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E. C. Blake, Sean Cummings, Derryl Murphy and Chadwick Ginther -- Joint Book Launch

Monday Nov 18 2013 7:00 pm, Saskatoon, Travel Alcove Event type: reading, signing

Masks (DAW) by E. C. Blake, Student Bodies (Strange Chemistry) by Sean Cummings, Wasps at the Speed of Sound (Five Rivers Publishing) by Derryl Murphy and Tombstone Blues (Ravenstone Books) by Chadwick Ginther

Masks, the first novel in E. C. Blake's mesmerizing new fantasy series The Masks of Aygrima, draws readers into a world in which cataclysmic events have left a land blessed with magical resources under the rule of the vigilant Autarchs Watchers.

Whoever said being a teenage witch would be easy? Student Bodies, a sequel to Sean Cummings' urban fantasy novel Poltergeeks, continues the story of Julie Richardson, her city’s resident protector from supernatural evil.

Derryl Murphy's first collection of edgy, visionary short stories is back in print: There are eleven stories in Wasps at the Speed of Sound, ten of them gathered together for the first time and one making its debut. All of them examine our experience with the worlds around us, anticipating dread and disaster with every turn, even while hope is sometimes allowed to win out.

Tombstone Blues is the second book in Chadwick Ginther's Thunder Road Trilogy (Ravenstone Books), a fantasy in which the larger-than-life personalities and monsters of Norse mythology lurk hidden in Manitoba.



- by E.c. Blake

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Masks is the first novel in the dystopian fantasy Masks of Aygrima series

Cataclysmic events have left the Autarchy of Aygrima--the one land blessed with magical resources--cut off from its former trading partners across the waters, not knowing if any of those distant peoples still live. Yet under the rule of the Autarch, Aygrima survives. And thanks to the creation of the Masks and the vigilance of the Autarch's Watchers, no one can threaten the security of the empire.

In Aygrima, magic is a Gift possessed from birth by a very small percentage of the population, with the Autarch himself the most powerful magic worker of all. Only the long-vanquished Lady of Pain and Fire had been able to challenge his rule.

At the age of fifteen, citizens are recognized as adults and must don the spell-infused Masks--which denote both status and profession--whenever they are in public. To maintain the secure rule of the kingdom, the Masks are magically crafted to reveal any treasonous thoughts or actions. And once such betrayals are exposed, the Watchers are there to enforce the law.

Mara Holdfast, daughter of the Autarch's Master Maskmaker, is fast approaching her fifteenth birthday and her all-important Masking ceremony. Her father himself has been working behind closed doors to create Mara's Mask. Once the ceremony is done, she will take her place as an adult, and Gifted with the same magical abilities as her father, she will also claim her rightful place as his apprentice.

But on the day of her Masking something goes horribly wrong, and instead of celebrating, Mara is torn away from her parents, imprisoned, and consigned to a wagon bound for the mines. Is it because she didn't turn the unMasked boy she discovered over to the Night Watchers? Or is it because she's lied about her Gift, claiming she can only see one color of magic, when in truth she can see them all, just as she could when she was a young child?

Whatever the reason, her Mask has labeled her a traitor and now she has lost everything, doomed to slavery in the mines until she dies. And not even her Gift can show Mara the future that awaits her--a future that may see her freed to aid a rebel cause, forced to become a puppet of the Autarch, or transformed into a force as dangerous to her world as the legendary Lady of Pain and Fire.

Tombstone Blues

- by Chadwick Ginther

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After beating back the might of Surtur, Ted Callan is getting used to his immortal powers. The man who once would stop at nothing to rid himself of his tattoos and their power might even be said to be enjoying his new-found abilities. However, not everyone is happy the glory of Valhalla has risen from the ashes of RagnarÖk. With every crash of MjÖlnir, Thor, former god of thunder, rages in Niflheim, the land of the dead.

Now that Ted's woken the dead, there's going to be hell to pay.

Thunder Road

- by Chadwick Ginther

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Winner of the 2014 Michael Van Rooy Award for Genre Fiction as well as the 2013 Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher. In a flash, Ted Callan's world exploded. Now he's on the road looking for a fresh start. What he finds is a mysterious young woman named Tilda who tells him he's destined for more than an ordinary life. When three stout men assault Ted in his hotel room, ordinary starts to look very appealing. The next thing he knows, his body is covered in an elaborate Norse tattoo, complete with the power of the Gods. Accompanied by the trickster Loki and the beguiling Tilda, Ted wants nothing more than to have his old life back. No more tattoos. No more mystic powers. No more smart-ass Gods. The problem is, if he succeeds, it might just be the end of the world.