Yes, it’s true, at last, the fifth part of The Empire Dance is live! Weapons Free was released digitally this morning – hurrah!
You may be wondering why it has taken so long to get this fifth part onto the shelves. The answer is remarkably simple: there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Since The Packard Defence, I’ve been promoting Malessar’s Curse (Heir to the North and The High King’s Vengeance), getting both those books converted into audio format, writing short stories (one of which, The Witness, is eligible for short story awards this year – just sayin’), writing articles for Fantasy Faction, generally defending small presses and promoting Grimbold Books, and sometimes presenting the SFSF Socials here in Sheffield. Oh, and I have a mundane job, too. Not to mention that I was reluctant to release Weapons Free until I had brushed the rest of the Empire Dance books into more glossy shape.
It’s true! No, really! Weapons Free, the fifth installment of The Empire Dance, a serialised, trope-waving, planet-busting, space opera that began waaaaay back in 2010, is finally in the gates! It’s gnawing at the metal, flanks heaving, eyes on the prize….
…and can be all yours for just 99p, come January 6th 2018! Preorder now!
The lines of power must be redrawn – they cannot remain as they are.
The carefully plotted steps of the Irian Disciples have led to this – a crushing attack on First Fleet’s operational home, Belsea. But with Drift Ghost returned to the fold, High Admiral Bessemer isn’t ready to surrender. On Capitol meanwhile, and deep in the nether dimensions of K-space, Chris Taylor and Mark Ibsen make startling revelations of their own – discoveries that place them even deeper in peril. Something must give, something must change.
At 5pm on Friday 23rd September, in the cocktail bar at the Grand Hotel, Scarborough, as part of the Grimbold Books Triple Header Launch at Fantasycon-by-the-sea… The North Will Rise Again. Again.
That’s right folks, there’s just over two weeks a mere handful of days before The High King’s Vengeance bursts into the world. And if you can’t make it to Scarborough, don’t worry – you can preorder both paperback and ebook now via Amazon and have them delivered direct! Or, just as thrillingly, you can go into Waterstones and ask them to order it in for you.
And THERE WILL BE BADGES. Limited edition Team Rais and I Am The Heir To The North badges, your choice! All you have to do is turn up…
And did I mention the hardbacks? No? Oh, just wait….
After that, on Sunday 25th September, I hope you’ll join me on the edge of your seat to find out how Heir to the North fares in the British Fantasy Awards. I’m up for Best Newcomer alongside Marc Turner, Zen Cho, Peter Newman, and Becky Chambers – and having read all the whole shortlist over the summer, I have to admit that I feel like a real outsider. Whoever takes this one will thoroughly deserve it.
Diana Croft’s epic reading of Heir to the North is live now on Audible. You can listen as Cassia, Baum, Meredith, Arca, and all the rest of the cast, come alive in your imagination. And all it will cost you is one – one! – Audible credit. If you’re not already an Audible listener, go ahead and choose Heir to the North as your introductory title in a 30-day trial period.
And, as with everything else in this creative world, feedback is everything. Like it? Review it. Love it? Review it. Not your cup of Earl Grey? Review it. I won’t hold it against you. 🙂
The very excellent Fox Spirit Books have released the fifth in their series of Fox Pocket anthologies this last weekend. Under The Waves is now available in paperback and, very shortly, in electronic formats too.
This is noteworthy because, alongside stories by Den Patrick, Fran Terminiello, Margrét Helgadóttir, Hardeep Sangha, KC Shaw, Emma Maree, JB Rockwell, and Alec McQuay (and that’s not all!), there’s a small tale entitled That Sinking Feeling by little old me.
I might be somewhat biased, but I recommend you go add Under The Waves to your basket right now. And then go find the first four Fox Pockets as well, because nobody likes an incomplete series….
The Packard Defence is indeed OUT NOW in all digital formats at Smashwords, for the absolute bargain price of just $0.99 (roughly 59p in proper money). What’s more, the first three “episodes” – Echoes of War, Midwinter Fury, & The Kiiren Boy – are all COMPLETELY FREE for the next seven days [until May 11th 2014, for the removal of doubt].
That’s upwards of 200000 words for the sum total of $0.99, or the price of a Double Decker. Click the picture below to get where you know you need to go…