Author: Luisa Perkins
•8:33 AM

There's nothing that chases away the late-winter blues like a fresh batch of good news. Here are a few items worthy of passing on:

Josi Kilpack's newest book, Lemon Tart, is the March selection for the Time Out for Women Book Club! As Josi mentions on her blog, TOFW chooses very few fiction titles, so this is indeed a huge deal. I got my own copy of Lemon Tart about a week ago; I can't wait to dive in and experience some delicious escape.

The Hunt for Dark Infinity, Book Two in James Dashner's The 13th Reality series, is shipping now via Amazon and will be in Barnes & Noble and Borders stores next week! My kids are all insane for Book One and can't wait to get their hands on this latest installment. (I love James's writing as well, so they'll be fighting me for it.)

Annette Lyon's latest Temple novel, Tower of Strength, is now available! I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advance copy, and frankly, I can hardly wait to finish this post so that I can get back to it. Novembrance will be one of next week's stops on Annette's promotional blog tour, so check back here then to read my interview with her.

Fantasy writer Rebecca Weybright (apparently not her real name, oh the mystery) is editing a new speculative fiction webzine called Noctober. How could I not love it, with a name like that? I've read all five stories in the premiere issue, and I think they are great fun. The illustrious Kymburlee of Temporary? Insanity posted an interesting interview with Rebecca yesterday; you can bet that Noctober will be receiving a submission or two from me very soon.

Anyone who sings solos in church should own copies of the Sabbath Song collections. (Anyone who doesn't, but loves good sacred music, should buy the CDs, recorded by baritone Clayne Robison.) They contain gorgeous pieces by two of my genius songwriting collaborators, Murray Boren and D. Fletcher, as well as many more selections by other prominent LDS composers; they are well worth your time. Sadly, none of my lyrics appear; we'll hope for Volume III.

Finally, for anyone local, our very own Christian will be playing the role of Friedrich in Haldane High School's production of "The Sound of Music" at the end of this month. It will be worth the price of admission just to see Christian as the lederhosen-clad Lonely Goatherd in the musical-within-a-musical (don't worry; I'll post photos when the time comes), though the whole production promises to be highly entertaining. The show runs Friday, March 27th through Sunday, March 29th; I couldn't be prouder.

Well, that's it for me; does anyone else have something worth sharing?
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15 comments:

On 4/3/09 , Brillig said...

Ooooh, oooh! I totally wish I could see Christian's show! That's awesome. I look forward to the pics.

I read Kim's post about Noctober. I loved, LOVED reading the inner workings of an editor's brain. Confidentially (she says in a public comment), I think I'll try my hand at dark speculative fiction.

Also, thanks to YOU, I've just bought the Sabbath Song collection. Actually, I bought Volume II. Because I like to do things out of order...

As for the rest, um, cool! Sounds like you have lots to read! I love Annette and Josi--I really ought to get my hands on their books too! Deseret Book, here I come...

Wow. Holy long comment, batman.

 
On 4/3/09 , Annette Lyon said...

Can't wait to see the pics of Christian!

I should look into those CDs--I need more music for Sundays.

(Thanks for the linky love!)

 
On 4/3/09 , Annette Lyon said...

Holy cow--as soon as my comment posted, Brillig's did.

She's ALIVE!!!

 
On 4/3/09 , Josi said...

I'm all aflutter to be included on a blog full of such greatness. Thanks so much, Louisa. Much appreciated--I can't wait to read Annette's book, I'm checking out my local bookstore today.

 
On 4/3/09 , Kimberly said...

Much good news indeed!

And, I haven't written a short story since college, but Noctober has me wanting to!

 
On 4/3/09 , Jenna Consolo said...

WOW! This is ALL good news indeed! Yay for everyone!

How come your high school gets to do "The Sound of Music" and ours is doing "RENT"? (Because ours has the same drama teacher that took the kids to see that awful play I protested against, that's why!)

 
On 4/3/09 , Elizabeth said...

Our family is counting down the days until we can see Haldane's "The Sound of Music." Mary has a particular night picked out. I'd better find out which one it is.

 
On 4/3/09 , Heidi Ashworth said...

Love good news but I want to hear more about your lyrics.

 
On 4/3/09 , janeannechovy said...

Me too--is there a Sabbath Song III in the works? I'll be first in line. I've done a number of the arrangements for church, to enthusiastic reviews.

Brillig, I think the second volume is better, because it has more of D's stuff. :)

Looking forward to the lederhosen shots.

 
On 4/3/09 , Luisa Perkins said...

I absolutely agree with Janeannechovy: the more D. Fletcher, the better.

JA, I don't know whether Clayne is putting together another book. I have selfishly suggested a book of duets and trios, since that would mean that a couple of the pieces I've written with D would be eligible for consideration.

 
On 4/3/09 , janeannechovy said...

Sounds like I need to schedule a time to pester Clayne when I am on BYU campus in a couple of weeks. I drool at the thought of a duets/trios book, since my beautifully-tenor-voiced brother is in my ward.

 
On 4/3/09 , Luisa Perkins said...

JA, pester away; it would be reinforcement for my theory that there is indeed a demand for such a collection.

I actually just got an email back from him this afternoon; he is working on Volume III, and he does want to see the stuff that D. and I have written. Keep your fingers crossed!

 
On 4/3/09 , Melanie J said...

I really liked Tower of Strength, too. I'm totally looking forward to Lemon Tart.

 
On 6/3/09 , TC said...

Hi Ms. Luisa, I'm not familiar with anything you mentioned. But I'm glad for your good news.

My brother-in-law and his family are Mormon, but something happened to my relationship with him after the election, he was totally against Obama, I supported him. Now, we don't speak anymore.

 
On 10/3/09 , Julie Wright said...

do you know what's cool?? I know those people! Those books all rock. And how fun is it to say lederhosen? That's a great word. I'm wishin you all luck and waiting for pics.