Hello, my lovelies! Happy Tuesday to you all - I hope your week so far is shaping up promisingly. I've got some important stuff happening later on this week, so any crossed fingers, eyes, legs, paws or other extremities would be very much appreciated.
Today I'm sharing some lovely news that took me by surprise at the end of last week when Ann Angel (editor of the Things I'll Never Say: Stories of our Secret Selves anthology, which contains the Shadows on the Moon prequel story 'Storm Clouds Fleeing from the Wind') contacted me and the other authors whose stories are in the book to let us know that not only had Things I'll Never Say been selected for the CCBC Choices 2016 List but also that it had been longlisted for the YALSA TeensRead Teens Top Ten (that page hasn't been updated with the 2016 list yet, sadly). The last time anything of mine was longlisted for the Teens Top Ten was in 2009 or 2010 - I can't exactly remember - with Daughter of the Flames.
I admit I felt a little disappointed that the anthology didn't get much attention when it came out last year, especially because I believe my story in it, which my American publisher recommended for a James Tiptree Jr. Award, is one of the best pieces of writing I've ever done (not to mention my first ever published short story). So I'm delighted to learn that it did make a few ripples on the surface of the pond. If you haven't read it yet or hadn't heard of it before now, it's a great time to grab it via Book Depository or from your library and learn what the fuss is about.