I've already mentioned this elsewhere but just in case you hadn't heard, the longlists for the 2017 David Gemmell awards are up. I'm up for a Legend award for THE MALICE (for best novel) and Jaime Jones is up for a Ravenheart (for best cover).
Voting is free and only takes a couple of clicks. Here's the link if you want to get started.
Now whatever you think of my writing, I hope you'd agree that the cover for THE MALICE is fab and deserves some love. It features two suns, two swords, two women and a baby goat. What's not to love?
And don't forget to show some love for the Morningstar award for best debut too!
Okay, I admit it. I pretty much added cake to the title because I wanted you to read the post. But fear not! There will be cake of some sort at the launch event for THE SEVEN, which I will post about in due course.
This is nice and simple. Bookwise, The Malice is my only eligible work, and short storywise (or novellawise, if we're being precise) it's The Hammer and the Goat. Job done!
Oh, and the Tea and Jeopardy Podcast is still eligible for podcasty type awards (like the Best Fancast Hugo).
Books coming out in 2017
The Vagrant and The City (Novelette, ebook): 23rd Feb
This is set between books 2 and 3 of The Vagrant trilogy. It isn't required reading as such* but it forms a bridge between the two books and gives you an extra hit of the Vagrant, for those of you who want to know what he does next.
The Malice (UK Paperback): 9th March
A smaller, softer, perfectly formed version of The Malice.
The Malice (US paperback release): 7th March
The Seven (UK Hardback): 20th April
The third and final book of the trilogy! There will be some kind of launch in London hopefully involving cake, wine, doodles, hugs** and no loud music!
*But I'd really like it if you did read it.
2016 was weird. In terms of global and national news (which I'm not going to talk about here, I promise!) it was one of the worst I can remember and yet for me, personally and professionally, it was an excellent year.
Books that happened:
The Vagrant (US release)
The Vagrant (UK Paperback)
Landfall (Albion Online novel)
The Malice (UK Hardback)
A novellette that happened:
The Hammer and the Goat (ebook)
Other cool things:
This one! (Photo by Annie Czajkowski)
The Vagrant was shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award and it won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for best newcomer! Which on its own was wonderful but also led to my favourite picture being taken.
I was also pretty chuffed about this:
(For The Vagrant)
And, those lovely folks at Harper Voyager picked up my new trilogy, The Deathless. The first book will appear sometime in 2018 and I will talk more about this in the future…
People continued to be generally lovely throughout the year, in person and online. And given the things we're not talking about here, I wanted to say how important that was to me. Looking forward to spending more time with you all in 2017!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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Tagged Anna Mazzola, David Gemmell Awards, Jason Arnopp, Nine Worlds, Peter Newman, Super Relaxed Fantasy Club, Tea and Jeopardy, The Vagrant
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
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!*
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.
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.)
Signing at Goldsboro (it's hard being a leftie!)
I also went and signed books at Goldsboro, Forbidden Planet and Waterstones.
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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Tagged Dark Readers, Emma Newman, Fantasy Book Reviews, Fantasy Faction, Harper Voyager, Myke Cole, Parmenion Books, Peter Newman, SFF Book, The Malice, The Vagrant Series, Victoria's Kitchen, Waterstones
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.
My books hanging out together. 😀
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!
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!
And in Waterstones Orchard Square, Sheffield! (Photo by Andrew Angel)
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.
The Vagrant is eligible for awards this year!
It’s already made the BSFA* Long list for best novel (YAY! :D). Members are voting at the moment to decide the shortlist. If you’re a member and want to vote, the link is here.
Voting is also open for the British Fantasy Awards where it’s eligible for:
Best Fantasy Novel
Best Artist (Jaime Jones for the cover art)
If you’re a BFS member or if you went to FantasyCon 2015 or if you’re going to FantasyCon 2016, you can vote. Please vote! You get three choices in each category and if you're not sure what's out there, suggestions can be found here.
I’d also like to put in a mention for Tea and Jeopardy podcast. We came second in the Hugos last year and if we did win, I can guarantee Latimer would keep the Rocket in mint condition.
25th February 2016 – The Vagrant Paperback (UK)
3rd May 2016 – The Vagrant Paperback and e-book (US)**
19th May 2016 – The Malice Hardback and e-book (UK)***
To work off some of this festive padding. To see much more of my friends. To spend less time getting cross with TV shows and films. To read more books. *whispers* to get on some award shortlists.
*British Science Fiction Association
**Please tell everyone about this, especially if you know any Americans who were miffed at not being able to get a copy.
***Jaime Jones is doing the cover again and I CANNOT WAIT for you all to see it!
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Tagged Awards, BFS, BSFA, Jaime Jones, Peter Newman, Tea and Jeopardy, The Malice, The Vagrant, US release date