Category: Books

Good review for Masks in Locus Magazine

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Locus Magazine, the news magazine of the science fiction/fantasy field, has a good review of Masks in its December issue. The review isn’t online, but Faren Miller begins: “Masks, first in a fantasy series by E.C. Blake…chronicles the trials of a Gifted though largely untrained teenage heroine in an exotic, perilous world of magic, after …

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

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

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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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RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Novel nominee interviews

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

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

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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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Interview with me at Fantasy Faction

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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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Masks nominated for Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award

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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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Who are those Masked marketers?

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

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

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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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