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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 »

Masks by E.C. Blake: Prologue and Chapter One

Masks, the first book in The Masks of Aygrima, my new fantasy trilogy for DAW Books (written as E.C. Blake) will be released in hardcover and ebook formats in just over one month's time, on November 5. I'm very excited about this, of course, and I want you to be excited, too. And so, as is my wont a month before the release of a new book, I herewith present you with the prologue and first chapter. Of course, you can... Buy Masks from Amazon.com Buy Masks from Amazon.ca Buy Masks from Indigo Or buy it from whatever other bookstore ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:30, October 1st, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The Shards of Excalibur series gets a new publisher

I'm thrilled--maybe even ecstatic--to announce that my five-book modern-day fantasy series with Arthurian overtones, The Shards of Excalibur, has been picked up by a new publisher, respected Regina literary press Coteau Books. I originally sold Song of the Sword, the first book in the series, to Lobster Press, and it came out a couple of years ago (with the cover at left) to good reviews (read excerpts from some of those reviews here). Unfortunately, Lobster Press ran into difficulties and folded...just before the second book, Twist of the Blade, should have come out. (It was written and edited and ready to go.) I was anxious to find a new publisher ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:17, August 21st, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | 4 Comments »

Cover art for new edition of Spirit Singer

The launch of the new edition of my Saskatchewan Book Award-winning YA fantasy Spirit Singer by Edmonton's Tyche Books is close upon us, and as proof, I offer this reveal of the cover art! It's very different from what was on the original...which is good, since this is a new edition from a new publisher. The artist is Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein.

Posted by Edward Willett at 20:44, May 29th, 2013 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Free Novel Saturday: Star Song, the final two chapters

Every Saturday I've been posting a chapter or two of my young adult science fiction novel Star Song...and here, at last, is the thrilling (I hope) conclusion! First visit? The whole thing starts here with Chapter 1 and an explanation. Enjoy! Star Song By Edward Willett Chapter 30 “How?” Tevera cried. “I don’t know. It doesn’t matter. He’s here.” They had lost, Kriss knew bitterly. Gemfire was heavily armed; the Thaylia, though she carried weapons, could not hope to stand against the golden ship’s firepower. They could do nothing to stop Vorlick from taking the fortress. But ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:12, April 6th, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Free Novel Saturday: Star Song, Chapter 26 & 27

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 27 Kriss stared at her, speechless, until Andru leaned into view from the driver’s seat and said dryly, “I suggest you accept the offer. The real customs officials are probably boarding Vorlick’s ship about now.” “Uh, sorry.” Kriss quickly opened the door and climbed in beside Tevera, but found he couldn’t look at ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:40, March 23rd, 2013 under Blog, Books | Comment now »