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 ...
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 ...
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.
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...
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 ...
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.
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...
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.
, who loved Masks, also enjoyed Shadows:
"Full of suspense, mystery, magic, and a bit of romance – the intensity builds to a climactic ending. And as before, I look forward to the next in this incredible fantasy series."
Read the whole thing.
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 ...