Will Mitchell won first place in the Writers of the Future competition for the third quarter of 2011. His story will appear in the WotF anthology for 2011 with the other 11 winners. In addition, he will be jetting off to Los Angeles in April 2012 to claim his prize and participate in the awards ceremony. Congratulations Will!
If you’re inspired by Will’s success, you can read the rules for the contest here. It runs every quarter and is open to “amateur writers” (see the rules for the definition of this). Winners receive considerable cash prizes, entry is free and entrants retain all publication rights, so what have you got to lose?
Jonathan Oliver, commissioning editor of Solaris Books, has acquired Hunter’s Moon by Gaie Sebold, a sequel to Babylon Steel – the opening volume of a fast-moving fantasy series which is published in January 2012, and which bestselling author Mike Carey has characterised as: “Ingenious, gripping and full of pleasures on every level. Exceptional”.
The agent was John Jarrold, and the deal was for UK/US rights. Solaris provisionally plan to publish early in 2013.
“Babylon Steel runs the best brothel in Scalentine; a city with gateways to many worlds and a widely varied and occasionally violent populace. Babylon has also become, somewhat against her will, bodyguard to the controversial new member of the ruling council in the nearby country of Incandress. Not to mention ‘unofficial Scalentine envoy’ or, to put it more bluntly, ‘spy’. And while she is trying to protect her charge, avoid clashing with Incandress’s rigid morality laws, and stop the whole country plunging into race massacre and civil war, someone back on Scalentine is killing weres. The city militia can’t, or won’t, catch them. And when your lover is the Chief of the city militia, who also happens to be a were, this is more than a little worrying…“
Erotica e-publisher Xcite’s fearless leader, Hazel Cushion was interviewed at Erotica UK 2011. The T Party’s K.D. Grace gets a special mention for her book The Pet Shop at about 3:45 as Xcite’s “top top selling author”. Congratulations Ms. Grace!
K. D. Grace’s Lakeland Heatwave 1: Body Temperature and Rising is now available in e-book formats, and will be in print in February 2012. The novel is the first of a paranormal erotic romance trilogy, set in the Lake District.
“American transplant to the Lake District, Marie Warren, didn’t know she could unleash demons and enflesh ghosts until a voyeuristic encounter on the fells ends in sex with the charming ghost, Anderson, and night visits from a demon. To help her cope with her embarrassing and dangerous new abilities, Anderson brings her to The Elementals, a coven of witches who practice rare sex magic that temporarily allows needy ghosts access to the pleasures of the flesh.
DEACON, the demon Marie has unleashed, holds an ancient grudge against Tara Stone, coven high priestess, and will stop at nothing to destroy all she holds dear. Marie and her landlord, the reluctant young farmer, Tim Meriwether, are at the top of his list. Marie and Tim must learn to wield coven magic and the numinous power of their lust to stop Deacon’s bloody rampage before the coven is torn apart and more innocent people die.”
Congratulations to Gaie Sebold and Tom Pollock! Their debut novels feature in the Publishers’ Choice for 2012 fantasy books, as reported on the Fantasy Faction website. Babylon Steel is available to order now, and The City’s Son can currently be pre-ordered in hardback and will be released in June.
Ally Shaw’s fictional account of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, The Wintering Party, is now available to read at Witness magazine. Enjoy a free snowy story to put shivers down your spine!
Will Mitchell’s horror story Jiang Shi is now available in the South African magazine Something Wicked (Issue 14, October 2011). The story is set in nineteenth century China, with a strong Lovecraftian tone to it, and follows one of the British opium traders as he tries to deal with chronic pain by first dipping into his own supply of drugs, then meddling with something even more sinister and dangerous when the drugs stop working. The magazine is available in Kindle/EPub/pdf formats.