Competition Closed - New Competition Soon.

By Allan | Tuesday, 20 September 2011 at 07:42
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I was really amazed at how quickly the replies came in for my competition. All the books have now been won, so I’m afraid the competition is now closed.

However - I will hold another similar competition at the end of September, so keep your eyes open for news about that.

…and thank you to everyone who wrote in.

The No-Summer in London Update + Competitions!

By Allan | Friday, 16 September 2011 at 09:32
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sorry for not posting anything recently - but I’ve been busy on various projects and time flew away with me.

One of my projects - nothing to do with my writing - is I’m currently listening to audio versions of all 7 Harry Potter books. I know I’ve arrived rather late to the party with this, but I thought I’d wait till the hullabaloo died down. What I really like about the books so far is that they ignore all the editorial rules I have been told about over the past 20 years. Rowling just did what she wanted to do, and everyone loved it.

Anyway, we’re fresh back from a glorious holiday in Greece - I just have to set a book on a Greek Island. For any of you people with Facebook access, I’ve posted a few pictures up - under the name Allan Frewin. If people are interested, let me know, and I’ll post some on this site, too. The weather was fabulous in Greece so at least Claudia and I got two wonderful weeks of Summer this year, which is more than everyone who stayed in London, England did! Rain, rain rain. Grey, grey, grey. Yuck!

A while ago I promised some giveaways in competitions. Here they are at last. First come, first served, no reply by date - but in both cases, I have 5 signed copies of books to give away, and they will be sent out in the order in which I get correct responses.

THE FAERIE PATH COMPETITION

5 signed Hardback Copies of THE CHARMED RETURN as prizes.

All you need to do to win is to tell me the last 6 words spoken by Tania/Anita at the very end of The Enchanted Quest.

Please do not give your answer as a comment on this blog - I’ll ignore it. You should go to the Contact page and write me from there.

THE DESTINY’S PATH (Warrior Princess) COMPETITION

5 signed paperback copies of the UK edition of Destiny’s Path: Govannon of the Spring (Published previously in America as Warrior Princess: Destiny’s Path).

Please remember that this is the British edition of the 2nd Warrior Princess book - with a different title and a slightly different cover and a few small editorial corrections.

All you need to do to win is to tell me the name of the Owl Girl who becomes Branwen’s companion in this book.

As with the other competition, please don’t respond as a comment on this blog - go to the Contact page and write me from there with your answer. First come first served!

I hope you all had a good summer - and don’t forget, for Warrior Princess readers, the 4th Warrior Princess book that was not published in America will be released in the UK and Canada in April 2012 - I’ll be giving some away as prizes next spring, so if you want to know how Branwen’s adventures continue - watch this space.

Massive Summer Giveaway!

By Allan | Wednesday, 22 June 2011 at 19:25
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My good friend Arya has set up a Massive Summer Giveaway on the Fan Forum site at faerieroom.proboards.com.

You can link directly to this site by clicking on the panel on the right hand side of the Home or Blog Page on my Website.

Arya says:┬áPrizes are…

An autographed paperback copy of The Immortal Realm

An autographed hardcover copy of The Enchanted Quest

6 copies of autographed Destiny’s Path: Rhiannon of the Spring (formerly Warrior Princess)

You may enter the draw by leaving a message on the Fan Forum site.

Please don’t leave messages on My Site here hoping to be added to the draw - you have to get in direct contact with Arya on the Fan Forum site.

Destiny’s Path: Rhiannon of the Spring

By Allan | Friday, 17 June 2011 at 12:06
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The first book in the re-published series formerly known as Warrior Princess and now called Destiny’s Path hit the stores on the 6th June. Most of you will know the story behind this, but for any of you who missed the explanation, here’s the thing: Harper Collins New York originally commissioned me to write 4 books in the Warrior Princess series. Because of cut-backs due to the economic climate, they decided not to publish book four - despite it being written and handed over to them in plenty of time, and despite the fact that the editors really loved it. This decision was not based on quality, but was the product of number-crunching by accountants and the need to save money. Shame, but what can you do about it?

Well, it turns out that there is something that can be done. People wanting to follow Branwen’s adventures with the Shining Ones to their end, can buy the fourth book in the stores if they live in the UK or Canada or Australia or New Zealand - and can buy it on import or as an e-book if they live in America. The British publisher Hodder Hachette have bought the series and are re-packaging and re-publishing the first three books and are also committed to releasing the missing fourth book.

The only slight complication is that they didn’t much like the series title “Warrior Princess” and decided to change it to “Destiny’s Path” - which is fine, except that the 2nd book of Warrior Princess is also called Destiny’s Path - so that could be confusing. Also, some of the people at Hodder Hachette didn’t like the American covers - so there was a lot of debate about that by their various departments before it was finally decided to go with covers that are only slightly different from the originals - which is good, because I liked them.

The publication schedule for the 4 books goes like this:

Book 1: Destiny’s Path: Rhiannon of the Spring - June 2011.

Book 2: Destiny’s Path: Govannon of the Wood - September 2011.

Book 3: Destiny’s Path: Merion of the Stones - January 2012.

Book 4: Destiny’s Path: Caradoc of the North Wind - April 2012.

The thing to remember is that books one to three of Destiny’s Path are virtually the same as books one to three of Warrior Princess - the only differences are tiny editorial corrections that I made. So, if you have already bought the first three Warrior Princess books (Warrior Princess, Destiny’s Path & The Emerald Flame) - the only one you need is Caradoc of the North Wind. I’m explaining this upfront so no one feels cheated because of having bought the same book twice with different titles!

On the Faerie Path front, I’m planning on having a final meeting with a UK representative of the publishers in July - I’ll report back, but I don’t want anyone to get their hopes up about a 7th book - things are not looking good.

Meanwhile, the first book of The Six Crowns series is doing so well that it has already gone into reprint in hardback, which is great news.

Finally. I’m working on a new series aimed at boys - a kind of boy-spy thing that a UK publisher has commissioned. I’ll let you know more about it when the paperwork is done and the contracts have been signed. I know this isn’t something that the majority of you people are longing for - but rest assured I’m not going to abandon Tania and Co. Promise.

LIVE INTERNET RADIO INTERVIEW!

By Allan | Saturday, 30 October 2010 at 09:02
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Well, I’ve been mentioning this for a while now, so I think it’s time to give you all the relevant details:

The Show: “A Book And A Chat with Allan Frewin Jones.”

The Location: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Across-the-Pond

The Date: Saturday November 27th 2010.

The Time: 11am Eastern Standard Time (Please check to fit with your own time zone!)

The live interview will last for one hour.

You can listen, or you can dial in on: 347 237 5398 if you want to say hello to me or ask a question.

The Emerald Flame: Browse Inside

By Allan | Monday, 25 October 2010 at 14:06
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Browse Inside this book
Get this for your site

Hey, everyone! There’s even more of The 3rd Warrior Princess book to see if you follow the above link!

Warrior Princess 3: The Emerald Flame - sneak-peeks

By Allan | Saturday, 2 October 2010 at 07:48
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For all of you who have been asking me about the sneak-peek chapters of the forthcoming 3rd Warrior Princess book - good news! I have now posted two and a half chapters for you to take a look at. Those who have Warrior Princess 2: Destiny’s Path in hardback will recognise the first chapter from the back of that book, but the rest will be new to you.

You can access the chapters by going to the BOOKS page and then clicking on the appropriate links on the sidebar on the right hand side. Or you can go into the Warrior Princess page, then to The Emerald Flame page and link through from the bottom of that page.

In the next few days I will post some information about the live chat hour I am involved in later this month.

September And Everything After

By Allan | Wednesday, 1 September 2010 at 08:19
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I do like September.

Here in my part of the UK, the sunlight becomes golden and it slants across the sky, throwing long shadows. And early in the morning, the grass is wet and cool and the sky is bright, and those great big fluffy white clouds go sailing past like galleons under full sail. It always reminds me of holidays when I was a kid. We’d go every year to a place on the coast called Camber Sands, and we’d stay in a wooden three-roomed chalet. There was a very long garden, with a wooden gate at the back. And if you went through the gate you’d have sand underfoot and it would only be a short walk up and over the dunes to get to the beach. And when the tide was out, the beach was 400 yards deep - and golden sand all the way. Oh, and the chalet where we stayed was called Veraglad - anyone recognise the name???

Arya, who set up the Fan Forum and Fan Club site, is running a poetry competition. You’ll find out all about it if you go to http://mysticrealms.co.nr/ . There are prizes - a signed book of mine, for one, so do check it out if you’d like to try your luck at being a poet, even if you don’t know it. Sorry, I didn’t mean to write in rhyme, but I find it happens all the time. There you go again, you see - I don’t know what is wrong with me. I’ll start another paragraph, before you all begin to laugh, because my face is blue and orange..there! That’s stopped it - nothing rhymes with orange!

Quite a few of you have been asking whether The Charmed Return will be the final book in the Faerie Path series. Well, at the moment, it does look like it will be. I do have more ideas for Tania and Co but the publishers right now think 6 books is enough. If you’d like to see a 7th, 8th or 9th book, then probably the best way to make it happen is not to ask me - but to go directly to the publishers and demand more Faerie Path books! I think that if enough of you make contact with Harper Collins, you might make a difference…who knows? It might be worth a try.

and now I come to the riddles that I posed as a teaser for The Charmed Return. Well, as I said right at the start, I’m not about to give the whole plot away - but there have been a lot of really smart guesses - I’m very impressed. Liz and Victoria in particular have got a lot of things right, but a few wrong - you’ll just have to decide for yourselves which is which. The only other clue I could give you now…hmmm…let me think. Well, the first 7 people in the Power of Seven were the Princesses - but the second bunch of 7 people in the new Power of Seven are not Tania’s sisters - they’re closer to her than that. As for the rest - well, sorry, but I think you may have to be patient with that!

Warrior Princess book 3 is out in a few weeks - October 26th to be precise. I’m planning on posting some sneak-peek stuff here very soon, so keep your eyes out for that.

And finally? Well, I have mentioned this before, but I’m going to be on an American-based radio show in November - and its a show where people can call in to ask questions or just say hi! In a few weeks, I’ll give you the details of how to listen to this show and how to call them and speak with me. I hope some of you will want to do that.

I think that’s about all the news for now. Happy September!

The Charmed Return

By Allan | Monday, 9 August 2010 at 08:45
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I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking me when the 6th Faerie Path Book will be in the stores.

The most recent was from Sheridan Fox (Hello Sheridan!). I tried mailing back, but got a “failed” notice - which made me think it was probably time to post about the publication date of The Charmed Return.

So - here goes: The Charmed Return is due to hit the stores on the 25th January 2011.

At some point later this year I will be posting sneak-peeks online here to whet your appetites - so watch this space!

Meanwhile, I know a lot of you are real fans of the Warrior Princess series - so I’d just like to remind you that the 3rd book in the series is due out in October this year - and that I will be posting sneak-peeks in early September, I hope.

I’m on holiday right now, and I only dropped by my computer for a few moments, so that’s about it for now. Oh, except to say I’m really pleased by how many of you people are visiting the Forum site and engaging in conversations about all things Faerie and Warrior Princess.

bye for now - hope everyone is having a great Summer.

Figaro, Radio and Steampunko!

By Allan | Friday, 2 July 2010 at 11:21
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Well, can I start off by wishing all my American friends an early Happy 4th of July! Have a really great day, all of you, no matter what you do to celebrate. Hey - what do people in America actually do on the 4th July? I’d really like to know.

I do have a few things to tell you. Last week Claudia and I went to see the Mozart Opera “The Marriage of Figaro” at the Royal Opera House. The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, is one of the most prestigious cultural venues in the world, so its really something to actually go there. Its an amazing place. We had “champagne tickets” - Claudia bought them for me for my birthday. They were excellent tickets and we had seats in the stalls, in row G, right near the front. ┬áSome people dressed up for the event in tuxedos and evening gowns (despite the fact that it started at 6pm and it was broad daylight out there!). But other people turned up in jeans and t-shirts. We were somewhere in between and we arrived early and had a couple of glasses of champagne while we watched the other people arriving. Claudia used to work in the fashion industry, so she spent the time making really funny remarks about the curious and bizarre clothes some of the people were wearing. (I know - not very kind to make fun - but we did it very quietly, so they didn’t know!) It was a really marvellous performance - the scenery was excellent and all the singers were world-class! I had a really great time - even though Mozart is not my all-time favourite Opera composer. My favourite is Richard Wagner, and my favourite Operas are his Ring Trilogy, which are based on old Norse Legends and are full of goblins and dragons and giants and Norse gods and magic swords and excellent fantasy stuff like that.

Another thing that has happened recently is that an American radio show host has asked me if I’d like to take part in an hour-long interview on his show - which includes dial-in questions from fans. I’ve agreed to do this - and I hope that some of you might be up for calling in and asking me questions. Does that seem like a good idea? The show isn ‘t till later in the year, and I’ll of course give you more details closer to the time, but I thought you might like to know that you could have the opportunity to actually talk to me. Anyone interested in doing that?

Next, I have been approached by the editor of a “steampunk” book anthology, asking if I would be willing to write a story for a new book of short stories all based in a steampunk world and all kind of fantasy/romances. I said yes, because I already have a short story idea that would fit really well. For those of you who have never heard of steampunk, it’s set mostly in a kind of Victorian world, only with inventions that never really existed - like computers, and steam powered submarines and airships - a bit like the League of Extraordinary Gentleman movie, if you have ever seen that. I thought it would be fun to write something like that! I need to submit the story by October this year - and as with the radio show, I’ll give you a better idea of it all nearer to the publication date.

We are also only two weeks away from the UK publication of the first Sundered Lands book. Gary Chalk and I have been working hard on the website and it’s almost ready to go live. I’ll give you more details soon, and I hope you’ll check it out and let me know what you think. I still don’t have a date for US publication of this series, but as soon as I do…well…you know the rest.

So? What else? We’re having a bit of a heatwave over in the south east of England right now, which makes a change. Siouxsie doesn’t like it too hot and right now she’s sprawled on the carpet down by my left side and - oh! No, she’s just got up and she’s clambered into “her” office chair which is set up alongside mine. Claudia is asleep at the moment and everything is quiet, which is good because I have a big pile of stuff in my in-tray that I need to do.

The fourth Warrior Princess book is with the American Publishers now and it has a provisional title: The Bright Blade. This may change, though.

Bye for now.