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Flames of Nevyana has been released!

It's release day for my new YA fantasy novel, Flames of Nevyana, from Rebelight in Winnipeg. The paperback version is available for order now, with the ebook still to follow. Here's the synopsis: 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 converge on a collision course with the truth. Can ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:51, August 1st, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

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 »

How to write YA fantasy: more story, less pretentiousness

On May 30 I gave a talk at the offices of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild for the Saskatchewan chapter of CANSCAIP, the Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers (that's their logo at left). The talk was live streamed and will eventually be on YouTube (I'll post a link once it was) but here is what I wrote in preparation for it, edited a bit. If you didn't see the talk and don't want to wait for the YouTube video, this will give you the gist. (Not that I read it very closely, so the actual talk varies considerably.)  How to Write Young Adult Fantasy by Edward Willett t didn’t ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:55, June 11th, 2016 under Blog, Writing and Editing | 1 Comment »

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 »