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CrosswaysIt's BOOK DAY! Crossways, my second novel, is out today.

What starts out as a search for survivors turns into a battle for survival. Space stations, corrupt corporations, telepathy, relationships and something moving in the depths of foldspace.

Not read the first one yet? Empire of Dust is still available, of course. Empire made the Locus Best Seller list in the month it was published. For Crossways to do the same it would be great if those of you who are going to buy it (if you haven't already, do so today or within the next few days. That would be fab. (No pressure, just if...) One small step for readingkind - one giant leap for Jacey!

Where to get it. If you're in the USA/Canada then all good bookstores,  Amazon/ Barnes & Noble etc. It's available as paperback or electronic version (Kindle Nook etc.). If you're in the UK then it's a bit more limited due to it being an American import, but Amazon.co.uk has it.  or Forbidden Planet if you're lucky enough to have a branch in your area.'re lucky enough to have a branch in your area.

If you want some background on the Psi-Tech universe then there's a page on my website here: http://www.jaceybedford.co.uk/psi-tech.htm

And a reminder, not just for my book, but for all books. If you like a book, talk about it, post to facebook, twitter, your blog. Tell your friends. Make recommendations. With fewer and fewer bookshops on the High Street, browsing is limited, so the best way for news to get out about new books is by word of mouth.

Thank you, readers, reviewers, bloggers, retweeters, facebookers. Without you...
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[livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow has just posted an intyerview over on the DAW books blog.
Over on the DAW books blog to go with the earlier book discussion...
Interview here: http://dawbooks.livejournal.com/150945.html
and book discussion here http://dawbooks.livejournal.com/150723.html
Many thanks to Joshua Palmatier/Benjamin Tate
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[livejournal.com profile] jpsorrow has just posted a discussion of Empire of Dust over on the DAW books blog. Please swing bay and discuss.
http://dawbooks.livejournal.com/150723.html
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6th November 2014
Chuck Wendig's Terrible Minds blog - Five Things I learned while Writing Empire of Dust
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/11/06/jacey-bedford-five-things-i-learned-writing-empire-of-dust/

6th November 2014
Whatever Makes You Weird, an interview by Nancy Jane Moore at Book View Cafe
http://bookviewcafe.com/blog/2014/11/06/whatever-makes-you-weird-an-interview-with-jacey-bedford/

4th November 2014
Worldbuilding from the Coffee Up on Anne Lyle's Blog

http://annelyle.com/blog/2014/11/04/worldbuilding-from-the-coffee-up-a-guest-post-by-jacey-bedford/

31st October
Guest Post on Gaie Sebold's blog Interview questions answered. http://gaiesebold.com/?p=467

And a couple of reviews
Review on Jaine Fenn's Tales from the Garrett. http://www.jainefenn.com/2014/11/review-empire-dust/
Review at Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-7564-1016-2
jacey: (blue eyes)
Yes, today is book day. Empire of Dust is out at last.

I confess I ordered a copy from Amazon just for the pleasure of having it appear in the post - y'know, like a real book! - and it arrived this morning, smack-bang on time.

I have a guest post on Worldbuilding from the Coffee Up over at Anne Lyle's blog.

And there's a review here on Jaine Fenn's Tales from the Garrett.

In other news, today would have been my favourite grandma's eleventy fourth birthday, so because you're probably sick of pictures of my book cover I give you Annie Bennett (nee Shaw) 4th November 1900 to October 1975
Grandma Annie Bennett 1957
jacey: (blue eyes)
Though Empire of Dust doesn't officially come out until Tuesday 4th November I just had an email from my friend Clarisse in Toronto to say that she just purchased a copy from Bakka - Toronto's excellent SF bookstore. Since she didn't take a photo of it sitting there on a real bookstore shelf with other real books you'll have to make do with my shelfie.
:-)
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Guest Post on Gaie Sebold's Blog
In which I answer several questions about writing

Deborah Walker's Blog
Trying to stay Cool About the Book

Everyone's a Critic on Ben Jeapes' Blog
(on writers groups in general and Milford in particular)

An interview on the Bristol Books Blog courtesy of Pete Sutton.
Some wide-ranging questions that let me talk about my book and my writing process.

The Parallels Between Singing and Writing on Ruth Booth's Blog.
Ruth is also a singer and a writer, so this seemed like a good excuse to compare the two.

More to come.
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In preparation for the publication of Empire of Dust I've been blog-swapping with fellow authors. Three of my guest posts are now up for scrutiny.

Everyone's a Critic on Ben Jeapes' Blog
(on writers groups in general and Milford in particular)

An interview on the Bristol Books Blog courtesy of Pete Sutton.
Some wide-ranging questions that let me talk about my book and my writing process.

The Parallels Between Singing and Writing on Ruth Booth's Blog.
Ruth is also a singer and a writer, so this seemed like a good excuse to compare the two.

More to follow.
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I was waiting for the UPS man to come and collect a package I was sending, so no surprise when he rang the doorbell, but he wasn't just collection, he was delivering as well.

And guess what he brought...
Me & my book_squ

Yes! The promo copies of Empire of Dust.

It's not actually out until 4th November, but getting copies in my hot little hands now is wonderful!

And on top of the actual books there was a great review in Publishers Weekly last week. It says:
Bedford mixes romance and intrigue in this promising debut, which opens the Psi-Tech space opera series. Like other psi-techs, long-range telepath Cara Carlinni has a brain implant that enhances her powers. It also leaves her indentured to Alphacorp, the company that paid for the implant. On the run with data that links her ruthless former boss and lover, Ari van Blaiden, to a deadly pirate attack on a colony world, Cara convinces navigator Reska “Ben” Benjamin to add her to his team of psi-tech troubleshooters. They’ve been contracted to help the fundamentalist back-to-basics Ecolibrians establish a colony on the planet Olyanda, but it won’t be easy. Hardcore Ecolibrians hate psi-techs and punish “fraternization” brutally. Worse yet, Ben discovers mineral deposits on Olyanda that make the planet a target for pirates—just like a previous colony-building job whose failure still haunts him. Bedford builds a taut story around the dangers of a new world, the Ecolibrians’ distrust, and treachery from Ari and Ben’s home office. Readers who crave high adventure and tense plots will enjoy this voyage into the future. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 09/29/2014
Release date: 11/04/2014

That will do for me.
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If I've been quiet on LJ lately it's because I'm now 70,000 words into the first draft of Crossways, the sequel to Empire of Dust (which comes out in November from DAW) and another Psi-tech novel. My three book deal is for two psi-tech novels and a completely unrelated historical fantasy, but the deeper I get into Crossways the more I'm thinking that this will not be the end of the Psi-Tech universe.

The hook line for Crossways is: 'What begins as a search for survivors becomes a battle for survival.'

I can't explain too much of the plot without spoilers for Empire, but things barely alluded to in Empire come to the fore in Crossways, including the nature of 'jumpgate travel' and what lies in wait for the unwary in foldspace. My characters have undergone a radical change in their lives and now must become independent of the corporate empire which spawned them. As always happens in any amorphous bunch of people, some go their own way and others rise to the surface. Some take a bit of a break in this book, but are already crying out for a book of their own. Some character seeds sown in Empire are starting to flower Crossways and (to continue the gardening theme) others are almost ready for pruning.

My delivery date is August, so I need to achieve about 10,000 words a week to complete my first draft by the end of July and give myself a little time for basic revision before i send it off to my editor. That's do-able.

I'm having fun.
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JB at Novacon42-2012I’ve been nominated to take part in this ongoing initiative by Neil Williamson, following on from Liz Williams, and before her Claire Weaver. Do go and read their excellent posts too. The rules are that you answeer the four questions below and then tag three more writers. Nominated next on the blog tour: Sherwood Smith, Jaine Fenn and Kari Sperring. Check their blogs over the next weeks.


1. What am I working on?
Crossways, a sequel to Empire of Dust which is due out from DAW on 4th November 2014. Both are science fiction / space operas set in my Psi Tech Universe in which mega corporations are more powerful than any one planetary government, even that of Earth. They race each other to gobble up resources across the galaxy, seeding and controlling colonies, using as their agents the implant-enhanced psi-techs they have created.

The psi-techs are bound to the mega-corps, that is, if they want to retain their sanity.

The first book introduces Cara Carlinni and Reska 'Ben' Benjamin and puts them through a fair amount of torment, setting them at odds with their former bosses and aligning them with Crossways, a huge free-trade space habitat governed by an uneasy alliance of career criminals and fugitives.

The second book is a direct sequel in which a hunt for survivors turns into a battle for survival.

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I think it would be massively pompous of me to suggest that I'm writing something new and different. I'm pretty sure everything has been done before is some way, by someone, but take any one idea and give it to ten different writers and you'll have ten different stories. Mine is character-driven space opera. I'm sure there's a lot of it about, but hopefully my characters and their predicaments will engage you. I write action and adventure set on new worlds, in space, or in a version of the past that never existed. I don't shy away from relationships. My three book deal with DAW starts off with two linked science fiction novels and then diversifies because my third book is a historical fantasy set in 1800 with magic and includes a cross-dressing pirate captain, a jealous ghost, a wolf shapechanger and a two hundred year old problem that has to be solved to right a wrong.

3. Why do I write what I do?
Stories just demand to be written. And once I've started, characters won't let me stop until I've resolved their problems and let them off the hook. (or maybe until they've let me off the hook.) I write both science fiction and fantasy, anything with an element of 'made-up-stuff', whether far future, distant past or alternate worlds. I'm not a reader of 'mundane' fiction so I'd never write it. I've always been attracted to read speculative or (sometimes) historical fiction. I live in the present day, I don't have to read or write about it.

4. How does my writing process work?

I tend to get an idea for a scene on my head – an opening, maybe, though it doesn't always end up at the beginning of the book – and then I just write and let words fall out of my fingers and on to the screen. At that stage I'm writing to see what happens, who my character is and to discover the key problem that needs to be resolved. As I write things tend to coalesce in my brain and usually by the end of the first chapter, maybe five thousand words, I've started to form an idea about where the story is heading. The idea for the resolution usually follows on fairly quickly from the discovery of the initial problem, but the middle bit is usually very flexible at that stage.

Once ideas have started to fall into some kind of logical order I will start to make notes and plan though there can often be sections that are glossed over. My initial plan might not me much more than: 1) It begins; 2) Stuff happens; 3) It ends. Once I have the skeleton in place I'll start to flesh out characters, work out their backgrounds and start to explore my world. That's the point at which I can get sidetracked into endless research if I'm not careful.

Yes, even though I make stuff up it still needs to feel real, and therefore I need to hang it on facts. Even if it's not real, it has to feel as though it could be. Whether set in the past or the future I'm really looking for those details that will give me verisimilitude. For instance, my privateer ship in the historical fantasy book is based on a real ship and even though I've invented an island country in the middle of the North Atlantic, it's still 1800, Mad King George is on the throne, the Americans have fought the British for independence and Napoleon is still hammering at the gates of Europe.

Research aside, eventually I have to sit down and write. I work from home. I'm a booking agent for folk bands and performers touring the UK from all over the world http://www.jacey-bedford.com so I'm at my desk for more hours a day than is strictly healthy. I intersperse the day job work with the writing. I wish I could say I have a strict system, but I don't. Sometimes there's a lot of day job work that has an impending deadline which takes precedent. Other times I might get two solid days writing. Quite often my writing happens late at night after the world has gone quiet and the phone has stopped ringing and no one wants a piece of me. I have been known to write ten thousand words in a day, though I can't keep that up for long. I have achieved fifty thousand words in three weeks, though it was a Herculean effort and I needed a few days lie down in a darkened room afterwards. I do try to write something every day, though, even if it's only 500 words.

The first draft is only the beginning, of course. After that follows extensive revision – usually after a cooling off period. I enjoy the revision process and often rewrite scenes, add in extras, move things round and remove superfluous characters and scenes. Thanks to Scrivener http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php it's easy to work through on a scene by scene basis and then recompile it into one single doc file afterwards.

I like writing to find out what's going to happen but I also love revision. Reshaping the rough draft into something approaching usable. I find it hard to put the brush down and to know when it's finished, of course, but luckily my lovely editor at DAW now has the final say on that.

Also blogged at: http://jaceybedford.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/writers-blog-tour/
Replies to either.
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So excited to get my cover from DAW. The cover illustration is by the wonderful Stephan Martiniere. The book is due out on 4th November 2014
Empire_of_Dust-websize

Amazonian

Apr. 25th, 2014 12:09 am
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Empire of Dust - a Psi-Tech Novel
By Jacey Bedford (me!)

Whoo-hoo... really jazzed to discover that my upcoming novel (sans cover illustration unfortunately) is already up at Amazon for pre order. It's not out until 4th November, but if you pre-order you get their price promise that you'll get the lowest price between now and release day.

UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Empire-Dust-A-Psi-Tech-Novel/dp/0756410169/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398380551&sr=8-1&keywords=Jacey+Bedford+empire+of+dust

USA
http://www.amazon.com/Empire-Dust-Psi-Tech-Jacey-Bedford-ebook/dp/B00JJXV5PI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398380621&sr=8-1&keywords=Jacey+Bedford+empire+of+dust

There only seems to be a Kindle version on Amazon.com - that's probably because of publication territory issues

Book News

Feb. 6th, 2014 02:52 am
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The working title of my book has now become the official title - with the addition of a strap-line. The publication date has been confirmed and I can now tell you that: Empire of Dust - A Psi-tech Novel (by Jacey Bedford) will be published by DAW on 4th November 2014. The cover illustration will be done by Stephan Martiniere.

4th November is a good date. It would have been my favourite grandma's eleventy-fourth birthday had she still been around to see it.
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I've got a publication date for the first novel from DAW - November 2014!
:-)
There's a new post and more exciting news about the cover artist on my writing blog at http://jaceybedford.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/thinking-about-images/
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I nearly screwed up royally with my timeline of the work-in-progress (the book formerly known as Empire of Dust) so there's a post about timelines on my Wordpress writing blog: Tales from the Typeface.

OK, back to slogging through writing out my timeline.
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There's a meme going round writers at the moment to recast the opening lines of your novel as poetry. I'm not sure any of these really work. The first one is the opening of 'The Winterwood Choice' currently with my agent.

The stuffy bedroom smelled
of sickness,
old lady, stale urine
and unwashed clothes,
poorly disguised
with attar of roses.

I'd never thought to stand
here again
in Plymouth,
in the house I'd once called home;
a house
with memories so bitter
that I'd scoured them from my mind
with salt water
and blood.

-o0o-

And Empire of Dust is just plain weird as poetry:

Cora
glanced into the tray
of delicate components
on the slowly moving belt
and thumbed the pad.
All present.
Tick.
Next one.
Yes.
Tick.
And again.
Tick.
She stifled
a yawn.

“Hey, Carlinni, I got one.”
On the other line
Bergman
punched the air
and grinned.

-o0o-

But Spider on the Web works slightly better, I think:

The Wavel Bell tolled
the death knell of a king.
It sounded
from high on the Gora
and echoed
across the city of Biela Miasto.

Hari Faron
felt the sound
in the back of his skull.
He leaped to his feet
clattered a flagon to the floor
swayed unsteadily and
flattened his large square hands
on the wet wooden tabletop
trying to sober up
between one breath
and the next.
And failing miserably.

-o0o-

But what do i know? i'm rubbish at poetry

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