[DWJ] Melissa (was Re: Best of 2017??)

Melissa Proffitt Melissa at Proffitt.com
Wed Jan 18 23:15:40 EST 2017

Aw, thanks. :) I've been keeping busy with writing and my reading has slowed down by a lot. This last year I only read about a hundred books, which feels so...slow, somehow. But in March (?) I took part in a middle grade/YA book battle, and those were some of the best books I read, specifically:

Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta (I know, how late to the game am I?)
The Penderwicks in Spring, by Jeanne Birdsall
Binny in Secret, by Hilary McKay
Life Without Friends, by Ellen Emerson White

For SFF books, I *loved* Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay. A couple of years ago I would have been very surprised if someone had told me his would be at the top of my list, as I really didn't care for his early work, but the Sarantium books are now my favorites.

I also loved A Thousand Nights--somebody else mentioned this one. Still haven't read the sequel...have I mentioned how slow I am? Also wrapped up the Vorkosigan novels with Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, which was excellent. Loved Jonathan Stroud's The Creeping Shadow--I am addicted to that series. I liked but didn't love Crosstalk, and then re-read Miracle and discovered she'd already used the emotional plotline of Crosstalk in the title story from that book. Not sure how I feel about that.

I managed to finally fall in love with Ben Aaronovitch's novels and am working on listening to The Hanging Tree courtesy of Hallie, as the audiobook is only on preorder in the US. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's narration is wonderful.

In the category of Books I Never Got Around To, my son finally bugged me to read The Blood of Olympus. I thought it was a good end to the series, which I liked better than Percy Jackson.

And then I read my own books, mostly for editing purposes. My most recent two are Burning Bright and Wondering Sight, the rhyming of the titles is unintentional (I was quoting poetry), and they're alternate history Regency-era fantasy adventures, with magic, pirates, counterfeiting, and a little romance. Wondering Sight comes out January 19, and I am celebrating by going to the dentist. Go me!

Melissa (McShane) Proffitt

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On Wed, 18 Jan 2017, Hallie O'Donovan wrote:
> But you guys!! We didn't do this last year and nobody seems to have 
> mentioned that our own Melissa is a multiply-published author now. 
> She's publishing under her maiden name, Melissa McShane,

>I had no idea!  I'm going to seek those out right now.  Hooray for Melissa!


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