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There is no sense in hiding it, since the news will be all over Facebook. My birthday is on Friday. I’m going to be thirty-five bleh… There’s some other news too, but you’ll have to wait till Friday (hint: it involves my cat and a giveaway. No. I’m not giving my cat way. What’s wrong with you?) 😉

Birthday week has been great so far. I sold a watercolor painting from my Etsy shop.

Hide n Seek Cat and Mouse Halloween Watercolor

Hide n' Seek - © Amanda Makepeace

I’ve also won two books, one from Goodreads and the other from LibraryThing.

The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter PalmerBook 1:  The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer

Imprisoned for life aboard a zeppelin that floats high above a fantastic metropolis, greeting-card writer Harold Winslow pens his memoirs. His only companions are the disembodied voice of Miranda Taligent, the only woman he has ever loved, and the cryogenically frozen body of her father, Prospero, the genius and industrial magnate who drove her insane. As Harold heads toward a last desperate confrontation with Prospero to save Miranda’s life, he finds himself an unwitting participant in the creation of the greatest invention of them all: the perpetual motion machine. Beautifully written, stunningly imagined, and wickedly funny,The Dream of Perpetual Motion is a heartfelt meditation on the place of love in a world dominated by technology. (via Goodreads)

Thinking about this book inspired my latest fractal too!!

Perpetual Motion Steampunk Fractal

The Ale Boy's Feast by Jeffrey OverstreetBook 2: The Ale Boy’s Feast by Jeffrey Overstreet

The king is missing.
His promises lie in ruins.
His people are trapped as the woods turn deadly.
Underground, the boy called Rescue has found an escape.

The world has been poisoned. The forests, once beautiful, are now bloodthirsty.

But the people of House Abascar will risk their lives on a journey through those predatory trees. Inspired by Auralia’s colors, they’re searching for Inius Throan — a legendary city where they can start over again.

But they journey without a king. Cal-raven has lost his faith in himself and in that mysterious creature — the Keeper who inspired him to lead. His broken heart needs a miracle.

What of those Abascar survivors still enslaved to the beastmen? As the ale boy leads them upstream on an underground river, their deliverance depends on a miracle.

And where is the wandering mage, Scharr ben Fray? He’s discovered that the world’s history is a lie, one only a miracle can repair.

Time is running out for all of those whose stories are tangled in The Auralia Thread. But miracles happen wherever Auralia’s colors are found.

How I love this series, and I’m not even religious! Let me say that again. I’m not religious. This series will touch you, no matter if you are Christian, Buddhist or Pagan. The Auralia Thread series is beautiful. I’ve been waiting eagerly for the last book in the series, but I wasn’t sure how I would get my hands on a copy. (I’m so poor!). I certainly wasn’t going to beg Jeffrey Overstreet for a copy (he supplied me with a copy of the last book, Raven’s Ladder). Then I discovered The Ale Boy’s Feast was up for grabs at LibraryThing. I thought, why not take a chance. And I WON!!

Don’t forget to stop back on Friday for the birthday festivities/giveaway/surprise. 😉