Rebecca Hall’s fantasy Symphony of the Cursed trilogy to be released as unabridged audiobooks

The Symphony of the Cursed trilogy are the latest Elsewhen Press titles to be available on audiobook, in transatlantic deal announced with Tantor Media Inc.

DARTFORD, KENT – 04 August 2017 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the signing of a deal with Tantor Media Inc. for the unabridged audiobook rights to Rebecca Hall’s Symphony of the Cursed trilogy.

Artwork by Alison Buck  based on feather photo by KPG_Payless/shutterstock.com   Artwork by Alison Buck

Symphony of the Cursed starts with Instrument of Peace, which Rebecca describes as a magic school setting combined with the reality of the mundane world and horror of the Dresden Files, without any characters named Harry. Her trilogy, which continues in Instrument of War and concludes in Instrument of Chaos, sees the main protagonist, Mitch, move from high school to university while he strives to break The Twisted Curse that threatens those around him.

The location for the story may be surprising to some readers, especially those in the Northern hemisphere. The Academy, where Mitch is being educated in magic, is in a semi-mythical land populated by magical beings and legendary creatures, not to mention awe-inspiring natural features such as volcanoes, that has in recent years been discovered to be the location for Middle Earth. We know it, of course, as New Zealand.

This is a fantastic YA trilogy; and, as we all know, YA fantasy appeals to readers (and listeners) of all ages. The first two titles are already available in eBook format, Instrument of Peace is also available in paperback and Instrument of War will be available in paperback later this month. The concluding book, Instrument of Chaos, will be published by Elsewhen Press early in the New Year. Now Tantor Media will be bringing all three books in the trilogy to the many fans who prefer audiobooks.

Peter Buck, Elsewhen Press editorial director said “We are thrilled to be working with Tantor again on a new audiobook series. We’re sure that Symphony of the Cursed will prove to be a hit with audio fans.”

Scott Smith, who acquired the Symphony of the Cursed trilogy for Tantor Media, said “YA Fantasy has become one of the fastest growing genres in audio over the past year and we feel that Rebecca’s Symphony of the Cursed trilogy will be well-received by this ever-growing segment of audiobook fans.”

Instrument of Peace, the first book in the Symphony of the Cursed trilogy is expected to be released in audio in September 2017 and will be available through major retailers; Instrument of War will be released in audio in October 2017; and Instrument of Chaos in January 2018 simultaneously with the print edition.

Notes for Editors

About Rebecca Hall

Rebecca HallRebecca started writing when she was supposed to be studying for her exams at Otago University in New Zealand, but somehow passed anyway, eventually graduating with a decorative piece of paper. She moved to the UK to pursue a career in publishing and after a couple of mishaps ended up in Edinburgh and sold the Symphony of the Cursed trilogy to Elsewhen Press, which is not quite the career she had in mind. The career she did have in mind was along more editorial lines, which is why she is now a volunteer at Inspired Quill and a freelance copy- editor for everyone else. She also has a blog which she infrequently remembers to update, where those mysterious things known as short stories can be found.

visit bit.ly/SymphonyCursed

About Tantor, A Division of Recorded Books

Located in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Tantor Media, a division of Recorded Books, is a leading publisher of thousands of bestselling and award-winning unabridged audiobooks. Tantor audiobooks are available through all major distributors in the retail and library markets, digitally and in CD format. Tantor’s parent company, Recorded Books, is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks in the world, with operations in the US, UK, and Australia.

visit https://tantor.com

Tantor Media contact: Cassandra McNeil +1 877-782-6867 x57 cmcneil@tantor.com

 

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Almost ready for Nine Worlds!

Only a couple of days to go until Nine Worlds 2017 gets underway.

We’re Gold Sponsor, so we’re already pretty excited! Goodness only knows what state we’ll be in be by Friday morning!

We’ve been to Hammersmith already today to drop off our shiny booklets that will be in each attendee’s goody bag.

As well as pics of our authors and book covers, it also includes a whole chapter from Zoë Sumra’s new book The Wages of Sin, the second book in her Underside series, and the whole of the eponymous short story from John Gribbin’s collection Don’t Look Back. We’ll be having a launch party on Saturday afternoon for both of those books, with readings, interview, Q&A, signing and refreshments.

We hope to see you there – come and say hello to us, we’ll be in the Vendor’s room (Bourg) throughout the weekend, and in the Mouton Cadet room for the launch party on Saturday at 5pm.

Want a sneak peek at our goody bag booklet? Okay then…

Elsewhen Press goody bag booklet for Nine Worlds 2017
 

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“non-stop whimsical adventure” – review of The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There on Amazing Stories

Cover artwork: Hannah B. Farrell ARNS Cover on wall by permission of Travis Miles

Cover artwork: Hannah B. Farrell
ARNS Cover on wall by permission of Travis Miles

On the Amazing Stories website, Ricky L. Brown has posted a review of Ira Nayman’s latest novel in the Multiverse series (aka Transdimensional Authority series), The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There. Having not read any of the previous books in the series, Ricky was initially apprehensive at diving in to the series at book 5. However, he says that such apprehension was unnecessary and assures readers that they will be comfortable jumping into this series at any point. In fact he says “I did not have the pleasure of starting at the beginning, but I fully intend to do so in the near future”.

Ricky describes Ira’s series as “a collection of humorous examinations of the social interactions between a wide range of colorful characters who travel between alternate realities”, which is a pretty succinct outline. He says that this latest addition to the series is “compelling” because the events that are being investigated involve people having their consciousness exchanged with somebody else in a different reality. He finds the idea of a multiverse fascinating enough, he says, but add “Nayman’s penchant for literary wit to the mix” provides the reader with a “non-stop whimsical adventure that is both thought provoking and difficult to put down”.

Ricky draws the inevitable comparisons with Douglas Adams. Both Nayman and Admas, he says, “employ the same dry humor and ability to make the most irrational situation seem, well, commonplace”. His analysis of both is itself thoughtful and insightful and he concludes that “Adams’ work seemed limited to cultural and social issues dropped in a fantastic setting, but Nayman takes these concerns in a different direction by drawing on the fandom of science fiction and relying on the strength of his target audience’s knowledge of the genre to understand the humor”.

This is an interesting and well constructed review, not just of this book but of Ira’s approach to humour and storytelling. He concludes by saying that this book is “a fun read and a fine introduction to author Ira Nayman if you’re not already familiar.” He says he will now be adding the earlier books in the series to his “must read” list.

You can (and should) read Ricky’s full review on the Amazing Stories website here.

 

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REVEALED: Cover of Cold Fire, the new September Weekes novel

In the Evil Above the Stars series by Peter R. Ellis, we were introduced to heroine September Weekes. In that trilogy, September discovered who she is and was called upon to save the land of Gwlad from the evil Malevolence (in case you haven’t yet read them yet – why not? – I won’t introduce spoilers by saying any more!) Now Peter has delivered the first September Weekes novel, Cold Fire. September is still at school and is still the Cludydd o Maengolauseren, but this time she finds herself closer to home, at least in space if not time. As far as she can tell, her appearance hasn’t changed, she’s even wearing her school uniform. But in a London of 1680, others see her as a lady of considerable social standing. She has been brought here to stop something happening that would give the Malevolence an opportunity to enter the universe. But she doesn’t know what. Her first stop is a tavern, to meet Robert Hooke, and then off to see Sir Robert Boyle demonstrate to the Royal Society the results of his investigations of the phosphorus and its cold fire. Far away at the edge of Wales an alchemist has learnt of Boyle’s discovery and, helped by his young assistant, is attempting in his own way to form the mysterious material, little suspecting that his work threatens to open the universe to the evil power of the Malevolence. September starts to understand what is happening but feels powerless to stop it. Then she encounters some fantastic beasts who may be able to help her, if she can work out how to save them from the Cold Fire.

The cover design by Alison Buck shows us September meeting one of those fantastic beasts, the dragon Obsidian.

Artwork: Alison Buck

Artwork: Alison Buck

Cold Fire will be available as an eBook at the beginning of August and in paperback in October.

 

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Launch party for Dinnusos Rises – Tej Turner talks in a tent

Well, actually, it was a yurt but that wouldn’t have been alliterative.

Artwork: Alison Buck

Artwork: Alison Buck

Saturday the 8th July saw a vibrant and excited group of people from far and wide descend on the Milgi restaurant in Cardiff. Secreted at the back of the restaurant in an unexpected outdoor space is a yurt full of comfy sofas. Once Tej and friends had been let loose on it there were vines hanging down from the central opening and draped across tables, along with grapes too. But more importantly there was wine, I mean books. We were all there for the launch party for Dinnusos Rises by Tej Turner. It was a good turnout and a fantastic time was had by all. Before proceedings really got underway Tej was interviewed on camera, giving some thoughtful insight into his influences and motivation. Then, for some reason, it was decided to interview yours truly (fame at last!). What’s even more surprising is that any of my interview actually made it through the final edit.

If you were there you know what a great time we all had. If you weren’t there, you should now be kicking yourself at a missed opportunity. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and met some really lovely people. Thanks Tej.

Behind the scenes (literally) - Tej being interviewed on camera

Behind the scenes (literally) – Tej being interviewed on camera

A Tej talk - not be confused with a TED talk

A Tej talk – not be confused with a TED talk

If you want to watch the interview it’s on Youtube:

Here’s Tej reading:

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“intelligent, intriguing and imaginative” – review of Don’t Look Back on RisingShadow

Artwork: David A. Hardy

Artwork: David A. Hardy

On RisingShadow, Seregil of Rhiminee has reviewed Don’t Look Back by John Gribbin. He starts by saying that he considers it to be “one of the best sci-fi short story collections of the year” adding that he found John’s way of “combining science and fiction highly effective”. He goes on to say that because John is a science writer and an astrophysicist he has “invaluable insight into the source material and he’s capable of writing stories that intellectually stimulate readers. This truly makes a difference, because his stories have … an element of credibility that can’t be found in many other stories.”

Seregil then lists the stories (and two essays) in this collection, with a brief outline of the essence of the story followed by his own comments on each one – comments that frequently include “excellent”, “intriguing”, “fascinating” and “wonderful”. I will just single out one, Something to Beef About, which Seregil says “perfectly demonstrates how good a storyteller the author is”. He says that what is best about these stories is that they use “science and scientific facts as a basis” but don’t “forget the value of imagination, storytelling and surprises”. Seregil also liked John’s “effortless way of adding humour, sharpness and … subtle wittiness”.

Although this is a retrospective and definitive collection of John’s short stories originally published over many years, Seregil observes that “they have stood the test of time well, because they contain themes and issues that are still relevant”. He compares John’s writing style to Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov, and says that “his prose is simultaneously intellectual, imaginative and unornamented”, adding that this is good because “this kind of ‘hardcore’ science fiction doesn’t need florid literary expressions and complex prose to be intriguing”.

Seregil suggests that these stories would appeal not only to science fiction fans who “know a thing or two about science” but also to those who are “not familiar with sci-fi stories, because its contents will appeal to the intelligence of many readers”. He also hopes it may entice readers to seek more knowledge about science, physics and the universe. In conclusion Seregil gave Don’t Look Back five stars because “it contains stories that appealed to my intelligence. It felt satisfying to read these stories, because the author had interesting ideas and views about life, technology and universe.” He finishes by suggesting that readers will “find this collection fascinating”.

Seregil also commented that the “cover art by David A. Hardy looks atmospheric and evokes a sense of awe and wonder”.

You can read Seregil’s full review on RisingShadow here.

 

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Nine Worlds 2017 Geekfest once again sponsored by Elsewhen Press

Independent speculative fiction publisher is Gold Sponsor for multi-media multi-genre residential pop culture convention in London this August

DARTFORD, KENT – 6 July 2017 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is proud to be the Gold Sponsor of the Nine Worlds 2017 Geekfest.

The first Nine Worlds Geekfest was held in Heathrow in August 2013 following a Kickstarter campaign. A huge success, each year the number of attendees has been increasing, so in 2016 Nine Worlds moved to Hammersmith. Elsewhen Press responded to their quest for sponsors last year, and this year are proud to be Nine Worlds Gold Sponsor. The Nine Worlds Geekfest was “founded on the radical belief that geekdom should not be restricted by class, age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, disability, or the ability to cite Wookiepedia in arguments.” These are values that Elsewhen Press shares and why we are proud to sponsor Nine Worlds again this year.

An enthusiastic supporter of conventions since being established six years ago, Elsewhen Press will also be in the Vendors’ room at Nine Worlds, selling our books for fellow geeks to ‘share and enjoy’.

Notes for Editors

About Nine Worlds Geekfest

In March 2013, Nine Worlds ran a Kickstarter fundraising drive that was 232% oversubscribed and raised £23,000 (the second most successful convention launch in Kickstarter’s history), demonstrating the huge interest for an event of this kind in London. The inaugural con took place at Heathrow in August 2013, with over 1500 attendees.

Innovative and ground-breaking, Nine Worlds brings together a plethora of strands, from the more typical sci-fi tracks featuring gaming, comics, literature, fanfic and film, to Queer Fandom, Steampunk, Skepticism and Geek Feminism. Nine Worlds also hosted the UK’s first academic conference on geek culture, with scholars gathering from around the country.

Nine Worlds Geekfest 2017This year’s Nine Worlds is once again at Novotel London West in Hammersmith from August 4th-6th, 2017. There’s a gentle start on Thursday evening with some low key, informal events and socialising; Friday morning kicks in at full speed at 10am, and carries through until the early hours; Saturday starts at 10am, and keeps on going until 2am or even later; Sunday starts at 10am, and gradually winds down around 4.30pm with informal socialising in the evening.

It’s a residential convention – attendees normally stay on-site for the weekend. This means that the party doesn’t stop at dusk, and there’ll be games, talks, discos, live music and performance, and all-night film marathons running through the evenings. There’ll also be a daytime market on each day for convention attendees.

More about Nine Worlds can be found at http://nineworlds.co.uk/

About Elsewhen Press

Elsewhen Press is an independent publisher, based in South East England, specialising in Speculative Fiction. Established in 2011 specifically to encourage the best new and previously unpublished authors, Elsewhen Press has now published 60 enthralling titles across SF/F genres by a diverse range of authors from around the world. We love books; we have loved Science Fiction and Fantasy since we were young (longer ago than we care to remember!) We pride ourselves on the quality of our books, both content and production, in order to give the best possible experience to our readers in print and digital editions at a fair price, and are delighted that reviews and customer feedback are overwhelmingly positive. We actively adopt an approach based on close personal relationships with our authors, editors and artists, and are honoured that these incredibly creative people identify themselves as part of an ‘Elsewhen family’. Elsewhen Press is an imprint of Alnpete Limited.

Nine Worlds contact: press@nineworlds.co.uk

 

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Bookworm audiobook now available

The Bookworm series by Christopher Nuttall, is being released in unabridged audiobook format this summer by Tantor Media, narrated by Zehra Jane Naqvi.

Bookworm, the first book in the series, is now available to buy as a downloadable audiobook from Apple iTunes and Audible. The rest of the series will follow over the coming weeks.

 

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As new Ira Nayman book is released, publisher denies it has been redacted by covert agency

The fifth book in Ira Nayman’s Multiverse series investigates anomalies within the reporting of news events, but becomes the subject of a news story itself as theories abound to account for a missing chapter.

DARTFORD, KENT – 16 June 2017 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication today of The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There by Ira Nayman. In this, the fifth novel in Ira’s Transdimensional Authority series, (now more accurately called the Multiverse series as the fourth book in the series was mostly about the Time Agency – honestly, if you blinked, you would have missed the appearance of the Transdimensional Authority, and if you didn’t blink, well, Elsewhen Press accepts no responsibility for the cost of the surgery to rehydrate your eyes), we once again follow the intricate web of events that unfold in a Transdimensional Authority investigation (oh! – so we could have stayed with the other series name after all – it’s not easy keeping track when these sentences can be the size of a Sherman tank!).

However, conspiracy theorists have been conjecturing why there is apparently no chapter 17 in the book. We categorically deny that it was removed under instructions from an inter-governmental agency. Sources say: “It never existed. Suggesting it was removed under pressure from officials is fake news. Sad. Even without chapter 17 this is a great book, the greatest book ever published. It has no need for a chapter 17. Chapter 17s are overrated – covfefe is much better.”

Cover artwork: Hannah B. Farrell ARNS Cover on wall by permission of Travis Miles

Cover artwork: Hannah B. Farrell
ARNS Cover on wall by permission of Travis Miles

So, let’s get back to the book. Why would someone, apparently chosen at random, have their consciousness swapped with someone else in another reality? How would someone, apparently chosen at random, have their consciousness swapped with someone else in another reality? Why would another three persons, apparently chosen at random, have their consciousness swapped with three other someone elses in another reality? Why would the entire bridge crew of a starship, apparently…well, you get the picture. What will happen to all these very confused people? How does the Alternate Reality News Service get scoops on these events so quickly? Why are their reporters acting so dodgy – do they have something to hide, or just issues? Who are the Pops, and can they help? Does the editrix-in-chief know what’s going on, and if she does would she even tell Noomi (our favourite TA investigator)? What was that noise from her office when Noomi was ‘interviewing’ her? Why am I asking you these questions when you haven’t even read the story yet? Or have you? Why are you reading this blurb if you’ve already read the story? Are you looking for an alternate reality, or just alternative facts? This is fiction you know, we tell it like it is. If you want alternative facts you better try a news service…or a politician. Oh, and if you’re looking for a news service, you could always consider the Alternate Reality News Service.

The Multiverse is a Nice Place to Visit, But I Wouldn’t Want to Live There is available on all popular eBook platforms from today. It will be available in paperback in August.

Notes for Editors

About Ira Nayman

In his past lives, Ira Nayman was, among other things: a cave painter whose art was not appreciated in his lifetime; several nameless peasants who died before their 20th birthday during the Dark Ages; a toenail fungus specialist in the court of Louis XIV; and Alan Turing’s scullery maid. In his current incarnation, Ira is the creator of Les Pages aux Folles, a Web site of political and social satire that is almost 15 years old (that’s positively Paleolithic in Internet years!). Five collections of Alternate Reality News Service (ARNS) stories which originally appeared on the Web site have been self-published in print. Ira has produced the pilot for a radio series based on stories from the first two ARNS books; “The Weight of Information, Episode One” can be heard on YouTube. Ira has also written a series of stories that take place in a universe where matter at all levels of organization has become conscious. They feature Antonio Van der Whall, object psychologist. Ira’s Web Goddess tells him he should make more of the fact that he won the 2010 Jonathan Swift Satire Writing Contest. So, Ira won the 2010 Jonathan Swift Satire Writing Contest. He is currently President of SFCanada, and Managing Editor for the Amazing Stories Web site. In another life (but still within this incarnation) Ira has a Masters degree in Media Studies from The New School for Social Research which was conducted entirely online. He also has a PhD in Communications from McGill University. Ira taught New Media part-time at Ryerson University for five years. Whoever created the Karmic wheel has a lot to answer for…

Visit bit.ly/Multiverse5

 

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Elsewhen Press sells Danish rights of science fiction adult colouring book to L. Stender e-books

Futures, the UK’s first science fiction colouring book for adults, caught the eye of Danish publisher Lars Stender who snapped up the Danish rights in a bid to launch de-stressing for Danish scifi fans.

DARTFORD, KENT – 12 June 2017 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the sale of the Danish rights of Futures by Alison Buck. Originally published in early 2016, Futures was the UK’s first colouring book specifically for adult fans of science fiction. The rights have been bought by L. Stender e-books (LSe), a Danish publisher specialising in science fiction and fantasy. LSe and Elsewhen Press have been maintaining contact since meeting at the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) in London.

Alison is delighted that her book is being made available in a Danish edition. “A colouring book for adults is not really limited by language or national borders. Especially in science fiction where we’re not even restricted to one planet!”

Futures cover imageFutures was conceived when there had been a surge of interest in adult colouring books, accompanied by a range of claims about how they can de-stress one’s life, help one unwind, relax, self- express, achieve mindfulness, banish anxiety or even deal with a traumatic experience. But many of the colouring books that were available had been filled with abstract images such as mandalas, or natural objects such as flowers and butterflies, leaving fans of science fiction with no way to participate while remaining immersed in their chosen genre.

Futures contains science fiction artwork for the reader to colour. The images range from the retro feel of 50s pulp paperback covers, to simplified but accurately rendered views of the heavenly bodies of our solar system as a space probe passes through on a fly-by; from androids that look human, to humans that look alien; aliens that look alien; aliens that are trying to blend in; and both sides in a space war. All 31 of them are original artwork by the artist Alison Buck, creator of many science fiction and fantasy book covers.

Therapy? Fun? Escapism? That depends on the reader’s imagination. Pages can be coloured in the book, or cut out to colour in and frame. Each image is on a separate page with nothing on the back apart from the image title and some space for the colourist to sign it. Once coloured they can even be given as a gift to that special someone (man, woman, child, cyborg). The colourist can use the appropriate colours (we all know aliens are green, right?) or they can let their imagination and creativity guide them to colour them in any way they like. There is plenty of room for them to add their own creative elements – a bird in the sky flying over an alien landscape, a logo on a military uniform or spaceship…

The Danish edition of Futures will be available later this year from L. Stender e-books.

Notes for Editors

About Alison Buck

Alison BuckAlison is a figurative and landscape artist and has exhibited and sold paintings of various styles throughout her career. Latterly she has increasingly been working on larger canvases, focusing on the natural world, trying to capture the transient and transforming effects of light and movement within landscapes. For almost twenty years she has also been working as a commercial graphic designer, running a design studio and producing graphics and artwork for corporate clients, book covers and illustrations. Alison is also an accomplished author.

Visit bit.ly/FuturesColouring

About Elsewhen Press

Elsewhen Press is an independent publisher of Speculative Fiction. Based in the UK, in the South East of England, Elsewhen Press publishes titles in English in digital and print editions, adopting a digital-first policy for most titles. Elsewhen Press is an imprint of Alnpete Limited.

About LSe

Founded in Denmark in 2013, by Lars Stender, LSe (L. Stender e-books) publishing company specialises in science fiction and fantasy ebooks with stories that endeavour to redefine and revive both genres by widening the scope of stories and by targeting a wider audience. The human imagination is boundless, and L. Stender e-books intends to provide readers with a universe that reflects just that.

 

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