Author Archives: Peter Newman

Fantasycon by the sea

I'm going to be attending Fantasycon this year. If you're going, feel free to say hi! You can find me in the following places:

Friday 23rd September

It's a kind of magic
3.00pm – 4.00pm. Royal Ballroom (Royal Hotel) – Magic in fantasy fiction. Do you need it all and how do you use it well?

Getting Unstuck Masterclass
5.00pm – 6.00pm. Room 108 (Grand Hotel) – This is for writers already engaged in a project. All are welcome. It doesn't matter if you are at page 1 or 100, if you are new writer or have been published for years. You present the problem and I try to solve it so you can get back to work!
Sign up at registration (max 15).

Saturday 24th September

Gemmell Award Ceremony
7.00pm – 9.00pm. Royal Ballroom (Royal Hotel). The Vagrant is up for a Morningstar along with five other top books. One way or the other, there will be drinking!

Sunday 25th September

Fantasycon/BFA Awards Banquet
12.30pm – 3.00 Royal Ballroom (Royal Hotel). The Vagrant is up for a best newcomer award here too, and in great company. I've never had so much to lose on one weekend before!

Competition time!

If you’re going to Fantasycon and want to win a signed copy of The Vagrant or The Malice all you have to do is attend any of the programme items above and ask me the question: “Am I the First?” If you’re the first person to ask me that, you win. Simple!*

*Bonus points if you do it in the questions section of my panel.

The Hammer and the Goat, Stockholm, and Tulák!

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Look who's back!

THE HAMER AND THE GOAT

My first short story set in the world of THE VAGRANT, is now available for pre-order! It follows The Hammer that Walks and the goat on an adventure set parallel to events in THE VAGRANT, and is best read after you've finished that. The cover is by the ever awesome Jaime Jones.

 

 

 

Stockholm
I'll be going to Stockholm this month with the fabulous Francesca Haig. We'll be attending the Big Book Bananza on the 12th September and doing a panel and signing event at 6pm on the 13th September at the Science Fiction Bokhandeln (I'm told the store is amazing btw). I'm really looking forward to it.

Swishy!

Swishy!

 

TULÁK
The Czech versions of THE VAGRANT have arrived from Host and they're looking really cool! I especially like the swishy spot uv on the cover and the blue tint they've given it. If there are any Czech readers in the UK who would be interested in getting a copy, drop me a line.

Tea and Jeopardy 58 – The Special Alfie Award Episode!

teaandjeopardy_geekplanet-300x300Well, we are absolutely tickled pink to announce that Tea and Jeopardy has been awarded an Alfie award for Best Fancast by George RR Martin at the 2016 Worldcon in Kansas City!

If you’d like to find out more about the Alfies, you can read about that here on Mr Martin’s blog.

This is a special episode containing a thank you gift for Mr Martin. We hope you enjoy it! YAY!

Listen to episode 58 on Geek Planet Online here!

August Things: 2016 Edition

Nine Worlds

I'll be at Nine Worlds on the Saturday 13th August doing the following panels:
Making and breaking a hero (10.00)
The end of the world and why we love it (17.00)

I'll also be doing a signing with Emma from 1.30-2.15, doing an interview and may even fly by the bar. Hopefully see some of you there!

SRFC

I'll be reading at Super Relaxed Fantasy Club on the 30th August, along with the fabulous A.K. Benedict and Sarah Pinborough (also fabulous). It's at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road and starts (in a very relaxed way) at 6.30.

Voting for the Gemmell's ends 19th August!

So, just in case I forgot to mention it: THE VAGRANT has been shortlisted for a Morningstar award. 😀 😀 😀 Big thanks for everyone that voted for it at the longlist stage. If you'd like it to win, please go and vote. It's free and takes two clicks.

The link is here.

Tea and Jeopardy

We've had a couple of fabulous guests on recently. First off is Tea and Jeopardy 56 with Anna Mazzola, author of THE UNSEEING (which has been getting the most AMAZING reviews btw). Who comes to talk historical crime, the law, and the answer to the eternal question of tomato sauce or brown sauce.

Then there's Tea and Jeopardy 57 with Jason Arnopp, author of THE LAST DAYS OF JACK SPARKS (which is currently listed for a Not The Booker prize). Conversations include: metal bands, favourite music, VHS tapes and the distinct aroma of medieval sanitation.

Tea and Jeopardy 55 – James Oswald visits the tea lair

teaandjeopardy_geekplanet-300x300In this episode, the splendid author James Oswald visits Emma in the tea lair. They discuss Highland cows, the silly things James is asked to do for publicity, writing epic fantasy vs crime fiction and we even get a sneaky peek into the plot for the next Inspector McLean novel!

Click here to listen to the episode on Geek Planet Online.

If you love Tea and Jeopardy and want to join the Order of the Sacred Tea Cup, our Patreon page is here.

Credits for the sounds effects used in this episode can be found here.

Edge Lit 2016 & a trip to Waterstones Birmingham with Den & Jen!

Edge Lit 5

I'll be at Edge Lit 5 this year, feel free to come and say hi. My programme is below and if you want to win a free copy of THE VAGRANT or THE MALICE, details are after that!

12pm-1pm (Cinema 2)
High Fantasy, High Art: Is Fantasy Fiction Growing More Literary?
Edward Cox, Peter Newman, Cherry Potts, Marc Turner, Jen Williams

2pm-3pm (Green Room)
Getting Unstuck: A Workshop for Writers Stuck on a Project!

4pm-5pm (The Box)
I'm interviewing guest of honour Emma Newman!

8pm onwards (The Box)
Super Relaxed Fantasy Club
Hosted by Peter Newman and Jen Williams

Competition time!

If you’re going to Edge Lit 5 and want to win a signed copy of The Vagrant or The Malice all you have to do is attend any of the programme items above and ask me the question: “Am I the First?” If you’re the first person to ask me that, you win. Simple!*

Waterstones Birmingham

And then on the 23rd July at Waterstones Birmingham at 6.30, I'll be joining the delightful Den Patrick and Jen Williams for a 'Foray into Fantasy'. Be great to see you there!

 

*Bonus points if you do it in the questions section of any of my panels/items.

Tea and Jeopardy 54 – Kate Elliot visits the tea lair

teaandjeopardy_geekplanet-300x300In this episode, the brilliant author Kate Elliott visits Emma in the tea lair. They discuss outrigger canoe racing, living with volcanoes and how we manage anxiety as writers.

If you love Tea and Jeopardy and want to join the Order of the Sacred Tea Cup, our Patreon page is here.

Credits for the sounds effects used in this episode can be found here.

Tea and Jeopardy 53 – Sebastien de Castell visits the tea lair.

teaandjeopardy_geekplanet-300x300In this episode, the splendid author Sebastien de Castell, visits Emma in the tea lair. We discuss archaeology, Neil Gaiman, embarrassing jokes, and the deep questions that plague us as writers.

 

Listen to the episode on Geek Planet Online by clicking here!

If you love Tea and Jeopardy and want to join the Order of the Sacred Tea Cup, our Patreon page is here.

Credits for the sounds effects used in this episode can be found here.

The Malice launch week retrospective

Cover by Jaime Jones

Cover by Jaime Jones

In case I didn't mention it, The Malice (book 2 in The Vagrant Series) was launched last week. There was a blog tour that included:

a guest post on Fantasy Book Reviews on Disability in Fantasy

a review of the book and a chance to win copies at Dark Readers

Another review at SF Book Reviews

A guest post at Fantasy Faction about building your own Frankenstein's Fantasy Author (featuring Myke Cole's arms)

-And an extract of the book plus review at Parmenion Books (Which was very interesting to me as they hadn't read The Vagrant first.)

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Signing at Goldsboro (it's hard being a leftie!)

 

 

I also went and signed books at Goldsboro, Forbidden Planet and Waterstones.

 

Phew!

 

 

 

And then there was the launch itself. Thanks to all the lovely people who came for cakes, chat and cocktails. I have to give a special mention to Emma, who did a superb job making the 'in conversation with' section fun and engaging. I'd also like to thank Charlie and the staff at Waterstones Covent Garden for looking after us, and Fliss from Harper Voyager for making it all happen. And, of course, a big thanks to Sim for my new goat!

But perhaps the star of the night was The Malice Cupcakes! Big thanks to Victoria's Kitchen for really exceeding my expectations on all fronts. This led to some excellent cake selfies appearing on Twitter and Facebook.

I had an absolutely brilliant time, so good in fact it took me several days to recover!

There now follows pictures…

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The Gemmell Long Lists are up and I'm on them!

Specifically, The Vagrant is eligible for the Morningstar award for best debut and the Ravenheart for best cover art (by the wonderful Jaime Jones).

There's also the mighty Legend award which is well worth a look and has a lot of impressive titles on it this year.

Voting is easy and free, and you can vote once in each category. Simply go to The Gemmell Award's website and click away.

Voting closes on 24th of June and the shortlists go up on Friday the 8th of July.

Exciting times!