Sunday, 26 September 2010

Where I'll be next ... Updated!

Current list of venues Sam will be attending, including bookstore signings. Keep watching as this page will be updated, hopefully with a venue near you!

Exclusive to signings : Buy 2 or more books in the Vampire Gene Series or a copy of Hines Sight and get an signed picture postcard.

NewCon 5 - Nothampton - Saturday October 9-10th
at The Fishmarket, Northampton, NN1 2HL. Sam will be taking part in readings and panels throughout the weekend.

Yale College, - Wednesday 20th October 2010: Time 10.30am-12pm.
Address: at Yale College, Grove Park Campus, Grove Park Road, Wrexham. LL12 7A
  • Sam will be lurking in the LRC . Vampire Gene Series books will be for sale at the venue.
Waterstones - Llandudno - Saturday 6th November 2010: 11am-3pm.
Address: 37 Victoria Centre, Mostyn Centre, Llandudno, Conwy LL30 2NG. Phone: 01628 818 300.
  • Sam will be signing copies of Killing Kiss, Futile Flame and her latest novel Demon Dance with Actor Frazer Hines who will also be there signing copies of his autobiography Hines Sight.

Waterstones - Yeovil - Saturday 13th November 2010: 2-4pm :
Address: 37a Middle Street, Yeovill, Somerset, BA20 1LG. Phone: 01935 479832.

  • Sam will be signing copies of Killing Kiss, Futile Flame and her latest novel Demon Dance with Actor Frazer Hines who will also be there signing copies of his autobiography Hines Sight. 

Waterstones - Truro - Sunday 14th November 2010. Times TBA
Address: 11 Boscawen Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2QU. Phone: 01872 225765
  • Sam will be signing copies of Killing Kiss, Futile Flame and her latest novel Demon Dance with Actor Frazer Hines who will also be there signing copies of his autobiography Hines Sight.
 Bookmark - Spalding - Saturday 20th November: 11am-1pm :
Address: 18-20 The Crescent, Spalding, PE11 1AF Phone:01775 769231

  • Sam will be signing copies of Killing Kiss, Futile Flame and her latest novel Demon Dance with Actor Frazer Hines who will also be there signing copies of his autobiography Hines Sight. Also, horror/fantasy author Andy Remic will be at the event signing copies of his latest novel, Soul Stealers.

Also ... If you fancy a great night out.

The Swan Theatre, 138 Park Street, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1QT, will be hosting Frazer Hines in his 50 Years in Showbiz: Anniversary Tour on 13th November 2010, 7.30pm - Tickets are on sale at Waterstones, Yeovil at the special rate of £10.00. For further details or to buy your tickets now - call Waterstones on : 01935 479832.

More Bookstore dates to follow...

Monday, 20 September 2010

FantasyCon 2010 and BFS Awards

Friday 17th September

Sam Stone and Andrew Hook
Hurried across to Nottingham, hitting heavy traffic to just arrive in time to take part in a panel at 7pm about Small Press Publishers - the gist of which was to explore how there is 'no such thing as small presses only small writers'.
Raven Dane with Andrew and Michelle
from Endaxi

Immediately after the panel I attended Raven Dane's book launch for The Unwise Woman of Fuggis Mire. If you haven't read it I urge you to look it up. It's a hugely entertaining, humourous and intuitive story.

Then, dashed into the quiz, led by my other half, David - where we all began drinking wine and eating chips.

Peter Crowther 'Cinema Futura' Launch

Smiling at David in the lift
on the way to the 'Demon Dance' Launch

At this point it was great to bump into the lovely Jenny Barber, her mum Pat, and the hugely talented Debbie Bennett. I gatecrashed their team - not that I could answer any of the questions. I was promptly joined by the adorable Gard Goldsmith, newly flown in from Boston, USA who was very jetlagged but still managed to answer questions for the team with a great deal of his bubbly humour.

After the quiz we hit the bar - always the favourite haunt of FantasyCon goers - and met up with James Barclay, PS Publishings' Peter and Nikki Crowther, Angry Robot editor Lee Harris and the Gollancz editor Gillian Redfearn. (To name but a few!)

We had a few drinks with friends and thus ended a terrific first evening.

Saturday 18th September.

Opened in the dealers' room where David and I set up to sell some Telos Publishing stock. Here I met up with my publisher Terry Martin from The House of Murky Depths and his wife Liz. Already copies of Killing Kiss, Futile Flame and Demon Dance had been sold. The dealers' room had a real vibe this year, with excellent footfall and more readers buying than I've seen in previous years at this event.

Signing at 'Demon Dance' launch

Demon Dance was launched at 6pm to a full room and what pleased  me, Terry and Liz was that, not only did the launch attract previous readers back to buy the third book in the series, but also new readers were bying the set of books at the special convention rate of £25 for the three.

Straight after the launch was the banquet.

David Howe, Peter Mark May, Kai Savage

Kai Savage, Vikki and Ellie Kayne

David with Gard Goldsmith

Telos Publishing had reserved a table and it was great to sit with our invited friends, Raven Dane, Andrew and Michelle from Endaxi, Friends Ellie and Vicki, Gard Goldsmith, Peter Mark May and new friend Kai Savage.

After the banquet we waited with bated breath as the British Fantasy Awards were read. I was shortlisted for Best Novel with Futile Flame, Telos was shortlisted for Best Small Press, Murky Depths
was shortlisted fror Best Magazine - so we had a lot invested in the night.

David receiving Best Small Press Award for Telos Publishing

Telos Publishing and Murky Depths won in their categories!  So huge congratulations to both of them for this fantastic achievement.

A shocked Terry Martin receiving his award for Best Magazine

I didn't win Best Novel - that honour went to Conrad Williams for his emotive post-apocalyptic novel One. This is a superb novel and much deserved! Well done Connie!

David, Sam and Conrad Williams
The guys try to fit their awards down my cleavage!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for Futile Flame. It was a tremendous honour to be in the shortlist. Thank you so much for all of your support.

Here's the list of winners in all categories - British Fantasy Award Winners. Well done to everyone!

The Winners! Mr Jones kneels for no-one ...

Onwards and upwards - here's to next year ...

Sam x

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Demon Dance Launches & Signings

Hi Guys,

There's so much happening in the next few weeks that I thought it best to post a list for forthcoming events.

10th-12th September - The Asylum, Lincoln.

The first book launch for Demon Dance, takes place in Lincoln at the steampunk event of the year, The Asylum. 

The launch is on Saturday 11th September at 3.15pm, in The Orangery, Charlotte House, Union Road, Lincoln LN1 3BJ. Tel : 01522 541 000.

ALL WELCOME! Please note you don't have to be part of the convention to attend the launch.

So no excuses! Join me and The House of Murky Depths as we celebrate the coming of age of the third book in my Vampire Gene Series.

Refreshments will be served!

If you are attending the event - then come along on Saturday to 'The Little Theatre' at The Asylum at 2pm to listen to me read an extract from Demon Dance, and take part in a Q & A. Or come and say hello at the Annual Empire Ball on Saturday evening at 7.30pm in The Asylum.

15th September - Waterstones, Bury.

I will be signing copies of my books at Waterstones, 4 Union Arcade, Bury BL9 0QF Tel: 0161 764 2642 from 2pm onwards with Actor Frazer Hines who will also be there signing copies of his autobiography, Hines Sight.

17th - 19th September - FantasyCon, Nottingham. 

FantasyCon this year is particularly special for me, as my second novel Futile Flame is currently shortlisted for the August Derlerth Award for Best Novel in the British Fantasy Society Awards. The winners will be announced on Saturday evening after the banquet.

This all takes place in The Britannia Hotel, 1 St. James Street, Nottingham.
The House of Murky Depths will be proud to launch Demon Dance at 6pm in the bar outside the dealer's room. Refreshments will be available for anyone who attends.

Unfortunately this event is only open to attendees of the convention.

9th - 10th October - NewCon 5, Northampton.  

NewCon 5 will take place at The Fishmarket, Northampton, NN1 2HL. I will be attending the event with The House of Murky Depths, taking part in panels and generally hanging around the bar - so come and talk to me if you plan to attend!

Hope to see you all at one of these events.

Sam x