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Book Launch – The Sovereign Hand

Steam Press is supremely excited to launch its first fantasy novel, The Sovereign Hand, by Paul Gilbert.

The launch will be at Matchbox Studios, 166 Cuba St, Wellington, from 5.30pm on Thursday 21 August.

“In my experience, the difference between hope and despair turns on the tiniest thing…”

Thorn, the gilded capital: bedecked in steam and the dust of convoys bearing riches from all across the earth. From here, wise and ruling hands have ensnared all Aurawn in a great story, a Primacy of Peace. A land where every person – human, gobelin, or drake – can dream, toil hard and succeed.

Of course, not everyone sees things that way. But when Alexa Temperen stands above Crucible Square and denounces the First and all his government for their injustices, the last thing she imagines is that she’ll soon be working for them, as a champion: one of the Sovereign Hand.

Because prophecy has spoken. Evil is stirring, and Alexa is just one of five unlikely heroes chosen to face it. They each have their doubts, and in her darkest moment Alexa still must decide: put pride aside and fight for a government she despises, or turn her back on her calling, leaving millions at the mercy of an unimaginable terror…

Jacqui Smith of SFFANZ Review wrote that The Sovereign Hand has “clever and carefully measured prose… a meticulous setting, and memorable characters…” and noted that it is “quite possibly one of the best works of fantasy ever published in New Zealand,” while Bernard Beckett has called this “a truly ambitious novel, both in scope and subject matter…  A wonderfully energetic debut, a celebration of form and expression.”

To download a free sample or find out more, please click here.

Book lovers to have a new online home

A pair of book lovers have teamed up with the aim of creating NZBooklovers.co.nz, which they believe will be New Zealand’s biggest website dedicated solely to books and reading.

Between them, J. J. McConnachie and Emma Codd read over 200 books a year, and both have a keen interest in the online book world. Both have reviewed books for a number of websites, and Mrs McConnachie has worked on a number of online book-related projects.

The project came about after they discovered a mutual frustration at the lack of a New Zealand online book community. Mrs McConnachie, a website content manager by trade, says, “There are a number of book blogs, but there is no decent website that represents New Zealand book lovers, and their interest in the world of literature.

“We want to create a website for other New Zealand book lovers, not only to showcase both New Zealand and international titles, but also to share author interviews, reviews, competitions, reading and writing advice.

“The book publishing industry is changing fast overseas, with e-books taking off, and we want to be there online, as New Zealand begins to follow the digital book revolution that is happening right now.”

Mrs McConnachie and Ms Codd have the ability to create the website, but need a little help to fund the basics of the build, and the two have started a crowdfunding project to finance their effort.

The two are passionate about NZ authors as well as readers, and authors with a published or soon-to-be published book can receive a months worth of advertising on the site once it is built for one of the pledge prizes. Authors and fellow book lovers can help bring NZ Booklovers to life by making a pledge at https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/Crowd/Details/1534.

Baby Teeth – Bite-sized Tales of Terror launch

Baby Teeth – Bite-sized Tales of Terror, an anthology of short horror fiction edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray and published by Paper Road Press is due for release this Wednesday.

The launch is at Quality Hotel on Cuba, from 5.30pm – All welcome!

TOC for Baby Teeth is as follows:

1 – Caterpillars by Debbie Cowens

2 – White by Grant Stone

3 – Burying Baby by Paul Mannering

4 – People Pleaser by Darusha Wehm

5 – Con Somma Passione  by Lee Murray

6 – Giant by Jack Newhouse

7 – Winter Feast by Elizabeth Gatens

8 – What’s the Story, Mother? by Lewis Morgan

9 – Blond Obsession by Jean Gilbert

10 – Simon Says by Matthew Sanborn Smith

11 – Tarantella Moon by Dan Rabarts

12 – Backyard Gardening by Jake Bible

13 – Because I Could… by Celine Murray

14 – End of the Rainbow by Jenni Sands

15 – Kiss your Mother by Alan Lindsay

16 – Practice makes Perfect by Sally McLennan

17 – Blood Sisters by Matt Cowens

18 – Windows by M. Darusha Wehm

19 – Dad’s Wisdom by Eileen Mueller

20 – Recession by Darian Smith

21 – Paper Butterfly  by Alan Lindsay

22 – The Skulkybunking Wurld Champyon Of The Hole Woorld by Paul Mannering

23 – Teach Your Children Well by Lee Murray

24 – The Character of 82 James St by Anna Caro

25 – Love Hurts by Jan Goldie

26 – Dark Night by Jenni Sands

27 – Friends by Alicia Ponder

28 – Shadowed Halls  by Michael J Parry

29 – If They Hadn’t Landed So Close by Matt Cowens

30 – All the Ghosts by Dan Rabarts

31 – The Boy with Anime Eyes by Kevin G. Maclean

32 – The Oracle of Karawa by Paul Mannering

33 – Lockdown by Piper Mejia

34 – The Birthday Present by Sally McLennan

35 – Peter and the Wolf by Lee Murray

36 – How They See You by Morgan Davie

37 – The Dead Way by JC Hart

All authors except Jake Bible and Matthew Sanborn Smith are New Zealand authors.

Wizard’s Guide Book Launch and the Magic of Wellington Art Exhibition

The launch for the Wizard’s Guide to Wellington is at the Rona Gallery, Eastbourne on Thursday 14th February (6.30pm). The organisers promise “there’s going to be plenty of exciting art on the walls from artists young and old, spot prizes and nibbles – be there or be lost in dangerously magical Wellington and somehow miss out on all the fun”.

More information can be found over at the Wizard’s Guide Blog. A book summary is here.

Details: Launch and Art Exhibition is at 6.30 Thurs 14 Feb, 151 Muritai Rd, Eastbourne, Lower Hutt.

Mansfield with Monsters Book Launch

3.30 pm, 7 July 2012

The Kapiti Coffee House, Opposite Soprano

Copperfield Gardens, Paraparaumu Beach

Details here.

Map here.

Meet local authors Matt and Debbie Cowens

Enjoy the best coffee on the Kapiti Coast

Book Launch Events for “Burnt Ice”

There are two Wellington book launches planned for “Burnt Ice” by New Zealand author Steve Wheeler.

1  Saturday, 14 April noon until 2pm at the Weta Cave, 1 Weka St Miramar

2  Tuesday, 1 May at 7pm at Whitcoulls Lambton Quay.

To find out more about “Burnt Ice”, why not take a look at the SFFANZ review of it over here. Or read this article about Steve on Stuff.

Some Notes
– Yes we do know there are two Whitcoulls on Lambton Quay. [EDIT] We checked, it is the one that used to be Borders.
– There may be some other events around the country for “Burnt Ice”, we will update those as we find out more.
– Can’t make the events above? Why not attend unCONventional. Steve will be there and you can have a chance to hear him read his work and do signings.

Launch for Pat Whitaker’s Nmemesis

A launch event for Pat Whitaker’s latest novel Nmemesis is to be held at the Otaki Museum on Sunday 4th December, starting at 2pm. Pat requests that if you are planning to come that you RSVP to whitakerbooks(at)gmail(dot)com.