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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | The Good and the Bad of January 2016

The Good and the Bad of January 2016

I’m sorry to say 2016 didn’t start off on the right foot for me. In fact, it started on a broken foot.

boken foot

I actually broke it on Christmas day, but didn’t realize it until the following week. On New Years Eve, my horrified foot doctor (“You walked on it for a week!?!?”) put me in a huge boot and ordered three weeks of no weight-bearing and no driving. ย After that, I will hopefullyย graduate to a walking boot.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, my household has become Plague Central. We’ve had ear infections, sinus infections, bronchitis, and some feverish viral thing. Three-fourths of the people in the house have inhalers. They all look the same, so we had to write our names on them.

I have to say it pretty much sucks that I can’t walk, can hardly breathe, and can’t complete a sentence without a coughing fit. So, what’s getting me through this month?

The Morrigan’s Curse releases on Tuesday, January 26th! My editors slipped me a couple advance copies, and this is how the beauties look on the shelf beside the first two books:


HarperCollins will be offering a giveaway for all three books later this month, and I’ll be giving away 2016 Eighth Day calendars with Grunsday slipped between Wednesday and Thursday. Stay tuned for details.

One of the first things I did with my forced immobility was create a Which Eighth Day Family Do You Belong To? quiz via uquizz.com. Check it out below and — if you feel like helping out a sick and crippled blogger friend — share the results on Facebook or Twitter to promote the release of The Morrigan’s Curse.

How’s your 2016 so far? Better than mine?


P.S. — For those of you who asked, no, I didn’t break my foot doing something exciting — like climbing a pyramid — or athletic — like skiing. I slipped in the kitchen. Like a goofy klutz. ๐Ÿ™


Which Eighth Day Family Do You Belong To?


Take the quiz: http://uquiz.com/qZMP1f



22 Responses to The Good and the Bad of January 2016

  1. mshatch says:

    Oh, goody, I’m an Emrys!

  2. So sorry for your broken foot and all the illnesses passing through your household. But that’s great your book is releasing. Yay!

  3. Sorry about the broken foot and all the illness!
    Release date just a few weeks away. Hope you are walking by then.

  4. Oh wow, that terrible. I can just imagine the doc’s horror that you walked around on a broken foo for a week! I hope it heals fast (and well) and your household gets well soon too!

  5. Hilary says:

    Hi Diane – I am a Donovan .. but of the questions I only had 4 choices, as the two on the right side didn’t work (overlay or something).

    Sounds like you’re in ‘stchuck’ … sincerely hope it heals properly – take care .. and then the colds, coughs, infections – how very difficult …

    All the best for release date on the 26th … cheers Hilary

    • Hilary says:

      I’ll check again anon .. it’ll probably take a while to go through …

      Take care and sleep the bugs off – I’d rather like to put my head down too – but have a talk on Pepys to go to tonight .. that I really want to go to ..

      Cheers Hilary

  6. Tiana Smith says:

    I hope you feel better soon! That is no fun at all ๐Ÿ™ But I am excited for book 3!

  7. Bad news about the foot. I broke mine in college and walked on it a few days before it swelled to size of a watermelon–well not quite–but what a surprise to find out I’d been walking on broken bones. Good luck. Heal quickly.

  8. Lexa Cain says:

    You poor thing! A broken foot and then a Plague Infestation?! It’s like the trials of Job at your house. I hope everyone recovers soon and that the rest of 2016 is much better behaved. Congrats on your new almost-released book! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Ouch! Sorry to hear about your foot. I at least hope you broke it doing something exciting. Ya know, some big adventure… like skiing or sky diving. Me? I broke mine by walking into various furniture legs. (No, breaking it just once in that manner simply didn’t suffice for me…) Anyhow, I hope you’re up and moving around soon.

    Looks like you had a blast putting that little quiz together. (I’m an Emry.) I don’t usually do those things, but if it helps promote your books, I’m all for it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. J E Oneil says:

    Oh no! Poor Dianne :(. That’s awful. No walking, no driving, and everybody sick. I’m glad you’re doing stuff even while so inflicted with ailments. It sounds like a fun quiz.

  11. Joanne Fritz says:

    Yay! I got Emrys (and shared on fb). But the color choices don’t include green. ๐Ÿ™

    I had a librarian friend who walked around on a broken foot for at least a week, so you’re not alone there. Is it just women who put up with pain and think “Oh, it’ll get better.”??

    Even though I already knew about your broken foot (and I’m so sorry) I didn’t know about all the illnesses in your family. Have some soup, breathe in some menthol, and feel better!

    Can’t wait to read THE MORRIGAN’S CURSE!! But I’m sad that I won’t make it to your book launch.

  12. Anna says:

    Wow! And I thought my Christmas was rough. Take care of yourself. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  13. Julia Tomiak says:

    Ugg! The dreaded boot. My friend had to wear one for a month- she ended up getting a scooter – she rested the knee of “boot foot” on the scooter and pushed with “good foot.” Thank goodness you can write sitting down!
    Here’s to a fantastic 2016- I’m excited about the Morrigan’s Curse and will happily help with promo. And as for the health issues- there’s no where to go but up, right? Feel better!

  14. Yay! Our whole family is looking forward to the next one. I’m so sorry about the foot. Here, have some healing cheese to keep you going, eh?

  15. Julie Dao says:

    ARGH! Broken bones are the worst! I hope your foot is healing nicely, Dianne, and you’re back on your feet soon. Loving the photo of your books all together on that shelf <3

  16. Those covers are so cool. Sorry about your foot. Dare I ask how you broke it? I’m a bit klutzy, so I fear as I get older and my bones get less strong, I’ll deal with lots of broken bones. I’m already 45, so I’d better start watching my step!

  17. Elise Fallson says:

    OH NO! I feel your pain and then some. So sorry about your foot which is way worse than my knee injury. I really hope you’re able to get to a walking boot soon. And I hope you’ve got some good pain killers. Isn’t it a pain getting dressed in the mornings? Heal quickly and congratulations on your new book! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Beate says:

    A broken foot is no fun at all. I’m amazed you were able to walk on it for a few days! I hope you’ll feel better very very soon! ๐Ÿ™‚ And I sure hope all those illnesses pass through quickly.
    Congratulations on the book release. That is awesome news!
    I belong to Aubrey ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a wonderful relaxed day, best wishes to all of you.
    Lots of hugs,

  19. Oh Dianne, no! This stinks. Sending you lots of healing thoughts and wishes for a fast recovery. I hope you have some good books and television series to get you through this injury. It’s no fun to be limited physically especially when you’re an active person. I’m excited for the release of book three. I’m sure that excitement will get you through the lousy broken foot. Feel better my friend!

  20. Amymak says:

    I’m so sorry about our foot – what a bummer! On the bright side…your books look fabulous. And I hope the foot means you get lots of writing done and everyone else does the dishes…:)?

  21. Sorry to hear about your foot. I am very accident-prone so I totally understand. Here’s to a speedy recovery.