March 24th, 2008

books

link salad (client edition)

matociquala slays me with the latest edition of Cat vs. Monkey Giant Dog. I think this may be one of the very same dogs that terrorized me by going to sleep on the floor next to me at Bear's birthday party last year. I'm with Cat on this one no matter how genteel Giant Dog might like to appear.

Over at Jim-Butcher.com, there's info about the upcoming limited edition of Storm Front. I have it on the hush-hush that a quarter of the run is already gone in pre-orders.

Laura Anne Gilman AKA suricattus scores a starred review from Publishers Weekly for the next Retrievers Book, Free Fall: "With streamlined prose, Gilman deftly weaves intricate plot threads and complex relationships into an almost painful buildup of violent suspense. The result is an intelligent and utterly gripping fantasy thriller, by far the best of the Retrievers series to date." [rest of review]

Jo Ann Ferguson aka Jocelyn Kelley explains why prologues need passion. (I agree. I find myself often giving the advice to authors to drop their prologue; many times because it's just extra evidence of a story beginning in the wrong place and these pages detract rather than add to the narrative.)
books

charity donations

MatchItForPratchett: Just in case anyone was curious, I raised $1798 and will be reading three chapters (or 50pp) and a synopsis of the winner's dark fantasy. I want to take a moment to thank everyone for their generous donations to this worthy cause.

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If you want another shot at a similar prize and will be attending RWA in SF this summer, I'm participating in Brenda Novak's auction for Diabetes' Research. I'm offering the Evaluation of a Proposal and Drinks at RWA National this summer. I believe this auction runs over the course of the month of May.

One more... I was just asked to donate to the raffle held at the Washington Romance Writers Retreat. Proceeds go to literacy and domestic violence charities.