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Coming in 2020: Changers, a young-adult dark-fantasy shapeshifter story for ChiZine Publications

I'm thrilled to announce that ChiZine Publications is buying my young-adult dark-fantasy novel Changers (intended to start a new series!) for publication in 2020. It will presumably appear under their ChiTeen imprint. Sandra Kasturi, editor of ChiZine Publications, announced the sale at Can-Con in Ottawa over the weekend. I've known for a while, but didn't want to say anything publicly until she did. I'm very much looking forward to working with the great folks at ChiZine, and excited about this story.  This may change, but here's the "big picture" as I presented it in my submission:...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:46, October 16th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Coming soon from Shadowpaw Press: One Lucky Devil

The next book from my new publishing company, Shadowpaw Press, through which I previously published my short-story collection Paths to the Stars, will be something quite different. One Lucky Devil: The First World War Memoirs of Sampson J. Goodfellow is the edited memoir of my grandfather-in-law, in whose former house I now live (having married his granddaughter, Margaret Anne Hodge, P.Eng. Sam wrote his memoirs late in life, probably in the early 1970s (he died in 1979). I posted them online here, unedited, about ten years ago, but with this being the centennial of the signing of the Armistice that ended the First ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:55, October 8th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Shadowpaw Press, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Two more great reviews for Paths to the Stars

Paths to the Stars, my collection of short stories, continues to get good reviews! Writing at The Future Fire, Lisa Timpf says: "Willett’s short story collection has much to offer. Between the pages of Paths to the Stars, readers will find both inner and outer journeys. Some of the characters find what they are hoping for, and are pleased by it. Others get what they thought they were looking for, but realize it’s not at all what they expected. We get to experience alien cultures and strange worlds, and witness strange happenings in our own world. For a speculative fiction collection, that hits ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 7:55, September 22nd, 2018 under Blog, Books, Shadowpaw Press, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Cave Beneath the Sea audiobook released

Cave Beneath the Sea, Book 4 in my Shards of Excalibur young-adult fantasy series, published in print by Coteau Books, is now available in audiobook format through Audible. Elizabeth Klett once again narrates, as she has for the previous three books in the series, and once again does a fabulous job. About the book: The fourth shard of Excalibur might come with a price Ariane doesn’t want to pay: her mother.   Seeking to recover the shards of King Arthur’s sword Excalibur before Rex Major (the ancient sorcerer Merlin in a modern-day guise), ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 6:53, September 22nd, 2018 under Audiobooks, Blog, Books | Comment now »

Five-star review for Paths to the Stars

Paths to the Stars, Published by Shadowpaw PressBuy an autographed copy directly from me!Shadowpaw Press | Amazon.comAmazon.ca | Chapters/Indigo | Barnes & Noble Just came across a great five-star review on Goodreads of Paths of the Stars, penned (pixelled?) by Toby Welch. Some excerpts: "In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve read Willett’s work before. I’ve enjoyed every novel of his that I’ve consumed and hoped that his latest work would reach the same high bar. It didn’t - it hurdled right over that bar and left it hanging..." "It’s a requirement of mine for science fiction works to push the boundaries ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 0:01, September 19th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

New five-star review for Lake in the Clouds audiobook

The audiobook version of Lake in the Clouds, narrated by the amazing Elizabeth Klett, has a great new review from an Audible listener: “For me, this story was a very satisfying follow-on to book 2 in the series. Wally plays a much larger part in this one, something which I very much welcomed. His internal struggles as he tries to balance his worry for Ariane against his growing suspicions about Rex Major’s real plans for her and himself really helped to flesh out this character for me. It made the race to find the next shard that much more interesting. “After the frustration ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:32, September 6th, 2018 under Audiobooks, Blog, Books | Comment now »

Worldshaper copies arrive!

I have actual physical copies of Worldshaper, my ninth novel from DAW Books, looking sharp in trade paperback, as you can see (it will come out in trade paperback and ebook to start with, then mass-market paperback probably just before Book 2 in the series, a year from now. Not officially on sale until September 18, but I have permission to sell it early at SaskExpo, September 15 and 16, so if you make it to that convention in Saskatoon, find my booth in Artists' Alley, and you could be one of the first in the world to own an autographed copy!

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:45, September 6th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Twist of the Blade audiobook called “fast-paced, entertaining”

Cathi Shaw, who previously listened to and enjoyed the Song of the Swordaudiobook, has posted her review the audiobook version of Twist of the Blade, narrated, like Song of the Sword, by Elizabeth Klett: "I’ve said before that the second book in a YA series is often the make or break book. Following up a strong debut novel in a series is difficult and many authors struggle with it. But Edward Willett comes through with Twist of the Blade. This was a fast paced, entertaining second book in this series, which also incorporated character development and a depth to the story that was ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:04, August 20th, 2018 under Audiobooks, Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Publishers Weekly calls Worldshaper a “rollicking” contemporary fantasy in STARRED review

Worldshaper, my ninth novel for DAW Books. Publishers Weekly, the bible of the publishing industry, has given my upcoming novel Worldshaper, Book 1 in my new Worldshapers series for DAW Books, its highest accolade, a STARRED review. Highlights: "This rollicking secondary-world contemporary fantasy opens with a bang...(the characters) grapple with the ethics of changing the world, the question of what makes people 'real' when the worldshapers can change everything about them with nothing more than a thought, and the need to save the universe. Willett...meticulously includes small details that make the constantly changing scenery feel solid and real...This novel sets up a ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:16, August 19th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Lake in the Clouds audiobook released!

The audiobook version of Lake in the Clouds, Book 3 in my Shards of Excalibur young-adult fantasy series, published in print by Coteau Books, has just been released. It's narrated by the fabulous Elizabeth Klett, who also narrated the first two books in the series, Song of the Sword and Twist of the Blade, and is in the process of finishing off Cave Beneath the Sea and Door into Faerie. You can get the audiobook from Audible, on Amazon, or on iTunes. More about Lake in the Clouds: Ariane is ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 18:49, August 13th, 2018 under Audiobooks, Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »