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Hi all

I'll be taking part in an event at Waterstones Birmingham on Thursday 5 April alongside Bradley Beaulieu for his new novel A Veil of Spears, along with Steven Aryan for Battle Mage. I'll be talking about Godblind and the upcoming Darksoul.

Tickets are £3 from Waterstones.

Hope to see you there.


Links, Competitions and 'Stuff' / The Booknest Fantasy Awards 2017
« on: October 15, 2017, 01:03:16 PM »
Hi all

Voting is now open (closes 31 October 2017) for the Booknest Awards. http://booknest.eu/component/k2/30-blog/867-2017-booknest-fantasy-awards-shortlist

There are three categories to vote in: Best Traditionally Published Novel, Best Self-published Novel and Best Debut Novel. Nominees are in with the chance to win something pointy and dangerous...

Please check it out and vote for your favourite in each category!



Anna Stephens, Ed McDonald and Anna Smith Spark in conversation with Tom Lloyd

Waterstones Piccadilly

20 July, 7pm.

Sign up here: https://www.waterstones.com/events/new-voices-in-fantasy-fiction/london-piccadilly

He did it! @Overlord set out at something like 7am yesterday (Saturday) morning from Bristol to walk 100 miles, non-stop, with 100 different dogs, to raise awareness of and funds for animal rescue charities!

And he's done it! Not only that, but it appears he did it in trainers! Walking boots, Marc, walking boots!

He's raised nearly £4,000 so far, but it would be amazing to push him over that line, so please donate if you can - http://virginmoneygiving.com/MarcAplin

Hi all

There are 10 copies of Godblind being given away - for free! - on Goodreads at the moment. The deadline to enter is 26 April and you can be in it to win it by following THIS LINK:


Have at it, and good luck!


Hello forumites

Is anyone attending Eastercon this weekend?

I've foolishly agreed to speak on a couple of panels, so will be feeling extremely nervous, so if anyone wants to meet up beforehand to ply me with alcohol, that would be great!


Writers' Corner / Multiple MC deaths
« on: April 09, 2017, 06:20:54 PM »
So, I'm at a pivotal scene at 3/4 of the way through Godblind's sequel and the plots are resolving in such a way that I need to kill off about 4 characters within about 30 pages.

So - do you know of any instances where multiple MCs have been slaughtered in a short space of time/words? How successful was it?

Am I in danger of losing pathos at the deaths of the good guys and the chance to caper and yell 'take that!' at the deaths of the bad guys if I have them all too close together?



Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / Godblind UK release date
« on: February 03, 2017, 07:35:49 AM »
Hi, so I think I'm now allowed to tell you all that Godblind's release date is June 15th! If not, the publishing gods will no doubt strike me down...  :o

I've been incredibly lucky to find a home at Harper Voyager and they've done a sterling job on making me a better writer and Godblind a much better book. I've also seen the artwork and holy bananas people, it is a thing of f**king beauty. The reveal is pretty imminent too!

For those of you over the pond, Skyhorse Publishing has picked up the trilogy and they should be matching the UK publication date, so look out for it over there too.

I was recently asked to describe Godblind in one sentence, and this is something I've struggled with for a long time, but here goes: Godblind is a gritty epic fantasy about a religious war conducted on the back of an invasion and the people – lords, commoners, warriors – who get caught up in the maelstrom and are forced to kill and die to protect what’s most precious to them.

I'm not sure that tells you much, really. I've see the draft blurb from my editor, which tells you a lot more in fewer words, but I guess that's why she's the editor and I'm the writer - she can sum it up better than I can!

I'm not sure if I'm allowed to tell you this, so please let me know and I'll edit the post, but Godblind is now available to pre-order from Amazon and Waterstones. Whoop!  :D

I'll post any more updates into this thread as I get them.


Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Oddjobs, by Heide Goody and Iain Grant
« on: September 30, 2016, 08:31:15 AM »
Hi, so I just finished reading Oddjobs by Heide Goody and Iain Grant. They're a West Midlands-based comic fantasy writing dastardly duo, and Oddjobs is, I think, their sixth book. And blimey, is it good. Here's the blurb:

It’s the end of the world as we know it, but someone still needs to do the paperwork.
Incomprehensible horrors from beyond are going to devour our world but that’s no excuse to get all emotional about it. Morag Murray works for the secret government organisation responsible for making sure the apocalypse goes as smoothly and as quietly as possible.
In her first week on the job, Morag has to hunt down a man-eating starfish, solve a supernatural murder and, if she’s got time, prevent her own inevitable death.
The first book in a new comedy series by the creators of ‘Clovenhoof’, Oddjobs is a sideswipe at the world of work and a fantastical adventure featuring amphibian wannabe gangstas, mad old cat ladies, ancient gods, apocalyptic scrabble, fish porn, telepathic curry and, possibly, the end of the world before the weekend.

If you're looking to (a) support self-published/independently-published authors, (b) you miss Sir Terry Pratchett and want something that resembles his genius (YES, it's that good in my opinion) (c) and you've got a spare £6.99, please please please take a look at this. It's the funniest book I've read this year.

And no, I'm not on commission!  ;D ;D

Thanks  ::)

General Discussion / Banking and accounting for authors
« on: August 16, 2016, 07:56:43 AM »
Hi all

Just looking for some general advice here. Do those of you who self- or trad-publish use separate business accounts distinct from your personal accounts into which any 'proper' work money is paid i.e. your salary? Or do you combine it all into one?

And how important is it to hire an accountant? Can you just do it yourself for the first few years and see how it goes?



Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / Fantasy in the Court
« on: July 28, 2016, 01:17:48 PM »

Anyone going to this year's Fantasy in the Court? 11 August, 6-9pm, tickets £5, it's at Goldsboro Books in London.

Authors attending:

Mark de Jager, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Mike Brooks, Lucy Hounsom, Genevieve Cogman, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Vic James, Claire North, M R Carey, Maria Lewis, Liz de Jager, John Gwynne, Tom Lloyd, A J Smith, Jason Arnopp, Rob Boffard, Paul M.M. Cooper, Den Patrick, Al Robertson, Edward Cox, Sebastien de Castell, Angela Slatter, Jen Williams, Tom Toner, James Barclay, Robert Dickinson, Matthew Blakstad, Brian Catling, Gemma Todd

Introductions / Hello ... again
« on: July 11, 2016, 10:23:00 AM »
Hi, I'm Anna and I joined on here ages ago and then, well, life got in the way. Trying to get back into communicating with other like-minded geeks.

I'm a member of Birmingham Writers' Group in the West Midlands, UK, and I've recently had the huge good fortune to have my debut novel picked up by Harper Voyager, so life, while still getting in the way, is a lot of fun right now!

I'm a Smith, but I write as a Stephens. It's confusing to me also.


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