Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Sneak peek: chapter two is posted

Yes, this is shameless huckstering but I promise to make it up to you with some knitting content. (I'm too lazy weave in the ends and photograph my completed Irish Hiking Scarf, (designer: Adrian Bazilia) but I will very very shortly. Honestly. I promise. You have my word . . . )

There are new two chapters of CASTING SPELLS available for you to read on my website. They're in the Sneak Peek section but I'll make it easy for you. Just click here and you'll be whisked away. The book won't be out until somewhere around Halloween (official pub date is 11/4 -- Election Day!!) but my first review popped up in my inbox this afternoon and I'm grinning from ear to ear. "Excellent read," says Susan Randall from ARMCHAIR INTERVIEWS.
And I'm very excited to announce that THE WENDY (aka Wendy D. Johnson of Wendy Knits) and Dawn Brocco (Dawn Brocco Designs and blog)
both contributed some wonderful knitting tips that appear in the book. In fact their hints were so good that the ARMCHAIR INTERVIEW review took note:
Although I am not a knitter myself, the 10 things you need to know about knitting in
general are quite funny as well as the 10 things you need to know
about knitting lace and knitting socks in the back of the book are a keeper.
So here's a big loud heartfelt "Thank you!" to Dawn and Wendy for their help. I owe you one.
And while I have your attention, Fran mentioned Nancy Herkness's fabulous book MUSIC OF THE NIGHT in comments and I have to say I second, third, and fourth her praise. Nancy wrote a taut, sexy, witty, intelligent mystery that swept me up into the very different worlds of music and police work and held me captive until the last page. This comes highly recommended!
One more thing: we'll be adding another writing knitter/knitting writer to the roster in the next few weeks. Caroline Leavitt, whose talent leaves me literally speechless, will be joining us here at Romancing the Yarn. I first discovered Caroline's work around 1982 when I devoured her first novel (I think it was her first) MEETING ROZZY HALFWAY. It's twenty-six years later and I can still remember scenes and passages. That's how good a book it is. I hope you'll take time to visit Caroline's website and get to know her. And check out her blog. I think you'll love her.
And here I thought I had nothing to say tonight.

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Blogger Rooie said...

Ooooh, I love Caroline. It's been far too long since Girls in Trouble Though my favorite is Coming Back to Me, I think.

And, to bring it all back to knitting, Caroline is responsible for me starting up my knitting again and I have a scarf she knit for me that I treasure greatly.

7:26 AM  
Blogger WendyKnits said...

Ooh, must click over and read the sneak peak ASAP!!!

10:07 AM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Awwww, Barbara, you and Fran are making me blush. Keep it up! :-) Seriously, thank you so much for saying such nice things about MUSIC OF THE NIGHT.

I would like to add that CASTING SPELLS is fabulous! When Barbara puts her trademark wit to work on magic and knitting combined, it's a beautiful thing. My daughter loved CS too and we generally have fairly different tastes in reading. So that's a double compliment.

I'm looking forward to welcoming Caroline to the blog!

11:16 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I've pre-ordered my copy. Can hardly wait!

3:27 PM  
Blogger Fran Baker said...

Well, I can tell right now that this will be a "must read" for me. Good job, Barbara.

And welcome to Caroline. I've not read her before but am always open to new authors. And I'm anxious to hear what she has to say on the blog, too.

7:08 PM  
Blogger RC said...

I cannot wait for Casting Spells to be out-
interested in tradsies? a pair of handknit socks for a sgned copy of Casting Spells? I'm serious- I've read the sneak peak and am hooked!

8:45 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I enjoyed the excerpt & have preordered the book. I also have copies of 2 of your other books coming to me -- I remember looking for Just Like Heaven at Wal-Mart (sorry, it's about all I have available for shopping) and never saw it, so I have just ordered it, and Just Desserts.

10:54 AM  

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