A Spoonful of Thunder


This is just a quick message to implore any and all fantasy lovers and/or supporters of Doctors Without Borders to join Booknest’s Fantasy Fundraiser’s Thunderclap campaign.

What’s the deal with Thunderclap?

  1. You visit Booknest’s Thunderclap page.
  2. Select whether you’d like to show your support through Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr – or all three!
  3. Connect your chosen social media account(s) (it takes less than a minute to sign in)
  4. That’s it!

On 28th December, if we make it to 100 supporters (currently we’re sitting at 60), Thunderclap will send out a one-time tweet/post through all the supporters’ accounts. Hopefully this will give us the boost we need to reach our donations target on JustGiving.

You can read more about this incredible project below!


Booknest’s Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser

Peter Tr, founder of Booknest.eu, has organised something brilliant, turning his idea for a fun competition into an insanely exciting charity project. Check it out!
Booknest's Fantasy Fundraiser banner

Booknest’s Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser (#BooknestFFF) brings together one hundred (100!) SFF authors in a bid to raise as much money as possible for Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières/MSF).

As you’re reading this, BFFF is raffling off books donated by myself and ninety-nine other authors. Each of the books will be signed, dedicated, and shipped straight to the winners.Booknest's Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser

Every £1 (GBP) you donate gets you 1 ‘ticket’ in the raffle. On January 1st 2017, Peter will kick off the new year in style by drawing six winners, each of whom will receive a bundle of ten randomly selected books from the raffle.

What about the other books? Well, the remaining 40 will be split into two equal lots, both of which will be auctioned off later in January.

Médecins Sans Frontières do amazing work across the globe. And with just £1 per ticket – and all those amazing books waiting to be won! – you could help them do even more.

So enter now, and please help us spread the word. Feel free to use any of the banners above when sharing across social media, and use the hashtag #BooknestFFF.

THANK YOU!

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Booknest’s Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser!


Peter Tr, founder of Booknest.eu, has organised something brilliant, turning his idea for a fun competition into an insanely exciting charity project. Check it out!
Booknest's Fantasy Fundraiser banner

Booknest’s Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser (#BooknestFFF) brings together one hundred (100!) SFF authors in a bid to raise as much money as possible for Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières/MSF).

As you’re reading this, BFFF is raffling off books donated by myself and ninety-nine other authors. Each of the books will be signed, dedicated, and shipped straight to the winners.Booknest's Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser

Every £1 (GBP) you donate gets you 1 ‘ticket’ in the raffle. On January 1st 2017, Peter will kick off the new year in style by drawing six winners, each of whom will receive a bundle of ten randomly selected books from the raffle.

What about the other books? Well, the remaining 40 will be split into two equal lots, both of which will be auctioned off later in January.

Médecins Sans Frontières do amazing work across the globe. And with just £1 per ticket – and all those amazing books waiting to be won! – you could help them do even more.

So enter now, and please help us spread the word. Feel free to use any of the banners above when sharing across social media, and use the hashtag #BooknestFFF.

 

THANK YOU, and HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

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Dead Tree Danse Macabre


As you may already have noticed, Danse Macabre is now available in paperback!

Danse Macabre (paperback covers) by Laura M Hughes

Yesterday, I shared this picture on Facebook and Twitter; the response was, quite frankly, overwhelming. Friends, family and strangers alike showed bucket-loads of enthusiasm, generosity and kindness, and many of them inquired about signed and dedicated copies of the book.

Slightly stunned by their earnestness, I hastened to set up a ‘Buy My Book‘ page. I’m immensely flattered and grateful to everyone who expressed an interest, and to all who ordered within the first few hours of my announcement. I’m now preparing to personalise and ship orders to readers (and friends!) in Greece, Ohio, London, Northern Ireland and Wales, and want to say thank you once again for the support.

Not wanting to disappoint anyone, I set the ‘orders’ page up with little thought of what I’d do afterwards. But those who know me, know that logistical stuff (like money management and posting parcels) tends to get me in a bit of a flap; so for now, I’ve decided to restrict the signed/dedicated copies to UK-based customers only. I’ve also had to adjust the price slightly (I calculated it wrong – surprise, surprise!)

Those who’ve already been in touch and received a response from me, fear not: I’ll proceed with your order as promised (if you’re still interested).

For those who just want a bog-standard copy, or who aren’t in the UK: here’s the universal Amazon link again.

Thank you again for your patience, generosity and well-wishes… and I hope you enjoy the book!

The first paperback copies of Danse Macabre!

Grimdark Magazine’s ‘Evil’ Kickstarter – LAST DAY


Anyone wanting to jump on the back of Grimdark Magazine‘s anthology Kickstarter has less than 28 hours to do so.

Evil is a Matter of Perspective: An Anthology of Antagonists on Kickstarter

Started up by the founder of GDM, Adrian Collins, this Kickstarter is a kick-ass collaboration of fantasy readers and writers. The anthology, titled ‘Evil is a Matter of Perspective, will be packed with short stories by some of the genre’s most popular and talented modern authors. Each tale will feature an antagonist from the author’s existing work.

Featuring the likes of JEFF SALYARDS, T. FROHOCK, COURTNEY SCHAFER, MARC TURNER, JANNY WURTS, ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY and R. SCOTT BAKKER, ‘Evil is a Matter of Perspective’ is a truly exciting project well worth investing in.

Here’s the link one more time. The clock is ticking, grimdarkians . . .

Gemmell Awards 2016: Longlist Voting OPEN!


It’s that time of year again! On September 24th the British Fantasy Society will be hosting the eighth annual David Gemmell Legend Awards at Fantasycon. The ceremony recognises and rewards outstanding achievements in fantasy fiction, as well as commemorating the legacy of David Gemmell and his contribution to the genre.

Since their establishment in 2009 the awards have been presented to a succession of extremely talented authors, including Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Brent Weeks, John Gwynne, Mark Lawrence, Brian Staveley and Andrzej Sapkowski.


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The Ravenheart Award trophy

The awards fall into three categories:

The Ravenheart award for Best Cover Art
The Morningstar award for Best Debut
The Legend award for Best Novel

The longlists are now opened for voting, and will remain so until 24th June. So if you’re keen to see some of your favourite books from 2015 make it to the shortlists (which will open on 8th July) then GET VOTING!

The longlists for each category are as follows:


The Ravenheart Award (vote HERE)

(I *strongly* urge you to visit each page to check out all of these amazing covers!)

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This is one of my personal favourites. I’m utterly in love with this cover!

James Annal for Uprooted by Naomi Novik  (Pan Macmillan)

Tommy Arnold for Skyborn by David Dalglish  (Orbit)

Kerem Beyit for The Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron  (Gollancz)

Jason Chan for The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence  (Harper/Voyager)

Wendy Chan for Swords and Scoundrels  by Julia Knight  (Orbit)

Alejandro Colucci for The Boy Who Wept Blood  by Den Patrick  (Gollancz)

Bastien Lecouffe Deharme for The Darkling Child  by Terry Brooks  (Orbit)

Krzysztof Domaradzki for Old Man’s Ghosts  by Tom Lloyd  (Gollancz)

Larry Elmore & Carol Russo Design for Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia

(Baen)

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I’ve always been a fan of bold, striking covers

Mark Ferrari for The Flotsam Trilogy Omnibus by Peter M Ball  (Apocalypse Ink

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Christopher Gibbs for The Cathedral of Known Things  by Edward Cox

(Gollancz)

Sam Green for Shadows of Self  by Brandon Sanderson  (Gollancz)

Manuela Hackl for Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell  (Jo Fletcher Books)

Mohamad Hani/Archangel Images for An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

(Harper/Voyager)

Teddy Eduardo Iglesias for The House of Shattered Wings  by Aliette de Bodard

(Gollancz)

Patrick Insole for The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams  (Headline)

Jaime Jones for The Vagrant by Peter Newman  (Harper/Voyager)

Nik Keevil & Nick Castle for Queen of Fire by Anthony Ryan(Orbit)

Patrick Knowles for Foreign Devils by John Hornor Jacobs  (Gollancz)

Laura B for Spinning Thorns  by Anna Sheehan  (Gollancz)

Tim McDonagh for The Hunter’s Kind by Rebecca Levene  (Hodder & Stoughton)

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Stylised covers like this are neat and eye-catching, but readers’ tastes differ wildly

Chris McGrath for The Aeronaut’s Windlass  by Jim Butcher  (Orbit)

Jackie Morris for Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb  (Harper/Voyager)

Lauren Panepinto for The Fifth Season  by NK Jemisin  (Orbit)

Lauren Panepinto, Gene Mollica & Michael Frost for The Autumn Republic by

Brian McClellan  (Orbit)

Rhett Podersoo for Those Above by Daniel Polansky  (Hodder & Stoughton)

Larry Rostant for The Skull Throne by Peter V Brett  (Harper/Voyager)

Larry Rostant for Black Wolves  by Kate Elliott  (Orbit)

Larry Rostant for War of Shadows by Gail Z. Martin  (Orbit)

Larry Rostant for Reign of Iron by Angus Watson  (Orbit)

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So. Damn. Gorgeous.

Duncan Spilling for Angel of Storms by Trudi Canavan  (Orbit)

Steve Stone for Battlemage by Stephen Aryan(Orbit)

Steve Stone for The Dagger’s Path by Glenda Larke  (Orbit)

Raymond Swanland for Archaon: Lord of Chaos by Rob Sanders (Black Library)

Andrew Unangst for Twelve Kings by Bradley Beaulieu  (Gollancz)

Stephen Youll for The Silver Kings by Stephen Deas  (Gollancz)

Paul Young for Ruin by John Gwynne (Pan Macmillan)

Paul Young for Acendant’s Rite by David Hair  (Jo Fletcher Books)

Paul Young for Valkyrie’s Song  by MD Lachlan  (Gollancz)


The Morningstar Award (vote HERE)

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The new Morningstar Award trophy

Stephen Aryan, Battlemage  (Orbit)

Seth Dickinson, The Traitor  (Pan Macmillan)

Francesca Haig, The Fire Sermon  (Harper/Voyager)

Lucy Hounsom, Starborn  (Pan Macmillan)

Peter Newman, The Vagrant  (Harper/Voyager)

Sabaa Tahir, An Ember in the Ashes  (Harper/Voyager)


The Legend Award (vote HERE)

Joe Abercrombie, Half A War  (Harper/Voyager)

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Who else thinks it’s a crime that poor Joe has yet to win a Snaga?

Bradley Beaulieu, Twelve Kings  (Gollancz)

Peter V. Brett, The Skull Throne  (Harper/Voyager)

Terry Brooks, The Darkling Child  (Orbit)

Jim Butcher, The Aeronaut’s Windlass  (Orbit)

Miles Cameron, The Dread Wyrm  (Gollancz)

Trudi Canavan, Angel of Storms (Orbit)

Larry Correia, Son of the Black Sword  (Baen)

Edward Cox, The Cathedral of Known Things  (Gollancz)

David Dalglish, Skyborn  (Orbit)

Stephen Deas, The Silver Kings  (Gollancz)

Aliette de Bodard, The House of Shattered Wings  (Gollancz)

Sebastien de CastellKnight’s Shadow  (Jo Fletcher Books)

Kate Elliott, Black Wolves  (Orbit)

David Guymer, Gotrek & Felix: Slayer (Black Library)

John Gwynne, Ruin  (Pan Macmillan)

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The most coveted award of all: the Snaga

David HairAscendant’s Rite  (Jo Fletcher Books)

Joanne Hall, Spark and Carousel  (Kristell Ink)

Markus Heitz, Devastating Hate  (Jo Fletcher Books)

Robin Hobb, Fool’s Quest  (Harper/Voyager)

John Hornor Jacobs, Foreign Devils  (Gollancz)

NK Jemisin, The Fifth Season  (Orbit)

Drew Karpyshyn, Chaos Unleashed  (Del Rey)

Julia Knight, Swords and Scoundrels  (Orbit)

Snorri KristjanssonPath of Gods  (Jo Fletcher Books)

M.D. Lachlan, Valkyrie’s Song  (Gollancz)

Glenda Larke, The Dagger’s Path  (Orbit)

Mark Lawrence, The Liar’s Key  (Harper/Voyager)

Rebecca Levene, The Hunter’s Kind  (Hodder & Stoughton)

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Will the Red Queen come back fighting after last year’s double defeat?

Tom Lloyd, Old Man’s Ghosts  (Gollancz)

Alex Marshall, A Crown For Cold Silver  (Orbit)

Gail Z. Martin, War of Shadows  (Orbit)

Brian McClellan, The Autumn Republic(Orbit)

Naomi Novik, Uprooted  (Pan Macmillan)

Den Patrick, The Boy Who Wept Blood  (Gollancz)

Daniel Polansky, Those Above  (Hodder & Stoughton)

Steven Poore, The Heir to the North  (Kristell Ink)

Anthony Ryan, Queen of Fire  (Orbit)

Rob Sanders, Archaon: Lord of Chaos  (Black Library)

Brandon Sanderson, Shadows of Self  (Gollancz)

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If Williams makes the shortlist, d’you think she’ll let the Copper Cat attend the awards ceremony?

Anna Sheehan, Spinning Thorns  (Gollancz)

Brian Staveley, The Providence of Fire  (Pan Macmillan)

Adrian Tchaikovsky, Guns of the Dawn  (Pan Macmillan)

Ian Tregillis, The Mechanical  (Orbit)

Angus Watson, Reign of Iron (Orbit)

David Weber, The Sword of the South  (Baen)

Django Wexler, The Price of Valour  (Del Rey)

Jen Williams, The Iron Ghost  (Headline)


What. A. List. HUGE congratulations to all the nominees!

Voting will remain open until 24th June. And remember, if there’s a book you think should be on there, members of the public still have two more weeks to submit nominations.

Now for the hard part: choosing who to vote for . . .

See you in July for the shortlist announcement!DGLA Logo