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 ...
I'm very pleased to announce that Bundoran Press
, a small Canadian press that's put out some terrific books in its short life and has a new owner and managing editor, Aurora Award-winning author Hayden Trenholm, has bought my science fiction novel Right to Know (that's the working title--it could still change), with the goal of having it out by August, in time for the When Words Collide
conference in Calgary.
Here's how Hayden describes the book in his press release
Edward Willett’s novel, Right To Know (working title), is a fast-paced space opera about the power of information – and disinformation – in closed societies and whether the public has ...
On Saturday I attended a book launch at the Regent Park branch of the Regina Public Library, and no, it wasn't for one of mine: it was for Only One Round: One Couple's Journey to Living the Good Life, by Steve and Reneé Wallace. I was thrilled to be asked, because Steve and Reneé were among the 75 or so writers I advised during my nine months as writer-in-residence at the Regina Public Library from last fall until last spring, and the first of all those, as far as I know, who have made the leap from manuscript-I-scribbled-on to published book.
They were very generous in thanking me for ...
Is it October 4 already? It is, and that means that Magebane is officially available, published (of course) by DAW Books
. You can buy it in all the usual places: Amazon.com
, Barnes & Noble
, to name just a few. And it's available in both paperback and popular ebook formats.
Here's the blurb from the back, just to remind you what it's all about:
The kingdom of Evrenfels is the last bastion of magic in the world, cut off from the outside by the Great Barrier through which magic cannot penetrate.
For centuries, the Magelords have ruled their kingdom with ...
I had a phone call recently from my editor at DAW Books, Sheila Gilbert, letting me know that DAW wants to bring out an omnibus edition of Marseguro and Terra Insegura in April 2012. We batted around titles and settled on The Helix War.
It's still a ways until April, but lo and behold, I discovered the book is already listed at Amazon
. Go forth and pre-order!
You know you want to.
Here I am signing Song of the Sword at Chapters in Regina on Saturday. This was not only the first time I sat and sold copies of the book and autographed them, it was the first time I'd even seen copies of the actual book. It's shinier than the ARC! Plus it has a nice blurb in the back of it promoting book two in the series, Twist of the Blade.
The only odd thing about this photo: it makes the store look deserted. In fact, it was very busy and I sold and signed more than a dozen books in the couple of hours I was there.
For bonus ...
There's a nice big interview with me up at SciFiGuy.ca
, mostly focused on the upcoming release of Song of the Sword
, Book 1 in The Shards of Excalibur. Alas, it's still the upcoming release because printer problems delayed it past the hoped for October 15, but they promise me it'll be ready at month's end--which is good, since I've got a signing coming up at Chapters here in Regina on November 6. (2 p.m. Be there! Well, unless you're reading this in, say, Miami. In which case, I won't look for you.)
I had a school reading last Friday at W.S.
I was pleasantly--very pleasantly, as you'll see--surprised to discover a review, the first I've seen, of Shards of Excalibur: Song of the Sword in the September issue of Quill & Quire, Canada's magazine of book news and reviews.
The review, by author Robert J. Wiersema, almost gave me a heart attack with the first sentence, though. It begins:
Authors who incorporate, interpret, or subvert Arthurian legends in works of contemporary fantasy take a huge risk: the failure rate of such books is staggeringly high.
Gulp. Fortunately, he continues with:
Every so often, though, a writer is skilled enough to utilize the stories of King Arthur and Camelot to significant effect. ...
Both are listed as "In Stock" on Amazon and I have my author's copies, so it must be true!
Here are the covers (and the back-cover copy) for each:
Johnny Cash: The Man in Black
When country music legend Johnny Cash took the stage at Folsom State Prison in 1968, he solidified the public's perception of him as a rebel who followed his own path. Born in Arkansas during the Great Depression, Cash endured poverty, the death of his older brother, and a difficult relationship with his father. He turned to gospel and country music to express the pain, and after many years of struggling, his songs of hardship ...
Lobster Press has created a great bookmark for Shards of Excalibur: Song of the Sword, which I'm pleased to offer for free downloading. There's a JPG version at left, or you can download the full PDF version. Be the first on your block to have one! Get it now!