In the Evil Above the Stars series by Peter R. Ellis, we were introduced to heroine September Weekes. In that trilogy, September discovered who she is and was called upon to save the land of Gwlad from the evil Malevolence (in case you haven’t yet read them yet – why not? – I won’t introduce spoilers by saying any more!) Now Peter has delivered the first September Weekes novel, Cold Fire. September is still at school and is still the Cludydd o Maengolauseren, but this time she finds herself closer to home, at least in space if not time. As far as she can tell, her appearance hasn’t changed, she’s even wearing her school uniform. But in a London of 1680, others see her as a lady of considerable social standing. She has been brought here to stop something happening that would give the Malevolence an opportunity to enter the universe. But she doesn’t know what. Her first stop is a tavern, to meet Robert Hooke, and then off to see Sir Robert Boyle demonstrate to the Royal Society the results of his investigations of the phosphorus and its cold fire. Far away at the edge of Wales an alchemist has learnt of Boyle’s discovery and, helped by his young assistant, is attempting in his own way to form the mysterious material, little suspecting that his work threatens to open the universe to the evil power of the Malevolence. September starts to understand what is happening but feels powerless to stop it. Then she encounters some fantastic beasts who may be able to help her, if she can work out how to save them from the Cold Fire.
The cover design by Alison Buck shows us September meeting one of those fantastic beasts, the dragon Obsidian.
Cold Fire will be available as an eBook at the beginning of August and in paperback in October.
In July we will publish the long-awaited next book in Ira Nayman’s increasingly improperly named Transdimensional Authority series (really, would it have killed him to plan the series more in advance? George R. R. Martin planned the first 137 books in his series – it will take more generations in his family to write than the books themselves actually chronicle – before he wrote a single word, and everybody knows where they stand with him), It’s Just the Chronosphere Unfolding as it Should featuring Time Agency agent Radames Trafshanian, but we can unveil its cover now.
Fans of the series will remember Radames from the story of Random Dingoes (and peering out of a Time Suck Tube on the cover). She was such a popular character that she got her very own book**. When she is not trying to impress her good friend in the Transdimensional Authority, her very special friend, if you know what we mean (and, if you do, could you please tell us, because we’re not entirely certain…), she is busy trying to solve crimes against time (that is, crimes that are themselves against time, not trying to solve them against time – she’s not on the clock… well, she sort of is, but you know what we mean, don’t you. You don’t? Well then, you’ll have to read It’s Just the Chronosphere Unfolding as it Should to find out).
Anyway, in this novel, which is not nearly as parenthetical as the previous paragraph may have led you to believe, we accompany Radames on her latest case, followed by her previous case (time travel’s like that) and on the way we find out much more about the origin of the Time Agency itself and why it’s organised like a Library, which is very timely (see what we did there?). Featuring guest appearances by Noomi Rapier, Elvis Presley and Margaret Atwo–.
Once again the cover features the appropriately unique artwork of American artist Hannah B. Farrell, on a photograph of a small town called Dingle Dell. We can see the town founder’s statue being inspected by the town’s founder himself – who was rather surprised to find himself displaced in time – as well as the purposefully striding Radames with TAMI. What does it all mean? You’ll have to wait until next month to find out.
It’s Just the Chronosphere Unfolding as it Should will be published as an eBook on the 8th July and in print on the 10th October.
* [Editor – I thought this was a Transdimensional Authority series novel, so why is it called a Time Agency novel? I mean, I know they’re both abbreviated to TA but… [Proofreader – actually TA is an acronym not an abbreviation. Just sayin’] …okay, I know they’re both ‘acronymised’ [Ed – better? [Pr – yes thanks.]] to TA but that doesn’t make them the same does it? If Ira wrote a book about a Teaching Assistant in the Territorial Army living in Taunton that wouldn’t be the same, would it?
[Marketing Executive (while scribbling a quick memo to Ira) – hmmm, interesting… that is, no, obviously not. We should explain it a bit better. Okay, I’ve got it, I’ll add in a clarification… [Editor – good, and don’t forget to change it in the opening sentence too] …aargh! Too late, I’ve already pressed ‘Save’]
** [Editor – I don’t think we should say this, it makes it sound like Ira hasn’t thought these plotlines through in advance but is entirely driven by audience response. Where would we be if authors just wrote what their readers wanted?]