Category Archives: Guest Posts
First, a note. This post was actually supposed to go up last Thursday, and so is a week late. For that, my apologies to author Kim Curran and to Faye at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts who put the whole book tour together for Glaze. I haven’t been punctual about guest posts of late, and I do have quite a back log of things that need to get done. Something I’m working on correcting!
Second, having read the premise of Glaze and having followed up on all the excerpts that have been posted in various places as part of this book tour, I’m very excited about the novel. I haven’t read anything by Kim as yet, though I do have copies of her two YA novels from Strange Chemistry that I need to get through, but reading these excerpts, I’m sure that the books are gonna be great. Strange Chemistry has had a fairly good track record since their launch, as far as I’m concerned, and Kim seems to be one of their top authors and Glaze has been getting a lot of good publicity. Hopefully I will be reading it soon. In the meantime, enjoy the excerpt below.
Joining the blog today for a guest spot is one of Ragnarok Publication’s latest authors, Timothy Baker. He has written quite a few short stories previously and with his latest book Path of the Dead he is going big. Ragnarok is a new publisher, set up by my friends Tim Marquits and Joe Martin who put together the awesome Kaiju Rising anthology earlier this year and Django Wexler’s John Golden: Freelance Debugger novella, which were both fun reads. Now we have Timothy’s new story, and hopefully it is going to be just as good. As part of the promotions for Path of the Dead, Timothy put together this neat little post outlining how he put it all together and his inspiration as well. Fun read for sure, and it does get me excited for the book itself. Enjoy!
Joining me on the blog today for the final guest post of the 4th edition of Names: A New Perspective is this year’s debut author Liz de Jager, with her novel Banished which comes out very soon from Tor, less than a month in fact! It is one of the novels of the year that I’m very excited about. Liz is a great friend and a fellow, albeit former, book blogger, so that’s even more reasons for the excitement. Its always great to see bloggers and friends get a start on their publishing careers like this. Plus the concept of the book is extremely promising so I have very high hopes for it. Anyways, in one of her first blog posts for the book’s promotion, here’s what Liz has to say on the topic of names.
Tags: 2014 Debut, 2014 Release, Banished, Debut Authors, Debut Authors Guest Series, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Guest Posts, Liz de Jager, Names, Names A New Perspective, The Blackhart Legacy, The Importance of Names, The meaning of Names, The Significance of Names, Tor Books, Tor UK
Slightly delayed by a day since I totally forgot about this yesterday, but I’m excited to welcome author Michael J. Sullivan to the blog for Names: A New Perspective. Michael used to be a self-published author with a very successful fantasy series but his books were picked up by Orbit Books in 2011 and he published the sixth and final novel in the Riyria Revelations novel Percepliquis through them (reviews of omnibus book 1, book 2, book 3). I read all the books in 2012 and they proved to be quite fun. His first prequel novel The Crown Tower (review) was also excellent, and I’m excited for all the other stuff he has coming out, such as the series set in the old times of the Riyria setting. That should be fun. Michael also writes some great articles about the publishing industry and he really helps everyone learn about the industry at large. Here’s what he has to say on the topic of names.
Tags: Avempartha, Debut Authors Guest Series, Emerald Storm, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Guest Posts, High Fantasy, Michael J. Sullivan, Names, Names A New Perspective, Nyphron Rising, Orbit Books, Percepliquis, Rise of Empire, Riyria, Riyria Chronicles, Riyria Revelations, The Crown Conspiracy, The Crown Tower, The Heir of Novron, The Importance of Names, The meaning of Names, The Significance of Names, Theft of Swords, Wintertide
Today’s guest on the blog for Names: A New Perspective is Freya Robertson, another new author with Angry Robot. She has published several romance novels previously and her Elemental Wars series marks her big fantasy debut. The first novel in the series, Heartwood, came out last year in November and the sequel Sunstone is due soon as well. I’m really excited for this series since it plays up some tropes of the genre that I like, such as the mystical order of knights and the quest feel of the narrative. I’ll hopefully be checking it out quite soon and the sequel as well. In the meantime, here’s what Freya has to say on the topic of names.
Tags: 2013 Release, 2014 Release, Angry Robot Books, Debut Authors Guest Series, Elemental Wars, Fantasy, Freya Robertson, Guest Posts, Heartwood, Names, Names A New Perspective, NANP, Romance, Self-published, Sunstone, The Importance of Names, The meaning of Names, The Significance of Names
Today’s guest on Names: A New Perspective is New York Times Bestselling author John Jackson Miller, who has worked on multiple Star Wars media in the past, particularly the really good Knights of the Old Republic comics from Dark Horse, and the recent novel Kenobi which is set in the aftermath of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. His Lost Tribe of the Sith series is on my “25 Series To Read In 2014” reading challenge as well and I’m really looking forward to those books. My experience with John’s work has been quite positive over the years, and he is definitely among my favourite writers, so its really exciting to have him on the blog and talking names in fiction. Here’s what he has to say.
Tags: Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Debut Authors Guest Series, Del Rey, Guest Posts, Jedi, John Jackson Miller, Kenobi, Knights of the Old Republic, Lucas Books, Names, Names A New Perspective, Novels, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Overdraft: The Orion Offensive, Sith, Star Wars, Star Wars Expanded Universe, The Force, The Importance of Names, The Lost Tribe of The Sith, The meaning of Names, The Significance of Names
Joining me on the blog today for Names: A New Perspective is the latest author to join the ranks of Angry Robot’s elite, Marianne de Pierres. Marianne is an author of long standing with a big portfolio of work that includes critical hits and award-winning novels such as the Sentients of Orion series and the Parish Plessis series. Her new novel Peacemaker is the one that Angry Robot will be publishing soon, at the end of April, and it one of the many books that I’m very excitedly looking forward to reading this year. Post-apocalyptic fiction is one that I’m beginning to enjoy of late, and I think Marianne’s upcoming will slot right in and prove to be a good one. Fingers crossed! In the meantime here is what Marianne has to say on the topic of names.
Tags: 2014 Release, Angry Robot Books, Debut Authors Guest Series, Fantasy, Guest Posts, Marianne de Pierres, Names, Names A New Perspective, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Science Fiction, The Importance of Names, The meaning of Names, The Significance of Names, Young Adult
Joining me today on the blog for Names: A New Perspective is one of 2013’s biggest debut authors, Jason M. Hough. Published by Del Rey Books/Random House, his Dire Earth Cycle trilogy is about a post-apocalyptic world brought on by the advent of an alien space elevator in Darwin, Australia in the near future. I’ve only read the first two books so far, The Darwin Elevator (review) and The Exodus Towers (review), but I have been impressed by both, and The Darwin Elevator even made my “Best Debuts of 2013” list. Both books are really good explorations of a human society that is struggling to survive in the face of a Resident Evil style viral epidemic and dwindling resources while at the same time also riven by the base natures of individuals who care only about power. I would recommend both books highly and will say that whatever Jason puts out next, I’ll definitely be reading it. In the meanwhile, while I figure out when to read the concluding novel in the trilogy, The Plague Forge, here’s what Jason has to say on the topic of names.
Tags: 2013 Debuts, Aliens, Debut Authors, Debut Authors Guest Series, Del Rey Books, Dire Earth Cycle, Firefly, Guest Posts, Jason M. Hough, Near Future, Post-Apocalyptic, Random House, Resident Evil, Science Fiction, Space Elevator, Space Opera, The Darwin Elevator, The Exodus Towers, The Plague Forge
Joining me on the blog for the first Names: A New Perspective post of January (and the new year!) is Mhairi Simpson, who has been self-publishing some of her work and has also had some of her short stories published traditionally through a small press. She’s also a fellow blogger and a good friend so I’m really excited to have her on the blog today. I’ve only read one of her stories, in the Tales of the Nun & Dragon anthology (review), but I have some of her other work backlogged and I’ll be moving through it quite soon. Its great to see so many of my blogger friends get their own fiction out, through various means, and what’s great is that everyone seems to be doing something different and breaking conventions left and right. Great time to be a reader! Anyways, here’s what Mhairi has to say on the topic of names.
Tags: Debut Authors Guest Series, Fox Spirit Books, Guest Posts, Hookers & Blowe, Mhairi Simpson, Names, Names A New Perspective, Self-published, Short Stories, The Importance of Names, The meaning of Names, The Scent of Freedom, The Significance of Names
The latest guest on the blog for Names: A New Perspective before the series goes on its holiday break is William King, a friend and author who brought be into the Warhammer 40,000 world years ago with his book, Grey Hunter, which is the third novel in the Space Wolves series featuring a young Space Wolf by the name of Ragnar Blackmane. Grey Hunter is the first Warhammer novel I read, ever and I’ve been hopelessly hooked since. I’ve read a lot of different stuff from Bill since then, including the first in his self-published Terrarch Chronicles series last year, which was quite a good book. Will be continuing on with those books in the coming year, not to mention catching up with all of his Black Library novels as well. While I plan all that out, here’s what Bill has to say on the topic of names.
Tags: Angel of Fire, Black Library, Debut Authors Guest Series, Elves, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Gotrek & Felix, Grey Hunter, Guest Posts, Macharian Crusade, Names, Ragnar Blackmane, science fantasy, Science Fiction, Space Opera, Space Wolves, Terrarch Chronicles, The Importance of Names, The meaning of Names, The Significance of Names, Tyrion & Teclis, Warhammer 4000, Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, William King
Stopping by the blog today for Names: A New Perspective is Jen Williams, the debut author of next year’s The Copper Promise, the first novel in the Ghosts of the Citadel series from Headline Publishing. As she is a debut author, she is the perfect candidate for this series, and I’m rather excited to have her on the blog and share her naming schemes and choices and the reasons behind all of them. Interestingly, the book is being released as a four-part serialized affair, and what’s great is that each installment has a different cover. Rather neat strategy, I must say. I’ve read the synopsis of the novel, and seen the big cover in all its glory and I’m definitely looking forward to reading the book next year. In the meantime, this is what Jen has to say on the topic of names.
Joining me on the blog today for the new edition of Names: A New Perspective is fantasy author Alex Bledsoe, scribe of the Eddie LaCrosse series and the Tufa novels among others. His fourth Eddie LaCrosse novel Wake of The Bloody Angel was the first of his books that I read around its time of release last year and just a few days ago I finished the fifth installment He Drank, And Saw The Spider. They’ve been very fun reads both of them, and he’s certainly one of my favourite authors to date. The genesis of the names in the Eddie LaCrosse novels sounds rather intriguing and fun, so here’s what Alex has to say on the matter.
Tags: Alex Bledsoe, Debut Authors Guest Series, Eddie LaCrosse, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Guest Posts, He Drank And Saw The Spider, Heroic Fantasy, magic, Names, Names A New Perspective, Pirates, The Importance of Names, The meaning of Names, The Significance of Names, Tor Books, Tufa, Wake of The Bloody Angel, Witch