Thursday, April 9, 2015

The David Gemmell Awards: The LEGEND AWARD

David Gemmell was one of those writers you just sort of had to fall in love with, on a literary sense, of course. He wrote mighty fine fiction. I had basically quit reading fantasy when he came on the scene and only started reading it again after he had passed away. My friend Charles R. Rutledge pointed him out to me and handed me a copy of LEGEND to read for myself when I decided to try my luck with a fantasy novel As is often the case, Charles knows h is stuff. I read LEGEND and loved it. I went on to buy several of Gemmell's other novels and loved them, too.
What I did not expect was to be nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Award. The full list of nominees is below. I am beyond flattered to even be considered in the same company. 




Legend Award
The Legend Award, named after David Gemmell’s first and most popular novel, is presented to the fantasy title judged the year’s best by open vote.
The trophy, pictured here, is a scale model of Snaga, the axe wielded by Gemmell’s iconic hero Druss, and is created specially each year by Simon Fearnhamm of Raven Armoury.




Voting on 2015’s Legend longlist closes at midnight on Friday 15th May.
Voting on the shortlist opens on Monday 1st June and closes at midnight on Friday 17thJuly.
The presentation takes place at 8pm on Saturday 8th August at Nine Worlds Geekfest.

NOMINATIONS:
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (HarperCollins)

The Widow’s House by Daniel Abraham (Orbit)

Son of the Morning by Mark Alder (Gollancz)

Oath of the Vayuputras by Amish (Jo Fletcher Books)

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett (Jo Fletcher Books)

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan (Titan)

The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks (Orbit)

Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan (Orbit)

Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell (Jo Fletcher Books)

The Relic Guild by Edward Cox (Gollancz)

A Dance of Ghosts by David Dalglish (Orbit)

Assail by Ian C Esslemont (Transworld)

Gleam by Tom Fletcher (Jo Fletcher Books)

Valour by John Gwynne (Pan Macmillan/Tor UK)

Unholy War by David Hair (Jo Fletcher Books)

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris (Gollancz)

Spira Mirabilis by Aidan Harte (Jo Fletcher Books)

Righteous Fury by Markus Heitz (Jo Fletcher Books)

The Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb (HarperCollins)

Sworn in Steel by Douglas Hulick (Pan Macmillan/Tor UK)

In Dark Service by Stephen Hunt (Gollancz)

Justice by Ian Irvine (Orbit)

The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs (Gollancz)

The Fourth Gwenevere by John James (with John & Caitlin Matthews) (Jo Fletcher Books)

Blood Will Follow by Snorri Kristjansson (Jo Fletcher Books)

The Lascar’s Dagger by Glenda Larke (Orbit)

Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence (HarperCollins)

Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene (Hodder & Stoughton)

The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan (Orbit)

Reign of Ash by Gail Z Martin (Orbit)

The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller (Orbit)

Crown of Renewal by Elizabeth Moon (Orbit)

The Blasted Lands by James A. Moore (Angry Robot)

Arcanum by Simon Morden (Orbit)

The Dark Defiles by Richard Morgan (Gollancz)

Retribution by Mark Charan Newton (Pan Macmillan/Tor UK)

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor (Hodder & Stoughton)

The Boy with the Porcelain Blade by Den Patrick (Gollancz)

The Free by Brian Ruckley (Orbit)

Tower Lord by Anthony Ryan (Orbit)

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)

Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski (Gollancz)

The Seal of the Worm by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Pan Macmillan/Tor UK)


The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks (Orbit)



Needless to say, again, I am delighted. I have exactly no chance in hell of winning, but I am delighted just the same. Congratulations to all the nominees!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Jonathan Crowley (not the author)






There are a lot of people saying nice things about Jonathan Crowley. Not the author by the same name, but the character I created. Don't get me wrong, I've heard a lot of praise for John Crowley and it's justified, but the names are only a happy coincidence.

So because people keep asking, here is a quick chronological breakdown of his appearances so far:

BOOMTOWN--A novel set in the Weird West, that has been a work in progress for a while now and that I plan on finishing it this year. A publisher is already in place.

BLACK TRAIN BLUES: A short story appearing in Midnight Echo Magazine issue Nine

THE DEVOTED: A serialized novella that appeared in LAMPLIGHT Volume Two and can now be found in the collected edition right here.

BLANK WHITE PAGE: A short story appearing in SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror

WHAT ROUGH BEAST: A Chap Book by White Noise Press starring Jonathan Crowley and his sometimes companion Khaarn.  This one was co-written with Charles R Rutledge and illustrated beautifully by Keith Minnion. It's almost sold out, so if you're interested, you should visit the link.

There are several more stories planned set in the same era.

WAR STORIES: A novella that showed up in SNAFU: HEROES: An Anthology of Military Horror

Want to know why I say these are in chronological order? because WAR STORIES takes place in the 1970's at the end of the Viet Nam war.

CHERRY HILL: A novel that deals more with Crowley's origin than anything else written so far. You can find it on Amazon right here. It actually takes place both before and after WAR STORIES.

UNDER THE OVERTREE In reality the novel is Crowley's first appearance. It was also my first novel. 

SERENITY FALLS: Writ In Blood: Book One

SERENITY FALLS: The Pack: Book Two

SERENITY FALLS: Dark Carnival: Book Three

The SERENITY FALLS trilogy was originally one book. When it was expanded, a goodly deal more information pertaining directly to Jonathan Crowley was added in what I have referred to more than once as "Jonathan Crowley's Adventures Across America." The series is currently out of print. I'll be rectifying that very soon.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: A short story done for Cemetery Dance. You can purchase the Kindle edition right here. Art by the incomparable Glenn Chadbourne.

LITTLE BOY BLUE:  A promotional chapbook from Morningstar Press that is long out of print. You can find it here, or you can be patient. In all likeliness I'll have it available for the Kindle soon at the very least. Cover art by the amazing Alex McVey.

VENDETTA: A novella about, well, a vendetta. It's also out of print. Currently it's rather costly. Though I suspect it can also be found for less.

Honorable mentions: Crowley is also referenced and or has a bit part in SMILE NO MORE, BLIND SHADOWS (with Charles R. Rutledge), CONGREGATIONS OF THE DEAD (Also with Charles), A HELL WITHIN (Pending and also with Charles) and my novel HARVEST MOON, BLOOD TIDE a short story, and BLOOD RED the novel.


There's more on the horizon.

Just a head's up as to where we stand at the moment.

Cover art for Vendetta, by the the spectacular Alan M. Clark

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Angry Robot News

The official press release says: 


We are delighted to have shared with you our recent re-signings and new author deals. There are two new author announcements to come very soon, but today we are thrilled to tell you that James A. Moore will be writing two more books in his Seven Forges series, following Seven Forges and The Blasted Lands. Not only that but the next instalment, entitled City of Wonders, will be released this November, 2015. More details on City of Wonders below. James is a wonderful member of our Robot Family and we are excited to have his soul belong to continued involvement with Angry Robot Books.
James A Moore. He rocks!James A. Moore: “I am, of course, delighted to be working with my Robot Overlords once again. There have been rumors about them holding my family hostage through the negotiations and I want to make clear that nothing of the sort has happened. I am assured that the sudden disappearance of family members was merely a coincidence and not, as some AR authors have previously stated, a negotiating tool of any kind.
I have also been informed that so long as my manuscripts are delivered in a timely manner no more unexpected vacations to the “Lunar Gulag Wonderland” will be necessary.”
Marc Gascoigne: “I’m so pleased that Jim has agreed to write not one but two more Seven Forges books for us at Angry Robot. Clever, action-stuffed fantasy like his is why I became a fanatical fantasy fan in the first place.”

City of Wonders
Old Canhoon, the City of Wonders, is having a population explosion as refugees from Tyrne and Roathes alike try to escape the Sa’ba Taalor. All along the border between the Blasted Lands and the Fellein Empire armies clash and the most powerful empire in the world is pushed back toward the old Capital. From the far east the Pilgrim gathers an army of the faithful, heading for Old Canhoon and the growing masses of the lost and the desolate, on a mission of which he will not speak and looking for the faithful who will join him in his exodus.
In Old Canhoon itself the imperial family struggles against enemies old and new as the spies of their enemies begin removing threats to the gods of the Seven Forges and prepare the way for the invading armies of the Seven Kings. In the distant Taalor valley Andover Lashk continues his quest and must make a final decision, while at the Mounds, something inhuman is awakened and set free.
War is Here. Blood will flow and bodies will burn.
Seven Forges by James A. Moore, artwork by Alejandro Colucci
Seven Forges

Saturday, January 31, 2015

White Noise Coming your way

Production on the new chapbook "What Rough Beast" by James A. Moore and Charles R. 

Rutledge went more quickly than we anticipated, so we moved the release date up to 

February 6, 2015! Anyone wishing to purchase this newest White Noise Press chapbook 

should go to the link below or visit the "Chaps" page of the web site on Friday, February 6th, 

and place your order!


http://www.whitenoisepress.com/shelf/


Friday, January 30, 2015

A few new notes

So, THE BLASTED LANDS is finally available as an audio download.

Speaking of THE BLASTED LANDS, there's a new review right HERE.

And as an added bonus, I have been interviewed, RIGHT HERE.

The amazingly talented Alejandro Colucci is soon to start work on book three of the Seven Forges series: THE CITY OF WONDERS. I am looking forward to what he achieves with Swech as the central figure. 

More news soon!





Monday, December 29, 2014

What Rough Beast

So Charles R. Rutledge and I have been busy. We usually are, mind you, but in this case we've been working on a different little ditty, piece coming out from White Noise Press.

White Noise Press does very limited edition chapbooks that are, frankly, gorgeous.

Here's the first piece of artwork that publisher Keith Minnion is sharing:




And this particular book is done in the style of a penny dreadful and is properly called WHAT ROUGH BEAST:  A Crowley and Kharrn Yarn

Crowley would be my recurring character Jonathan Crowley. Kharrn would be Charles' very long loved barbarian adventurer, who also recurs in the strangest places.

This one's gonna be a hoot!

What Rough Beast crouches our way in February.


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Blackguards and Blackguards: Blacklist

The following os from the folks at Ragnarok Publications. I'm just sharing the news.

SUBMISSION RESULTS
We received 262 submissions in a very short period and my thanks goes out to each and every one of the submitters for making my decision so damn hard. We received a lot of strong stories and this was not easy by any means. In addition, I extend heartfelt thank-yous to Sarah Chorn of Bookworm Blues and Mihir Wanchoo of Fantasy Book Critic for their awesome assistance.
Okay, so without further ado, congratulations to S.R. Cambridge and Clay Sanger for making it into the pages of BLACKGUARDS: TALES OF ASSASSINS, MERCENARIES, AND ROGUES!

BLACKGUARDS TABLE OF CONTENTS
Here is the full TOC for BLACKGUARDS:
Foreword by Glen Cook
Introduction by J.M. Martin
“Mainon” by Jean Rabe
“Irindai” by Bradley P. Beaulieu
“The Subtler Art” by Cat Rambo
“Seeds” by Carol Berg
“Jancy’s Justice” by Kenny Soward
“Professional Integrity” by Michael J. Sullivan
“Troll Trouble” by Richard Lee Byers
“A Better Man” by Paul S. Kemp
“First Kill” by Django Wexler
“Manhunt” by Mark Smylie
“Better to Live than to Die” by John Gwynne
“The Secret” by Mark Lawrence
“Friendship” by Laura Resnick
“The First Kiss” by Clay Sanger
“The White Rose Thief” by Shawn Speakman
“A Length of Cherrywood” by Peter Orullian
“A Taste of Agony” by Tim Marquitz
“What Gods Demand” by James A. Moore
“Take You Home” by David Dalglish
“Seeking the Shadow” by Joseph R. Lallo
“Sun and Steel” by Jon Sprunk
“The Bety├ír and the Magus” by S.R. Cambridge
“A Kingdom and a Horse” by Snorri Kristjansson
“Thieves at the Gate” by James Enge
“His Kikuta Hands” by Lian Hearn
“The Lord Collector” by Anthony Ryan
“Scream” by Anton Strout


BLACKGUARDS BLACKLIST AUTHORS/TOC
Also, congratulations to eleven more awesome authors who have filled up the contents of the BLACKGUARDS BLACKLIST. Here is the table of contents:
“Angel of Tears” by Erik Scott de Bie
“To the End” by Rob J. Hayes
“The Assassination of Poppy Smithswife” by Sam Knight
“Comeuppance” by Linda Robertson
“The Lonesome Dark” by Anthony Lowe
“Gret” by Brenda Carre
“To Steal the Moon” by Rebecca Lovatt
“Laughing Wind” by Noah Heinrich
“The Muttwhelp” by Edward M. Erdelac
“Bloody Gratitude” by Mike Theodorsson
“Telhinsol’s Shadow” by S.M. White
If you are not among these listed here, you are now free to submit your stories elsewhere, and although I did not choose your story this time, I enjoyed reading them and this has been a great experience. Thank you all so much for thinking highly enough of our project to take the time to submit your story. I don't take a single one of you lightly for pursuing that which you love, the awesome art of fantasy writing. It's such a wonderful endeavor. Please continue writing and submitting!
And thank you, most generous and honored backers, for your long-suffering patience. Now that all the stories are assigned and edited, we have but a couple pieces of art left (for Clay's and S.R.'s stories) and then Shawn King and I will begin production in earnest. The digital rewards will follow soon thereafter, followed by the print editions (manufactured and fulfilled by the great folks at Thomson-Shore). 
Thanks again, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Let's ROK on into 2015 and make it a banner year!
Joe

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