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Download a free bookmark for Song of the Sword!

Lobster Press has created a great bookmark for Shards of Excalibur: Song of the Sword, which I'm pleased to offer for free downloading. There's a JPG version at left, or you can download the full PDF version.  Be the first on your block to have one! Get it now!

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:07, August 23rd, 2010 under Blog | Comment now »

CM Magazine recommends Song of the Sword

CM Magazine (a.k.a. Canadian Review of Materials) has given Song of the Sword three out of four stars and a "Recommended" in its current issue. The review is mainly a pretty complete synopsis, with a longish excerpt from the first chapter. It ends with: Written clearly, and with an interesting version of the Arthurian legend, the tale portrays some common teenage problems through the eyes of the two main characters, while placing them in harrowing fantasy situations...The story will appear to those who enjoy fantasy and will not require a knowledge of the Arthurian tales to follow. Recommended. Nice!

Posted by Edward Willett at 0:07, September 4th, 2010 under Blog | Comment now »

Song of the Sword is staff pick at Library Bound

Library Bound Inc., "Your Canadian choice for all your library needs," a company that helps libraries build their collections, lists Song of the Sword among their Staff Favorites for September. Helen Wilding Cook, Children's Collection Development Coordinator, writes that: "The story...has wonderful Canadian references and some really funny passages. Ariane is constantly in danger, and the suspense is beautifully maintained." Yay!

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:29, September 4th, 2010 under Blog | Comment now »

SciFiGuy features me in an interview

There's a nice big interview with me up at SciFiGuy.ca, mostly focused on the upcoming release of Song of the Sword, Book 1 in The Shards of Excalibur. Alas, it's still the upcoming release because printer problems delayed it past the hoped for October 15, but they promise me it'll be ready at month's end--which is good, since I've got a signing coming up at Chapters here in Regina on November 6. (2 p.m. Be there! Well, unless you're reading this in, say, Miami. In which case, I won't look for you.) I had a school reading last Friday at W.S. ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 14:06, October 22nd, 2010 under Blog | Comment now »

Leader Post features Song of the Sword

There was a nice feature about Song of the Sword (and me) in the Regina LeaderPost on Saturday. The accompanying photo (at left: it was posted online on Global TV's Your Saskatchewan site, though with a hilariously wrong caption) was taken on the shore of Wascana Lake with Willow Island in the background: this is the exact spot where, in the book, the Lady of the Lake makes her appearance to my young heroine). The story, by Tim Switzer, begins: Looking out over Wascana Lake on foggy mornings in Regina, Edward Willett loved the thought that anything could be hidden in ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 7:54, October 25th, 2010 under Blog | Comment now »

Song of the Sword first signing event: Chapters Regina

Here I am signing Song of the Sword at Chapters in Regina on Saturday. This was not only the first time I sat and sold copies of the book and autographed them, it was the first time I'd even seen copies of the actual book. It's shinier than the ARC! Plus it has a nice blurb in the back of it promoting book two in the series, Twist of the Blade. The only odd thing about this photo: it makes the store look deserted. In fact, it was very busy and I sold and signed more than a dozen books in the couple of hours I was there. For bonus ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:56, November 8th, 2010 under Blog | Comment now »

WORD for Teens reviews Song of the Sword…

...and generally likes it. Nicole, the young proprietor of WORD for Teens, calls it "very well executed" and "a fun read" and also writes, in part: I thought, for the concept that was being used, it was very well done indeed. I'm never going to be a fan of evil Merlin. I love Merlin far too much. But I thought Willett did an excellent job here - it's not that Merlin is evil so much as stuck in at time that's not his own, with an idea that he doesn't consider evil... I like Ariana - she's got quite a bit of ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 14:04, November 8th, 2010 under Blog | Comment now »

Another online interview…

...this time with Casey at The Bookish Type. It begins: What inspired you to write The Shards of Excalibur? Have you always had an interest in Arthurian legend? I have always had an interest in things Arthurian, or at least since I read T.H. White’s The Once and Future King as a kid, followed up with Mary Stewart and any number of other retellings since. But what inspired The Shards of Excaliburwasn’t initially my interest in the Arthurian legends, but a very specific place: Wascana Lake, the man-made lake in the heart of Regina where Ariane sees the staircase descending into the water and meets the ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:26, November 16th, 2010 under Blog | Comment now »

Montreal Review of Books likes Song of the Sword

The Montreal Review of Books, published by the Association of English-Language Publishers of Quebec, has a very nice review of Song of the Sword in its latest issue. (My publisher, Lobster Press, is based in Montreal.) Andrea Belcham writes: Willett's novel will please fantasy junkies with its intricate details; yet there's also an appealing poetry to Ariane's story, best manifested when she learns to use her powers to merge with water and transport herself wherever it flows. Song of the Sword is a unique twist on the old subjects of teenage rebellion and self-discovery. Read the whole thing.

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:33, November 16th, 2010 under Blog | Comment now »

The Ninety-Nine Rule

Ever hear of the Ninety-Nine Rule? Formulated by Tom Cargill of Bell Labs, it goes like this: "The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 90 percent of the development time. The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time." Humorously, that adds up to 180 percent of the development time, but even if you correct the math, you end up with something that's absolutely, undeniably true about pretty much any creative endeavor you wish to examine: it's the last 10 percent that eats up 90 percent of the time. It's ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:08, January 6th, 2011 under Blog | Comment now »