Return of the Librarian or where I’ve been

So you may have noticed I’ve been somewhat quiet around here and on Twitter. This was due to me and the family being away for a few days visiting my sister in law in Sweden. We had a fantastic time visiting her and her family and Sweden was lovely even though the weather was mostly atrocious—we had rain four days out of five! We did however see lots of beautiful scenery and wild animals. We saw a raven, a fox, reindeer, deer, and even a couple of elk. There was snow, lots of forest, hills, mountains, lakes, and rivers.  Read More …

In the News: Defying Doomsday on Pozible

City overlooking desolate desert landscape with cracked earthIn the past couple of years Kickstarter and its various competitors have turned into a great way to get interesting anthologies to market. There are lots of great projects out there and increasingly I’ll receive emails asking me to broadcast new campaigns to my readers here on the blog and elsewhere. I usually let those go, because it feels odd to promote projects I won’t personally be backing. But last week I backed the Defying Doomsday project, because it looked very interesting, it’s got a story by the awesome Corinne Duyvis, and the representation of disabled or chronically ill characters is dear to my heart. This meant that when I received an email about the project from its creators, I was stoked to share it here on the blog. What exactly is the Defying Doomsday project? Have a quote:  Read More …

In the News: London Book & Screen Week

lbswbannerSo I usually don’t post much about the press releases for events I get in my inbox, unless it is for an event here in the Netherlands, which so far has happened I think three times, all at The American Book Centre, but sometimes something hits my inbox and it makes me so sad that we still haven’t invented that teleporter yet. Exhibit A is the press release I received about London Book and Screen Week, which runs from 13-19 April and coincides with the London Book Fair. There are some awesome events on and several interesting workshops and exhibitions and I wish I could go.  Read More …

In the news: Cover for Joshua Winning’s Ruins

joshuawinningOne review copy that has been languishing on my digital to read shelf for way too long is Joshua Winning’s Sentinel. One of the reasons I was drawn to accept a review copy of Sentinel was its cover. I love the style of it. And add in the promise of underground societies, evil forces, and a teen trying to figure it all out and I was sold.   Read More …

Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A close down: a round-up of the links

SCI’ve been a Strange Chemistry fan from the beginning. Its editor, Amanda Rutter, was one of the first friends I made when I discovered the blogosphere, at the time she was still blogging at Floor to Ceiling Books, and she helped me out a lot when I decided to start blogging myself. So to see her move into publishing herself was exciting and witnessing Strange Chemistry publish some of the most innovative and wonderful books in the field of YA in the past two years has been a pleasure.  Read More …

In The News: Cover Palooza

InboxLast week I received several mails with interesting new covers and acquisitions news. And as I’ve been looking forward to these books a lot and Solaris’ new acquisition sounds really interesting, I thought I’d share them on the blog.

Let’s start with Angry Robot Books, who revealed the covers for two final books in the series, that I’ve been looking forward to hugely, Emma Newman’s All Is Fair and David Tallerman’s Prince Thief. Both covers and the accompanying blurbs can be found below:   Read More …

In the News: Three Wishes…


My week is totally not going as planned. I was going to post a review every day and do some extra reading on top, but of course I should have learned by now not to plan to tightly, as there are two little girls in my house who are apt to mess up my carefully laid plans. However, I will have a review up tomorrow, as it’s part of a blog tour, so I really have to get that written, but before I start in on that, I saw an announcement floating around my timeline on Facebook and I really wanted to share it with you guys.

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In The News: Q&A with Clifford Beal

cliffordbeal-gideonsangelI’ve been a little spotty in my blogging lately, mostly due to sick kids, a weekend away, and a really busy week at work. As a result I also have stuff I’ve been meaning to post about for a while tucked away in Evernote and I decided to pull one out today because if I don’t post this now, it will really be too random. Anyway, last February I reviewed Clifford Beal’s Gideon’s Angel, which I enjoyed very much and last month Solaris released a short video shot at the official launch event for Gideon’s Angel. It featured a Q&A with the author where he among other things talks about why he chose to write a historical fantasy and about the historical figures he included in the book.

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In The News: Ben Galley’s The Written Graphic Novel Kickstarter

bengalley-thewrittenI usually don’t post about Kickstarters and other such news items, in fact I don’t post news items often in general. However, Ben contacted me and asked whether I’d post about his Kickstarter project and I know I have several graphic novel enthusiasts in my readership, so I thought I’d post it as a heads-up for them. I reviewed The Written in novel format earlier this month and while I had some mixed reactions, I did really enjoy the story. So without further ado, here’s Ben’s press release about the Kickstarter!

The Kickstarter project to turn my epic fantasy novel ‘The Written’ into a graphic novel has now launched and is very much live.

Launched on Friday the 11th of January, already the project has raised 42% of its £5,000 goal, and still has 45 days to go before its deadline. But the project still needs help to raise that other 58%. This email is a call for assistance in raising the awareness of the project, and meeting my goal in the next 45 days. Here’s how you can help me:
– Simply forward this email to a friend or colleague
– Share the news on Facebook
– Share or retweet it on Twitter (using the hashtag #EmaneskaGN)
– Or, pledging whatever you can towards the project.

All help is very much appreciated. There are some great rewards on offer. Don’t forget – I’m offering pledgers the chance to actually BE IN the graphic novel. Interested? Have a look below at the rewards.

You can find the project on Kickstarter under “Emaneska – The First Graphic Novel” or at the following link:

As always, you can find me at You can also follow the news and updates on Twitter (@BenGalley) and Facebook (/BenGalleyAuthor). More information below!

The £5000 I’m trying to raise will go towards the graphic novel’s design, publishing, global release, initial print run, distribution, and also rewarding those kind people who have pledged towards the project. It will also go towards building and releasing an enhanced eBook app that will be launched as well, transform the reading experience.

The rewards for pledging to the project range from exclusive prints and artwork, free signed copies of the novel and the original Emaneska Series books, exclusive merchandise, to eBooks. Everybody who pledges will see their name in the dedication of the graphic novel, and on That’s quite a reward, considering the proposed level of distribution.

This Kickstarter also offers pledgers the chance to actually feature in the novel. This reward allows pledgers to send in pictures of themselves, and have their likenesses rendered into artwork. It will then be placed in the novel itself, as a minor or background character. It’s a reward that allows those pledging to rub shoulders with the main characters of “The Written” and the Emaneska Series, and be a very integral part of the project indeed. There are only 50 spaces available, so it’s first come, first served!

The artwork for the graphic novel and the app construction will be done by artist Mike Shipley, renowned landscape painter, graphic artist, and also winner of the Churchill Award.