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ARCs, Recommends, and Giveaways! (and one very sleepy violinist)

This isn’t an April Fool’s joke. You really are seeing another rare post from bookmarkedone!

Please, contain your enthusiasm. I know, I know, you missed me. I missed me too.

Okay, the point is that I have exciting news.

Bookmarkedone is an official advance reader for L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 38!

(cue the delighted squealing and puffs of happy dragon smoke)

This may not come as a surprise to some of you, since this will be my third year reading and reviewing the WOTF anthology…but it’s still exciting to me.

For those of you who don’t know, the WOTF anthology is a yearly publication of the next latest greatest science fiction, fantasy, horror, and dark fantasy writers (and sometimes steampunk!), with each story accompanied by a full-color illustration by one of the Illustrators of the Future winners. I’ve entered the WOTF contest more times than I should probably admit and am fully determined to place one day. Not only is there a cash prize, but they offer an exclusive writers’ retreat taught by some of the biggest figures in the SF/F industry.

And the Golden Pen award. That’s gorgeous. Very gorgeous.

Okay. Enough me fantasizing about the contest. Here’s why you should read the book (and tune in soon for my review!):

  • Anyone can enter. Anyone, from anywhere, with no entry fee, judged blind. So anyone could be the next Writers of the Future winner, based on the quality of their writing alone.
  • In addition to the stories and illustrations, every anthology includes a few craft essays by Jody Lynne Nye, David Farland, Nnedi Okorafor, and many other big names in the industry.
  • I’ve fallen hard for at least one story both years I reviewed these (and usually more than that). Notable stories include Leah Ning’s time travel/murder/romance concoction “Yellow and Pink,” and Luke Wildman’s bafflingly witty and clever “How to Steal the Plot Armor.” Now I’m irritated with myself for leaving out all the others I adored…
  • Do you have another book with a woolly mammoth and a robot on the cover? I didn’t think so.

I know I’m getting ahead of myself by gushing over the book before I’ve read the whole thing, but I really love what the Writers of the Future is about. It’s a big deal to me that I get to be a part of it.

And I got a free book! Just for reading! How cool is that, right?

Which brings me to my next bit of news…

Free Books!

You too can get your own copy of Writers of the Future Vol. 38, free of charge! To celebrate the June 28 release, GalaxyPress is holding a giveaway of 100 copies of Vol. 38.

Since most of you read (a lot) you probably already know the drill, but just in case, here’s how you enter:

  1. Set up an Amazon account
  2. Log into Goodreads using said account
  3. Go to this link for the giveaway
  4. Click the “I have read the terms and conditions” box
  5. Wait anxiously until the end of the giveaway on April 6
  6. Find out you won and start reading your eBook immediately! Or, alternatively,
  7. Find out you didn’t win! And go buy a copy of Writers of the Future Vol. 38 when it’s released on June 28!

To clarify: I am not reimbursed or otherwise compensated for any information/promotion included in this post. All opinions are my own. But, y’know, if someone wants to try bribing me with ridiculous sums of money–?

So there’s that. But as I was browsing Goodreads, I realized there are a few other great fantasy titles up this month too.

Check out a Goodreads Giveaway of The Hobbit, Kindle Edition!

Um, if you haven’t heard me yell about how much I love Tolkien…do you even know me at all?

But in all seriousness, The Hobbit is worth it. Frankly, I was tempted to enter the giveaway, even though I already have my lovely anniversary edition with Tolkien’s color illustrations. Just because Hobbits mean a lot to me, with their second breakfasts and magic rings and dragons and furry feet and their beautiful, good, gardeners’ hearts.

If you haven’t read it, you gotta, and if you have, you need a copy. You do.

Enter the giveaway here until April 22!

Next up:

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

There’s been a lot of hype over Cornelia’s book lately, with the 2020 Netflix film adaptation of Dragon Rider or Firedrake the Silver Dragon. I’ll be frank–I haven’t seen it yet. It’s been ages since I read the book, but rumor is that it’s…loosely adapted. The trailer was different from what I remembered. Even Cornelia herself has suggested enjoying book and film as two rather separate stories.

But what better time to read the book than now, to get the novel’s perspective? As if there’s ever not a right time to read a Cornelia Funke book.

Again, I won’t lie. Compared with The Thief Lord or Inkheart, it’s not my favorite of Cornelia’s books. It’s a little long, a little thick.

But on the other hand…Cornelia’s signature style is still there. There are still little surprising turns of phrase, moments I still think about.

Someone picked up a copy of Dragon Rider for me at a secondhand shop a few weeks ago since I gab about Cornelia all the time. Another friend tried to gently step in with “Oh, she’s already read that one,”

I wasn’t having it. No, no thank you, I will handle this. “I don’t have my own copy. I borrowed it.”

“But that’s not the one you liked–“

“Hush. It’s mine. Thank you. I want it. Where is it? I need to get my grubby little hands on it.”

It’s hardback. Maybe I’m fonder of it than I thought? I read the second one in the series while flopped on my stomach on a blue rug one summer (review here!) even if I grumbled all the way…and I will probably read the third one when it’s published in English…

And dragons. There’s that.

So…yeah! Enter the giveaway here until April 14 if you’re interested, and if you’ve read it, come tell me what you thought!

In the Meantime…

If you’ve been wondering why you only got one post in March and what I’ve been up to, well, I can say for certain I haven’t been lazing about. No, I’ve been writing three short stories, running to rehearsals, chugging matcha tea like it’s a magic potion (which, you know, it really could be), and skimming my way through this whirling madness that is the spring season for string musicians everywhere.

And I’m trying to graduate. So there’s that.

So if you miss me, I’m happy to hear it, but don’t expect a lot of posts beyond the WOTF review until I’m finished in May and have a chance to sleep a lot.

I’ll be back with more adventures before you know it.

Until then, happy reading!


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