Friday 13 April 2012

L is for Longstockings, Pippi

Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a flair for the outrageous that seems to lead to one adventure after another!

Pippi Longstockings, in german, Pippi Langstrumpf. Aah, this girl reminds me of my younger years *dreamy sigh* Minus the red hair, stripped mismatched stockings, no parents.

This is also my daughter's favourite tv series. She loves Pippi so much that during the Fasching (Carneval) season here in Vienna, I searched high and low to find a wig that resembled Pippi's hair, the strip stockings as well.

A Little about Pippi Longstockings.

Pippi Longstockings is in truth an unusual young girl. She is financially independent since she owns a sackful of gold pieces. She can shoot a revolver and sail on the seven seas. She is both cheeky and kind, she can carry a horse and she can outlift the strongest man in the world, Mighty Adolph.

I truly admire how Astrid Lindgren created this character (maybe I am biased because in a way, I was like Pippi, well not carrying the horse part and outlifting Might Adolph, but I was cheeky. Very cheeky) she made a loveable character. Even when she is upto no good, I can't help but love this 10 year old. I've watched the DVDs with my 7 year old daughter (that's part of our bonding ritual) and we both adore Pippi. 

A fun read — not a feminist agenda

Astrid Lindgren was not exactly proceeding from an explicit feminist agenda when she wrote her wonderful stories about this remarkable girl and her two close friends. That, however, has not prevented Pippi from becoming a source of inspiration in the struggle for gender equality. She is still the hero of the day.

Throughout the world, girls have been encouraged to have fun, to be a bit more daring and to have faith in their own ability. Pippi Longstocking has performed wonders. Source

Long live Pippi Longstockings! :D

Friday Fantastic Author Feature: Debbie Peterson

I am really excited to welcome Debbie Peterson, a fellow Inkspeller, and the author of 'Shadow of The Witte Wieven'. I'm reading her book currently. What I can only say about it is that it is unlike any other book I've read before. Simply wonderful, unique, mysterious and well written with a dash of romance. So without further ado, let's welcome Debbie Peterson.

Book Summary:

Shadow of The Witte WievenDespite a contract on her head, lone Drug Enforcement Agent, Aliyana Montijo must ferret out a mole and stop the assassination of top DEA officials, as so ordered by the Colombian drug lord she seeks to take down. The task is a daunting one, for there is no one she can trust. No one that is, until she encounters a most unlikely ally.
Former seventeenth century captain of the Dutch West Indies Company, Wolfaert Dircksen Van Ness, now from a parallel dimension, encounters the beautiful agent during an unearthly storm in the Bermuda triangle. Drawn to the Spanish beauty he rescues, he pledges his assistance, despite her reluctance to accept either his help or his heart.
Can Wolf bridge both space and time to claim the woman he loves?

CeCe: Please tell us your name:

Deb: Debbie Peterson

CeCe:What book are you currenlty promoting When will it be released and by which publisher?

Deb: The book is a paranormal romance concerning a beautiful undercover DEA agent (working a Colombian drug cartel) and a handsome 17th century sea captain (now from a parallel dimension), who meet rather abruptly during a storm in the Bermuda Triangle. They team up to prevent an assassination of the top DEA officials and their families. And along the way...

The book will be released April 21, 2012 by Inkspell Publishing.

CeCe: How much research did you do for this project?

Deb: Quite a bit. I had to know a lot of things about the DEA, the organization, weapons, latest in technological gadgets etc. I had to learn about brigantines and the Dutch West Indies company. I also had to know a lot of things about the South American drug cartels, just to name a few.

CeCe: How did you come up with the story idea?

Deb:I saw a beautiful picture of a raging storm over the ocean and my imagination took flight…
CeCe:Which genre is the book?

Deb: Paranormal Romance

Cece: Which genres do you enjoy reading and writing?

Deb: I love reading the classics, and of course, reading and writing fantasy, paranormal romance.

CeCe: Where can readers and fans find you - online that is?


Thanks Cece!

Thank You, Debbie. It was a pleasure having you here on my blog.