four stars and a first (the latest on dtd)

Last week was a busy and exciting one concerning my YA novel Dragontamer’s Daughters.  A few months back, I sent out copies of DTD to several book review blogs, and this past Saturday (November 17), Part 1 received 4 stars from Naomi Blackburn at A Book and a Review.  In an e-mail to me, she called DTD an “awesome tale” and that I “should be very proud.”  Which, of course, I am, immensely so.  I’ve always thought DTD was good, and I’ve had friends and family tell me so, but it’s especially gratifying to hear that from a prominent critic.


Ms. Blackburn will post a review of Part 2 during the first week of December, and I’m hoping she’ll like it even better than Part 1.  In addition, Becky’s Book Reviews should have something on DTD soon, as should Theresa Winslow in her “Bookworm” blog for the Annapolis Capital.  I’ve also submitted DTD to IndieReader and Bookshelves of Doom, but I have no idea when or even if they’ll cover my book.  Meanwhile, DTD is currently averaging 4 to 4 1/2  star rankings at Goodreads and Amazon, which, of course, I’m all kinds of happy about.


That’s the “four-stars” part that this post’s title refers to.  The “first” is that (as I also learned last week) I will be having my first book signing for DTD on Friday, December 7 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Bridges Restaurant in Grasonville, MD.  I’ll be there with six other Eastern Shore authors, who do a variety of genres.  In addition to signing books, we’ll be taking donations of cash for the Brighter Christmas Fund and new toys for Adopt-A-Bear Queen Anne’s County.  I’m really looking forward to this and to meeting the other writers, and it should be an excellent time.  If you’ll be in the area, please come!


December 7, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm


For next year, I’m thinking about bringing DTD to the 2013 Annapolis Book Festival, the Gaithersburg Book Festival, and Balticon 47.  I’ll let you know which, if any, of those are doable. 


So, yeah, that’s the latest here in Newbie AuthorLand.  Stay tuned for more as it develops….


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