The New Face of the Insect Kinden

Tor UK has now released brand new e-book editions of Shadows of the Apt! These are currently the new -e-book covers, although they make such a beautiful set that I’d love to see them on a paper copy some day. I love the details on these – both foreground and background. Cover design here is by […]

State of the Nation – 2015

It’s been an eventful year. It’ s only November, admittedly, so I guess it’s been an eventful 9 months, but seriously I feel as though I’ve burned the midnight oil twice as brightly at both ends this year.(1) I have done a lot of conventions, for a start. This year and last year have been […]

A Great Big Pile of Books

The title generator has finally given up the ghost! Metaphor, snark and dubious pun stocks are at an all time low! Dig for victory! Sooo much to cram into this podcast, so very brief nod to Octocon in Dublin, which was great fun and highly recommended. Maura McHugh and Emma Newman were superb GoH’s, the […]

Other People’s Trumpets part (x)

I have, I think, gone on about Children of Time (1) quite long enough. Suffice to say, it has had some lovely reviews, and I truly hope it does well. I release you, oh little spider, out the window of publishing! Time to talk about some stuff I have been reading, that I think is […]

Arthur’s ‘Alf Dozen 2015 edition

Or maybe 2014, as that’s the year under the microscope. The shortlist has been out a while, the ceremony is Wednesday 6th May, so there’s just time for me to vent my minuscule opinions on the subject before the rather better informed panel of judges proves me wrong. So… in name order: The Girl with […]

Cook’s Books

Hugh Cook’s Chronicles of an Age of Darkness are a weird and wild ride. A couple are well regarded, most are obscure, and I think the series took a general sales nose-dive in its second half. They were written between 1986 and 1992, so immediately after both the Belgariad and the first Shannara trilogy had […]

The Sound of Guns: sneak preview of Guns of the Dawn

Well, perhaps not the sneakiest of sneak previews as this is the section I toured with through 2014 – if you heard me read at a convention, this was likely the piece. However, it’s a nice, concise bit and it gives the flavour of the book very well. Emily Marshwic, our hero, has gone from […]

2015: Attack of the Release Dates

Very brief post to say: I have release dates for both of my novels coming out next year. Huzzah, I say. Guns of the Dawn, my sort-of-Napoleonic/Regency fantasy, is being released on Thursday the 12th of February, and for the first time ever I will be in Forbidden Planet on the evening of that very […]

The best of what’s left of…

Like many author-bloggers, I do a year-end thing about books of 2014(1). I try to stay away from a “best of” list. I’ve posted through the year on books I liked, and what’s best is very subjective based on when you read it and what is juxtaposed with it (2). Hence, I would direct you […]

More Good Work

It’s about time I talked about someone else for a change, so here is another set of books I’ve read and enjoyed, and feel should be better known. I came across John Guy Collick’s Thumb (1) in a random Facebook exchange. You get a lot of books thrown around on FB, and many of them sound […]