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#TuesdayBookBlog HULLABA LULU Book Launch. Dieselpunk in the Jazz Age by Teagan R. Geneviene (@teagangeneviene)

Hi all:

Today I bring you a treat. I know many of you are fans of Teagan Geneviene’s blog and her books. For those who don’t know her yet, she is a true magician! She starts with the germ of an idea for a story (sometimes a character and a historical era, a scene, a song) and then asks the readers of her blog to participate and suggest objects, ingredients… whatever might be relevant, and “Abracadabra” the magic is served and an incredible story is born.

Many of her readers (I included) had been asking her to turn these stories into books, to be able to enjoy them more fully and keep them in our collections. After some insistence, she finally agreed, and now some of her stories have become books. And she has done it again! Here she brings us a fantastic (in more ways than one) story with some of my favourite characters (not all human either)! So, you’re all invited to the book launch party!

Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash

Oh, and she asked me to choose one of the Real World things, and being a psychiatrist, I could not resist and had to choose Carl Jung’s mysterious Red Notebook. Jung was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst born in the XIX century (1875). At first, he was a close ally of Freud but later he moved away from psychoanalysis and founded analytical psychology, which caused a rift between them. He introduced many psychological concepts that have become well-known, like archetypes, the collective unconscious, introversion and extraversion, synchronicity, and the notion of the psychological complex.  And that’s enough from me. Here comes Teagan Geneviene and Hullaba Lulu.

Lulu and Friends by Teagan R Geneviene

Lulu and Friends by Teagan R Geneviene

Hi, Olga – it’s wonderful of you to host me to announce my novella, Hullaba Lulu, a Dieselpunk Adventure.

Since you followed this story in the serial version, you know this is a “dieselpunk” story. It has a 1920s aesthetic with retro futuristic technology, a dash of magic, and some creepy settings, along with a crew of misfit characters. Lulu is a snarky, but good-hearted flapper. She and her friends get into all sorts of trouble (often due to Lulu’s clumsiness). They travel on a magical train to a lot of “sideways” places.

At the back of the novella, I included a list of Real-World Things. You chose Carl Jung’s Red Notebook. So, I’m sharing that entry and a related snippet from the novella.

Real-World Thing

Carl Jung’s Red Notebook, also known as The Red Book, is a red leather‐bound folio manuscript written by the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung between 1915 and 1930. It comments on his psychological experiments and is based on manuscripts first drafted by Jung in 1914–15 and 1917. Despite being nominated as the central piece in Jung’s body of work, it was not published or made otherwise accessible for study until 2009.

Jung's Red Notebook displayed on his desk. Wikipedia
Jung’s Red Notebook displayed on his desk. Wikipedia

Snippet

The Red Notebook comes into the story not long after Lulu meets the mysterious Valentino. Here’s a snippet:

The right-side page bore a hand drawn map. I gazed at it in sudden inspiration. I grabbed the notepad where I penciled the letters of the Ouija board to which the planchette pointed moments before, Y, T, I, C, C, I, T, N, A, L, T, A. My eyes went back to the map. I spat out the piece of saltwater taffy that as still in my mouth.

Valentino reached the desk in a single step. He didn’t even flinch at putting his hand into the aura. He picked up his travelogue. He snapped it shut and the nimbus burst. The noise of tiny pops repeatedly assailed my ears, like a string of lady finger firecrackers. Bits of ectoplasm showered down in sparks.

I tried to take the book from him, but he held it tightly to his chest. He gave me a derisive look that was probably meant to make me stop. I desperately wanted to get another look at that page. The only thing I had been able to make out in the handwriting was a name. Lauren.

“Lauren was my mother’s name,” I hissed into his ear, not wanting Gramps to hear.

“I know, but save it for later,” he whispered back as he twisted away from my hands.

***

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Olga, thanks again for letting me visit. You’re the kitten’s ankles!

Here’s the rest of the information for Hullaba Lulu.

Cover and Blurb

Hullaba Lulu cover by Teagan R. Geneviene
Hullaba Lulu cover by Teagan R. Geneviene

Hullaba Lulu, a Dieselpunk Adventure is a wild and wooly 1920s fantasy story. Lulu, the heroine is inspired by the song, “Don’t Bring Lulu,” from 1925 ― so are her pals, Pearl and Rose. My Lulu loves to dance, and freely indulges in giggle water. She snores and burps and says whatever she wants. Lulu is a snarky but good-hearted flapper. The song’s inspiration stops there, but the story is just beginning.

Travel with Lulu and her friends on a magical, dieselpunk train that belongs to the smolderingly handsome and enigmatic man known only as Valentino. They get into all sorts of trouble, usually due to Lulu’s clumsiness. It’s an intense ride through a number of pos-i-lutely creepy settings, including “sideways” versions of Atlantic City and the Cotton Club. At every stop and in between, Lulu ends up creating chaos. There’s no telling where they’ll end up. No, Lulu! Don’t touch that!

Lulu’s the kind of smarty, breaks up every party,

Hullabaloo loo, don’t bring Lulu,

I’ll bring her myself!

Purchase Links

Throughout October, Hullaba Lulu is at an introductory price. The eBooks are only 99¢. For those who boycott Amazon I made a Kobo eBook too.

Kindle: Click this universal link

Paperback: Click this universal link

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/hullaba-lulu

Hullaba Lulu promo image by Teagan R. Geneviene

Hullaba Lulu promo image by Teagan R. Geneviene

Also…

While it is not exactly a companion volume to any of my Roaring Twenties stories, I’ve written a 1920s slang dictionary. I’m careful to use slang in a context that makes it understandable, but you might enjoy having Speak Flapper. It debuted at #1 in its category at Amazon. Here’s a review from Annika Perry at Goodreads.

Speak Flapper, Slang of the 1920s by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene
Speak Flapper, Slang of the 1920s by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

Author Bio

Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene’s work is colored by her experiences from living in the southern states and the desert southwest (of the USA). Teagan most often writes one kind of fantasy or another, including the “Punk” genres, like steampunk, dieselpunk, and atompunk. Whether it’s a 1920s mystery, a steampunk adventure, or an urban fantasy, her stories have a strong element of whimsy. There are no extremes in violence, sex, or profanity.

Her talents also include book covers and promotional images. She makes all of her own. Teagan is currently exploring the idea of offering that service to others.

All of the books by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene are available at her Amazon Author Page.

Amazon Author Page Universal Link

Her latest release is from the punk genres, Hullaba Lulu, a Dieselpunk Adventure.

Social Media Links

You can also visit me at:

Blog: www.teagansbooks.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Teagan-Riordain-Geneviene/e/B00HHDXHVM
Twitter: https://twitter.com/teagangeneviene
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeagansBooks
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/teagangeneviene/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoM-z7_iH5t2_7aNpy3vG-Q
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teagangeneviene/


The whole tour has been wonderful, so I recommend it to check the rest of the posts, but just in case you’ve missed them, I’m including here Robbie Cheadle’s post as it also includes her fantastic review (and as I belong to one of her review groups, I know how good her review are). Thanks, Robbie!

Hullaba Lulu Launch – Ouija Board and book review

Thanks so much, Teagan, for this opportunity and for this wonderful post! Good luck with the launch! And of course, thanks to all of you for reading, liking, sharing, clicking (you have no idea what you’ll be missing if you don’t), reviewing, and remember to keep smiling and, above all, to keep safe!

Oh, and don’t forget to have a bit of cake!

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By OlgaNunez

I was born in Barcelona and after living in the UK for many years have now returned home. I teach English, volunteer at Sants 3 Ràdio, a local radio station, I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often.
I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links.
My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

59 replies on “#TuesdayBookBlog HULLABA LULU Book Launch. Dieselpunk in the Jazz Age by Teagan R. Geneviene (@teagangeneviene)”

Thanks, Priscilla. Teagan’s research into the era where her novels and blog serials are set is legendary, and psychoanalysis and psychology was all the rage in the period, so it is fitting, although how she manages to pull such a mix of elements and create a novel has always been a wonder to me. She’s a magician! Have a lovely week and keep safe, Priscilla.

Hi Priscilla. The notebook was one of the “things” when the story was a serial. It took a moment for me to figure out how to use it. But of course, Valentino got around. LOL. Thanks for coming to Olga’s party. You’re the oyster’s earrings!

I love how Teagan uses ‘real world things’ garnered from her readers as inspiration for her stories. A smart way to hook us and create entertainment at the same time!

You’re absolutely right. I always try to contribute some object or ingredient to her serials, and sometimes I already find it difficult to come up with something suited to the era, I can’t imagine how challenging it has to be to actually weave it into the story, but it does get her imagination going, and often times it sends the adventure in totally unexpected directions. Have a lovely and safe week, Jacquie.

I’m delighted that you enjoy it, Jacquie. It always works better for me when the “things” come from someone else, rather than me just choosing my own. Thanks for visiting this party. You’re the cat’s meow!

Good… afternoon for you, but morning for me, Olga! What a brilliant start to my day — and champagne & cake for breakfast. Lulu would certainly approve. (Truth is, I have a bagel and low-acid coffee. LOL)
Your introduction leaves me blushing. ^^’ I enjoyed what you added about the Red Notebook. Thanks so very much for being a spectacular part of this launch. I’m sharing everywhere, FB, LinkedIn, BeBee, Twitter. I’m still trying to see if there is a way to re-press it through WP. Time to mingle first though. It looks like the angel-bots have taken to the dancefloor. Let’s all cut a rug! You’re the cat’s pajamas!

Thanks, Teagan. You’re a star. And I’m sure champagne and cake go well with everything. Yes, I’m sure Lulu and all her friends would approve. Ease into it slowly. We’ll keep the party going! ♥

I know! I’ve admired your photographs and your collaborations often. You are an unending source of inspiration for her. Enjoy the rest of the week.

Thanks, Robbie. Yes, I read and included your review. I can’t really choose between all her stories, although Lulu is a fun character. Enjoy the rest of the week and stay safe!

Teagan, you’re brilliant to weave the Real World Things into your historical novels. Great pick of Jung’s Red Notebook, Olga. Thank you for hosting Teagan’s book launch. The cake is delicious!

I totally agree with your comment, Miriam. I don’t know how you ended up on my spam folder, but thankfully I saw your comment. Everything is better with a bit of cake. Thanks for joining the party, have fun, and take care. ♥

It always happens, Miriam. Sometimes I get notifications or I see them at the top of my screen, but that doesn’t always work. I’m sure everybody will understand. It’s the nature of blogs. Take care. 🙂

Hi GP, I’m so glad you came to this party! I love to introduce my friends to one another. Olga and I got acquainted early in my blogging adventures. Our friendship goes all the way back to the serial version of A Ghost in the Kitchen in 2014… maybe before that. Have a wonderful week. You’re the cat’s pajamas!

I recommend it, Resa. Well, this and all the rest. Her books and her blogs are a must-read. Never a moment’s boredom in her universe. Enjoy the rest of the week!

She is, Jill. I read a lot of books in different genres and I’m quite good at guessing what will happen next, but with Teagan’s books, I never know what’s going to happen. Keep safe and enjoy the rest of the week.

Great review Olga, and the champagne goes well with Lulu’s character. I wished she was real, I would have liked to go around with her. Congratulations to Teagan, I wish her much success.

Thanks, Valentina. Sorry you didn’t see your first comment straight away. It’s the setting of the blog. I agree. I’m sure Lulu would enjoy this party. Well, I think she’d enjoy any party! She’s such a bubbly character that champagne suits her well. Enjoy the week and keep well.

“True magician” is a perfect description of Teagan, Olga. The way she combines a scrap of an idea with random suggestions from readers is nothing short of magic. Congrats to Teagan on the new release, and thanks for hosting!

I’m still blushing from that description. That’s one of the nicest things anyone could possibly say to me. Teri, I’m delighted to see you here. I’m looking forward to bringing Lulu to visit your Bad Moon Rising festival later this month. You’re the cat’s meow!

Well Hello to Teagan. I’m a day late to this one. You got a good “thing,” Olga. How interesting that Jung’s book wasn’t public until 2009. I’ll bet it’s fascinating. Thanks for being part of the tour. Teagan deserves tons of support for just being who she is. Happy Reading.

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