The Next Month in Book Events – come one, come all! And so on.

There’s so much going on in the next few weeks that I’m going to have to sum it up in a blog – not just for Useful Informational Purposes, but because I feel like my editing-addled brain might just forget something, and it would be fairly embarrassing to forget to turn up for my own launch. But it’s not all about me and my mead-fixation! A number of very cool books are about to smack you in the face with their awesome… Firstly though:

Wednesday 19th February The Copper Promise Launch at Forbidden Planet posting coverCome and join me (on my birthday, no less) in one of my favourite places in London as I launch my first ever book. Expect an awkward reading, progressively untidier dragons scribbled in copies of the book, and then later on, my tearful lurching out of the pub, possibly hugging a copy of my own book and telling passers-by how I’ve had a dream come true and it’s all amazing and where can I get a burger around here?*

Tuesday 25th of February The Super Relaxed Fantasy Club meet-up

Come to the Royal Festival Hall and hang out with like-minded genre fans, while we discuss/chat/gossip about everything going on in the SFF community at the moment. Assuming I don’t have a chest infection this time round (ye gods no) I will be doing a reading from The Copper Promise and then possibly answering questions about it. (Please note: I do not mind if these questions are of the “Would you like a drink?” variety)

Thursday 27th of February Banished by Liz de Jager launches at Foyles

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Kit is proud to be a Blackhart, now she’s living with her unorthodox cousins and sharing their strange lives. Especially since their home-schooling includes spells, fighting enemy fae and using ancient weapons. But it’s not until she rescues a rather handsome fae prince, fighting for his life on the edge of Blackhart Manor, that her training really kicks in. With her family away on various missions, Kit must protect Prince Thorn, rely on new friends and use her own unfamiliar magic to stay ahead of Thorn’s enemies. As things go from bad to apocalyptic, fae battle fae in a war that threatens to spill into the human world. Then Kit pits herself against the Elder Gods themselves – it’s that or lose everyone she’s learnt to love.

Liz is my agent bro and a very cool lady, and her first book is going to knock your socks off.

Thursday 6th March The Burning Dark and Hang Wire by Adam Christopher DOUBLE LAUNCH

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In The Burning Dark, Idaho Cleveland has one last mission before early retirement – decommissioning the Coast City, a distant research outpost orbiting the toxic star Shadow. Once there, Ida’s only contact with the outside universe is through his ham radio—which begins to tune itself to the banned and sinister dimension known as subspace. Fighting isolation and paranoia, Ida hears and records a disturbing transmission over the radio—a woman’s thousand-year-old mayday call. But, when the voice on the recording begins speaking to Ida just as the station is attacked by mysterious forces, Ida realises he is about to face an enemy far more evil and insidious than anything he’s ever faced before.
In Hang Wire, Ted Hall is worried. He’s been sleepwalking, and his somnambulant travels appear to coincide with murders by the notorious Hang Wire Killer. Meanwhile, the circus has come to town, but the Celtic dancers are taking their pagan act a little too seriously, the manager of the Olde Worlde Funfair has starting talking to his vintage machines, and the new acrobat’s frequent absences are causing tension among the performers. Out in the city there are other new arrivals – immortals searching for an ancient power – a primal evil which, if unopposed, could destroy the world!

Adam is writing books unlike anyone else at the moment, and this evening is the perfect opportunity to check out the sheer crazy variety of his books – from ghost story space opera to serial killer thriller – and get him to sign them for you.

Monday 10th March Den Patrick and Jen Williams Debut Fantasy Author Talk at Blackwells – featuring The Boy with the Porcelain Blade and The Copper Promise new Blade imageAn ornate yet dark fantasy, with echoes of Mervyn Peake, Robin Hobb and Jon Courtenay Grimwood, The Boy With The Porcelain Blade is a beautifully wrought story of a young man finding his way through the dark heart of fantasy state not unlike a Renaissance Italian city state. There’s an intriguing back story, terrifying levels of deceit and a horrifying secret at the centre of it all but the star of the piece is the brilliantly engaging hero: Lucien. Lucien de Fontein has grown up different. One of the mysterious and misshapen Orfano who appear around the Kingdom of Landfall, he is a talented fighter yet constantly lonely, tormented by his deformity, and well aware that he is a mere pawn in a political game.

Another debut fantasy author you’re going to want to get to know, Den Patrick’s The Boy with the Porcelain Blade comes out on the 20th of March, but you can pick up early signed copies at this event, as well as listen to us answer questions and waffle on. Hooray!

 

Well, that’s my social calender sorted for the next month. What will I see you at? 😉

 

* Not really, I promise to behave. And I know exactly where to get a burger.

The Copper Promise: First Reviews

WARNING: There now follows a very self indulgent post where I shamelessly link to posts that are being lovely about my book.

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It’s been a tough sort of week really, with various things going wrong – I won’t bore you with it here, but I was stress-drinking large glasses of red by Wednesday – however, the very first reviews for The Copper Promise have started to come in, which is equal parts exciting and terrifying. So you can consider this post an obvious attempt to cheer myself up:

Andrew Reid provides the most modern of reviews, stuffed full of gifs: Tom Hiddleston Dancing out of Ten

Pete Newman declares The Copper Promise to be “a good thing”: Tons of bad guys, an abundance of scars and a mild hint of sauce.

The legendary Graeme Flory writes a review that I suspect knows more about the book than I do: can we have the sequel now please?

And just to top it off, there has been some chatter on twitter from a couple of my favourite writers:

 

Well, I don’t know about you, but that cheered me up. Remember, The Copper Promise is already available for pre-order

A Guest Post for Adam Christopher & A Small Explanation

I’m still recovering from yesterday’s news – well, yesterday’s news and the cocktail I invented last night, anyway (The Copper Cat – cava with a generous measure of mead). While I gather the pieces of my tired head, there’s a guest post from me over at my great friend Adam Christopher‘s blog (he of the fabulous Empire State and The Age Atomic). I talk a little bit about how The Copper Promise came to be, and the inevitable strangeness of writing careers.

This morning, through a haze of Copper Cats, it occurred to me that there might be some confusion over what is actually being published next year. So, to clarify, in case you’re wondering:

The novella that was published on Amazon in 2011, The Copper Promise: Ghosts of the Citadel, was the first part of book 1. All in all, book 1 (The Copper Promise) was four parts – the rest were never put up on Amazon.

So next year, The Copper Promise will be published in it’s entirety. It’s much bigger than a novella. And then after that will come books 2 and 3.

I’m fairly sure I’ve confused myself writing that. But yes! Any questions, give me a shout.

The Beautiful Books Post: The Age Atomic, Asimov and NOTEBOOKS

Last night I rocked along to the launch of Adam Christopher‘s The Age Atomic at Forbidden Planet. Despite working around the corner and wearing my awesome new tiger t-shirt (which should have given me super powers) I managed to be late and missed the reading, but did manage to get my hands on a copy of the marvellously green and ominous book itself. Check it out: this is a cover design that really punches you in the face.

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(the inscription, if you’re wondering, reads “Thanks for everything, OK?!” which I think is because I demanded a witty inscription in a demanding tone of voice)

At the legendary Phoenix Bar I also managed to grab a drink with Andrew Reid, fantasy writer and totally my “Agent Bro”. We bumped fists and were close, I think, to coming up with some sort of Agent Bro tagline, like, “GO TEAM MUSHENS FROM OUTER SPACE!”. Andrew is a top dude and he gave me this fabulous notebook, which I love. The design on it is apparently an accidental screen print – mine looks like a herd of beasties running from an exploding sun. It’s ace.

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And finally, today at work I snaffled a copy of this lovely little Foundation Trilogy boxed set, published by Panther back in the day when you could get a paperback for 30p. 30p! You can’t even get a Mars Bar for that now, alas. It has lovely Chris Foss covers and has been well read by several careful owners, I think.

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THE AGE ATOMIC Teaser #3

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So a special Friday treat for you today (and what else are Fridays for?) – a sneaky peek-peek of Adam Christopher‘s soon-to-be-released novel, the follow up to the excellent Empire State. Are you ready for THE AGE ATOMIC? (click for super-big vision)

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Pre-order The Age Atomic.

Come to the official launch at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, London, Thursday April 4th, 2013.

Holy Link Post, Batman!

Busy week, no sleep, too much sugar… my brain isn’t sensible enough to give you a big fat blog post today, but I do have a series of links I should wave about, and one of them does include a big fat blog post:

 

I have been guest blogging over at Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review, where I talk in a meandering sort of way about fantasy maps and my own journey as a fantasy reader.

 

The Dark Fiction Magazine Halloween issue is now complete, with excellent stories from Lou Morgan, Emma Newman, Adrian Faulkner and Joshua Malbin – all with a watery theme. I strongly recommend giving your ears this spooky and slightly damp treat.

 

The cover for Adam Christopher’s The Age Atomic has been revealed and it’s a corker.

 

Nanowrimo continues on its coffee-sodden way; I’ve popped up a rough synopsis for London-Under-Sea if you’re curious.

 

And that’s it! Hopefully next week I will have a more coherent set of thoughts for you, but for now it’s back to the word count.