Posts Tagged ‘tuica’

B. Stover Asks and We Answer


January 19th, 2023 Posted 8:04 am

Yesterday’s post re New Year’s resolutions features a photo of a tuica bottle with the Dracula label. B. Stover asks: “Wonder what the Dracula tuica has to do with resolutions.” Tuica has been on my mind because it crops up in a scene in Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge (coming July 25, pre-orderable). It’s a potent Romanian drink and Dracula is perhaps the most famous Romanian. But why the heck did I post it? It must have something to do with undermining the whole concept of New Year’a resolutions. That’s the best I can do, B.!


I Resolve That You


January 18th, 2023 Posted 8:03 am

Does anyone still do new year’s resolutions? Maybe we’ve always been framing this the wrong way. Wouldn’t a simple “I resolve that you and everyone else will smooth my path in 2023” do the job?


Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge


November 7th, 2022 Posted 8:13 am

Many thanks for all the questions re Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge, my next novel, coming July 25 and already pre-orderable, thanks to the miracle of modern commerce.

  1. Will this be a series? I think so.
  2. Any dogs (or cats) involved? No.
  3. Will there be more Chet and Bernie? For sure! I’m working on one right now.
  4. Is Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge a mystery? It’s certainly in the more general realm of crime fiction, but I’d say closer to suspense or thriller, with elements of caper.
  5. What type of revenge is Mrs.P seeking? Well, no spoilers, but she surprises herself in the end.
  6. Tone: Lighthearted and fun or more serious and suspenseful? Yes.
  7. Any quirky characters? I would say so, but never to the point of being unbelievable. You may enjoy Mrs. Plansky’s 98 year old dad.
  8. Any supernatural? No.
  9. What’s on my nightstand? Open, by Andre Agassi. It’s great.
  10. Is Mrs. Plansky based on a specific real person? No.
  11. Does she like baseball? Mrs. P was a bit of a tomboy, as she puts it, and played Little League with the boys.
  12. Does she drink beer? Beer doesn’t come up, but a Romanian drink called tuica plays a role.
  13. How old is Mrs. P? 71.
  14. When does the story take place? Now.


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