May 2014 Archive

Half a King Preorder Lucky Dip

Have YOU pre-ordered Half a King in the UK, or are you about to do so?  Then you will receive a splendiferous hardcover containing an exciting fantasy adventure featuring vivid characters in an imaginatively realised viking-esque world.  That’s guaranteed.  But you will also have a chance of winning a once-in-a-lifetime-never-to-be-repeated-until-possibly-such-time-as-I-release-another-book opportunity.

Simply fill in the form here with an order number as proof of your purchase, and on publication day, July 3rd, an exclusive number of two, TWO, lucky persons shall receive tickets to meet me, that’s right ME, at the very top of London’s famous gherkin at Harper Collins’ summer party in August.  You can exchange real words with me like the people that have already met me do.  I might even smile, like this.  But if that isn’t enough, there may be other trifling presences from the international fantasy publishing scene there, like, I don’t know, PV Brett, Robin Hobb, and some guy called George RR Martin.  I can’t promise they’ll smile at you, but you never know, that is in your own hands.

As if that weren’t enough, we all know how frustrating it can be waiting for that next book in a series, especially when the first is this flipping brilliant, therefore the lucky winners will also receive advanced reader copies of the next two books in the series, Half the World and Half a War, posted to your door well prior to publication like those proper publishing, book selling and critical review type folks receive.  But in case you’d rather have a spanking new finished hardcover edition, you’ll also get a hardcover of each book the moment they become available, all signed and dedicated and whatnot.

Truly, the gods shall have smiled upon you.  And for a chance to win these wonderful things, all you have to do is the right thing, the thing you were going to do anyway, and that’s preorder Half a King.  Hell, if you aren’t one of the lucky few, you still get a beautiful hardback containing an exciting fantasy adventure featuring vivid characters in an imaginatively realised viking-esque world.  It’s a WIN WIN.


For some preorder options, I suggest you look here…

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I have returned from a week away at a festival in France to find finished UK editions of Half a King, and don’t they look lovely? Ooh, they glitter and shine and feel velvety beneath the fingers.  On the left, trade paperback for export, on the right, hardcover for the UK market.  The hardcover’s an […]

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Half a King SIGNED

Some of you will be thinking about buying Half a King when it appears in July (3rd in the UK, 15th in the US), some of you (and I really love you for it) may already have preordered it, but some of you will want to take that extra step of devotion and get your sweaty […]

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Half a King UK Events

OK, people, the schedule for my UK tour this summer is coming together.  A few details still to be confirmed, which I will inform you of as soon as I am able, but most of it appears below… Sunday 29th June 6.30pm – Evening talk with Blackwell’s Edinburgh at Pleasance theatre, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 […]

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His Master’s Voice

In case you’re not sick of the sound of my voice, over on Suvudu you can hear me reading a sizeable excerpt from my story Tough Times all Over, which will be appearing in GRRM and Gardner Dozois’ latest multi-author cross-genre blockbuster anthology, Rogues.  It’s out in a month, on the 17th June, with stories […]

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Half a King US Events

I now have a firm schedule for a trip to the US in July for San Diego Comic Con. I’ve got a lot of other stuff happening around that time so it’s by no means a comprehensive tour, just a few dates on the west coast. Sorry, everywhere else, I’ll have to catch you later… […]

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On the Coode Street Podcast

I’m on this week’s Coode Street Podcast along with editor Jonathan Strahan (who’s curated my stories in Swords and Dark Magic and a couple of best of year anthologies) and critic Gary Wolfe, discussing Half a King, what changes and what stays the same in writing for a young adult audience, humour, grimdark, awards, and […]

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Publishers Weekly on Half a King

Let’s face it, if you’re a regular visitor to this site, the chances are reasonably high you’re already planning to give Half a King a try when it comes out in July.  But just in case any of you are still lurking on the fence, Publishers Weekly have given the book a very enthusiastic starred review (and […]

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