my books

1Jul

New Luxury Edition of The Reef

Jurassic London are proud to announce a new luxury edition of Mark Charan Newton’s debut novel, The Reef.

First published in 2008 by Pendragon Press, The Reef is a tale of Weird pulp adventure, packed with mad science, swashbuckling heroes and monsters on an epic scale… To give the book the unique feel that it deserves, the art for the new edition will be provided by Philippa Rice (St Colin and the Dragon, Recylost, My Cardboard Life).

The Reef will be edited with the author’s preferred text and released in an edition of 75 signed and numbered hardcover copies, with the proceeds going to Marine Conservation UK.

More details here, but this promises to be a really cool venture with a great artist. And it’s all for charity!

Also, I’m glad to be able to essentially rewrite the book, to iron out problems and bring the prose up-to-date with the learnings of a more established novelist (that’s me).

25Jun

The Broken Isles – Paperback

Broken Isles

And that’s a wrap. That’s the Legends of the Red Sun series all out in paperback. Well, this will be published on July 18th or thereabouts, and then it’ll be all out in paperback. The strangest thing about receiving these copies was actually the lack of feeling, if that makes sense. I got excited when the hardcover came out, of course, but it feels like I’ve already put a lot of distance between me and the Legends series. My focus for the past year or two has entirely been about Drakenfeld, which is published in October. I’m so fickle!

28May

Drakenfeld Review Copies – A Call to New Bloggers

Drakenfeld

UPDATE: All proof copies have now been claimed! I’m completely out. BUT. Drop me a line around the end of September and I may well have a couple of extra hardcopies…

Advance reading copies for Drakenfeld have been printed! And no doubt they’ll be going out to reviewers and bloggers pretty soon. All good. All exciting.

But, I’ve always thought it’s pretty frustrating for those new bloggers to actually get their hands on review copies, trying to build up a catalogue of posts so that publishers will take notice enough to get you on their mailing lists. At the same time, I’m also a fan of supporting new blogs, new reviewers. It’s pretty healthy from time to time to spread the love a little; to get some new blood talking about books and to freshen up debate.

So I actually asked for some extra proof copies of Drakenfeld to be printed.

Here’s the deal. If you’re a relatively new blogger and fancy giving Drakenfeld a read, drop me a line about your blog and I’ll send you a copy. I’ll include your review – even if you hate the book – on a round-up of reviews. Maybe I can persuade my publisher to at least tweet it too.

I’ve only got a dozen or so extra copies spare for this purpose, so if you’re a new genre reviewer and you want a copy of Drakenfeld, you know what to do. Likewise if you’re an established blogger, please do give this post a tweet to this so that other bloggers can find out about it.

15Mar

Drakenfeld – Cover Design!

Drakenfeld Cover Art

Here we go, the cover design for Drakenfeld, which is published in October. This was created by the talented in-house team at Pan Macmillan. Pretty good, right? Told you there’d be no hooded figure.

Of all my many covers, this is by far the best and most appropriate. It really sums up the book, because nations (or rather nationalism) are core to the series, and the idea with the covers is that each novel features a coloured banner representing the country in which the novel takes place. The one above is the banner of Detrata, with a double-headed falcon, various glaives and swords and a lovely icon. It also evokes the classical world, which was – as regular followers of the blog might have guessed – a major inspiration for the novel. I like to think that the main continent of Vispasia could sit just off the classical maps, as some forgotten corner of the world yet to be discovered by archeologists.

Thumbnail goodness!Anyway, just as important as all that, I think this cover has pretty wide appeal, connecting with fantasy fans, while not putting off crime or historical readers. And it’s just very striking, either as a thumbnail (like here) or simply sitting on a bookshelf. In addition to this cover, there will be internal art as well such as maps. The whole book will be rather lovely to look at. Hopefully you’ll find the words are all in the right order, too.

Here’s the back cover text:

“I am Lucan Drakenfeld, second son of Calludian, Officer of the Sun Chamber and keeper of the peace. Sometimes people get in the way of that ambition…”

The monarchies of the Royal Vispasian Union have been bound together for two hundred years by laws maintained and enforced by the powerful Sun Chamber. As a result, nations have flourished but corruption, deprivation and murder will always find a way to thrive.

Receiving news of his father’s death Sun Chamber Officer Lucan Drakenfeld is recalled home to the ancient city of Tryum and rapidly embroiled in a mystifying case. The King’s sister has been found brutally murdered – her beaten and bloody body discovered in a locked temple. With rumours of dark spirits and political assassination, Drakenfeld has his work cut out for him trying to separate superstition from certainty. His determination to find the killer quickly makes him a target as the underworld gangs of Tryum focus on this new threat to their power.

Embarking on the biggest and most complex investigation of his career, Drakenfeld soon realises the evidence is leading him towards a motive that could ultimately bring darkness to the whole continent. The fate of the nations is in his hands.

Publication date: October, 2013.

13Mar

Drakenfeld Proofs

Manuscript
This is the fun stage. Having this big pile of paper arrive, and seeing drafts of the cover design, have made me rather excited to say the least. There are maps to be included (and potentially an extra illustration), but only now does Drakenfeld start to take the shape of a real book. It seems an opportunity for reinvention. The whole package, from story conception to the cover itself, feels more considered and mature. Yes, I’m definitely excited.