Breaking News Regarding My Secret Crush, "The Painted Man"

Okay, maybe not-so-secret. If you’ve read me for any length of time, you’re already aware of my un-embarrassed gushing over this stellar novel. In case you missed it, you can see the review of The Painted Man here and my interview with Peat here. If that’s not enough, check out my fangirl squee.

Are we caught up? Good. Because there’s more.

Check it out.

(I’m not a “told you so” type of person. But I believe when I read this the first time I advised Peat to hold out for merchandising rights when the book was optioned for a movie — and this was three or four years ago. Heh. OH – and I want an Arlen doll!)

Can you say FABULOUS?? I’m SO EXCITED!!!


The Warded Man Has Landed!!

There I was in Borders, buying a copy of Peat’s book (you might remember me mentioning it) and I was so excited. To have a friend who’s worked so hard and have it pay off big time — not to mention the fact it’s a fabulous book — is inspiring and so freakin’ COOL.

I couldn’t stop grinning when I saw it on the table. I picked it up, and just giggled out loud, then looked around to see if I could tell anyone — look! it’s my friend! THIS IS HIS BOOK! and I read it BEFORE it went to print! But alas, no one was really interested. I didn’t care.

I opened up the book with reverent hands, and paged through the flyleaf, the table of contents, and stopped at the acknowledgments.


It sure is!

OH. MY. GAWD. My name is in there! I almost passed out. Instead, I burst into tears, and then I did the STUPID WHITE GIRL DANCE in the middle of Borders, I sure did.

He never told me, the booger. I was shocked, surprised, and overwhelmed. I thought of how excited Momma would have been.

I went to the check out, smiling big-big the whole way. Oh my god, okay? Oh my god, MY NAME IS IN THIS BOOK.

Does that Peat fuckin’ RAWK or what?

I told the lady at the checkout — look! it’s my name! And she was suitably impressed.


I flew home on a Cloud of Awesomeness, and when I arrived, there was a package waiting for me.

I opened it up, and it’s an autographed copy of The Warded Man.

Peat is the Most Awesome Fantasy Author EVAH.

Yesterday was the most Stellar Day I’ve had since Muffin was borned. Srsly.


So, I stayed up way too late getting re-acquainted with Arlen, Leesha, and Rojer (I missed you guys! How you been? Oh, I’m good, much better for seeing you all again!) and my dreams were about demons and children and wards. I woke up at 5:30 am, unable to go back to sleep.

I’ll pay for this later, because I’m too old to go on four hours of sleep. But I don’t care! My name is in the book!


Now go! Go buy it and read it. You’ll love it, I promise. And not just because my name is in it. It really is a fabulous book, and although you can wait until the movie comes out, the books are always better.