Back to Researching Debuts!

I just spent a happy Sunday hour, digging through publisher catalogs for debuts. It’s been a while since I’ve done this, and I have missed it. It’s actually fun. So that post will be in its usual Tuesday position this week. I have forgiven myself for the missed debuts of August and September–I hate doing that, but I MUST permit life to intrude from time to time without beating myself up over it.

I’ve also been very very busy trying to finish up my Cinderella retelling. I got a gentle kick in the pants from my editor this week, and it was exactly what my muse needed. After all, my muse is supposed to be a drill sergeant, and he just got his ass kicked from a sweet little stay-at-home mommy editor.

Maybe I need a new muse.

Anyway, I shot past 25,000 words this weekend, and I really think it will end up being about 30,000 words. So everyone who asked for something longer in their reviews of TSS will get what they asked for. Just think of me as a sort of a fairy godmother, wielding my pen instead of my wand. Hmm…that could be my avatar…maybe I ought to run the idea by my cover artist.

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Oh! Big news! The Sevenfold Spell is an audiobook! Click on over to Audible and give it a test listen. The narrator is great–with a British accent, just as I wished for! Her accent is a tad too proper–a common sort of British accent would have been more in-character, just as the cover model should have been horse-faced and bewarted.

But I don’t think that would have sold books half as well.

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I’ve been sampling some books – Kimber An‘s Sugar Rush and Anthony Huso‘s The Last Page. I also finished a non-debut author’s hilarious spy novel, No One Lives Twice, by Julie Moffett. It was great fun–just the sort of diversion I wanted.

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I don’t have any guests this week, but I will be a guest at two blogs–Shelley Munro and Deborah Blake. Now I just need to write those posts and get them sent off, preferably today so I don’t slam my poor hosts at the last minute.

So I’d better get busy!

Guest Post: Science Fiction Romance Author Maria Zannini

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Maria Zannini is a science fiction romance author, published by Sanhaim and Carina Press. Touch of Fire is available in print and as ebook, and True Believers just came available at Carina Press last week. Maria has also been following my blog since way back in my Fantasy Debut days, and we both got our Calls from Carina Press during the same week! Here is an unlikely story of how Maria’s early days with computers inspired her AI characters.

DON’T PANIC

These are the infamous words stamped into the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, set, as Douglas Adams told us, in large, friendly letters on the cover.

I found out the hard way that geeks and computer designers take these things way too seriously.

The year was 1987 and after much soul-searching decided that graphic design would one day be done entirely on computer. Was I prophetic or what?

I dug deep into my nearly empty pockets and paid a hefty amount for what was then a state of the art computer, considered best suited for artists and designers.

The Mac SE.

I’ll wait while you take a collective gasp.

For three days, I didn’t leave my chair except to sleep and go to the bathroom. I ate at my desk, my nose buried in the computer manual as I memorized every key stroke and tool on that keyboard. This was my first computer—my first REAL computer.

Along with my computer, I also bought a printer that printed in COLOR. This was cutting edge, people!

And yet the computer itself couldn’t display color. I had to hope each gray area on the monitor would come out with the selected color on paper.

Those early days were rough. There was no doubt I was in way over my head. I am the most non-techy person you’ll ever meet. Want proof?

The first day I opened a document on that computer, I kept trying to change the font on a word I had typed. Nothing happened.

What was I doing wrong? I followed the directions exactly, my cursor on the word, while I went up to the menu and selected Times Roman.

Nothing. Nada. Zilch. The stupid machine was worthless!

Exasperated, I called the salesperson who sold me the computer. “It doesn’t work!” My voice sizzled with accusation. I was ready to roast her on the coals.

She went through all the steps with me—yes, all two of them, and finally said, “Did you select the word?”

Of course I selected it. My cursor is right on top of it.

“No,” she said gently. “Did you select the entire word?”

I cringed silently. I had to be the DUMBEST person in the world. Sufficiently mortified, I selected the entire word and voila, changed the font.

Okay, so I’m a slow learner. Did I mention it was my very first computer?

Over the next few months I vindicated myself, my fingers blurring across that keyboard like a machine. I got so fast, sometimes the computer struggled to keep up and there would be a delay before it could process my instructions.

One day, I went too far. After burning up the keyboard with finger taps, my monitor burst into an explosion of white dots, a digital fireworks display dancing across my screen.

In big, bold (yet friendly) letters it displayed, DON’T PANIC, before flashing into a million starry dots then snapping to black.

I had killed it! I had killed my very expensive, still-not-paid-for computer. How was I ever going to explain this to my husband?

I stared at the monitor, disbelieving what I had just seen. I shut it off and waited.

DON’T PANIC it said. Were they kidding me? Of course I panicked! I waited for slow, agonizing minutes and let the hard drive cool off.

With trembling fingers, I turned the computer on again. Now I know there is a God in heaven because the darn thing came back to life.

Huzzah! My husband would not have to execute me after all.

TrueBelieversI’m telling you this story because this was the seed for what would become Bubba and FAIA, the artificial intelligences in True Believers.

Steve Jobs scared the hell out of me in 1987, but I have to thank him for giving me my jumping off point for two computers that grew into real characters.

Bubba and FAIA are AIs (artificial intelligence) and they just gave the world a whole new reason to worry.

DON’T PANIC.  It’s too late for that anyway.

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Maria Zannini’s latest release is a science fiction romance called TRUE BELIEVERS.

Mix one cynical immortal and one true believer and throw them into the biggest alien-hunt the world has never known. Rachel Cruz is a Nephilim masquerading as an archeologist and she’s stuck with an alien who believes she can lead him to his ancestral gods. Black Ops wants to find these gods too. They want them dead.

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Some Surprising Things

Today, I’m guest posting at Susanna Fraser’s blog, where I discuss some surprising things about being published. I’ll be having a giveaway there, plus the Amazon Review Drive giveaway here, so feel free to comment at either place.

And I just got to shout about a review over at Christine Bell’s place–she called my story fairypunk! I do believe I will try to popularize that phrase!

An Interview With My Editor!

My editor is Alissa Davis, once an editor in New York, now a stay and home mom and editor for Carina Press. I’m quite jealous of her lifestyle! Here she answers questions about editing and some other stuff.

Tia: I saw in another of your interviews that you ditched the study of English Literature to get a degree in Publishing. What exactly do you study to get a degree in Publishing? How the business works? The editing angle? Something else, entirely?

Alissa: All of the above. I took quite a few editorial-focused classes because I knew going in that I wanted to edit, but the core curriculum at Pace includes courses in sales, marketing, general publishing knowledge, desktop publishing, book production, etc.

Tia: Please share some of your best moments as an editor.BreathOfFire

Alissa: The first book I acquired on my own was this great fantasy romance by Tammy Kane titled Breath of Fire. It had an uncooperative virgin hero, a sassy yet desperate heroine, and very cool dragons. I loved it but the set-up just gave me fits. It was one of those deals where the actual events that took place were pretty straightforward, but the circumstances and world-building rules had to work precisely in order to make the first meeting between the heroine and hero believable. I had a memo pad full of flow charts I’d created to make sure the world-building was sound. Tammy and I had gone through those flow charts step by step during these mammoth editing sessions over the phone. And when that book got a great four star review in RT, I nearly cried.

Tia looks up Breath of Fire real quick—found!

Tia: I think a lot of writers have a mistaken impression of what an editor is all about. Are they like the art restorer, taking what is there and bringing out the best in it, or a conductor, leading and directing their one-person orchestras? Or maybe another analogy would work better?

Alissa: I’m curious about these mistaken impressions and have a question of my own: What did you think an editor did before we worked together, and how did going through the editorial process change that impression?

Tia: Well, I had only worked with nonfiction editors on work-for-hire pieces, where their word was Law. I would write humorous articles on science topics, and they would edit it to the house writing style—which meant a lot of off-color humor. I didn’t see the final version until they sent me the author copy. In one article, they actually edited a scientifically inaccurate statement into the piece.

Therefore, I was surprised at how much you left up to me. You would write, “awkward—please fix” and leave the how up to me. Or, you would suggest a better word or phrase, and it would inspire some other word or phrase, and I would boldly change your edits (being in one’s 40s has its perks, and one of them is chutzpah) and you were fine with it.

Alissa: Yeah, I always tell my authors I want them to be happy with the final version of their book. Ideally the editorial process is a collaborative one, with the author and I bouncing ideas back and forth until we stumble upon the perfect thing. As for that inaccurate statement edited into your piece, I can only imagine you must’ve wanted to take out an ad in the paper letting everyone know it hadn’t come from you. Yuck.

Tia: Luckily, none of those articles had a byline.

Alissa: Okay, back to answering your questions. Pinpointing one analogy is difficult because each book has a different set of editorial needs, and I tailor my approach to take that and the author’s personality into consideration. If you put all of my authors in a room and asked them about their editor, it would probably sound like they all had different ones.

Sometimes I’m an archaeologist, struggling to uncover plot threads and character motivations. Other times I’m the fifth-grade teacher, giving the paper an A but pointing out dangling modifiers and suggesting the removal of superfluous adjectives. I love my job most when I’m the conductor, guiding the musician through the piece over and over, pointing out the problem areas, making cuts and suggesting new variations on a theme until the pacing, the emotion, the mechanics, the artistry, all ring true.

Tia: Does your job only entail the actual editing, or are you involved in other stages of the book production process?

Alissa: I’ve had different degrees of involvement at different houses. At Carina I read subs, write revision letters and acquisition reports and, of course, edit manuscripts, but I also consult on cover art and cover copy for each of my authors’ books. One of the things I’m thrilled not to be doing is actually writing the cover copy. Back in the days when I wrote copy for my books and sometimes for other editors’ books (Ah, the joys of being an editorial assistant!) I’d go through four or five drafts before producing something acceptable. Some people, like Jenny Bullough at Carina, have a knack for writing awesome copy. I am not one of them.

Tia: How did you become a member of the Carina Press Editorial Team?

Alissa: Excellent timing. I’d just returned to work after being away on maternity leave, and though it felt wonderful to be editing again I hated missing my baby twelve hours a day. And seriously, do you have any idea what they charge for daycare in New York? It’s like another mortgage.

Then several things happened in the space of a few weeks. A company in my husband’s hometown offered him a job and we decided to move. I love what I do too much to stop doing it, so I asked Angie about finding freelance editorial work. She was looking for a few more Carina editors, and it was a perfect fit.

I have the support of a lovely executive editor, a community of talented editors, and the wonderful Carina team at the Harlequin offices. My authors are all amazing, and I’m just as proud of their books as I am of any I edited in New York. Best of all, as I was answering this question my twelve-month-old saw that the dog couldn’t reach her chew stick, so the baby got down on her belly, figured out how to get the stick out from underneath a piece of furniture, handed the stick to the dog and told her, “Good girl!” It was the first time she shared something and I was home to see it.

Tia: What kind of novels do you enjoy reading and editing the most?

Alissa: I read across most sub-genres of romance, but twisted fairy tales and fantasy romance are at the top of my list. Some of my favorite fantasy romance series include C.L. Wilson’s Tairen Soul books and Mercedes Lackey’s Five Hundred Kingdoms.

The books I have the most fun editing are those with compelling, believable characters who suck me into their worlds and journeys. I just finished Zoë Archer’s Collision Course and am already waiting impatiently for the next book so I can reunite with one of the secondary characters.

Tia: Do you have anything else you’d like to add?

Alissa: Yes. I’ve been begging for a foodie romance for ages and am still looking for the perfect one. Contemporary, historical, m/m—as long as it’s tasty please send it to my attention at submissions@carinapress.com.

Tia: Foodie romance – is that what it sounds like? Stories involving recipes and cooking?

Alissa: Yup, though there’s no need to include actual recipes. I’d love to get a hero who’s a food critic or a heroine who runs a bakery, or anything along those lines. As long as the romance centers around cooking and eating, we’re good. There’s something so hot about love in the kitchen—delicious food, mouthwatering smells, steam, and lots of flat surfaces!

Tia: Ok, now I’m hungry. Thanks for stopping by!

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Updates and Plans

One thing I’m learning is just how difficult it is to keep your name out there after you are newly published. Tomorrow, two new books will go up at Carina Press and I’ll lose my front page presence. Now that I’m completely recovered from my health scare, I am getting my publicity going again.

First, I have some blog appearances coming up along with some other stuff:

I also have become a member of the new but awesome site, The Romance Reviews. They gave me four stars a while back, and when I registered as an author, they hooked me up to that review and gave me an author page. This site is terrific, and I’ll be running an ad there in November with some free advertising credits that also gave me as part of their grand opening. Visit my author page and check out my surprisingly active wall!

I have brushed off my membership to Absolute Write and I’ve been active in the Share Your Work forum, where I’ve been critiquing query letters. I likewise updated my Tor.Com profile, but so far I am just lurking until a discussion comes up that I think I could add to.

I also will be including Fantasy Literature among my regular stops. I’m a guest reviewer there, so I have a reviewer page, where my current GoodReads books show up. Also, since Kat was so good as to review my book even though it is outside their normal parameters, I also have an author page!

Also, there is a new review site out there that shows great promise. It is called The Ranting Dragon. It looks very cool and extremely well put-together. I’ll be checking in there as well.

Last and by no means least, I have been active at the eHarlequin forums for months now.

And that will have to be it because I can only be active on a few forums at once. This gives me a forum to check out just about every day of the week.

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Christine Bell won my first Amazon Review Drive Giveaway prize, and the told me that she didn’t want to accept anything from a fellow Carina Press author except the copy of The Sevenfold Spell. She suggested that I put the prizes back into the mix, and so I am following her advice. Christine has an awesome-sounding time travel historical coming up in the spring, so be sure to put her on your watch list.

For my guest posts this week at A Buckeye Girl Reads and Susanna Fraser, I will enter all commenters into an extra giveaway for:

  • A free ecopy of The Sevenfold Spell, in your choice of formats,
  • A $10 gift certificate to Amazon.com
  • A book from my stash of unread review copies and advance editions.

This post also serves as official announcement of Phase Two of my Amazon Review Drive Giveaway. For this phase, I upped the prizes:

  • A free ecopy of The Sevenfold Spell, in your choice of formats,
  • A $20 gift certificate to Amazon.com
  • Two books from my stash of unread review copies and advance editions.

It is open to all commenters on this blog from now until the 20th review of The Sevenfold Spell is posted at Amazon. Currently, there are 12 reviews. If you read it, you can review it at Amazon even if you purchased it somewhere else. All you have to have done is purchased one book ever at Amazon. Please be sure you give me your honest review so I can make my next book better.

If you have any more publicity ideas for me, please either leave it in a comment or email me. Oh! And if you want bookmarks for The Sevenfold Spell, just email me with your address and I’ll pop some in the mail.

Congratulations, Kimber An – Plus a Cyber-Launch Book Party!

Kimber An’s Sugar Rush came out this week through Decadent Publishing (Decadent, Amazon) and she’s celebrating by giving one of her famous Cyber-Launch Book Parties for herself! I’ll be there in the guise of one of my characters from The Sevenfold Spell, although I can’t decide if I want to be Talia, Widow Harla or Prince Andrew.

To celebrate Kimber’s release, here is

A Story of a Cyber Friendship

SugarRushKimber and I would have a difficult time living further apart while still residing in the same country. She lives in Alaska, I live in Florida. Once many years ago, before she knew I existed, I haunted her blog as the Silent Reader. (Yes, Silent Readers, I know you are out there, because once, I was you. I never commented on blogs before I took up blogging for myself.)

Anyway, prompted by the lovely author Linnea Sinclair, I got in touch with Kimber and we added each other to our blogrolls. I liked reading her stuff because of her zany frankness. She liked reading my stuff because of … who knows? In any case, the friendship persisted. Three years passed. We commented frequently on each other’s blogs. We each wrote books, queried them, and got rejections along with those occasional diamonds in the dust–the requests for partials and full.

I moved blogs, she moved blogs, we adjusted our blogrolls and feed readers. Months of silence would pass between us, followed by flurries of emails.

And then finally, it was The Summers of the Calls. Mine by Carina Press, hers by Decadent Publishing. Kimber, ever gracious beneath her snarky exterior, was among the first to publicly congratulate me.

And so here we are, newly published, and wondering how the heck it happened so fast.

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So where is this Cyber-Launch Book Party? It starts at Enduring Romance at 10:00 ET (which is 6:00 AM Alaska time). Look for Widow Harla (I decided on her) to pop in throughout the day with some of her famous beer.

Gearing Up Publicity ..

… Because I’ve realized that when you don’t do it, things stall. Last night I wrote an interview and a guest post, which I still need to finish, and then I had no time to write a post for here. I’m still waiting for that 25th hour in the day. It’s only one more hour. Is that really too much to ask?

Got a lovely review from this reviewer who plastered it everywhere and made herself my fan at GoodReads and joined my Google FriendsConnect list. She totally got what I was trying to do with Talia’s promiscuity. Here it is. Thanks, Lexie!

Also, Lisa Shearin gave me a surprise shout-out at her blog yesterday. Thank you as well, Lisa!

Historical Series Review: The Pink Carnation 5-7

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The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, Volumes 5-7
by Lauren Willig
Dutton and NAL

Reviewed by Superwench83

The first four books in Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series introduced us to Napoleonic-era espionage, flower-named spies, and a host of charming and not-so-charming but unforgettable characters. And the adventures continue with a trek through India’s wilds, a Christmas pudding, and a cameo of Jane Austen herself.

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, The Betrayal of the Blood Lily, and The Mischief of the Mistletoe are, like the rest of Willig’s historical romances, crazy fun reads. After seven novels, one might think the series concept of Napoleonic-era spies would get old, but no. One of the best things about these book is that each novel features a new hero and heroine, one or both of whom have appeared as minor characters in previous books—and these prior protagonists turn up again as side characters in later books. It’s like going to a class reunion or a rural county fair, meeting all these beloved or familiar faces in each new book. To tie it all together, each book (with one exception) is a new chapter in the life of Eloise Kelly, a present-day grad student who is researching all of these spy characters for her dissertation, and her adventures in finding a love of her own.

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine features Charlotte Lansdowne, the shy granddaughter of a ferocious cane-wielding dowager duchess with plans to marry Charlotte off to the highest bidder. Too bad for the duchess, but shy Charlotte isn’t very good man-bait, more interested in fanciful novels than dalliances on ballroom balconies. But when her distant cousin Robert, Duke of Dovedale, returns from India, Charlotte finds herself swept off her feet…and swept into the dangerous schemes of the notorious Hellfire Club, which Robert is bent on infiltrating. A favorite side character of mine ever since she appeared with Henrietta in The Masque of the Black Tulip, I was pleased to see Charlotte—and her dashing duke—get a novel of her own. Charlotte may be shy and quiet, but she has a strength built from years of enduring her harsh grandmother, and a sweetness all her own.BetrayalOfTheBloodLily

In The Betrayal of the Blood Lily, Charlotte’s friend Penelope Deveraux finds herself just where people kept telling her she’d end up—in disgrace and married hastily to a man who was much more charming before she had to marry him. Although nobody said anything about India! But when her husband is offered a position there, to India she must go…where she meets Alex Reid, a man nothing like her husband—and a man nothing like her husband is just what she wants but cannot have. As in her earlier novel The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, in this book Willig takes a character I wasn’t very fond of in earlier books and makes her compelling and sympathetic.

The Mischief of the Mistletoe is just so much fun! It may well occupy my second-favorite-in-the-series slot…which is funny, because I was one of the few Pink Carnation fans who was skeptical about a novel featuring the handsome but bumbling Turnip Fitzhugh. Throughout the series, Turnip has always cracked me up with his strange and unwittingly hilarious comments and manners of speech, but Turnip as a romantic hero? Well. Shows how much I know. In The Mischief of the Mistletoe, Turnip wouldn’t know love if he knocked it over and squashed its foot with a Christmas pudding, which is exactly what he does. And soon enough, he and schoolmistress Arabella Dempsey discover that Christmas puddings aren’t always as innocent as they seem, for this one is wrapped in muslin printed with a secret message. Poor Turnip, often mistaken as the famed Pink Carnation, has just bumbled his way into a bona-fide spy adventure! And Arabella discovers that Turnip, like Christmas puddings, is more than what he seems.

MischiefOfTheMistletoeThe Mischief of the Mistletoe is the only book thus far which doesn’t include snippets of grad student Eloise’s life in the present day. (I guess Eloise doesn’t know about Turnip’s Christmas pudding.) Though this book takes place out-of-sequence with the rest (before and during the first part of The Temptation of the Night Jasmine), I would like to have seen some Eloise chapters, anyway, as if she were discovering an out-of-sequence bit of info for her research. But with Jane Austen as a secondary character, who can complain? And I must admit that the Eloise chapters aren’t as exciting as they used to be. In early novels, where she and Colin were just getting to know and flirt with each other, there was so much more thrill. In The Temptation of the Night Jasmine and The Betrayal of the Blood Lily, the tension starts to slide in the Eloise chapters, and in the romantic tension’s place is Eloise’s weird theory and frantic nosiness about Colin’s job. It just doesn’t work for me. But I really like Eloise. I want her chapters to work!

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine and The Betrayal of the Blood Lily are in bookstores now, but The Mischief of the Mistletoe isn’t out until October 28. Although there are benefits to reading the books in order, it is by no means a necessity, so if one appeals to you more than the others, just dive right in. These are light-hearted, witty, and page-turning books, great for Regency history and Austen fans everywhere.

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Tia here. Just a reminder that all commentors are automagically entered into my Amazon Review Drive Giveaway – Phase II! Details on sidebar!

Debut Review – Rakes and Radishes

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Rakes and Radishes
by Susanna Ives
ebook – Carina Press $5.39

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I loved Rakes and Radishes! This is one of the best books I’ve read all year. It made me cry. It made me laugh. It made me want to shake some sense into the main characters.

Ok, so I’ve become quite friendly with the author, Susanna Ives. She looks to be quite a bit younger than me, but we hit it off a while ago, and I really get a kick out of her. BUT, I’m telling you, I would not be reviewing this book if I didn’t love it. I had to ask her permission to review it because when we swapped books, she told me not to review it–she just wanted to know what I thought of it.

Anyway. Caveats aside.

Henrietta–how’s that for an non-glamorous heroine name?–dreams of London. She dreams of her future with her cousin, Edward, with whom she lately became secretly engaged. And she dreams of her favorite novel, the fictional The Mysterious Lord Blackraven. What she doesn’t dream of is a future with her grubby neighbor, even if he is the Earl of Kesseley. Kesseley is just a friend, but in him, she confides anything.

Kesseley is the one who dreams of a future with her. Henrietta knows this, and it makes things a bit awkward in their friendship.

When Henrietta learns that her cousin–a recently published and feted poet–is now engaged to one Lady Sara, this year’s Diamond debut, she feels betrayed and heartbroken. She comes up with a scheme to transform Kesseley into a rake–modeled on Lord Blackraven–so he can steal Sara away, leaving Henrietta to pick up the pieces.

Yeah, so she’s a twit. I have a soft spot for twits–especially when they have to grow up and become wise young ladies. And Henrietta does a lot of growing up in this novel.

Kesseley has his dreams firmly in the earth. He is a farmer, heart and soul, and turns his scientific mind toward increasing the crop yield and figuring out better irrigation methods. He is so NOT a gothic hero–he has dirty fingernails and grubby clothes. And his one-armed, color-blind valet does not improve Kesseley’s state of dress. When Kesseley finally decides that Henrietta is forever out of his reach, he turns to The Mysterious Lord Blackraven–and Kesseley becomes him. Suddenly,  Henrietta goes from the only one who would dance with him to one in a crowd.

I’m leaving out so much. I have not mentioned the aging princess and her companion, who has a secret occupation. I have not mentioned the dashing old man who wanders the park, and with whom Henrietta has many mysterious encounters. I have not brought up Kesseley’s mother’s secret heartbreak, nor the man who emotionally abuses her. And I haven’t brought up Kesseley’s dead rake of a father, who still torments Kesseley and his mother from beyond the grave.  And what about the attempts of Henrietta’s entire family to discover a planet that they just know is out there, and can prove it mathematically? There are many plot threads that Ms. Ives deftly twists and turns and weaves together until we have a dazzling tapestry of a story. The timing is impeccable and the metaphors are inspired.

Nitpicks? Only one. But I can’t get specific without spoiling a plotthread, so I’ll just move on. All I’ll say is I wonder what became of Henrietta’s father.

But most importantly, this book made me cry. I hate crying over a book, but an author who can make me cry has ensured that I will never forget the book. For some reason, I have a tendency to cry over twits that grow up. The last time I did so was over Amanda Ashby’s You Had Me at Halo. I cry over kids’ movies all the time. I have to leave the room during The Little Princess when Sarah is saying goodbye to her friends–especially when she hugs the girl who was her enemy. Up sent me over the edge when the boy was eating ice cream with the old man. I never cry over romances. But I cried over this one.

Therefore, I must say brava and well done. A keeper.

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