I realise Dragonslayer isn’t out yet, but this has worked its way out into the internet, so I thought I’d do a quick title and cover reveal for the second part of the Dragonslayer trilogy.
First up, the title – Knight of the Silver Circle.
I was going to call it Chevalier of the Silver Circle, for reasons that will be obvious when you read Dragonslayer (or The Frontier Lord, which you can get a free digital copy of if you sign up for my newsletter here), but it took up too much space on the cover (and obscured too much of the truly magnificent cover art) so I wanted to go for something a little more compact. And so ‘chevalier’ becomes ‘knight’. I bet you didn’t think that was how the naming process works!
So, without further ado, here is the cover!
I’m also delighted to announce that Knight of the Silver Circle is already available for preorder! You can grab a copy here:
A quick post to let you all know that Tor have put up the first 3 chapters of Dragonslayer as a sneak peak preview. You can find it over on their site which is here:
If that takes your fancy, don’t forget that you get a free digital copy of my never before seen short story, The Drake of White Peak, if you preorder your copy of Dragonslayer (currently only available in Canada and the Us)! You can grab a copy online in the usual places, such as:
I’m not sure what happens to the preorder link after 1 July – it’s entirely possible that it will self destruct, although I can neither confirm nor deny this. Once again, I’m very sorry but this is only open to people in the US and Canada.
Tor have released an excerpt for Dragonslayer, so if you weren’t lucky enough to get your hands on an ARC, you can read a little chunk of it over on Tor’s website. Here’s the link:
I will be running some more giveaways over the next few weeks, so stay tuned if you haven’t bagged a copy. Sadly, for various reasons, GRDP in Europe being one of then, it is impossible for me to run giveaways outside of the US and Canada at the moment. Being based outside of the US and Canada myself, I realise how frustrating that is, but unfortunately it’s beyond my resources to get around this, so please accept my apologies!
I’ve a new profile page up on the Macmillan website, which is pretty cool for me, considering some of the incredible authors already present there. For regulars to this site, (thanks, mum!) there’s not a whole lot new, other than perhaps my professional studio profile photo, which was taken by a good friend of mine, Jason at jasonclarkephotography.ie, a fact which did little to take away from what an embarrassing experience it was! Sadly the ‘blue steel’ shots didn’t make the cut…
If you like quality, award winning photography with subject matter far more attractive than I, you should check out his site, linked above!
Finally, don’t forget the Goodreads Giveaway for a paperback copy of Dragonslayer still has a few days left to run. You can enter it here:
Tor have just released a free sampler book, MagicXMayhem. It contains a chunk of Dragonslayer, along with chunks of some other great fantasy stories that are upcoming this year. As well as my own wonderful self, you can find excerpts from Sarah Gailey, Seanan Maguire, and JY Yang, among others. You can download a free copy by clicking on any of the images in this post, or at this link:
Hey everyone! We’re running a giveaway for some advance copies of Dragonslayer over on Goodreads at the moment. If you want to get your hands on a copy in advance of release, this is a good way to try! You can find the giveaway entry page here:
With the different route to publication that I’m taking with the Dragonslayer trilogy, partnering up with Tor, there are plenty of new experiences for me along the way. One of those is getting the occasional mention in trade press. It’s my first time being mentioned in one of these, so I thought I’d share it. You can take a look:
I’ve set up a group there also, which you can join to keep in the loop in the run up to Dragonslayer’s release on 2 July 2019. There’ll hopefully be giveaways, excerpts, and artwork reveals as we get closer to the big day, so that’ll be a good spot to keep up to date with those!
It’s definitely been too long since I last posted an update – apologies! My only excuse is that I’ve been incredibly busy working on the three Dragonslayer books with Tor. They’re still on schedule for publication next year!
The news of the day is that the Society of the Sword audiobook has been nominated for a SOVAS award in the Best Voice Artist category, for Derek Perkins. I think he did an incredible job in narrating it. Win or lose, I think Derek brought a huge amount to the audio production, and the nomination is the least amount of recognition he deserves.
The awards are on 18 November, so I wish him the best of luck, and am sorry I won’t be able to make it to the ceremony myself!