Edward Willett


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 »

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 »