Homestead and the Orange Prize


PEN/Hemingway Award; Short-listed for Britain’s Orange Prize and available as a Kindle edition at Amazon.

When Homestead was shortlisted for Britain’s Orange Prize this poster (below) was seen in bookshop windows all over England, something I completely forgot. I do remember the whole Orange Prize extravaganza, which was very mardi-gras like, right in the middle of London. There were men in peacock costumes on stilts, and acrobats overhead, and very nice canapés. And a £50,000 prize, which apparently I came very close to getting. 

My parents-in-law put the poster up on their wall back then, and it’s still there now. I couldn’t figure out how to get it home at the time and only vaguely remembered it, so the Mathematician took a photo  while he was visiting his mother.*

So for posterity’s sake, here it is.

While we’re talking, I’d like to thank everybody who has taken the time and energy to write to me and/or to post positive reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and similar places for all the various novel-y things I’ve got out there. Every little bit helps.


*He also took a photo of this mosaic tray I made for one of his parent’s anniversaries, maybe fifteen years ago. Turned out pretty well, I think. Click for a bigger image.



o! my eyes! my eyes!

o! my eyes! my eyes!

Pardon me while I melt down.

If you’ve read Homestead or know anything about it, you will also know that there is nothing Heidi-like about it. Not a thing. But today I discovered that the Hebrew language edition has a Heidi cover. Yes, it’s true. And here’s the proof.

homestead is up on kindle

Kindle edition of Homestead

Kindle edition of Homestead

[It’s up and available here.]

After a lot of fussing (OCD is a life-long companion, like living with Felix and if you don’t know who that is, never mind) I have edited Homestead for publication as an ebook with Kindle. It should go live sometime tomorrow and at that point I’ll post the link here. In the meantime, here’s the cover.

Lots of good news:

1. I’ve slightly revised most of the chapters, which makes me happy to get rid of little niggles and clarify some things.

2. I’ve added illustrations and photos, as well as a map. I may add more, if the response is positive. And if I do, anyone who has already purchased Homestead/Kindle can download it again at no additional cost.

3. I’ve moved the clan charts to the front of the book, for those people who needed them but didn’t think to look in the appendix. If there’s any complain about Homestead it usually has to do with the complicated relationships between the characters, and I’m hoping easy access to the clan charts will solve this problem.

4. It’s priced at 4.99, and there will be at least one “download for free” promotion day in the next week. Check back here or on my FaceBook page for that announcement.

And two requests:

1. Reviews are very important on Amazon, as you are probably aware, in terms of sales. Homestead has a lot of really excellent critical reviews from big places, but not so many personal reviews. If you have read it and liked it and have a moment to post a short review, I would very much appreciate the support.

2. Please spread the word. Oh and, if you know of a good marketing strategy that doesn’t cost money, please leave me a note. I’d love to hear about it.

Pajamarama Photographers, your prizes (Jacqui & Elias are up):

(post moved up top by r — AND I need addresses from y’all. I know, you’ve probably given your address to me before, but I need them anyway. Pronto.)

The stuff to pick from:

  1. signed copy of Pajama Girls Patty & Heather
  2. signed copy of Pajama Girls Wilma
  3. signed hardcover copy of Homestead Malbrec82
  4. signed softcovers of Fire Along the Sky AND Queen of Swords Beth
  5. signed softcovers of Fire Along the Sky AND Queen of Swords Soup
  6. signed hardcover of Queen of Swords
  7. signed hardcover of Queen of Swords
  8. signed hardcover of Tied to the Tracks Judy
  9. signed hardcover of Tied to the Tracks
  10. grabbag pile o’ really good romances Wolfy
  11. grabbag pile o’ really good novels, some romances Jennifer M.
  12. LibraryThing lifetime membership