Sunday, February 24, 2013

1920s Slang Guest Post by Taylor Dean Author of Lancaster House & Middle Aisle

On tour with Prism Book Tours...

I am so excited to have Taylor Dean on A Buckeye Girl Read as a part of the Prism Blog Tour! I'll be reviewing both of these books on 2/28/14. I adored both of them! Taylor's here today to talk about 1920s Slang and is here with a giveaway!

Lancaster House
Lancaster House
by Taylor Dean
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 7th 2012 by Createspace


Zoe Grayson needs a change. So, she moves to another state, purchases an old, dilapidated 1920s Victorian Mansion, and sets out to restore it to its former glory. As she begins the restoration, she finds herself falling in love with the old house . . . not to mention its illustrious builder, Mr. Lancaster. Zoe becomes obsessed with the house as she discovers its secrets; hidden rooms, secret passageways . . . and a mysterious man who seems to think the house is his. Who is he? More importantly, how does he live in her home unseen and unheard?

The unexpected answers leave her reeling—and questioning everything she’s ever known. To her dismay, Zoe’s actions land her in the local psychiatric hospital, scheming for ways to return to Lancaster House . . . and the love of her life.

The Middle Aisle (Lancaster House)

The Middle Aisle
by Taylor Dean
Paperback, 356 pages
Published November 26th 2012 by Create Space


Zoe Grayson is back in Lancaster House, ordered to bed rest for the duration of her unexpected pregnancy. Doctor Wade Channing, her overzealous psychiatrist, is living in Lancaster House, taking care of her, waiting on her, and tending to her every need. It seems to be the perfect arrangement.

There’s just one catch.

She has to tell him her story—everything that has happened in her life since the moment she escaped from Serenity Hills. It’s been quite an adventure to include renovating another home and a walk down the middle aisle.

But, that’s all over now. Nothing is real. It never was.

How did she end up in this miserable situation?

The use of nineteen-twenties’ slang in Lancaster House

*If you missed yesterday’s post which included the prologue from Lancaster House, just take a stroll back through this door to nowehere, over to Christy's Cozy Corners! Watch your step . . .

Slang from the nineteen-twenties is so much fun! It’s so colorful and crazy. It truly made the Lancaster House series fun to write. A few of my favorites are:

Breezer: a convertible
Goofy: in love
Cheaters: glasses
Bank’s closed: no kissing or making out
Giggle water: alcohol
Dewdropper: young man who sleeps all day and doesn’t have a job

And of course, my two all time favorites are: ‘ironing your shoelaces’ and ‘the middle aisle.’ But, you have to read The Middle Aisle to find out what they mean! (No fair, don’t google them! It’ll be worth the wait, I promise!)

The challenge I faced in writing Lancaster House and The Middle Aisle was in making my main character NOT sound like the Humphrey Bogart type: “Here’s looking at you, kid!” OR “Awww, what’s eating you?” I tried to avoid the well-known slang or famous lines associated with the 1920s. My other challenge was to not overuse the nineteen-twenties’ slang. I felt that if I used it too much, it would come across as cheesy and annoying.

But, ahhhh, only in the 1920s can you flip on your cheaters and go for a ride in a breezer with a handsome cake-eater. (a lady’s man) I have a new appreciation for slang!
*Don’t miss tomorrow’s post, which includes a ‘nineteen-twenties’ slang’ excerpt from The Middle Aisle. Come back and jump down this secret passageway to icultgen. . .

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Taylor DeanAbout the Author:

Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding that she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it's paranormal, contemporary, or suspense-you'll find all sub-genres of romance in her line-up.

Lancaster House & The Middle Aisle, available in print or eCopy from Smashwords or Amazon:

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The Tour:

2/11 – Unputdownable Books – Guest Post
2/12 – I Am A Reader, Not a Writer – Guest Post 
2/13 - Fundinmental Guest Post 
-          Letters to the Cosmos – Review
2/14 – Oh, The Books You’ll Read – Review
-          Proud Book Nerd – Guest Post
2/15 – LDS & Lovin’ It – Review

2/17 - Phantasmic Reads - Review
-          Lavender & Camomile Press Guest Post
2/18 – The Reading Diaries – Guest Post
2/19 -  Living a Goddess Life – Review
-          Beck Valley Books – Guest Post
2/20 – Living the Goddess Life –  Recipe
-          Colorimetry 
2/21 – Passion and Life – Guest Post
-          Books Mystify – Goodreads Review
2/22 – Christy’s Cozy Corner – Review

2/24 – Christy’s Cozy Corner – Review
 -          A Buckeye Girl Reads – Guest Post
2/25 – Living a Goddess Life – Review
-          Icultgen – Guest Post
2/26 – Who’s Thanny?  (Byzinha) – Review
-          Letters to the Cosmos – Review
2/27 – Living a Goddess Life – Recipe
   -          Tressa – Goodreads Reviewer
2/28 – A Buckeye Girl Reads – Review
3/1 – Grand Finale TBA...