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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 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 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*

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. 😀

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 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!

Tea and Jeopardy 47 – A chat with Natasha Bardon

teaandjeopardy_geekplanet-300x300In this episode, the wonderful Harper Voyager editor Natasha Bardon visits Emma in the tea lair. We discuss Dragon Age Inquisition, the ideal people to play Twister with and the world of publishing.

You can listen to the episode on Geek Planet Online here!

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!

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.

Current mood:

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*If that was confusing the order is:

The Vagrant
The Malice
The Seven

**Actual title and appearance of goats TBC.

The Grim Gathering 2015

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:

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Coming inside to see copies of The Vagrant set out and my own signing table.

Suddenly feels very real...

Suddenly feels very real…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The crowd arriving.

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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

Photo by Agnes Meszaros

I even managed to make Lord Grimdark laugh. (Photo by Agnes Meszaros)

I even managed to make Lord Grimdark laugh. (Photo by Agnes Meszaros)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The signing.

I still can't quite believe this happened.

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!

 

 

The pub.

(Photo by Emma Varney)

Photo by Emma Varney

 

 

 

It was so good I stayed to the bitter end!

 

 

 

Photo by Jonathan Ashman

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.

BFI Voyager Post

Last weekend the BFI and Harper Voyager did a rather marvellous weekend of science fiction brilliance, spread across twitter, facebook and various blogs. It’s well worth checking out the Harper Voyager blog if you missed it.

There’s also a little post from me there on the theme of contact.

Signing my contract and all the feels.

Signing pic I realise I completely failed to write a self-indulgent blog post when my book deal was announced but don’t worry, I’m going to try and make up for it now!

In all seriousness, I find this sort of thing hard to write. Somehow it’s easier to write nice things about other people’s achievements, or to rant about the evils of the world than to put my hand on my heart and say “I’m proud of what I did.”

And that’s kind of sad.

Even my intro to this post is coloured by the idea that I shouldn’t really be writing about myself. That to write about one of the most important things in my life ever is somehow self-indulgent but to write about how I glued a draw back together and only realised afterwards that I’d forgotten to put the bottom in is fine*.

So *takes a deep breath* here we go…

My life has changed so much over the last few months I’m still trying to get my head around it. Back in December I was crossing my fingers and slowly crossing names of my list of potential dream makers. Yesterday I signed my contract with Harper Voyager.

Clichés come to mind. This is a dream come true for me. I couldn’t be happier. Life doesn’t get much better than this.

It could all change of course but right now life is pretty peachy. I feel like I’ve got the best agent in the world**, the right editor for my book and a better start to my career than I dared to hope for back in August when I started subbing.

I may be slightly drunk in this picture...

I may be slightly drunk in this picture…

And people have been great. Friends, family, and the twitterverse have helped to keep a smile on my face for weeks now. I feel really lucky.

There’s a bit of me that worries I’ll be pissing people off writing this post. That I’ll come across as arrogant or worse.

I’m still writing it though.

Things are fluffy at the moment. Life is good. I’ve had a series of wonderful experiences*** and there are a lot more to enjoy before I get to the scary world of reviews or sales figures.

Until then, I’m determined to make the most of it.

 

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Yes, I really did this.

Yes, I really did this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

**Probably because she is.

***Getting an agent, telling everyone, getting a deal, telling everyone, meeting my agent, meeting my editor, getting drunk more than once.