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Whiskers on Kittens

I’ve had so many lovely things happen this week. Even if I am past 7 months pregnant and it is suddenly a billion degrees outside with six billion percent humidity. Although come to that I suppose I can still be thankful that I am not (yet) nine months along in a sudden heat wave.

But in the spirit of the famous song, here are my favorite things of the last several days:

  • We saw the most beautiful rainbow at the park the other night.  The sun was going down, a rainshower just starting to drizzle down, and I happened to glance up and see the most perfectly clear, storybook, pot-of-gold at the end of it rainbow I’d ever seen arcing across the horizon.  I called Bella over and pointed it out to her–the first rainbow she’d ever seen apart from in picture books–and she said, “Ooh, look it has colors!”
  • My incredibly wonderful mother-in-law has been staying with me for the last week while Nathan travels.  And I’m so, so lucky because she is warm and wise and just great to have around–and of course fabulous with my girl.  They’ve dug in the garden and played grocery store and made illustrated books with old stamps while I sprint to finish this book before baby time.
  • I sent a partial draft of Sunrise of Avalon (book 3 of the trilogy) to my editor, and she pronounces herself delighted.  Always wonderful to hear.
  • Two lovely bloggers gave Twilight of Avalon lovely reviews on their sites:  Marie Burton of The Burton Review and Jenny at Jenny Loves to Read. Though it’s actually unfair to mention only them because several other blog reviewers have also said lovely things about Twilight of Avalon–just not this week. So many thanks to Michelle, at A Reader’s Respite, Arleigh, at Historical-Fiction.com, Margaret at historicalnovels.info, Linda from Musings of a L.O.O.N, Jennifer at Per Omnia Saecula, S. Krishna, at S. Krishna’s Books, Elena, at All Booked Up, and Sarah from Reading the Past.  And to Jen at Devourer of Books thanks and many congratulations on the birth of your gorgeous baby boy!  And if there are any other bloggers out there whose reviews I’ve missed seeing, thank you all so much, too–and everyone else who’s expressed excitement on-line or anywhere else.  There’s just no better feeling than hearing from people who’ve connected to to Trystan and Isolde and their story.
  • The incredibly talented Joshilyn Jackson has made the NY Times bestseller list with The Girl Who Stopped Swimming.  I’m just so happy for her.  The book is just amazing–easily one of my absolute favorite reads this year–and it’s so great to see it getting the recognition it deserves.
  • Nathan is now home (if tired) after a week of travel and next to no sleep.  It’s hard to say who’s the happiest: me, Bella, or me watching Bella be so happy that her Daddy is back.
  • And I have a preliminary cover for Book 2, Dark Moon of Avalon!  There will probably be minor changes made, still, but it’s there in the main and I’m too excited about it not to share.  So here it is.  I love the painting (by John William Waterhouse) that they chose–it just perfectly captures the spirit of the book for me.

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5 Responses to “Whiskers on Kittens”

  1. Marie Says:
    June 26th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    I truly enjoyed your book and am so happy to know that there will be a sequel! I can’t wait!

    Congratulations on your baby!

  2. Marg Says:
    June 26th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    I like the cover Anna! Very nice!

  3. Marie Burton Says:
    June 28th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Glad your hubby is home to take care of you again! And thanks fir the mention btw
    Love the new cover, I’ll love it even more when it’s in my hands!

  4. Jennygirl Says:
    July 5th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Hopefully the last 2 months will fly by for you. Then life will get real interesting for sure. I think it’s also wonderful that you and your MIL get along so well. Not many women can say that.
    Thank you so much for the mention. That was so kind of you.
    ANd I love, love, love this cover! Can’t wait to get my grubby little hands on it :)
    Make yourself comfy and enjoy your day.

  5. Michele Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I enjoy reading your blog. Your right your Mother-inlaw is wonderful. I have known her for years and she is everything you mentioned.

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