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Of Burnt Roses and Cabana Boys


Indelible is Dawn Metcalf’s new book. I heard a teensy bit about it years ago, even before the gorgeous Luminous went to press, and have been bouncing around waiting to hear the rest for way too long.



Indelible is set in the modern world, but something of her mysterious and finely drawn characters remind me of the delicate details and half glimpsed faces of turn of the century illustrator Arthur Rackham’s work. (In this case Pandora’s Box.)

So we didn’t get the rest, but a wonderful start to a whole world.


I got an advance copy in June, devoured it, and then procrastinated writing about it. I’ve been putting it off because it’s so hard to describe without either sounding super vague or giving too much away.


It’s clever and beautiful and complicated and creepy and quirky and I tend to do a lot of gesturing when describing it in person. It’s about families changing and worlds changing, about siblings and friends and first love and how everything that holds individuals together can tear them apart.


I’m totally going to cheat and copy a summary from her site, best way to ensure that I stay spoilers free!


Some things are permanent.
And they cannot be changed back.


Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room-right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world-a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep and a life that will never be the same. Now Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one-his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future…and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.


Somewhere between reality and myth lies…




Check out Dawn’s blog for inspiration, entertaining rambles and the occasional chance for really cool swag. Also, if you’re in New England this coming week she has a book signing that involves special ice cream sundaes at an independent creamery, how do you top that?!

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Summer Reads!

Two books I’ve finished in the past week and wanted to make note of and recommend to anybody looking for thought provoking and enjoyable summer reads.

One is called Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail. It’s by Caitlin Kelly. She is a journalist who took a part time retail position after losing her job with The New York Daily News. She kept her retail position for over two years.

Malled is a book that should be required reading for everyone who has ever gone shopping!

It is a mix of personal experience and research, making it both an enjoyable memoir and an interesting profile of retail business. As a retail worker I liked it because of her enjoyable and fluent writing and because of her clear eyed look at that world. It is also one of the few business books I’ve run across that gives the workers a fair view. The only downside for me was that parts of it were a little too close to home, which made it a less than relaxing break time read.

The other is a book I’ve mentioned here before, Luminous, by Dawn Metcalf. It came out June 30th, so after hearing snippets for ages I was finally able to read it. It was gorgeous and more than a little surreal. Luminous is an excellent adjective as well as title for the look. Luminous is a young adult fantasy/adventure title. The main character is a young woman who finds that she can shed her skin and walk abroad in a world between life and death. It’s a visual read, very beautiful and richly descriptive. (I told a friend that it made me think of a Salvador Dali done in Maxfield Parrish’s palette.)

I thought this was cute, an interview with the main character on a young adult book review site.

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Books Galore

I know a literary crowd! Dawn‘s book is due from Penguin Putnam next month, and now my friend Meg  just published her first book.

It’s been a long time since Meg and I have been able to do the ‘sit at the diner till the wee hours and edit each other’s work’ thing. I’ve pretty much given up on my writing, though I’ve still got worlds bouncing around in my head. (Yes, they sometimes collide with the craft projects always bouncing around in there.) She pulled through and decided to skip the fighting with publishers and print it herself. It’s called Cursing Fate, and is already available, so go take a look! Cursing Fate is a paranormal romance available as a traditional book or as an ebook.

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A (scarily brilliant and clever and by my standards even more amazing-coordinated!) friend of a friend has her first book, Luminous, coming out on June 30th. We’re getting close! Here’s her official site with further info as well as fun meanderings and artwork.

Proper summary:

When sixteen-year old Consuela discovers that she can remove her skin, revealing a lustrous mother-of-pearl skeleton, she slips into a parallel world known as the Flow; a place inhabited by archetypical teens with extraordinary abilities. Crafting skins out of anything – air, water, feathers, fire – she is compelled to save ordinary people from dying before their time. Yet now someone is murdering her new friends, one by one, and Consuela finds herself the focus of an intricate plot to end the Flow forever when all she really wants is to get back home, alive.

I’ve been itching to read it (and the one she has planned after it) since I first heard hints of it, so here’s a link to her contest to get a free bookmark and a chance at an advance reader’s copy.

If you talk to her, ask her about clothespin dolls. She also makes a mean ray gun. (Really!) I love creative, crafty people!


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