Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling fantasy Bookworm series to be released as unabridged audiobooks

The Bookworm series will become the first Elsewhen Press titles available on audiobook, in transatlantic deal announced with Tantor Media Inc.

DARTFORD, KENT – 03 April 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 Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling Bookworm series.

Bookworm cover image   Bookworm II – The Very Ugly Duckling cover image   Artwork: Alison Buck Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com   Artwork: Alison Buck

Bookworm is an Epic Fantasy series that follows Elaine, an orphan with limited magical talent working as a librarian in the Great Library in Golden City. Her life changes when she triggers a magical trap and ends up with all the knowledge from the library – including forbidden magic that no one is supposed to know – stuffed inside her head. If the senior wizards find out what has happened to her, they will almost certainly have her killed. The knowledge that was locked away was meant to remain permanently sealed and letting it out could mean a repeat of the catastrophic Necromantic Wars of five hundred years earlier. Elaine struggles with the terrors and temptations of her newfound knowledge, while trying to stay out of sight of those she fears, embodied by the sinister Inquisitor Dread. Meanwhile, a darkly powerful figure has been drawing up a plan to take the power of the Grand Sorcerer for himself; and Elaine, unknowingly, is vital to his scheme. Through the four books in the series, Elaine grows in self-awareness and resolve as she tries to unlock the mysteries behind her new knowledge, divine the unfolding plan, discover the truth about her own origins and stop the evil that threatens those she loves, Golden City, and her entire world.

Peter Buck, editorial director of Elsewhen Press said “This is the first time any of our titles will have been released as an audiobook. We are thrilled to begin with Christopher Nuttall’s fantastic Bookworm series and hope this is the start of a long relationship with Tantor.”

Scott Smith, who acquired the Bookworm series for Tantor Media, said “Christopher is one of the top Fantasy and Science Fiction authors out there right now so we’re beyond excited to be working with him and Elsewhen Press in getting the Bookworm series published in audio.”

“We’re thrilled to be entering into this new partnership with Elsewhen Press,” said Ron Formica, director of acquisitions for Tantor Media. “Tantor has a strong catalog of fantasy and science fiction audiobooks, and adding an author of Christopher’s caliber is very exciting for us.”

Book one in the Bookworm series is expected to release in audio in June 2017 and will be available through major retailers, the rest of the series will release throughout 2017.

Notes for Editors

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher NuttallChristopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learnt to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author, he has self-published a large number of novels. The Royal Sorceress was the first of his novels to be published by Elsewhen Press, quickly followed by Bookworm. Both launched successful series. Elsewhen Press has now published eleven titles by Chris. Chris is currently living in Edinburgh with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha and their son.

visit http://bit.ly/Bookworm-Series

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

 

“perfect entertainment” – review of Bookworm III: The Best Laid Plans on Risingshadow

On the Risingshadow.net website, Seregil of Rhiminee has reviewed Bookworm III: The Best Laid Plans, the third volume in the Bookworm series by Christopher Nuttall. He admits in his introduction that he was “eager to read this novel” because he had enjoyed the first two volumes in the series. He wasn’t disappointed, as he says he found it be a “worthy sequel to Bookworm and Bookworm II: The Very Ugly Duckling” and indeed “even better” than them. He says he was “immediately hooked by the story” and “couldn’t stop reading it, because it was absorbing escapism”.

If you’ve read any of Seregil’s reviews before, you will know that they are always thoughtful, detailed and insightful. His review of Bookworm III is no exception. I’ll try to summarise some of Seregil’s main comments, but you should read the full review yourself.

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Artwork: Alison Buck
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Seregil starts by saying that the book is “a well written novel about magic, control, power and family ties in the Golden City. This novel is so entertaining that it will capture the reader’s imagination immediately when he/she begins to read the story”. He goes on to say that the Bookworm series is “one of the most entertaining fantasy series written for fantasy readers who want to read good escapism. Perhaps the most important reason why this fantasy series is such an entertaining series is that Christopher Nuttall has created an interesting and easily likeable protagonist, Elaine. He writes fluently about Elaine, her problems and her adventures. He has also managed to create an interesting fantasy world with a dark and violent past.” He adds that this book is “a perfect novel for readers who are looking for a fast-paced, entertaining and fluently written novel that has plenty of magic (it’s one of the best novels of its kind)”.

Seregil continues by describing how believable he finds Christopher Nuttall’s writing. This is demonstrated by: how he handles relationships, especially that between Elaine and Johan, and Johan’s attraction to the werewolf Daria; the changes in the Conidian family following Johan’s actions in Bookworm II, how Charity is struggling to be the head of the family and has to cope with the sudden arrival of an Emperor and then losing control to him through the oath she is forced to swear; and changes in Golden City, the already damaged social order made worse by the new Emperor and his imposition of martial law. One of the “best scenes in this book”, says Seregil, is when Elaine meets Vlad Deferens, the Emperor. Elaine’s defiance frustrates the Emperor who needs her compliance to use all the forbidden knowledge in her head.

“One of the best things about this novel and the whole series” says Seregil, “is that Christopher Nuttall writes fascinatingly about magic, its possibilities and its limitations” including how “seductive and dangerous magic can be” if used in the wrong way and how “terrifying things could be if somebody were to use forbidden knowledge to do bad things”. Seregil says that he fund it “captivating” that Christopher also writes about the theoretical aspects of the magic, which “added quite a lot of depth to the storyline”.

The Bookworm series story will conclude in the next (fourth) volume, and Seregil says he looks “forward to reading it, because it’ll be fun to find out how the author concludes the story and what happens to the characters”.

Seregil concludes by saying that he’s “amazed at Christopher Nuttall’s ability to write good and easily likeable entertainment, because he seems to be one of the few fantasy authors who are capable of writing fluent escapism that appeals to many readers. I consider him to be one of the best authors of entertaining epic fantasy, because it’s easy to like his novels.” He adds that this book is “perfect entertainment for readers who have enjoyed reading the previous novels in the Bookworm series” and recommends the Bookworm series to fans of Christopher’s books as well as those who are new to his work “because they’re wonderful light-hearted escapism with interesting characters”.

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

 

Elsewhen Press launches new science fiction and fantasy titles at Eastercon in Heathrow

Launch events over Easter weekend for the latest in Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling Bookworm series, The Janus Cycle debut novel by author Tej Turner and the first two volumes in new Epic Fantasy series Evil Above the Stars by Peter R. Ellis

DARTFORD, KENT – 3 April 2015 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is thrilled to announce that this weekend’s Eastercon (aka Dysprosium 2015) will play host to launch events for the latest titles in the ever-expanding Elsewhen Press catalogue. As well as the official launch events, the authors will be taking part in various other activities throughout the Eastercon Convention, which is being held at the Park Inn Hotel at Heathrow.

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Artwork: Alison Buck
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skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com

Christopher Nuttall’s Bookworm III: The Best Laid Plans is the latest instalment in his best-selling Bookworm series. The first in the series, Bookworm, won the Gold Award for Adult Fiction in the 2013 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards and the German translation rights were acquired by Random House for publication in January 2015 under their Blanvalet imprint (with the title Die Bibliothek der Schwarzen Magie 1 – Die Wissende). Released first as an eBook in February, Bookworm III immediately reached the top 10 in Amazon’s Fantasy bestseller charts in the US, UK, Germany and Australia.



The Janus Cycle cover image
Artwork: Alison Buck

Tej Turner’s The Janus Cycle is his debut novel, combining uncompromising realism with fantastic elements in a book that is simultaneously urban fantasy and science fiction. Best described as gritty, sexy and surreal, it tells the stories of eight different people who only have the Janus nightclub in common. But a strange girl keeps appearing to each of the protagonists to cajole them into being at Janus at the same time. Is she a mischief- maker having fun or, as some of them start to suspect, a time-traveller trying to prevent an impending disaster?



Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

Peter R. Ellis’s Evil Above the Stars is an intriguing new fantasy series set in a world that seems at once familiar and yet very different, combining Celtic mythology, the underlying principles of alchemy and Ptolemaic cosmology. Gwlad, the Land, is an almost mystical place where the planets really do revolve around the Earth, the power of the four elements is tangible and the people are under attack by an evil, known as the Malevolence. September Weekes is a teenage girl who finds herself transported to Gwlad and expected to defend the inhabitants.

Eastercon sees the launch of the print editions of these books, available from good booksellers.


Notes for Editors

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher NuttallChristopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learnt to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author he has self-published a number of novels, but this is his seventh fantasy to be published by Elsewhen Press. Chris is currently living in Edinburgh with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha and their son.

About Tej Turner

Tej TurnerTej Turner has just begun branching out as a writer and been published in anthologies, including Impossible Spaces (Hic Dragones Press) and The Bestiarum Vocabulum (Western Legends).

His parents moved around a bit while he was growing up so he doesn’t have any particular place he calls “home”, but most of his developing years were spent in the West country of England. He went on to Trinity College in Carmarthen to study Film and Creative Writing, and then later to complete an MA at The University of Wales, Lampeter, where he minored in ancient history but mostly focused on sharpening his writing skills.

Tej has just returned from backpacking his way across Asia, gallivanting around Burma, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Nepal. When not trekking through jungles or exploring temples, reefs, and caves, he is usually based in Cardiff, where he works by day, writes by moonlight, and squeezes in the occasional trip to roam around megalithic sites and the British countryside. The next time he has enough money he will be flying off on another adventure. The Janus Cycle is his first published novel. He is currently engaged in writing an epic fantasy series.

About Peter R. Ellis

Peter R. EllisPeter would like to say he’s been a writer all his life but it is only since retiring as a teacher in 2010 that he has been able to devote enough time to writing to call it a career. Brought up in Cardiff, he studied Chemical Physics at the University of Kent at Canterbury, then taught chemistry (and a bit of physics) in Norwich, the Isle of Wight and Thames Valley. His first experience of publishing was in writing educational materials which he has continued to do since retiring. Of his fictional writing, Evil Above the Stars is his first published speculative fiction series.

Peter has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy since he was young, has an (almost) complete collection of classic SF by Asimov, Ballard, Clarke, Heinlein and Niven, among others, while also enjoying fantasy by Tolkien, Donaldson and Ursula Le Guin. Of more recent authors Iain M Banks, Alastair Reynolds and China Mieville have his greatest respect. His Welsh upbringing also engendered a love of the language (even though he can’t speak it) and of Welsh mythology like the Mabinogion. All these strands come together in the Evil Above the Stars series. He lives in Herefordshire with his wife, Alison, who is a great supporter.

 

Dysprosium – Eastercon 2015

Elsewhen PressWe are excited to announce that we will be at this year’s Eastercon – Dysprosium 2015 at the Park Inn in Heathrow. Instead of one large Dealers’ Room, there will be a number of smaller rooms and we have secured a whole room to ourselves 😉
It’s syndicate room 13, but we’re not at all superstitious, so we’re sure it will be okay (touch wood).

That means we will be able to offer our own programme events. We will be announcing more details soon, but for starters we will be launching the following books in paperback during Dysprosium:

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The third book in Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling Bookworm fantasy series is published today

Bookworm III – The Best Laid Plans is already high in the bestseller charts from pre-orders alone.

DARTFORD, KENT – 13 February 2015 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication today of Bookworm III – The Best Laid Plans, the third book in the bestselling Bookworm series by Christopher Nuttall. The first book in the series won the Gold Award for Adult Fiction in the 2013 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards and the German translation rights were acquired by Random House for publication in January 2015 under their Blanvalet imprint (with the title Die Bibliothek der Schwarzen Magie 1 – Die Wissende).

Artwork: Alison Buck Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com
Artwork: Alison Buck
Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com
skull: leonello calvetti/shutterstock.com

Bookworm III – The Best Laid Plans, available to pre-order as an eBook since the beginning of February, has already reached the top 20 in the Amazon Fantasy and Action & Adventure bestseller charts in North America, Australia, the UK and Europe, (top 10 in Australia and Germany).

The story follows straight on from Bookworm II – The Very Ugly Duckling, with Elaine and Johan intent on tracking down the Witch-King. But as they are preparing to leave Golden City, with Daria and Cass, Elaine is arrested by two Inquisitors on the orders of a new ‘Emperor’. She resists and is hit with a powerful spell that forces her to concentrate all her effort on protecting her mind from its intrusion. Taken to the palace she finds that the Grand Sorceress has been removed and the Throne has accepted an heir to the Empire. Realising this has to be the work of the Witch-King, Elaine must defeat the spell that is eating away at her defences if she is to escape and destroy him. Meanwhile, Johan, Daria and Cass are trying to find a way to get to Elaine and break her out of the cell in which she is being held. The Golden City is still widely devastated from the disastrous battle for power that followed the death of the previous Grand Sorcerer. The recent escalating breakdown of social order can only be made worse by an Emperor who imposes martial law while building a huge army. The Privy Councillors and Heads of the Great Houses succumb to the power of the new Emperor. It is up to Elaine and her friends, with some unexpected help, to prevent an all-out war.

Bookworm III – The Best Laid Plans is published in digital editions today by Elsewhen Press and will be published in a print edition at Easter 2015.

Notes for Editors

About Christopher Nuttall

Christopher NuttallChristopher Nuttall has been planning sci-fi books since he learnt to read. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Chris created an alternate history website and eventually graduated to writing full-sized novels. Studying history independently allowed him to develop worlds that hung together and provided a base for storytelling. After graduating from university, Chris started writing full-time. As an indie author he has self-published a number of novels, but this is his seventh fantasy to be published by Elsewhen Press. The third instalment in the bestselling Bookworm series, Bookworm III: The Best Laid Plans continues Elaine’s story. Chris is currently living in Edinburgh with his wife, muse, and critic Aisha and their son.

 

FIRST LOOK – The cover of Bookworm III: The Best Laid Plans

We can reveal the cover for the next title in Christopher Nuttall’s bestselling, award-winning, Bookworm series.

Bookworm III, subtitled The Best Laid Plans, continues the story from the Bookworm II, The Very Ugly Duckling. Elaine and Johan are preparing to leave Golden City, with Daria and the travellers, in order to search for the Witch-King. The Grand Sorceress instructs Inquisitor Cass to help them. But before Elaine can leave she is arrested by two Inquisitors on the orders of “the Emperor”. What is going on?

As you can see from the cover below, the style of the first two books is maintained. In Bookworm we saw the lowly and demure Elaine in the Library wearing a hooded cloak. In Bookworm II she is wearing the purple cloak that reflects her status as a Privy Councillor but still shyly looking down, with Johan in the white robes of an apprentice. But now we can see flames licking at the bookcases and a hooded figure in the foreground that is obviously neither Elaine nor Johan. This surely doesn’t bode well…

Bookworm cover image
Artwork: Alison Buck
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Bookworm II – The Very Ugly Duckling cover image
Artwork: Alison Buck
Library photograph: zens/shutterstock.com

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Artwork: Alison Buck
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Bookworm III: The Best Laid Plans will be out in eBook in the next few weeks and in paperback a couple of months later.