The Life and Times of Angel Evans

I got a rather wonderful review the other day 🙂

The Moth Festival

Hello! As most of our blogging focus is on Hopeless, Maine this year (and that happens over here) I thought I’d spend some time over here bringing attention to some of the amazing things and creators we have found in our travels.

This time, I’d like to tell you about Meredith Debonnaire. If she does not become one of the major voices for her generation in fantasy, I will be very surprised. Seriously. Her story, The Life and Times of Angel Evans has a novel’s worth of unspeakably cool ideas in it and a VOICE. Dear gods, what a voice! In terms of density and originality of ideas, it compares favorably with China Miéville. There is also a novel’s worth of suggested story here. There is deft invocation of atmosphere and a complex believable character in an impossible situation. The emotional weight is utterly convincing (for reasons) and is…

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Celebratory Post! Locus annual recommended reading list

The Life and Times of Angel Evans has made its way on to the Locus annual recommended reading list! The entire list is here. This post is basically the equivalent of me having a tiny, one person party. YAY! Thank you very much – I really did not think this would happen.

So anyway, in celebration of how far this story has come, I give you some photos of the very beginnings of it. Behold, the first six pages of The Life and Times of Angel Evans, as written on the note pages from my diary at the time. And also the notebook that I wrote the rest of it in. Thank you for reading it, reviewing it and enjoying it. And many thanks to the BookSmugglers, who love the story and edited and published it 😀

You can read The Life and Times of Angel Evans by following this link. There is an option to buy the ebook at the foot of that page; buying the ebook means you also get an essay and an interview with me 🙂 The Life and Times of Angel Evans is also included in Superheroes Reborn: Five Origin Stories (and all of the stories in there are fantastic!). Follow this link and scroll down.

Happy nine years to the booksmugglers

My lovely publishers turned nine recently – a very happy birthday to them! The shared post includes quite a few exciting announcements (and I am so looking forward to seeing what they publish this year – it all looks amazing), including an anthology of the Superhero stories! You can now get all five (including my story The Life and Times of Angel Evans) in one awesome anthology for $4.99 as epub and mobi. And for those of you who struggle with screens, I have heard that it will be out in paper edition at some point this year (date to be confirmed). Happy reading one and all!

HAPPY SMUGGLIVUS, EVERYONE! As part of our Smugglivus Celebrations, we took a retrospective look at 2016 yesterday. Today, as we turn 9 (NINE!), we look forward to 2017–and make a few exciting announcements! ALL THE PLANS FOR 2017 Gods and Monsters! 2017 is the year of Gods and Monsters! Like Subversive Fairytales, First Contact and…

via The Book Smugglers Present 2017 — The Book Smugglers

Artwork for ‘The Life and Times of Angel Evans’

So, you may have noticed from my repeated posting on this blog that I have been published! Apart from the total excitement of having my work picked up by the lovely BookSmugglers (who are fantastic to work with) and being paid for writing, one of the truly wonderful things about this was seeing Jenna Whyte’s fantastic cover art for The Life and Times of Angel Evans. In fact, I was so in love with it that I bought the original, and had it framed. This is me, having just got the original back after getting it framed, feeling very pleased indeed. Big shoutout to Jenna, who is a fantastic artist and who really captured the essence of Angel Evans – find out more about the artist here.

If you want to buy The Life and Times of Angel Evans, you can do that by clicking on the icon to the right. It’s about £1.50. If you can’t afford that, it is available for free on the BookSmugglers website.

Note: I just realised I am wearing the same jumper in these photos that I was wearing when I met Ana and Thea – what a coincidence!

A Smugglerific Cover: The Life and Times of Angel Evans by Meredith Debonnaire — The Book Smugglers

It has arrived! Behold, the beautiful cover of The Life and Times of Angel Evans. Isn’t the art incredible? I know I love it. You can buy the ebook today, or wait until it’s available for free on the BookSmugglers website (which will be on the 13th Sept). I hope you enjoy this short story – in case you’re wondering it involves a) a heroine b) a friendly poltergeist c) some dead prophets d) MAGIC!

In which we reveal the cover for The Life and Times of Angel Evans by Meredith Debonnaire! Today we are thrilled to share with you the final cover for Book Smugglers Publishing’s Superhero season of short stories. Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover! About the Story Doctor Who meets Good Omens in this new…

via A Smugglerific Cover: The Life and Times of Angel Evans by Meredith Debonnaire — The Book Smugglers

Looooook! I met the BookSmugglers!

I was going to do a long, proper post and also put photos of the ridiculous amounts of books that I have acquired in the last week, but it turns out that a) my camera battery is dead and b) my boiler is also dead (and leaking…), so instead have these photos of me with the wonderful BookSmugglers at Nineworlds, which was very very fun. They were so lovely!

Also, I acquired truly ridiculous amounts of books…. In case you were wondering, that is a good thing!

Short review: Superior by Jessica Lack

All art belongs to the artist and the BookSmugglers

Hello! So this is one of the BookSmugglers superhero stories, but for some reason wordpress is not letting me share their original wordpress post as I have been doing with the others (which is sad)(also, anyone know why this might be?) so I’m just putting a link here to where you can read it for free on their blog. Obviously if you can afford the eBook, do buy it because supporting independent book publishers is good! And you will get a few extra things, like the author Q and A. Here it is: http://thebooksmugglers.com/2016/08/superior-jessica-lack.html

Now, this one I really want in hardcopy. Because, although I can and do read long stories on a screen it is a bit challenging and I really really want a copy that I can read again and again, maybe in the middle of the night, definitely on the bus and just about everywhere really.

This is a lovely story, with a good sense of humour and wonderful narration, that plays on all sorts of superhero tropes very effectively. The perspective is also great – superheroing from the intern’s point of view, including boring kidnappings, a worried mum and no small amount of danger and dullness. Sometimes, the danger and the dullness happen at the same time.

I’m finding it hard to review without spoiling it, so I’ll just say that this is a warm, very real feeling (despite all the superheroes) story that made me cry, laugh and smile. Definitely worth reading (I know I’m going to be re-reading it later), and a great addition to the YA QUILTBAG romance arena (arena is not the right word, is it? I can’t think of the right word. Canon?)

Note: I also got to meet the BookSmugglers last weekend! I think I managed to speak coherently… Photos to follow 🙂

 

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