Jazz Age Wednesdays & Hullaba Review

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Hi ya’ll. Yes, you are at Jazz Age Wednesdays.  Pull up a chair and get comfortable!

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Art by Rob Goldstein

I’m working on the story for Chapter 3 of Hullaba Lulu.  Rob has already created a collection of wonderful images, and sent “three things” to drive the story. However, I’ve been dealing with “stuff” again for the past week (and weekend), and it kept me from writing.  So rather than give you a lower “quality” (not to mention rushed) episode I’m sharing a couple of things in stead.

Artist Rob Goldstein is collaborating with me for the new series, Hullaba Lulu. Rob shared some of his art for the “Lulu-verse” at his blog. There are new images, and some that you might not see here during the series.  Click here, it’s a fun post.

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Gramps, Valentino, and Lulu — by Rob Goldstein

Next… I’m late sharing this because I didn’t realize she had done it.  Dynamic author and translator, Olga Núñez Miret recently reviewed my current novel, “Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients 1.”  I’m so excited about her review that I had to share it right away.  Here’s Olga’s review as posted at Good Reads.

A fun and delicious book for readers with a sense of adventure who admire creativity I am a big fan of Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, as an author, a blogger, and I was lucky to discover her blog a few years back, and although I missed some of her early serials at the time of their initial conception, I have managed to catch up with them over time. I have also read her novel, Atonement, Tennessee and know that apart from an imagination that knows no bounds, and a love of period research and attention to detail. (You can check my review here.) She has a way with words and can create magical characters that readers get to care for and make them live through situations that never fail to surprise us and keep us on tenterhooks.

Blue Lucille Ball Stage Door Trailer

As she explains in her description, she has been running a number of serials on her blog, pantser style. She asks her readers for things and/or ingredients, and she makes up a story that keeps developing as her imagination, and the things and ingredients, dictate. I am in awe at her creativity and I must recommend her blog (Teagan’s Books), as I know she is working on her next serial (and her process of creation is totally interactive).

Many of her readers (I included) kept telling her we would like to have the option of having her serials in book format, and eventually, she relented.  I have reviewed her first serial in book format, Three Things Serial Story: A Little 1920s Story (you can read my review here). Many of the things I said about the previous book can be applied to this one.

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Young Lucille Ball

This is another light, fun, and fast book, with the same protagonist, Pip, a young woman, a flapper (as she keeps reminding herself and us, because being modern at the time was not an easy task), who, on this occasion, is sent to stay with her grandmother, Granny Phanny (she is a fabulous character, and although she would hate to be called a flapper, she is an utterly modern woman) in Savannah so she can learn how to cook. That helps introduce the ingredients part of the story, and the culinary theme adds a layer of interest to the story, although I would advise not to read the book when you’re very hungry, because although sometimes the ingredients don’t end up in a dish, they often do, and they all sound delicious.

Pip, who narrates the story in the first person, is recovering from a heartache and meets a cast of wonderful characters, from a family of Chinese restaurateurs, to a vet and his doctor wife, G-men, police officers, mobsters, and there is even a paranormal element in the story. Oh, and let’s not forget a collection of pets that will warm your hearts and make you laugh.

Pip’s language remains as peculiar as usual, and the author seamlessly includes the popular and fashionable expressions of the era in her book. I challenge readers not to end up using some of them, especially some of Pip’s favourites.

Studebaker blue 1920s 

I recommended readers of the previous serial to play a game and try and imagine in which direction they would send the story, or how they would use the three things at the beginning of each chapter. You can do the same here, and if you’re fond of cooking, I’m sure you will have fun exploring possible ways of using the ingredients, both to cook and to advance the story. And by the end of the book, you’ll be amazed at how the author has managed to create a cohesive story from such diverse elements.

I recommend this book to readers with a sense of fun and play who enjoy a fast and light mystery (cozy style. No explicit violence, although there is violence, no sex scenes) set in the Jazz Age (oh, don’t forget to follow the author’s blog if you enjoy that historical period as she shares a post on the subject every Wednesday), with charming characters and great food. And even if you don’t have a lot of time to read for long stretches at a time, as the serial was created to be read a chapter per week, it is very easy to follow the story and not get lost. So, there is no excuse!

Applesauce, Olga!  Wow, and thank you so very much!

Everyone, thanks for visiting.  Rob and I will be back next Wednesday for more of Hullaba Lulu.  You’re the cat’s pajamas!


PS:  Now for more shameless self-promotion — the links to my 1920s books — the ones about Pip and her friends.

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Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I

Novel-book-The Three Things Serial Story-Teagan Riordain Geneviene-The Writer Next Door-Vashti Q-spotlight-author

The Three Things Serial Story: A Little 1920s Story Kindle 



This is a work of fiction.  Characters, names, places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, locales, or events is entirely coincidental.

Artwork Copyright © 2018 by Rob Goldstein

Copyright © 2018 by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

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77 thoughts on “Jazz Age Wednesdays & Hullaba Review

  1. Congrats on such a wonderful review, Teagan! And I hope everything gets sorted out for you soon. Thanks too for the link to Rob’s post with all that gorgeous artwork. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Hullaba Lulu and think it’s great the two of you are collaborating!

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  2. You already know that I’m a Pip and Granny Phanny fan (say that 3 times quickly!! 😆), so Olga’s review doesn’t surprise me in the least. You’ve assembled a wonderful cast of characters in this Jazz Age serial, and they must be fun to work with because it comes out in your writing 💕

    Thanks for introducing us again to Rob Goldstein. Not only is his artwork gorgeous, but he’s funny too 🙂

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    1. Hi Joanne, it’s great to see you. Yes, Rob is a treasure. It’s my pleasure to introduce him. And heartfelt thanks for what you said about the review. I was thrilled.
      I’m happy for you to say that about Pip and Granny, because I really do have fun writing their characters. Thanks for taking time to visit. You’re the cat’s pajamas!

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  3. I am showing up for Jazz Age Thursday, because I am also dealing with “stuff” this week. I was glad to see that I am in good company 🙂

    I love the review, and I agree with it. As for trying to figure out which way to steer the story, I’m afraid I would go straight off a cliff…oh wait, that’s the other story 😉

    I hope you have a great rest of the week, Teagan.

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    1. Ha!!! Dan, I thought I was about to go “off a cliff” around midnight. Had to call in sick today…just an ugly headache, but I couldn’t contend with it and meetings and the bad “stuff.” I’m really sorry that you have stuff of your own.
      I hope everyone will visit your terrific Thursday Doors post today. And I hope the rest of your week and weekend is stellar. Hugs.

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    1. You got the ball rolling with this, Sally — thank you again.
      I had to take a sick day today… still trying to find a solution to those “complications.”
      I’m excited to be working with Rob on this story. I expect to finish Chapter 3 this weekend, even though it’s my short weekend. Many thanks for visiting. You’re the cat’s pajamas!

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  4. What an awesome review, Teagan. Olga captured some of the great elements I’ve noticed while reading parts of the serial, particularly Pip’s delightful “voice.” I’m so glad she captured the “sense of fun and play” that accompanies all your writing. 🙂

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    1. Diana, I really appreciate your comment. I’m so happy that you enjoy Pip’s voice.
      Olga has a way of capturing many things that are helpful for the reader to know — and so do you. 🙂 Thanks for taking time to visit. You’re the bee’s knees!

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    1. Thank you so much John. Olga’s review did a lot to restore the confidence that gets drained Monday through Friday. And you do too. I appreciate you both. LOL, I’m exhausted — maybe I should read it again. 😉
      Looking forward to hearing how little Twiggy is doing in your Thursday post. Hugs!

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  5. I hope things calm down for you on the work front soon, Teagan. It is tough to work weekends, I have also been doing that. I love Rob’s art and quirky posts and Olga does write the most amazing reviews, yours is really wonderful.

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    1. Hi Robbie. I couldn’t agree more about Rob and Olga.
      I started work at 4AM Monday — trying to save my weekends for writing/blogging, but I was too stressed out to write, despite my best efforts. It just gets worse…
      Huge thanks for visiting. You brighten my day. Hugs.

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  6. Good morning dear Teagan….I love the images in this post and wonderful review from Olga who I believe writes the best reviews ever. You deserve all the accolades you receive and more. Sending you and Crystal Hummingbird Hugs. janet 🙂 xxx

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    1. Dear Janet, it’s so good to see you. Crystal is quite busy this morning as I try to have a cup of coffee — gathering and moving “toy” paper balls, and meowing at the top of her lungs about it. LOL. 🐱
      I agree about Olga’s reviews. She amazes me, because I know she’s read every word, and picks up on all the aspects that are relevant to many different types of reader. Off to Mordor now. Oodles of hummingbird hugs right back. ❤

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    1. Hi Geoff. Indeed, Olga is inspiring!
      I know about those Kindle heaps… thank goodness they don’t take up a lot of space, else I’d need the Library of Congress! I’m such a slow reader (and so little time for it) that the heap just gets bigger.
      Thank you for visiting. You’re the bee’s knees!

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    1. Hi Olga. I’m grateful that you made time to read my book, delighted that you enjoyed it, and pos-i-lutely honored by your review. Thanks for sharing it at all those wonderful book places, and for sharing this post on Facebook. Huge hugs right back!

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