In which we have some catching up to do

First, huge thanks for all the DABWAHA love! I was delighted to make it to the sweet sixteen round–and just between us, that was my entire goal. I wanted to have a chance to play with my pal Susanna Kearsley and we had an awesome time, so I was perfectly happy to bow out from the competition. (I’m just vexed that she didn’t go all the way with THE FIREBIRD!)

Next, I’ve been beavering away at April’s newsletter, a new book proposal, and a few other bits and bobs, so writing has been happening, good people, and that’s always an excellent thing. I’ve also been puttering in the kitchen, and thanks to this recipe, made the BEST ROAST CHICKEN EVER. Okay, technically it was wildly undercooked. But even after carving off the breasts and slapping them in an iron skillet to finish, they were still moist and juicy and super-flavorful. Plus, it’s the ultimate lazy recipe. You can literally make it with two ingredients–chicken and salt. Beautiful. I may have to invest in a proper roasting rack since I used a cake rack, but it will absolutely be worth it for this chicken. This chicken is so good they should serve it at peace summits to bring people together. I imagine the carcass would also make a gorgeous soup…

In reading news, I’ve been slooooowly working my way through Marie Brennan’s A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS. I saw this one when it first came out and thought I might enjoy it, but never got around to picking it up. Silly me. At my March signing at Murder by the Book, I noticed they had it on a display with Mary Robinette Kowals’ SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY, but I pootled on by since I only brought a carry-on bag with me. Once home I started to order a batch of thank-you cupcakes for the store, but it occurred to me they might prefer a sale…so I called them up and ordered both books and OH MY GOD. So glad I did! If I tell you DRAGONS is Victorian in feel with a natural historian-narrator it might suggest something dry or dusty, but it really, really isn’t. For some reason, the narrator’s voice reminds me of Flavia de Luce, and y’all know how much I love her! I’ve been stretching out the reading to last until the release of the sequel, THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS which is out now. Yay!

Now, onto fun news–in April we’re going to be doing a series of Friday Fundays. No, I hate that name. Alright, Friday Giveaway? Friday Funstival? They’re all bad. Choose your own. Anyway, every Friday in April I’ll be posting a question on my FB author page. Answer it there for a chance to win the novel of your choice–any full novel from the Julia series, THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST, A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS, or CITY OF JASMINE–the choice is all yours! I’ll post the link to the first question tomorrow. See you there…


2 thoughts on “In which we have some catching up to do”

  1. Stepfanie Webb says:

    I absolutely love all of your books!!!! I am from Canada, and I was wondering if your giveaways are open to Canadians?

  2. Nancy C. says:

    I’d like to submit my answers now since I won’t have time in the morning before work:
    a deep red satin
    later that night in the truck
    it was just the three times
    in her reticule
    occasionally
    *he* did; not her
    because she’s cuckoo for cocoa puffs, just like the other one
    aaaand, last one: better play it safe and go with….
    yes?
    I mean Yes.

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