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Look at these awesome anthologies!

All my friends are metalheads amazing writers, working hard and getting their stories published like the superstars they are!

There’s been a lot of well-deserved successes in my circle of friends lately, so this post is me raising a glass to them and sharing some writers and anthologies you should be looking out for.

And if I’ve missed something, drop me a comment below with your exciting news.

K.C. and Rob are in the Fox Spirit “Piracy” anthology


Two of my friends and fellow Inkbots, K.C. and Rob, have stories in the upcoming ‘Piracy’ anthology by Fox Spirit. The accepted stories were announced here, and Fox Spirit owner Adele says “I’m really excited about this series and we have great stories taking piracy from a child’s mind, to the high seas and straight onto mind jacking. We have strange beasts and the penalty for stealing dreams.”

It’s part of the Fox Pockets series I mentioned yesterday, a series of reasonably priced pocket-sized books containing around a dozen short stories.

K.C.Shaw’s story is “Skyway”, starring two lady airship pirates in a fascinating steampunk universe. It’s guaranteed to be awesome and I can’t wait to read it.

Rob Haines’ story is “Pieces of 2^3” swings more in the sci-fi direction, putting an exciting new spin on digital piracy.

It looks like there will be many more talented writers involved as well. I’m looking forward to buying this anthology!

Rob is being published in the “Tales of Eve” anthology


Rob Haines and K.C. are both insanely productive writers, putting my own workflow to shame. Have you seen all the books on K.C.’s site? They all sound amazing! Plus she’s got a short story up on Daily Science Fiction.

I mentioned Rob’s insanely productive, and here’s the proof. The short-story writing pro has another upcoming short in the “Tales of Eve” anthology, also being published by Fox Spirit.

Editor Mhairi said Rob’s story made her cry, so no doubt I’ll be blubbing as well.

Take a look at that cover! It’s gorgeous, isn’t it?

John Dixon’s TV Pilot is looking awesome

The TV Pilot for INTELLIGENCE, based on John’s upcoming YA thriller PHOENIX ISLAND, is going well.

Go check out his blog, where there’s all the latest casting news, photos from the set, and a very mysterious image.

Erika’s ready for the end of the world

Erika Beebe is now officially a published author, with her short story  coming out from J. Taylor Publishing later this year. J.Taylor create some fantastic covers and I’m sure this anthology will have a great one too — I’ll share the cover for One More Day, and a short summaries for her story, on May 13, 2013.

PRESS RELEASE: J. Taylor Publishing Signs Seven Authors To One More Day, A YA Anthology To Release December 2, 2013
Six authors to be featured with L.S. Murphy in Young Adult Anthology, One More Day, from J. Taylor Publishing.

J. Taylor Publishing will release One More Day, an anthology of seven short stories written for young adults, with a world’s end theme.

The anthology’s theme, centered around what would happen if ‘tomorrow’ didn’t happen, produced dozens of entries with seven stories selected. “We asked authors to think on a prompt, particularly what happens as characters feel the stop, feel the shift, as they realize, only they know how to make everything go back to normal,” says J. Taylor Publishing.

With a singular theme, one might expect all stories to be “the same”, but in One More Day, the challenge to create something completely unique was met by all authors. From contemporary to paranormal, fantasy to comedy and mixes of multiple genres, each of the seven stories represents the author’s interpretation and method of ensuring the world doesn’t end—somehow, someway.

About Erika Beebe
Inspired by her first grade teacher’s belief in her imagination from the first story she ever wrote, Erika has been a storyteller ever since. A dreamer and an experiencer, she envisions the possibilities in life and writes to bring hope when sometimes the moment doesn’t always feel that way.
Working in the field of public relations and communications for more than ten years, she has always been involved with writing, editing, and engaging others in public speaking.
Her two young children help keep her creativity alive and the feeling of play in the forefront of her mind.

Pantomime Release and Dissident TV Pilot!

Man, today was a crazy day for my writing friends. It was the US release of Pantomime by the lovely Laura Lam!


R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimeras is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.

Available on: Amazon USAmazon UKBarnes and NobleThe Book DepositoryWaterstones

The official UK release is tomorrow (February 7th), but Amazon have been shipping out orders early which means I’ve been snuggling up to read it every night… when the dogs don’t steal my armchair to have a read, that is.


And that’s not the only awesome news happening on our writing front! My friend John Dixon’s YA Thriller, Dissident PHOENIX ISLAND, comes out in 2014 and he’s sold the pilot of Intelligence, a show based on it, to CBS! John’s been working hard to get this far, and it’s great to see it pay off for him. Go stop by his blog and say congratulations, because when Dissident hits the shelves it’s gonna be huge.

Man, it’s great to see good things happening to my writing friends. 🙂 But now, it’s time for me to settle down with a cuppa tea and read more of Pantomime.

How Many Books Do You Read?

Today, for their Road Trip Wednesday question for bloggers, YA Highway asked: About how many books do you read in a year? Do you want to read more? Or, less?

This year, I set myself a Goodreads Reading Challenge to read 35 books. I’ve already passed that, despite a year that’s been (sometimes) hectic and (always) busy.

Looking at the responses from my blog friends, though, this achievement feels a bit low. Next year, I’m raising the bar to 50 books! And according to my big 2013 to-do list, which I’ll be posting soon, next year will be focussing on the for review pile, the personal to-read pile, comics, short stories and some non-fiction.


I can’t believe this year is almost over. It’s been a good one, all things considered and weighed up. I’m hoping 2013 goes just as well as this year, and I can’t wait to see what surprises it brings.

Lauren Kate’s “Rapture” is Here!

The fourth and final book in the Fallen series, “Rapture”, is out now!


And time is running out for Luce and Daniel.

In order to stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the Fall began. Only Luce can break the curse, and it is her choice alone that will decide all their fates.

But as Dark Forces gather, great sacrifices will be made in this final epic struggle . . .

In the fight for Luce, and for love, who will win?

The lovely people at Random House have sent me a copy of this to review, but I’m going to be late with the review because my to-read pile is sky-high.

But if you’re a fan of the series why not check out this guest post from Lauren Kate with brilliant advice on editing? Or you can check out my reviews of her other books: “The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove”, “Fallen”, “Torment”, and  “Passion”.

Cover Reveal! “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” UK Paperback

On 16th August Hodder Books will publish the paperback edition of Laini Taylor’s brilliant YA fantasy novel “Daughter of Smoke and Bone”.

The book itself is wonderful, and you can find my review and the hard back cover over here. I have a bias towards the original cover, because it’s the cover I own and love — and I adore designs that use feathers. but there’s plenty of interesting aspects in this new cover. It seems to be aiming at an older audience (crossover?), reminding me a lot of some women’s fiction covers while still keeping the story elements obvious, and I like that the font is almost identical to the original.

RIP Anne McCaffery

Damn, this has been some kind of year. We’ve been losing a lot of great people.

Early reports are coming in that sci-fi/fantasy author Anne McCaffery died November 21, 2011 of a massive stroke at home in Ireland.

She was one of the greats – her Dragonriders of Pern series was a hugely influential book, a vividly-told fantasy about dragon riders that backed up it’s mythology with science and turned the series into a fantasy sci-fi/fantasy blend.

Unfortunately I didn’t read her until a long time after Dragon Tamers came out. I would have loved her world as a kid – and I loved it as an adult, even if I disagreed with certain beliefs she held.

If you like dragons, you’ll love her work. And who are you kidding? Everyone likes dragons. From Dragon Age to Skyrim, Harry Potter to the Hobbit, Game of Thrones to World of Warcraft, if you like fantasy you’re going to love dragons.

RIP Anne McCaffrey. 
Your work changed science fiction and fantasy for the better, and your legacy will live on.

Lauren Kate Announces New Novel in “Fallen” Series

Some interesting news just in from the lovely people at Random House – Lauren Kate, author of “Fallen”, is realising a new addition to her 4-book series – a set of four side-stories collected in “Fallen in Love”.

Click ‘read more’ (or keep reading if you arrived directly on this page) for the press release and scantily clad men…

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Ryan Graudin’s Awesomeness is Recognised

Ryan Graudin’s LUMINANCE HOUR, in which a partying prince falls for a Kate Middletonesque fae, who has been protecting the royal family for centuries, and who must make an impossible choice amidst a backdrop of a palace murder and paparazzi mayhem, to Alyson Day at Harper Teen, in a very-nice deal, in a two-book deal, by Alyssa Eisner Henkin at Trident Media Group.

I’ve done some beta reading work for Ryan, and was stunned by the professionalism of her work. It’s fantastic to see her writing recognized with a two-book book deal  to a major publisher.

Or, to put it another way:

I don’t think there’s any information about a UK release yet, but with those brilliantly topical monarchy themes I can imagine it doing brilliantly here. I can’t wait to pre-order and read “Luminance Hour”.

Ryan discusses the announcement here, with a fun video discussing the wait and how she coped here.

“Daughter of Smoke and Bone” Trailer 2 + 3

I started reading “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” yesterday, was hooked by the first few chapters, and have been reading it addictively ever since. I want to keep reading, but I don’t want it to end!

I hope to post about it when I’m done because it’s out this month, but while I’m reading here are two new trailers about the book.

Click here to view the first trailer, some story info and the UK book cover.

And once you’ve seen those, let’s get on to the next two trailers:



The author’s website mention that there will be two more trailers to come… that’s impressive, considering a lot of books don’t even have the budget for one trailer, but I think this book more than deserves the promotional effort.

Laini Taylor is an incredibly talented writer.