Deanna Raybourn, she of the excellent Lady Julia Grey novels and the deliciously atmospheric new twist on the Dracula legend, The Dead Travel Fast, has read an advance copy of The Second Duchess. She liked it! (She liked it! She really liked it! Heh.) In fact, she even blogged about it. So hie thyself to Deanna’s blog posthaste, browse through her warm and witty posts, and perhaps even leave a comment or two. Like, here:
I’m still snowed under with copyedits, but next week I’ll post about The Dead Travel Fast. You will like it. You really will.
Two wonderful things happened today.
First, son, daughter-in-law, their two babies (who aren’t babies any more, oh my!) and their two chihuahuas arrived for a nice long visit.
Second, copyedits for The Second Duchess landed in my mailbox. So amazing and awe-inspiring to see it all laid out so officially!
Anyway, lots of work and zero online time for me, for the next couple of weeks at least. You-all play nice, now.
Poor tree. It’s going to take a while to get used to a front yard with only two trees. On the other hand we ended up with an enormous pile of firewood (of which you can see only a small part in this picture) which we happily shared with our neighbors and friends.
As much as I hate to bump my beautiful cover down from the top (although it’s now enjoying pride of place on the page about The Second Duchess), just look at what we saw when we went outside this morning:
It happened about ten o’clock last night–we heard a strange soft crackley, crunchy, thuddy noise that sounded as if it was right outside our front door. Amazingly quiet, considering the damage. And it was dead calm–not a breath of wind. The tree just decided to give up the ghost. It missed my little car (an
old vintage Honda CRX two-seater) by inches.
As it’s lying across our driveway, we’re trapped (trapped like rats! aieeeee!) until the arborist comes to cut it all up and take it away. So no farmer’s market this morning.
You just never know what’s going to happen next–you know?
…to describe my delight:
Huge thanks to the fantastic designer (you know who you are) at Penguin who created this beautiful cover, and also to my editor who shepherded the whole process to its conclusion