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

Melissa Proffitt Melissa at Proffitt.com
Thu Jan 19 14:28:47 EST 2017


My children are all so OLD! Remember when my youngest was a baby list member? She's 16 now and wants to be an animator for Disney. I can't believe they're almost all adults.

Melissa Proffitt

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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>
wrote:

> 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-----
> From: Dwj [mailto:dwj-bounces at suberic.net] On Behalf Of 
> 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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