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Flames of Nevyana has been printed!

It's not formally on sale yet, but as you can see, Flames of Nevyana, my new YA fantasy novel from Rebelight Publishing, has taken on corporeal form and exists in three-dimensional space, complete with length, width, volume, and mass. Also a really cool cover. Here's the description:        Blue Fire is both blessing and curse. A gift from the gods, its mystical light and energy powers and protects the land of Nevyana, but it also divides her people into three distinct groups. In the wrong hands, it becomes a formidable weapon. When sacred objects for channelling Blue Fire are stolen, sworn enemies Petra, Amlinn, and Jin set out to find them, and their paths ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:33, July 18th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Read the first two chapters of Flames of Nevyana…also, it has a map!

Although I don't have a release date yet for Flames of Nevyana, it's getting close. Its page is now active on the Rebelight Publishing website, and to mark the impending release, I've posted the first two chapters of the novel here: read and enjoy! Here's the publisher's blurb: Blue Fire is both blessing and curse. A gift from the gods, its mystical light and energy powers and protects the land of Nevyana, but it also divides her people into three distinct groups. In the wrong hands, it becomes a formidable weapon. When sacred objects for channelling Blue Fire are stolen, sworn enemies Petra, Amlinn, and Jin set out ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:41, July 10th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Cover art reveal: Flames of Nevyana

My next published novel will be Flames of Nevyana, a young adult fantasy published by Rebelight Publishing in Winnipeg, and here's the cover art. Flames of Nevyana began life as Blue Fire, and was the last novel (for the moment) I've written "on spec": that is, I wrote the whole thing and then tried to sell it. It's been rewritten a lot since that first draft and is much stronger for it. I'm excited for readers to have a chance to discover it. Release date will be sometime this summer: I'm hoping it will work out to do a book launch of some sort in Winnipeg in mid-July, when ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 7:54, June 3rd, 2016 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

CanLit for Little Canadians likes Cave Beneath the Sea

Helen Kubiw at the excellent CanLit for Little Canadians site has been a fan of The Shards of Excalibur from the beginning, and she likes Cave Beneath the Sea quite a lot: In Cave Beneath the Sea, Edward Willett has created as exciting a read as the earlier books in the series, continuing to develop his characters and their relationships while the action-filled plot carries the reader to intriguing national and international locales.  Both Ariane and Wally feel the power of the sword, drawing them to its shards but also compelling their anger in those who have hurt them: parents, siblings, bullies, enemies. And while they struggle with those yearnings, they are finding their way ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:29, May 25th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Read the first two chapters of Door into Faerie!

We’re just six weeks  from the May 15 release of Door into Faerie, which means it’s time to give you a sneak peek. Normally I only post the opening chapter of the books, but for the finale, I’m giving you two. Click here to read the first two chapters of Door into Faerie! And remember, you can already pre-order the book on Amazon, at Chapters Indigo, or directly from the publisher, Coteau Books. The synopsis: Ariane and Wally must reforge the sword of Excalibur to defeat Merlin: but doing so may unleash something neither of them is strong enough to handle. In the climactic fifth book of The Shards of ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:19, April 2nd, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Another nice review of Lake in the Clouds

This one is from Resource Links, and is posted to Coteau Books' website: "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.

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:37, October 27th, 2015 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Sneak peek at Cave Beneath the Sea: read the first chapter!

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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:44, September 12th, 2015 under Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Faces makes it official–I have committed trilogy

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, Amazon.ca, Indigo, 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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:21, July 23rd, 2015 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Song of the Sword long-listed for the Sunburst Award

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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:59, June 1st, 2015 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Twist of the Blade nominated for Aurora Award!

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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:31, May 23rd, 2015 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »