I noticed today that Patty from petitemagique.wordpress.com has won 3rd place in the Hebban Fantasy awards. I think this is a great accomplishment for a début and I must say that I am very very proud and a little sad as well. Imho she should have won first place but I am of course not entirely objective in this.
If you don’t yet know Patty I would suggest following the link I gave above to read some of her poetry, you can also buy her first poetry book (in English) by following the info in my sidebar.alternatively you can go to said link I gave for info on her second poetry book
Patty got this third place price for her début fantasy novel Dragan Duma, zij die hoort (Dragan Duma, she who hears) which is the first part of a trilogy. I was supposed to proof read the second part and have done that for a big part of it, however real life has made it impossible for me to finish it yet. I can however promise you that the part I have read so far promises a great part 2.
I believe that an audio book of part one is in the making and I sure hope that her publisher will have the book translated to english asap because imho this is an epic story that much like the Potter series could become a favorite for young kids, teens and adults alike (heck, I am 46 and loving it my wife is 51 and hates reading but she had read the book in a few days.
I don’t want to give out to much spoilers (sorry you have to wait for a translation) but I can tell you that the story tells about a young female called Jill who one day discovers that she is not just “plain Jane”. In fact she is not from “this plane of existence” at all. She finds herself in a world with dragons and comes to know that she will play a vital role for the future of this world and the creatures and people who are living in/on it. You will find many of the “default” fantasy ingredients like dragons, magic, evil villains (with their companions and beasts) and of course friendship and love but it is at the same time the story of a girl who never fitted anywhere, has no (well, a few) friends and struggles to find her place in life.
Patty dear, for me you are the winner with this book no matter what the rest voted for. I am sure you will have a bright future ahead of you as a writer regardless if you write your poetry or fantasy. Keep on the good work and as soon as I have finished the manuscript I will give my opinion (heck, so far I can’t find anything to “complain” about if you get my drift)
A little spoiler if I may which is a poem from “My Wings” click the image to go to the original post on her own site
One smile from you
And I can feel the sparkle
It just makes my day
When you are playful
One look in your eyes
And my body starts to tremble
I am longing for your touch
It’s almost painful
One touch of you
And I will start to dazzle
I am going to lose my mind
That’s clear as crystal
One kiss from you
Is almost more than I can handle
The feelings that are taking over
Are so darn powerful!
And when I am alone with you…
Oh, I know I’m in trouble
There’s no way I can resist
I am just not able…
AWOOOOOOOOOOOHUGGGGZZZ dear Patty, love you lots