I’m posting great news that I shared with my mailing list last week (sign up if you want to be the first to know!). Since finishing Draca I’ve been writing in a new direction; the ‘historical fantasy’ domain of authors such as George R R Martin (Game of Thrones), Andrzej Sapkowski (The Witcher), and Mark Lawrence (The Book of the Ancestor). A character had come into my mind as if she had always been there, waiting for her story to be told; a courageous young woman, raised as a pagan but incarcerated in a nunnery and forced to kneel to a foreign god. The words flowed. One book became two, then three. The trilogy acquired a name: Rune Song.
Last August Bookouture, the digital-first subsidiary of publishing group Hachette, acquired the world-wide English language rights to the series via my agent Ian Drury at Sheil Land. However they embargoed announcements until they launched their new imprint for the science fiction and fantasy (SFF) genres, Second Sky. That was last week’s hot news in the publishing world, and I’m now free to share my own excitement.
The first book in the Rune Song series, Hammer of Fate, will be released on 1st June in print, ebook, and audiobook formats. Two other titles will follow during the summer.
Jack Renninson at Second Sky told the press ‘it took me just one evening to blaze through the brilliant first book in Geoff’s new trilogy. Adelais is an astonishing heroine – angry, defiant and immensely charismatic – and the dangerous world that she inhabits seems vividly and completely real. This story is an incredible achievement and I’m certain that fans of exciting, character-driven fantasy will be hooked.’
There’s a slightly fuller description of Hammer of Fate and an extract here.If you want to make Second Sky (and me) very happy, the ebook of Hammer of Fate can be pre-ordered now for just £1.99 from Amazon UK or $2.47 from Amazon.com. Print and audio book pricing will be announced later.
Welcome to the world of Adelais de Vries, a woman who some adore as an angel and others hunt as a witch.
She may be both.
Publishers Unbound have accepted DRACA. I’m sharing royalties with veterans’ charity Combat Stress. You can help make it happen.
Unbound are a new and fast-growing force in publishing. They won the Bookseller Book of the Year Award in 2015, and their recent successes include the Sunday Times Bestselling ‘Letters of Note’ and the Man Booker long listed ‘The Wake’. Unbound have a revolutionary publishing concept; they team with an author to build support before publication, which lets readers decide what is published. You can join the DRACA community – and see your name inside the cover.
Draca: supporting Combat Stress
DRACA is a novel about conflict and its aftermath. Its hero, Jack, is a war-damaged Royal Marine, struggling with the after-effects of combat. You can read a synopsis here and an extract here.
Combat Stress help former servicemen and women deal with issues like post-traumatic stress, providing specialist treatment and support to give veterans hope and a future.
Early endorsement has come from Vice Admiral Charles Style, a former Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff, who says Draca is ‘a powerful and gripping story, wonderfully told. It’s brilliant that a book of this calibre is offered in support of Combat Stress.’
Building the DRACA community
You can subscribe to the publishing of the book, secure your own copies and other privileges by clicking here:
You’ll find a synopsis, an extract, and a video. There’s a Q&A, so go on… challenge me! Naturally, there’s also a chance to pledge your support. This can be as little as one ebook, or as much as a bundle of signed copies for a book group. All supporters will see their names inside every edition of the book.
So please help me to help the heroes like Jack whose wounds are more than physical.
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