All I want for Christmas….

…..is a review. Well, ok, I would like people to buy my books, but if you’ve done that already, then thank you. But if you have a bit more time then I would really appreciate it if you could leave a review on Amazon, and Goodreads (if you are on there), even the same oneContinue reading “All I want for Christmas….”

Magebane Cover Reveal

The word is out. The final book in the Age of Dread trilogy is called – Magebane. This is the big one. It wraps up everything. Six books and a novella worth of story and characters. That’s not to say every little thing is tied down and sorted, but I had to make sure aContinue reading “Magebane Cover Reveal”

November update

A quick update on everything. Book 6  – This now has a title for those with eagle eyes on Amazon, and a release date next summer. I sent back a second draft to my editor about two weeks ago and like a rubber ball it’s going to be coming back to me very soon fromContinue reading “November update”

Mageborn competition winners

Just a quick post to say I’ve chosen 5 names at random and the following people have won a signed copy of Mageborn!!!! 1) Cyberdechu 2) Lauren Maharaj 3) kaladanuk 4) theamazingmrg 5) psoans Please email me your full name and postal address to receive your copy to stephenaryan56 [at] gmail.com    

Mageborn Competition

To celebrate the publication of Magefall (which is available to pre-order now from Waterstones, Amazon UK, Amazon USA, your local bookshop) in a month’s time I’m giving away 5 signed copes of Mageborn, book 1 in the trilogy. To enter the competition is really simple. All you need to do is post a comment belowContinue reading “Mageborn Competition”

Breaking all the rules

I’m currently working on my 7th novel (since being published – not including all the trunk novels) and something weird has happened. I’m breaking some of my own rules. You have to write every day. You have to plan every book. You must not plan the story, let it flow organically. You need to setContinue reading “Breaking all the rules”

Achievement Unlocked: Blacksmith

Here’s the thing. I write fantasy books for a living featuring warriors and wizards. In every single book there are many characters waving weapons around. Swords, axes, bows, daggers, the occasional mace, spears and all manner of weapons designed to main, mutilate and murder. But I’ve never done a day’s work as a blacksmith inContinue reading “Achievement Unlocked: Blacksmith”

On Time Every Time

This post has been bubbling under for a while but it was brought to the forefront of my mind today by a tweet. Someone commented that they wait until the series of books is finished before picking them up in one go because they were shy about starting a series with an unpublished finish. Ok,Continue reading “On Time Every Time”

Back home from Les Imaginales

I’ve just returned from Les Imaginales, a French literature festival which takes place in the town of Epinal. Without a doubt it’s the best book-related event I’ve ever attended. In terms of organisation and how it is run, it is very different to UK, or US conventions from what I’ve been told about them. SponsoredContinue reading “Back home from Les Imaginales”

That’s a wrap….for now

The first draft of Mage3 (currently untitled), the third book in the Age of Dread trilogy, has now gone off to my editors at Orbit. So that’s it, I’m done….for the time being at least. In a few months’ time the next round of hard work will begin with edits and so on, but forContinue reading “That’s a wrap….for now”