Tag: YA fantasy

VOYA likes Magebane

Although Magebane is not a YA novel, it does have relatively young protaganists, and there’s certainly no reason older teens wouldn’t enjoy it…a fact with which VOYA concurs. VOYA (it stands for Voice of Youth Advocates) magazine is “the leading library journal dedicated to the needs of young adult librarians, the advocacy of young adults, …

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DAW buys my new YA series!

Big news this week: DAW Books, publisher of my three science fiction novels Lost in Translation, Marseguro and Terra Insegura, and my upcoming Lee Arthur Chane fantasy Magebane, has bought the first two-books of a new YA fantasy series, the first book of which is called Masks. Here’s the “high-concept” description from my proposal: In …

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Another nice review of Song of the Sword

This one popped up at Just Deb, and is part of a regular feature she calls Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays: This is the first book in the Shards of Excalibur series. And it’s going to be a good one-series I mean. Loved the first and how Arthurian legend was woven into a troubled teens life. …

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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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Once more into the breach

A while back I discussed a variety of ideas for new projects with my agent, Ethan Ellenberg. There was one in particular he liked, which is tentatively titled Masks. It’s a YA fantasy, and since he’s anxious to see some sample chapters, I’ve plunged into it. Here’s how it begins: A week before her thirteenth …

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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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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 …

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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 …

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Lobster Press Fall/Winter 2010 catalogue released, Song of the Sword gets pride of place

Lobster Press has just made its Fall/Winter 2010 catalogue available, and my new YA fantasy Song of the Sword gets pride of place as the first book listed. Guess I’d better get busy and write the second book…

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