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Pete's 2016

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…

Mushy moment

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!

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 Hammer and the Goat

Revised 1Is out today! It's set parallel to events in The Vagrant and though you don’t have to, it’s best enjoyed if you’ve read the novel first. Expect more demons, half-breeds, some of humanity’s worst, some weirdness, some action, and of course, a very bad tempered goat.

You can get it from:

Amazon
Apple
Nook

The David Gemmell Awards Ceremony 2016

I love this picture! (Photo by Annie Czajkowski)

I love this picture! (Photo by Annie Czajkowski)

The ceremony was held at Fantasycon on Saturday 24th September. This isn't a post about Fantasycon but I will say that it was a good convention, and that the redcloaks were as hard working and fabulous as ever.

I have to admit, that when I went to the ceremony, I was really nervous! In fact, I'd been getting nervous for at least an hour or two before.

 

 

The ceremony began with Phil Lunt reading from David Gemmell's Legend. Readings can be tough at the best of times but I can only imagine the pressure that Phil must have felt that night. But I have to say he did an EXCELLENT job. While I was listening to him, it suddenly struck me how much impact David Gemmell has had on other writers. I'd watched a panel last year where I'd heard people like Ian Whates and Ed Cox speak to his qualities as a writer but also as an inspiration. And when Phil was reading, I could hear some of the rhythm and mood of Druss in Steve Aryan's Battlemage and the character of Vargus.

I'd always known that Gemmell was important, but in that moment I was suddenly aware of the very real ripples of his influence impacting on a new generation of writers.

 

There was something very human and humbling about the ceremony. It was personal. Stan and Anne Nicholls were there as friends as much as organisers. And Andy Remic gave a hilarious recounting of his fan letters to David Gemmell and the replies he got. Frances Hardinge was brilliant as ever, and her delight at getting to wield an axe in public was something to behold.

I'm not sure she's going to hand it over without a fight.

Natasha Bardon tries to collect the axe for Mark Lawrence but I'm not sure Frances is going to hand it over without a fight… (Photo by Peter Coleborn)

It was cool getting my award given to me by Scott Lynch too! He gave a great speech about the joys of being a debut, and it was clear that David Gemmell himself had been a strong supporter of new writers. For my part I mostly shook Scott's hand, said thank you repeatedly, and grinned at everybody.

So, at the risk of being unBritish about this, it was an incredible night! I've never won anything before*, and the reaction from the room when The Vagrant was announced is something I'll never forget.

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(Photo by Peter Coleborn)

Thanks to everyone who voted, you are wonderful!

Big congrats to Mark Lawrence for winning the Legend, and Jason Chan** for winning the Ravenheart too!

 

*Not on my own, anyway.

**I hadn't realised he'd worked on Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age too! Check out the site.

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!

Revised 1

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.

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.

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.

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!