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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 »

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 »

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 »

Great new review of Door Into Faerie

On her blog, Saskatoon author Shelley A. Leedahl reviews Door into Faerie: "...I read it without reading its predecessors, and also, admittedly, with a bit of a bias against the fantasy genre. Magic shmagic. I've oft said that what I really value in literature is contemporary realism: stories I can connect with via details from the here and now, geography and language I can relate to because I recognize it, I speak it. The old "holding a mirror to the world" thing. Well surprise, surprise: I loved this YA fantasy. Willett wields his well-honed writing chops from page one, and my interest was maintained until the final word...I can't imagine teens ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 14:00, March 29th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Song of the Sword now available as audiobook!

I'm thrilled to announce that Song of the Sword, book one in my Shards of Excalibur young adult fantasy series (published in print by Coteau Books) is now available through Audible.com as an audiobook, narrated by the talented Elizabeth Klett, who will be narrating the remaining four books in the series over the course of the year.       I couldn't be happier with Elizabeth's narration. Here's a bit more about her from her website: Reading books out loud has long been a passion for Elizabeth Klett. She has been a professional audiobook narrator since 2011, with over 100 titles available at Audible and elsewhere. She has ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 14:02, February 16th, 2018 under Audiobooks, Blog, Books | Comment now »

Door into Faerie a finalist for the 2017 Aurora Award for Best Young Adult Novel!

I’m honoured that Door into Faerie has been shortlisted or a 2017 Aurora Award (for the best Canadian science fiction and fantasy) in the Young Adult category. This is the second Shards of Excalibur book to be a finalist for the YA award: Twist of the Blade was also shortlisted. Other titles on the final ballot include Day of the Demon by Randy McCharles (CreateSpace), Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun (Harlequin Teen), Icarus Down by James Bow (Scholastic Canada), Mik Murdonch: Crisis of Consience by Michel Plested (Evil Alter Ego Press), and The Wizard Killer – Season One by Adam Dreece (ADZO Publishing). Any Canadian citizen or permanent resident can vote ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 18:19, May 28th, 2017 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 »

Great reviews for Twist of the Blade and Lake in the Clouds from CanLit for Little Canadians

Starting off 2016 right, Twist of the Blade and Lake in the Clouds both picked up excellent reviews, one after the other, at the excellent CanLit for Little Canadians site. Of Twist of the Blade, Helen Kubiw writes: "While Edward Willett continues to weave the Arthurian legend into a Saskatchewan setting, he builds on the Merlin, Arthur and Lady of the Lake story by creating a magical sword that craves to be reconstructed and wielded as a weapon...Edward Willett capably brandishes the trust issues of teens, especially those related to their families, as the means to progress the story.  But it’s these same issues with ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:06, January 16th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Christmas special: save $15 when you buy all four Shards of Excalibur books at once!

                                              Coteau Books is offering a special Christmas promotion in its online shop: buy all four Shards of Excalibur books, Song of the SwordTwist of the BladeLake in the Clouds, and Cave Beneath the Sea, for just $45. That’s a saving of $15 off what you would pay buying them individually in a bookstore. Or to put it another way, you’re getting one of the four books absolutely free! They make great Christmas presents. No, honest, they ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:52, December 9th, 2015 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

Cave Beneath the Sea, Book 4 in The Shards of Excalibur, now available!

Cave Beneath the Sea, Book 4 of my Shards of Excalibur young adult fantasy series from Coteau Books, officially released on November 15. I've been thrilled with all the covers of the Shards of Excalibur series, and I think you can see why, looking at Cave Beneath the Sea. All the books have looked fantastic, and I can't wait to finish off the series in the spring with Door into Faerie, the climactic conclusion. Here's the description of Cave Beneath the Sea: "Seeking to recover the shards of King Arthur's sword Excalibur before Rex Major (the ancient sorcerer Merlin in a modern-day guise), Ariane and Wally have traveled around the world, but ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:49, November 23rd, 2015 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »