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‘A Pilgrimage of Swords’ Audiobook Released Today & ‘The Wolf’s Call’ is an Award Winner

The audiobook edition of my novella A Pilgrimage of Swords, Volume One of The Seven Swords, is now available from Audible.

Buy here: audible.comaudible.co.uk

Thanks, as always, to Steven Brand for his excellent narration.

A reminder that The Kraken’s Tooth, the second novella in this series, is now available for pre-order. Links on the book page.

In other news, I’m proud and delighted to announce that The Wolf’s Call has won the Booknest Fantasy Award for Best Traditionally Published Novel. Huge thanks to everyone who voted and congrats to my fellow winners. Best of all, I now own this badass blade!

Check out the announcement here

And finally, the audiobook of The Black Song, the second and final book in The Raven’s Blade, is also now available for pre-order from Audible.com. No UK pre-order yet but watch this space. 

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‘Slab City Blues – The Collected Stories’ $0.99 Sale

In the spirit of providing additional reading matter for people currently stuck indoors, the collected edition of my Slab City Blues series of sci-fi noir novellas is now on sale at $0.99 for the next seven days. 

Buy here:  Amazon.com –  Amazon.co.uk  –  Kobo  –  iBooks  –  Nook  – Google Play

Book description:

Alex McLeod paid dearly during the war for independence from Earth. It left the detective disfigured, jaded, and alone. In the aftermath of victory, Alex seethes as criminal factions and cold-blooded killers clash over control of the newly-liberated confederation. In his crusade for justice in the free states, he’s willing to break more than a few rules along the way…

The only home Alex knows is the slums of Slab, an orbiting city teeming with lowlifes, back-stabbers, and gene-spliced monstrosities. From the grimy streets of his city to the lawless Asteroid Belt, Alex goes toe-to-toe with a sharp-clawed vigilante, a mythical serial killer, and a gorgeous vampire with an ominous message. His quest won’t end until his homeland earns the freedom it was promised…

But even Alex may not be able to stop the impending Reckoning and a voyage to the one place he swore he’d never return: Earth…

Slab City Blues: The Collected Stories contains four exciting novellas and one sensational novel set in a world of hard-boiled sci-fi and cyberpunk.

*Cover illustration by Kevin Goeke (movco-art.com), design by Shawn King (www.stkkreations.com).

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Also, in light of current events, I’ll be donating the next two months’ proceeds from Slab City Blues and my Raven’s Shadow novellas to the UK homelessness charity Shelter and the foodbank charity The Trussell Trust. Homeless people and those already in difficult financial circumstances will be most likely to suffer throughout the unfolding crisis so if anyone has any money to spare please consider donating to a relevant charity in your area. 

The Raven’s Shadow novellas:

A Duel of EvilsAmazon.com  –  Amazon.co.uk  –  Kobo  –  Apple  –  Nook  –  Google Play

Many Are the Dead  –  Amazon.com  –  Amazon.co.uk  –  Kobo  –  iBooks  –  Nook  –  Google Play

The Lady of Crows  –  Amazon.com  –  Amazon.co.uk

The Lord Collector  –  Amazon.com  –  Amazon.co.uk  –  Kobo  –  iBooks  –  Nook  –  Google Play  –  Smashwords.

And finally, please stay safe and remember: this too shall end. 

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A Pilgrimage of Swords – Audiobook Pre-Order Now Available & Other News

The audiobook edition of my novella A Pilgrimage of Swords, Volume One of The Seven Swords, narrated by Steven Brand, will be released by Audible on March 24th and is now available for pre-order.  

Buy here:  audible.com  –  audible.co.uk

In other news, I’m delighted to report that The Wolf’s Call, Book One of The Raven’s Blade, has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Traditionally Published Novel’ category for the Booknest Fantasy Awards. Thanks to everyone who voted in the first round. Anyone who would care to drop by and vote in the final round please go here: http://booknest.eu/component/k2/AWARDS/1812

And finally, those of you who follow me on Twitter may have noticed that the Advance Review Copies of The Black Song, Book Two of The Raven’s Blade, have arrived. I’ll be running an exclusive mailing list giveaway for five copies closer to the release date (when, hopefully, it’ll be easier to get to the post office). Be sure to sign up to the list if you want a chance of winning a signed ARC. 

Thanks for reading and please stay safe in these troubled times.

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Announcing ‘The Kraken’s Tooth’ – Book Two of ‘The Seven Swords’

I’m delighted to announce the pre-order for The Kraken’s Tooth – Book Two of The Seven Swords series which began last year with A Pilgrimage of Swords.

‘The Kraken’s Tooth’ will be released in September 2020 by Subterranean Press in special limited edition signed hardcover and ebook. Pre-order here: https://subterraneanpress.com/krakens-tooth

Please note that pre-orders for the 26 signed and lettered copies are currently restricted to customers who previously purchased the signed and lettered edition of A Pilgrimage of Swords. However, anyone can pre-order one of the 1000 signed limited editions. Pre-orders for the ebook will appear closer to the release date.

Thanks once again to Didier Graffet for the spectacular cover. You can view more of his work here:  https://www.alanlynchartists.com/didier-graffet

Book description:

THE GREAT MERCHANT CITY OF CARTHULA—RAISED FROM THE BONES OF A KRAKEN ON THE WHIM OF A GODDESS WHERE NOBLE HOUSES CALL UPON DARK MAGIC TO TRIUMPH IN THEIR ENDLESS AND DEADLY GAME FOR DOMINION…

Landless one-time king Guyime, once called Pilgrim but known to history as the Ravager, has survived the fall of the Execration – an event that set him on a path to find the legendary Seven Swords. 

Guided by sorcery, Guyime journeys to Carthula in the centre of the First Sea to claim the mythical blade known as the Kraken’s Tooth. Aided by three companions – the beast charmer Seeker, a powerful sorceress and a scholarly slave – Guyime ventures into Carthula’s perilous underbelly to secure a prize guarded by ancient magics, cursed spirits, and lethal traps. But can he survive an ultimate ordeal crafted from his worst nightmares?

Continuing the epic story begun in A Pilgrimage of SwordsThe Kraken’s Tooth is a fast-paced tale of low intrigue and grand adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of the Raven’s Shadow and Draconis Memoria trilogies. 

For anyone new to the series who wants to catch up, A Pilgrimage of Swords is available in ebook here: Amazon.com  –  Amazon.co.uk  –  Nook  –  Kobo  –  Apple Books

Watch this space for news about the audiobook version. 

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The Wolf’s Call – UK Paperback Released Today

The UK paperback edition of The Wolf’s Call – Book One of The Raven’s Blade – is released today by Orbit.

Buy here:  Amazon.co.uk  –  Hive.co.uk  –  WaterstonesWH Smith

Other formats and US editions can be found on The Wolf’s Call book page.

Congratulations to the winners of the signed book giveaway who have already been notified. Any mailing list subscribers should check their spam folders to make sure they haven’t missed out on a prize.

In other giveaway news, ACE/Roc is running an epic fantasy giveaway for five hardcovers including the US edition of The Wolf’s Call (open to US readers only). Check it out here: https://sweeps.penguinrandomhouse.com/enter/epic-fantasy-giveaway

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The Wolf’s Call – UK Paperback Giveaway

The UK paperback edition of The Wolf’s Call (Book One of The Raven’s Blade) will be released by Orbit on 20th February. To celebrate I’m giving away five signed copies of the paperback to existing mailing list subscribers and anyone who joins the list between now and midnight GMT on 19th February. The giveaway is open to all subscribers, not just readers in the UK. 

Join the mailing list by clicking here.

Pre-order The Wolf’s Call UK paperback here:  Amazon.co.uk  –  Hive.co.uk  –  WaterstonesWordery

The US paperback edition will be released on June 2nd – I’ll be doing another giveaway closer to the release day. Pre-order here:  Amazon.comBarnes & Noble

Also, a reminder that The Black Song (Book Two of The Raven’s Blade) is now also available for pre-order. Check out the book page for where to buy.

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The Black Song – US Cover Reveal

I’m delighted to reveal the cover for the US edition of The Black Song – Book Two of The Raven’s Blade. Thanks to everyone at Ace/Roc for their work on this.

The Black Song will be released in the USA and Canada on August 4th this year and in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa on July 2nd. Pre-order links and description are on the book page.

Also, for any aspiring fantasy authors who have a Twitter account, I’m offering a 10,000-word manuscript critique in aid of the #authorsforfireys campaign to support volunteer firefighters battling the Australian bush-fires. The critique will cover plot, character, and prose clarity. To bid simply reply to the tweet below with your bid amount in Australian dollars. The auction will run until Jan 12th when the winner will be notified and asked for proof of their donation to the Bush-fire Disaster Appeal.

There are plenty of authors offering signed books and other goodies to support this cause so be sure to click the hashtag #authorsforfireys to check out the auctions. Full auction rules and more info can be found at https://authorsforfireys.wixsite.com/website.

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The Wolf’s Call – £0.99 UK Kindle Daily Deal

The UK Kindle edition of The Wolf’s Call – Book One of the Raven’s Blade – is on sale today at £0.99. Buy here: Amazon.co.uk

Also, for dead tree lovers, the UK paperback edition will be released on February 20th, pre-order here:  Amazon.co.uk – Waterstones –  Hive.co.uk

No links yet for the US paperback but it’s slated for release in June 2020.

Also, a reminder that pre-order links for The Black SongBook Two of the Raven’s Blade – are now live. See the book page for details. 

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A Pilgrimage of Swords – Signed Hardcover Giveaway

*cover illustration by Didier Graffet

My novella A Pilgrimage of Swords was released by Subterranean Press in September and, somewhat to my surprise, has since sold out in hardcover. 

In the spirit of the season, and to express my gratitude for the response to this novella, I thought I’d give readers who missed out another chance to win a signed copy. Therefore, I’m holding a quickie giveaway for existing subscribers to my mailing list and anyone who subscribes between now and midnight GMT December 25th. 

Five lucky winners will receive a signed limited edition hardcover of A Pilgrimage of Swords. Winners will be chosen at random and notified on December 26th.  

A Pilgrimage of Swords is available in ebook, buy here:  Amazon.com  –  Amazon.co.uk  –  Nook  –  Kobo  –  Apple Books

Full details are on the book page

A Pilgrimage of Swords is the first in a series entitled The Seven Swords. The next volume, The Kraken’s Tooth, will be released by Subterranean Press in September 2020. Check back in the new year for a cover reveal – once again the illustration is by Didier Graffet and is really something special.

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