The Silver Tide Nominated for a British Fantasy Award

Woohoo! I am thrilled and excited to hear that The Silver Tide has been nominated for Best Novel in this year’s round of awards, alongside some excellent fellow authors – Adrian Tchaikovsky, Joanne Hall and Steven Poore. It is especially lovely as The Silver Tide is the last in the Copper Cat books, and so I cried a lot while I wrote the final chapters – it’s a book that means a lot to me. Huge thanks to everyone who voted for it.

On that note, I will be at Fantasycon in September if anyone wants to say hello, and likewise I will be at Nineworlds in August (just for the Saturday I think), the ever brilliant Fantasy in the Court at Goldsboro books, and Bristolcon in October, where I will be a Guest of Honour! Exciting times!


This week – where to find me, plus sneaky mini competition!

Welcome to August, the month of either boiling to death or vaguely regretting the lack of a jumper in your tote bag. It’s also the month that seems to kick off a lot of EXCITING BOOK ACTION, as it were, so this is where I’ll be popping up this week:

Fantasy in the Court at Goldsboro Books

I do love Fantasy in the Court. If you want to observe writers in their natural habitat, i.e. hanging around drinking booze and gossiping, then this truly is the event of the year. Come along and have a chat, and if you have books with you, I’ll happily draw dragons in them. There will be more fantasy authors there than you can shake a magical stick at.

I will also be bringing along a copy of the US edition of The Copper Promise – not easy to get hold of over here. The first person to find me and utter the secret phrase ‘Have you got any chips?’ gets it (with attendant dragon drawings, of course).


I will be at Nineworlds on the Saturday, hanging out and burbling nonsense on a couple of panels. Again, I will be bringing a copy of the US edition of The Copper Promise, so find me and murmur the secret phrase ‘moon-faced assassin of joy’ and you can have it. Below is my schedule, and of course I’m always happy to sign books and chat the rest of the time too (hint: I’ll probably be in the bar).

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Fantasycon and Super Relaxed Fantasy Club


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It’s been a crazy busy month, so crazy busy in fact that I’ve completely failed to blog about the Mega Genre Fortnight of Events – Fantasy in the Court, Gollancz Fest, LonCon – but in an effort to avoid a meandering blog post where I attempt to summon memories from my incredibly tired brain, I will just say that I had an awesome time and was very lucky to chat to a lot of fabulous people.

Talking of awesome conventions, Friday sees me venturing up to York for Fantasycon. I love York: it has lots of history, lots of pubs, and you can buy mead and swords there. Obviously my sort of place. On the Saturday I will be taking part in a panel called Beyond Grimdark, which should be interesting, and in the evening at 9pm we have a special bumper edition of Super Relaxed Fantasy Club, including readings from Laura Lam, Ed Cox, Emma Newman, Niel Bushnell, AND the excellent James Barclay will be interviewing Simon Spanton for us, Gollancz editor extraordinaire and all round good egg. This along with all the usual chat and relaxed attitudes.

Guys, it’s going to be epic.

THE IRON GHOST cover reveal! And where to get a sample…

So here it is, the cover to the sequel to THE COPPER PROMISE in all its icy glory…

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Wydrin of Crosshaven, Sir Sebastian and Lord Aaron Frith are experienced in the perils of stirring up the old gods. They are also familiar with defeating them, and the heroes of Baneswatch are now enjoying the perks of suddenly being very much in demand for their services.               

When a job comes up in the distant city of Skaldshollow, it looks like easy coin – retrieve a stolen item, admire the views, get paid. But in a place twisted and haunted by ancient magic, with the most infamous mage of them all, Joah Demonsworn, getting ready to return, our heroes soon find themselves threatened by enemies on all sides, old and new. And in the frozen mountains, the stones are walking…

Join the reckless adventurers of THE COPPER PROMISE as they face even darker challenges than they could have imagined.

It’s out in February, and you can even pre-order it already in various places! I am very, very excited, (and about 47% terrified) to share this story with you. It’s darker, longer, and, dare I say it, sexier than THE COPPER PROMISE, but THE IRON GHOST still has adventure, mayhem and copious amounts of mead at its heart.

Now, I do have little samplers of THE IRON GHOST to give away, showcasing the first chapter of the new book, and given that the next few weeks are basically GEEK CONVENTION EVENT HORIZON it’s very likely that you may bump into me giving these out. Here’s a quick round-up of where I’m going to be and what I’m going to be doing:

Nine Worlds Geekfest 2014

8th – 10th August

I loved this con so much last year! This time round I will be part of a panel called Writing the Inhuman at 1.30pm to 2.45pm, followed immediately by a signing with those lovely Forbidden Planet chaps at 2.45pm. I’ve no idea if the venues are near each other, so if you happen to see me pelting down the corridor, you’ll know what’s happened. I will have samples of THE IRON GHOST with me.

Fantasy in the Court

12th August, 6 – 9pm, Goldsboro Books

Here I will be generally hanging about, doing author stuff, trying not to look too awkward. I’ll have samples of THE IRON GHOST here too, depending on how many I can shove in my handbag (it is a reasonably large handbag).

Gollancz Festival

13th August, 6 – 9pm, Waterstones Piccadilly

As well as mooching about attending talks and fangirling like a wally, I’ll also be taking part in the Mass Signing, where I will try not to look too terrified and hopefully draw dragons in people’s books (whether they like it or not). Samples of THE IRON GHOST available!


14th – 18th August

Now, technically I am not really here as such, but I will be there. That is to say, I’m not a guest but I will be wandering about on at least a couple of the days, and if I’m there I will have THE IRON GHOST samples with me, which I will be more than willing to draw dragons inside. Just saying.

So that’s it for now! The next month is going to be crazy-busy, and I look forward to catching up with you all. 😀