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 ...
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...
First review I've seen of the new version of Song of the Sword is from Kirkus Reviews, which says it's "a tight story (all the details make sense), and characters exhibit honest emotions," and adds, "Fantasy references galore should ensure that readers who enjoy fantasy—and Arthurian legend in particular—come away satisfied."
Read the whole thing.
Only a couple of months until you can read it for yourself!
I'm working toward self-publishing Star Song (as I mentioned in this week's book giveaway starting post), and today I spent some time playing with cover ideas. I've got two choices thus far, so I'm soliciting opinions. Which of the two covers below do you like best...and why?
Here's the one-paragraph description of the novel:
Kriss Lemarc is alone on a remote planet where he doesn't belong. The guardian who raised him in a backwoods village has been murdered. His parents died when he was a baby. His only link to them is a strange musical instrument that pulls his innermost feelings to the surface and pours them into the minds of his listeners. Kriss plans to take that instrument off-world and trace ...
The winner of Week 4 of my great book giveaway was Melinda, who commented on my Edward Willett Facebook page
. Now it's on to Week 5!
Rules are the same: leave a comment below, or reply to one of my Facebook posts, or retweet one of my daily Tweets on the subject, and if your name is chosen next Saturday, you can choose any one of my published books from this list
and I'll send you a copy (provided I have one to spare, which I almost certainly do) free of charge. Just note that I'll also add your email address to my newsletter mailing list. (Don't worry, ...
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?
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 ...
The launch of my back-from-the-dead YA fantasy series The Shards of Excalibur grows ever nearer: Coteau Books has released its spring 2014 catalogue (download the whole thing here
) which features Song of the Sword, book one in the five-book series which will continue with Twist of the Blade (currently in rewrites) this fall...with two more as-yet-untitled-and-unwritten books to follow in 2015 and the final book, at least in the initial five-book story arc, to follow in 2016.
It won't be long now!
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...