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My WorldCon schedule

I’m looking forward to being in Kansas City in a couple of weeks for the World Science Fiction Convention. I’ve got my complete schedule now: if you’re attending, hope to see you there! (I’ll be in my Edward Willett guise, not my E.C. Blake one.) New Trends in Young Adult Novels Thursday 12:00 – 13:00, 2503A …

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My latest young adult fantasy: Flames of Nevyana

if you enjoyed the Masks of Aygrima trilogy, you’d probably also enjoy my latest YA fantasy novel (written as Edward Willett), Flames of Nevyana, from Rebelight in Winnipeg. Here’s the synopsis: Blue Fire is both blessing and curse. A gift from the gods, its mystical light and energy powers and protects the land of Nevyana, but it also …

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How to Write Young Adult Fantasy: More Story, Less Pretentiousness

A little while ago I gave a talk at the offices of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild for the Saskatchewan chapter of CANSCAIP, the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (that’s their logo at left). This is more or less what I said. I didn’t start out as a writer. Like most writers, I started out as a reader. My parents …

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My other YA fantasy series: The Shards of Excalibur

Mara isn’t the only 15-year-old fantasy heroine I’ve written about: there’s also Ariane Forsythe, heir to the power of the Lady of the Lake from King Arthur legend, who with her slightly younger friend Wally Knight, who has his own surprising heritage, must magically travel the world trying to recover the five shards of Arthur’s …

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Paperback of Faces out July 5!

The mass-market paperback of Faces releases July 5, which means you can now get the whole Masks of Aygrima trilogy in paperback. Which you should totally do. Here are the Amazon.com links for each book, for your convenience. Masks Shadows Faces  

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Two recent audio interviews

While I was Guest of Honour at Can-Con in Ottawa last October, I had two great audio interviews, one with Kevin Johns of Write-Along Radio, and one with Derek Newman-Stille of the great Speculating Canada website. To be sure, both were in my persona as Edward Willett more than E.C. Blake, but (if you haven’t …

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I’ll be Author Guest of Honour at Can-Con 2015 in Ottawa!

I’m pleased and honoured to announce that I will be Author Guest of Honour at Can-Con 2015: The Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature, in Ottawa October 30 – November 1. Really looking forward to it! The Editor Guest of Honour will be Trevor Quachri, editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, and Professor Cristina Perissinotto from the University …

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Faces makes it official–I have committed trilogy

Although I’m still waiting for the bulk of my author’s copies of Faces (which is why the top three winners in my giveaway haven’t received their books yet), Faces has officially hit bookshelves and is available for order through your local bookstores (if they don’t have it in stock) or online at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Indigo, …

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Announcing the great FACES book giveaway! Win books just by commenting!

Faces, the concluding book in The Masks of Aygrima trilogy, comes out July 7 from DAW Books, so it’s time for a contest! I’m offering several prizes, awarded at random to anyone who comments here, on Facebook on my E.C. Blake fan page, my Edward Willett fan page, or on my personal websites, here or at edwardwillett.com, …

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Read Chapter 1 of FACES online!

With the release of Faces, the final book in The Masks of Aygrima trilogy, coming up on July 7, it’s time to post a teaser. Here’s Chapter 1, which picks up right after the end of Book 2, Shadows. Enjoy…and then order the whole book! It’ll be available through bookstores everywhere, but here’s the Amazon …

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