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First description of Worldshaper, my next novel for DAW Books

The release of Worldshaper, Book 1 in the Worldshapers series, is still 10 months away (it's set for September 2018), but that's not very long in publishing terms. My editor at DAW Books, Sheila Gilbert, and I are already talking about cover art. And I've also been asked to write "sell copy" describing the book. Here it is, the first public description of what to expect: Worldshaper By Edward Willett Book 1 in the Worldshapers series For Shawna Keys, the world is almost perfect. She’s just opened a pottery studio in a beautiful city. She’s in love with a wonderful man. She has good friends.  ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:39, November 9th, 2017 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The Cityborn is out! Reviews, interviews, and more…

The Cityborn, my eighth novel for DAW Books (though only the fourth under my own name) officially released on July 4. All of the United States celebrated with fireworks, which was nice. This is an ongoing post that I'll update as new things appear online. It's been getting some nice attention! It made Inverse Entertainment's list of "7 Essential Science Fiction Books for July 2017" and Barnes & Noble's list of "The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of July 2017." I wrote a "Big Idea" for John Scalzi's popular blog WhateverYou can read it here. John has generously provided these guest spots for many years for authors to ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:05, July 8th, 2017 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Read a sample of my new science-fiction novel, THE CITYBORN

Just two months until the July 4 release of The Cityborn, my eighth novel for DAW Books. Review copies have been sent out, and I'm on pins and needles wondering what the reaction will be. On the plus side, both the copy editors and my publicist told me the book was a lot of fun to read, so...from their mouths to readers' ears! And speaking of readers (nice segue, eh?), if you would like to one of them, you can get a head start: I've just posted the prologue and first two chapters online. It's a good solid 10,000-word sample, and hopefully will whet your appetite for the additional 120,000 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:55, May 2nd, 2017 under Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Cover art reveal! My eighth DAW novel, The Cityborn

A drumroll, please: I'm pleased to reveal the cover art, by Stephan Martiniere, for The Cityborn, my eighth novel for DAW Books, releasing July 4. It's a stand-alone science fiction novel, and I'm very pleased that it's under my real name. Here's the cover blurb to go with the art:   The metal City towers at the center of the mountain-ringed Heartland, standing astride the deep chasm of the Canyon like a malevolent giant, ruled with an iron fist by the First Officer and his Provosts in the ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:08, March 21st, 2017 under Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

CanCon and SaskExpo after-action reports

Just since the beginning of September I've been to two conventions, one in Ottawa and one in Saskatoon, and both very different. The Ottawa convention was CanCon 2016, a.k.a. The Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature. I was Guest of Honour last year (this year the Guest of Honour was Tanya Huff), and returned this year as a special guest. It was held at the Novotel downtown, and once again proved to be one of the best small conventions around, with great panelists and great panel topics. CanCon has two tracks, a literature track and a science track. Here are the panels I was on, just to give you taste: The First Great Terraforming Project: Alyx Delamonica, in her address at ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:49, September 24th, 2016 under Blog | Comment now »

First description of The Cityborn

I was asked today to write a brief description of The Cityborn for DAW Books. Here's what I came up with: it's your first peek at my next science fiction novel, my eighth (!) novel for DAW, coming out in about a year's time. The metal City towers at the center of the mountain-ringed Heartland, squatting like a four-legged beast above the deep chasm of the Canyon. Within it dwells a stratified society ruled with an iron fist by the Officers and Crew. In the City, social standing is everything, signalled by the Tier on which one lives, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:23, July 13th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Great FACES giveaway! Win books just by commenting!

Faces, the concluding book in The Masks of Aygrima trilogy, comes out July 7 from DAW Books, so it's time for a contest! I'm offering several prizes, awarded at random to anyone who comments here, on Facebook on my Edward Willett fan page, my E.C. Blake fan page, here or at www.ecblake.com, or who retweets on Twitter. First prize will be a complete, autographed set of all three books of the trilogy in hardcover. Second prize will be a complete set of the trilogy, but with the first two books in paperback and only the third in hardcover. Third prize will be ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:43, June 15th, 2015 under Blog, Books, Giveaways | 5 Comments »

Read Chapter 1 of FACES online!

With the July 7 release of the hardcover of my E.C. Blake novel Faces, Book 3 in The Masks of Aygrima trilogy, just around the corner, it's time to post a little teaser. You can now read Chapter 1 online. It picks up immediately following the events at the end of Shadows. Watch this space--I'm planning to run a giveaway in June to help promote the release! Faces will be available through your favorite bookstore, or you can pre-order it now from Amazon. Here's a convenient link!

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:46, May 22nd, 2015 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Giving imagination free rein: Sheila Gilbert of DAW Books

[caption id="attachment_11717" align="alignleft" width="300"] From left to right, Sheila Gilbert, me, and Betsy Wollheim.[/caption] I'm jumping the gun a little bit here, since Freelance hasn't come out yet, but here's my upcoming "Space-Time Continuum" column for the Saskatchewan Writers Guild magazine--an interview with my editor and publisher, Sheila Gilbert, nominated once again this year for a Hugo Award for Best Editor, Long Form. As a teenager looking for science fiction and fantasy, I was drawn to the distinctive yellow spines of paperbacks published by DAW Books—a name I found amusing because DAW are the initials of my brother, Dwight Arthur Willett. In fact, those initials belonged to Donald A. Wollheim, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 19:12, April 24th, 2015 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Cover art and description of FACES hits online bookstores

Getting closer all the time to the July 7 release of Faces, Book 3 of my Masks of Aygrima trilogy (written as E.C. Blake) from DAW books, edited by three-time Hugo nominee Sheila Gilbert. The cover art has finally appeared in online bookstores, along with the description below. Warning: this could contain spoilers if you're still on Book 1! *** The spellbinding third novel of The Masks of Aygrima is set in a land where people are forced to wear spell-imbued Masks that reveal any traitorous thoughts they have about their ruler, the Autarch. Mara Holdfast is a young woman gifted with the ability to see and use all the ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:41, April 7th, 2015 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »