Elatsoe debuts as a YA Indie Bestseller and receives 5 starred reviews!

Two weeks have passed since Elatsoe launched. I’m stunned to report that my book debuted as an Indie bestseller. Then, it appeared on the list for a second week. Elatsoe has also received five starred reviews (Shelf Awareness, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, BookPage). Aaaaah wow!!!

To the readers and indie bookstores who’ve supported Elatsoe, as well as the entire hardworking team of Levine Querido: thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Elatsoe wins the LOCUS AWARD for BEST FIRST NOVEL!!!!! WHAAAAAA!

In 2019, I attended Dublin WorldCon alone (my father had planned to join me, but he fell ill that year … so I flew across the ocean and sent home every picture I could take, showing him the city and the beautiful countryside). Friday morning, I walked the from my hotel to the main conference center. Through a glass revolving door and past several groups of mingling SFF enthusiasts, I found the dealer’s area. I’d left room in my suitcase for a couple new books (fun fact: I bought way more than a couple) and wanted to grab them early. That’s when I came upon a table covered with copies of Locus Magazine.

At the time, my first book, Elatsoe, had just been announced. With bated breath (for real), I found the July 2019 copy of Locus Magazine and flipped through pages of articles and announcements until …

Copies of the July 2019 Locus Magazine. Darcie is pointing to Elatsoe’s announcement.

It was surreal. Wonderful. Physical proof that I’d accomplished a dream. I bought four copies and carried them with me all conference, as if holding the paper-and-ink announcement would stop me from waking up, from losing this tiny light in an otherwise dark year.

This summer, 2021, I accepted the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Elatsoe won. When the trophy arrives, I’ll place it beside the copies of Locus Magazine, July 2019. Yeah, I still keep those close.

To the SFF community–to every reader, writer, editor, and fan who championed for my book and supported me during a terribly difficult debut year–thank you. I wouldn’t be here without you.

Sincerely.

Thank you.

Here’s a link to my full Locus Award acceptance speech:

Darcie Little Badger Locus Award acceptance speech

New year, new award eligibility post!

Elatsoe, my debut novel, was released in August, 2020! As a YA fantasy/mystery, it’s now eligible for awards for young adult fiction, including:

The Andre Norton Nebula Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

and

The Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book

Notably, Elatsoe was illustrated by Rovina Cai. I encourage you to check out her hauntingly beautiful work and consider Rovina for visual art award categories, such as Best Professional Artist.

Finally, if you haven’t read Elatsoe yet, how about an elevator pitch? My book tells the story of a Lipan Apache teen with a unique ability: Elatsoe (Ellie for short) can wake the ghosts of animals, including mosquitoes, trilobites, and dogs. With the help of her family, friends, and ghost pup Kirby, she investigates the murder of her beloved cousin in a creepy town called Willowbee. Unfortunately, Willowbee is none too willing to give up its dangerous secrets …

2020 was a very difficult year. I am deeply grateful for the support of readers, publishing professionals & members the SFF community who supported Elatsoe’s debut.

Thanks for reading. ❤

Time Magazine lists Elatsoe as one of the 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time & Publishers Weekly lists Elatsoe as one of the Best Books of 2020 and I’m like :D

Time Magazine: THE 100 BEST FANTASY BOOKS OF ALL TIME

Just got back from camping in the desert for 10 days and need to share this astonishing book-related update with y’all …

ELATSOE, MY DEBUT ABOUT A TOUGH APACHE NERD AND HER GHOST DOG KIRBY, HAS BEEN LISTED AS ONE OF THE TOP 100 FANTASY BOOKS OF ALL TIME (Time Magazine) and ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2020 (Publishers Weekly)?!

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: I’m so grateful for all the support my debut has received from readers, mentors, and others. Thank you ❤

Here are links to the pages:

Time 100 = https://time.com/collection/100-best-fantasy-books/5898537/elatsoe/

Publishers Weekly = https://best-books.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2020/young-adult#book/book-4

From Publishers Weekly Best Books 2020

I’m writing a Dani Moonstar one-shot for Marvel’s Voices!

From “Marvel’s Voices Expands with ‘Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices’ #1”: “Geoscientist and Lipan Apache writer Darcie Little Badger joins acclaimed Whitefish Lake First Nation artist Kyle Charles for a Dani Moonstar story where she will face the crucial question of what her Indigenous heritage means in the new era of mutantkind.”

Guess that means I’m adding new superhero beadwork to the collection ;D

Honestly, I’ve been humming the X-Men theme song for a month.

My ConZealand schedule (with time zone conversions)

It’s VIRTUAL WORLDCON TIME! Here’s where you can find me this year:

Infinite Entangled Futures: Indigenous Voices in Conversation
Programming – Programme Room 4 (Webinar)
Wednesday 15:00 NZST – 15:50 NZST | 50 minutes
(That’s 11:00 PM Tuesday, Eastern Time, USA)

Climate Change: Adaptation vs Resilience
Programming – Programme Room 4 (Webinar)
Thursday 9:00 NZST – 9:50 NZST | 50 minutes
(That’s 5 PM Wednesday, Eastern Time, USA)

Kaffeeklatsch: Darcie Little Badger
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Programming – Kaffeklatch and Literary Beer Room
Friday 12:00 NZST – 12:50 NZST | 50 minutes
(That’s 8 PM Thursday, Eastern Time, USA)

Writing for Young Adults
Programming – Programme Room 3 (Webinar)
Saturday 12:00 NZST – 12:50 NZST | 50 minutes
(That’s 8 PM Friday, Eastern Time, USA)

Reading: Darcie Little Badger
Programming – Reading Room 2
Saturday 13:30 NZST – 13:55 NZST | 25 minutes
(That’s 9:30 PM Friday, Eastern Time, USA)

If you can, please say hello! 😀

Elatsoe receives 3rd starred review and is a New England Book Award finalist!

It’s one month until Elatsoe’s book birthday (August 25th), and I have exciting news (and more exciting news)!

Booklist gave Elatsoe a starred review! Combined with the stars from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus, my debut can now create a little constellation 😀

“Little Badger’s stunning, haunting debut brings to the fantasy genre a fresh voice and perspective, weaving in folktales, omens, and urban legends of the protagonist’s Lipan Apache culture”. —Booklist

Secondly, Elatsoe was chosen as a New England Book Award finalist in the YA category. Wow!

Can you find Elatsoe’s cover?

I’m so grateful for all the support my book has received. ❤ Thank you!

 

Elatsoe receives starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly

Although Elatsoe won’t hit the shelves until August 2020, early reviews are in. So far, my YA debut has received stars from both Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly. Wowie! I’m so humbled and grateful for the support Elatsoe has already received from readers. Thank you!

Now, gotta get back to writing and nervously checking my email 🙂 I promise to update this blog more often!

Excerpts:

A brilliant, engaging debut written by a talented author, it seamlessly blends cyberstalking with Vampire Citizen Centers and Lipan Apache stories. —Kirkus Reviews

Read the full Kirkus review at https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/darcie-little-badger/elatsoe/

Indigenous stories, modern-day technology, and the supernatural successfully blend to build a fast-paced murder mystery in Little Badger’s intriguing solo debut. —Publishers Weekly 

Read the full PW review at https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-64614-005-3

 

Attention! This is a COVER REVEAL! Plus, read an excerpt from Elatsoe! Wow!

Y’all, I’ve been waiting weeks to share this beauty with you. It has not been easy. BEHOLD: THE COVER OF ELATSOE! My tough Apache nerd has a face! ❤

For a hi-res copy of the cover to use for promotional purposes, click here!

View the full cover & excerpt from chapter three at Tor! Link here!

Rovina Cai is incredible. She created this cover art and illustrated *every* chapter in Elatsoe.

If you read the excerpt and think, “How intriguing! I’m gonna read the whole book!” you’re my hero & here’s where to preorder: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound

Elatsoe-FinalCover