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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

A Fantastic Convention: FantastiCon.

As many of you know, I'm involved with the fantastic convention, FantastiCon, to be held in Hull, England, on 16th August. I'll be there, signing books. But, rather than repeat information, I thought I'd just copy the newsletter sent out by the organiser, my publisher, Fantastic Books Publishing. Even if you can't attend (and it's definitely worth the effort for those who can make it) there are aspects of the day that will interest you.

Excellent news this week as the inaugural FantastiCon spools up for launch and all 5 books are at the printers. The spine art lines up to create an image of the iconic Cobra Mk3 spacecraft heading for a space station. The header to this newsletter shows how. If you would like to see the full covers, please head over to Orion Arm News, for all your Fantastic Elite Fiction news!

In only 10 days we will be welcoming delegates from all over the world to the very first FantastiCon and we are all really excited at the prospect. So many people have come together to help and the current programme is looking rammed full of exciting and Fantastic things to do on the day.
 Below is the current programme for FantastiCon;

10am - Doors open to Golden Ticket holders
11am - Welcome to FantastiCon 'We made it and you guys are the reason why'
12pm - Elite Encounters with Dave Hughes
1pm - Welcome by Commander Dan to standard ticket holders
2pm - Elite author chat, Q&A and book readings.
4pm - Dr Who chat with Simon Fisher-Becker and John Levene, Q&A.
5pm - John Levene Sergeant Benton memorabilia auction
6pm - Elite audiobook exclusive play with Christopher Jarvis
8pm - Stuart Aken, J.S.Collyer and Linda Acaster author chat and readings.
9pm - Take part in the very first #SciFiHour live on Twitter from the event and meet the Vampire Wars cast - performance, chat, Q&A
10pm - Fantastic Awards Ceremony followed by charity raffle prize draw
MIDNIGHT - And now, the end is near...

As well as everything above, there will be some amazing things going on throughout the day including cosplay fun (those guys always have fun), RPG Gaming, Retro gaming, Music, Oculus Rift action, Independent films, author and actor signings, loads of sellers of shiny comicbook/cosplay/Elite merchandise, green screen photography, a Star Wars speeder bike, R2D2, free soft drinks and biscuits and even a Dalek too!

Lots and lots of projects are incoming but for the next two weeks our focus will be on this awesome event so I hope you'll all join in online (we plan to have live camera feeds to the event), on Twitter (with the very first #SciFiHour) and on our other social media channels and help us make this a Fantastic day for everyone.

Here's the floor plan of FantastiCon, created by our very own Darren Grey. Thanks Darren, we especially love the 'Hyperspace Entry Point'! 

Books, audiobooks, trailers and now international events. You guys have no idea how Fantastically fun this has become! Thank you for your continuing encouragement as we continue to change the world of publishing, one Fantastic book at a time!

Just imagine,

Daniel and Gabi Grubb

Amongst other things, I'll be launching book 2 of my epic fantasy series 'A Seared Sky'. Book 1, 'Joinings' was released on 30th March. 'Partings' will appear from this date. More on that later, however.

Once more, my apologies for my recent absence from these pages: we're selling our house and this has involved a good deal of work, time and effort.

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