It’s Mother’s Day in the UK, so me and Bruv (that’s my brother’s codename) took Mum out for an afternoon of wandering around sunny London. Of course, good food and wine and Italian ice-cream were all involved. 🙂
Other things to smile about, include these thoughtful reviews of The Iron Witch. As I’ve said before, I hardly ever link to reviews, but these I will do because they are pretty detailed and look at the novel from a wide range of perspectives. I particularly like that although they aren’t all 100% positive, they offer genuine insight into both good and bad aspects. Oh, and they are all blogs that I regularly love and follow:
Jodie from the wonderful Book Gazing blows me away with the depth of her review and the thought that obviously went into it.
Ari from one of my favourite blogs, Reading in Color, did me the honour of writing a review that made me grin for the whole day (and possibly a few days after that, too!). ♥
And then Memory from the fabulous Stella Matutina reviewed TIW, and mostly seemed to quite like it. (Phew!)
Last, but by no means least, I almost (seriously) fell over with shock to see this:
I am just… speechless. If you know me at all, you know I am being completely sincere. Yes, I sent Beth my book, but I never for one minute imagined she would write about it. Her blog is one of my online havens; I look forward to every post and it takes me away from the often depressing publishing and news blogs I read. It was Beth Kephart’s beautiful blog that first introduced me to her writing, then led me to her books… To see my own work highlighted there is humbling. When I re-read parts of The Iron Witch (which I currently need to do while revising the sequel), I’m horribly aware of its many flaws, so to see an author of Beth’s talent say such kind things about my debut effort fills me with smiles and gratitude. (Although I shed a few tears first – I really did!)
Later this year – October, I believe – we have the pleasure of a new Beth Kephart novel, You Are My Only. It sounds incredible (click the image to read more about it):