Friday, 12 February 2016

A Dash of Axe and Death for Your Valentine's Day!

Gluck is coming to romance you this WITH DEATH AND MAYHEM this Valentine's Day!
See this adorable little radish?
Gluck would eat it.
But Alara would hug it.
See? So much tension potential in this story!

Launching on the new Radish app, which is *also* launching that day (I'm a launch author! Yay!), this serialized story is fun, mayhem, magic and battle in a post-war landscape.

In other words:  you won't want to miss this!

I'll be sending a special promotional offer on Valentine's Day to my eNewsletter subscribers, so make sure to sign up if you aren't already on the list!  Freebies for some!  Giant double-edged axes for others!  (Some fees, waivers and jail time may apply.)

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THE LEGEND OF GLUCK

In the wake of Klar the Dark’s defeat and the War of Endings, the people of Arislar must now bury their dead and rebuild. The land has shifted, morphing into something new, with less magic and more monsters. But not all of the dark magic vanished with Klar the Dark’s death, and a new evil seems to stalk the land. 

Far from his homeland and the people who exiled him, Gluck the Barbarian travels with his battle companion, Alara the Sorceress. With axe in hand and magic at the ready, they take up the quest for adventure and answers. 


Adventure 1: Exile (Chapters 1 and 2) 

Read the Aurora-nominated short story that introduced Gluck to the world, first published in “When the Hero Comes Home,” edited by Gabrielle Harbowy and Ed Greenwood, by Dragon Moon Press. 

Adventure 2: In Death’s Shadow (Chapters 3 - ?) 

Gluck and Alara bring news of one of their comrade’s passing to his widow, only to find the small hamlet under the control of a dangerous new order that promises freedom but seems to deliver only death. 

Friday, 8 January 2016

Announcing the Return of Gluck!

Back in 2011, I sold a short story to Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy for their When the Hero Comes Home anthology by Dragon Moon Press.  The story was well received, garnering some lovely reviews and even became a finalist in the Aurora Awards (woo!).

Fast forward to 2015, when a new cutting edge publishing company, Radish, approached me (and other cool writers like Linda Poitevin) to provide a story for their app launch in early 2016.  I immediately thought of Gluck the Barbarian and his comrade-in-arms, Alara the elven sorceress.  They still had many adventures to tell as they traveled their post-war land.  It's a serialized sword and sorcery story for a serialized platform (I'm on theme!)  I pitched the idea to Radish and they enthusiastically accepted Gluck as part of their launch stories!

How Radish Works  
The app is launching for iOS in February of 2016 (Android and web versions to follow later this year). You start reading a story, which will update two chapters a week.  If you want to read the chapters immediately, you throw some coins our way and you get immediate access.  Otherwise, you wait a few weeks and they unlock.  Simple, clean, efficient. I'm curious to see how it'll be received. Apparently apps like these are popular in the eastern world, for manga and fiction creators.


How Gluck Will Work on Radish
I'm building Gluck as a series of adventures. The first is called Exile, and is basically the original short story (in two chapters). The second adventure is In Death's Shadow, and is much longer.  There will be overarching story lines, recurring characters, side quests and all that jazz. I have a plan, and it's a fun one. 



THE LEGEND OF GLUCK

In the wake of Klar the Dark’s defeat and the War of Endings, the people of Arislar must now bury their dead and rebuild. The land has shifted, morphing into something new, with less magic and more monsters. But not all of the dark magic vanished with Klar the Dark’s death, and a new evil seems to stalk the land.

Far from his homeland and the people who exiled him, Gluck the Barbarian travels with his battle companion, Alara the Sorceress. With axe in hand and magic at the ready, they take up the quest for adventure and answers.

Adventure 1: Exile (Chapters 1 and 2)

Read the Aurora-nominated short story that introduced Gluck to the world, first published in “When the Hero Comes Home,” edited by Gabrielle Harbowy and Ed Greenwood, by Dragon Moon Press.

Adventure 2: In Death’s Shadow (Chapters 3 - ?)

Gluck and Alara bring news of one of their comrade’s passing to his widow, only to find the small hamlet under the control of a dangerous new order that promises freedom but seems to deliver only death.

Keep an eye out for more news!  Gluck will be swinging his axe again this February. Woo!

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Special Hardcover Edition of Nigh 2!


The hardcover edition of Nigh 2 is now available!  Complete with gorgeous art from cover artist Kerri Elizabeth Gerow, this is an edition not to be missed!

For those of you who asked - there will be an omnibus edition, released fall of 2016.  But it won't have the pretty extra art, nor will it be hard cover.  Let your book sense guide you to the edition that's right for you!

NIGH 
Book 2

The mists have lifted, leaving behind a shattered world. Still reeling from the loss of her best friend, Alva Viola Taverner must trust the mysterious watchmaker to keep them safe.

But the road to safety is strewn with bodies and, up ahead, the faeries still thirst for human blood.


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An excerpt
He had almost lost Alva again. As simple as that. A moment in time, a single faerie. Worse, he was almost out of sand. He had put what extra he could in his pockets, to ward off faerie magic. He shifted, uncomfortable. He’d also sewn sand into the lining of his coat and in the sole of his boots, to keep time from finding him. He could never step fully on the ground of this earth again, lest he turn to the dust of a century.

He could use the sand protecting him, but he would forfeit his life.

He was a watchmaker no longer able to survive the speed of his own time.

Hector imagined the ticking of the watch. He imagined it like heartbeats, mimicking his own. A beat per second. Tiny gears working away diligently, keeping their one task. To move time forward. To succeed at one thing, like a soldier on the field.

He would use the sand if he needed to. He would turn to dust in this world.

But not before he answered one final battle call.  






Friday, 23 October 2015

Hallowe'en Stories on Sunday!

Cute picture by v-collins on Deviant Art!
I'm going back to Pinhey's Point on Sunday, from 11-4, to tell scary stories!  Audience appropriate scary stories, so yes, you can bring your little ones!

There will be ghosts, and carnivals, and owls and, um, I haven't figured out my set yet. But it'll be cool!  Storytelling should be every hour, so come on out, enjoy the pumpkin carving and classic Hallowe'en pranks this Sunday, and listen to some stories!

More info here.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Can*Con - Paper Airplane Contest Rules!

WARNING: I SCREAM AT YOU IN THIS POST AND I DO NO APOLOGIZE.

Back by popular demand, the paper airplane contest shall once more wreak havoc upon CAN-CON. I've been asked mutliple questions by citizens: what shall I bring?  Do we need our own band aids?  A change of clothes? To sign a waiver?

Well, here are your answers: BRING ONLY YOURSELVES!

I've also received questions on the rules.  Some of you poor souls didn't make it last year.  So, here are the rules:

THE ONLY RULE IS TO FEAR ME!!!!

That's it.  Bring yourselves only, and be prepared to earn your way to even just folding the paper airplaine.

THIS IS NOT FOR THE WEAK!

It is for the strong.

BUT WAIT!!

I've been asked if people, whom I shall now refer to as show-offs, can bring a pre-constructed plane. I've pondered it and decided that I shall graciously accept to allow show-offs to bring pre-made planes within the competition grounds.  

BUT YOU MUST EARN YOUR RIGHT TO FLY. 

An even harsher skills competitions will be demanded of those who bring a pre-made plane.  If you only bring the supplies and build it on site, I shall be less harsh with my demands.  Slighly.

HOW DO YOU WIN?

I've been asked that, especially considering all of the fine prizes I make available.  Fine, fine prizes. 

YOU MUST BE THE BEST!

That's how you win.  And I define best based on my daily whim. 

... If this contest doesn't sound like a good time, I don't know what is! 

SEE YOU THERE.  8pm. Saturday evening.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

GUEST POST: KT Bryski's New Novel!

*Editorial note included at end of post.*

Hi! I’m KT Bryski—Canadian fantasy author and podcaster and writing comrade of the ever-lovely and talented Marie Bilodeau. She’s welcomed me to her blog with a few questions. Simple questions, she said. Easy questions. Nothing to worry about. Not at all.

I’m not nervous. Not at all.

*eep*

What’s your current project?
That’s…that’s it? Wow, okay. Well, my new novel Heartstealer is a historical dark fantasy. When Sara Wolfe’s husband disappears in a northern backwater village, she doesn’t quite believe the story she’s told. She travels north to find him, quickly becoming embroiled in the village’s old hurts and older magic. The curtain between worlds is thinning, and if Sara doesn’t find her husband soon—well, the ghosts aren’t the only ones stalking the night.

What colour is your novel?
The cover’s mostly blue…

No, what colour does it feel like?
Oh. Deep, deep blues and purples, maybe hints of deep orange. The colour of a late October twilight.

Very poetic.
Thank you.

So if you could eat anything in Heartstealer, what would it be?

Monday, 19 October 2015

NEW BOOK! Eye of Glass, set in Ed Greenwood's Hellmaw!

I'm super thrilled to announce that I'm part of the The Ed Greenwood Group (TEGG), a revolutionary publishing venture by the creator of Forgotten Realms himself!

My first book, set in his new Hellmaw realm and already written, will be coming out in February 2016! Hellmaw is a dark world, where ruthless daemons stalk our streets, seeing humanity as little more than cattle.

And then, there's my character, who's by far the quirkiest character I've ever written. You'll get to meet her a bit more later on, but for now, I can tell you that book 1, Eye of Glass, is the first of six books, for my longest series yet!

Here's the book copy:

Following a slight misfire with a prank (on a cop, involving herself as the dead body), Jaeda finds herself confined to a small room, with only a TV as company. Relaxing will help her regenerate her mostly missing body, but that's entirely too boring for her liking. Besides, she has better things to do with her time, like becoming a model.

But when her guardian and keeper vanishes, Jaeda has to move quickly to avoid capture and save herself, her guardian, and her new human pets. Regenerating will simply have to wait.



It's going to be a fun and wild ride.  Make sure to check out the rest of the Hellmaw lineup and meet Jaeda in February!


THE "BODYLESS" SERIES, BY MARIE BILODEAU
Set in the Hellmaw world

Eye of Glass (Feb. 2016)
Lips of Blood (Feb. 2018)
Shoe of Bone (Feb. 2019)
Hand of Knives (Feb. 2020)
Flesh of Decay (Feb. 2021)
Spine of Steel (Feb. 2022)

More announcements soon!