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Megan E O’Keefe wins the Morningstar award!

Glad tidings from Derby! This weekend, at a wonderful ceremony during the EdgeLit literary festival, the Gemmell Award for Fantasy 2016 winners were announced. We’ve got to tell you, we were absolutely delighted!

Firstly, our Megan E O’Keefe, author of Steal the Sky (part of the Scorched Continent series, which also includes Break the Chains and Inherit the Flame) won the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut! *Throws glitter* Alas, Megan couldn’t make the ceremony, what with living in California AND spending the weekend celebrating her birthday but the wonderful Matt Dovey collected on her behalf (see picture below). Thanks for everything Matt!

Secondly long time Robot, Gav Thorpe won the Legend award for best novel for Warbeast (Black Library). See, we always knew you were a legend, Gav and now you’ve the trophy to prove it! Luckily, as a local, Gav was around to collect the award and wandered off at the end of the night looking a bit shady clasping four foot axe.

Congratulations to both on such wonderful wins!

Now, to get this Morningstar Award in the post. *Searches for bubblewrap*

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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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Drop Everything and Read Day

Drop Everything and ReadWe’ve partnered up with Amazon.com for a flash sale on 12 April for Drop Everything and Read Day – a great day to sit down and read a book, or at least grab a book so you can read it later.

The amazing books below will be knocked down to $2.50 for the paperback edition, click the titles and covers to find them on Amazon.com. Snap ’em up before they run out, and don’t forget: drop everything!

Steal The Sky by Megan O'KeefeSeven Forges by James A. Moore, artwork by Alejandro ColucciThe Blasted Lands by James A. MooreNecrotech by K. C. AlexanderKojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi

The Deaths Of Tao by Wesley ChuThe Buried Life, by Carrie PatelThe Copper Promise by Jen Williams (US/CAN)Unseemly Science by Rod DuncanBlades Of The Old Empire, by Anna Kashina

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Author Signing: Megan E O’Keefe

Break The Chains by Megan E. O'KeefeThe best buddy-buddy fantasy series in town is back, and Megan O’Keefe will be signing copies this weekend!

Megan, author of the Scorched Continent series – Steal the Sky and new novel Break the Chains – will be appearing at Borderlands Books from 13:00 this Sunday, November 13.

If you’re yet to become familiar with the antics of Detan, Tibs, Ripka and the rest of the gang, the Scorched Continent is a handy little package of fantasy and whodunnit  at its very best, featuring airships, gas that can be manipulated by a special few, and tricksy doppels – just perfect for a bit of escapism.

Copies of both Steal the Sky and Break the Chains will be on sale and Megan will be on-hand to sign your copies.

So pop down, have a chat with Megan and grab yourself a little treat; you deserve it.

Here’s a handy map to help you find Borderlands, should you need it. We hope to see you there!

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Continue touring the Scorched Continent – Free Peek at Break The Chains

Wanna take a little look at how Megan O’Keefe‘s Scorched Continent continues after the exciting events of Steal the Sky? Sure you do!

Check out the first three chapters of Break the Chains below… but be warned, this world is addictive: “I must confess that I tore through this instalment, and I’m really looking forward to the next one” (Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews).

Break The Chains by Megan E. O'KeefeA year has passed since Detan set the skies above Aransa on fire, and the armies of Aransa’s new dictator Thratia are preparing to knock on the door of his aunt’s city, Hond Steading…

As the city that produces the most selium – that precious gas that elevates airships and powers strange magic – Hond Steading is a jewel worth stealing. To shore up the city’s defenses, Detan promises his aunt that he’ll recover Nouli, the infamous engineer who built the century gates that protect the imperial capital of Valathea. But Nouli is imprisoned on the Remnant Isles, an impervious island prison run by the empire, and it’s Detan’s fault.

Detan doesn’t dare approach Nouli himself, so his companions volunteer to get themselves locked up to make contact with Nouli and convince him to help. Now Detan has to break them all out of prison, and he’s going to need the help of a half-mad doppel to do it.

Break the Chains is sold in all good bookstores and wherever books are sold.

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Explore the Scorched Continent on us – free Steal the Sky Chapters

Special Sunday reading for you (well, those of you who are yet to devour this splendid book) from “epic steampunk Firefly” Steal the Skythe first instalment in Megan E O’Keefe‘s Scorched Continent series.

It’s fresh, bright and brilliant. As the nice Joseph Heller at NPR said: “it’s a buddy tale, a heist caper, a socioeconomic thriller and a steampunk-seasoned fantasia all at once. And it fires beautifully on all cylinders.”

Steal The Sky by Megan O'KeefeDetan Honding, a wanted conman of noble birth and ignoble tongue, has found himself in the oasis city of Aransa. He and his trusted companion Tibs may have pulled off one too many cons against the city’s elite and need to make a quick escape. They set their sights on their biggest heist yet – the gorgeous airship of the exiled commodore Thratia.

But in the middle of his scheme, a face changer known as a doppel starts murdering key members of Aransa’s government. The sudden paranoia makes Detan’s plans of stealing Thratia’s ship that much harder. And with this sudden power vacuum, Thratia can solidify her power and wreak havoc against the Empire. But the doppel isn’t working for Thratia and has her own intentions. Did Detan accidentally walk into a revolution and a crusade? He has to be careful – there’s a reason most people think he’s dead. And if his dangerous secret gets revealed, he has a lot more to worry about than a stolen airship.

Break the Chains, the second in the Scorched Continent series was released just this month, so if you’re intrigued by Steal the Sky and want more, more, more, you don’t have to wait.

Steal the Sky is available in all good bookstores and wherever books are sold.

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Angry Robot at WorldCon

It’s here! It’s huge! Angry Robot authors are all set to invade Kansas City for WorldCon 74 – August 17-21. Our plans are simple – invade signings, panels, discussions, drinking events and even going for a run – the opportunities to chat and catch up are legion. Do say hi – our authors are a lovely bunch.

Our Mike Underwood will also be constantly available at our Angry Robot booth in the dealer room – booth #21. Seek him out, touch the books, meet the authors!

The WorldCon schedule is vast, and although they do have a pretty slick event planning tool, we’re helping out by building the Angry Robot schedule below – this is everything (we think) that our gang are up to. Remember things do change though so also keep an eye on the official schedule. We’ll also be tweeting on the Angry Robot Twitter feed about all the events our authors are doing so you don’t have to miss a thing. Have an amazing time, you guys! Read More

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Cover Reveal: Break The Chains

Howdy folks!

We have a gorgeous new cover to show off! It’s for the second book in Megan E O’Keefe‘s Scorched Continent series: Break The Chains – continuing the capers of Detan and Tibs that we first saw in Steal the Sky.

We’ve been lucky enough to have Kim Sokol continue the series covers with this stunning and rather vertiginous illustration. You can feel the wind in your hair!

In keeping with her books’ lovable thief and scoundrel duo, Megan has written a blog about friendships in fantasy for you to enjoy and have fuzzy feels about. Our pals at the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog  have been kind enough to share it with the world.

Break The Chains comes out October 4 (US/Can) / October 6 (UK/RoW).

Click on the teaser below to be taken to the full lush cover and Megan’s excellent words. Can you see what they see?

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ConFusion Schedule

ConFusion is this weekend and a whole swarm of robots will be around and about taking part in panels, readings, cookie making classes and of course, parties.

Take a look below for the most up-to-date list of author appearances. As always, programmes are subject to change.

We hope to see you there!

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Friday
6:00 PM – Ballroom A&B
SFF Debates 2016!
Six of your favorite SFF personalities debate the issues of our time in this live debate, moderated by Robert Jackson Bennett. Read More

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Megan E O’Keefe Book Launches

Steal The Sky by Megan O'KeefeNow that Megan E O’Keefe‘s Steal the Sky is out in all good bookshops, Megan has decided to take a trip around some of her favourite bookstores to promote what Beth Cato has described as “like an epic steampunk Firefly”.

Below are the dates and times of Megan’s appearances, we hope you can make it along to one!

If you’re yet to familiarise yourself with Megan’s debut novel, here’s the synopsis:

Detan Honding, a wanted conman of noble birth and ignoble tongue, has found himself in the oasis city of Aransa. He and his trusted companion Tibs may have pulled off one too many cons against the city’s elite and need to make a quick escape. They set their sights on their biggest heist yet – the gorgeous airship of the exiled commodore Thratia.

But in the middle of his scheme, a face changer known as a doppel starts murdering key members of Aransa’s government. The sudden paranoia makes Detan’s plans of stealing Thratia’s ship that much harder. And with this sudden power vacuum, Thratia can solidify her power and wreak havoc against the Empire. But the doppel isn’t working for Thratia and has her own intentions. Did Detan accidentally walk into a revolution and a crusade? He has to be careful – there’s a reason most people think he’s dead. And if his dangerous secret gets revealed, he has a lot more to worry about than a stolen airship.

Steal the Sky will be available at each location, so if you haven’t done already make sure to pick up a copy.

First up, Megan will be at Borderlands Books tomorrow, January 8th, at 3pm PST for a meet, greet and book signing.

Check out the event info here.

Below is a handy little Google map to help you find Borderlands:

Next weekend, Saturday January 16th Megan will be heading to Barnes & Noble Anitoch for a book signing.

For more information, please visit the B&N events page, here.

And here’s your helpful map:

ConFusion kicks off the start of 2016’s conventions this year, over in Novi, MI and Megan will be there with bells on (no promises on the bells). Check out the website link for more information on special guests, events and programming.

The fine folk at Avid Reader Books in Davis, CA will be hosting Megan from 7.30pm PST on January 29th for a reading. Megan has vowed to stay until they kick her out, so make sure to pop down with snacks and plenty of books for signing.

Check out the Facebook event page for more details.

Here’s the location:

From there it’s on to The Book Shop in Hayward, CA for an event from 1-3pm PST.

Here’s your handy map:

Finally, on Saturday March 19th, Megan will be at Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma. Make sure to pop along from 1pm PST for a meet ‘n’ greet.

Of course, we prepared you a little map for this event too:

If you don’t get a chance to see Megan while she’s on her book tour, fret not. Just have a look below for a selection of interviews and blog posts she’s been doing recently. For the latest on Megan’s publicity tour, make sure to follow her over at Twitter.

Guest post on Alex Shvartsman’s Speculative Fiction (Jan 16) 
Guest post
on Eating Authors (Jan 16)
Interview
 with SF Signal (Dec 15)
Guest post at MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape (Dec 15)
Interview with Debra Jess (Dec 16)

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Angry Robot Invades B&N’s SF & F Blog

Xmas_AngstromHo, ho, ho! Merry (almost) Christmas!

Although for eleven months of the year we are angry, seething robots, threatening to overthrow earth’s puny leaders and instil some cybernetic terror from our orbital death platform, we’re actually pretty merry when it comes to the holidays.

I mean, look at Angstrom’s excellent Santa hat. Nothing screams ‘Joyeux Noël’ like a robot wearing a jolly hat, eh?

Do you know what else gets us in the holiday mood? Offering you guys something a little bit different. Which is why we’ve teamed up with the B&N Sci-Fi &Fantasy blog to offer you a little slice of holiday joy each (work) day, in the run-up to Christmas.

From today (Dec 3rd) until 18th December we’re going to be bringing you a short seasonal story each day from some of our top writers. Even more exciting, we’re going to be offering a discount on selected Angry Robot titles by the authors themselves over at Nook. There’ll also be a competition each day over on Twitter, to win the day’s author’s book in physical form.

Phew. Now don’t you dare say we’re too angry for seasonal cheer!

Below is our line up of yuletide elves, who have all been diligently scribbling to bring you some festive flash fic. Following the grid from top left, click each author to be taken through to their festive story, like your own little Christmas advent. The links will be updated each day.

Here are the books on offer for just $2.99 throughout the period:

The Ark 
Graft (pre-order)
The Blasted Lands (Bonus: Seven Forges is $2.99 in a separate Nook Deal)
Steal the Sky (pre-order)
Windswept
Peacemaker
Drake (pre-order)
The Buried Life
Flex
United States of Japan (pre-order)
The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter
If Then

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Cover Reveal: Steal the Sky

Megan E O’Keefe‘s brilliant full-length debut, Steal the Sky has been described as The Lies of Locke Lamora on giant sands dunes with exploding airships, and it has us all aquiver. Luckily, you fine folks won’t have to wait too long to grab yourself a copy, as Steal the Sky will hit all good outlets January 2016.

Here’s the synopsis:

Detan Honding, a wanted conman of noble birth and ignoble tongue, has found himself in the oasis city of Aransa. He and his trusted companion Tibs may have pulled off one too many cons against the city’s elite and need to make a quick escape. They set their sights on their biggest heist yet – the gorgeous airship of the exiled commodore Thratia.

But in the middle of his scheme, a face changer known as a doppel starts murdering key members of Aransa’s government. The sudden paranoia makes Detan’s plans of stealing Thratia’s ship that much harder. And with this sudden power vacuum, Thratia can solidify her power and wreak havoc against the Empire. But the doppel isn’t working for Thratia and has her own intentions. Did Detan accidentally walk into a revolution and a crusade? He has to be careful – there’s a reason most people think he’s dead. And if his dangerous secret gets revealed, he has a lot more to worry about than a stolen airship.

We’ve received the gorgeous cover image by artist Kim Sokol and handed it over to our friends over at the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog who were were kind enough to showcase not only the cover artwork but the story of getting the cover from initial draft to the finished product. Make sure to head over to see initial sketches, quotes from Kim, Megan and our American man-on-the-ground Mike, plus see the cover in its entirety.

Just click on the initial sketch teaser image to be taken to the full reveal.

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Angry Robot at Sasquan

SasquanContinuing our global quest to attend as many conventions as possible, Angry Robot is at Sasquan this week *waves*

If you’d like to come and see us and get your hands on our September titles before they hit the stores then pop over to the Angry Robot Deathstar Booth, D15 in the Dealer’s Hall. There will be signings, too! See below:

Friday:

14:00 – Carrie Patel

Saturday:

13:00 – Adam Rakunas
16:00 – Alyc Helms

There are also Angry Robot authors at various panels, signings and Kafee Klatches throughout the con. We’ve made you a handy little guide below, but please remember appearances are subject to change so make sure to check your programmes before hauling ass over to see your favourite Angry Robot writer.

Wednesday

14:00: CC Hall B Autographing—Wesley Chu

Thursday

12:00: CC Hall B Autographing – Megan E. O’Keefe

13:00: CC Bays 111C Understanding the Science Behind Computers – Ramez Naam

14:00: CC 303A PG-13: Violence, Sex, and Teen Readers – Wesley Chu

15:30: CC 303B Reading – Ramez Naam

16:00: DBT Spokane Falls Suite A/B Writing Diverse Characters – Kameron Hurley

Friday

10:00: CC Bays 111C Creative Bio-engineering – Ramez Naam

11:00: CC Bays 111C Writing About SF: Yesterday and Today – Kameron Hurley

13:00: CC 202A-KK1 Kafee Klatche – Wesley Chu (spaces limited to 10, requires advance sign up)

14:30: CC Integra Telecom Ballroom 100B Climate Change—Science and Fiction Ramez Naam

15:00: CC 303B Reading – Wesley Chu

19:00: CC 302AB The Wired Brain – Ramez Naam

Saturday

13:00: CC 300C Diversity within YA & Middle Grade Fiction – Wesley Chu

16:00: CC 303A Self-publishing—How to Market Your Work – Kameron Hurley

Sunday

11:00: CC Bays 111C Trends in Hardware, Software & Wetware Ramez Naam

12:00: CC Conference Theater 110 What New Pros Need to Know – Wesley Chu

And don’t forget the Hugo Awards are happening on Saturday night. Wesley Chu is up for the Campbell Award for Best New Writer. We have our fingers crossed and will tell you the result as soon as we hear it!

**Please note, Ferrett Steinmetz is no longer attending WorldCon, however is still in the printed programmes.

 

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Introducing Megan E. O’Keefe, Angry Robot’s Latest Author!

We are very excited to announce our latest author, Megan E. O’Keefe, signed from Sam Morgan at JABberwocky and her trilogy, The Scorched Continent. The first in this series, Steal the Sky, will be released in January 2016 and in her breathless debut novel, Megan gives us The Lies of Locke Lamora on giant sand dunes with exploding airships!

Our Phil Jourdan led the charge for Megan’s book and here’s just a snippet of why he loved it: “I cannot be the only one to have a fondness for smart-alecky protagonists, airships, explosions, shape-shifting entities and exotic forms of capital punishment… right? The other thing worth saying about Megan’s novel is that it’s just damned good.”

Angry Robot Author Megan O'KeefeMegan E. O’Keefe: “I’m delighted to be joining the Angry Robot army. Not only do they produce gorgeous, genre-expanding books, but I’m pretty sure this means I’ll be on the right side when the robot uprising comes. One step closer to world domination!”

Megan lives in the Bay Area of California and makes soap for a living. (It’s only a little like Fight Club.) She has worked in arts management and graphic design, and spends her free time tinkering with anything she can get her hands on. She is a first place winner in the Writers of the Future competition, vol. 30. Steal the Sky is her first novel. Join us in welcoming Megan to the Robot Family on her Twitter page and check out her website: www.meganokeefe.com.

 

Steal the Sky: 

Detan Honding is a conman on the run who thinks he’s got it made when an opportunity arises to steal a gorgeous new airship. Unluckily, the watch-captain whom he thought was in on the plan with him turns out to be an imposter. She’s a wily shape-shifting creature known as a doppel, and she’s wanted for murder.

With the doppel bringing more attention to his schemes than he’d like, Detan considers fleeing the city. But the doppel makes it clear she’ll harm his only friend if he bails on her – and so he’s forced to act. When his attempt to steal the ship backfires, he ends up in the hands of the empire that’s been chasing him, and must use a special power he’s always been afraid of to escape.

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