Category Archives: The Seven

It's 2017: Books! Dates! Award Eligibility! Cake!

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.

Award Eligibility

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.
**Optional.

Tea and Jeopardy Advent Calendar 2016 – Day 1

Advent 2016 day 1 in the tea lair

Advent 2016 day 1 in the tea lair

Whimsy, silliness and festive cheer! The Tea and Jeopardy advent calendar begins with a card and gift from the Harper Voyager Publishing Director Natasha Bardon!

Click here to listen.

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!

Pete's 2015

I worry that these blog posts are a little like those filler episodes you get in TV shows, where the main characters all reminisce and we get a set of hashed together highlights of old material, usually to cover the writers being on holiday. But I quite like them! Not the filler episodes, they irritate the hell out of me, but posts like this, where we remind ourselves of some of the nice things that have happened because, sometimes, amidst all of the crazy it can be far too easy to forget our achievements.

Anyway, 2015. Blimey, what a year!  A bit of me can’t quite believe it’s (nearly) over. Here are some of the cool things that happened:

My book caIMG_0135me out! *screams*In April the hardback of The Vagrant entered the world and I had my very first book launch. It was splendid and all the people that came were super splendid.

-Actual people bought my book (thank you!), read it (amazing!) and some of them said nice things about it too (also amazing)!

 

I still can't quite believe this happened.

I still can't quite believe this happened.

 

-I also got to be part of Fantasy Faction’s Grim Gathering this year and that was amazing too!

 

 

 

Ours is the one on the right! (And a special thanks to Dom Camus for the marvellous design)

Ours is the one on the right! (And a special thanks to Dom Camus for the marvellous design)

-Tea and Jeopardy was nominated for a Hugo award for the second year running. We didn’t win (boo!) but we did come a respectable second. And, thanks to Worldbuilders, there are now Tea and Jeopardy t-shirts in existence!

 

 

Albion logo 2-I was commissioned to write the background for new fantasy MMO Albion Online and a full length fantasy novel set in their world! There’s more on that in the new year but if you’re interested, there’s info here, and a video of me being interviewed about it here.

-We celebrated our ten year wedding anniversary!*

-Those lovely people at Harper Voyager have signed me up to write a third Vagrant book (due out in 2017) and commissioned two short stories, also set in that world.

-I did a lot of travelling this year, loads of places in the UK but also: Dublin, Norway, Jeddah, Spain, Brussels and Berlin.

-I survived the Tea and Jeopardy Advent Calendar this year. And for those wondering, yes they did come back for me!

-Also, for those of you who have been helping Latimer to work out the charade for each episode, send your answers to Emma. There will be a little prize. 🙂

200-10-I finally watched Season 4 of Avatar: The Legend of Korra. If you don’t know why this is amazing, please go and watch Avatar: The Legend of Aang (Books 1, 2 and 3) immediately, then go and watch Korra (books 1-4) afterwards. I promise you won’t regret it.

Other highlights include: Daredevil, Dragon Age: Inquisition, D&D 5e, Steak, Family sized naan bread, various cocktails I can’t recall the names of but were very nice, meeting old friends, meeting Juliet’s kittens, and my new work chair!**

So there you go. 2015 was a pretty good year for me. 2016 is looking promising too, looking forward to seeing you there!

 

*Em has also had an incredible year but this post is all about me! If you’re interested in yet more reasons she’s fabulous, her post is here.

**The chair is very hard to describe without it sounding like a euphemism.

 

Goat Title Winner!

IMG_0135After my lovely news post last week something unexpected happened. People started providing ideas for goat based story titles. This soon developed into a competition. There were a lot of really good ones but, as with many things in life, there can only be one.* It’s been loads of fun reading your suggestions and really hard to judge but after a lot of deliberation** I’ve decided that the winner is…

*Drum roll*

Caroline Haines! For the suggestion: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour DreamGoat.

Congratulations Caroline!

For her genius Caroline will be getting a small goat of her own.

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A big thanks to everyone who contributed!

*Though if I’d had another prize, it would have gone to Gillian Coyle for: Das Goat. 🙂

**And alchohol.

Harper Voyager acquire a third Vagrant book but wait, there's more…

Good News Part 1

I come with glad tidings! Harper Voyager have just acquired the third book in The Vagrant trilogy. It’ll be called The Seven, and will follow on from The Malice which comes out next year.*

Here’s a link to the Bookseller article for those of you who are interested.

I have two main reactions to this. Firstly, joy:

200-4At the risk of sounding horribly cheesy, it really has been a dream come true to be published this year and I am absolutely thrilled that the dream is going to continue.

Secondly, relief:

200-6You see, for a while now I’ve had ideas for a third book and I was terrified that I wasn’t going to get a chance to tell the whole story. I cannot wait to get started on book three!

 

Now for a quick round of gratitude before I move on to the second piece of news.

A big thanks to the marvellous Natasha Bardon for continuing to believe in the series and to Juliet Mushens who is, as ever, awesome.

And a vast, galaxy crushing (and possibly slightly awkward) hug of gratitude +5 to all of you who have been so supportive of The Vagrant so far, through buying a copy, talking about it, reviewing it, tweeting it, posting about it and whatever else the cool kids do for books they like nowadays.

Without you, this wouldn’t have happened and I’d be a bitter drunk rather than a happy one.

Good News Part 2

In addition to The Seven, Harper Voyager have also commissioned me to write two short stories set in the world of the Vagrant! Details and release dates to follow but for now here are some potential titles**:

The Dark Goat Rises

Goat Hard
Ancillary Goat
Goat of Thorns
Goats Assemble
The G-Team

UPDATE: People have been adding their own suggestions in the comments. Feel free to add your own. There might be a little prize for the best one…

ANOTHER UPDATE: I'll pick a winner and announce it on the blog on the 21st October. So you have until midnight on the 20th to enter.

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*If that was confusing the order is:

The Vagrant
The Malice
The Seven

**Actual title and appearance of goats TBC.