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 urban fantasy series about Ariane Forsythe, 15-year-old girl in Regina, Saskatchewan (my home town!), who discovers she is the heir to the powers of the Lady of the Lake of Arthurian legend, and with the help of her slightly younger friend Wally Knight must race to find all of the shards of the sword Excalibur scattered around the world before Merlin, in his modern-day guise as computer magnate Rex Major, can gather them, reforge them, and use the sword to launch a war between Earth and Faerie.
The series is being published by Coteau Books here in Regina. The first book, Song of the Sword, will be released in May (right in the middle of the long drought between Masks and Shadows!).
No cover art to share, though it’s coming soon (and it’s great!), but the book is already available for pre-order on Amazon.
I hope you’ll check it out when it’s released! The Masks of Aygrima books are coming out at eight-month intervals, but the Shards of Excalibur books are coming out at six-month intervals: two of those next year, plus Shadows, plus a science fiction novel for Bundoran Press (sequel to my novel Right to Know which came out last year), means that 2014 will be (at least!) a four-novel year for me.
Guess I’d better get writing…