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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 »

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 »

New publisher Rebelight to bring out my YA fantasy “Blue Fire” in 2015

I'm pleased to announce that new publisher Rebelight, based in Winnipeg, will bring out my YA fantasy (they're calling it "voltpunk") Blue Fire in Spring 2015. The picture is me signing the contract. Don't know how they'll describe it, but here's how I described it in my query letter: The Kingdom of the Twelve Cities was founded by the survivors of a war among the Twelve Gods. Only three gods survived, and made a pact that they would withdraw from the world forever. But first, each could grant to his or her followers a gift. Vekk, of the Earth, created the God Stones, sources of the magical Blue Fire, and a race ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:27, October 4th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Another chance to read Andy Nebula: Interstellar Rock Star for free…

My daughter Alice (newly fledged teenager) is a big fan of Wattpad, and has begun posting her own writing there (alicehasreadit is her account, and trust me, the kid's got promise). I've poked around at it and thought it might be an interesting place to try to snare a few new readers, so by way of giving it a go, I've created an account (EdwardWillett) and have begun serializing Andy Nebula: interstellar Rock Star: If you need incentive, check out this recent review on Amazon from Hard Sci-Fi Guy: "I was expecting this book to be a tongue in cheek novel about a bunch of weird aliens ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 7:50, June 27th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Free Novel Saturday: Star Song, Chapters 18 & 19

Every Saturday I post a chapter or two of my young adult science fiction novel Star Song. Coming in in the middle? The whole thing starts here with Chapter 1 and an explanation. Enjoy! Star Song By Edward Willett Chapter 18 When he woke Kriss felt almost like himself again. He figured out how to use the zero-G shower, though he couldn’t say he liked the way the water, drawn by the suction of a fan beneath his feet, crawled down his body. Nevertheless, he emerged from it feeling quite human. His ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:49, February 23rd, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Bundoran Press buys my SF novel Right to Know

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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:38, January 11th, 2013 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

The tangled tale of how my YA fantasy Spirit Singer was born, died, and is being resurrected

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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:14, January 2nd, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Saturday Special from the Vaults: The opening to the first novel I wrote as a teenager

I've worked with young writers quite a bit over the past few years, teaching the Sage Hill Teen Writing Experience for three summers in a row, serving as writer-in-residence at Riffel High School and now, of course, as writer-in-residence at the Regina Public Library. I've also edited the Saskatchewan Writer Guild's magazine for young writer, Windscript, and was involved in an on-line mentoring program for young writers for a couple of years. One reason I like working with teen writers is because I used to be one. I wrote my first short story at age 11 ("Kastra Glazz, Hypership Test Pilot"), wrote a fairly long piece called The Pirate Dilemma in Grade 9, when I was 13--and then, in my Grade ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:27, February 25th, 2012 under Blog, The Vaults | Comment now »

Magebane picked up by Science Fiction Book Club

Wonderful to see that Magebane has been picked up by the Science Fiction Book Club; my last book the SFBC brought out in hardcover was Marseguro. Their description is nice, too: Magebane by Lee Arthur Chane is that rare breed of novel—a brisk-paced, twist-filled stand-alone adventure of science vs magic! Four centuries ago, a devastating revolution swept the world, and the arrogant MageLords, who had long ruled by spell power, were driven to a distant land, protected by a magical Barrier. With magic banished from the rest of the world, the MageLords devolved into legend, and people turned to science to improve their lives. Meanwhile, behind the Barrier, the magic-wielders’ brutal ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:32, January 16th, 2012 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Cover art: The Helix War

I was in San Diego last week for the World Fantasy Convention, and had a great chat with my editor at DAW, Sheila Gilbert, during which she revealed the cover art for The Helix War, the omnibus of Marseguro and Terra Insegura coming out April 3. And now I share it with you! The art work is a detail of the Terra Insegura cover by Hugo Award-winning artist Stephan Martiniere. The back cover reads: WORLDS AT WAR— Marseguro, a water world far distant from Earth, is home to a small colony of both unmodifi ed humans and the Selkies, a water-dwelling race created by geneticist Victor Hansen from modifi ed ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:40, November 2nd, 2011 under Books | Comment now »