So… this happened. The High King’s Vengeance landed on the British Fantasy Society’s Best Novel shortlist, alongside Jen Williams’ The Silver Tide, Adrian Tchaikovsky’s The Tiger & The Wolf, and Joanne Hall’s The Summer Goddess.
If you squint a little, you can just see HKV behind that collection of excellence. A fifth-level swashbuckler trying to stand toe-to-toe with epic-level rogues and sorcerers. I’m a trifle overawed. Quite honestly, I feel like Guy Fleegman (Sam Rockwell’s character from Galaxy Quest) – simultaneously ecstatic and gloriously out of place, an imposter who really isn’t an imposter yet feels completely like one. I have no doubt that a few beers will help sort that out. But meanwhile, group hugs and whooping congratulations for everybody on the combined shortlists, the wonderful Grimbold team, and massive gratitude to everybody who put HKV way up there on that pedestal.
“I’m just jazzed about being on the show, man.”
Thank you all very much!
And that’s not the only good news – my publisher, Grimbold Books, is up for Best Independent Press at the same awards, alongside such small press powerhouses as Fox Spirit Books, TTA Press (Interzone, Black Static), Alchemy Press, and NewCon Press. A much deserved nomination for Sammy, Zoe, and all the rest of the crew too! And double hurrah for Joanne Hall and her co-conspirator Roz Clarke for the Best Anthology-nominated Fight Like A Girl! And to Nadine West and Sammy Smith for their short story nods! And Evelinn Enoksen for her Best Artist nomination!
Tell you what, Fantasycon is going to be fun this year… 🙂
Good news! (Because there’s not much of that around these days, so let’s take what we can!)
Terra Nullius, a forthcoming anthology from Kristell Ink Books, edited by Kate Coe and Ellen Croshain, will include a brand new story by yours truly.
Terra Nullius: land belonging to no-one. An anthology of speculative fiction that explores the colonisation of our Solar System and far beyond, where pioneers carve out a new existence under other stars. New worlds and new challenges, with alien races and strange technology, but also the many facets of human emotion during the struggle to make a new home…
My story, Escape, looks at a team of far-future explorers discovering a long-lost colony world from the first, pre-hyperspace diaspora. Of course, not everything is as straightforward as the exploitative explorers expect…
Other stories in the anthology will include:
Regolith – Nina Johnson A Salt Moon – Jessica Reisman Reaper – Matthew Pederson Terra Incognita – Jessica Rydill The Chlorophyll Run – Erica Eastick Countdown to Deliverance – Thomas Spargo My Sister’s Grave – Jonathan Oliver Tap – Shaun Brassfield-Thorpe Wind and Stars and All Creation – Gregor Hartmann No-Name – John Bayliss The Brides of Rack and Ruin – Jill Hand First Contact – Will McMillan-Jones
Now that’s a fantastic line-up of new and established names, and I’m looking forward to reading them all! Oh, and there’s already artwork for the anthology – check out this fantastic Nele Diel cover art, and look out for Terra Nullius later on this year!
Apart from the fact that this offer is not unlimited? This special offer, to celebrate the Legend Award long-listing of HKV alongside fellow Grimbold epics The Summer Goddess and The Sky Slayer, will not last forever. Like the Age of Talons, it will soon be glorious history.
The David Gemmell Awards are among the most respected awards in fantasy fiction, and their longlists alone could fuel a good-sized TBR pile for several years straight. This year the Gemmell Awards will be hosted by my sort-of-home convention Edge-Lit, in Derby, on 15th July. The longlists are open to public vote, as of today, and will be so until 31st March.
Last year, Heir to the North was nominated to the longlist of the Legend Award by some extremely generous and lovely people. That was brilliant. 🙂
This year, The High King’s Vengeance is on the Legend longlist, alongside my fellow Grimbold authors Joanne Hall (The Summer Goddess) and Joel Cornah (The Sky Slayer). But not only that – my cover artist, Jorge Luis Torres (whose portfolios you can find here and here) is on the longlist for the Ravenheart Award too.
Your votes may, or may not, make a difference – but if you enjoyed any of the longlisted books last year (mine in particular but yes, other choices are available) then please go vote.
I have a story, The Witness, in the new anthology from Woodbridge Press, Journeys (releasing 15th February). It’s a cracking tale of vengeance in a dying world, but it’s not the only reason you need to buy this book.
Juliet E McKenna.
Gail Z Martin.
Those are even better reasons to preorder this book now. And the best reason of all?
The good folk over at Booknest.eu, headed by Petros Triantafylloy, are raising money for Doctors Without Borders (aka Medecins Sans Frontieres). They are doing this through a combination of lottery and auction, for prizes that total one hundred signed and personally dedicated books by one hundred fantasy authors.
That’s one hundred books. One hundred. Divided into lots, naturally, because we are mercenary enough to want to raise as much money as possible for essential humanitarian aid.
And I say we, because I’m proud to be one of the hundred authors contributing to the project. You can see the names on the graphic on this page. Booknest has all the details, along with the titles of the books pledged, over on their own site, along with a link to their JustGiving page. Click the banner image to head over that way.
You have just two weeks to buy into the fundraising extravaganza – let’s give 2017 a positive kick-start, shall we?