Darkening Skies

So if Darkening Skies, the second book of The Hadrumal Crisis trilogy is published in the US on 28th February and in the UK on the 1st of March, what happens on this leap year day of 29th February?

Well, for a start, you can go and read the opening chapter, wherever you might be, over on the Solaris Editors’ Blog.

I’ve also done an interview with the Solaris chaps talking about this book and trilogy as well as what I write and read more generally. There’ll be a few more guest blog spots here and there over the next week or so as well.

In addition, I’m celebrating along with the fabulous and talented CE Murphy, whose new book Raven Calls is also published this week, with a joint launch party at the Irish Writers Centre, Parnell Square, Dublin on Friday evening, by way of kicking off the fun at P-Con IX where I’ll be spending my weekend along with an array of great writers, great fans and many good friends. I’ll be discussing issues of gender in writing and publishing, internet piracy and the erosion of writers’ rights, and running a writers workshop alongside George Green of Lancaster Uni. By way of lighter topics, a group of us will be tackling ‘I didn’t get a letter from Hogwarts so I left the Shire to become a Vampire Jedi: how to authors avoid writing this book?’

Next week, when life calms down a bit, I’ll see about a book giveaway competition. Why so busy? Well, apart from the above, I’ve been working on a redesign of my website, which will see a whole new blog-based set-up, with a fair bit of additional background material about my writing added to what’s already been available, along with my articles, review, diary and other such stuff. At that point, this interim blog will go into mothballs.

I am indebted to Cheryl Morgan for all her help with this website relaunch, at the same time as she’s been tackling the publication angles for the forthcoming Further Tales of Einarinn ebook. There’s just a few final t’s to be crossed there and that’ll be available soon. Then we finalise an ebook of Turns & Chances, the Lescari Revolution novella. Meantime, of course, the Lescari Chronicles and both of the Hadrumal books to date are available in the eformat of your choice from your preferred supplier.

Right, I had better get back to finalising an Einarinn Gazetteer for the new site…

… after I’ve admired Clint Langley’s fantastic artwork for Darkening Skies one more time…


New Book! New Blog!

Today sees the publication of Dangerous Waters here in the UK, along with an evening session at Waterstones, Oxford, with the fabulous Ian Whates and Ben Macallan (who bears an uncanny resemblance to Chaz Brenchley) where we’ll be talking about what we write and why and generally socialising, from 6 pm to 7.15 or so. So if you’re anywhere close, drop by.

If you’re not, well, here’s some detail on the book…

The Caladhrian nobles have been asking for wizardly help. But wizards don’t get involved in mainland warfare. That’s one of the longest standing Edicts of the Archmage, in force for generations since Trydek, first Archmage, took his pupils to the island sanctuary of Hadrumal.

Only… that Edict has already been threatened by one renegade mage, Minelas, whom some of you will remember from The Lescari Revolution. What happens if that story gets out?

Because while Lady Zurenne of Halferan only knows that her husband has been murdered by corsairs, Corrain, once a captain of Halferan’s guard and now a slave rower chained in an Aldabreshin galley, knows those raiders were aided by a rogue wizard. If Corrain can escape, he’ll see justice done. Unless Jilseth, skilled magewoman and the Archmage’s confidante, can catch the renegade first.

In Hadrumal, Archmage Planir waits and watches, keeping his own counsel. That doesn’t suit the Masters and Mistresses of the Elements. There are too many whispers and doubts about Planir’s judgement lately, in Hadrumal and on the mainland.

That’s the thing about ripples. They spread.

Now, those who’ve read my books to this point, will recall earlier reference to corsairs raiding the Caladhrian coast. Those who haven’t need not be concerned – the book is perfectly accessible for newcomers, we’ve all worked hard on that.

Fancy dipping a toe in these waters? You can read the opening chapter, as one of a collection of 25 such chapters by a stellar array of writers in the SF Novelists “Opening Acts” free sampler ebook as offered via the website of Simon Haynes author and all round good bloke.

You can also download the free ebook of ‘The Wizard’s Coming’ which serves as a prelude to this trilogy

Now, I also have some actual paper and ink copies of Dangerous Waters to give away – I’ve already posted competitions on Facebook and Twitter (and hasn’t that been interesting…) and if you wave a hand to enter in comments below (making that distinct from an ordinary comment) I’ll draw a random winner on Monday 8th August – and I’m happy to mail the book wherever.

Read more and see the fantastic cover art at my website

(and hopefully I’ll work out how to insert a pic into WordPress posts…)