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Thursday, 31 July 2014

A Seared Sky: Partings. Launch of Book 2 of the Trilogy

Exciting news! Book 2 of A Seared Sky, Partings, to be launched! 

But before I get carried away....

In my last post I almost explained my temporary absence from the scene for the past few days and promised to let you know why, today. Nothing too exciting for readers, but we’ve been preparing our house to sell up and move on. It’s now on the market (or will be at the end of today). So, that’s why I’ve been away.

However, in the meantime, something far more exciting for readers and, especially for me, has happened. My publisher has announced the launch of book 2 of A Seared Sky. Partings will be available from 16 August and will be launched at FantastiCon in Hull, initially as an ebook. But, hey, why should I keep all the good news to myself. Here’s a copy of the Fantastic Books Publishing newsletter making the announcement in full.

 The very first #SciFiHour at FantastiCon, another upcoming release more short SF competition news!

This week we have been collecting delegate bags to be used at FantastiCon and given to all our visitors! Now starts the interesting job of filling them for you all…

So far Waterstones, Hull University and the Copyright Licencing Agency have all come forward and offered bags for FantastiCon. All Golden Tickets holders will receive one and standard ticket holders will get one on a first come, first served basis until they are all gone.

Inside the bags we’ll be putting lots of fun stuff from local companies to check out while you’re in Hull and also a few extra bits too. Because all our supporters are so Fantastic, one of those extras will be… a random collector’s card from our recently released FEF Collector card series! The rest of the series will be for sale at the event but to get your collections going we thought we’d give you all a card at the door to get you started. You’ll also all receive a new pen that you’ll be able to use to navigate the fantastical world of Dave Hughes’ RPG ‘Elite Encounters‘ too.

And now news of another first for the event. The very first #SciFiHour will be happening live at FantastiCon! All you need to do to get involved is follow @SciFiHouron twitter and if you have any questions about science fiction in general or would like to ask our Fantastic Elite Fiction authors anything about their work, just add the hashtag #SciFiHour to your tweet and they’ll be there to answer your questions live from the event at 9pm GMT from the bar of the Hull Royal Mercure Hotel.

How can you help? Go follow @SciFiHour now and help us spread the word people! #SciFiHour

And what of you poor folks who who for reasons of geography or otherwise won’t be able to join us at FantastiCon? Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about you!

We currently plan to have a live feed from the event but if this turns out to be technically impossible we have 4 roaming cameramen coming along and we plan to create a documentary and will showcase it shortly after the convention. We’ll also be taking lots of recordings of things like the book readings, the author and actor Q&A, the Fantastic Awards Ceremony and the wonderful John Levene, Barry Nobles and Simon Fisher-Becker chatting on stage about Dr Who.
So, what’s happening with the short SF competition entries? Our judges are battling away with each other and so far, after nearly 2 weeks of judging, have not decided on a single story to remove from the list! Will the longlist become the contents list for the anthology? Only time will tell but the judges will need a little more time to sort it out amongst themselves. Watch this space…
Also, some of you have been asking about Stuart Aken’s next book in his ‘A Seared Sky‘ series following the launch earlier this year of the first in the series ‘Joinings‘. We can reveal that the second book is called ‘Partings’ and will be available as an ebook in time for Stuart’s appearance at FantastiCon in August. The cover for ‘Partings’ has been designed by the wonderful Heather Murphy and a sneak preview can be seen at the top of this blog.

Continuing on the fantasy theme, Stuart will now be joined by good friend and fellow fantasy writer Linda Acaster who will be speaking at the event about how her fantastical world differs from the norm.

For those of you unfamiliar with all our latest endeavours, why not sign up to our weekly newsletter? You’ll find lots of interesting items in there and we always give our newsletter subscribers access to our latest news first.

Just 16 days to go until the inaugural FantastiCon! See you there Commanders!
Just imagine,

Daniel and Gabi
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