This one is from Resource Links
, and is posted to Coteau Books
"The overlay of the Arthurian legend on a modern Canadian context works surprisingly well. Merlin's magical powers are invested in Rex Major's spyware embedded in the internet. Wally's loyalty and courage accurately reflect both Arthur's strength and his fatal flaw. Ariane's coolly calculated actions echo the dispassionate deeds of the Lady of the Lake . . . Readers who are invested in the series will eagerly anticipate the final two books."
Read the whole thing.
I turned in the final edited manuscript of Cave Beneath the Sea this week to Coteau Books
, which is aiming for a November release. But you don't have to wait that long to start it: here's a sneak peek, in the form of the first chapter.
Enjoy--and be ready for the release of Book 4 in just two months!
Cave Beneath the Sea
Chapter 1: Snow Day
Ariane Forsythe stared out the farmhouse’s second-storey window at the swirling snow, and sighed. Just my luck, she thought. Lady of the Lake, in freaking Saskatchewan—where lakes are frozen solid six months out of the year.
Downstairs she could hear the radio playing “It’s Beginning to ...
Although I'm still waiting for the bulk of my author's copies of Faces (which is why the top three winners in my giveaway haven't received their books yet), Faces has officially hit bookshelves and is available for order through your local bookstores (if they don't have it in stock) or online at Amazon.com
, Barnes & Noble
, and other fine retailers.
Not a lot of reviews yet, but there have been a couple! From RT Book Reviews
, which gives it four stars:
In his final installment in the Masks of Aygrima trilogy, Faces, E.C. Blake builds on the ...
I'm excited to announce that Song of the Sword has been long-listed in the young adult category for The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic
, an annual award celebrating the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year.
The winners receive a cash prize of $1,000 as well as a medallion which incorporates the Sunburst logo.
The Sunburst Award takes its name from the debut novel of the late Phyllis Gotlieb, one of the first published authors of contemporary Canadian speculative fiction.
Others long-listed in the YA category:
Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
Gottika by Helaine Becker
Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci
The Voices in Between by Charlene Challenger
Guardian by Natasha ...
The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association has announced the ballot for the 2015 Aurora Awards
, recognizing the best in Canadian science fiction and fantasy, and I'm pleased and proud to announce that Twist of the Blade
is on the ballot in the Best Young Adult Novel Category.
Others nominated in that category:
Lockstep by Karl Schroeder, Tor Books;
Rain by Amanda Sun, Harlequin TEEN;
Out of This World by Charles de Lint, Razorbill Canada;
The Voices in Between by Charlene Challenger, Tightrope Books;
Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf by Sherry Peters, Dwarvenamazon; and
Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong, Doubleday Canada.
The Aurora awards will be present during SFContario 6 / Canvention 35 on the weekend of November 20-22
There are more than the usual five nominees because of ...
Lake in the Clouds, Book 3 in my YA fantasy series The Shards of Excalibur, comes out in May from Coteau Books
--which means it's time for a little teaser.
Here you go: Chapter 1 for your reading pleasure
, just to whet your appetite.
Sharp-eyed observers may also note that the title has changed slightly, from The Lake in the Clouds to just Lake in the Clouds. This is so it matches up better with the first two books, Song of the Sword and Twist of the Blade, neither of which begins with a definite article. The fourth book has likewise shifted title from The Cave Beneath the Sea to Cave Beneath ...
Just got this from DAW Books
today: it's the cover art for Faces, Book 3 in my Masks of Aygrima trilogy, written as E.C. Blake. It builds on the previous two covers and reveals, appropriately enough, Mara's face for the first time. I like it a lot! How about you?
Like the first two covers, this one is by Paul Young
The paperback of Masks will be out November 4, the paperback of Shadows will be released on May 5, and then Faces will be out in August of next year in hardcover.
Early this morning I sent off Faces, Book 3 in The Masks of Aygrima, to Sheila Gilbert, my editor (and co-publisher with Betsy Wollheim) at DAW Books
. I'm quite pleased with it--I hope she is, too!
We'll be discussing it at World Fantasy Convention
in Washington, D.C., early in November. After which I'll be plunging back into it for editorial revisions, all heading toward next August's release.
I've seen the cover art and it's grand! As soon as I can I'll share it...
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 ...
Four stars for Shadows from Pamela Robinson at Night Owl Reviews
, who, interestingly, had not read Masks--though she intends to go back and do so now!
In Shadows, by E.C. Blake, I found a world filled with magic and special people. Mara Holdfast is an intriguing main character. The author weaves a journey for her that many will connect with. It was fun to go through every emotion with her along the way. The classic good versus evil takes a turn in this novel that adds the perfect twist.
Read the whole thing.