Traditionally amongst my friends, we get to the end of the year and say “well that was a shit year.” Except, for me at least, 2012 wasn’t. It was a good year, a great year even, especially given the year before. Even when you ignore the fact that 2011 was Shytus Maximus, 2012 will go down as one of the best.
Anyone who has read the novel will know that I’m very interested in hidden parts of Wiltshire. The vampire D’Toeni is found in a tunnel system based loosely on the Burlington Nuclear Bunker, located over near Corsham. In that case, I’ve never been able to visit the location, basing my research on photos and articles. But it’s not the only secret military location in the county.
Ever wondered what books authors were looking forward to? Or what books they read this year that they got excited and geeky about? Well, Fantastical Imaginations asked a bunch of them just that and collated their answers into a couple of blog posts. Part 1 has gone live, and hiding amongst the list of authors (including Mark Lawrence, Anne Lyle and Myke Cole) are my choices.
Part 2 is due to go live today, but I’m spending it on Salisbury Plain on an Army firing range (more on that in the future – if I make it back alive!), so keep checking back with them.
Just a quick reminder (because I forgot to say in my previous post), that along with the extract, Manga Manaic Cafe are running a competition where you can win not only a copy of The Four Realms, but the ENTIRE Anarchy Books back catalogue!
That’s a pretty sweet prize. Be sure to take part!
So Stefan over at Civilian Reader kindly took the time to interview me about the book. Hopefully I gave some sensible answers that made for an interesting read. Be sure to check it out if you want to find out some details on The Thieving King, you want to hear the Eva Mendez story (surely everyone has heard this one by now), or want to know about the first fantasy story I ever wrote.
Be sure to check it out over at The Civilian Reader
What better way to celebrate Xmas than a seasonal extract from the novel. And the fine folks over at Manga Maniac Cafe have got you covered with an exclusive extract. In it, you’ll get introduced to the mysterious Mr West in a very snowy New York City. Be sure to check it out, especially if you want a taster of the novel.
With the novel officially out on Boxing Day (the best Xmas present of all!), I’ve got a very busy holiday lined up, but I hope everyone has an excellent Xmas.
One little known fact about The Four Realms book cover by Matt Cauley was that it was actually constructed as several different layers to allow for the animation seen in this video. Darren Byers is responsible for this excellent book trailer. Feel free to repost, retweet, and embed to your hearts content!
In between all the book promotion I’ve also been continuing to do my columns and my latest one is now out.
Over at GPSTracklog my latest Geocaching column has gone live with a look at Field notes. It’s surprising just how many cachers don’t know about them so I go over the basics and the methods I use to make the best use of them. Whether you are a smartphone or dedicated unit user, there’s information that could be handy to you (and preps the way for my next article in the new year on using GSAK ‘Publish logs’ feature).
Be sure to check out the article over at GPSTracklog.
Everything seems to be going at a hundred miles an hour at the moment. One minute I’m waiting for the book to come out, the next it’s out, people are reading it, I’ve been interviewed and now reviewed. I don’t think any of it has really sunk in yet and I’m like a listless over-excited kid on a post-xmas comedown. I feel like I want to sleep for a week. Unfortunately, I’m working over xmas.
I’ve been nervously awaiting the first review of The Four Realms. I mean, I know I love the book as does my publisher… but what about other people? I was therefore pleased when The Eloquent Page posted their review and were more than complimentary. I want to quote the whole thing at you but here are a couple of highlights:
Where The Four Realms really succeeds is successfully bringing together elements from fantasy, traditional and cosmic horror into one wonderfully chaotic adventure
Faulkner has created a great plot that’s very easy to get caught up in. The cast of characters work well and the world that the author has invented is consistently interesting
You can check out the full review over at The Eloquent Page and I urge you to do so, as they work very hard promoting books and do a great job reviewing them.
I also believe they have incredibly good taste in books!