2023 June Anne Baker Prize
I am deeply honored to be the recipient of the 2023 June Anne Baker Prize, awarded by PlayGround, for my short play Gallows Humor. The prize comes with a commission for a new full-length play, which is very exciting!
The Word of the Muse, Book Three of the Coseema Saga trilogy, releases April 25! I can't wait to share how this story ends.
You can preorder the ebook now from Amazon, and I'm offering some fun swag to go with it! Everyone who preorders will get a sneak-peek at Chapter One, plus a bookmark and signed bookplate. You'll also be entered into drawing for the Grand Prize: a pair of Twin Stars earrings, an art print of Coseema and Olive, and a $50 gift card to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Kobo.
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Hello Again Louisville!
I had a great time at the Louisville Book Festival! Met a lot of wonderful authors and readers, and got to speak on a panel about crafting fantasy worlds. I hope to be back next year!
Five Muslim American women embark on a pilgrimage to Mecca. Noor is an Afghan American immigrant with a secret. Her tech CEO daughter Maryam is struggling with legal woes, while Noor’s nieces, the estranged sisters Sosan and Nadia, work to mend their fractured relationship. Meanwhile, Fatima, a Black Muslim convert, hopes to find her biological mother. Will the journey bring them together, or will secrets, rivalries, and old wounds tear them apart?
Thank you Golden Thread for giving a staged reading to Pilgrimage, a new full-length play cowritten by Humaira Ghilzai and myself!
The day is here!!! The Silver Sail, Book Two of the Coseema Saga, is out!
When I think back on all the work that went into this--plotting, writing, editing, editing again, editing again--plus all the preparatory work for publication, I'm filled with exhaustion and relief. And I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel a little nervous too--all authors want their books to be well received!
I'm now turning my attention to doing it all over again as I write the final book in the trilogy, which will be titled The Word of the Muse. Gonna try for a December release date for this one. I must be a masochist.
BUY YOUR COPY HERE
You can also view a short video of me discussing the book and reading an excerpt on YouTube here.
To sweeten the deal, everyone who buys a copy of The Silver Sail this week (either the ebook or paperback) will be entered in a drawing to win a bundle of goodies! The lucky winner will get:
-A custom designed Silver Sail mug
-Marshmallow hot cocoa
-Chocolate sea salt caramels
-A custom designed, autographed Silver Sail bookmark
-Plus a handwritten note from me
To enter, just email me with the date and time you made the purchase. As an alternative, if you can’t buy the book right now but still want to enter, you can do so by sharing one of my social media posts about the Silver Sail. I'm planning to post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok. Just send me an email letting me know where and when you shared it. Deadline to enter is 11:59 PM Sunday, May 8. (Due to the costs of shipping internationally, this giveaway is limited to people in the USA.) I will draw a winner on May 9 and contact that person for their address.
I'm over the moon about this beautiful cover for The Silver Sail, as well as the brand new cover we had designed for The Twin Stars! Both are by Lance Buckley. Look for The Silver Sail May 3, 2022, and sign up for my newsletter for more updates!
And the Winner is...
My YA space fantasy novel giveaway has ended. Congratulations Helene H.! And thank you to everyone who entered!
Be the first to learn about future giveaways by subscribing to my monthly newsletter. You'll also get two free short stories set in the Coseema Saga universe, including my most recent, Written in the Stars.
Coseema is the Chosen One. She has special powers, she’s the subject of a prophecy, she’s instantly good at everything, and she’s the only person who stands between her planet and utter destruction. But it all feels too simplistic. When Coseema begins to wonder if she might be a figment of someone’s—or something’s—imagination, it throws her destiny into doubt. A short story prequel to the Twin Stars, from the perspective of Olive's fictional protagonist.
Happy February (and happy birthday to me!) As I gear up for the release of The Silver Sail this spring, I'm launching another giveaway! Enter to win a bundle of 5 YA space fantasy/space opera novels, ranging from a fairytale retelling to a tale of interstellar oppression to a beautiful graphic novel. To enter, click on "join the Bridgette Dutta Portman mailing list" in the raffle graphic below. You can gain extra entries by following me on Twitter and/or tweeting about the raffle. No purchase necessary. Open to residents of the USA who are at least 14 years of age. Ends Feb. 20!
The novels are:
CINDER (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer
OFF PLANET (The Aunare Chronicles #1) by Aileen Erin
ON A SUNBEAM by Tillie Walden (graphic novel)
SKYWARD (Skyward Series #1) by Brandon Sanderson (autographed copy)
And my own book, THE TWIN STARS (The Coseema Saga #1, autographed copy + bookmark)
Best of luck!
New Year Updates
Happy New Year!!!
2021 certainly had its ups and downs for me. I'm looking forward to new projects in 2022, including:
-Finishing The Silver Sail, Book Two of the Coseema Saga. Right now it's in the hands of my beta readers and on track for a May release. (We originally hoped for April, which may be pushing it, but things are moving along.) This draft is 88K words and 26 chapters long.
-Beginning (and hopefully finishing) the as-yet-unnamed Book Three, which will be the final book in the trilogy.
-Finishing Pilgrimage, a full-length play I'm co-writing with Humaira Ghilzai, and hopefully workshopping it with a local theatre.
-Beginning and making progress on another new full-length play.
-Seeing a production of my new one-act comedy Coffee Lady at Awesome Theatre in March.
You can sign up for my newsletter to stay up to date on all my writing projects. Much more to come!
Meanwhile...I've been having a ton of fun with an app called Wombo Dream, which uses AI to generate fantasy illustrations. It's addictive, and occasionally disturbing, depending on the prompts you put in. Here are some images I created for The Twin Stars:
My YA novel giveaway has ended. Congratulations to the lucky winner, Annika F.!
Thank you to everyone who entered. If you didn't win (or if you're seeing this too late to enter), I hope you check out all these books and support these authors! Here are links to their websites (in alphabetical order):
Hanna Alkaf (The Weight of Our Sky)
Whitney Amazeen (One Carefree Day)
John Green (Turtles All the Way Down)
Amalie Jahn (Phoebe Unfired)
Violet Lumani (Foretold)
Adam Silvera (History is All You Left Me)
To learn more about OCD and how you can support people living with this condition: https://iocdf.org/
Finally, you can subscribe to my newsletter to receive a free short story about a teenage girl struggling with OCD and driving. Rough Road Ahead can be read as a prequel to The Twin Stars or as a standalone story. Enjoy!
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