Yes, that. Exactly what it says. Heir To The North is signed for publication in late 2015. That sound you can hear is the sound of me cha-cha-cha-ing across the kitchen in my inimitable snake-hipped style.
Oh, you want details…?
Grimbold Books is a new and impressively ambitious small press based here in the UK. I spent a large portion of the Fantasycon weekend talking with Sammy Smith, who runs their Kristell Ink imprint, and each of us likes what the other is doing. It helps that I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed The Art of Forgetting: Rider, by Joanne Hall, also published by Grimbold/Kristell Ink, and that Jo was onhand at the convention too.
“We’re absolutely delighted that Steve chose Kristell Ink to be his ‘home’ for the fantastic duology, Malessar’s Curse,” says Sammy. “The first of the two novels, Heir to the North, is perfectly paced, twisty, turny, epic fantasy with a wonderful female protagonist. Honestly, I could gush about it all day.”
It’s far too early to give a firm publication date, but it looks likely that Heir To The North will be released in time for Fantasycon in 2015. Of course, there will be details here as soon as I get them.
In the meantime, Grimbold Books are entering the last few days of a Kickstarter fundraising campaign. Being a small press, there’s a lot of things they’d love to do with a bit of extra money – put new releases up on NetGalley, for example, or outsource some of the design & editing work. Get some extra reach. From my point of view this can only be a good thing. While you’re waiting for the North to rise again (and it will rise…) please go have a look at what Sammy and Zoe want to do, and what they’re offering to their backers.
I’m very happy, and very proud, to be working with them.