Tag: Shards of Excalibur

Song of the Sword “a great new spin on a familiar story”

A brief new review of Song of the Sword at the blog think.thank.thought (a trail of reading) says: Song of the Sword is carried by an exciting plot that gives a great new spin to a favourite story.  It can also take credit for a great cast of characters…set up to play out what might …

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Another review of Song of the Sword…

…this one coming from Vilate at the Young Adult Literature Review blog, who was  not particularly disposed to liking it, since she’s “not particularly fond of Arthurian tales, as a rule. Arthur is done too often and there aren’t that many new ways to look at him,” as she puts it. And she found it …

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McNally Robinson likes Song of the Sword

A great review of Song of the Sword has appeared on McNally Robinson Booksellers’ website. Chadwick Ginther begins: If you think you know Arthur, Merlin and the Lady of the Lake guess again. Ariane is a troubled teen, starting a new life with her aunt in Regina. A new school would be hard enough, but …

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School Library Journal praises Song of the Sword

A nice new review of Song of the Sword in the important School Library Journal. After a very nice synopsis, reviewer Michele Shaw says: “This is a fantasy of epic proportions, with the perfect blend of suspense; well-developed, likable characters; and a touch of sarcastic humor. Ariane and Wally find four shards and the hilt …

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I’ve been a bad blogger…

…by not posting regularly this week as I did last, but although I was a bad little blogger, I was a good little writer. See, Twist of the Blade, the sequel to Song of the Sword, and the second book in my brand-new YA fantasy series Shards of Excalibur, is in the revision stage. And …

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Twist of the Blade synopsis

I don’t think I’ve posted this; maybe I have, but in that case, well…here it is again. It’s the description of Twist of the Blade, Book 2 of the Shards of Excalibur, as included in Song of the Sword. No time for more this morning since I’m desperately trying to finish revisions to, yes, Twist …

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Song of the Sword on McNally Robinson list of Aurora-eligible titles that “excited the staff”

Too busy working on revisions for Twist of the Blade, Book 2 of the Shards of Excalibur series, to write a long post this morning, so this little self-serving item will have to do. As the title says, Song of the Sword shows up on a list of titles that “excited the staff” at McNally …

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Sunset over Howe Sound, West Vancouver, B.C.

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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