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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. :D

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!

 

Sci-Fi Weekender – Where I'll be and how to win books (if you're going too)

SFW7_Last_day_passesBlimey, it’s the Sci-Fi weekender this week. It’s my first time there and I’m really hoping that I’ll get a chance to meet Brian Blessed. If you’re going too, read on for details of what I’m doing and a chance to win books!

 

 

 

 

Friday 18th March.

11.00am Meet and Greet (Owner’s Lounge)

12.00pm Q&A with Reading (Starbucks/Author zone)

1.30pm Dystopia – As good as it used to be? (Starbucks/Author Zone)

4.30 Writing the Inhuman: Demons/Monsters/Mages (Starbucks/Author Zone)

Saturday 19th March

11.00am Meet and Greet (Owner’s Lounge)

12.30pm When Does Horror Become Fantasy? (Main Void)

1.30pm Psychological Versus Visceral  (Starbucks/Author Zone)

3.15pm Publishing Today – Getting You Work Out there. (Starbucks/Author Zone)

5.30pm Just a Minute*. (Main Void)

 

Competition time!

If you’re going to the Sci-Fi Weekender and want to win a signed copy of The Vagrant or Landfall 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!**

 

*I've not done this before so quite nervous. And I'm sure nothing bad will come of the fact that I'm competing against Emma…

**Bonus points if you do it in the questions section of any of my panels/items.

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!

2016: Awards, Dates and Hopes

Awards!

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 Newcomer
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.

Dates!

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)***

Hopes!

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!

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.

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.

Octocon 2015 – Where I'll be

I’m delighted to say I’m going to Octocon this year. I'm also delighted to say that Emma is one of the Guests of Honour!

If you’re going and want to say hello, read on to find out where I’ll be and how you can win a copy of The Vagrant.

Saturday 10th October

12pm Writing RPGs – Roll 20 for Intrigue (With: Gareth Kavanagh, Matty Mc Mahon, Ian Paul Power, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Emma Newman, Peter Newman)

We have gathered various kinds of game writers to talk about the challenges of having an audience inside the story as you are writing it.

1pm Getting Unstuck (Workshop)

A workshop for any writers who are stuck with a project. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or an established writer, at chapter 1 or 100: as long as you have a project you can bring to the group, Peter will try to help you move forward with it.

3pm Has Storytelling in Computer Games Stagnated? (With: Leeann Hamilton, Gerry McEvoy, Rob  McGregor, Peter Newman, Maura McHugh)

With the video game markets dominated by perennial releases are we looking into a bleak future for storytelling in video games?

4pm Aural Fiction (With: Peadar Ó Guilín, Dave Ferguson, Emma Newman, Peter Newman, Roger Gregg)

We have seen a return to listening to stories, having a story told to you is a delight which stretches back to when we first huddled together by the fire. We are now in a world where audio books are released the same day as ebooks and physical copies.

6pm Tea and Jeopardy Live Show!

C.E. Murphy comes to visit Emma in the Tea Lair. Expect tea, cake and mild peril!

Sunday 11th October

4pm Readings (With: Emma Newman, Peter Newman, Ruth F. Long)

Competition time!

If you’re going to Octocon and want to win a signed copy of The Vagrant 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 one of my panels.

Bristolcon 2015 – Where I'll be

It’s that time again! Read on for my schedule and the chance to win a copy of The Vagrant.

This is going to be my third Bristolcon and, for those of you who don’t know, it’s a small but perfectly formed convention where you can get from panel to bar and back again within sixty seconds.

Here’s where I’ll be:

Breakout Room

9:15 – Open Arms Session – An introduction to the Convention

If this is your first convention or even if you’re just new to BristolCon, come along to a friendly meet and greet and share a hot beverage with some of the staff, panellists and other punters.

Programme Room 1

10:50-10:55 – Reading

17:00 – 17:45 – Bad-ass with a Baby Lor Graham (Mod), Amanda Kear (Doctor Bob), Jasper Fforde, Peter Newman and Stephanie Saulter

It’s still fairly rare to see depictions of parenting in SF&F. If a character has a child, does that mean they’re no longer allowed to be a bad-ass? And how difficult is it to juggle childcare and saving the universe?

The Snug

18:00 – 18:45 – Getting Unstuck (Workshop)

A workshop for any writers who are stuck with a project. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or an established writer, at chapter 1 or 100: as long as you have a project you can bring to the group, Peter will try to help you move forward with it.

You can sign up in advance for this one and if they run out of slots, don’t worry! Bristolcon keeps back five spaces for the day.

Competition time!

If you’re going to Bristolcon and want to win a signed copy of The Vagrant 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.

Post-launch feels and The Vagrant's first fan art!

And I loved signing them all.

And I loved signing them all. (Photo by Juliet Mushens)

The last few weeks have been pretty great. The Vagrant is now out in the world and entirely out of my hands! This is both amazing and terrifying. It feels a bit like the book is crowdsurfing. It may sail majestically across a sea of supportive hands into a glorious sunset, or it may be dropped and left to languish on the floor, out of sight, trampled by a thousand feet.

Either way I have no control of it anymore.

And while this has scared the pants off me, I’ve been blown away by the general warmth and loveliness of friends, family and the internet in general.

My first cocktail of the night and I'm already leaning. (Photo by Jim Purbrick)

My first cocktail of the night and I'm already leaning.
(Photo by Jim Purbrick)

 

The London launch at Forbidden Planet went well*. Highlights included: lots of smiley people, some incredible cocktails (Apple Pies and Fallen Angels FTW!) and a ridiculously beautiful barman. And, thanks to magic beyond my comprehension**, I awoke the next day without hangover!

 

 

Since then, the warm and fuzzy feelings have been kept alive by various people checking in. It’s hard to describe what it’s like when someone else reads your book and then gets in touch to say nice things about it. But it’s a real gift.

I love the goat here too.

I love the goat here too.

 

 

 

And I’ve had my first piece of fan art! 'The Hammer that Walks.' Drawn by the wonderful Kareem Mahfouz***.

 

 

So, now that the launch is over and I’ve (mostly) recovered, I wanted to take a moment to appreciate all of the people now taking The Vagrant out into the wider world. Massive thanks to everyone who went and bought a copy. And to all who tweet about it, post about it, email, message, shout, sing, review or otherwise help spread the word:

YOU ARE AWESOME!

 

*As far as I can remember.

**I’m pretty sure some dirty chicken was involved.

***AKA the other guy that doesn't like Tasslehoff Burrfoot.