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!

LonCon

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. 😀