What does bang-average shampoo, a ‘babby’, and a Swedish horse have in common? Derby, apparently. (Or, if you’re Sadir, ‘Daaaaar-by’.) This weekend I’ve been lucky enough to attend Edge-Lit, an annual science-fiction, fantasy and horror event, held in Derby. It was my first ‘convention’, having previously attended smaller get-togethers for author panels/book signings in bookshops. … Continue reading Edge-Lit & the David Gemmell Awards 2017
Wrapping-up the mini-series on RJ Barker and his phenomenal debut 'Age of Assassins', I invited RJ to talk about anything he wanted. This being RJ, the guest post could have been about antlers, or taxidermy, or his editor-cat. Now, not to spoil your fun, because those would've all been brilliant topics (and RJ if you're … Continue reading Guest post: RJ Barker on Everyday Inspiration
To follow up my review of ‘Age of Assassins’, I invited the author, RJ Barker to talk a little bit more about the book, and himself. To me, the story was one of the best kinds, in that you could see the little bits of the author shining through. In reading AoA, I felt as … Continue reading Author Interview: RJ Barker, ‘Age of Assassins’.
Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Good: Loveable first person POV, worldbuilding that weaves into the plot and the systems within the story, plenty of twists to keep you guessing, a grand reveal in the finale, and an intriguing combat style that in the hands of another would … Continue reading Review: Age of Assassins
Some fantastic talent on display here – and a good chance to test your mettle in a simple but skies-the-limit flash fiction contest!
Kimberly Kincaid’s artwork has been specially selected for this occasion in memory of her. Kim has been always very supportive of Mark and this site, she kindly helped judging our art contest last year and let me interview her during the same time. Her wonderful art inspired many and I consider myself lucky to have been able to call her a friend. The artwork was created into a banner for this contest by Pen Astridge.
This post is to announce a flash-fiction writing contest, where you can win a signed (and/or dedicated) book by the following authors: Mark Lawrence, John Gwynne, Sebastien de Castell, Miles Cameron, Nicholas Eames and Josiah Bancroft, with six titles being randomly allocated among the best three entries.
Submit your entry, which is no longer than 300 words (without title) and features the words ‘day’ and ‘night’, below.
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To conclude this mini-series of posts on Anna Stephens' debut Godblind, as I do with every author featured here, I invited Anna to talk about any topic that she felt was relevant but more importantly, something that she was passionate about. For me, one of the most interesting aspects about Anna, as an author, is the … Continue reading Guest post: Anna Stephens on Learning to Write
2017 is THE YEAR of fantasy debuts. That’s not to say that other years have been any less impressive, but I have read 4 fantasy debuts (currently on a 5th – that being ‘The Court of Broken Knives’*) all to be released in 2017, that have blown me away. Honestly, these guys and gals are … Continue reading Writing interview: On writing ‘Godblind’ with Anna Stephens