Kind words for Exile

Martin Owton’s fantasy novel ‘Exile’ has been favourably reviewed over at ReviewsM8Blog:

I can’t think of anything else to say really this is a thoroughly enjoyable read and has been compared by many to Gemmell, a statement I would echo. To wrap up I would definitely endorse this book and suggest it to anyone looking for a nice manageable slice of Grimdark that is well worth picking up. Sequels are as far as I know in the works and I can’t wait to get my teeth into them, well done Martin.

Treat yourself ladies and gents it’s a bloody good read.

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Cover reveal for Martin Owton

Martin Owton’s fantasy novel ‘Exile’ – the first book in the ‘Nandor’ series – has been revealed, and it looks like this:

 

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From the publisher’s website:

I was very happy to take on this novel and it’s sequel for Phantasia, it’s good , solid fantasy that reminded me of  David Gemmell at times.

‘Exile’ is the second book published by Phantasia and will be available later in March.

Martin Owton joins Phantasia

Martin’s ‘The Nandor Tales’ series has been picked up by Phantasia, the fantasy imprint at Tickety Boo Press. The first novel of the series, ‘The Exile of Darien’, will be published in the spring. From the publisher’s website:

“The Exile of Darien’ is a fast-moving tightly-plotted fantasy adventure story with a strong thread of romance

Aron of Darien, raised in exile after his homeland is conquered by a treacherous warlord, makes his way in the world on the strength of his wits and skill with a sword. Both are sorely tested when he is impressed into the service of the Earl of Nandor to rescue his heir from captivity in the fortress of Sarazan. The rescue goes awry. Aron and his companions are betrayed and must flee for their lives. Pursued by steel and magic, they find new friends and old enemies on the road that leads, after many turns, to the city of the High King. There Aron must face his father’s murderer before risking everything in a fight to the death with the deadliest swordsman in the kingdom.”

News Roundup – reprints, readings and a short story sale

Martin Owton’s short story ‘The Mist Beyond The Circle’- originally published in Black Gate magazine – has been reprinted in Aphelion Webzine. The story can be read here.

Gary Couzens’ short story ‘Little Black Number’ has been accepted by editor Terry Grimwood, and will be appearing in Wordland 6: Black Is The New Black. This is Gary’s 52nd story sale!

And Helen Callaghan’s upcoming novel ‘Dear Amy’ has appeared in The Bookseller as a key title ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair. Helen will also be reading at the Millennium Library in Norwich as part of their ‘Crime Scene’ event. Other authors attending include Andrew Hook, Margaret Callow, Geraldine Evans and Charlie Flowers. The event takes place on Tuesday 13th October at 5.45pm and more information can be found here.

Novel publication for Martin Owton and short stories from Rosanne Rabinowitz

Martin Owton’s contemporary fantasy novel – working title ‘Shadows’ – has been picked up by Telos publishing for their Moonrise line. The release date is tentatively pencilled in for next summer. From the author’s blog:

Shadows’ is set in Southampton and the New Forest where I come from and features a half-faerie Southampton University chemistry student – so nothing like me!

And Rosanne Rabinowitz has two short stories coming soon: ‘Meat, Motion and Light’ will appear in ‘The Outsiders‘, from Crystal Lake Publishing, due out on 8th May. Another short story ‘The Lady In The Yard’ will be published in ‘Soliloquy for Pan’ (Egaeus Press) at the end of May.

Martin Owton in BFS 40th Anniversary Anthology

Congratulations to Martin Owton, who has a story include in the British Fantasy Society’s 40th anniversary anthology.

The anthology is edited by BFS Chair, and MD of Telos Publishing, David J Howe, and contains forty tales covering a wide variety of subjects from full blown psychological horror, to whimsical fantasy, urban vampires, to epic poetry, comedy to homage. “It’s a wonderful testament to the BFS’ members and friends that we have managed to assemble such a strong and diverse selection of writing,” commented Howe. “It’s been a pleasure to read through all the many submissions, and choosing which forty to include has been painful and difficult as the quality is so high. I hope that the final book will contain something for everyone.”

Full Fathom Forty will be available at FantasyCon this year, and copies will be provided to all current BFS members as part of their annual subscription. If you are attending FantasyCon seek out the BFS table and someone should your copy. Anyone not attending will have their book sent to them with the next mailing of the BFS Journal.

Copies will be available to buy from the BFS, and ordering details will be available closer to publication.