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19th February
I was invited to write a piece on aletrnate history for SF Signal's Mind-Meld, but due to being accidentally missed off the 'meld' article I've ended up with a piece of my own. Thanks, Andrea.
19th February
Another interview - this time at The Qwillery.
19th February
My interview at My Bookish Ways goes live today

18th February
I now have a firm date for the publication of Silverwolf - second in the Rowankind sequence and a direct sequel to Winterwood - of 3rd January 2017.

16th February
Pleased that Winterwood is a Night Owl Review Top Pick:
"a fabulous plot and engaging storyline. Don’t miss this fantasy read. It’s quite unlike anything else on the market."
13th February
Nice Historical Novel Society review of Winterwood.
13th February
Thanks to Sherwood Smith for the nice mention for Crossways in her article on Book View Cafe entitled 'My Genre is Growing Up.'
10th February
Interview here at Civilian Reader
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8th February
Interview and book giveaway(US) in Urban Fantasy Investigations.
3rd February
Nice to get a brief mention for Winterwood at Kirkus in their 'looking forward to... ' section
3rd February
Guest post on Juliet McKenna's blog on the transition from SF to historical fantasy

Winterwood

2nd February
BOOK DAY!

Winterwood is published today! Yay!

2nd February
There's an advantage to being close to the front of the alphabet. Winterwood is the second book in Locus' new releases today.

1st February
Another nice Winterwood review on thre wonderfully titled 'No More Grumpy Bookseller' blog.

1st February
Lovely that Winterwood is on Fantasy Faction's radar here: http://fantasy-faction.com/2016/fantasy-titles-on-our-radar-february-2016-edition

27th January.
Absolutely delighted that Winterwood is included in Fiction Affliction at tor.com
22nd January
Nice review of Winterwood at The Bibliosanctum.
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Winterwood front cover-small2nd February 2016

Today is publication day for Winterwood, my third novel and first historical fantasy. It's got pirates, a jealous ghost, a wolf shapechanger and a dark villain who may just have a point. The heroine is a cross-dressing privateer captain and occasional witch, Ross (Rossalinde) Tremayne. After seven years of estrangement she's drawn back to visit her mother's deathbed where she inherits a half-brother she didn't know about and a task she doesn't want. Set in 1800 with Napoleon knocking at the door and Mad King George on the throne, this is the first book in a new sequence called The Rowankind.

I had such fun writing this and at the moment I'm writing the sequel, Silverwolf. (Everything has such a long lead-up time in the publishing industry that Silverwolf not likely to be published until the very end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017.)

If you want to read more about Winterwood, please see this post on my other blog at Wordspress.

I'm going to be doing a blog on the cover soon, at Wordpress, too, so if you want to follow me over there, that would be very nice.

In the meantime. BOOK! TODAY! YAY!
Available in bookstores and electronic editions in Canada and the USA. Available as an import in the UK from that well known firm named after a South American river.

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Winterwood front cover-smallMy new novel, Winterwood, is due very soon. Publication date is Tuesday 2nd February. I don't have actual copies of the mass market paperback yet, but I have copies of the Advance Reading Copy, a trade-paperback size. If anyone here would like a copy to review, please email me direct via my website at http://www.jaceybedford.co.uk. Unlike my first two books, this one is historical fantasy.

I've been delighted to get a few good reviews already, including ones from Publishers Weekly. It was also a Top Pick at RT where their reviewer said: "seamlessly blends history, magical lore, high seas adventure and romance into one fantastic story" . The latest review today at the Bibliosanctum, which said lovely things like: "The best thing about Winterwood is its many fascinating components, which Jacey Bedford weaves into one amazing story of magic and adventure. Rollicking action is expertly balanced with passionate romance in this novel which will leave you salivating for more, and I loved every moment!" - Well, I can live with that.

So here's the rundown...

WINTERWOOD

It's 1800. Mad King George is on the British throne, and Bonaparte is hammering at the door. Magic is strictly controlled by the Mysterium, but despite severe penalties, not all magic users have registered. Integral to many genteel households is an uncomplaining army of rowankind bondservants, so commonplace that no one recalls where they came from.

Ross Tremayne, widowed, cross-dressing privateer captain and unregistered witch, likes her life on the high seas, accompanied by a boatload of swashbuckling, barely-reformed pirates and the jealous ghost of her late husband, Will. When she pays a bitter deathbed visit to her long-estranged mother she inherits a half-brother she didn't know about, and a magical winterwood box containing task she doesn't want. Depending on who you believe it could right a terrible wrong or it could bring about the downfall of Britain. There's a man - a deadly government agent - willing to use all his considerable powers to prevent Ross from opening the box.
Enter Corwen. He's handsome, sexy, clever and capable, and Ross really doesn't like him; neither does Will's ghost. Can he be trusted? Whose side is he on?

Unable to chart a course to her future until she's unravelled the mysteries of the past, Ross has to avoid the not altogether unwelcome attentions of a dashing but dangerous pirate; evade a ruthless government agent who fights magic with darker magic; and brave the hitherto hidden Fae. Only then can she open the magical winterwood box and solve the problem. Unfortunately success may prove fatal to both Ross and her new brother, and disastrous for the country. By doing the 'right' thing is Ross going to unleash a terrible evil? Is her enemy the real hero and Ross the villain? Should she open the box or let sleeping magic lie.

Whichever choice Ross makes it's going to reverberate down the centuries.


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Well, it's not out until 2nd February but a good review in Publishers Weekly is certainly very cheering:

Winterwood front cover-smallWinterwood

Jacey Bedford, Author
Swashbuckling adventure collides with mystical mayhem on land and at sea in this rousing historical fantasy series launch set in a magic-infused England in 1800. Rossalinde Tremayne has done well for herself as a privateer in Mad King George’s service, using her abilities as a witch and the ever-present ghost of her long-dead husband (whose reputation and identity she’s borrowed) to claim other ships for profit and the Crown. Her estranged mother’s dying request is for Rossalinde to take a mysterious box, drawing her into a deadly mystery. In order to harness the power within the box, she has to unravel the secrets of a family she never knew existed, all while eluding those who want her dead. When her quest takes her into the hidden land of the Fae, she’ll be forced to make a choice that could alter the fate of an empire. Bedford (Crossways) adeptly weaves together romance, action, and fantastical elements, all set against a richly realized series of far-flung locations. Conflict both nautical and emotional keeps things exciting. Agent: Amy Boggs, Donald Maass Literary Agency. (Feb.)
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I have a new post up on my Wordpress Blog about editing Winterwood, my upcoming third book. Please swing by and take a look. There's a partial of one of the potential cover images.
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It's official and I can now announce it. I've got a three book deal with DAW in the USA (part of the Penguin group). Two novels wiill be SF and the third is my magic pirate fantasy. Two of them have been written already and one is for delivery by August 2014. I am thrilled! DAW is my dream publisher. Thank you to Sheila Gilbert, my new editor, and Amy Boggs of Donald Maass, my agent.

And thanks for Kari Sperring for the intro to DAW and to Kari (again), Charlie Allery, Tina Anghelatos and Jaine Fenn for holding my hand (or rather listening to me burble) through the getting an agent process.

I love overnight success. It's only taken me 15 years to achieve!
:-)
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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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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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'Between Wind and Water' is finished - at least for the time being and for a certain value of 'finished'. I've edited it down to 100k which feels about right. Big thanks to [livejournal.com profile] brownnicky for a swift kick up the edit and making me see some of the bloat that needed removing. And to everyone else who contributed critiques at earlier stages.

I'm going to take the last 9.1K or so - the final action set pieces - as one of my submissions to Milford this year (starts on 17th September), but apart from that it's ready for Agent Beth.

Now all I have to do is decide on my second sub for Milford - I have a couple of different pieces I can take. i doubt if I'll be able to write a new short in time, which is what I'd been hoping to do. I've got 5.9k words to play with.

Though I do have another children's book idea I'm keen to make a start on.

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'Between Wind and Water' is finished - at least for the time being and for a certain value of 'finished'. I've edited it down to 100k which feels about right. Big thanks to [livejournal.com profile] brownnicky for a swift kick up the edit and making me see some of the bloat that needed removing. And to everyone else who contributed critiques at earlier stages.

I'm going to take the last 9.1K or so - the final action set pieces - as one of my submissions to Milford this year (starts on 17th September), but apart from that it's ready for Agent Beth.

Now all I have to do is decide on my second sub for Milford - I have a couple of different pieces I can take. i doubt if I'll be able to write a new short in time, which is what I'd been hoping to do. I've got 5.9k words to play with.

Though I do have another children's book idea I'm keen to make a start on.

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Had an odd couple of days for reasons I'll not bore you with, but I have managed to chop quite a few more words out of 'Between Wind and Water'. I'm now down to 109,000. Yay! Smaller is better unless I chuck out the baby with the bathwater. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] brownnicky for a read-through and a kick up the focus,

In other news, son J managed to survive Hurricane Irene as it passed over his head in Princeton with only a power cut to show for it. In sympathy we were also without power for eleven hours on Sunday due to an underground fault. Workmen spent hours down a succession of holes in the road, shaking their heads and sucking air through their teeth in best garage mechanic style. At one time I was despairing for the freezers, but 11 hours is just about do-able if you don't open the damn things up while the power's off.

No film of the week this week as H is rehearsing today. No big deal. We've seen everything we really wanted to watch until the next batch of releases, and it would have had to be Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Unfortunately I've seen the trailer so many times in the last few weeks that I feel as though I've seen the movie already. Happy to give it a miss unless nothing else comes along.
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Had an odd couple of days for reasons I'll not bore you with, but I have managed to chop quite a few more words out of 'Between Wind and Water'. I'm now down to 109,000. Yay! Smaller is better unless I chuck out the baby with the bathwater. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] brownnicky for a read-through and a kick up the focus,

In other news, son J managed to survive Hurricane Irene as it passed over his head in Princeton with only a power cut to show for it. In sympathy we were also without power for eleven hours on Sunday due to an underground fault. Workmen spent hours down a succession of holes in the road, shaking their heads and sucking air through their teeth in best garage mechanic style. At one time I was despairing for the freezers, but 11 hours is just about do-able if you don't open the damn things up while the power's off.

No film of the week this week as H is rehearsing today. No big deal. We've seen everything we really wanted to watch until the next batch of releases, and it would have had to be Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Unfortunately I've seen the trailer so many times in the last few weeks that I feel as though I've seen the movie already. Happy to give it a miss unless nothing else comes along.
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Between Wind and Water
1,401 words cut today and this revision's finished - or at least this phase is. Total word count is now 115,983 and that's close enough. [livejournal.com profile] brownnicky has offered to take a look and then I think it's ready for Agent Beth.
Phew!
I had a big moment of stuckness in the middle of this revision, but I just tried to keep writing a little bit every day until it suddenly started to come together. Thank goodness it did.




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Between Wind and Water
1,401 words cut today and this revision's finished - or at least this phase is. Total word count is now 115,983 and that's close enough. [livejournal.com profile] brownnicky has offered to take a look and then I think it's ready for Agent Beth.
Phew!
I had a big moment of stuckness in the middle of this revision, but I just tried to keep writing a little bit every day until it suddenly started to come together. Thank goodness it did.




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As I thought, general tightening up is working well so far. Words cut: 4916. Current total 117,384 words. This is without losing any specific scenes. It's like I've put the whole thing through the washing machine and tumble dried it on high heat so it's shrunk overall. The fabric has tightened up.
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As I thought, general tightening up is working well so far. Words cut: 4916. Current total 117,384 words. This is without losing any specific scenes. It's like I've put the whole thing through the washing machine and tumble dried it on high heat so it's shrunk overall. The fabric has tightened up.
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For the week from 14th August: 10,574 new words and a some futzing around with old ones.


Now I'm going out to dinner with my Best Beloved for our wedding anniversary. 40 years. I was a child bride.

:-)
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For the week from 14th August: 10,574 new words and a some futzing around with old ones.


Now I'm going out to dinner with my Best Beloved for our wedding anniversary. 40 years. I was a child bride.

:-)
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Between Wind and Water
1,062 new words added. 3,109 old words cut.


The good news is that it's finished.
The bad news is that it's still 123,013 words long.
Bummer.


I don't know where to cut, or even if I should cut. I think I have to let Agent Beth have the final word. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] brownnicky for offering help. I'm sending it today.
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Between Wind and Water
1,062 new words added. 3,109 old words cut.


The good news is that it's finished.
The bad news is that it's still 123,013 words long.
Bummer.


I don't know where to cut, or even if I should cut. I think I have to let Agent Beth have the final word. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] brownnicky for offering help. I'm sending it today.
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611 new words, plus a few fill-in bits, but 2,772 words deleted, so a total of minus 2,161 words today. That's going in the right direction. Total now stands at 125.461. Target 112,000 but I'll settle for 115,000.



Going out to a BBQ at H & M' house now. Maybe I'll get a bit more done later tonight, depending on what time we get home.
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611 new words, plus a few fill-in bits, but 2,772 words deleted, so a total of minus 2,161 words today. That's going in the right direction. Total now stands at 125.461. Target 112,000 but I'll settle for 115,000.



Going out to a BBQ at H & M' house now. Maybe I'll get a bit more done later tonight, depending on what time we get home.
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Minus 757 words, painfully excised in occasional clauses and the odd sentence. Still 15k words over target and about to start rewriting the finale.
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Minus 757 words, painfully excised in occasional clauses and the odd sentence. Still 15k words over target and about to start rewriting the finale.
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One  new scene added. 1507 words. Ross tries to get some important information from a dotty ancient mariner.


Also halfway through a retrofit pass ro strengthen one particular aspect of worldbuilding which has suddenly become more important than I thought it was going to be.



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One  new scene added. 1507 words. Ross tries to get some important information from a dotty ancient mariner.


Also halfway through a retrofit pass ro strengthen one particular aspect of worldbuilding which has suddenly become more important than I thought it was going to be.



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128133 / 110000 words. 116.5% done!


Only 558 words today but I've joined up the new bit with an old bit that I think is a keeper.

Intrigued by the new word meter that [livejournal.com profile] desperance  has found, I tested it out. Yes it does let me admit that I'm 18,000 words over my target. Oops. I sense some snippage to come.
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128133 / 110000 words. 116.5% done!


Only 558 words today but I've joined up the new bit with an old bit that I think is a keeper.

Intrigued by the new word meter that [livejournal.com profile] desperance  has found, I tested it out. Yes it does let me admit that I'm 18,000 words over my target. Oops. I sense some snippage to come.
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Another 3.335 words today on the 'Between Wind and Water' rewrite. I almost wish I'd stopped two words earlier.

One younger brother rescued, but is everything quite what it seems? One injury which is rapidly turning bad due to either infection or magic or both. One big decision still to be made and no nearer to making it. Hmmm... I need to make the decision before my characters can.

I need to take care that I don't start adding to the total word count. What goes in at one end must come out at the other otherwise bloat ensues.
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Another 3.335 words today on the 'Between Wind and Water' rewrite. I almost wish I'd stopped two words earlier.

One younger brother rescued, but is everything quite what it seems? One injury which is rapidly turning bad due to either infection or magic or both. One big decision still to be made and no nearer to making it. Hmmm... I need to make the decision before my characters can.

I need to take care that I don't start adding to the total word count. What goes in at one end must come out at the other otherwise bloat ensues.
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3478 words today. Whew!

I've been stalled on the rewrite of Between Wind and Water. While jealously watching [livejournal.com profile] la_marquise_de_  and [livejournal.com profile] desperance  racing each other and clocking up a couple of thousand words each on an almost daily basis, I've been struggling with the build up to a set piece which involves my characters escaping from the main antagonist by shooting the 'rapids' under Old London Bridge. I'd had the river sequence in my head for weeks, but I couldn't get the build up sorted out. Thursday - only 536 words, Friday - even worse - only 322. This evening the floodwaters broke the dam. 3476 words in five hours.

There had to be a confrontation with the bad guy - and since he's a dark magic user of unknown ability it couldn't be straightforward, but I didn't know what he was going to do to give my guys a hard time. Sometimes you just have to write it to find out. Today I got that far and finally found out what he was up to. And pretty nasty it was, too.

Did the good guys win? At the moment they think so... but...

Anyhow I can now move on to the next bit of plot! Yay!

Of course, now I'm going to have to delete 2,600 words written over the last couple of weeks because what I've done today has eliminated the need for it, but that's fine. It was boring.
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3478 words today. Whew!

I've been stalled on the rewrite of Between Wind and Water. While jealously watching [livejournal.com profile] la_marquise_de_  and [livejournal.com profile] desperance  racing each other and clocking up a couple of thousand words each on an almost daily basis, I've been struggling with the build up to a set piece which involves my characters escaping from the main antagonist by shooting the 'rapids' under Old London Bridge. I'd had the river sequence in my head for weeks, but I couldn't get the build up sorted out. Thursday - only 536 words, Friday - even worse - only 322. This evening the floodwaters broke the dam. 3476 words in five hours.

There had to be a confrontation with the bad guy - and since he's a dark magic user of unknown ability it couldn't be straightforward, but I didn't know what he was going to do to give my guys a hard time. Sometimes you just have to write it to find out. Today I got that far and finally found out what he was up to. And pretty nasty it was, too.

Did the good guys win? At the moment they think so... but...

Anyhow I can now move on to the next bit of plot! Yay!

Of course, now I'm going to have to delete 2,600 words written over the last couple of weeks because what I've done today has eliminated the need for it, but that's fine. It was boring.

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