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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 »

Read the first chapter of Lake in the Clouds!

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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:12, April 11th, 2015 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Masks shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards

Each year the Saskatchewan Book Awards honour the best books by Saskatchewan authors, and I'm pleased to announce that the 2015 shortlisted books include Masks, in two categories: Young Adult Literature (self-explanatory) and Regina Book Award (for the best book by a Regina author). The books are judged by out-of-province judges, and the stated criteria is simply "the quality of the writing." I've been shortlisted for Saskatchewan Book Awards in the past but have only won once, for my YA fantasy Spirit Singer (written under my other name, Edward Willett), back in 2002. I was also nominated for Best First Book in 1997 for my first novel, Soulworm; for Children's Literature a ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:39, February 13th, 2015 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Cover art reveal: FACES, Book 3 in The Masks of Aygrima

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.             ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:23, October 23rd, 2014 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

I’ve turned in Faces, Book 3 of The Masks of Aygrima, to DAW!

                      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...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:45, October 10th, 2014 under Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

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 »

Four stars for Shadows from Night Owl Reviews

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.

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:24, September 10th, 2014 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Cover art reveal! The Lake in the Clouds, Book 3 of The Shards of Excalibur

I've been very happy with the cover art for the Shards of Excalibur books from Coteau Books, and the cover art for Book 3, The Lake in the Clouds, which I've just received, is no exception. Pretty, isn't it? Better get the book written, though. A good cover is important, but it's also important there be something other than blank pages behind it...  

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:24, September 10th, 2014 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Another nice review of Masks: “a great page-turner and a fantastic start to an exciting new series”

T.E.J. Johnson gives a rousing review to Masks: "The novel is fast paced and Mara gets herself in and out of a million-tangles as she falls from a high-born Aygriman citizen, to concentration-camp prisoner to unmasked rebel...I would thoroughly recommend this novel; it is a great page-turner and a fantastic start to an exciting new series." Read the whole thing.  

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:13, August 26th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »