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BONJOUR, HOLA, HELLO
In this newsletter: 
  • What I'm writing
  • Teen readers wanted
  • Popular articles from my Flipboard "magazine"
  • Book winner
  • Plus several references to Neil Gaiman, as it turns out
Also, in the sidebar, recommendations for a good book, a great podcast, an amazing Netflix series and various other items I hope will be of interest.

Enjoy! 
WHAT I'M WRITING

Above: a portrait of Aglaé Auguie and Hortense de Beauharnais, drawn by Hortense's best friend Adèle Auguie ("Mouse," in my novel). So dear!

I've just sent the 8th draft of Moonsick to my Penguin editor! For those of you who don't know, it's a Young Adult novel I'm writing about Josephine's daughter Hortense. Clicking "send" is always a scary thrill.

Researching and writing about a lively, emotional, and talented teen in post-revolutionary France has been intriguing ... especially Hortense, who is coping with both the death of her father (by guillotine) and her new stepfather (Napoleon—imagine). It's quite a different perspective on a world I came to know very well writing the Josephine B. Trilogy.

It's a complex, dramatic story, and running perhaps a little long at this point. We shall see! 

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BETA READERS WANTED
Above: Caroline Darwin 1816, aged about 16 years, by Sharples.

I'm soon going to be looking for teen beta readers of Moonsick, my YA novel about Josephine's daughter Hortense. The novel is for older teens — and girls, frankly — so keen readers fifteen-years-old and up would be appropriate.

I'm also looking for a book club that reads YA fiction and would be willing to read and discuss the novel's strengths and weaknesses.

Let me know! 
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MY FLIPBOARD "MAGAZINE"

My Flipboard "magazine"—On Writing & Publishing & Everything In-between.

I post a new article to it every day. Here are three that were especially popular recently.
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THE WINNER!
Above: Fireworks for the Entry of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria: The Lion, in "Reception de Louis XIII," Lyons, 1623. 

With each of my newsletters, a winner is randomly selected from all of the subscribers to win one of my books.

Congratulations to Nicole Pappas Ferrin, the winner from my last newsletter!
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AU REVOIR, ADIOS, GOOD-BYE
It has been a very busy New Year for me, so far. The final stages of any draft is intense! (Each and every one.) Once launched, I have a number of other projects I'm looking forward to tackling. 

I leave you with these wonderful words from Neil Gaiman: "May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can."

WHAT I'M READING
Simply delightful! 
WHAT I'M LISTENING TO
I've been a fan of US author Paulette Jiles since reading Sitting in the Club Car Drinking Rum and Karma-Kola; A Manual of Etiquette for Ladies Crossing Canada by Train in 1986, written during the Canadian years of her life. She is one of the few authors I've sent fan mail to. She answered, and we had a brief correspondence back in the pre-email days.

Jiles is that rare combination of poet and historical novelist, and it shines through in every sentence. News of the World is amazing. I am both reading it on Kindle and listening to it on Audible — a nice duo that Amazon now makes possible. The Audible narration is outstanding. 
WHAT I'M WATCHING
Or rather, what I binge-watched in one week (like most everyone). The first season of the Netflix series The Crown was so good!

Some interesting reveals about Season Two here.
A PODCAST I'M FOLLOWING
With my last newsletter, I mentioned that I was enjoying listening to The Story Grid podcast by Tim Grahl.

I still am, but now I'm also following another Tim Grahl podcast which I recommend to all writers: The Book Launch Show. It's informative and to-the-point. Excellent
FROM MY BLOG
Finally! Breaking the silence.

One of my (many) New Year's Resolutions is to begin blogging again. I miss it. 
 

Speaking of missing, if you subscribed to my blog more than four years ago, I suggest you re-subscribe here (on the right). In upgrading my website, I lost subscriptions made from years 2007 to 2013. 

WHAT I'M PAINTING

Another of my New Year's Resolutions is to always be working on — i.e. puzzling over — a painting or drawing.

I love watercolour, love the challenge of it.

This painting was inspired by a photo by John Towner on Unsplash.
LINKS OF NOTE
• My good friend and brilliant author Merilyn Simonds has started a very interesting blog — Books Unpacked — on books and reading. With a blog subscription, she includes an occasional newsletter — LitBits — on bookish matters. I think you will love both the newsletter and the blog. Subscribe!

Merilyn is soon to be publishing Gutenberg's Fingerprint — "an intimate narrative exploring the past, present, and future of books." Everything Merilyn writes is delicious, both her fiction and non-fiction. 

• If you haven't watched the video recording of Leonard Cohen's Democracy by Neil Gaiman and his wife Amanda Palmer, you're missing something. 
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