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

rohina rohinax at gmail.com
Thu Jan 19 01:01:26 EST 2017

Zooms to Amazon to buy the Melissa books. Melissa, you are amazing! Are all
your lovely progeny enormous and thriving? Mine is!

On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 9:15 PM, Melissa Proffitt <Melissa at proffitt.com>

> 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
> -----Original Message-----
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> deborah.dwj at suberic.net
> Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2017 12:49 PM
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> Subject: [DWJ] Melissa (was Re: Best of 2017??)
> 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!
> >-deborah
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