I hope you are staying safe and surviving lockdown. Just when it looks like we might be getting a handle on COVID-19, it turns out we aren’t. So I guess we will be locked down in our post-apocalyptic hiding pods for the foreseeable future.
Speaking of such things, I just made my last donation of my March and April royalties to the Italian Red Cross. A HUGE thanks to everyone who contributed to the effort, either by buying my books or donating directly. And if you would like to make a contribution to the Italian Red Cross, you can do so here.
As for me, my semester is coming rapidly to a close. Yay! Now I have to figure out how to keep writing–both fiction and academic writing–without wrecking my eyes and my back beyond repair. We were not designed to sit in front of a computer for hours and hours every day. Unfortunately, while my walking is definitely better than it was 18 months ago, it’s still not to the point of being able to go for multiple walks a day. Maybe someday…
Meanwhile, I’ve been doing some fun reading. I recently finished The Weaver by Emmi Itäranta (fun fact: Itäranta means “East Shore” in Finnish). I originally picked it up because of the author’s Finnish name. It turns out there’s nothing particularly Finnish about the story, but it’s a gorgeous piece of literary fantasy with a gripping story. Highly recommend! Or if you’re looking for something more post-apocalyptic, I really enjoyed Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season, the first book in a series about an alternative England where psychics are persecuted. It’s kind of an Edwardian futuristic gaslamp fantasy sci-fi thing, if such a thing can be imagined.
What about you? What have you been reading under lockdown? Any great recommendations?
I’ve also managed to get the omnibus edition of The Dreaming Land out on all channels!
Ta-dah! The new cover!
It’s slowly populating the various virtual storefronts out there (including libraries! You can get my books for free by requesting them through the library!). Of course, I’d love to get some reviews for it! If you’ve already reviewed any of the books in the trilogy, you would make my day by dropping a review on the omnibus edition as well (universal link here).
And if you haven’t read the trilogy yet but would like to, or would like the omnibus edition, reply to this post or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you a free review copy. Reviews on any or all platforms are very welcome, but I’m particularly looking to spread the love to the non-Amazon platforms such as Apple, Kobo, and Nook. Diversity is key, as is being represented in places other than the hothouse cagefight that is currently the Kindle market.
Well, that’s about it for today, everyone. Stay safe, and happy reading!