WITHOUT A SUMMER wins RT Reviews Best Fantasy Novel!

Without a Summer finalI am pleased and startled to announce that Without a Summer has been awarded RT Reviews Best Fantasy Novel.  The other novels on the list are stunning and you should definitely check them out.

I was a particular fan of Paul Cornell’s London Falling so the award is a serious, serious honor.  Part of what delights me about this is that I’m writing novels about a happily married couple so I’m really happy about the fact that the love story element is still strong enough to appeal to the RT staff. The Jane and Vincent relationship is what I enjoy most about writing these. I say that Without a Summer is a political thriller disguised as a Regency Romance, but really… I’m there for the love story.

And the clothes. Okay, and the magic.

Plus! It means I get to wear a pretty dress to the awards ceremony, which is in New Orleans which should be fabulous.

I’ll be attending the RT Booklovers Convention for the first time, so if you want to visit, here’s my schedule: https://www.rtconvention.com/person/mary-robinette-kowal

FANTASY: Breathing New Life Into It

Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014 – 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: 2nd Floor, Studio 4 – (Preservation Hall)

Description: You can’t blame a homogenous cast on using history or old rules as a model. The real world has always been wonderfully diverse. Fantasy worlds should be as well! Don’t stifle your creativity by sticking to old rules! Today you can have diversity of themes, characters, and stories that you might not find in old-style fantasy. Come listen to how these authors have done just that.

Speakers: PJ Schnyder, Kristen Callihan, Mary Robinette Kowal, Mur Lafferty, Sarah J. Maas, Tamora Pierce

SCI-FI: It’s Not Your Mama’s Science Fiction!

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014 – 11:15am to 12:15pm

Location: 2nd Floor, Studio 1 – (Preservation Hall)

Description: Bug-eyed monsters, ray-guns, and fainting damsels-in-distress are out the airlock. Today’s SF and its subgenres contain stories and characters that push physical, scientific, emotional, political and sexual boundaries. But what does the future hold for SF writers? Have we gone too far and are lost in space? Or are we boldly going where the genre should have gone decades before? Beam in and sound off!

Speakers: Linnea Sinclair, Catherine Asaro, Jenna Bennett, Ilsa J. Bick, Mary Robinette Kowal, Beth Revis, Sarah Zettel

FAN-Tastic Day Party

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014 – 6:15pm to 8:00pm

Location: 2nd Floor, Preservation Hall

Description: Meet a revolving door of hundreds of authors as they make appearances every 30 minutes in this high-energy event. Be one of the first 500 attendees and you’ll receive a goody bag filled with free books and promotional items. Among the authors you’ll meet are: Lara Adrian, Ilona Andrews (aka Ilona and Gordon Andrews), Jennifer L. Armentrout (aka J. Lynn), Jaci Burton, Lee Child, Sylvia Day, Jeaniene Frost, Abbi Glines, E.L. James, Eloisa James, Laura Kaye, Lisa Kleypas, Mary Robinette Kowal, Christina Lauren, Jamie McGuire, Jennifer Probst, Tiffany Reisz, Jill Shalvis, Nalini Singh, and Julie Ann Walker!

Choose “FAN-tastic Day Pass” when you register for a pass that includes the party, the goody bag (first 500 entrants), the workshops and the Giant Book Fair.

The FAN-tastic Day Party is hosted by Dreamspinner Press, who will be providing cool refreshments and sweet treats for all to enjoy along with lots of free books and giveaways. Meet several of their authors and the staff.


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7 thoughts on “WITHOUT A SUMMER wins RT Reviews Best Fantasy Novel!”

  1. Congratulations! That is very exciting. My wife and I are reading through the series aloud together, which is taking an inordinately long time given how busy we are, but it is worth it. Happy to know we have an award-winner in our future.

  2. I had a great day last year walking around the Waterloo battlefield and museums (Wellington & Bonaparte) in Belgium listening to the Audiobook of this title.

    I’m having a great day today gardening listening to ‘Valour and Vanity’ from AudibleUK.

    Wonderful. I’ve been to Venice and can imagine the action.

    Thank You

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