Three weeks until Dragon’s Code! Our countdown celebration starts today!

Okay, first things first. The ARC of Dragon’s Code by Gigi McCaffrey is here!!!!! It arrived right before DragonCon, but I wasn’t about to bring anything that precious into such a chaotic environment. No way. So I left it at home in its protective shipping envelope, and I started reading it after I recovered from my cold. I’m about 15% in, reading slowly to savor it, because I ALREADY DON’T WANT IT TO END!!!

It’s a genuine return to Pern, and I’m loving every second of it. Plus, we’re in countdown mode, people, because the actual release is THREE WEEKS FROM TODAY! I’ll share more about the read next week (don’t worry – no spoilers!) but in the meantime… here’s a $2.99 ebook from Anne McCaffrey to whet your appetite: Crystal Singer. It’s not a Pern book, but I read the whole trilogy several times and absolutely loved it!

In humanity’s space-faring future, there’s a planet with extremely precious crystals that can only be harvested by hand. “Crystal singers” literally sing to the crystals while cutting them, to keep them from shattering. The best singers can make a fortune, but there are side effects they don’t tell you about in the brochures…

Watch these Gigi McCaffrey and Anne McCaffrey posts over the next few weeks for contests and giveaways as we celebrate 50 years of Pern, and other amazing McCaffrey worlds! (Hint: click on that “Continue reading” link!)

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Congratulations! You found today’s secret dragon code!

The code is: Gigi.

Write down each code you find during our Dragon’s Code celebration, and follow our blog to learn how to enter our ultimate giveaway in three weeks, for a chance to win free books! (Check here every day, or sign up for our newsletter! We’ll even give you a helpful hint about searching: today’s code is the first in the celebration!)

 From the publisher, about Crystal Singer:

“No dragons, but [Crystal Singer] has all of [Anne] McCaffrey’s gifts for world-building and characterization . . . an excellent book.”—Chicago Sun-Times

Her name was Killashandra Ree; and after ten grueling years of musical training she was young, beautiful—and still without prospects.

Then she heard of the mysterious Heptite Guild on the planet Ballybran, where the fabled Black Crystal was found.

For those qualified, the Guild was said to provide careers, security, and the chance for wealth beyond imagining. The problem was, few people who landed on Ballybran ever left.

To Killashandra the risks were acceptable . . .

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