Fantasycon-by-the-Sea

Fantasycon has come around again, rather like Christmas, and I’ll be embarking on the insane drive up to Scarborough from Devon this Friday. Here’s where I’l be at this weekend – Friday, 3pm, Royal Ballroom, Royal Hotel: Kicking things off with IT’S A KIND OF MAGIC with Sue Tingey, Peter McLean, Irene Soldatos, James Bennett, Peter Newman. Magic
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Nine Worlds!

It’s August (what) which means…NINE WORLDS! Quite an outing for me as it involves putting actual clothes on rather than just my writing pjs. Here is what I’ll be up to and where / when it’s happening. On FRIDAY we have… …about which all my lovely notes were taken from Sebastien’s workshop on writing fight scenes last
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Morningstar Award, Heartland and Events

Hello and welcome to another of my rare blog posts.* First off, exciting news! If you somehow missed me yelling about it on Twitter, STARBORN’s on the shortlist for the Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut. If you read and enjoyed the book (more than the other amazing books on the shortlist, which I
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Down Station by Simon Morden

Down Station by Simon Morden My rating: 5 of 5 stars First published on Fantasy Faction I made the mistake of reading the first few chapters of Down Station on the Tube…which in Morden’s world is consumed by a terrible fire, along with the rest of London. Apart from regular, nervous checks on how many
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The Silver Tide by Jen Williams

The Silver Tide by Jen Williams My rating: 5 of 5 stars First published on Fantasy Faction By now, I’m sure everyone knows how much I love Jen’s books. Last year I was raving about The Iron Ghost, which was one of my favourite titles of 2015, and I’m happy to say that The Silver
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Awards, podcasts and Dany

News! Updates! First off, Starborn is longlisted for a Gemmell Award, that most awesome of things, and I couldn’t be more chuffed. It’s up for the Morningstar (best fantasy début) against some damn fine competition. The Gemmell is a fan award; it’s about showing the love for books that took you places, that you found yourself reading despite
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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard My rating: 4 of 5 stars First published on Fantasy Faction Contains spoilers for Red Queen I’m new to this series and tore through the first book, Red Queen, in one sitting. The idea isn’t an original one – we’re talking an ‘us and them’ scenario with the eugenics elements
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Cover reveal: Heartland

Here’s the shiny new cover of Heartland, Book Two of the Worldmaker Trilogy, due to be published 30th June. I love the fiery tones and think they fit the themes and settings of the book perfectly. (Also can’t wait to see the copper foil in action)! Heartland was a challenge to write. It has a different feel to Starborn, new characters, new places
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Angel of Storms by Trudi Canavan

Angel of Storms by Trudi Canavan My rating: 4 of 5 stars First published on Fantasy Faction I reviewed the first book in the Millenium’s Rule trilogy – Thief’s Magic – back in 2014 here on Fantasy-Faction and I’m sorry to say I was rather harsh. Angel of Storms, however, was superb and everything I’ve
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Happy 2016!

So 2016 has swooped down upon me like a sudden and ravenous hawk and I find myself scrabbling for a new diary. It’s weird to think I’ve been a published writer for nearly a year – a year that’s gone by so very quickly. 2015 was a brilliant time for me. Seeing my book in
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