Monthly Archive: November 2013

Nov 29

Cover Art Reveal: Song of the Sword, first book in new YA fantasy series starting in May

Song of the Sword Cover Coteau

Here’s the cover art for Song of the Sword, first book in my new five-book YA fantasy series The Shards of Excalibur (written under my other authorial name, Edward Willett) being published by Coteau Books beginning in May. I like this cover a lot, as does my resident authority in YA fiction, 12-year-old daughter Alice, …

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Nov 29

Ten autographed copies of Masks on sale for charity at Patrick Rothfuss’s website

My hand signing MASKS

The estimable Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times-bestselling author of the amazing fantasies The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear, with whom I share the honor of being published by DAW Books, has a long history of selling signed books and other artifacts through his website to raise money for charity. Right now, …

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Nov 29

RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Novel nominee interviews

Without A Summer

I was thrilled when Masks was named one of the finalists for the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Fantasy Novel, alongside some tough competition (Paul Cornell, London Falling; Kate Elliott, Cold Steel; Mary Robinette Kowal, Without A Summer, and Stella Gemmell, The City. The RT Book Reviews blog posted the mini-interviews it did …

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Nov 17

First book in my other fantasy series now available for pre-order

It’s not a huge secret (see the link Other Novels–not to mention the Publishers Weekly review of Masks) that E.C. Blake is not the only name under which I write, and under that other name (Edward Willett)  I also have a fantasy series about to get underway. The Shards of Excalibur is a five-book YA …

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Nov 14

“A good book that will appeal to fans of young adult fantasy”

Bookworm Blues says of Masks: “The magic and world is rather fascinating and well done…There’s a hint of romance and the possibility of a love triangle in future books, which is all very young adult, but it’s balanced by the world and the magic, which have a very adult feel to them. This makes Masks, …

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Nov 13

Interview with me at Fantasy Faction

There’s a great interview with me (under my other name) at Fantasy Faction, which begins with a discussion of Masks, part of which I’ve excerpted below: Your protagonist, Mara, is an adolescent girl, which makes it seem like it should be aimed at the YA market, but much of the plot is definitely not for …

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Nov 12

Masks nominated for Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award

i’m thrilled to announce that Masks has been nominated in the category of Best Fantasy Novel for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Other nominees in the same category are London Falling by Paul Cornell (Tor), Cold Steel by Kate Elliott (Orbit), The City by Stella Gemmell (Ace), and Without a Summer, by Mary Robinette …

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Nov 09

Who are those Masked marketers?

Penguing Marketing with Masks

Apparently the Penguin marketing people REALLY get into the books they promote…

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Nov 08

Enjoy my guest post at My Shelf Confessions on the writing of Masks

Here’s my guest post for My Shelf Confessions on the writing of Masks. You can read it over there, or you can read it right here! Hi, I’m E.C. Blake, author of Masks, and I have a confession to make: it isn’t at all the book I originally set out to write. I thought it …

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Nov 08

The Bibliosanctum finds Masks “riveting from beginning to end”

“Masks is the very promising first novel of what’s shaping up to be a phenomenal series…I liked this book a lot; the story had me riveted from beginning to end, and there’s lots of potential for the main character and the series’ fantasy world.” – M. Mogsy, The Bibliosanctum

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