Jessica Day George

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The House of the Future

Today, at last, I will tell you a story. A story about a house. A house . . . of the Future!

Last month Shardas and Velika took a little trip with us to visit some friends. Our friends are nice, and they are normal . . . Okay, that's kind of a lie. None of our friends are really normal, and in this particular household, the Mr. is a Professor of Zombiology, and the Mrs. reviews sci fi tv shows for a website called Pink Ray Gun (sci fi for girls)!

But they are nice people, and they live in a nice house. A VERY nice house. It was built in 1961, with every amenity that the family of 1961 could possibly want. Like a purple toilet. A stove that slides out of the counter like a drawer. A master bathroom that turns into One. Giant. Shower. And planter boxes. In the house.

Shardas and Velika were very impressed. Living as they do in a cave in the middle of a jungle, they liked the planter boxes a great deal.

But they were a little baffled by the "sink room." Velika supposed that you would call it a "quarter bath", since a "half bath" had a toilet and sink, and this just has . . . a sink.

Then there was the kitchen! Velika loved that everything was blue, and Shardas liked the blender motor built into the counter top. He's hoping that the Professor can find a blender that fits into it before our next visit, so that he can have a goat-and-peaches smoothie. It did make Velika a little nervous when Shardas climbed onto the pull out stove to inspect a boiling pot. . . She wisely kept her distance.

But they both agreed that the side by side ovens, with glass doors, were great.

The master bathroom was their favorite part. Fully tiled, with excellent echoes, it had a luxurious sunken tub in the Japanese style, and no shower curtain is necessary as the entire room becomes a nice, steamy shower.

They also admired the built-in scale. . .

and the conveniently placed planter box in the "commode closet." Perfect for dragons! (Velika has asked that I not show the picture of them using the planter box, er, commode room. For the sake of their dignity.)

Yes, the Queen and King of the Dragons were most pleased with their visit to the House of the Future, and hope to return soon!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

We have a new winner!

Hello, hello!

I have drawn a new winner from Ye Hat! Dragongirl128, I don't know where you went, honey, but if you ever come back, we'll see if we can't rustle up an ARC for you anyway.

In the meantime, ba ba bum!

B. Faulk "Fig", or Bets, as she signs herself on the blog, is our new winner!

Bets, m'dear, please email your real name and address to me at, so that I can get you a shiny, shiny ARC of Princess of Glass!

Ta DA!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Calling Dragongirl128!

I know, I promised a visit to the House of the Future this week, but we have a little problem!

One of our winners from last week has not yet sent me her address!

Dragongirl128, where art thou? Please email me your address, so that I may send you your prize! If you don't send in your address by next Monday (March 15th), I will draw be drawing another name to win this fabulous ARC.

It's been quite a week: the kids are sick, I have a jillionty-one things to do, and I'll be sailing on to Logan, Utah, on Thursday for a couple of days. So if you're in the area of Logan on Friday, come and see me! I'll be at the Borders Books from 4-6 pm.

That is all for now!

Dragongirl128, please email me!

Monday, March 1, 2010

And the Winners Are. . . .

First of all, a very, VERY big thanks to everybody who posted a review! You are all awesome! I now have sixty-eight . . . that's right! SIXTY-EIGHT! reviews on for Princess of the Midnight Ball, and I am thoroughly delighted about that!

So I have some lovely swag to give away! If you are one of the lucky winners, please email me at and let me know your mailing address so that I can send you your fabulous prize!

And now, without further ado, our winners!

The three ARC winners, as pulled out of a baseball cap by The Boy, are:

Cathy (see, I did get your email!)

Laura Ellen


The winners of the t-shirts and ARCs are:


Debbie the Nerd Goddess!

Congratulations to them! And for the rest of you, do not be sad! More giveaways are coming up!

Tune in next week for Shardas and Velika's report on their trip to the House of the Future!

And a p.s. to Kristi -Yes! I do remember you! What's up?!