I’m thrilled–maybe even ecstatic–to announce that my five-book modern-day fantasy series with Arthurian overtones, The Shards of Excalibur, orphaned by the collapse of Lobster Press, which published the original edition of the first book, has been picked up by a new publisher, respected Regina literary press Coteau Books.
Song of the Sword will be reissued in a brand-new edition, with brand-new cover art (which you see here), in May, 2014, with the rest of the books in the series to come out at six-month intervals thereafter. Here’s the synopsis from the Song of the Sword webpage at Coteau (the series also has its own website at http://www.shardsofexcalibur.com):
Ariane meets her ancestor, the Lady of the Lake, and is sent on an important and dangerous quest – to reunite the pieces of the shattered sword Excalibur. Yes, that Excalibur.
Ariane’s life is already pretty difficult when she starts to hear the singing – her mother’s disappeared, she’s trying to get used to living with her aunt after several foster homes, and she’s taking grief from the “in” girls at school. She’s dealing with strange dreams involving swords and knights and battles, and things seem to get weird whenever she touches water. And now an invisible someone, somewhere, is singing to her.
Everyone knows the legends of King Arthur, the Round Table, and the powerful and noble wizard Merlin. But what if those so-called legends were real historical facts? And what if someone has carefully rewritten that history?
Before long, Ariane’s met the famed Lady of the Lake (in a journey UNDER the local lake), has acquired a nerdy sidekick, and is sent on a dangerous mission that pits her against otherworldly forces. Can she figure out what it all means, much less survive the challenge?
Reviewers liked the original version:
“Every so often … a writer is skilled enough to utilize the stories of King Arthur and Camelot to significant effect. Guy Gavriel Kay’s Fionavar Tapestry Trilogy is definitely on the list. So, too, is Song of the Sword, the impressive new YA novel from Regina writer Edward Willett … a taut, compelling narrative, well-drawn characters, and a keen sense of genuine peril and true wonder. It’s a powerful, fun, engaging read, and it’s the first of a series, so readers have much to look forward to.” – Quill & Quire, Sept. 2010
I’m pleased to have found a new home for the series not only because I like to have my books published, but because I’ve felt awful for all the readers–mostly young readers–who discovered Song of the Sword and enjoyed it and have been fruitlessly searching for the second book in the series since. (I know they exist because some have contacted me and others have contacted librarians who then contacted me.) Now, at last, I can assure them that they will be able to continue reading Ariane and Wally’s adventures.
I’m really looking forward to working with the fine folks at Coteau, as well, a press with a long history of publishing outstanding books. I’m very happy to be among their authors.
And, hey, Coteau is the only publisher I’ve ever worked with whose office is within easy walking distance of my house. Bonus!
You can already pre-order Song of the Sword on Amazon.