The event at Schuler Books last night went so well – hooray! It was wonderful to get to hang out with Jim and Merrie and Patrick, listen to their (wonderful) readings and chat about our books – and it was also really wonderful to see all the people who had come for the talk! I so appreciated how many people came for the event (even one all the way from Indiana – thank you so much, Maureen!). It was exciting to finally meet in person some of the people I’ve known for years online, and exciting to meet new people, too. And oh, it was lovely to have old friends from home come, too. Thank you guys!
Afterwards, we went out to eat with a few friends, and when I checked my email, we got to toast great news together – my novelette The Art of Deception is one of the finalists for the WSFA Small Press Short Fiction Awards! The other writers on that shortlist are amazing, and I am really honored to be part of the list.
The Art of Deception is my tribute to The Prisoner of Zenda, The Three Musketeers and every other cloak-and-dagger adventure that includes fabulous swordfights full of style. I wrote it as a gift for my brother Dave one Christmas (when he’d asked for a story with swordfighting, banter and a twisty plot), and it was published in the wonderful Australian anthology Insert Title Here, edited by Tehani Wessely.
Tehani is a fabulous editor, and I was so lucky to get to work with her on this story. She creates beautiful anthologies, and I strongly recommend the whole book! The other authors in the anthology are fantastic, and I was thrilled to be a part of it.
If you’re not in the mood for a full anthology right now, though, you can also now buy my story on its own as an ebook. Check out the beautiful cover by Jenn Reese at Tiger Bright Studios! I love it:
(I’m not offering a printable PDF version of this one, but you can absolutely read it in paper by buying the paper version of Insert Title Here. And then you’ll get lots of other great stories, too!)
In other words, it’s been a really great 24 hours! Thank you so much to everyone who’s been a part of it. :)