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Empire of Dust by Jacey Bedford













News Archive 2016

27th December
My Reading Year
is now available on my blog

13th December
The Yin and Yang of Writing Advice is now available on my blog.

10th December
I have a guest piece on Sarah Ash's blog entitled 'Too Many Books, Not Enough Time.'
30th November
Busy writing the first draft of Nimbus so I paced myself alongside NaNoWriMo and committrd to writing 50,000 words during the month of November along with some of my other writer friends. I'm pleased to say we all succeeded. Congrats to Chris Butler, Kari Sperring, and Kayleigh Webb (who is also my publicist at DAW/Pengin RandomHouse).
28th November
Overnight Success in only Sixteen Years is now available on my blog.
13th November
The Pitfalls of Publishing or Lest I Forget is now available on my blog.
4th November
First advance review of Silverwolf posted by Deborah J Walker on Goodreads from a review copy supplied by the publisher.
"This is a glorious book, a voluptuous book (does that make sense?), brimming with fascinating detail, overflowing with action, brimming with emotion (it even wrung a tear from me: that's very unusual for a book."
1st November
Head down, writing like mad. I'm pacing myself alongside NaNoWriMo to try and add at least 50,000 words to the first draft of Nimbus - the third Psi-Tech book due in October 2017.
29th October
Spending today in the company of writer friends at Bristolcon - the lovely one-day convention in... Bristol. (You guessed.) Lovely to see: Terry Jackman, Liz Williams, Dave Gullen, Gaie Sebold, Ben Jeapes, Guy T Martland and many more.
26th October
Two days in Bath on the way to Bristolcon, to take in the atmosphere and do more research for the Rowankind books set in 1800 and 1801. Silverwolf, the second Rowankind book, is due out in January 2017. Afternoon tea at the Pump Room is so perfectly British.
19th October
I missed some Facebook messages and have only just found notification of a review of Crossways from November 2015 here at Kings River Life Magazine
"You wouldn’t normally think of a 500-pages-plus novel as crisp, but Bedford packs a high-interest punch into each paragraph. Characters, plot and technology, plus way-out-there stuff: Crossways has it all."
17th October
What's in a Name? is now available on my blog.
1st October
MIlford 2016 is now available on my blog.
23rd September
I'll be at Fantasycon-by-the-Sea for the weekend starting today.
10th September
I'll be at Milford for the week beginning today.
30th August
Cover Reveal for Silverwolf is now available on my blog
25th August
Thoughts on Editing is now available on my blog
18th August
Interview by Laura Seber at The Writers Thread
17th August
My story 'Weird is the New Normal' is in the Alien Artifacts anthology edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray.
6th August
Gotten Tannoy and Trug is now available on my blog
2nd August
Nice review of Empire of Dust at girlsguideto scifi.blogspot.co.uk
24th July
Humour in Fantasy and SF is now available on my blog
21st July
About Silverwolf is now available on my blog
5th July
Science for Fiction Writers is now available on my blog

16th May
Nice Review of Winterwood here in The Nameless Zine.

12th April
Ten Commandments for a New Dawn my short story that first appeared in Nature Magazine last year, has been translated into Polish for Szortal magazine here.
10th April
A guest post on the new Milford bursaries for writers of colour is up here on D A Lascelles blog.
9th April
Carl Slaughter interviews me today at SF Signal.
8th April
Today I'm speaking to the Birmingham Science fiction Group. 8.00 Briar Rose Hotel - upstairs function room.
31st March
A 'good' review of Winterwood on The Good, The Bad and the Unread.
25th - 28th March
I'll be at Eastercon in Manchester (Mancunicon) with two panels on Friday evening - on on historical fantasy and one on romance and SF crossovers.
21st March
Details Details is now available on my blog
12th March
Lovely mention for Winterwood on Sara Letourneau's Blog
11th March
Good review of Winterwood at Fresh Fiction
6th March
About Literary Agents and How to Get One - Part 2 - is now available on my blog

2nd March
Winterwood gets an honourable mention at The Incorrigible

1st March
Nice Winterwood review at The Book Adventures.
21st February
About Literary Agents and How to Get One - Part 1 - is now available on my blog
19th February
I was invited to write a piece on alternate history for SF Signal's Mind-Meld, but due to being accidentally missed off the 'meld' article I've ended up with a piece of my own. Thanks, Andrea.
19th February
Another interview - this time at The Qwillery.
19th February
Winterwood Cover is now available on my blog
19th February
My interview at My Bookish Ways goes live today

18th February
I now have a firm date for the publication of Silverwolf - second in the Rowankind sequence and a direct sequel to Winterwood - of 3rd January 2017.

16th February
Pleased that Winterwood is a Night Owl Review Top Pick:
"a fabulous plot and engaging storyline. Don’t miss this fantasy read. It’s quite unlike anything else on the market."
13th February
Nice Historical Novel Society review of Winterwood.
13th February
Thanks to Sherwood Smith for the nice mention for Crossways in her article on Book View Cafe entitled 'My Genre is Growing Up.'
10th February
Interview here at Civilian Reader
8th February
Interview and book giveaway(US) in Urban Fantasy Investigations.
3rd February
Nice to get a brief mention for Winterwood at Kirkus in their 'looking forward to... ' section
3rd February
Guest post on Juliet McKenna's blog on the transition from SF to historical fantasy

Winterwood2nd February


Winterwood is published today! Yay!

Happy Book Day to Me is available on my blog

2nd February
There's an advantage to being close to the front of the alphabet. Winterwood is the second book in Locus' new releases today.

1st February
Another nice Winterwood review on the wonderfully titled 'No More Grumpy Bookseller' blog.

1st February
Lovely that Winterwood is on Fantasy Faction's radar here: http://fantasy-faction.com/2016/fantasy-titles-on-our-radar-february-2016-edition

27th January.
Absolutely delighted that Winterwood is included in Fiction Affliction at tor.com
22nd January
Nice review of Winterwood at The Bibliosanctum.
20th January
Fan Mail
is now available on my blog
20th January
I'm on Mind Meld today talking about my favourite spaceship

News Archive 2015

24th December
A nice mention for Winterwood on the Barnes and Noble blog:
"Winterwood is a perfect blend of magic, historical fiction, and romance—it truly has something for every reader."
16th December
Winterwood is chosen as a TOP PICK in RT Magazine:
"seamlessly blends history, magical lore, high seas adventure and romance into one fantastic story"
14th December
Good review of Winterwood in Publisher's Weekly Whoo-hoo!
18th November
My story Mort's Laws or Ten Commandments for a New Dawn has been accepted for translation into Polish at Szortal magazine.
18th November
My story, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Panda is translated into Polish here at Szortal.
11th November
I'll be at Novacon in Nottingham this coming weekend. I hope to see some of you there. I'm on a panel about urban fantasy on Friday, doing a reading from my upcoming book Winterewood on Saturday.
10th November
My guest post on Jules Jones blog is up. Worry: The Gift thet Keeps on Giving. http://julesjones.dreamwidth.org/302376.html
29th October
The artist responsible for my new book cover is the amazing Larry Rostant
29th October
Winterwood cover reveal and giveaway on Fantasy Book Cafe.
20th October
I'll be at Fantasycon in Nottingham this coming weekend. I'm on the 'Stealing from the Past; panel (Fantasy in History) on Friday 23rd October with Susan Boulton, Anne Lyle, Juliet McKenna and Toby Venables, and I'll be reading from my upcoming fantasy 'Winterwood' on Saturday 24th at noon.
4th October
I delivered Winterwood to my editor today. It's due for publication in February 2016.
9th September
I received an acceptance for my story The Last Wild Place this morning. It will be published in the November 2015 isse of Bloodbond.
31st August
Crossways gets a good mention here.
28th August
Nice to get a mention in Locus' new books list.
27th August
My short story, The Oracle is Never Wrong, which first appeared in Alien Skin Magazine, is now live on the Beam Me Up Podcast. Log to www.beammeuppodcast.com and 451
25th August
I'm live on Tony Ballantyne's How Writers Write blog today.
Thanks for inviting me, Tony.

19th August
My short Story, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Panda, has appeared in the special summer issue of the Szortal netzine - translated into Polish! Within next few weeks (September) it will also appear at the Szortal.com page

18th August
I've been invited to be a guest author at Sledge-Lit, Edge Lit's Christmas event held at the Quad, Derby on 21st November 2016. So loooking forward to this.
17th August
I've been invited to be one of the anchor authors in a new anthology, Alien Artifacts, edited by Patricia Bray & Joshua Palmatier and published by Zombies Need Brains. It's the subject of a Kickstarter which is gathering momentum very nicely. Do swing by and check it out.
15th August
My short story, Pitch, has been accepted for the anthology 'Thou Shalt Not' - edited by Alex Davis and due to be launched at Sledge Lit in November. It's about coveting... and that never ends well... :-)
7th August
My short story 'The Urbane Fox' is running again in the August 2015 issue of Trysts of Fate - this time with my name spelled correctly. Thanks to Lee Ann Story for the repeat and correction.

CrosswaysEmpire of Dust4th August
CROSSWAYS is out from DAW in the USA. It's available (as paperback or ebook) from all the usual online suppliers, and in good bookstores throughout North America. In the UK it's likely to be only in specialist bookstores like Forbidden Planet, but you can buy it from Amazon.co.uk. Crossways is the sequel to Empire of Dust. You don't have to read them in order, but it would be great if you did!

29th July
Thanks to Tor.com for including CROSSWAYS in their new books roundup. (Due 4th August 2015) tor.com/2015/07/28/fic… pic.twitter.com/nHCfC9IN2i

26th July
Who-hoo! I can now announce that my agent has just agreed a second book deal with DAW, this time for two more books, NIMBUS, the third Psi-Tech book, and SILVERWOLF, a sequel to WINTERWOOD (Due in Feb 2016).
6th July
I'm guesting on Paul Kane's blog with an except from Empire of Dust. Read the first scene here: http://www.shadow-writer.co.uk/empire-of-dust.htm
2nd July
I attended the two day 'Science for Fiction Writers' Course at London's Imperial College (organised by Dr. Dave Clements) and now feel as though my brain is dribbling slowly out of my right ear after experiencing two of the hottest days London has had in July, and being treated to/subjected to furiously brilliant academics expounding on the cutting edge theories and trends in their individual fields, from dark matter and time to plant genetics and 'catching a comet' (Philae lander).
30th June
A report on the Shefield F & SF Social featuring Paul Kane and yours truly: https://sfsfsocial.wordpress.com/2015/06/28/sfsf-social-june-report/

25th June
I'm in the new Mind Meld on SF Signal, discussing books on my must-buy-on-sight author list. http://www.sfsignal.com/…/sf-signal-mind-meld-authors-must…/

15th May
New short story
Time and Tideless is now up at Theme of Absence, and there's an interview as well

18th April
My short story A Taste of Oranges is now up at Perihelion

12th April
Locus Best Sellers for February 2015 - only just spotted this! Not quite sure if it means what I think it means.

1) A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra)    
2) Starhawk, Jack McDevitt (Ace)    
3) Empire of Dust, Jacey Bedford (DAW)    
4) Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett (Anchor)    
5) A Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra)    
6) A Dance with Dragons, George R. R. Martin (Bantam)    
7) Blood of Dragons, Robin Hobb (Harper Voyager)    
8) Kris Longknife: Tenacious, Mike Shepherd (Ace)    
9) Burn for Me, Ilona Andrews (Avon)    
10) A Storm of Swords, George R. R. Martin (Bantam Spectra)

8th April
Returned from Eastercon to another short story acceptance: Time and Tideless to Theme of Absence. That's 15 short stories sold this year if you're keeping count. :-)

2nd April
The story behind the story of Mort's Laws is in Future Conditionsl - the blog of Nature magazine's Futures section.

1st April
Mirror Mirror.
Long out of print, Mirror Mirror, which is more like Snow White Meets Six Wives of Henry VIII than a straight fairytale retelling is now up at alfiedog.com

31st March
Mort's Laws: Ten Commandments for a New Dawn
My new short story is live at Nature's Futures from 2nd April

30th March
Lessons Learned and Applied - The Parallels Between Singing and Writing.
I've contributed a blog post to Gill Polack's Women's History Month blog. This is a slightly rejigged and expanded version of the one that appeared on Ruth Booth's blog last year.
29th March
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Panda has been accepted for translation into Polish by Szortal.com

28th March
Final Eastercon Programme
I'll be at Eastercon next weekend (at Easter, so no surprise there). I suspect that mostly you'll find me hanging out in the bar, so please come and say hello.

Friday 9.15 - 10.15 pm
Game of Thrones - Uncharted Territory with Sian Bradshaw, Ming and Smitty.

Sunday 16.15 to 17.30
Putting the Fantasy into History or Putting the History into Fantasy. With Kari Sperring (mod), C E Murphy.
Monday 10.00 to 11.15 a.m.
Milford SFF Writers Meet Informal Meet-Session
for writers who have been to Milford or who are thinking of coming any time in the future, or just for the mildly curious. With me and whoever I can round up at the time. Should be fun.

27th March
Panda pikk üksindus
My short story: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Panda has been translated into Estonian for the webzine Algernon. How cool is that?

26th March
The Jewel of Locaria
has been accepted for the May issue of Sorcerous Signals and Mystic Signals.
24th March
The Oracle is Never Wrong will soon be available as a podcast at Beam Me Up
20th March
Short Story now available online.
Times Two is up and available to read for free at Saturday Night Reader

17th March
Short Story Sale
A Taste of Oranges has been accepted for publication by Perihelion

12th March
Review of Empire of Dust
by Joshua Palmatier. Posted here: http://jpsorrow.livejournal.com/457187.html
12th March
Short Story Sale
Mirror Mirror (Reprint) to Alfiedog.com (website)

24th February
Crossways cover revealed over at SF Signal


23rd February 2015
My story, Last Train, is up at Grievous Angel. Read for free at http://www.urbanfantasist.com/grievous-angel/new-flash-fiction-last-train

20th February 2015
My story, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Panda, is up at Buzzymag.com. Go take a look. http://buzzymag.com/the-loneliness-of-the-long-distance-panda-by-jacey-bedford/
10th February 2015
Crossways - my second Psi-Tech novel - due for publication on 4th August 2015 is now up for pre-order on amazon co.uk and amazon.com.

15th January 2015
Anthology Contribution
Delighted to be invited to contribute a short story to the upcoming Tickety Boo Press Anthology: Ten: Thou Shalt Not. Happy that they've accepted Pitch, my deal with the Devil story.

12th January 2015
Four Short Story Sales
This year, so far, four short story acceptances: Late Breakfast to Every Day Fiction, 2015; Times Two to Saturday Night Reader (Canada) 2015; Mort's Laws to Nature's Futures 2015, and The Urbane Fox (reprint) to Trysts of Fate.

4th January 2015
Goodreads Book Giveaway

Winners announced


News Archive 2014

11th December 2014
and book discussion


Many thanks to Joshua Palmatier/Benjamin Tate

6th December 2014
Guest Blog on SF Signal

Special Needs in Strange Worlds
Creating the character of Down's Syndrome young man, Danny Lorient, in Empire of Dust.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Empire of Dust by Jacey Bedford

Empire of Dust

by Jacey Bedford

Giveaway. (Now over. Winners announced.) See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

More Guest Bloggage

25th November 2014
SF Signal’s Mind Meld

io9's list...
of the most exciting new fantasy and science fiction books out in November: http://io9.com/the-most-exciting-new-science-fiction-and-fantasy-books-1654859090

Empire of Dust Review
Jaine Fenn's Tales from the Garrett
Publishers Weekly

Novacon 14th - 16th November
This will be the first con after book publication day, so join me for a celebration in Nottingham
Hope to see some of you at Novacon this weekend in Nottingham. http://www.novacon.org.uk/
My schedule:
Sat 10.30: Big, Really Big - a panel on Space Opera with Jaine Fenn, Janet Edwards and Andy Sawyer
Sat 13.30 Meanwhile in a Room Overlooking Historical Accuracy... with Kari Sperring, Linzi Cooke and Theresa Derwin .
Sat 20.00 Book Launch in the downstairs bar
Sun 11.00 How to Get an Agent - just me jabbering on.

More Guest Blog Appearances

6th November 2014
Chuck Wendig's Terrible Minds blog - Five Things I learned while Writing Empire of Dust

6th November 2014
Whatever Makes You Weird, an interview by Nancy Jane Moore at Book View Cafe

4th November 2014
Worldbuilding from the Coffee Up on Anne Lyle's Blog

31st October
Guest Post on Gaie Sebold's blog Interview questions answered.

Short Story Acceptance
5th November 2014: Just had an acceptance from Grievous Angel for my short (ghost) story 'Last Train'. Not sure when it will be out.


4th November 2014
Empire of Dust - A Psi-tech Novel, published by DAW

Bristolcon 25th October
This will be my first time at Bristolcon, but I've heard great things about this small, friendly West Country SF convention. I'll be doing a small group session on How to Get an Agent (3.00 p.m. in The Snug), and a panel on Writing Historical Fantasy (1.00 p.m. Programme Room One) with Peter Sutton, John Courtenay Grimwood, Sarah Ash and Mike Shevdon

Guest Blog Appearances

22nd October 2014
Deborah Walker's Blog

21st October 2014
Everyone's a Critic
on Ben Jeapes' Blog
(on writers groups in general and Milford in particular)

20th October 2014
An interview on the Bristol Books Blog
courtesy of Pete Sutton.
Some wide-ranging questions that let me talk about my book and my writing process.

17th October 2014
The Parallels Between Singing and Writing
on Ruth Booth's Blog.
Ruth is also a singer and a writer, so this seemed like a good excuse to compare the two.

And don't forget to check out my blog

Short Story Sale
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Panda has sold again as a reprint to Buzzy Mag for publication in 2015, and has also been reprinted in translation (Galician) in the Spanish magazine Nova Fantasia