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Complete Shards of Excalibur series now available as audiobooks!

Cover art for the audiobook version of Door Into Faerie, Book 5 of The Shards of Excalibur series. With the release of Door into Faerie this week, my complete five-book Shards of Excalibur young adult fantasy series, published in print by Coteau Books, is now available in audiobook format: Song of the SwordTwist of the BladeLake in the CloudsCave Beneath the SeaDoor into Faerie The Shards of Excalibur series tells the story of Ariane Forsythe and Wally Knight, two Regina teens who are sent on a quest for the scattered shards of King Arthur's legendary sword ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:47, November 10th, 2018 under Audiobooks, Blog, Books | Comment now »

Coming in 2020: Changers, a young-adult dark-fantasy shapeshifter story for ChiZine Publications

I'm thrilled to announce that ChiZine Publications is buying my young-adult dark-fantasy novel Changers (intended to start a new series!) for publication in 2020. It will presumably appear under their ChiTeen imprint. Sandra Kasturi, editor of ChiZine Publications, announced the sale at Can-Con in Ottawa over the weekend. I've known for a while, but didn't want to say anything publicly until she did. I'm very much looking forward to working with the great folks at ChiZine, and excited about this story.  This may change, but here's the "big picture" as I presented it in my submission:...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:46, October 16th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

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 »

New five-star review for Lake in the Clouds audiobook

The audiobook version of Lake in the Clouds, narrated by the amazing Elizabeth Klett, has a great new review from an Audible listener: “For me, this story was a very satisfying follow-on to book 2 in the series. Wally plays a much larger part in this one, something which I very much welcomed. His internal struggles as he tries to balance his worry for Ariane against his growing suspicions about Rex Major’s real plans for her and himself really helped to flesh out this character for me. It made the race to find the next shard that much more interesting. “After the frustration ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:32, September 6th, 2018 under Audiobooks, Blog, Books | 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 »

A long, in-depth interview with…moi! (Trigger warning: includes questions about religion and politics)

Recently Everitt Foster over the blog A Natural Reaction asked me to answer some questions for an online interview, one of a series he's been conducting with authors who have been early adopters of the new social media platform Gab, a would-be Twitter rival. (My handle over there is ewillett.) You can read the interview over there, or you can read it right here, if you want to know more about me than you probably actually want to know about me. I even talk about religion and politics. Quelle horreur! Tell me a little about how you were raised. What was your family like? Did they encourage reading, writing and artistic pursuits from a young age or we’re ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:47, December 5th, 2016 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

What does writing success mean to me?

The Flames of Nevyana blog tour has wrapped up! The final two stops of note were this long review of the book from Jorie Loves a Story (too long and detailed to easily excerpt, so read it in situ), and an interview from Melissa Yaun-Innes's blog, of which here's a large chunk (Just in time for Hallowe'en, it's headlined, "Crawl into Edward Willett's mind")... Q. What does writing success mean to you? Awards, money, readers, all of the above? To me, what feels like success varies depending on the day of the week. Well, not quite, but almost. When I receive an award (and I’ve received a few—a Saskatchewan Book Award for my YA fantasy ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:02, October 30th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

A Q&A at Chapter by Chapter

Yesterday's stop in the Flames of Nevyana blog tour was at the host site, Chapter by Chapter, and featured a Q&A (plus an excerpt and link to the giveaway!)  Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet) Three teenagers must overcome their mutual mistrust to save their land when the sacred secrets of Blue Fire are stolen and turned to evil. What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk? I was driving from my home town of Regina, Saskatchewan, to Meadow Lake, about 500 kilometres further north, to do a reading at the library. Whenever I’m on my own in ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 7:42, October 27th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »