Good News, a Kindle Monthly Deal, and Writing Soundtracks

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Hooray! I have two pieces of good news today. First of all, I just found out that The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart is on the Locus Recommended Reading List 2017! I love Locus (which I’ve been reading ever since I was 15, when I first started fantasizing about having a book of my own reviewed there one day), so this makes me really, really happy. I’m also thrilled on a personal level that I’ve now made that list twice, once with an adult novel – Masks and Shadows – and now with a book in their YA category as well. (Being an adult f/sf magazine, they’ve folded both MG and YA books into that single category.) It feels like a really lovely validation to get from my favorite industry magazine!

And secondly, in a nice piece of serendipity, if you don’t have your own copy of Dragon yet (or if you have a paper copy but not an ebook to carry around on your phone or Kindle), it’s a Kindle Monthly Deal on Amazon.com for the whole month of February! You can buy it for just $1.99 right here. Yay!

Thanks so much for supporting this book, guys!

Apart from that sudden rush of lovely news, it’s been a quiet week over here. We’ve been dealing with some minor family health issues of various sorts, so I haven’t gotten out much (except to a doctor’s appointment for one of my kids), but I have been making steady progress on both Thornbound (Volume II of The Harwood Spellbook, the direct sequel to Snowspelled) and a fun possible MG project. I’ve really loved immersing myself in both books.

(My writing soundtrack for Snowspelled was Lubomyr Melnyk’s Illirion; the soundtrack to Thornbound is Melnyk’s Rivers and Streams. I love his music! It’s so lush and evocative and romantic.) (I also have a very different but equally wonderful soundtrack for the MG project, but it feels too soon to share that one yet!)

And at some point in the next week I’ll be making my final edits to Spellswept, the Harwood Spellbook prequel novella which will be published in The Underwater Ballroom Society on April 30th. Don’t forget to sign up to that newsletter to enter to win 1 of 50 e-ARCs! (I also have a special treat – a free unrelated YA fantasy/romance novelette! – planned for my own newsletter subscribers sometime in the next month or so. I’m just waiting on that ebook cover before I announce an exact date for it.) There’s now a Goodreads page for The Underwater Ballroom Society, so you can add that to your virtual bookshelf now, too.

Happy Thursday, everyone!

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