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…
Posted in The Malice, The Vagrant
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
I wasn’t planning on writing any more posts until after the launch but the Grim Gathering was so fantastic I couldn’t resist.
For those of you that don’t know, the Grim Gathering is an annual event organised by Fantasy Faction, supported this year by Harper Voyager and hosted at Waterstones. It’s a chance for people who normally chat on the forums to meet each other. There are also books and authors!
Here’s a list of some of my favourite bits:
OMG! (Photo by Agnes Meszaros)
Coming inside to see copies of The Vagrant set out and my own signing table.
Suddenly feels very real…
The crowd arriving.
I think this was the point I started to feel nervous.
The panel. I was quite nervous about it to be honest but the audience were warm and the other authors very supportive and it soon flew by.
Photo by Agnes Meszaros
I even managed to make Lord Grimdark laugh. (Photo by Agnes Meszaros)
I still can't quite believe this happened. (Photo by Agnes Meszaros)
I honestly didn't expect to get many people in my line. After all, my book doesn’t officially launch till the 23rd so I was beyond delighted with all the people that came and bought a copy. Thanks to everyone for making my first signing line so much fun!
Photo by Emma Varney
It was so good I stayed to the bitter end!
Photo by Jonathan Ashman
Big thanks to Marc Aplin (and the FF team), Harper Voyager, Waterstones, Peter V Brett, Mark Lawrence, Joe Abercrombie and everyone who came and made it such a special night.
In November I wrote 50K towards the first draft of ‘The Mountainless Book 2’. Then I stalled a bit. In December I wrote…er…about a thousand words.
So what did you do with your time?
Good question. Apart from the whole Christmas thing I managed to keep up with my serial (The Vagrant), I wrote a short story for Fantasy Faction (it’s called ‘A Royal Winter’, and voting will open soon, so I’d appreciate it if you stopped by) and I’ve written an entry for the James White Award (there’s still time to enter if you fancy). I also killed a lot of dragons and became head of the Mages College in Winterhold but that’s another story.
Overall that’s not too shabby but there’s still an issue about half a book not written.
Indeed, so I’ve come up with a plan. It sadly has nothing to with Cylons. I’m planning to get as close as I can to finishing the first draft by the end of the month by repeating my November experience, a kind of ‘Peter’s January Writing Month’ or ‘PeJaWriMo’.
To this end I’ve spent the last week pre-writing The Vagrant to cover me through most of January and plan to get back to the book tomorrow, just after we’ve finished redecorating.
I’ll keep updating my progress (or lack of it) on the word counter to your right.