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We’re proud, overjoyed, excited and delighted to announce that Kameron Hurley’s The Mirror Empire has been shortlisted in the Gemmell Awards.

TheMirrorEmpire-144dpi (1)The award, named Morningstar after one of David Gemmell’s bestselling novels, is awarded for the best debut in fantasy fiction.

Kameron: “I was incredibly pleased to find The Mirror Empire on the Gemmell Morningstar shortlist with some amazing company. Thanks so much to all the passionate fans who voted for it! It’s fabulous news to get here with just a few more months to go before the sequel, Empire Ascendant comes out in October. Sentient plants 4ever.”


Voting is very simple, just click here and choose The Mirror Empire. We don’t mind who you vote for in the Legend or Ravenheart award…go crazy, pick who you like. The important thing is you click on Kameron’s name for the Morningstar Award. Follow the link, vote, submit. Easy! The Gemmell Awards are not balloted, so you don’t have to worry about signing up or paying to make your voice heard.


The winner will be announced at the Gemmell Awards at Nine Worlds in London on Saturday, August 8. Good luck to all!


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Robot Round-Up 29/5/15

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Howdy Roboteers,

What a week it’s been so far at Robot HQ! Firstly bidding farewell to lovely Caroline, who’s off on maternity leave from today, and then BEA and BookCon.

The Author, Danielle L. JensenHowever, we’re not the only ones busy as bees! Danielle L. Jensen is currently promoting Hidden Huntress, the hotly anticipated second book in the Malediction trilogy. Check out the various blogs, below, with which Danielle has been talking to about inspirations, writing styles and of course, which character she resembles the most!

In a guest post for Books, Bones & Buffy, Danielle describes her writing style – and the art of penning a novel whilst looking after a tiny baby!

Bookish Whimsy held an interview with Danielle, where she talks about name inspirations and the challenges of writing a sequel to a such a popular novel.

Danielle describes her ‘French Inspiration’ to Escapism from Reality, and how she constructs ‘massive daydreams’ in her mind, which turn into the books we get to read.

There’s also a French vibe in Danielle’s guest post for Paper Cuts, where she describes the similarities between Anaïs and Éponine from Les Misérables.

A Fantastical Librarian interviewed Danielle on subverting tropes and her own book recommendations.

And that’s just the beginning of the tour. Hats off to you, Danielle! You can catch up with the blog tour as it happens, and Danielle’s other musings, by following her on Twitter, here.

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Robot Round-Up 22/5/15

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It has been a couple of weeks since our last Robot Round-Up so today we’re going to focus on a couple of books that have you all fired up of late, The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath and Flex.

Without further ado:

The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath

It’s been described as mad, insane and totally brilliant. However you want to call it, Ishbelle Bee’s debut novel, The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath is grabbing the critics’ attention and keeping it.

Here are a few choice words from the critics:

Mirror&Goliath-144dpiThe Singular & Extraordinary tale of Mirror and Goliath with the intriguing tag-line: ‘The Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart, Esq’ – from Angry Robot is Ishbelle Bee’s spectacular debut in the speculative fiction world. Just like the peculiar title, the novel itself is a riotous splash of many a familiar fairy tale liberally wrangled with a dash of macabre horror, set during the fag-end of the Victorian Era – An 1880’s London rife with the East-end murders, missing children and magic like blood-red poppies floating in the air. It’s a sort of the author’s love paean to this genre: Bee, the author who loves Victorian Top Hats and Cake Tents incorporates both these elements and a lot more from her favourite era into the novel- beautifully entwining them into a tight little fairy tale of her own. By parts lyrical and scary, it’s a gem of a novel that stands apart from other titles in today’s world.”
Smorgasbord Fantasia

“This short, dark tale is a treat. It is a fun blend of historical and urban fantasy, and succeeds in keeping our interest throughout the story. I recommend it, and will be reading other stories by Ishbelle Bee.”
Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Corner

“This book certainly captivated me and is a rollercoaster of colour and imagination. I just devoured the text, letting myself be swallowed up into the world that the author has created,  I would love to enter the mind of Ishbelle Bee, to have a little rummage around, check out her fertile imagination, perhaps steal a few drops of inspiration along the way.”
Black Tea & Milk

“This will probably be ranking as one of my favorite books of the year, but I can’t tell you a thing about it! I loved every minute of it.”
From My Bookshelf

“It had a whimsical, Neil Gaiman-esque quality (and since I worship Neil Gaiman, this is very high praise). There were moments that would have been confusing if it had been presented by a less-skilled writer, but in Ishbelle Bee’s hands, you just accepted it. Lovely, somewhat lyrical, the writing was wonderful.”
Bellsie Books

“I’d recommend this novel to readers in search of whimsical settings and characters, with magical realism and enchanting prose.”
The YLogs

“A penny dreadful fairy tale – delightfully dark, wonderfully wicked, highly original! This is a five out of five stars rating and I hardly ever say that. Bravo Ishbelle Bee!”
Views & Reviews

“It is a dark and wonderful fantasy story that mixes horror with steampunk and historical elements. I loved it.”
Rickus Bookshelf

“Quite the fantastic read in all ways. Riveting characters that share their own singular voice and world building that takes you to unexpected places. This series will bind you with expectations.”
Koeur’s Book Reviews


Flex by Ferrett SteinmetzAnother reason to be overjoyed this week is that Ferrett Steinmetz’s Flex has gained its eightieth (!) five-star rating on It’s always lovely to see people enjoy a book, and the love for Flex is just outstanding!

Here’s just a quick reminder of why the book is getting so many great reviews:

“I don’t like using exclamation points, but this book deserves all the exclamation points. Look, here’s a whole bag! They are to be placed after the words Flex and awesome whenever they appear! Flex! Awesome! Flex! Awesome! Flex!  You get the idea.

“The book’s pacing was just right, the information drip satisfyingly steady but with enough mystery to keep me reading. I wanted to find out who would do what and how.  I wanted to know who was going to win. I wanted to know about motivations. I wanted to see some more video game magic. I wanted to read it whenever I had time. If I end up writing a list of my ten favorite books from my last five year’s reading, this book is probably going to be on it”.
Book Punks

“This is one of those books that just hit me perfectly.”

“I loved Flex. All the thumbs up and all the stars checked.”
I, Fat Robot

Flex by Ferrett Steinmetz may have the most unique fantasy voice I have ever read. There’s action, humor, and unique ideas I found myself devouring as fast as I could. At first glance, Tsabo’s magic power—bureaucracy seems boring and sterile. But the way he utilizes his powers is both refreshing and hilarious.”
Geekin’ Things

“Flex is a clever, funny twist on both the urban fantasy genre overpopulated by werewolves, vampires and hard-boiled sorcerers. But it is also a wonderful deconstruction of the Breaking Bad story of the good man driven to evil by necessity and megalomania, because while Tsabo’s story has a similar genesis as Walter White’s he never becomes Heisenberg.”
Relentless Reading

“Flex is a weird, funny alternative to a crowded urban fantasy field overpopulated with vampires, werewolves and wizards-for-hire.”
The Nameless Zine

Many thanks to all reviewers we quoted. If you would like to become a member of our Robot Army and get advance review copies, Join ussssss.

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Hail Roboteers,

We wanted to write a quick note to let you know that there has been a small production delay with the release of the US/CAN paperback editions of Dragons of Heaven by Alyc Helms and The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath by Ishbelle Bee.

The revised release date for these two titles will be June 30th, and will be followed by some great bookstore promotions for both titles, so keep your eyes peeled!

The Ebook editions and UK/R.o.W paperback release dates are unchanged: June 2nd for the ebook and June 4th for UK/R.o.W. paperback, respectively.

Dragons of Heaven by Alyc Helms

Street magician Missy Masters inherited more than the usual genetic cocktail from her estranged grandfather – The Dragons Of Heaven by Alyc Helmsshe also got his preternatural control of shadow and his legacy as the vigilante hero, Mr Mystic. Problem is, being a
pulp hero takes more than a good fedora and a knack for witty banter, and Missy lacks the one thing Mr. Mystic had: experience. Determined to live up to her birthright, Missy journeys to China to seek the aid of Lung Huang, the ancient master who once guided her grandfather.

Lung Huang isn’t quite as ancient as Missy expected, and she finds herself embroiled in the politics of Lung Huang and his siblings, the nine dragon-guardians of creation. When Lung Di, Lung Huang’s brother and mortal enemy, raises a magical barrier that cuts off China from the rest of the world, it falls to the new Mr Mystic to prove herself by taking down the barrier. But is it too great a task for a lone adventure hero?

“All the fun of pulp adventure, filtered through a twenty-first century lens. Helms isn’t content simply to play in the genre; she questions it, complicates it, adds layers it didn’t have eighty years ago. Missy’s journey to become Mr. Mystic isn’t the usual heroic training montage — but it’s a hell of a lot of fun.”
Marie Brennan, author of A Natural History of Dragons

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The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror & Goliath

Mirror&Goliath-144dpi1888. A little girl called Mirror and her extraordinary shape-shifting guardian Goliath Honeyflower are washed up on the shores of Victorian England. Something has been wrong with Mirror since the day her grandfather locked her inside a mysterious clock that was painted all over with ladybirds. Mirror does not know what she is, but she knows she is no longer human.

John Loveheart, meanwhile, was not born wicked. But after the sinister death of his parents, he was taken by Mr Fingers, the demon lord of the underworld. Some say he is mad. John would be inclined to agree.

Now Mr Fingers is determined to find the little girl called Mirror, whose flesh he intends to eat, and whose soul is the key to his eternal reign. And John Loveheart has been called by his otherworldly father to help him track Mirror down…

An extraordinary dark fairytale for adults, for fans of Catherine Valente and Neil Gaiman.

“Quite the fantastic read in all ways. Riveting characters that share their own singular voice and world building that takes you to unexpected places. This series will bind you with expectations.”
Koeur’s Book Reviews

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City of Wonders Cover Reveal!

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We do love a good book cover at Angry Robot HQ, and today we’re delighted to share with you the stunning new cover for James A Moore’s hotly anticipated new novel, City of Wonders.

Thanks go to the brilliant Alejandro Colucci, whose work on James’ last cover, The Blasted Lands, earned him a Gemmell Award nomination.

James: “I have loved every cover that Alejandro Colucci has done! He is an amazing artist. That said, finally seeing  Swech illustrated, makes me very happy. The covers for all three of the books has been spot on and Swech is no exception. Swech should be a powerful figure! By my count she has killed more people than anyone else in the book! I couldn’t be happier with her portrayal on the cover for City of Wonders.”

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Third in the Seven Forges series, City of Wonders is a must for all fans of epic fantasy.

Here’s the official blurb:

Old Canhoon, the City of Wonders, is having a population explosion as refugees from Tyrne and Roathes alike try to escape the Sa’ba Taalor. All along the border between the Blasted Lands and the Fellein Empire armies clash and the most powerful empire in the world is pushed back toward the old Capital. From the far east the Pilgrim gathers an army of the faithful, heading for Old Canhoon.

In Old Canhoon itself the imperial family struggles against enemies old and new as the spies of their enemies begin removing threats to the gods of the Seven Forges and prepare the way for the invading armies of the Seven Kings. In the distant Taalor valley Andover Lashk continues his quest and must make a final decision, while at the Mounds, something inhuman is awakened and set free.

War is Here. Blood will flow and bodies will burn.

The book will be released in November, so now just to wait until then *taps fingers*. However if you’d like the chance to read the book hot off the press, then enter the competitions running at Adventures Fantastic and The Book Plank.

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The Assassin’s Anthology

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If, like us, you’re a huge fan of all things that go bump – and then set about stabbing you – in the night, you must pick up new anthology Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries and Rogues, edited by J.M Martin.Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 09.40.54

Blackguards is a groovy collection of stories, often set in authors’ established realities, that focus on grimdark, epic fantasy and various dark characters.

Featuring loud and proud in the author list is one of our own, James A Moore, author of the Seven Forges series, and his contribution sets itself firmly in the same landscape as in the series.

James: “What Gods Demand is firmly placed between The Blasted Lands and City of Wonders, and shows the machinations of Swech as she prepares the way for the Sa’Ba Taalor in the Empire. Blackguards is rather a dream anthology for me. The list of authors I’m sharing space with is humbling and the book is gorgeous! What a great way to learn about so many worlds of fantasy.”

Other notable authors delivering top-drawer fantasy action include Robot’s own Paul S Kemp, along with David Dalgish, Michael J Sullivan, James Enge, Mark Smylie and Carol Berg, all with a foreword by grimdark master, Glen Cook.

You can purchase the ebook here.

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Unseemly Science Book Launch

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Rod Duncan, author of the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire series, will be holding a book launch for the highly anticipated second book in the series, Unseemly Science, on Thursday 21 May.

The book has been setting the critics’ pens alight over the past few weeks and the launch will give fans, friends and writers the unique experience to chat with Rod about his inspiration, great world-building ability and his thoughts for the next book.Unseemly Science by Rod Duncan

The evening will see Robot Overlord Marc Gascoigne give a short chat on alternate history, followed by a reading and Q&A session with Rod. There will also be a chance to purchase a signed copy of the book, or seven.

Rod: “The phrase ‘book launch’ sounds a bit serious. I’d like this to be more of a ‘book birthday party’. A get-together for readers, writers and fans of peculiar history. It is an open event, so I’m hoping to meet people and make new friends. All are welcome.”

Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, or to register your interest, visit the Facebook event page.

Below is a handy Google map, to guide you to the right destination.

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Marianne de Pierres, author of the Aurealis Award winning Peacemaker is venturing forth from her homeland, Australia, to attend her first non-Antipodean book convention.

This year Marianne will be meeting and greeting you all at World Fantasy Con, held in Saratoga Springs NY, USA from the 5 – 8 Nov.Marianne

Marianne: “I’ve been wanting to attend WFC for nearly twenty years. It will be my first ever overseas convention (outside a trip to New Zealand), and I’m ridiculously excited about it. I’ll be the tall Aussie woman with the pink hair. Come and say hello!”

If you are a native of Australia, then fret not. You can also catch up with Marianne at Supanova on the Gold Coast (17 – 19 April) or Genrecon in Brisbane  (30 Oct – 1 Nov).

Others from the Robot Army will be attending World Fantasy Con including Carrie Patel, Alyc Helms and Mike Underwood. We’re a notoriously friendly bunch, so we’ll be milling around just waiting for you to come and give us a high five/buy us a drink. We’re looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Hot on the heels of the news that Kameron Hurley is short-listed for this year’s Locus Fantasy Novel award with The Mirror Empire (see here for full details), we are delighted to announce Book 3 in the Worldbreaker SagaThe Broken Heavens. 

In a World English deal, including translation, with Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Agency, The Broken Heavens is the epic conclusion to the Worldbreaker Saga which began with The Mirror Empire and continues with Empire Ascendant, out this October. 

Kameron Hurley: “I’m thrilled to bring readers the third and final volume of the Worldbreaker Saga with Angry Robot Books. They’ve been eternal champions for The Mirror Empire and Empire Ascendant and I’m super pleased to bring the whole series to a suitably epic conclusion in The Broken Heavens. Get ready for the end of the world – Hurley style.” 

Marc Gascoigne, Robot Overlord & Publisher, added: “What is there left to say about Kameron Hurley that hasn’t already been captured in the swathes of rave reviews, Hugo Award acceptance speeches, think pieces and blog posts? Well, this: The Mirror Empire saw her burst from the gates as a fully-formed A-list fantasy author. Empire Ascendant, as readers will soon discover for themselves, shows her relaxing into her powers, utterly in command of her characters and their world. Now it’s time to see what she does by way of a third act and I, along with her many fans, cannot wait.” 

The Broken Heavens: 

The promised collision of worlds is tearing reality apart. War has fractured the land, and the heavens themselves are falling. In this battle of worlds as old as time itself, who will live, and who will perish? It all comes down to this final chapter.”
 The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
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Locus Awards 2015 Finalists

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The Locus Awards finalists have been announced and guess what? The Angry Robot horde are featured not once, but twice on the list!

Firstly, The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley has been nominated for Best Fantasy Novel. Kameron reacted to the news thusly, “I’m both surprised and humbled that The Mirror Empire made this year’s Locus Award shortlist. Thanks so much to everyone who supported and continues to support The Mirror Empire. 2014 was an incredible year for genre books, and I’m proud to stand in such excellent company.”

Here’s a few choice words from the critics, who loved the novel almost as much as we do:

“With vividly inventive world building and a fast-paced plot, The Mirror Empire opens a smart, brutal, and ambitious epic fantasy series. Book two is already on my must-read list.”The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
Kate Elliott, author of the Spiritwalker series

The Mirror Empire is a fresh, vigorous, and gripping entrant into the epic fantasy genre, able to stand toe-to-toe with any of the heavyweight series out there. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough.”
SF Revu

“In the two worlds of The Mirror Empire, we get Deadly Plants, Blood Magic, and yes, Brutal Women. The Mirror Empire is both a chance for fantasy fans to get to know Hurley’s writing, and for previous fans of her work to see what she can do in a new vein. And for readers new to her work, this is in many ways the best place to start. 4.5****/5.”
– Paul Weimer, SF Signal

Angry Robot Books has also been nominated, in the Publisher category. “This is the third year running we’ve been nominated in this category and are delighted to have been given the nod again”, said Overlord Marc. “We are rooting for Kameron and are overjoyed at the news of her nomination too, so we have our fingers crossed for an Angry Robot double-win.”

Previous Angry Robot winners and nominees in the Locus Awards include Aliette de Bodard and Madeline Ashby.

The winners will be announced at the Locus Awards Weekend, held in Seattle from 26 – 28 June.

We’re waiting with baited breath until then! Wish us luck!

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Robot Round-Up 1/5/15

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Hail Roboteers,

Is it May already? Phew, time is flying at Robot HQ. Do you know what’s exciting about May though? Three brilliant new Angry Robot Books to get your hands on!

This month we have the following three titles, hitting the stores on 5 May (US) and 7 May (R.o.W) (12 May for Apex in paperback):

The Waterborne Blade

“This is a well-paced, enjoyable read with characters that feel rounded and real…the writing shines.”The Waterborne Blade by Susan Murray
Rian Drinkwater, SFX Magazine

“This thrilling tale of sword and sorcery thrusts us right into the action.  When we meet the protagonists, we are given no background on them, or on the situation they find themselves in. We are told they need to flee, now, and we follow.”
Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Corner

“This is a wonderful thing, a sweeping fantasy which somehow manages to pull off the trick of being intimate and very human at the same time. It begins with a realm in peril, and then puts its shoulders back and strides confidently towards a horizon packed with magic and love and abandoned palaces and a huge and very real evil. Susan Murray has written a debut novel of great skill and depth, and I loved it.”
–  Dave Hutchinson, author of Europe in Autumn

Unseemly Science

“Let’s just say I haven’t been this impressed by a book in a while… Unseemly Science is a beautifully written steampunk, alternate history style novel that manages to evoke the aesthetic without turning itself into a reflection Unseemly Science by Rod Duncanof the rest of the trope out there. Elizabeth, the main protagonist, is a feminist heroine I can get behind — smart, intelligent, and void of the typical fantasy heroine. It’s a slow burn mystery but so intelligently written and with a well developed world, I barely put it down… If I were to recommend you pick up anything this week, The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter and Unseemly Science are it.”
Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing

Rod Duncan weaves a fascinating tale. The plot is complex, but the various threads of the story can be followed, though their conclusion can’t be guessed.”
Geeky Library

“5 out of 5 stars with a high recommendation to anyone who has read the first book of the series.  If not, I would definitely recommend they be read in order. Great for fans of Steampunk, character and plot-driven stories, alternate history, mystery, or a well-written adventure tale.”
Yvette at Bookworlder


Reviews for Nexus and Crux, the firs two books in the series:

“Any old writer can take you on a roller coaster ride, but it takes a wizard like Ramez Naam to take you on the sameApex by Ramez Naam (May 2015) ride while he builds the roller coaster a few feet in front of your plummeting car… you’ll want to read it before everyone’s talking about it.”
John Barnes, author of the Timeline Wars and Daybreak series

“A fast, fun read which is both emotionally engaging and thought-provoking. You’ll be mulling over the implications of Nexus — the book and the drug — long after you put the book down.”
– Annalee Newitz,

“A blisteringly paced technothriller that dives deeper and even better into the chunky questions raised by Nexus. This is a fabulous book, and it ends in a way that promises at least one more. Count me in.”
Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother and Pirate Cinema

“Smart, thoughtful, and hard to drop, this richly nuanced sequel outshines its predecessor with a wide cast of characters and some complicated, uneasy questions about power, responsibility, and the future of humanity.”
Publishers Weekly


Finished all three already? If you have already devoured those titles, then don’t worry, we’ve got another two great books up on NetGalley and ready for your requests.

Cities and Thrones Cities and Thrones by Carrie Patel

In the fantastical, gaslit underground city of Recolleta, oligarchs from foreign states and revolutionaries from the
farming communes vie for power in the wake of the city’s coup. The dark, forbidden knowledge of how the city

came to be founded has been released into the world for all to read, and now someone must pay.

Inspector Liesl Malone is on her toes, trying to keep the peace, and Arnault’s spy ring is more active than ever. Has the city’s increased access to knowledge put the citizens in even more danger? Allegiances change, long-held beliefs are adjusted, and things are about to get messy.

The Floating City 

The Floating City is in turmoil. The magical seers who protect it are being killed by fearsome Djinn that rise out ofthe canals at night. Members of the city’s Council of Ten are being assassinated by masked fanatics. Refugee ships are arriving, bringing plague. Othmen spies are infiltrating everywhere. New power blocks are battling for
control of the city.

And the three Montecchi daughters, Giuliette, Disdemona and Isabella, are struggling with love and loss – and trying to write their own destinies. And moving amongst them all is the mysterious and deadly Shadow Master, The Floating City by Craig Cormickwho seems to be directing everyone like players in a game. But some things in this game may be beyond even his control.

If you’re new to NetGalley or are wondering why your requests keep getting rejected, then our Caroline did this brilliant post about how to improve your presence on the website, here. And of course, if you request a book and we decline you, then do keep trying. We might not feel a book is right for you this time around but our next title may be perfect for you!


Over and out!

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#Trollus hits Twitter

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Twitter was awash with the glow of troll-light and the whisperings of an ancient city named #Trollus on Sunday night, as author Danielle L. Jensen joined a Twitter chat to answer her fans’ burning questions.

Afterwards, we had a quick chat with Danielle about how awesome it was to talk with her fans from across theScreen Shot 2015-04-30 at 10.40.40 world: “The Twitter chat was great fun – I plan to do it again after Hidden Huntress hits shelves, but at an earlier time so people in Europe can participate. The host @stolensongbird is Melissa Robles @MeliRobles, who is a student in Mexico. She’s been a wonderful supporter of my books.

There were lots of great questions, and I even had fans up in the middle of the night to participate. @Shynasss  is in France, and it was 4am when she finally signed off! So wonderful to chat with people who love my books.”

Below are just a couple of our favourite tweets from the event, but if you want to find out more, including why Danielle has a jar full of her fans’ tears, then search #Trollus on Twitter.

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Some of our more eagle-eyed readers may have already spotted the name, Penny, floating around on blog posts; Penny has been interning with us since February but I am delighted to introduce her now as our newest team member.

Starting immediately for a handover period, Penny has joined as maternity cover for my role as Publicity Manager. I will be finishing up on Friday, 29 May, but until then Penny and I will be promoting all that is strange and wonderful about Angry Robot Books, our authors, and, of course, books!

Penny comes to us from a public relations background and is also the community editor for LeftLion magazine, a Nottingham culture magazine. She has wonderful experience with all things publicity and I’ve no doubt will be a great addition to our team.

Her official bio reads thusly:

Penny1Penny started her working life dealing with criminals but quickly realised that the novels of Tom Robbins suited her tastes, rather than those of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, so she left to spend the next few years roaming the world teaching children and Tibetan monks the English language.

On returning to the UK, Penny took up a public relations job and worked for used cooking oil, potatoes and retail. However the lure of the Robot Overlords was too much for her and, pulled in by their gravitational force Penny took up an internship. The rest, as they say, is history.

Reach her through Twitter here and at

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Alyc Helms’ Convention Calendar

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One of our great new writers, Alyc Helms, is busy touring the US to promote her brilliant debut novel, The Dragons of Heaven, which will be available to eager claws from June.

Make sure to pop over and say hi to Alyc at one of these conventions:The Dragons Of Heaven by Alyc Helms

WisCon, Madison, WI  May 22-25
Phoenix Comicon Phoenix, AZ  May 28-31
ConVergence Bloomington, MN  July 2-5
GenCon Indianapolis, IN  July 30 – August 2
Sasquan (WorldCon) Spokane, WA  August 19-23
DragonCon Atlanta, GA  September 4-7
World Fantasy Convention Saratoga Springs, NY  November 5-8

Here’s what the critics have to say about Dragons of Heaven so far:

“All the fun of pulp adventure, filtered through a twenty-first century lens. Helms isn’t content simply to play in the genre; she questions it, complicates it, adds layers it didn’t have eighty years ago. Missy’s journey to become Mr. Mystic isn’t the usual heroic training montage — but it’s a hell of a lot of fun.”
Marie Brennan, author of A Natural History of Dragons

“Dragons of Heaven combines superheroes, romance, ancient mythological China, and does it right. The worldbuilding is stunning, and Missy’s challenges feel incredibly real as do her reactions to amazing worlds she’s put in. In fighting against the machinations of overly honorable yet incredibly nefarious ancient dragons, its clear she’s the best chance humanity’s got.”
– Cassie Alexander, author of the Edie Spence series

If you don’t manage to get over to a convention this year, fret not! Listen to what Alyc has to say on contemporary fantasy on Angry Robot Live #5, the returning podcast from our American sales wizard, Mike Underwood. Alyc is joined by Ferrett Steinmetz author of Flex, and Tim Waggoner author of the Shadow Watch series, here.

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The awards are just rolling in at the moment. The latest of the Angry Robot crew to win is Marianne de Pierres who has been awarded the Aurealis Award for best SF Novel for Peacemaker.

Marianne summed up her thoughts on the win thusly:

“I’m truly delighted that PEACEMAKER has been commended by the Aurealis judging panel. My dad brought me up onMarianne-de-Pierres-300x300
a diet of pulp Westerns and, eventually, I inherited his complete Zane Grey collection. For many years, I wanted to
write my own version of a Western as a thank you to him, and because those stories were my first, intense fictional love. My sister still gets a kick out of telling people how at eight years of age I would only answer to the name of one of Zane Grey’s cowboys.

But writing a western, SF, paranormal mash-up is one thing. Publishing it is quite another. I’d like to thank Lee Harris, Marc Gascoigne, Caroline Lambe and everyone at Angry Robot for giving this story a chance when it was well outside the purview of most speculative publishers. I hope this award, in some small way, rewards them for the gift they bestowed on me.”

We couldn’t be happier for you, Marianne! Congratulations!

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