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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!

 

Tea and Jeopardy 52 – Maura McHugh visits the tea lair

teaandjeopardy_geekplanet-300x300In this episode, the wonderful writer of plays, the Jennifer Wilde comics, and short stories, Maura McHugh, visits Emma in the tea lair. We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of writing in different media and what it’s like to write for theatre, amongst other things.

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.

The Vagrant is out in the US!

The Vagrant is now out in the US! *throws confetti*

Tor.com have just done a giveaway, and Barnes & Noble have put up a lovely review as well!

I've also returned to the wonderful Grim Tidings Podcast to talk books, goats and games, and if you're quick, there's a chance to win a copy of The Vagrant there too (US only)!

*throws more confetti*

Tea and Jeopardy 51 – Emma has an adventure

teaandjeopardy_geekplanet-300x300It's been a little while since the last Tea and Jeopardy. In this episode you can find out why…

Click here to listen!

If you’re interested in supporting Tea and Jeopardy and would like to join the Order of the Sacred Teacup, our Patreon page is here.

If you’d like to catch up on old episodes, there’s a full index here.

Enjoy!

The Malice: Update (Pre-ordering & Launch)

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Cover by Jaime Jones. Love it!

The Malice is coming out in Hardback and ebook on the 19th of May! To celebrate I'll be having a launch event at Waterstones Covent Garden where I'll be interviewed by Emma. There will also be drinks and nibbles, including The Malice cupcakes! I will of course be signing books, and I've been working on a new doodle…

Tickets cost £3 and you can book here. Please come!

 

I'm quite fond of the back too.

I'm quite fond of the back too.

My books, just hanging out together.

My books hanging out together. :D

For those of you unable to come, the book is available for pre-order from Amazon and Waterstones, Forbidden Planet, and Goldsboro are doing another limited edition run as well! 

 

 

 

 

And if you're thinking that you've not yet read The Vagrant, there's never been a better time. It's currently on offer as part of the Kindle Spring Sale, yours for only £2.99!

Fun times!

 

The Vagrant is part of the Kindle Spring Sale! (UK only)

For one month (until the 25/04/16), you can get your hands on The Vagrant for £2.99! It's part of the Kindle Spring Sale. Exciting!

Tea and Jeopardy, Hugo nominations and Sad Puppies

I’ll try and keep this as short and to the point as I can.

While I was away in Wales this weekend (at the marvellous Sci-Fi Weekender) it came to my attention that Tea & Jeopardy has been included in the Sad Puppy 4 Hugo Award recommendations list.

To be clear, I have never solicited the attention of this group, nor do I endorse it. I was not asked if Tea & Jeopardy could be included and I am told that requests to be taken off the list will be ignored. That said, I’d like Tea & Jeopardy to be taken off the Sad Puppies 4 list.

Why is this? Well, if individuals wish to nominate or vote for Tea & Jeopardy, that’s a wonderful thing, and I’m genuinely grateful, but it makes me uncomfortable when a group tries to alter or manipulate voting in any way.

If ever I win an award I wish it to be about the work itself and people’s enjoyment of it, nothing else.

I hope that my wishes will be respected in this matter.

Sci-Fi Weekender – Where I'll be and how to win books (if you're going too)

SFW7_Last_day_passesBlimey, it’s the Sci-Fi weekender this week. It’s my first time there and I’m really hoping that I’ll get a chance to meet Brian Blessed. If you’re going too, read on for details of what I’m doing and a chance to win books!

 

 

 

 

Friday 18th March.

11.00am Meet and Greet (Owner’s Lounge)

12.00pm Q&A with Reading (Starbucks/Author zone)

1.30pm Dystopia – As good as it used to be? (Starbucks/Author Zone)

4.30 Writing the Inhuman: Demons/Monsters/Mages (Starbucks/Author Zone)

Saturday 19th March

11.00am Meet and Greet (Owner’s Lounge)

12.30pm When Does Horror Become Fantasy? (Main Void)

1.30pm Psychological Versus Visceral  (Starbucks/Author Zone)

3.15pm Publishing Today – Getting You Work Out there. (Starbucks/Author Zone)

5.30pm Just a Minute*. (Main Void)

 

Competition time!

If you’re going to the Sci-Fi Weekender and want to win a signed copy of The Vagrant or Landfall 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!**

 

*I've not done this before so quite nervous. And I'm sure nothing bad will come of the fact that I'm competing against Emma…

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

The Vagrant paperback & other updates!

It's already in Waterstones Western-super-Mare (photo by Keith Ramsey)

It's already in Waterstones Western-super-Mare! (photo by Keith Ramsey)

The Vagrant paperback is out today and to celebrate I've got a guest post over at the Harper Voyager blog!

Thanks to those of you who have been sharing pictures of it out in the wild. I will never ever, ever get bored of seeing it on display tables.

If you're based in the US, I'm afraid it doesn't hit bookstores there until the 10th May but it is coming, I promise!

If you're keen to get stuck in, there's a sample of the book on the Harper Voyager blog right now!

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And in Waterstones Orchard Square, Sheffield! (Photo by Andrew Angel)

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And looking very cool in Swindon! Thanks Vicki! 😀 (Photo by Adrian Faulkner)

For those of you who are waiting for the sequel, THE MALICE will be coming out in hardback on the 19th May and we should be seeing a cover reveal very, very soon. SPOILER: Jaime Jones has produced another work of beauty and I can't wait for you to see it!

And for those of you who are super keen,   at the time of writing this I'm about two thirds of the way through drafting THE SEVEN (which will be coming out in 2017) and I'll have more news about some short stories set between the books in the not too distant future.

Exciting times!