Hey, it's a giveaway! GoodReads has a new program of ebook giveaways. This is my first one: 100 copies of the Darling Dahlias' upcoming (March) mystery. Used to be, authors could give away only print copies, so I'm very glad to see GoodReads making ebooks available via these giveaways.
Of course, the reality of this is that Amazon owns Goodreads and it's Amazon's Kindle copies that are being given away. It's a win for the 100 winners; for the author/publisher, who gets your attention for a moment; for GoodReads, who gets new members and more traffic on the site; and of course for Amazon, who hopes to sell that book.
Book report. I'm almost finished with the second Ruby Wilcox novella--fun (and rather challenging) to explore Ruby's psychic abilities. I see that Cozy Mysteries now has four pages of what they call paranormal-themed cozy mysteries. Check it out for some interesting titles. The Ruby trilogy will be published in ebook-only. Not sure when: perhaps this summer. E-book publication is a perfect fit for the novella, but I know that doing it as an ebook-only won't please everybody. Maybe, when all the novellas are out there, I'll publish as a print collection. We'll see...
In the meantime, please let your librarian and local indie bookstore know about The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover. They can order it from their usual distributor.
Homestead Report. It's been an amazingly cold winter here. One week, we had 60 straight hours below freezing (a LOT for us). This week, we got down to 11, with reports from just north and west of us down to -4. The Girls were cozy under their lamps, but I had to bring their waterer indoors overnight to keep it from freezing. And even the bay tree came indoors, the first time we've done that. A good time to stay warm beside the fire and work on that knitted or crocheted scarf or shawl or afghan you've been dreaming about.
Reading note: I don't just use yarn from a store. I buy old sweaters from consignment shops. The older the better, and unravel them. There are countries of women in this scarf/shawl/blanket. Soon it will be big enough to keep me warm.--Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls