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Exclusive Excerpt of THE ECHO by James Smythe!

From the author of The Explorer, a new haunting novel about two brothers on a mission. It’s not out until 1/28/13 but we have an exclusive sneak peek right here!

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Digital Submissions Update

Thank you for your continuing patience as we make our way through the digital submissions. We have been truly astounded by the quality and breadth of the submissions we received, and are taking each one into careful consideration – often by multiple editors. We realize that this has resulted in an exceptionally long waiting period for you, but please rest assured that we are working through the remaining manuscripts as quickly as possible, while still giving each a thorough assessment.

We are currently at 295 submissions (from 550 at our last update), and have begun to make a few offers as well.

We will respond to every remaining submission by the end of January 31, 2014.

As before, if you would like to pull your submission, please email us at voyagersubmissions(at)harpercollins.com.

Thank you, and all best wishes for the holiday season and for the new year.

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Brand new series from Robin Hobb!

HarperVoyager is thrilled to announce that the new trilogy of epic fantasy novels we have acquired from international bestseller Robin Hobb (‘a remarkable storyteller: a diamond in a field of zircons’ — George RR Martin) via agent Chris Lotts in a major 7-figure deal, will mark a return to her most beloved characters, Fitz and the Fool.

UK Publishing Director Jane Johnson, who made the acquisition and has been publishing the author since 1987, says: “Fitz (FitzChivalry Farseer) and the Fool are my two all-time favourite characters in fantasy literature. The friendship between them is the most passionate, poignant and elusive relationship I can think of in the field. There are 9 bestselling novels in which the pair feature, starting with ASSASSIN’S APPRENTICE and ending with FOOL’S FATE, and it’s been over a decade since Robin Hobb revisited them. I was so excited when Chris submitted the mystery novel and by the end of reading the first volume was in floods of tears, to such an extent that a woman travelling opposite me offered me a hankie and asked if I was OK. Anyone who knows me will tell you that’s a rare occurrence, but that demonstrates the emotional power Robin Hobb wields over her readers. Her fans, who learned of the long-awaited return by a pair of humorously oblique videos posted on YouTube and on social media, are ecstatic at the prospect.”

Video one: Waking up to text messages
Video two: Fitz and Fool

HarperFiction Publisher Kate Elton says: “A new Robin Hobb hardback is always a highly anticipated event, but a new episode in Fitz and the Fool’s story is particularly momentous. Hobb’s powerful storytelling and effortless world building have won her a worldwide following, who will no doubt be as excited as we are about the publication of Fool’s Assassin next year.”

Agent Chris Lotts says “It has been nearly eighteen years since ASSASSIN’S APPRENTICE first turned up in book shops and achieved the status of a modern fantasy classic, launching a trilogy that went on to sell over a million copies in the UK and US. The first instalment of Hobb’s new trilogy brings Fitz gloriously back to life, in a novel full of dazzling twists and turns. It will be happily embraced by her long-time, dedicated fans. I am also really gratified to see Hobb’s audience grow and grow, not just in the UK but throughout the world. She is that rare fantasy writer whose works are now eagerly read by people who do not normally read fantasy, and HarperVoyager and I feel there is super potential going forward.”

Voyager UK will publish the first volume in the series, FOOL’S ASSASSIN when Robin Hobb will be Guest of Honour for the London WorldCon. It will be simultaneously published by HarperVoyager Australia.

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It’s the end of the world as Nick Cole knows it

The Wasteland Saga

Hello, I’m Nick Cole and I write books about the end of the world. Or at least, the end of the world as we know it. Worlds end all the time. Elementary school leads, eventually, to college, and each time we advance in our world, the one we’ve lived in for a few years and think we know so well, it ends. Chaos. Change. And then, like Columbus, we arrive in a new world and meet new people. The new world becomes our world. We readers know this. Worlds end and begin all the time, each time we pick up a book. Continue reading

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DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS UPDATE

Thank you for your continuing patience as we make our way through the digital submissions. We have been truly astounded by the quality and breadth of the submissions we received, and are taking each one into careful consideration – often by multiple editors. We realize that this has resulted in an exceptionally long waiting period for you, but please rest assured that we are working through the remaining manuscripts as quickly as possible, while still giving each a thorough assessment. We are currently at 550 submissions.

As before, if you have a question as to your status or would like to pull your submission, please email us at voyagersubmissions(at)harpercollins.com.

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Q&A with Crystal Venom author Steve Wheeler

Steve Wheeler’s 2nd book in his Fury of Aces series, Crystal Venom, is out now so we sat down with him and asked a few choice questions!

What’s the one question you wish people would ask you? (And what would your answer be?)

What are your views on how people eat these days? We need to take back control of what we put in our mouths and guts. Take a step away from industrial food, even if it is convenient. Support your local growers market and go buy a tomato plant (or whatever you wish to grow), tend it, nurture it, then harvest and eat that produce as the experience will change your mindset forever.

Did you read science fiction and fantasy growing up?Caves of Steel

Everything I could lay my hands on in the 60s & 70s. So all the classic SF and fantasy writers. ALL of them.

If you could pick any character from film, TV and literature to make a cameo in the world of your stories, who would you pick?

Jon Luc Picard. He would fit right in perfectly.

What was the last book you read?

‘Lost Voices of the Royal Air Force’ Great historical eyewitness accounts from 1918 up to the present day.

Adding additional characters to the Hobbit movies: for or against?

For, but then again I am ever so slightly biased as I worked as the Weapon Maker on the Hobbit movies for over two years. It is all about balance.

All genre readers are nerds: true or false?

False. Everyone has likes and dislikes. ‘Nerds’ is just another label created by marketeers to divide and conquer us all.

Is there any particular music you listen to when writing?

Depends on what I am writing. Hugely into alternative, trance, rock and the like. Have many hundreds of CDs and music on the PCs so will choose specific albums determined by the stage of the write. Put it this way: the only music I don’t listen to is Rap, Brass Band or Country & Western.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Hog Walker scratch model by Steve Wheeler
Hog Walker model

LOL! I am both. I am an engineer and an artist. In real life, making knives and swords, and also in my writing. I know the way points that I want to hit in the novel and the end point. Everything else in between is me flying by the seat of my pants. Its fun.

Favourite form of procrastination?

Opening up the box of a styrene model and trying to decide which parts I will use for the current Fury scratchbuild. The procrastination stems from the little voice which whispers ‘don’t use that, you may want it for another build’……… daft!

What are you working on at the moment?

Just finished the second draft of ‘Obsidian Maul’ the third in the ‘A Fury of Aces’ trilogy. Have already laid out the fourth and am going to carry on straight into that.

Steve has designed, built and created a huge array of vehicles and concepts to populate his Fury of Aces Universe. You can read more and see many of his builds and designs on our mini-Wiki page and on the Fury of Aces Facebook page as well!

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Raymond Feist’s Australian Tour

From the 19th-30th June Australia played host to one of fantasy’s biggest names, Voyager’s own Raymond E. Feist! Just in time to celebrate the end of an era with his final Riftwar book, Magician’s End, Raymond toured all over the country, visiting two big conventions, Supanova Pop Culture Expos, in Sydney and Perth as well as events in libraries and bookstores from Brisbane to Melbourne and Adelaide.Supanova is now a truly massive and impressive fan convention attracting big star talents & a wide variety of activities; from cosplay contests to live wrestling matches and talks by authors. As well as Mr Feist we had fellow Voyager authors Kylie Chan and Traci Harding at the Sydney event and Kylie also toured over to Perth. Despite the lousy weather all weekend in Sydney both days were packed affairs with it almost being hard to move at times on Saturday! Another Voyager author, K.J. Taylor, came all the way up from Canberra to attend and she signed a few copies of book one in her latest series The Shadow’s Heir for us to giveaway while she was there!

The massive queue to see Mr Feist!

Raymond had several book signings and meet/greets over at the Kinokuniya Bookstore shop just opposite our own Voyager stand and each had a massive queue that ran most of the way along the wall of the Dome building.  On Sunday Kylie & Raymond were on a panel about creating epic fantasy as well.

Outside of Supanova Raymond visited several stores around the country and was met crowds of  adoring fans wherever he went. Jason Gale blogged about meeting him at Robinson’s Bookshop in Victoria, and in Adelaide the crew at Mount Barker Library put on an AMAZING stage show, including copious amounts of dry ice, dramatic lighting, knights sword fighting in full armour and a whole host of extras dressed up in medeval inspired costumes! They even had special sweatshirts and bottles of local wine made up for the event to give out to attendees!

Raymond was extremely impressed! Mt Feist also stopped by the Sydney offices to sign a mountain of books for stores during the tour and he sat down with Voyager publisher Rochelle to answer a few questions and give us some hints on what may be next … Enjoy!

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George R.R. Martin on Jack Vance

HarperVoyager UK and ANZ author George R.R. Martin posted a moving tribute to Jack Vance on his Not a Blog last week.

[Vance] had a huge influence on me and my work, and for the past fifty-some years has ranked among my very favorite writers. Every time a new Jack Vance book came out, I would drop whatever else I was doing and read it. Sometimes I did not mean to, but once you cracked the covers of a Vance book, you were lost.

It pleases me no end that Gardner Dozois and I were able to do our tribute anthology, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, when Jack was still alive, so he could hear how many of today’s fantasists he had inspired.

Jack Vance left the world a richer place than he found it. No more can be asked of any writer.

- George R. R. Martin

The anthology edited by Gardner Dozois and Martin, SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, features stories  inspired by Vance’s world by authors such as George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Hand, Tanith Lee, Michael Moorcock, and Tad Williams, among many others.

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DIGITAL SUBMISSIONS UPDATE

Another update on the digital submissions! As per the previous update post, we received 4500+ entries, and by early March we had responded to 2905 entries.

We have now reviewed all the submissions in our inbox and responded to 3595 submissions that were not right for our list. The remaining 948 are marked for further reading and consideration.

We are continuing to review the remaining entries as quickly as we can, and will  update you again in a few weeks. As before, if you have a question as to your status or would like to pull your submission, please email us at voyagersubmissions(at)harpercollins.com.

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Exclusive! Chapter One of Raymond Feist's MAGICIAN'S END

The final book in Raymond Feist’s 30 year saga! Pug, now the greatest magician of all time, must risk everything he has fought for and everything he cherishes in the hope of destroying an evil enemy once and for all. But to achieve peace and save untold millions of lives, he will have to pay the ultimate price. Read first chapter here! Full book is out May 14th, but we’ll be posting more sneak peeks before then…

Chapter 1 of Raymond Feist's Magician's End by HarperVoyagerBooks