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Official launch of What the Wind Brings

The official launch of What the Wind Brings, my historical novel/magical realism/magnum opus is scheduled for October 27th at the Wylde Wood Collective, on the upper level of the River Market, 810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster, BC.  We’ll start at 6 p.m. and wrap up by 8.

Signed hardcovers will be available (the trade paperback and ebook edition will come before Christmas).  I plan to talk about the long genesis of the book (more than forty years) and why I wrote it the way I did.  I will then read from the text and answer any questions. 

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Get em while they’re hot

A reminder:  the hardcover limited edition of What the Wind Brings will be on sale at a 20 per cent discount — C$39.95 in Canadian dollars — for another ten days.  On September 1, the price goes up to the regular C$49.95.

Here’s where to go to pre-order:

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A God in Chains garners good reviews

A God in Chains (Edge SF & Fantasy Publishing), my new Dying Earth adventure fantasy novel, has only been available for purchase for less than three weeks, but it has already garnered seven four- and five-star reviews on

It usually takes longer than that for the reviews to build up. I’m interested to see what professional critics have to say about it.

Here’s a link.

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A God in Chains opening

I’ve posted on Curious Fictions the first 4500 words of A God in Chains, my new Dying Earth adventure/fantasy novel, published last month by Edge SF and Fantasy Publishing).

Here’s a link.

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Warms my heart

Some fifty years ago, when I was a dedicated reader of historical fiction, just out of my teens, I came across a novel by a young American woman. The title was Until the Sun Falls, about a general of the Mongol army in the aftermath of Genghis Khan’s death. The book absolutely captured me, and I went looking for other titles by the author, Cecelia Holland.

I found plenty of them,, set in many different ages and cultures. I soon noticed that she had the ability to absorb and project the worldviews of people who lived long ago in lands far away. The truth of L.P. Hartley’s famous line — The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there — came through, time and again. Cecelia Holland became one of my favorite historical novelists and remains so today.

I had the chance to meet her at a World Fantasy Convention in Tempe, fifteen years ago, and asked her advice about the big historical novel I intended to write some day. She kindly gave me some useful advice.

Well, now I’ve written that novel, What the Wind Brings, and it will soon be published by Pulp Literature Press. I sent an Advance Reading Copy to Cecelia Holland and asked her for any comments she night care to meet. The result: I have a cover blurb. She called it “a triumph.”

Try to imagine: someone whose work you have admired for decades praises a piece of work that you consider the most important thing you’ve done. Wonderful.

Here’s where you can pre-order What the Wind Brings:

Hardcover limited edition: $39.95 (US$30, UK£23)

Signed hardcover limited edition: $70.00 (US$52, UK£41)

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