

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7. You’ve been given the opportunity to travel to one place (town, building, landmark, country) in your book. Where do you go?

It’s France! I’ll go EVERYWHERE & ANYWHERE! Loire Valley Châteaux, Palace of Versailles, Mont Saint-Michel… EVERYWHERE & ANYWHERE! I cannot just choose one place! … okay, for question’s sake, at the moment, I’ll choose the panoramic Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. 

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Or I’ll probably stay at Villa Kerylos in Beaulieu-sur-Mer:

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8. You meet your main character and start a conversation with them. Problem is, you’ve only got six words or less to do so. What do you say?

To Ray: Always be that sunshine we love. (I know its cheesy, but this is Monsieur Cheesy himself from The Most Romantic Man in the World series so it’s quite fitting.)

To Marcus: Stay true; never change for society. 

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9. Crazy acid rain is falling from the sky. Which of your characters would you use as an umbrella?

I’ll probably use Jean-Pierre Papin. Bastard had it coming. 

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10. You’re out at a restaurant with your main character, and the time has come to order dessert. What do you order for them?

For Ray: he has one of the sweetest tooth known to mankind, so a healthy slice of clafoutis. 

For Marcus: every single dessert on the menu! Yes, he puts his twin to shame when it comes to consumption of food.

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This was so much fun to do! I’ll love to do another fun tag such as!

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Books & Reviews 📚

Book #27: Macaron Murder

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Author: Harper Lin
Publisher: Harper Lin Books (2014)
Pages: 145
Chapters: 18
Series: A Patisserie Mystery #1

BLURB:

French native Clémence Damour returns to Paris after traveling around the world for two years. She’s dog-sitting for her parents in the posh 16th arrondissement and overseeing the family patisserie, a famous franchise known for their delectable gourmet pastries and sweets in Paris and around the world.

To get off on the right foot with la gardienne, the caretaker of the apartment building, Clémence gives her a box of their luxury macarons. The next morning  however, the half-eaten box of macarons is found near la gardienne’s dead body. An incompetent inspector accuses Clémence of being the killer, which prompts her to clear her name and solve the case herself.

Join Clémence and her friends as they solve murder cases, bake macarons and other treats, and fall in love in The City of Lights.

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…REVIEW!

I actually don’t know what to make of this book. It was quite easy to read – too easy! I wouldn’t even call it a book for young adults. Children 7-12 can read this book, but I won’t recommend it.

This book took me nowhere. I tried to get into it hoping that the author would introduce a brilliant plot twist, but I was left hanging.

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I like reading novels about France and the French, but some are just downright stereotypical and this book was one of them. “You know how Frenchmen are. They’re like insecure little boys who need to act arrogant to mask their insecurities.” Take that back! Not ALL Frenchmen are arrogant and insecure. How rude, offensive and downright stereotypical. I know some Frenchmen who are quite the opposite and I’m not talking about my favorite French personalities.

The ONLY person I liked in this story was Sebastien.

Saying the French president (now former) is not attractive and making fun of the women who are attracted to him is downright rude. It doesn’t matter if someone is not super attractive with a megawatt smile, some women are attracted to that kind of man status or not. Some of the least attractive world leaders had their fair share of affairs with upstanding ladies. I happen to think that Mr. Hollande was nice. Have you seen him back in his heydays?

LoL! Ah, moving on.

Clémence and Cyril deserve each other although I know she’s probably going to end up with the lovely and mysterious Sebastien. I won’t know, though, because my journey of this series stops right here.

I knew the dentist was the killer when I first met him but calling him a psychopathic murderer was a little too much. He only killed one woman by hitting her… by accident. In reality, a psychopathic murderer is a serial killer. A serial killer would have several killings under his belt. The dentist only had one and he didn’t kill in a psychopathic way.

I felt as if Clémence didn’t tell me about herself. I got that she traveled recently, loves to bake but isn’t sure of making it her career. I am sorry, but although I haven’t been to Paris, this setting did not feel like Paris at all. Nothing about the sights (except the Eiffel Tower) and the smells (except the macarons) transported me to the beautiful City of Love. The characters weren’t well developed and the murder didn’t have anything to do with macarons at all. The story ended too abruptly for me.

I passed on the macaron recipes. They were bland.

TYPO:

Lara noticed Arthur glaring at Lara, who sat down and seemed to deflate in a chair. (page 112)

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VERDICT:

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NEXT UP:

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Tough Girls Don’t Dance by Osmund James. I know for certain that I am going to find fault with this book, but I was told that I don’t read too many Caribbean books and that I should read this one. We’ll see.