Although I’m posting this on 31 August my time, in the parts of the world where it is already 1 September, it is official release day for Cold Fire (Spiritwalker 2). That means you, UK/Australia/NZ and other English language/bookstore areas served by the Orbit UK and Orbit Australia divisions.
Some friendly Australians have already emailed me to let me know they have seen it in stores there (and in a couple of cases have purchased it–what fine people they are, and they know who they are!)
IMPORTANT: There is a bonus chapter that takes place within the timeline of the book but which is not in the published version. I will post it online AFTER the USA/NA release (it contains spoilers). If you are in the UK/Aus/NZ/etc market and want to read this bonus chapter NOW, please email me at Kate.Elliott at sff.net.
Gosh, are you going to get sick of this cover, or what? I’ll post it again on 26 September, which is the official release date for the book in the USA/NA market.
I describe book 1, Cold Magic, as an Afro-Celtic post-Roman icepunk Regency fantasy adventure, with airships, Phoenician spies, the intelligent descendents of troodons, and a dash of steampunk.
I spent a while trying to figure out a similar description for book 2, which I posted some weeks ago, but all things considered, I think I’ll just go with this one:
Sharks! Kisses! Sword-fights!
And, while I have some other posts and book reviews planned, I think I may also embark on two read/watch projects, as seems to be a fashion these days. And a fine one, if I must say so myself.
I think I may do a re-read of Katharine Kerr’s Deverry series, in order. I have to sort out how to do it, and I will probably try to do it on another platform than this one just because I would like to attract a larger audience for my favorite epic fantasy series.
Also, at the nudging of a person who knows who he is, I am going to watch all three seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender for comment/discussion episode by episode. I may start this when my daughter comes to visit next week.
Meanwhile, back to work on Cold Steel (Spiritwalker 3). Sadly, I do not think any sharks will appear in book 3. But you never know!