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The Witch Thief Wins Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Award!

My excitement for the weekend was going to the Romantic Times Convention and receiving this fabulous award for The Witch Thief! Romantic Times has given a number of my books Top Picks over the years,  but this was my first major contest win. Look, it’s real! This year the RT Convention was in Kansas City which gave me the opportunity to see my cousin who lives there. It also gave me the chance to meet up with writing friends and spend time with my daughter who has fallen in love with RT’s Teen Day. Last year she discovered Kelley Armstrong and is now a major fan. Never mind that her mother had been a fan of Kelley’s since the beginning and had told said daughter that she should check out her books… Our trip was quick. In on Friday, just in time to dash to the awards ceremony, under-dressed I’m sure, and then out early Sunday morning. But it was still a great time. Next year the convention is in New Orleans. Any of you going? Any of you go this year? I’m really weighing if I should go and if I do, if I should just do the Teen Day again or go all out and attend as an author… Big decisions. FYI, if you haven’t been in a few years, the convention has changed, in my opinion for the better. The sexy is still there… check out the room keys Jaci Burton sponsored… but it isn’t in your face. I felt completely comfortable walking the halls with my daughter. And at the book signing too. In fact, they separate young adult authors in their own section. You can walk freely to the other areas, but it is nice to have them all in one block. There also seems to be a lot of support for self-published authors...

Witch Stones!

Since I was a child, I’ve had a bit of an obsession with rocks. I think this mainly had to do with growing up in an area with some spectacular rocks to collect. My favorites were what we called sparkly rocks which you mainly find around creeks. Most of mine I found around Viburnum, Missouri, an area with large lead deposits. But in addition to sparkly rocks and fossils (which I also loved), I always kept my eye out (and still do) for witch stones. Witch stones, also known as fairy stones and hagstones, are rocks with a naturally occurring hole in them. As you can probably guess, the best hunting grounds for these rocks is also near streams since water is what washes away parts of the stone to form the hole. Holly Black made witch stones (she called them fairy stones) somewhat famous with her use of them in the Spiderwick Chronicles.  In her stories you used the stones to see the fairy world, but they are probably better known as a way to ward off evil. According to this article, people used to hang them over doorways (especially of stables) or wore them around their necks and some even used them as a spout through which the poured milk to keep it from curdling. I’m not sure as a child anyone ever told me what they were supposed to do, but I’ve always thought of them as witch stones and known they carry with them some kind of magic that I want to possess. Any of you own witch stones? How do you use...