Stuff! Plus – Win a signed and be-dragoned copy of The Silver Tide!


Blimey, July is busy. After months spent squirrelled away indoors working on The Ninth Rain, I am abruptly going to be out and about a bit, AND my books are also spreading their wings and venturing further out into the world.

On the 5th, The Copper Promise made it’s debut in the US and Canada. Here I am over at Barnes & Noble, talking about writing and how the Copper Cat novels came to be.

On the 16th, I shall be at Edge-Lit in Derby, appearing on panels and hosting a special edition of Super Relaxed Fantasy Club with the marvellous Peter Newman. Edge-Lit is a great, friendly event full of good people, so I hope you can make it.

On the 23rd of July, me and Pete and Den Patrick are heading to Birmingham Waterstones (yes it’s true, I am sometimes allowed out of London) and we’ll be having a chat about fantasy, publishing, and probably signing books too. So much fantasy awesomeness, for free!

And on the 14th, the teeny weeny paperback of The Silver Tide will be available. The final part of the Copper Cat trilogy, it features pirates, dragons, old and terrible gods, and more mayhem than you can shake a stick at.

In celebration, I’m giving away a new shiny copy – signed and scribbled with dragons and other nonsense. To win one, simply tell me: if you had a magical sword, what would you name it? – let me know on twitter (@sennydreadful) with the hashtag #SilverTideSword or tell me in the comments here 😀


(UK only I’m afraid, and I’ll pick a winner at random on Wednesday the 13th of July )

Name That Tavern! And Win a Signed copy of The Copper Promise

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As I’ve now handed the second book in to my editor (and got to the end of it without hulking out or chewing my desk to bits) I thought I would celebrate with a giveaway. One of those competition things. I’ve seen other people do them.

Now, Wydrin and I share a few interests. Pointed weaponry, grumpy mages, that sort of thing – but mainly we share an enjoyment of drinking alcoholic beverages. In fact, of all my characters Wydrin is the one I’d most like to share a bottle of mead with, and she hangs out at the weirdest places: The Hands of Fate, The Scurvy Lemon, The Steaming Pot, The Boiled Dog… It’s fair to say Wydrin has an extensive knowledge of dodgy taverns.

And I do love a dodgy tavern name. Tell me a good tavern name in the comments, and you could win:

A signed copy of The Copper Promise that I will probably draw something stupid in as well.

A signed copy of Twisted Histories, a short story anthology edited by Scott Harrison. As well as a story from me, it also contains excellent scary stories from awesome writers such as Gary McMahon and Kaaron Warren.

A signed copy of An Alphabet for Strange Children, a weird little chapbook I made at art college (actually rather rare, and it contains creepy pictures of blank-eyed children. You have been warned).

And anything else I can stick in the parcel.

So name me a tavern in the comments by Thursday the 8th of May, and I could be sending you a load of nonsense in the post. Hooray!

(Be sure to leave either your twitter handle or some other way of identifying yourself, and a winner will be picked at random. GO GO GO!)

Win a Copy of Doctor Who: Dark Horizons by Jenny T. Colgan

Right, so you remember a little while ago I wrote a blog post about Doctor Who; specifically, how we needed more women writing it before the Doctor regenerated into a woman? It was, alarmingly, one of the most popular posts I’ve ever done.

Well, today sees the launch of Doctor Who: Dark Horizons by Jenny T. Colgan, an Eleventh Doctor story featuring Vikings, mysterious goings on, and the Doctor’s ongoing quest for a decent chess game and a reasonable cup of tea. Check out the blurb below:


“We need to reach out. We need to continue the line…”

On a windswept northern shore, the islanders believe the worst they have to fear is a Viking attack. Then the burning comes. Water will not stop it. It consumes everything in its path – yet the burned still speak.

The Doctor encounters a people under attack from a power they cannot possibly understand. They have no weapons, no strategy and no protection against a fire sent to engulf them all. The islanders must take on a ruthless alien force in a world without technology; but at least they have the Doctor on their side… Don’t they?

I’m reading it myself at the moment – Dark Horizons is very fast paced and funny, and Colgan totally gets Eleven. It’s reminding me why he’s my favourite Doctor (review to follow on later!)

I have a copy of Dark Horizons to give away, and because I haven’t really done a competition on here before, there’s going to be two ways to win! Hooray! You can either find me on twitter (@sennydreadful) and retweet my Doctor Who competition tweet, or you can leave a comment on this blog. Tell me your favourite Doctor Who moment. The winner will be picked randomly tomorrow and I’ll pop it in the post to you! (UK only, I’m afraid)

So go go go!