The Gemmell Awards and a Fox Pocket story

Oi oi! Just some quick bits and bobs. I’m very chuffed to say that The Iron Ghost has made it on to the long list for the David Gemmell Legend award (for best book) – alongside some incredible writers. Patrick Insole, the clever chap who designed all my covers, has also been nominated for the amazing Iron Ghost cover. If you should feel so inclined, voting is free and open to everyone, so CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR AWESOME BOOKS.

If you need a reminder of the awesomeness of The Iron Ghost cover, with the icy mountains of Skaldshollow and fabulous wyverns (and ridiculous pun), here you go!

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The Piercing the Vale fox pocket anthology is out now from Fox Spirit books, and I’m very pleased to have a short story in there. Short stories from me these days are as rare as griffin teeth, so I am quite proud of The Ghost-Trap, and this tiny wee book is bursting with fabulous tales. You can grab a copy here.

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Gorgeous cover design by Sarah Anne Langton

And a quick last minute plug – myself, Ed Cox and Den Patrick are off to Colchester on the 28th of May. I hope to see some of you there!
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Book Events over the next 2 months – shenanigans!

Accurate representation of me, lording it up at a book event

Accurate representation of me, lording it up at a book event

Well here we are in 2016 and already I’m losing track of where I am and what I’m supposed to be doing. So:

a) I’m on Earth still. Good.

b) I’m writing a new book.

Right, good. Aside from that, there are a few events happening over January and February that I will be popping up at, so here’s a quick run down (as much for my benefit as anyone else)

On Tuesday the 19th of January at Blackwell’s in Holborn, Ed Cox and myself will be on hand to help celebrate the launch of Den Patrick’s third book, The Girl on the Liar’s Throne. The last book in the Landfall trilogy, you will want to get your mitts on this work of gothic fantasia, and I’ve heard rumour there will be wine and chat also. Ed will be signing copies of his own excellent books, The Relic Guild and The Cathedral of Known Things (and giving out hugs, if I know Ed) and of course I am always happy to sign books and draw dragons in them (it’s likely too early for copies of The Silver Tide, but there will be Copper Promise and Iron Ghost books around for the grabbing). The event is free but it’s helpful for the bookshop if you book a ticket.

On Saturday the 23rd Ed, Den and I will be taking our crazy show on the road to Southampton, where there will be more signings and shenanigans in Forbidden Planet. I will actually be leaving the confines of London! Crazy times.

If you want as much excellent fantasy book action as possible, the very first Super Relaxed Fantasy Club of the year is on the 26th of January. Reading for us will be the wonderful Liz de Jager (her new book in the Blackhart Legacy series, Judged, will be out and in your face!) and our very own Den Patrick. Get your butts to the Sky Bar and celebrate a new year of excellent fiction.

Skipping forward to February and it’s Silver Tide time! On Tuesday the 23rd of February, I’ll be reading at SRFC– I’ll also be doing a Q&A, but if you’ve witnessed me doing this before, you’ll know not to expect any particularly useful (or even coherent) answers.

Then on Thursday the 25th of February, we’re launching The Silver Tide at Forbidden Planet! It’s the last outing for the Copper Cat and her cohorts so I intend to celebrate in a fashion that would make Wydrin proud, which is a statement that should strike terror into the hearts of all right-thinking people. I would love to see you there!

Do click on the links for times and further details, and I hope to see a bunch of you over the next two months. Onward!

The Boy with the Porcelain Blade/The Copper Promise Event Palooza!

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I don’t know really, I just wanted to use the word palooza. Paloooooza…

Exciting week this week! The Copper Promise is out on Thursday, would you believe it, and if you’ve pre-ordered then a brick-sized chunk of sword and sorcery could be winging its way to you now. Terrifying and thrilling in equal measure.

I also get to tell you about an event I’m doing on the 10th of March with the marvellous Den Patrick, over at Charing Cross Road Blackwell’s, a jewel of a bookshop on one of my favourite roads in London. Den has written a book that’s going to storm the fantasy world and kick it firmly up the pants – The Boy with the Porcelain Blade is out on the 20th of March, but if you come along to Blackwell’s you can get it early. Believe me, you will want to do this as I am reading it at the moment and it is a corker – think The X-Men meets Gormenghast in a darker version of Renaissance Italy. See what I mean?

Den has also written three War Fighting Manuals for Gollancz, as well as a whole clutch of excellent short stories, and he’s a thoroughly lovely bloke who is bound to have lots of witty and wise stuff to say about books and writing (which will handily distract from me chewing my knuckles off and looking terrified).

Do come along, it would be lovely to see you all, and you’ll be supporting what I have just this second decided to call the New Weirdy Wave of Fabulous Fantasy. Possibly.