This week the winners of the 2017 Cybils Awards were announced…and The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart won the Cybils Award for Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction! It was chosen from an incredible shortlist, and I was absolutely thrilled when I found out. I’ve been shopping for my kids from the Cybils Awards list for years, I’ve been fantasizing (in a totally pie-in-the-sky, it’ll-never-happen way) about winning a Cybils Award ever since these awards first began…so in other words, this news means A LOT to me!
And luckily, since I found out on Valentine’s Day, I had plenty of chocolate on hand to celebrate! ;) (You can see a picture here.)
In the US, of course, the ebook of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart is still on sale for just $1.99…
The cover was officially revealed on Bloomsbury UK’s Twitter or Facebook posts. I love it so much! That’s Silke riding on Aventurine’s back, and I have been waiting to share it with you guys for so long!
Here’s the jacket copy for the UK edition:
Once upon a time, in a beautiful city famous for chocolate and protected by dragons, there was a girl so fearless that she dared to try to tell the greatest story of all: the truth.
Silke has always been good at spinning the truth and storytelling. So good that just years after arriving as a penniless orphan, she has found her way up to working for the most splendid chocolate makers in the city (oh, and becoming best friends with a dragon). Now her gift for weaving words has caught the eye of the royal family, who want to use her as a spy when the mysterious and dangerous fairy royal family announce they will visit the city. But Silke has her own dark, secret reasons for not trusting these visitors …
Can Silke find out the truth about the fairies while keeping her own secrets hidden?
To be published by Bloomsbury Books on August 9, 2018 in the UK, November 6, 2018 in the US and Canada and September 1, 2018 in Australia.
Back when I first started writing The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, I was planning for it to be a standalone novel. But by the time I finished, I had fallen in love with Aventurine’s best friend, Silke, too. I desperately wanted to find out her story!
Of course where Silke goes, her ferocious best friend will go, too, along with the rest of their Chocolate Heart family…and I can’t wait for you guys to read all about it! :)