Happy New Year to all, and good riddance to 2016!  As I sit down to write this, we’re headed into a time of political turmoil and uncertainty, and I’ve just learned that we’ve lost another beloved cultural icon.

But there have been a few high points along the way, and one of them took place last month at the Longest Night Masquerade Ball fundraiser in Pennsylvania, which truly exceeded my expectations.  My hosts were gracious and generous, the fans were awesome, and the costumes were fantastic.  The event itself was a splendid affair with musicians, dancers and acrobats, and a moving enactment of the pageant of the Winter Queen and the Sun Prince at midnight.

I know a lot of you would have loved to be there, and I’m happy to say that they’re hoping to stage the event again next year.  If it happens and I’m able to attend, I will!  I had a blast, danced until the music ended, and left with lovely gifts and warm memories.

Speaking of Kushiel’s Legacy, Tor Books is offering a special promotional price of $2.99 for the ebook edition of Kushiel’s Dart for the month of January, available in the US and Canada.  I’ve linked to Amazon, but it should be available from your venue of choice.

In other D’Angeline news, in composer Christy Carew Marshall has created an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to record a Kushiel’s Legacy orchestral album, which would be very cool.  Even if we never get a movie or a TV series (yes, of course, it could happen, but as always, I’m not holding my breath), we could have a score.

Ah, but on Valentine’s Day, Miranda and Caliban comes out at last, and I’m looking forward to it!  I’m happy to say that it’s getting great reviews like this one from the notorious tough critics at the Kirkus Review.  You can read the first chapter here on my site, and the second chapter over at Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist.

More about that next month, as I’m busy writing a series of essays and guest blog posts for various venues.  Meanwhile, there’s a giveaway over on Goodreads, with 8 copies up for grabs!  US and Canada only.

Last month, I wrote a bit about politics and narrative, and I do plan to write more, but I’ll be honest, at the moment, I’ve got a lot on my plate, and I’m finding it hard to compose my thoughts.  So I will return to that at some point, but for now, you’re spared.

On the homepage, I’ve shared a couple of Longest Night photos.  I wish I had more, but I was too busy having fun!  And swing by the Tattoo Gallery to check out a very personal new marque interpretation.

All the best to everyone in the year to come!