Posted by Donna MacMeans May 24 2012, 11:40 pm in Bandita Booty, Casanova Code, Donna MacMeans, Heidi Howard
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Posted by Donna MacMeans Jan 23 2012, 12:41 am in Casanova Code, Donna MacMeans, pubs, Redeeming the Rogue, taverns
Those that know me and have read my books may have noticed that I like to include little snippets, a nod so to speak, to friends and circumstances. Did you notice the name of the woman hosting a ball in REDEEMING THE ROGUE? Even the Golden Rooster gets a nod in THE CASANOVA CODE coming in June. (Which is available for pre-order so I’m tossing the cover up here because I love it so ) I thought it might be fun if the Bandita Buddies got an opportunity to have a say in my current work-in-process.
Let me tell you about it. I haven’t a title yet, but it involves a firebrand Temperance supporter and a Scottish distiller. I guess it’s sort of a Victorian Guys & Dolls without the gambling and (sigh) no music. Anyway, I’m going to need a lot of references to pubs and taverns and thought you can help me come up with some fun fictional names.
Just to get in the spirit, here’s some names of some real English pubs and Scottish Taverns.
In honor of the Golden Rooster, I thought I’d start with Ye Olde Cock (hehe) not to be confused with Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese. That’s it on the right
Animals in pub names seem particularly popular. I’ve found
reference to Black, Red and White (choose one) Bear, Bull, Horse, Hare, Lion and Swan. Then there’s the more unusual animals: The Bleeding Wolf, The Swan with Two Necks, and The Trout at Tadpole Bridge. The last sounds like it came from a children’s picture book, doesn’t it.
Of course, let us not forget – The Spread Eagle. Actually, I found reference to three of these which makes me wonder if it’s a chain – or just really, really popular. Sorry, couldn’t find a good photo of it.
Two objects can be combined to get The Buck and Bell, The Rose and Crown (very popular) or The Butt and Oysters.
There’s the Ancient Unicorn Inn, and, one of my favorites, The Sack of Potatoes.
How about the Water Witch, and appropriate for 2012, The World’s End.
You know, I’m normally not one to hang out at a pub, but I’d go to into these places just for the name. How about you?
So give me a name for a fictional pub or tavern. If I use it, I’ll credit you in the acknowledgements of this book that is yet to be named. If you can’t think of a fictional name – tell me about your favorite pub – Or tell me about your favorite pub food. I figure anything fried will qualify.
I’m happy to send a copy of REDEEMING THE ROGUE or TAILS OF LOVE to someone leaving a comment.