Over at the SOLARIS blog they are doing a give-away.
‘In honour of the releases of Paul Kearney‘s The Monarchies of God omnibuses (Hawkwood and the Kings, out now, and Century of the Soldier, due out next month) and Rowena Cory Daniells‘ The Chronicles of King Rolen’s Kin trilogy (The King’s Bastard and The Uncrowned King, out now, and The Usurper, due out next month), we’re holding an all-kings-themed competition.’
All you have to do is name your favourite king. So drop over and try your luck!
You know how writers labour away for years in back rooms writing books, throwing their whole heart into these series, never knowing if anyone will read their stories?
Well, every once in while the fates of publishing smile on the struggling author and these series do sell. This is one of those days. So I’m definitely Doing the Happy Dance!
Solaris have bought my First T’En trilogy.
This series follows the fate of a tribe of mystics, the T’Enatuath. Vastly outnumbered by people without magical abilities, the mystics are persecuted because ordinary people fear their gifts.
This persecution culminates in a bloody pogrom sanctioned by the King who lays siege to the Celestial City, last bastion of the T’Enatuath.
A fantasy-family saga, the characters are linked by blood, love and vows as they struggle with misplaced loyalties, over-riding ambition and hidden secrets which could destroy them. Some make desperate alliances only to suffer betrayal from those they trust, and some discover great personal strength in times of adversity.
You know how to fall in love with your characters? I fell in love with these people. I’m over the moon now that the trilogy has sold!
I had a day off work. I promised myself I would write and I was so looking forward to it. Today when I should have been writing:-
I made 3 trips to the train station to drop off and pick up teen age children.
Baked choc chip cookies with son number 4.
Discovered the cat had been shut in the bathroom and peed on the bathmat. (Why does cat pee smell so bad?)
Stripped the bathroom (threw out the mat) mopped the floor and …
Put through 3 loads of washing, brought in another 3 loads of washing (still not sorted and put away).
Went shopping with daughter number one and we set the world to rights over coffee.
Then daughter number two turned up and we had to set the world to rights, too.
The I opened my mail and discovered this …
My wonderful publishers, SOLARIS, have done a promo for the King Rolen’s Kin trilogy on the back of the 2000AD comic. You know that line from the Dr Hook ‘Wanna get my Picture on the cover of Rolling Stone!’
Well this is not quite that but it is awfully close. Feeling really inspired despite the cat!
I woke up the other morning to find an email from my editor at SOLARIS. (They are in the UK and I’m in Australia, so we are like ships that pass in the night). The covers for my trilogy had arrived. And here they are:
I was blown away. They are all terrific, but I love the second book with its brilliant red bird. Kudos to Clint Langley the cover artist and to SOLARIS for choosing him.
Having worked as a graphic artist I sometimes buy books just for their covers. If I saw these in a bookstore I’d pick them up. Have there been covers that made you look twice?