Masks, first book in my new fantasy series from DAW, written as E.C. Blake, won't be released until November 5: but you can pre-order it now through Amazon! They've already got the product page up.
Masks will be followed next year by Shadows, and then by Faces. And after that...well, we'll see. I'm hoping the series will continue, but that'll be up to readers like you.
Below is a handy-dandy widget for pre-ordering Masks now, should you so desire.
Remember: order early--order often!
...courtesy of T.E.J. Johnson
, who gives it 91%. Read the whole thing, but here's an excerpt:
This is a rich book, and Chane sets the plot zipping through a crackling political landscape. The land of the Evenfels is wonderfully realised...The way Chane describe the use and abuse of magic makes sense, you can feel the characters make a spell, or draw on energy and it is with this careful kind of craft with which he weaves the lands behind the barrier.
The books principle characters are strong and Mother Goodwind (sic; it's actually Northwind, but, oh well - Ed) is a particular standout. A dotty, forgetful Miss Marple kind of ...
That gorgeous cover, by Paul Young
, will grace my next book from DAW
, Masks, written under the pseudonym E.C. Blake. I just got it this week, and now I'm doubly excited about the book coming out.
Here's what DAW has come up with for the book jacket flaps (Masks is coming out in hardcover, my first hardcover novel, so it actually has flaps). Now all I have to do is live up to it!
Masks, the first novel in a mesmerizing new fantasy series, draws readers into a world in which cataclysmic events have left the Autarchy of Aygrima—the one land blessed with magical resources—cut off from its former trading partners ...
My latest "Space-Time Continuum" column from the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild
's newsletter Freelance...
This column I want to return to the World Fantasy Convention held in Toronto last November...and a panel that rubbed me the wrong way.
Entitled “The Changing Face of YA Fantasy,” the panel was described this way: “Fantasy works for young adult readers have changed over the years, perhaps even more than their counterparts for adults. The themes tackled are more cutting-edge; a wider variety of cultures is explored; locations are often more realistic, more gritty and urban, than in the past; a more diverse cast of characters is brought into play; and the heroines and heroes are perhaps more ...
Many years ago I took it into my head to turn a short story of mine, "The Dragonslayer, "into one-act stage musical, intended for high schools. In brief, it was about a teenager who was a whiz at killing dragons when playing Dungeons & Dragons, who gets called into an alternate world to deal with a real dragon after a demon mistakes his roleplaying abilitiy for real-life ability.
I still haven't written it.
However, I just came across two of the song lyrics I wrote for it, and spruced them up a bit just for fun.
And here they are!
The Wizard’s Song
I am the Wizard
The singular Wizard
The proper-noun Wizard
I'm one of a kind.
I’m master ...
The latest installment in my "The Space-Time Continuum" column on science fiction and fantasy that appears in Freelance, the newsletter of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild
; inspired, as you will see, by a panel I attended at the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto
There are, broadly speaking, three kinds of fantasy tales.
There is the kind where both the setting and the characters ar fantastical: that is, the world is a fully-imagined fantasy world and the characters belong to that world (The Lord of the Rings). Second, there is the kind where a character or characters from our world find themselves in ...
Let’s step into the wayback machine, and set it for the turn of the century...
In that long-ago time, ebooks were in their infancy. There were dedicated ebook-reading devices, but practically nobody had them. (Although I did: a Hiebook
. Read a lot of David Weber on it through Baen’s free ebook library
.) There were ebook publishers, but practically nobody had heard of them. Print-on-demand technology existed, but was not in widespread use.
It was in that environment that I, with my usual impeccable ability to time things badly, decided to experiment with ebook publishing.
I had a finished novel, a good one, I thought, a young adult fantasy called Spirit Singer. I ...
I think I’ve mentioned—though no more than a gazillion times or so, so you might have missed it—that my next book to be published by DAW will be Masks, first book in a trilogy (and hopefully series) that will continue with Shadows and Faces.
Earlier today I spent a couple of hours on the phone with Sheila Gilbert, my editor (that's her on the right in the picture, with her co-publisher and co-editor at DAW, Betsy Wollheim, who won the Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor Long-Form this year at the World Science Fiction Convention in Chicago), who had a...ahem...few notes about Shadows, the second book. Plus a few additional ...
I posted this back in July, but it seems apropos to post it again today, with the release of the first movie in the new trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's book The Hobbit. It's the first chapter of the biography of Tolkien I wrote for Enslow Publishers, entitled J.R.R. Tolkien, Master of Imaginary Worlds..and it's all about how The Hobbit came to be written and published. Happy Hobbit Day!
J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of Imaginary Worlds
By Edward Willett
Chapter 1: In A Hole in the Ground Lived A Hobbit
The world might never have heard of J.R.R. Tolkien, or The Lord of the ...
I don’t very often follow up on things I’ve been “tagged” with in the online world, but I was tagged twice for “The Next Big Thing,” both times by writers from Australia, and that seems somehow karmically important. So...
The way this is supposed to work is that if you get tagged you answer10 questions, post the result on your blog, along with links back to those who tagged you (Adrian Bedford
and Laura Goodin
, in this case), and then you’re supposed to tag five more people. Supposedly you’re supposed to obtain the agreement of five more writers to participate before you post your answers, but ...