Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Where It's At – Witchsign

The first book of the new series is nearly here and we're kicking things off in style at Waterstones Covent Garden, London. Come along from 6:30pm until 8:00pm on Friday 25th May and get yourself a signed copy. I'll be doing a brief Q&A with Vicky Leech, editor at Harper Voyager. There may well be drinks after. There may well be drinks during. I may start drinking before. Who knows?

Following that I'll be at Forbidden Planet Southampton on Saturday 26th May at 13:00 (quite possibly hungover from the night before) where I'll read and be happy to sign all and any of my books. I may even sign other people's books depending on the magnitude of the hangover.

For those book collectors who can't make it to the signings, I would point you in the direction of signed copies at Goldsboro Books. That is to say I would but all one-hundred of them have sold out already.

You said it, Keanu. Kinda surprised me too.

If you can't make it to the signings feel free to contact me on Twitter @Den_Patrick and we'll try and work something out involving the vagaries of Paypal and the Royal Mail.

Rachael at Scorpio Book Dreams reviewed Witchsign and writes that:

'The magic of dragons and the elements weaved throughout the story was skilfully handled and built to a thrilling climax. The action scenes were brilliantly executed, fast-paced and involving.'

But don't just take Rachael's word for it.

Yes, that Robin Hobb. I know. Maybe I should have saved the Keanu meme for this part of the blog post.

That's all for now, and as Hunter S. Thompson said, 'Buy the ticket, take the ride.'

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Super Relaxed Fantasy Club – 29th May

A few years ago now Jen Williams and myself set up an informal genre night. We started out at the Royal Festival Hall because public spaces are free and they serve booze there. The booze is very important you understand. If I recall, we had something like twelve people that first night, which quickly became a regular twenty and then thirty. We couldn't believe it, and better yet we slowly built up a great list of authors to read and hold Q&As. Tom Pollock, Emma Trevayne, Will Hill, Zen Cho, Sophia McDougall and Jen and myself all read at those early meet ups.

The night continued to grow, moved venue, attracted more authors and became a regular fixture in the genre community calendar. My recent night school commitments and the ongoing pressures of writing a new series meant I had to step back from organizing the event.

This is all a rather long-winded way of telling you I'll be reading from my new book, Witchsign, on the 29th May. The venue is Titan House, 144 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0UP. Super Relaxed Fantasy Club (or SRFC for short) always has two to three readers and I'm delighted to say none other than Jen Williams will also be reading from The Bitter Twins.

Ally Wybrew at Fantasy Book Review writes: 'Patrick's combination of a vast, well-built world with an adventurous and exciting fantasy tale makes Witchsign an accomplished and engaging novel that sets a high bar for what promises to be an extremely enjoyable trilogy.'

You can read the whole review HERE.

See you all on the 29th May (I hope!)

Friday, 11 August 2017

New Series Announcement - Witchsign and The Ashen Torment

Where the hell have you been?
This blog has been in torpor for some time now, like a vengeful spirit waiting to rise once again, or some other over-written metaphor.

Is there a point to this?
Yes! There is news! Part of the reason I’ve not been updating the blog is that I’ve been working on a new series and I can finally talk about it. Witchsign is the first book of The Ashen Torment, and will be published by Harper Voyager on 24th May 2018 in the UK.  I’ve set aside the Gothic, Italian stylings of The Erebus Sequence and gone for an Epic Fantasy rooted in the traditional pseudo-European setting more common to genre.

So how did this all start? The original seed of inspiration went something like ‘What if Harry Potter was sent to Russian Hogwarts only to find out he was a Muggle?’ A lot has changed since that initial thought, not least because my ‘Harry’ is called Steiner, an illiterate, blacksmith’s son of eighteen summers. It was perhaps after the second draft I realised the book was really about family, the ones we’re born into and the ones we choose. It also became apparent that Steiner’s kid sister, Kjellrunn was going to need a lot more screen time so to speak. Kjell, as she is known in the book, had a whole bunch of new chapters written for the third draft.

What about the bad guys?
Kjellrunn wasn’t the only character in the book that asked for more limelight. The Vigilants of the Holy Synod stalk the continent of Vinterkveld, searching for children with the taint of magic upon them, the ‘Witchsign’ of the title. One such character is Silverdust, who went from being a minor character to having a significant arc of his own. Vigilants wear masks to hide their identities and are often in competition with each other for promotions. There is also a schism within the Holy Synod between the hard line Vigilants and less popular progressives, who seek a different way of doing things.

You said something about Russian Hogwarts? 
Children displaying the taint of magic are taken away by the Vigilants. The population of the Solmindre Empire and the Scorched Republics believe the children are killed at a secret location.

Sounds like a short book in that case.
Very funny. The children aren’t killed when they reach the island of Vladibogdan. They are instead trained to use their powers in service to the Empire, according to one of four elemental schools.

You’ve been playing a lot Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering haven’t you? 

Do you want to hear about this book or not?

OK, I’ll be quiet. 
Steiner has the misfortune of finding himself on Vladibogdan and soon discovers much that has remained hidden, both in his own family and to the continent of Vinterkveld. And to make matters worse it will only be a matter of time until the Holy Synod revisit his family.

And it’s a trilogy, right?
You guessed it. So buckle up and get ready, because there’s an entire Empire that needs to be brought down, and it’s going to need heroes (and readers) to get it done.

But next May is such a long time to wait.
I agree, but you can always read my previous trilogy while you’re waiting.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Waterstones Colchester – 28th May

Yes, this is the most shockingly lazy blog post I will ever write. What do you want? A free short story or something? Fine. Go here. Otherwise you have a nice poster about Waterstones Colchester and a review of a book you should definitely buy. Seriously. Buy this book.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Where Is Den?

The concluding part of The Erebus Sequence is released this January, on the 21st no less. I’m doing a couple of events to celebrate the publication of The Girl on the Liar’s Throne. And I’ve got company.

British Fantasy Award nominated authors Jen Williams and Ed Cox will be joining me at Blackwells, Holborn on the 19th January. We’ll have a brief discussion of Fantasy and writing from 18:30, before getting down to the time honoured tradition of signing books and drinking wine.

This is a free event, but you can sign up to Eventbrite to help the shop prepare for the number of attendees.

Keen to share out talents with the land (well, Hampshire) Jen, Ed and myself will be venturing to Forbidden Planet in Southampton on Saturday 23rd January. We'll be signing from 13:00 until 14:00.

Again, this is a free event, so come along and grab signed books from all three of us while we escape the confines of London.

Fear not if you are unable to join me at these events, as I'll be at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on the 12th February with a stellar line up of new and established talent. Marc J Turner, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Pete Newman and myself will be signing books from 18:00 - 19:00.

Please spare a thought for the book shops who go to so much effort to provide these events. The best way you can say thank you is to buy books in the store on the night of the event.

If you’re late to the party (fashionably or otherwise) don’t despair. The first two books of The Erebus Sequence have already been released.

The Boy with the Porcelain Blade has been described as ‘a solid and brilliant book with a unique and engaging voice’ by Starburst Magazine.

The second book, The Boy Who Wept Blood, garnered attention from the Morning Star who wrote ‘this engrossing story of political intrigue, swordplay and hidden horrors has a truly distinctive flavour'.