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New Author Announcement: Jasmine Gower

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Listen up you ritzy lot; do we  have some sockdollager news for you! Robot HQ has a new author in its midst: Jasmine Gower

Jasmine hails from Portland, Oregon and was drawn toward writing years before amidst a childhood of fantasy novels and 90s video games! Plus she has a passion for exploring themes of gender, sexuality, and disability through the conventions of speculative fiction and fantasy worldbuilding.

We’re very excited to be publishing Jasmine’s hotsy-totsy debut novel Moonshine in Feb 2018. It’s an alternative world Prohibition fantasy where magic, not alcohol, is the banned substance and when our protagonist Daisy starts her new life in the big city her magic – inherited in heirlooms from her grandma – cause her more trouble than she ever thought possible.AR author Jasmine Gower

Here’s the synopsis:

Daisy’s starting a new job and stylish city life, but mage-hunters out for her dark magic threaten to destroy her vogue image.

In the flourishing metropolis of Soot City, progressive ideals reign and the old ways of magic and liquid mana are forbidden. Daisy Dell is a Modern Girl – stylish, educated and independent – keen to establish herself in the city but reluctant to give up the taboo magic inherited from her grandmother.

Her new job takes her to unexpected places, and she gets more attention than she had hoped for… When bounty hunters start combing the city for magicians, Daisy must decide whether to stay with her new employer – even if it means revealing the grim source of her occult powers.

Can’t wait to read it? Breeze over to the B&N Blog for the full announcement and words from Jasmine on how a volcano inspired Moonshine.

Bump gums with Jasmine on Twitter here.

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Author Appearance

Author Event: Eric Scott Fischl is at MisCon 2017

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Eric Scott Fischl, the author of the dark, historical fantasy, Dr Potter’s Medicine Showwhich tells the story of a disgraced civil war doctor, a drunken dentist, and two accidental outlaws who fates are all bound up with the Chock-a-saw Sagwa Tonic, is escaping to MisCon: Missoula’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention from 26-29 May 2017.

Eric will be taking part in a variety of panels and signings across the weekend, plus he’s very hard at work putting together his latest novel, The Trials of Solomon Parker (coming from Angry Robot October 2017), so you never know… he may be able to tell you a little more!

Here are all the details: Angry Robot author Eric Scott Fischl

Friday May 26:

2 – 2.50pm. Book Signing: General Session.
This signing is moderated and has a strict 3 item maximum per person. 

3 -.3.50pm. Meet & Greet/Signings
Eric Scott Fischl, Alyson Peterson

Saturday May 27:

4 – 4.50pm.
Author Readings.
David Boop, Spencer G. Ellsworth, Eric Scott Fischl.
Join the authors as they read from their latest works.

5 – 5.50pm. Raiding the Stakes without Violence. (Panel)
Eric Scott Fischl, Elliott Kay, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), J.A. PittsDr Potter's Medicine Show by Eric Scott Fischl
Sure you can raise the stakes by placing your character in physical danger, but what are some other ways you can raise the stakes? What about internal, interpersonal, and familial stakes?

Sunday May 28:

3 – 3.50pm. Writing Alternative Histories (Panel)
Jill Bowers, Eric Scott Fischl, Tex Thompson
How do you write alternative history? How much do you really need to know about the original timeline to make a convincing fork in the road? Where, when and why do you sprinkle in details to give a sense of time, and alternative time? Where’s the line between enough and trying too hard?

6 – 6.50pm. Writing Montana (Panel)
M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Eric Scott Fischl, Danica Winters
Many of our authors live in or write about Montana. What are the pros and cons of doing so? How can you capture the essence of this great state while writing genre? What can Montana offer writers of all levels?

The convention is being held at:
Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown
200 South Pattee Street
Missoula, MT 59802
(Check out the handy map below)

Tickets are available now and start at $25 for one day pass (on the door only).

Dr Potter’s Medicine Show is available now from all good retailers as well as in eBook format.

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Daily Deal, Price Promotion

Bookbub Portal Alert! An Accident of Stars

A tear in the fabric of reality gives readers in USA, Canada, Australia and the UKAn Accident Of Stars by Foz Meadows the opportunity to read Foz Meadows‘ portal fantasy for the 21st century: An Accident of Stars at a startling price. On 19 May take your chances in another world with Bookbub… just $1.99 in the US, Canada and Australia and 99p in the UK.

“A portal fantasy for grownups, with grit and realism, and characters I loved from the first page.” – Trudi Canavan, author of the Black Magician trilogy

When Saffron Coulter stumbles through a hole in reality, she finds herself trapped in Kena, a magical realm on the brink of civil war. There, her fate becomes intertwined with that of three very different women: Zech, the fast-thinking acolyte of a cunning, powerful exile; Viya, the spoiled, runaway consort of the empire-building ruler, Vex Leoden; and Gwen, an Earth-born worldwalker whose greatest regret is putting Leoden on the throne.

But Leoden has allies, too, chief among them the Vex’Mara Kadeja, a dangerous ex-priestess who shares his dreams of conquest. Pursued by Leoden and aided by the Shavaktiin, a secretive order of storytellers and mystics, the rebels flee to Veksh, a neighboring matriarchy ruled by the fearsome Council of Queens.

Saffron is out of her world and out of her depth, but the further she travels, the more she finds herself bound to her friends with ties of blood and magic. Can one girl ‘an accidental worldwalker’ really be the key to saving Kena? Or will she just die trying?

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Audio, News

Silent Hall on Audible

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Good news, those who love audiobooks! N S Dolkart‘s Silent Hall is now available through Audible. Narrated by Adam Sims (Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of The World / World War Z) aural story lovers can expect an epic fantasy of breathtaking scope full to the brim with wizards, angry gods and dragons.

Silent Hall joins other Angry Robot novels on Audible, such as Jay Posey’s Duskwalker series, Wesley Chu‘s Tao series, K W Jeter‘s George Dower series, Ramez Naam‘s Nexus trilogy and Rod Duncan‘s Gas-Lit Empire series.

Here’s the synopsis:

After their homeland is struck with a deadly plague, five refugees cross the continent searching for answers. Instead they find Psander, a wizard whose fortress is invisible to the gods, and who is willing to sacrifice anything ‘ and anyone ‘ to keep the knowledge of the wizards safe.

With Psander as their patron, the refugees cross the mountains, brave the territory of their sworn enemies, confront a hostile ocean and even traverse the world of the fairies in search of magic powerful enough to save themselves ‘ and Psander’s library ‘ from the wrath of the gods. All they need to do is to rescue an imprisoned dragon and unleash a primordial monster upon the world. How hard could it be?

To grab your very own audio version of Silent Hall, just click here.

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Danielle L. Jensen, Fan stuff, Free, Giveaways

Discover The City of Trollus from Danielle L. Jensen’s The Broken Ones

It’s only a couple more weeks before the release of The Broken Ones, the gorgeous prequel to Danielle L. Jensen‘s Malediction Trilogy is released into the world. If you’ve been keeping an eye on Danielle’s social media you’ll have seen all the amazing original character portraits she’s been revealing, including favourites such as Tristan and Cécile *SWOON*. But now we have one more treat for you…

Author and artist Elise Kova has designed this beautiful map of Trollus – the underground dwelling of the trolls – featuring so many of the places that we know and love including the Library, the River Road Gate and the Glass Gardens!

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If you’d love to get a yourself a copy of the map then you’re in luck, because Danielle will be including a postcard sized version in her pre-order campaign – which you can find all the details for here – so head on over now and get your hands on a fabulous swag pack!

Plus if you still haven’t read the Malediction trilogy and want to catch up asap (why wouldn’t you?) you can grab Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress and Warrior Witch now. They’re currently on sale on Amazon through May (US/Canada only) – what more could you want?!

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Free Excerpt

Step Into a New World with a Free Excerpt from A Tyranny of Queens by Foz Meadows

A Tyranny of Queens by Foz MeadowsAlmost a year ago we uncovered the extraordinary Manifold Worlds in Foz MeadowsAn Accident of Stars and now it’s time to return to Kena with the sequel A Tyranny of Queens, out now.

Saffron Coulter is back on Earth, but even so, nothing is easy. Struggling with the victimising expectations of her friends and family and threatened with a stay in psychiatric care, Saffron has to make a choice: to forget about Kena and fit back into the life she’s outgrown, or pit herself against everything she’s ever known and everyone she loves.

Meanwhile in Kena, Gwen is increasingly troubled by Leoden’s absence and his plans for the captive worldwalkers, while Yena, still in Veksh, must confront the deposed Kadeja. What is their endgame? Who can they trust? And what happens when Leoden returns?

Dive into the first two chapters now, it’s the world you’ve been waiting for:

Go through the portal… A Tyranny of Queens is available everywhere that books are found from 2 May (US/ebook) / 4 May (UK).

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Angry Robot

Bookbub bargain time for Canada: The Copper Promise

The Copper Promise by Jen Williams (US/CAN)Bargain book alert! Canadian readers can snap up the witty and delightful fantasy The Copper Promise by Jen Williams. It’s only available today (May 10 2017) and it’s just $1.99! Head over to Amazon.ca to sate your bargain hunting needs.

What’s the book about? Excellent question:

Wydrin, The Copper Cat, takes a job to escort a noble into The Citadel – a forbidden and dangerous fortress – with the help of Sir Sebastian, her exile knight companion. There, they awaken an elder god, unleashing chaos on the nearby countryside. Why can’t it ever be a *simple* job?

The Copper Promise is near-perfect fantasy adventure fun and a breath of fresh air in a genre choking on its own grittiness. Read it and remind yourself what made you fall in love with fantasy books.”
– Starburst Magazine 10/10

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AR Authors, Author Appearance, Conventions, Live Panel, Robots at large

Author Appearance: Matthew De Abaitua to WoW

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Matthew De Abaitua will be heading up to Liverpool Saturday (May 13) to take part in a panel as part of the Writing On the Wall festival.

The event is called Tax the Robots and… well the festival programmers can do a much better job of explaining the day than we can, so without further ado:

The term “robot” was coined by Czechoslovakian playwright Karel Capek in 1920 — “robota” being a Czech word for tedious labor. Today, robots assemble products better, faster and often cheaper than manual laborers, while more than 8 million U.S. airline flights a year are scheduled, guided and flown with the superhuman assistance of advanced software.

Recent reports in the UK suggest that ‘robots’, or software programmes, could replace up to 250,000 white collar jobs in the next few years; a Japanese insurance company recently laid off 80 staff and replaced them with robots. 02 in the UK are considering doing the same. InAngry Robot author Matthew de Abaitua Liverpool, Merseyrail staff are stringing to prevent their own jobs being outsourced to autonomous colleagues.
The response of some during the industrial revolution was to smash up the machines; should we too become ‘luddites’ or is there another way? Head of Microsoft, Bill Gates, is just one voice calling for us to tax the robots as a way to smoothen the transition to an autonomous work force and ensuring that the payments from human workers into tax and national insurance, the bedrock of health and social care, are not lost. Employers, ever intent on cutting overheads, are eyeing up robots as a way of driving down labour costs. But weren’t robots, and tech generally, meant to free us, give us more leisure time and take the heavy load from us?

To discuss the implications of tech and robots and explore new ways of living, we have writers, trade unionists, activists, workers, commentators, etc., taking part in a series of panels and activities, including writing creative responses to explore and discuss the impact of technologies on our lives now and in the future.

Here’s Matthew’s panel:
Your Robots and You
11am-12:30pm 

Have you ever wondered what the future will look like, or wanted to help program a robot? Join Liverpool University’s Will Slocombe, writer Matthew de Abaitua, and computer scientist Louise Dennis, to consider our future with robots. You will get to consider the ways robots might change our lives, get to devise your own stories and graphics, and take part in deciding how a robot should act. Organised in collaboration with The Centre for Autonomous Systems Technology, University of Liverpool.

The event will be taking place on Saturday May 13 at Toxeth Library. For more information on WoWFest and to book your tickets, please visit the website.

 

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Free Excerpt

Explore the Past – Free Sample of The Broken Ones by Danielle L. Jensen

The Broken Ones by Jen WilliamsDanielle L. Jensen returns this June with her stunning prequel to the Malediction trilogy, The Broken Ones, which chronicles the ill-fated love affair between Marc and Pénélope as they struggle to navigate the complex political world of Trollus.

Below Forsaken Mountain, a plot is being hatched to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus, and Marc is the right-hand man of its leader.  His involvement is information more than one troll would kill to possess, which is why he must keep it a secret from everyone, even the girl he loves.

After accidentally ruining her sister’s chance to become queen, Pénélope is given one last opportunity by her father, the Duke d’Angoulême, to make herself useful: she must find proof that the boy she’s in love with is conspiring against the crown. If she fails, her life will be forfeit.

Marc and Pénélope must navigate the complex politics of Trollus, where powers on all sides are intent on using them as pawns, forcing them to risk everything for a chance at a life together.

Except being together may turn out to be the greatest risk of all.

We can’t wait to read more about Marc and Pénélope – two of our favourite characters from the Malediction trilogy – and how their doomed love casts shadows over future events.

You either? Well read the first two chapters right here, for FREE:

The Broken Ones is released June 1 (US/Can) and June 6 (UK/Commonwealth). Plus catch up with the rest of the Malediction Trilogy: Stolen Songbird, Hidden Huntress and Warrior Witchright now!

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Daily Deal, Price Promotion

Read the Malediction Trilogy in Time for The Broken Ones!

Malediction Trilogy 2We have only one month before the secrets of the Malediction trilogy are revealed in The Broken OnesIt’s just enough time to catch up on the glorious feels of the series, and Amazon are helping us all out by reducing each of the Malediction books to just $1.99 in US & Canada for the whole of May.

Stolen Songbird – Amazon US / Amazon CA
When Cécile is kidnapped and sold to trolls, she believes she is destined for the cookpot. But she learns her preconceived ideas of those who hold her prisoner are false… and finds a life that she can love.

Hidden Huntress – Amazon US / Amazon CA
Cecile searches for a counter-spell for the curse which imprisons the Trolls, while the King of Trollus tightens his grip on the imprisoned populace.

Warrior Witch – Amazon US / Amazon CA
After killing the witch Anushka, Cecile and Tristan must negotiate a tenuous political situation and find a way to forge a life once their struggles come to an end.

SO GOOD. I am drowning in feels. If you haven’t read the Malediction Trilogy then I seriously implore for you to do it before this one comes out. This series is AMAZING. And it has an amazing book boyfriend (who is MINE) and excellent supporting characters. For me, it is Fantasy at its best!
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Angry Robot, Competitions, Fan stuff, Short Fiction, Sneak Peek

WIN: A Signed ARC of Jeff Noon’s A Man of Shadows

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In case you’ve yet to hear, we’re publishing Jeff Noon’s highly anticipated new novel A Man of Shadows this August.

Now, we don’t often do physical advanced reading copies (ARCs) of our novels but, as a special treat, we did arrange for a limited run of physical ARCs for the novel. These were snapped up in record time, but we did manage to wrestle a single copy from the grasp of a desperate, ravenous reader. We’ve been told they’re recovering and managing well without their arms, which is lucky, as we were loathe to give up our fancy new office ornaments.

Our question is, do you want the ARC signed by Jeff (possibly (but probably not) in his own blood)?

If so, we’re going to run a competition over the next week. Here’s how you can enter:

Jeff is known for his novels Vurt, Automated Alice, Channel Sk1n, Pollen and a whole host more, but also known for his amazing Twitter feed full of strange, dreamlike tweets that read like stories in themselves. For example:

What we want you to do, dear Robot horde, is to create your own dreamlike story in 100 – 140 characters and tweet it to us (or email penny.reeve@angryrobotbooks.com, if you don’t have love for Twitter). We’ll pick the winner – and by that we mean the author of the strangest, weirdest and smartest story – next Thursday at 12 noon, UK time.

What are you still reading this for? Better get crafting that story!

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Author Appearance

K W Jeter Guest of Honour at the International Steampunk Symposium

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We’re incredibly excited here at Robot HQ because 2017 marks 30 Years of Steampunk!

Back in April 1987, the amazing K W Jeter was the first person the coin the phrase ‘Steampunk’ and this weekend he will be the Guest of Honour at the International Steampunk Symposium in Cincinnati, Ohio (28-30 May).  Angry Robot author KW Jeter

Not only will he be Guest of Honour, he’ll be taking part in the K W Jeter Feature Hour on Sunday; talking about his life and work, including the amazing George Dower Trilogy; Infernal Devices, Fiendish Schemes and Grim Expectations (coming from Angry Robot in June 2017).

The Symposium is a mission for the promotion and preservation of all things Steampunk and it plays a vital part in its dedication to the Steampunk Community. Plus it’s also a jolly good time where you are likely to find several friends whom you have yet to meet!

Here are all the details you might need:

Location: Crowne Plaza Blue Ash – 5901 Pfeiffer Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242

Tickets are available now and start at $15 for Saturday or Sunday Daytime. Weekend and Evening tickets are also available.

The full schedule is available now and take note! It includes Umbrella Fencing, High Tea, Nerf Duels and, of course:

K W Jeter Feature Hour: May 30th at 1.30pm.
Moderated by Leanna Renee Hieber

So grab your best clothes, polish off your spectacles and cogs and make your way over for a jolly good time!

And, if by chance, you have not read any of Mr Jeter’s fabulous work, Infernal Devices and Fiendish Schemes available now and Grim Expectations will be available from June 2017.

Infernal Devices (2017) by K W Jeter  Fiendish Schemes by K W Jeter  Grim Expectations by K W Jeter

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Awards, News

Steal the Sky Shortlisted for Gemmell Morningstar Award

Steal The Sky by Megan O'KeefeHave you heard the good news?

The brilliant Steal the Sky, written by the equally brilliant Megan E O’Keefe has been shortlisted for the Morningstar Award in one of the most respected fantasy awards around, the Gemmells!!!

You can vote for Megan right here. Voting is open now until June 2.

The Gemmell Awards are presented each year for outstanding contributions to fantasy and are so named after the late, great master of fantasy himself, David Gemmell.

The award ceremony will be held at the Edge-Lit Festival in Derby on Saturday, July 15. For more info on the festival, please click here.

Right now Steal the Sky is on offer on our  website, at just £1.55. The third book in Megan’s Scorched Continent series, Inherit the Flame, was released just this month too, so make sure to pick up the set!

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Price Promotion

Load Your Nook with Awesome Books for Under $5

Nook Under 5 April 2017That ace gang at Barnes & Noble are at it again, knocking a tonne of ebooks down to under five bucks! The sale runs from 25 April to 1 May and it’s the perfect time to snap up these beauties for $1.99 apiece.

Direct links to the Nook sale:


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Start Superb Series Sale with Nook

Nook Start A Series April 2017Spring: a time for new beginnings, new worlds and new stories. To celebrate the return of sunshine Barnes & Noble are slashing these fine series’ starts to just $2.99 from 18 – 24 April as ebooks!

Use the links below to load up your Nook and start reading:


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Cover Art

Children Of A Dead Earth series: New, Shiny Covers

ChildrenOfTheDivide_144dpiTo celebrate the release of Children of the Divide, the third title in the Children of a Dead Earth series, we’ve decided to repackage Patrick S Tomlinson‘s books.

Featuring the generation ships, the covers now SCREAM SPACE DIRECTLY INTO YOUR FACE, and for that, we love them.

Our thanks, as always, to Lee Gibbons for the brilliant cover art.

Children of the Divide will be available from all good bookstores August 1 (US/Can) / Aug 3 (UK/Commonwealth), Children of a Dead Earth fans. For those that have yet to embark on an amazing hard SF series with mystery elements, fancy starting the series pre-release of the third novel? Here’s what some wonderful people have had to say about it thus far:

“The stakes are high is this thrilling debut.”
Kirkus Reviews

The Ark is an extremely fast page turner, to both unspool the mystery, and immerse oneself in the main character and his plight.”
Skiffy & Fanty

“Another amazing story with all the twists and turns I’ve come to expect from Patrick S. Tomlinson.  With a great mix of science fiction, action and mystery it is wonderfully written and it’s not “world” building but as the author said it’s ‘race building’,  so don’t miss out on the turbulent ups and downs that had me undeniably hooked throughout the entire thing.”
Books in Brogan

“The writing is excellent, the pace superb and it’s one of those books that feels like a quick read until you look out the window and see the sun rise, realising you’ve been reading for several hours.”
The British Fantasy Society

“I could not put Trident’s Forge down, and read it in one marathon sitting. That is as much due to the writing style and characters as the non-stop, nail-biting story thread. If you’re an outer space sci-fi geek like I am, you’re going to love this series!”
– Popcorn Reads

Just for your visual pleasure here the cover are, altogether for the first time. Aren’t they beeeeaaaauuuutiful? They’d look pretty good on your bookshelf, we think.

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