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Cover art reveal: my next DAW novel, Worldshaper

Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada | Indigo | Barnes & Noble | Penguin Random House Worldshaper (written as Edward Willett) will be my ninth novel for DAW Books, coming out September 18 in hardcover and ebook. It’s the start of a new series called Worldshapers. The artwork is by Juliana Kolesova, who happens to also be …

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My latest novel is science fiction: The Cityborn

My latest novel (my eighth from DAW Books) is The Cityborn, a stand-alone science fiction tale. What’s it about? Glad you asked! Herewith, the blurb, followed by some very nice reviews, and a link to sample chapters and buying opportunities. Two young individuals must uncover the dark secrets of their stratified city in this suspenseful …

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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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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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Buy the audiobooks of Masks and Shadows!

Both Masks and Shadows have been turned into audiobooks by Recorded Books. Both books are narrated by Elizabeth Morton. Click on the cover images below to go to Audible.com to purchase the audiobooks. You can also listen to samples of each!

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Masks shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards

Each year the Saskatchewan Book Awards honour the best books by Saskatchewan authors, and I’m pleased to announce that the 2015 shortlisted books include Masks, in two categories: Young Adult Literature (self-explanatory) and Regina Book Award (for the best book by a Regina author). The books are judged by out-of-province judges, and the stated criteria …

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Book 3 of my OTHER YA fantasy series gets its Amazon page

The Lake in the Clouds, Book 3 in The Shards of Excalibur series from Coteau Books, written as Edward Willett, now has its Amazon page. Here’s the description: In the third instalment of this modern take on Arthurian legends, Ariane – descendant of none other than the Lady of the Lake herself – is on the …

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The Qwillery calls Shadows “an excellent sequel”

Reviewer Brannigan at The Qwillery (who also liked Masks) praises Shadows: “E.C. Blake provides an excellent sequel in Shadows…Blake does a great job of building on the foundations he laid in the first book when it comes to both the magical system and world building…Anyone who liked Masks needs to read this book. Fans of realistic heroines will …

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Here’s the cover art for Faces!

Just got this from DAW Books today: it’s the cover art for Faces, Book 3 in my Masks of Aygrima trilogy. It builds on the previous two covers and reveals, appropriately enough, Mara’s face for the first time. I like it a lot! How about you? Like the first two covers, this one is by Paul Young. The paperback of Masks will be …

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