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The Shards of Excalibur series gets a new publisher

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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:17, August 21st, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | 4 Comments »

Cover Art Reveal: New cover for the revised version of Song of the Sword, coming in May

Here's the cover art for the revised version of Song of the Sword, first book in my new five-book YA fantasy series The Shards of Excalibur, being published by Coteau Books beginning in May. Even if you read the original Lobster Press version of the book, you'll want a copy of the new one, which is extensively revised and also comes with a cover which (I have on good authority from my resident authority in YA fiction, 12-year-old daughter Alice) is much more attractive to the target audience. It's already available for pre-order on Amazon!

Posted by Edward Willett at 14:56, November 29th, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Some thoughts on the reviews of Masks

One of the...um, eye-opening...things about having novels published (and at this point, under both this name and others, I've had quite a few) is the realization, as the reviews start to come in (if you're lucky enough to even get reviewed), that not everyone thinks you have written the most amazingly wonderful book of all time. Some people will sing its praises, to be sure. But some will be lukewarm about it, and some will absolutely despise it. Some authors simply do not read their reviews. My ego does not permit me to be one of those authors. It's exciting to find out what other people think of something you've labored over ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:22, January 25th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Coteau Books releases Spring 2014 catalogue featuring Song of the Sword

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!

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:43, January 27th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Song of the Sword web page goes live at Coteau Books

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? Synopsis 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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:45, February 1st, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Kirkus Reviews offers first review of new Song of the Sword: “a tight story”

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!

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:16, March 22nd, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Cover art reveal: Twist of the Blade

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...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:54, April 10th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | 2 Comments »

The new Coteau Books edition of Song of the Sword is in print!

Got this handsome box of books from Coteau Books yesterday: copies of Song of the Sword, Book 1 of my five-book The Shards of Excalibur series, a brand-new revised edition of a book that first came out about four years ago but was orphaned by the collapse of Lobster Press. Book 2, Twist of the Blade, is already written and edited and into the production process--it's due out September 1. Book 3 will be out a year from now and the rest at six month intervals thereafter, more or less. (Not that they're written yet...or titled...) Here's the blurb from the back of the book:...

Posted by Edward Willett at 0:02, May 14th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | 1 Comment »

One Song of the Sword signing down, two to go

I had a great signing of Song of the Sword Chapters Regina on Saturday--lots of people stopped to talk, and sold about a dozen books over the three hours, which is pretty good for these sorts of things. Next Saturday, June 28, I'll be in Saskatoon, reading and signing at McNally Robinson at 1 p.m., then moving over to Indigo for 4 to 6 p.m. Hope to see you there!  

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:09, June 22nd, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | 2 Comments »

Twist of the Blade now has its own page at Coteau Books

Coteau Books has a great website with pages for all of their books…and the page for Book 2 of my YA fantasy series The Shards of Excalibur, Twist of the Blade, is now live! You can download a high-res version of the cover art and pre-order the print or ebook version right from that page. Here’s the description: Having saved the first Shard of the sword Excalibur from internet mogul Rex Major (aka Merlin), Ariane and Wally are on the lookout for the second. Wally’s worried that the power of the first Shard is already changing Ariane, giving her the strength ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:07, July 5th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »