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Starred Review in Publishers Weekly

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Mar. 2nd, 2009 | 09:52 am

I tried to write a couple different leads to this post but they all dissolved into enthusiastic shouting. So it seemed best necessary to keep it simple.

The Patriot Witch received a starred review in the latest edition of Publisher's Weekly. I have to quote it:
Traitor to the Crown: The Patriot Witch C.C. Finlay. Del Rey, $7.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-345-50390-9

This spellbinding historical fantasy, first of a series, takes Proctor Brown, ready minuteman and reluctant witch, through the opening battles of the American Revolution. Caught between the demands of a loyalist girlfriend and the needs of his aged parents, Proctor is eager to join the American cause and put his hidden abilities to good use. As he learns more about witchcraft, he finds it employed by both rebels and Royal Marines, and he struggles to master his talents without being exposed. Finlay (The Prodigal Troll) provides enough well-researched minutiae of daily life in colonial America to make this a fine historical novel, while offering a magic-tinged view of the happenings at Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill that impressively restores suspense and uncertainty to long-settled events. (May)

It's incredibly gratifying when the book you read about in the review is exactly the book you were trying to write. Between this and the Nebula, I don't know if I had a weekend with this much to shout about since January 2007. They come together in another way as well: the Nebula Awards banquet is the last weekend in April, just a couple days before the release of the book. I keep checking my pockets for some spare luck. I don't want to run out of it before then!

Meanwhile, if the PW review persuades anyone to check out The Patriot Witch, they can still do it for free with the download at my website.

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Eric Marin

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from: ericmarin
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Eric.

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maggiedr

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from: maggiedr
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations--that's a great review and in Publishers Weekly! What great news--you deserve it!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
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Thanks! It's still six weeks until the book comes out. I may explode from the waiting.

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
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Thanks!

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Robert Levy

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from: relby
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
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WOW! "Spellbinding".. There's a single-word review quote you can grab for the rest of your days!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
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I'm expecting that to show up on at least one of the covers. Although my favorite part was the "restores suspense... to events long settled." That's what I was shooting for.

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Jaime!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I'll take it.

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S-47/19-J

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from: shsilver
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations. It has been a good week to be a Charles Coleman Finlay.

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
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It has been, thanks. I hope the other Charles Coleman Finlays out there (and I believe there's at least one more) are appreciative.

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from: sarah_prineas
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
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YEAH, Charlie!!!!!!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
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YEAH!!!

And hey, while I'm at it, congratulations on your great news!

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Richard Parks

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from: ogre_san
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
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Congrats!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Richard.

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Rae Carson

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from: raecarson
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
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Awe. Some.

I love the "... a fine historical novel" bit.

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
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That part is very satisfying. But then, yeah, it all is.

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Scott Raun

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from: sraun
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
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Thanks!

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from: eljaydaly
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations! What terrific news. You must be dancing on the ceiling!

You're my new hero.

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
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Thanks!

I'll work hard not to become one of those bitter, cynical, destructive types of heroes like in Watchmen.

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matt_betts

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from: matt_betts
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
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Very awesome! Congratulations!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Matt. I was--and am--thrilled. I hope readers like it as much.

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Greg van Eekhout

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from: gregvaneekhout
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
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Enh, it's not luck. It's JUSTICE!!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
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In an often unjust world, I won't ever take a crap on luck!! But I know what you're saying--and thanks.

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jplangan

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from: jplangan
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Congrats! Well done!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
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Thanks! Sometimes people read exactly the story you were trying to write. I'm always happy when that happens.

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Haddayr Copley-Woods

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from: haddayr
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
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Oh this makes me so happy!

I'm ordering a copy today, too. I just got paid.

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
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Aw, thanks, Haddyr. If you don't like it, you can mail it to me for a different book in exchange. (Limited time offer: your household only.)

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purdypiedad

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from: purdypiedad
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
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WOOT! Totally awesome, Charlie. Congratulations!!!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Becka! We were all very excited here. Made our week.

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Aliette. Which reminds me--I have some CE notes to email you!

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charmingbillie

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from: charmingbillie
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Hooray for great reviews!!

It is the next book on my list to read and I'm really looking forward to it.

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
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Awesome. It's still about six weeks until it comes out--it's starting to feel like forever.

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HominySnark

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from: hominysnark
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
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More squee! More bunnies!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Lisa! I love the bunnies. *sigh*

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Jim C. Hines

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from: jimhines
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Booya! Go you!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Jim. Booya, indeed!

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Mike

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from: miketo
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
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Another "gratz" for you, Charlie! You've been making a habit of this lately, and that's fantastic!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
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Thanks. You've got to enjoy it when it goes well... and then figure out a way to make sure it keeps going!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
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Awesome. Thanks, Derek.

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crimini

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from: crimini
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
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Many many congrats!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
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Thanks! I'm sure you had the feeling many times as an editor, but this is the best review I've ever gotten as a writer. It's pretty exciting.

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Sherwood Smith

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from: sartorias
date: Mar. 2nd, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
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Woohoo!

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Sherwood.

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