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Quill & Quire likes Twist of the Blade

Quill & Quire, "Canada's Magazine of Book News and Reviews," gives Twist of the Blade a great review (Q&Q liked Song of the Sword, too, in its original version): Regina-based author Edward Willet offers a satisfying second instalment in his Shards of Excalibur series, a modern-day fantasy based on the legend of King Arthur... Twist of the Blade offers an enticing sense of danger and excitement as Ariane pursues her mission, but the narrative doesn’t shy away from the story’s human elements...It’s refreshing to read a story in which the heroes and villains are not cut-and-dried, and readers can look forward to three more instalments ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:50, August 17th, 2014 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Another great review for Shadows…

Another good review for Shadows, over at Crystal Book Reviews: "Adventure, battles, scenes of devastating power and ruthlessness, mistakes galore, kindness, compassion, love, and so much more fill these pages which will be sure to delight every fan of fantasy, science fiction, adventure, thrillers and mysteries!" Read the whole thing.

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:28, August 6th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Twist of the Blade now has its own page at Coteau Books

Coteau Books has a great website with pages for all of their books…and the page for Book 2 of my YA fantasy series The Shards of Excalibur, Twist of the Blade, is now live! You can download a high-res version of the cover art and pre-order the print or ebook version right from that page. Here’s the description: Having saved the first Shard of the sword Excalibur from internet mogul Rex Major (aka Merlin), Ariane and Wally are on the lookout for the second. Wally’s worried that the power of the first Shard is already changing Ariane, giving her the strength ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:07, July 5th, 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 »

The new Coteau Books edition of Song of the Sword is in print!

Got this handsome box of books from Coteau Books yesterday: copies of Song of the Sword, Book 1 of my five-book The Shards of Excalibur series, a brand-new revised edition of a book that first came out about four years ago but was orphaned by the collapse of Lobster Press. Book 2, Twist of the Blade, is already written and edited and into the production process--it's due out September 1. Book 3 will be out a year from now and the rest at six month intervals thereafter, more or less. (Not that they're written yet...or titled...) Here's the blurb from the back of the book:...

Posted by Edward Willett at 0:02, May 14th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | 1 Comment »

Another teaser for Shadows

Here's a bit of a teaser for Shadows, sequel to Masks and Book 2 in The Masks of Aygrima by (ahem) E.C. Blake... In Masks, Mara Holdfast's life changed forever. As the daughter of the Autarch’s Master Maskmaker, she had a clearly defined future: working with her father to make the Masks that must be worn by all adults—Masks imbued with a magic that would reveal any treasonous thought about the ruling Autarch. But when her own Mask cracked and fell to pieces during her Masking ceremony, Mara was exiled from everything she once knew. Rescued by an underground rebel group known as the unMasked Army, Mara was recruited ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:24, April 24th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Cover art reveal: Twist of the Blade

Song of the Sword, Book 1 in my new YA fantasy series The Shards of Excalibur, will be out next month--and six months after that, Book 2, Twist of the Blade, will be released. Coteau Books just sent me the cover art. I like it! And as you can see, they're keeping a very nice continuity from book to book...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:54, April 10th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | 2 Comments »

Song of the Sword web page goes live at Coteau Books

Song of the Sword, first book in my news YA fantasy series written as Edward Willett, now has its official web page on the Coteau Books site. And here it is! You can download a high-res version of the cover or the media release. Feel free to send it to everyone you know. You can also order the book directly from Coteau, if you like...and wouldn't you? Really? Deep down? Synopsis Ariane meets her ancestor, the Lady of the Lake, and is sent on an important and dangerous quest – to reunite the pieces of the shattered sword Excalibur. Yes, that Excalibur.  Ariane's life is already pretty difficult ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:45, February 1st, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

YA or not YA? Qwillery review of Masks hits on a salient point

I haven't been posting about all the reviews Masks has been getting because there have been quite a lot of them--more than I'm used to, and a function, I think, of this being my first hardcover release and getting some early favorable attention from the likes of Publishers Weekly and RT Book Reviews. There's also a long-standing bit of advice to authors to never respond to bad reviews, which has precluded my saying what I'd really like to say to a couple of reviewers who hated the book and gave me the first truly nasty reviews--as opposed to simply negative reviews--I've ever received. I confess I'm somewhat puzzled why anyone ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:17, December 31st, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Cover Art Reveal: New cover for the revised version of Song of the Sword, coming in May

Here's the cover art for the revised version of Song of the Sword, first book in my new five-book YA fantasy series The Shards of Excalibur, being published by Coteau Books beginning in May. Even if you read the original Lobster Press version of the book, you'll want a copy of the new one, which is extensively revised and also comes with a cover which (I have on good authority from my resident authority in YA fiction, 12-year-old daughter Alice) is much more attractive to the target audience. It's already available for pre-order on Amazon!

Posted by Edward Willett at 14:56, November 29th, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »