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Whew! We just had a conversation with our landlord and confirmed that we can stay in our current house for the foreseeable future. Hooray for being settled in one place! And now it really is time for us to finally learn Welsh, if only to keep up with MrD.

The last month or so has been a bit of a whirlwind - first the Big Push to finish the first draft of the dragon novel, and then racing around to take care of all the Serious Business-y errands that I'd been putting off until then. So I only just realized that I've forgotten to talk here about some Kat giveaways that are going right now. (I always remember to tweet about them, but I know not everyone is as addicted to Twitter as I am.)

First of all, Sabrina at YA Bliss is giving away an ARC of Kat, Incorrigible this month on her blog as part of her YA Historical Fiction Challenge. The giveaway is open to anyone in the world who follows the guidelines set out in the competition entry.

Secondly (and at least I'm only a day late announcing this one!), if you live in the UK (or have a helpful friend with a UK address who's willing to post your winnings to you), you can enter to win a published copy of A Most Improper Magick (the UK edition of Kat Book 1) on the Fluttering Butterflies blog.

Right, I'm pretty sure that's it. But if you guys have spotted any others I don't know about, please let me know and I'll boost the signal here!

In the meantime, I'm reading Aliette de Bodard's Harbinger of the Storm, which is dark and lush and even better than the first novel in her Aztec fantasy/mystery series for adults, Servant of the Underworld. If you love adult historical fantasies OR adult historical mysteries, you really, really ought to check this series out.

And I spent yesterday devouring Jennifer Echols's Going Too Far, a novel for older teens which turned out to be my favorite romance novel (for any age) that I've read in a long time. I absolutely loved the fact that the serious (and very real) baggage that both the heroine and hero were dealing with never, ever stopped the book from also being sharp and very, very funny. I'd read the opening pages a couple years ago and thought, Oh, no, too much angst for me right now, but that impression turned out to be completely wrong. I laughed and had so much fun through the whole novel, despite also caring deeply for the characters and their issues.

What about you guys? What books have you been enjoying lately?

(I also read and totally adored Jo Walton's Among Others, but I think I'm going to wait and devote a whole blog entry to that one sometime.)

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la_marquise_de_
Feb. 16th, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
That's excellent news on the house.
I'm reading Katherine Kerr, License to Ensorcell, the first in her brand new urban fantasy series, and it rocks. It's been out a few weeks and I already want the 2nd volume right now.
stephanieburgis
Feb. 16th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
Ooh, that sounds really intriguing! I'll definitely check it out.
heleninwales
Feb. 16th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
I'm currently re-reading Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, which is an old favourite from my childhood that I'm pleased to say also stands up to being read as an adult.

Buying the iPod Touch and starting to read ebooks has opened up a whole world of free classics from Project Gutenburg. It also means I can buy ebooks too. I bought the Kindle version of Jo Walton's Among Others and I'm working up to doing a review. I'd be interested to read your thoughts on it.
stephanieburgis
Feb. 16th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC)
Weirdly enough, I never actually read The Secret Garden as a kid - I think I need to hunt it down for my own Kindle!

I'm hoping to write a longer and more thoughtful entry about Among Others here sometime soon, but in the meantime, here's my goodreads review of it...or in other words, I just really, really loved it. ;)
heleninwales
Feb. 16th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
I'm having great fun with ebooks and I've been rereading Sherlock Holmes and Girl of the Limberlost and also finding new things (new to me anyway) like Daddy Long Legs, which friends had mentioned.

I've just read your Goodreads review and I mostly agree, though I have a couple of reservations about it. But I do agree about the delight of reading a fantasy set around where one lives. That's why I loved Alan Garner's Elidor so much, because part of it is set where I used to live and also The Owl Service, which is set near where I live now.
stephanieburgis
Feb. 18th, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
I just discovered Daddy Long Legs last year - so much fun! (I mean, SO many ethical issues...but regardless, so much fun anyway!)
aliettedb
Feb. 16th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
Yay for the house!
And glad you're enjoying the book :)
I've been rereading Agatha Christie short stories lately, which are my brain's comfort food...
stephanieburgis
Feb. 16th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
I've been rereading Agatha Christie short stories lately, which are my brain's comfort food...

Oh yes! Mine too. Especially the Miss Marple ones, but really almost any of her stories or novels work to make me feel better when I'm stressed.

And I'm enjoying Harbinger SO much! :)
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