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Weekly News Update & Reading List 05/05/17

Weekly News Update & Reading List 05/05/17

In case you missed it, Broken Fate is up for a RONE award and I need all the fan votes I can get! You can vote here through May 7th. Thank you for any support you can give. Know that I’m grateful and appreciative of the love my fans have for my books. It humbles me every day.

In other news, three rooms painted, about seven/eight more to go (depending on whether I can combine some areas of the house into one weekend or not.) This project is already killing me. I’ve used so much Icy Hot on my shoulder, I’m buying stock in the company. But, it is nice to see the finished rooms and it keeps me going because now the unfinished rooms look like crap in comparison.

I’m not reading much these days, but two books arrived this week that I’m super excited about. I’ll be burning the midnight oil to read them while painting and writing. I can do this!

The Reading List

Thrawn, by Timothy Zahn. When Disney bought the Star Wars franchise, one of the first things they did was give all the old books from the expanded universe the boot. They were no longer considered “canon.” This made me mad because some of those books were awesome, most notably the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn. I always felt that those books would make a great launching point for the movie franchise’s revival. (Not that anyone’s listening to me.) But the books got the boot and so did the blue-skinned villain. I wasn’t the only angry fan, so I’m excited to see that Thrawn is being put back into the Star Wars universe. This book is his origin story, tracing his rise to power.

Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Lifeby Sally Bedell Smith. I’m a huge anglophile and follower of the royal family. (I’m old enough to have watched Charles and Diana get married. I remember getting up at some unholy hour to see it live, this being in the days before VCR’s, DVR’s, streaming, or anything else that makes life easier.) You’d think that there wouldn’t be anything new to say about Prince Charles, but Smith’s biography promises more than the bare facts. Instead, she promises a look into the Prince’s psyche, which should be fascinating.

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