Alison Goodman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alison's Journal

Launch of A New Kind of Death plus
Special Promo Price

December 14th, 2012

Hi All,

Last night we had the Melbourne launch of my adult crime novel, A New Kind of Death, and it was a blast. The weather was hot and sticky with lots of rain to snarl up the Christmas traffic, but loads of intrepid friends and fans made the journey to The Rising Sun Hotel to celebrate the release of the book. It had all the elements that I think make up a great launch: friends, short speeches, fried food and a bar tab!

It was a great evening all round, and included a screening of the short animation that shows the development of the cover that my husband designed. You can check out the animation here, on the ANKoD page, where you will also find a three chapter taster of the novel. Please be aware that the novel is aimed at an adult readership and the taster does contain explicit language and adult themes.

I'm waiting for some official photos of the launch to come through, but here's a 'less official' pic to start things off: me signing a book for my two lovely nieces, Joci and Samantha.

ANKOD

AND NOW FOR THE SPECIAL PROMO PRICE:
For a short time, the publisher of the print edition of A New Kind of Death, Clan Destine Press, is offering a special promotional price of $AUD22.00 (rrp $AUD27.00), and will post overseas as well as around Australia (postage is additional). To claim the promo book price, Click here to order and use the code NEW-KIND-OF-DEATH when you check out.

And, as ever, if you would like to say hi or leave me a comment, you can do so on my Facebook Page. I do personally read and answer all my messages, but it may take a little while for me to get back to you as I'm hard at work on my new Regency adventure series.

Cheers for now,
Alison

 

Melbourne Launch of A New Kind of Death
December 5th, 2012

Hi All,

Are you going to be in Melbourne on 13th December? If so, come and join me for the launch of A New Kind of Death, the Australian edition of my adult crime novel which was originally published in the US as Killing the Rabbit. A signed and personalised crime book is a GREAT Christmas present, so take the chance to come along and tick one off the pressie list! Your invitation is below and entry is only via RSVP. Thanks.

Invite

Cheers and hope to see you on Thursday the 13th.
Alison

Photos From Brisbane Supanova
November 11th, 2012

Hi All,

I had such a blast at Supanova Brisbane. A big thanks to the Supanova crew for yet another great event. Here are some pics of my fellow authors, and a few fan girl moments for myself!

Supanova

From L to R: Rachel Caine, Kylie Chan, Joe Abercrombie, Trudi Canavan, and yours truly.

And here are two of my total fan girl moments: Luke Perry and Morena Baccharin. Sigh. Both such lovely people.

Cheers for now,
Alison

 

A New Kind of Death launch at Brisbane Supanova
November 2nd, 2012

Hi All,

I will be an author guest at Brisbane Supanova on the weekend of the 10th and 11th of November and, as part of the festivities, I will be launching my re-released adult crime novel A New Kind of Death (read the book blurb here). I am thrilled to report that John Birmingham, author of He Died With A Falafel In His Hand and the Axis of Time trilogy, will be launching it. So, if you are heading into Supanova on Saturday 10th November, come along to the wrestling ring (yep, I'm not kidding, the wrestling ring) at 1pm and help me celebrate the launch of A New Kind of Death. I will also be at the Dymocks booth all weekend to chat and sign books, so if you can't make the wrestling ring, do come along to the booth and
say hi.

 

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A New Kind of Death was previously published in print in the USA as Killing The Rabbit. This new print version is available in Australia through Clan Destine Press and they are offering a special promo price of AUD$22.00 (rrp AUD$27.00). They will also post overseas (postage extra). A Kindle e-book is also underway and will be available in the next few weeks. Do be aware that A New Kind of Death is aimed at an adult audience, and has explicit content.

In other good news, I have also signed a contract with Penguin Canada for my Lady Helen series. It will now be published in the USA, Australia and Canada. I'm busily writing the first Lady Helen book and can report that things are hotting up in Regency London (in so many ways!).

Cheers for now,
Alison

 

 

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club
USA Contract!
October 15th, 2012

Hi All,

I am so excited to announce that I have just signed a major deal with Penguin USA for my Lady Helen series - three supernatural adventure novels set in England in the early 1800's.

To give a taste of the series, the lovely Sharyn November will be publishing a longish short story set in the Lady Helen world in the 2013 Firebirds anthology, a fabulous annual collection of original fantasy and SF. Then the first novel, Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club, will be published the following Spring season.

In the pic below you can see me mid-research at the 2012 Jane Austen Festival Australia, about to head into the hall to learn how to dance a quadrille - a very long and complicated 1800's dance. It was far more energetic and 'naughty' than I had ever imagined, with lots of cheeky partner stealing built into the dance steps. It was loads of fun, even with the restrictions of my long gown and boned stays! I'll be posting more about my research, and pics of me in my new Regency wardrobe in the future, so stayed tuned for more frocks and bonnets, and articles about visiting London and learning how to fight with a small sword.

Miss Alison

If you would like to post a comment or just say hi, you can do so by visiting and liking my Facebook page via the usual button up top. I love to hear from fans and I do answer my own FB mail, but it may take a little while for me to get back to you as things are pretty full-on at the moment. Thanks.

Cheers for now,
Alison

New Cover for my Crime Novel
September 26th, 2012

Hi All,

The stunning cover for my crime novel, A New Kind of Death, is now ready. Check it out below. The artwork and design is by artist and all-round-Renaissance-man Ron Gallagher, who also happens to be my lovely husband. I must say, it's very handy to have such a great artist in the family. Ron painted the figure, and is now creating a morph animation of the whole journey from drawing to finished cover artwork for me to post. Early cuts are shaping up to be a fascinating look into the creative process. Keep an eye out for it in the coming weeks.

A New Kind of Death

Now, back to the book. A New Kind of Death was previously print published as Killing The Rabbit in the USA, but I am now releasing it as an e-book worldwide – and also as a print book in Australia – in November under the title A New Kind of Death. Here's the blurb:

Shooting your first film can be murder…

Hannie Reynard has landed every aspiring filmmaker’s dream: a hefty grant to make her documentary, Freaks or Frauds. But the groundbreaking film that is meant to launch Hannie’s career may kill her first. Blowing the grant money on a lost weekend in Paris was bad enough, but now the ‘stars’ of her film – women who share a unique genetic trait – have stopped talking…and started disappearing.

Blackmailed into accepting a burned out colleague as her cameraman, Hannie follows a perilous trail that leads her and her crew toward a powerful puppet master with a deadly obsession. But closing in on them all is a ruthless hitman with a lethal shooting schedule of his own…

A New Kind of Death is a dark and wickedly comic thriller with just a touch of speculative intrigue.

It's quite a different kind of book from my fantasy duology, EON and EONA, and my SF thriller for young adults, Singing the Dogstar Blues. A New Kind of Death is very, very adult with some graphic sex and violence, but then again, it is a modern noir crime thriller! As soon as I have pre-order/order details, I will post them here.

In other news, my dates and panels for my Brisbane Supanova Expo appearance are coming together. I'll be at the Dymocks Booth to chat and sign books on Saturday 10th November from 10.30am - 5.30pm and on Sunday 11th November from 11am - 5pm. Check out the Supanova page here. Looks like I will also be on some panels with fellow authors Trudi Canavan and Marianne Curley, but this is yet to be confirmed.

If you would like to post a comment or just say hi, you can do so by visiting and liking my Facebook page via the button at the top of the page. I love to hear from fans and I do answer my own FB mail, but be aware it may take a little while for me to get back to you. Thanks.

Cheers for now,
Alison

 

 

Last Days to Vote for EONA,
plus the inspiration for Lady Helen

September 13th, 2012

Hi All,

There are only a few more days to vote for EONA in YALSA's Teens' Top Ten. If you are a US teen and EONA is one of your 2012 fave reads, it would be fabulous if you could show your support by voting for EONA here as one of your top 3 books for the year. If you would like more information, the YALSA website is here. Voting ends 15th September. Thanks!

As promised, I have found a picture of the miniature I bought in the UK that is the inspiration for Lady Helen, the main character in my new historical/supernatural series. The portrait was painted by Burch in about 1800, but the lady's real identity is unknown. I fell in love with her little wry smile and knowing look - very Lady Helen!

Burch

In other news, I have just sent off the manuscript and cover for the e-book transformation of my crime novel, A New Kind of Death. It was originally published in print in the US under the title Killing the Rabbit, but is having a new lease on life as an e-book. It is on track for a November release.

And as ever, if you would like to say hi or comment, please 'Like' my Facebook Page via the above button and leave a message. I'd love to hear from you.

Cheers for now,
Alison

 

New Historical Series Officially Contracted!
August 23rd, 2012

Hi All,

It is celebration day today - as you can see in the photo below, I have just signed the first contract for my new Lady Helen books, a supernatural/historical series set in the early 1800s. The contract is with HarperCollins Australia and book one of the trilogy is due out in June 2014, with a 'longish' short story introducing the world due to be published next year in the US Penguin 'Firebirds' anthology. So, hang on to your bonnets and swords because Lady Helen is coming your way!

Alison Signs

You may be interested to know that this photo was taken in my writing room, and you can see, in the top right corner, a miniature portrait of a young lady that I recently bought in the UK. The nameless young lady, painted by Burch in 1800, has a gorgeous little wry smile on her face and I had to have her because she captures some of the essence of my character Lady Helen. I'll see if I can dig up the catalogue picture of her and post it here next week so that you can get a better look.

For those who enjoy reading crime, I am also excited to announce that my own crime novel, originally titled Killing The Rabbit, will soon be re-released in print in Australia and worldwide as an e-book under the title A New Kind of Death. The official launch of the print version – to be published by Clan Destine Press – will be at Supanova in Brisbane in November. The finishing touches are now being put on the brilliant cover art, and I will post a pic as soon as it is ready.

I'm thrilled to say that EONA has been selected as one of the 20 novels vying for a place in the 2012 YALSA's Teens' Top 10. The Top 10 are chosen by vote, so if you enjoyed EONA and are a teen living in the US, it would be so great if you could help make it to the Top 10. Check it out here. Voting closes 15th September.

In other news, I had the honour of launching George Ivanoff's short story collection, Life, Death and Detention last week at Mentone Grammar. It was great fun and you can check out his blog post and some photos of the event here. I think he is also going to be posting some video of the speeches, but since I hate seeing video of myself speaking in public, I'll leave that one to you :)

Finally, thanks to all those who sent me birthday wishes. It was greatly appreciated, and I had a great day. And remember, if you do want to leave a comment or contact me, you can now do so by Liking my Facebook Fan page. The usual link button is above. I hope to see you there!

Cheers for now,
Alison

 

 

 

A New Article about Writing Posted
July 26th, 2012

Hi All,

As promised, I've posted another article I've written about writing. Actually this one is about not writing i.e."writer's block", or as I prefer to call it "writer's pause". The article delves into two of the most common reasons for experiencing one of those dreaded dry spells – the fear of digging deep and the idea of perfection – and offers some ways through them. Plus it references some great books that offer advice about how to handle the more challenging aspects of living a creative life. If you are in the midst of a writer's pause, I hope you find it helpful. You can get to it via the On Writing tab above.

In other news, I've just finished a short story that is based in the world of my new series and introduces the two main characters. It is a supernatural/historical series set in the early 1800's (think Napoleonic Wars, Byron, and bonnets). The short story is due to be published next year in the annual Firebirds anthology of original Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Sharyn November. I should be able to release details of the series and its schedule soon, so keep an eye out for more information.

Cheers for now,
Alison

 

 

Continuum Wrap Up and Digging in!
June 23rd, 2012

Hi All,

I had a brilliant time as Guest of Honour at Continuum 8 in Melbourne. The whole convention was pretty much a highlight for me, but some of the best parts were hanging out with fellow GOH's Kelly Link and Sue Ann Barber, participating in the Spicks and Speckulations gameshow, the "Enchantment Under the Sea" Maskobalo (I dressed up as Phryne Fisher, 1920's Flipper - ha ha), chatting with fellow delegates in front of the open fire, and some great impromptu dinners with old and new friends. Below is a pic of me and the delightful Kelly Link as we wait to start a panel (sorry about the slight blur...it's a phone pic in bad light).

alison and kelly

If I had to make a call on the shiniest highlight, it would have to be my Guest of Honour interview with my good friend, Jason Nahrung. Jason is an accomplished author himself and has the rare knack of opening up an interview for both the guest and the audience. Thanks, Jason! And thanks to the brilliant Continuum Committee and crew.

Now, after all the excitement of my research trip to the UK and Continuum 8, I am back in front of my Mac, hard at work on the first book of my new series. I am also writing a pre-runner short story set in the same world that will be appearing in an anthology next year, before the first book is published. I am having an obscene amount of fun writing this new world. I'm calling the series a "hidden history" and it is set in the UK in the early 1800's. Think bonnets, empire line dresses and - in my world anyway - dark, supernatural happenings! And, of course, a good dose of URST (that's unresolved sexual tension, if you've not come across the acronym before).

Okay, that's all from me for now. I'm heading back to the 1800's. And remember, if you'd like to say hello, visit me at my Facebook page – the link is at the top of this page.

Cheers,
Alison

 

 

Guest of Honour at Continuum 8 this weekend!
June 6th, 2012

Hi All,

This weekend I am the local Guest of Honour at Continuum 8, the annual Melbourne speculative fiction and pop culture convention. It is from Friday 8th June to Monday 11th June at Rydges on Swanston in Carlton. Entry to Friday's events are by "gold coin" donation, so If you have never been to Continuum before, here is your chance to try it at a bit of a bargain price! Tickets to the rest of the convention can be bought at the door, as can individual day tickets.

I've got a jammed packed schedule over the weekend with some highlights being teaching a writing workshop on Saturday called "Diagnose your Scene", my GOH interview with Jason Nahrung on Sunday, a whole load of interesting panels, and a kaffeeklatsch on Monday where I'll be kicking back with some fans and a cuppa and chatting about writing and reading. You can check up on all my events here, and visit the Continuum 8 website here. If you are in Melbourne over the weekend, I hope to see you there!

The lovely Jason Nahrung who is interviewing me on Sunday (and who is releasing his vampire novella at Continuum), is also hosting a series of "2012snapshots' of Australian spec fic writers at his site. A "snapshot" is a short interview about writing and career, and Jason asks some very interesting questions that really go beyond the norm. My snapshot is now posted, and you can check it and the other snapshots out here.

Cheers for now,
Alison

 

Two Shortlistings for EONA!
May 2nd, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Two bits of exciting news to report.

Firstly, EONA is a YALSA Teens' Top Ten Nomination. The Teens' Top Ten is a US "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen US school and public libraries. Nominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day, the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. The winners will be announced during Teen Read Week. So, if you are taking part in the Teen Read Week and love EONA, please do vote it into the top ten!

Secondly, EONA has been shortlisted for the 2012 Norma K Hemming Award which marks excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in the form of science fiction and fantasy or related artwork or media. The winner will be announced in June.

I'm so thrilled to receive both acknowledgments, and I have my fingers crossed that both shortlistings convert into a top ten listing and a win!

In other news, I am currently in the UK researching my new series, set in the English Regency (early 1800's). Below is a pic of me – in Regency costume – having high tea at the Bath Pump Room, where the genteel visitors to the Spa town "took the waters" and promenaded. It was lots of fun swanning around in my long gown, bonnet and pelisse and, as you can see from the pic, the tea was delicious.

Cheers,
Alison

Al

 

 

Reissue of Singing the Dogstar Blues with bonus short story,
Paperback edition of EONA released, and
an interview and giveaways at BookNerd!

April 5th, 2012

Hi All,

I am very excited to announce that US Penguin is reissuing my award winning first novel Singing The Dogstar Blues, with a bonus short story that continues the adventures of Joss and Mav. As you can see below they have also given it a wonderful new cover by Sammy Yuen Jr.

 

Singing the Dogstar Blues

Here's the blurb: Joss is a toublemaker who can blow a mean harmonica. She is also a student of time travel at the prestigious Centre for Neo-Historical Studies. This year the Centre is hosting an alien: Mavkel from the planet Choria. To everyone's shock, Mavkel chooses Joss as his roommate and study partner. She's less than thrilled by the high-tech security and danger involved, but it's an opportunity too good to resist. Then Mavkel gets sick and Joss quickly realizes that his will to live is draining away. The only way she can help Mavkel is by breaking the Centre's strictest rules. . . and that means going back in time to change history.

"Fans of Feed and The Home of the Scorpion ought to feel right at home." –BookPage.

Pre-order at Amazon.com here for 12th April release!

I am also thrilled to report that the US paperback edition of EONA is out this month too. Check out the gorgeous cover by Tony Sahara. Am I spoiled with all my cover art, or what?

 

Eona

For those who like a giveaway or two, the lovely Jean at BookNerd Blog has just posted a fun interview with me and is offering some giveaways of EON and EONA. You'll need to be quick, though, so check it out asap!

In other news, a keen eyed staffer at Penguin US was watching an episode of Endgame - a Canadian series about an agoraphobic chess master solving crimes - and saw that the book that one of the character's was reading throughout the show was EON. I reallly like the series so I'm totally chuffed.

Cheers for now,
Alison

 

 

 

Spanish Translation of EONA,
and Chapter 10 of Trust and Tribulation
March 20th, 2012

Hi Everyone,

I'm excited to report that I have recently received my advance copies of the Spanish translation of EONA. As you can see from the photo below, the cover and hardback production is totally brilliant. A huge thank you to my wonderful Spanish publisher, Editorial Viceversa. I'm one happy author! If you are looking for the Spanish language edition of EONA, it is due out on 29th March. For more details, check out Editorial Viceversa.

Eona

Also, I've just posted Chapter 10 of Trust and Tribulation, the weekly online Regency serial that I am writing for the Jane Austen Festival Australia blog. In this episode, Anthea has close encounters with Lord Dansworth and Commander Hayden! Things are getting very intense for a simple Regency gal. To go straight to Chapter 10, click on the banner below. If you are a latecomer to Miss Anthea Stanwell's adventures, you can also catch up with Chapters 1-9 there as well. Look for the "Regency Serial" tab at the top of the blog and you'll find links to the earlier chapters. Happy reading!

Trust and Tribulation

Oh, and If you are more of a Facebook user, I've just set up a new FB page. The "f" button above takes you straight to it. If you have a chance, please do log your Like and say hi - I'd love to see you over there.

Cheers,
Alison

Hola! Spain, and
Trust and Tribulation, Chapter 9
March 14th, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Today I received my advance copies of the Spanish translation of EONA. As you can see from the photo below, the cover and hardback production is totally brilliant. A huge thank you to my wonderful Spanish publisher, Editorial Viceversa. I'm one happy author! If you are looking for the Spanish language edition of EONA, it is due out on 29th March. For more details, check out Editorial Viceversa.

Eona

Also, I've just posted Chapter 9 of Trust and Tribulation, the weekly online Regency serial that I am writing for the Jane Austen Festival Australia blog. In this episode, Lord Dansworth finds Commander Hayden and Anthea alone in the garden! Will he and Commander Hayden come to blows? Who knew the life of a Regency gal could get so complicated! To go straight to Chapter 9, click on the banner below. If you are a latecomer to Miss Anthea Stanwell's adventures, you can also catch up with Chapters 1-8 there as well. Look for the "Regency Serial" tab at the top of the blog and you'll find links to the earlier chapters. Happy reading!

Trust and Tribulation

Oh, and If you are more of a Facebook user, I've just set up a new FB page. The "f" button above takes you straight to it. If you have a chance, please do log your Like and say hi - I'd love to see you over there.

Cheers,
Alison

 

Trust and Tribulation, Chapter 8
March 5th, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Chapter 8 of Trust and Tribulation, the online Regency serial I am writing for the Jane Austen Festival blog, is now posted. In this episode, Anthea finally learns the truth about the enigmatic Commander Hayden, and finds herself on a very interesting horse ride with that man-about-town, Lord Dansworth. Busy times for a regency gal! Click on the banner below to go to the blog and, if you are a latecomer to Miss Anthea Stanwell's adventures, you can also catch up with Chapters 1-7 there as well. Just go to the "Regency Serial" tab at the top of the blog to find links to the earlier chapters. A new instalment is posted every Monday. Happy reading!

Trust and Tribulation

Oh, and If you are more of a Facebook user, I've just set up a new FB page. The "f" button above takes you straight to it. If you have a chance, please do log your Like and say hi - I'd love to see you over there.

Cheers,
Alison

Trust and Tribulation, Chapter 7
February 27th, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Two men and one gal - now here's a to do! The plot thickens in Chapter 7 of Trust and Tribulation, the online Regency serial that I am writing for the Jane Austen Festival blog. In this episode, Anthea finds a new friend and a lead in the mystery of why the luscious Commander Hayden left so suddenly three years ago. Click on the banner below to go to the blog and, if you are a latecomer to Miss Anthea Stanwell's adventures, you can also catch up with Chapters 1-6 there as well. A new instalment is posted every Monday. Happy reading!

Trust and Tribulation

Oh, and If you are more of a Facebook user, I've just set up a new FB page. The "f" button above takes you straight to it. If you have a chance, please do log your Like and say hi - I'd love to see you over there.

Cheers,
Alison

Trust and Tribulation, Chapter 6
February 21st, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Enter the handsome Rake! Anthea meets the deletable Lord Dansworth in Chapter 6 of Trust and Tribulation, the online Regency serial that I am writing for the Jane Austen Festival blog. Click on the banner below to go to the blog and, if you are a latecomer to Miss Anthea Stanwell's adventures, you can also catch up with Chapters 1-5 there as well. A new instalment is posted every Monday. Happy reading!

Trust and Tribulation

I've got to say, I'm having a ball writing Trust and Tribulation. It's an exhilarating experience following in the serialisation footsteps of Dickens and writing an instalment every week by the seat of of my pants. Not my usual MO, but I'm really getting into it!

Oh, and If you are more of a Facebook user, I've just set up a new FB page. The "f" button above takes you straight to it. If you have a chance, please do log your Like and say hi - I'd love to see you over there.

Cheers,
Alison

 

Trust and Tribulation, Chapter 5
and
Supanova 2012

February 15th, 2012

Hi Everyone,

What's a Regency girl to do when she comes face-to-face with the man she loved and lost three years ago? Find out in Chapter 5 of the Regency on-line serial that I am writing for the Jane Austen Festival blog. Click on the banner below to go to the blog, and you can also catch up with Chapters 1-4 there as well. A new instalment is posted every Monday. Happy reading!

Trust and Tribulation

In other news, I am absolutely stoked to announce that I will be going to Supanova Brisbane in November as a guest author. Last year, I was a guest author at the Sydney and Perth Supanovas and I had such a blast. If you are planning to go to the Brisbane Supanova this November, I look forward to seeing you there!

Yesterday, on Valentine's Day, I launched the 2012 National Year of Reading for the Bayside Library Service at Brighton Library. Here's a couple of pics from the event. As you can see, I really enjoyed myself! I hope everyone else did too ;) It was a great afternoon in aid of a great cause - increasing literacy and, appropriately, the love of reading in Australia.

Alison Smiles Alison Laughs

And remember, if you are more of a Facebook user, I've just set up a new FB page. The "f" button above takes you straight to it. If you have a chance, please do log your Like and say hi - I'd love to see you over there.

Cheers,
Alison

Chapter 4 of Trust and Tribulation
and
EONA listed as LOCUS 2011 Recommended Read!
February 6th, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Chapter 4 of the Regency on-line serial that I am writing for the Jane Austen Festival blog is now posted. In this instalment, Anthea Stanwell must deflect a very unwelcome advance, as well as face the fact that she will soon be seeing Commander Hayden - her former paramour – at the Rydges country house party! Click on the banner below to go to the blog, and you can also catch up with Chapters 1-3 there as well. A new instalment is posted every Monday. Happy reading!

Trust and Tribulation

In other news, I am thrilled to report that EONA has been listed on the prestigious 2011 Locus Recommended Reads! LOCUS is the Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Field and its annual Recommended Reading List is a consensus of the magazine's editors and reviewers.

If you are in Melbourne and looking for something to do on Valentines Day, I will be launching the 2012 National Year of Reading for the Bayside Library Service at Brighton Library on the 14th February from 2-3pm. The event is free, but the library asks that you book via the Try booking service so that they have numbers for afternoon tea. Hope to see you there.

And remember, if you are more of a Facebook user, you can keep up to date with all my news via my FB Page. Just click on the icon above and Like my page.

Cheers,
Alison

 

 

 

 

Chapter 3 of Trust and Tribulation now posted
and
Video of Wheeler Centre Interview!
January 30th, 2012

Hi All,

Chapter 3 of Trust and Tribulation, the weekly Regency serial that I am writing for the Jane Austen Festival blog, is now ready for your reading pleasure! In this instalment, the Stanwell sisters are tacklng the problems of unwanted marriage proposals and refurbishing their out-of-date gowns for the country house party at Lord and Lady Rydges! Click on the banner below to go to the blog, and you can also catch up with Chapter 1 and 2 there as well. A new instalment is posted every Monday. Happy reading!

Trust and Tribulation

Recently I was invited to take part in an event called Two Sides of the Story at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne. The format pairs up two writers who 'interview' each other about their work and creative life. I was paired up with fellow Fantasy writer, Alison Croggon, and the video of our one hour chat about the joys and pitfalls of writing Fantasy is now available for viewing at the Wheeler Centre website.

In other news, I will be launching the 2012 National Year of Reading for the Bayside Library Service at Brighton Library on the 14th February (St. Valentines Day) from 2-3pm. The event is free, but the library asks that you book via the Try booking service so that they have numbers for afternoon tea. If you are in the Melbourne area, I hope to see you there.

And remember, if you are more of a Facebook user, you can keep up to date with all my news via my FB Page. Just click on the icon above and Like my page.

Cheers,
Alison

 

 

Chapter 2 of my free Regency serial now available!
January 24th, 2012

Hi All,

Chapter 2 of the weekly Regency Serial that I am writing for the Jane Austen Festival blog is now ready for your delectation! In this instalment, the Stanwell ladies attend a much anticipated evening of supper, cards, music...and the latest gossip! Click on the banner below to go to the blog, and you can catch up with Chapter 1 there as well. A new instalment is posted every Monday. Happy reading!

Trust and Tribulation

In other news, I will be launching the 2012 National Year of Reading for the Bayside Library Service at Brighton Library on the 14th February (St. Valentines Day) from 2-3pm. The event is free, but the library asks that you book via the Try booking service so that they have numbers for afternoon tea. If you are in the Melbourne area, I hope to see you there.

And remember, if you are more of a Facebook user, you can keep up to date with all my news via my FB Page. Just click on the icon above and Like my page.

Cheers,
Alison

 

Check out my original Regency serial!
January 16th, 2012

Hi Everyone,

My mother, sister and I are heading to the 2012 Jane Austen Festival Australia this coming April and, for a bit of fun, I am writing an original Regency serial titled Trust and Tribulation for the festival blog. The serial will be posted every Monday for ten weeks and will follow the adventures of Anthea Stanwell and her sister as they learn about love and life at a Regency house party. It's a hoot to write and, I hope, a lot of fun to read. The serial will culminate in a competition to write the final instalment, however entry is only open to season ticket holders of the 2012 Jane Austen Festival Australia.

I have posted the first instalment on the JAFA blog so click on the Trust and Tribulation banner below to read Chapter 1. I hope you enjoy it and if you are a ticket holder, maybe you will be inspired to release your inner Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer!

Cheers,
Alison

Trust and Tribulation

 

 

Happy 2012!
January 5th, 2012

Hello All,

Happy New Year!

It has been an exciting start of the year for me - I am at the final stage of negotiations for a new three book series to be published in the US. It is a historical/supernatural series and will need a lot of research, so the pub dates we are discussing are quite a long way off. However, there will be short stories and other smaller projects to whet your appetite along the way, so keep an eye on this page or my FB fan page for updates (you can like my fan page via the button above).

I feel obliged to wait until all the negotiations have been completed before I give more details about the books, but it shouldn't be long now and then I will be able to let you know all about them. I am SO excited, and have already planned a big research trip in April/May. I have also hired a local historical costumer to sew me a wardrobe of clothes from the period so that I can make my author appearances in historically accurate outfits! Choosing the styles and fabrics has been so much fun. I will be posting photos of me all dressed up as the clothes are completed, so keep an eye out for that too. Should be a giggle!

Since Christmas, I've been reading lots of books on my brand new Kindle. So far, I am loving my new gadget. It took me a few days to get used to the smaller reading space on the screen, but now I am flying. At the moment most of my reading is for research, but for relaxation, I am reading Diana Gabaldon's new novel, The Scottish Prisoner, and enjoying it immensely.

Below is a pic of me at my friend's New Years Eve party raising my glass of lemonade (I was designated driver) to bring in 2012. I raise that glass to you and your family too and wish you a very happy New Year!

Alison

Cheers,
Alison

 

 

EONA voted a "Best I've Read 2011"
December 20, 2011

Hi All,

I am thrilled to announce that EONA has been voted a "Best I've Read 2011" book. The "Best I've Read" is an annual event organised by ten reviewing blogs who choose the best books they have read for the year, and celebrate them with author interviews, blogs and giveaways. The lovely gals at Pageturners have voted EONA as one of their top reads for 2011 and they have posted an interview with me on their blog. There is the chance to win a giveaway too! If you would like to view the entire "Best I've Read 2011" list and events, click on the button below:

In other news, I have just created an official "Alison Goodman" Page on Facebook. It is brand new and looking a little lonely, so if you have a moment, it would be great if you could visit via the F button at top right and register a "like". I will be posting regularly on FB (as well as here, as per usual) and, although I can't give any details yet, there are some exciting announcements brewing that I will be able to share in the New Year. So, stay tuned!

My very best wishes to you for a happy festive season.

Cheers for now,
Alison

 

 

Home Again!
November 19th, 2011

Hi Everyone,

I'm back home again, after a fabulous trip to New York Comic Con, and the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego. I've posted some pics in my Gallery, although it seems quite a lot of them are of the famous (or should that be infamous) Australian party at the Con! WFC was such a good time and I got to hang out with a host of fabulous authors including Garth Nix, Sean Williams and the gals from Heroines of Fantasy who have asked me to guest blog next year.

New York Comic Con was amazing too - so many people, so many costumes, and again I got to meet some fab authors including Patricia Briggs and Kim Harrison. Below is a snap of me signing books at Comic Con with my wonderful publisher, Sharyn November, looking on. Behind me in the blue t-shirt (and holding a copy of EONA!) is Patty Briggs. I've got to say, this photo looks a bit like a convention of red-heads. Viva la bloodnuts!

Comic Con

In other news, the German edition of EONA has just been released and below is the great cover. Pretty cool, huh? I'm loving the man's face in the sword. But is it Kygo or Ido? Maybe that depends on how you read the story...

Eona

Cheers for now,
Alison

 

Books of Wonder Event
October 24th, 2011

Hi Everyone,

The reading/panel event at Books of Wonder on Saturday (22nd) was a blast. It was great to meet up with fellow authors Scott Westerfeld, Jeff Hirsch, Gabrielle Zevin, Maryrose Wood, Jon Skovron, and Sarah Beth Durst. The audience was large and appreciative, and some of Scott's fans turned up in fabulous Steampunk costumes. Below is a pic of the line-up, with the fabulous Peter Glassman, owner of Books of Wonder.

books_of_wonder

From left (back) Jeff Hirsch, Maryrose Wood, yours truly, Peter Glassman, Jon Skovron. From left (front) Sarah Beth Durst, Scott Westerfled and Gabrielle Zevin.

I've only got a couple more days in New York City. Today I'll be shooting an interview vid for the Penguin US on-line team, and tomorrow I'm doing some more research at The Met for my new series. The Met is amazing - I've already spent two full days there and probably only seen about 5% of its collection. On Wednesday we head off to San Diego for the World Fantasy Con. I'll be sad to say goodbye to NYC, but, hey, I'm heading to California and a world class Con! Keep an eye on this page for pics and goss from the nexus of the fantasy writing world!

Cheers for now,
Alison

 

Comic Con New York
and an extra session at Books of Wonder on Saturday 22nd October.
October 17th, 2011

Hi All,

WOW! Comic Con New York was amazing! It was great to meet so many fans and avid readers, and I had a ball discussing fantasy writing alongside Pat Briggs, Kim Harrison, and Kristen Painter to name just a few of the terrific women authors on the panel.

I am also doing an extra New York panel and signing this coming Saturday 22nd October at Books of Wonder, 18th West 18th Street, from 12.00-2.00pm with Scott Westerfeld,
Maryrose Wood, Jeff Hirsch, Sarah Beth Durst, Jon Skovron, Gabrielle Zevin. Hope to see you there.

Cheers,
Alison

Below are some pics from the Con.

Alison Signing at Comic Con

Yours truly signing EON and EONA posters at the Penguin Booth.

alison and pat

With Patricia Briggs, author of the Mercy Thompson series

alison and jesse

With Jessie (and a big hi to Jessie's stepdaughter too!)

 

 

I'm doing an extra signing session at Comic Con New York
on Saturday 15th
PLUS a panel at Books of Wonder on Saturday 22nd !
October 14th, 2011

Hi Everyone,

II'm loving New York - what a fantastic city. Still jet-lagged, of course, and waking up at weird times but it's kind of nice to watch dawn brighten the New York sky from my apartment window.

I've got some more details about my appearances at New York Comic Con. As well as the Sunday panel and signing session, I'm now also doing a signing session on Saturday 15th from 2.00 - 3.00pm at the Penguin Booth #1145.

On Sunday, the panel is from 2.30pm, then I'm signing books from 4.00pm - 4.50pm alongside Patricia Briggs at the Penguin Booth #1145. The panel details are:

WE'RE NO ANGELS: Leading Ladies of SF/F
2:30pm-3:30pm
Room 1A23
Beware the women of Sci-Fi/Fantasy and their kick-ass heroines. Danger just might be these girls' middle names. But no amount of bad guys can keep these ladies from doing what's right. Whether standing up for friends and family, or just plain kicking some ass, these girls don't shy away from a fight. Femmes Fatales on the panel include: Patricia Briggs, Alison Goodman, Kim Harrison, Jeaniene Frost, Sabrina Benulis and Kristen Painter.
Entry to New York Comic Con is required to attend the panel.

I'm also doing a panel titled "Fantastic Fiction" at Books of Wonder on Saturday 22nd October from 12pm-2pm with Scott Westerfeld, Maryrose Wood, Jeff Hirsch, Sarah Beth Durst, Jon Skovron, and Gabrielle Zevin.

In other news, the French translation of EONA has just been released under the title EONA et le Collier Des Dieux which translates as EONA and the Necklace of the Gods.

For my French readers: Hello, je suis ravie qu 'Eona et le Collier Des Dieux' soit désormais disponible en France. Cliquez ici pour téléchargez le premier chapitre!

Cheers for now, and hope to see you at Comic Con!

Alison

Come and say hi at Comic Con New York
on Sunday 16th !
October 11th, 2011

Hi Everyone,

I'm heading to the US tomorrow for a bit of publicity and a whole lot of holiday. On Sunday (16th) I'll be appearing at New York Comic Con and taking part in a panel about writing SF and Fantasy at 2.30pm, then signing books afterward. The panel details are:

WE'RE NO ANGELS: Leading Ladies of SF/F
2:30pm-3:30pm
Room 1A23
Beware the women of Sci-Fi/Fantasy and their kick-ass heroines. Danger just might be these girls' middle names. But no amount of bad guys can keep these ladies from doing what's right. Whether standing up for friends and family, or just plain kicking some ass, these girls don't shy away from a fight. Femmes Fatales on the panel include: Patricia Briggs; Alison Goodman, Kim Harrison; Jeaniene Frost; Sabrina Benulis and Kristen Painter.
Entry to New York Comic Con is required to attend the panel

In other news, the French translation of EONA has just been released under the title EONA et le Collier Des Dieux which translates as EONA and the Necklace of the Gods.

For my French readers: Hello, je suis ravie qu 'Eona et le Collier Des Dieux' soit désormais disponible en France. Cliquez ici pour téléchargez le premier chapitre!

Cheers for now, and hope to see you at Comic Con!

Alison

Bonjour France!
September 16th , 2011

Eona

Hi Everyone, et Bonjour France,

The French translation of EONA has just been released under the title EONA et le Collier Des Dieux which translates as EONA and the Necklace of the Gods. The beautiful cover is above.

For my French readers: Hello, je suis ravie qu 'Eona et le Collier Des Dieux' soit désormais disponible en France. Cliquez ici pour téléchargez le premier chapitre!

In other news, I now have some details about my appearance at New York Comic Con. I will be at the Con on Sunday 16th October and will be taking part in the following panel:

WE'RE NO ANGELS: Leading Ladies of SF/F
2:30pm-3:30pm
Room 1A23
Beware the women of Sci-Fi/Fantasy and their kick-ass heroines. Danger just might be these girls' middle names. But no amount of bad guys can keep these ladies from doing what's right. Whether standing up for friends and family, or just plain kicking some ass, these girls don't shy away from a fight. Femmes Fatales on the panel include: Patricia Briggs; Alison Goodman, Kim Harrison; Jeaniene Frost; Sabrina Benulis and Kristen Painter.

Entry to New York Comic Con is required to attend the panel, so if you are heading to the Con, I hope to see you there!

Cheers for now,

Alison

 

I'm going to Comic Con New York!
August 22nd, 2011

Hi All,

Some breaking news: I will be making an appearance at New York Comic Con in mid October! The day and time are yet to be confirmed, but I will most likely be signing books at the Penguin booth for a few hours, and I might be doing a panel too.

I'm so excited to be going to Comic Con New York. I was a guest at the Sydney and Perth Supanovas - an Australian version of Comic Con - and I had such a great time. As you can see in the photos below, I also had some brilliant starstruck moments. As a big Buffy fan, chatting to James Marsters on the guest bus about philosophy and relationships has to be one of the most surreal moments of my life!

Eden_Marsters_FeltonFrom the left, yours truly with the delightful Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie), James Marsters (Spike from Buffy...OMG!), and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series).

For UK readers, EONA is now available under the UK title The Necklace of the Gods in both paperback and Kindle editions. A YA edition - titled EONA: Return of the Dragoneye - is also available.

EON and EONA are also finally available as e-books in the US. The Australian e-books are still on their way.

So what are EON and EONA all about? For a quick overview, check out the brilliant book trailer for the US editions below. Or, if you'd like to read the first chapter of EON, you can download it as a pdf from the EON page. The Preface and Chapter 1 of EONA, the concluding sequel, is available from the EONA page, but beware, it does contain spoilers for the first book!

Finally, I have started work on a new series! If you would like to keep up-to-date about my new project, plus all the EON and EONA news (there is some exciting stuff in the works), I invite you to sign up for my free quarterly newsletter at the Sign Up button above.

Cheers for now,
Alison

 

 

Starstruck at Supanova Part II
June 29th, 2011

Hi All,

WOW! Supanova Perth was fantastic. Danny and his fabulous Supanova crew certainly know how to put on a great weekend. I signed and chatted to fans and avid readers non-stop, and by Sunday afternoon the Dymocks booth had sold out of EON and EONA. Sorry to those who missed out on buying their copies at the Expo. However, for those in or around the Busselton area in WA, Dymocks Busselton has some signed books available if you're quick.

I met so many lovely people at the Sydney and Perth Supanovas - fans, crew and of course the other guests. As you can see in the photos below, I had some brilliant starstruck moments. And, as a big Buffy fan, chatting to James Marsters on the guest bus about philosophy and relationships may be one of the most surreal moments of my life! Fellow fans...yes, he is just as gorgeous in real life, and a really nice guy.

Eden_Marsters_Felton

Above is yours truly with the delightful Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie), James Marsters (Spike from Buffy...OMG!), and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter series).

Supanova

And here I am with Corin Nemec (Stargate SG-1), Rebecca Moesta and Kevin J. Anderson (SF authors), and Bevan McGuiness (fellow Aussie fantasy author).

In other news, EONA reached #5 on the May 8th New York Times Bestseller List, and then EON, the first book in the duology, reached #10 on the May 29 NYTB List. It has been such a thrill. A huge thank-you to everyone who is helping the series reach such heights.

For UK readers, EONA is now available under the UK title The Necklace of the Gods in both paperback and Kindle editions. A YA edition - titled EONA: Return of the Dragoneye - will be published in August. For those in the UK looking for the first book of the duology, it has been published under the title The Two Pearls of Wisdom, or the YA edition as EON: Rise of the Dragoneye.

So what are EON and EONA all about? For a quick overview, check out the brilliant book trailer for the US editions below. Or, if you'd like to read the first chapter of EON, you can download it as a pdf from the EON page. The Preface and Chapter 1 of EONA, the concluding sequel, is available from the EONA page, but beware, it does contain spoilers for the first book!

Finally, I have started work on a new series! If you would like to keep up-to-date about my new project, plus all the EON and EONA news (there is some exciting stuff in the works), I invite you to sign up for my free quarterly newsletter at the Sign Up button above.

Cheers for now,
Alison

 

Starstruck at Sydney Supanova and
Perth Supanova next weekend!
June 21st, 2011

Supanova_sydney

Hi All,

I had a blast as a guest at Sydney Supanova last weekend. As you can see from the photos above, I also got to meet some of my fave stars - left to right is yours truly with Sean Maher from Firefly and Serenity, Amy Acker from Angel and Dollhouse, and Larry Hagman from
I Dream of Jeannie and Dallas. All lovely people and loads of fun.

I'm also a guest at Perth Supanova this coming weekend (25th-26th June) at Claremont Showgrounds. I'll be signing books and chatting to fans at the Dymocks Booth, so if you are going to the Expo, don't be shy - do come over and say hi. The lovely people at the Dymocks booth will be doing some great deals on books including a special Supanova price if you buy my latest novels EON and EONA together. You'll also get to meet other Fantasy and SF authors including Marianne De Pierres, Kevin J. Anderson and Jennifer Fallon. Hope to see you there!

In other news, EONA reached #5 on the May 8th New York Times Bestseller List, and then EON, the first book in the duology, reached #10 on the May 29 NYTB List. It has been such a thrill. A huge thank-you to everyone who is helping the series reach such heights.

For UK readers, EONA is now available under the UK title The Necklace of the Gods in both paperback and Kindle editions. A YA edition - titled EONA: Return of the Dragoneye - will be published in August. For those in the UK looking for the first book of the duology, it has been published under the title The Two Pearls of Wisdom, or the YA edition as EON: Rise of the Dragoneye.

So what are EON and EONA all about? For a quick overview, check out the brilliant book trailer for the US editions below. Or, if you'd like to read the first chapter of EON, you can download it as a pdf from the EON page. The Preface and Chapter 1 of EONA, the concluding sequel, is available from the EONA page, but beware, it does contain spoilers for the first book!

Finally, I have started work on a new series! If you would like to keep up-to-date about my new project, plus all the EON and EONA news (there is some exciting stuff in the works), I invite you to sign up for my free quarterly newsletter at the Sign Up button above.

Cheers for now,
Alison

 

 

EON and EONA - New York Times Bestsellers!
UK edition of EONA - titled The Necklace of the Gods - is out now!
May 30th, 2011

Hi All,

EONA reached #5 on the May 8th New York Times Bestseller List, and then EON, the first book in the duology, reached #10 on the May 29 New York Times Bestseller List. It was such a thrill! Thank you to everyone who is helping the series reach such heights.

For UK readers, EONA is now available under the UK title The Necklace of the Gods in both paperback and Kindle editions. A YA edition - titled EONA: Return of the Dragoneye - will be published in August. The two beautiful UK covers are at your right (third and fourth cover pics down). For those looking for the first book of the duology in the UK, it has been published under the title The Two Pearls of Wisdom, or the YA edition as EON: Rise of the Dragoneye.

So what are EON and EONA all about? For a quick overview, check out the brilliant book trailer for the US editions below. Or, if you'd like to read the first chapter of EON, you can download it as a pdf from the EON page. The Preface and Chapter 1 of EONA, the concluding sequel, is available from the EONA page, but beware, it does contain spoilers for the first book!

Finally, I have started work on a new series! If you would like to keep up-to-date about my new project, plus all the EON and EONA news (there is some exciting stuff in the works) then I invite you to sign up for my free quarterly newsletter at the Sign Up button above.

Cheers for now,
Alison

 

EONA is a New York Times Bestseller!
May 14th, 2011

Hi All,

EONA reached #5 on the May 8th New York Times Bestseller List, and it is still in the top 10 of the Indie Weekly Bestseller List. I am so thrilled. Thank you to everyone who is helping it reach such heights!

So what is EONA all about? For a quick overview, check out the brilliant book trailer for both EON and EONA below. Or, if you'd like to read the preface and first chapter of EONA, you can download them as a pdf from the EONA page. Chapter 1 of EON, the first book, is also available from the EON page.

For UK readers, EONA will be published as The Necklace of the Gods on May 26, and then a YA edition - titled EONA: Return of the Dragoneye - will be published in August. The two beautiful UK covers are at your right (third and fourth covers down).

I'm heading over to the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego in October. I don't get to the US very often, so I'm hoping I'll also be able to do a book tour. If you live in the US and would like to get your copies of EON and EONA signed and meet me for a chat, then I'm going to be a bit cheeky and ask that you let my publisher know that you think a US tour is a good idea. You can check out how to be heard in the "2011 Appearances" box to your left. And remember to let my publisher know which city or major town you live near. Thanks!

Finally, I have started work on a new series! If you would like to keep up-to-date about my new project, plus all the EON and EONA news (there is some exciting stuff in the works) then I invite you to sign up for my free quarterly newsletter at the Sign Up button above.

Cheers for now,
Alison

 

EONA released in North America and Penguin US Blog
19th April, 2011

Hi All,

EONA is now officially released in North America and Australia! Yaaay!

To celebrate the launch, I have been invited to guest blog at Penguin.com (usa) for the whole of this week. Here are the links (so far):

Monday's blog. "Talisman books", about those books that move us.
Tuesday's blog. "Mad as a cut snake", about favourite sayings.
Wednesday's blog. "Those unreal men in my life", a light-hearted look at the inspiration behind Lord Ido.
Thursday's blog. "Inspiration is kind of like love", about what inspired EON and EONA.
Friday's blog. "Sword lessons and the fall of silk", about my research for EON and EONA and some of the fascinating experiences and facts that I came across.

If you have a moment, drop by the blog and maybe join in with a comment or two.

Also, just arrived is the brilliant book trailer for the US edition of EONA. Check it out below - I love it!

 

 

I'm heading over to the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego in October. I don't get to the US very often, so I'm hoping I'll also be able to do a book tour. If you live in the US and would like to get your copies of EON and EONA signed and meet me for a chat, then I'm going to be a bit cheeky and ask that you let my publisher know that you think a US tour is a good idea. You can check out how to be heard in the "2011 Appearances" box to your left. And remember to let my publisher know which city or major town you live near. Thanks!

A short interview with me about writing has just been posted at the writers blog Adventures in Children's Publishing. The site looks like a good resource for people interested in writing for young adults or children.

If you would like to read the preface and first chapter of EONA, you can download them as a pdf from the EONA page. Chapter 1 of EON, the first book, is also available from the EON page.

Finally, I have started work on a new series! If you would like to keep up-to-date on how I'm progressing with the new books, plus all the EON and EONA news (there is some exciting stuff in the works) then I invite you to sign up for my free quarterly newsletter at the Sign Up button above.

Cheers for now,
Alison

 

EONA Launched In Australia
3rd April, 2011

Hi All,

My friend Trudi Canavan, author of the bestselling Black Magician series, officially launched the Australian edition of EONA yesterday. The launch was held at Glenfern, a grand old National Trust property that has been developed into writer's studios, and a luscious afternoon tea was supplied by my lovely family and friends. Thanks, guys!

Trudi and Alison

Me and Trudi at the launch of EONA

Also, huge thanks to Trudi for a wonderful speech, and thanks to all those who came along and gave EONA, the sequel to EON (previously published as The Two Pearls of Wisdom), such a warm welcome into the world. It was a great afternoon. For more launch photos check out the Gallery, and for those readers in Melbourne who may be after a signed copy of EONA, the wonderful Avenue Bookstore in Albert Park has signed copies of both EON and EONA available.

If you'd like to read the preface and chapter 1 of EONA, you can download it as a pdf from the EONA page. Just look for the chapter 1 icon. I've also posted some early reviews. If you are new to the series, you can read chapter 1 of EON, the first book, on the EON page.

EONA will be officially released in the US on April 19, and in the UK under the title The Necklace of The Gods in May. A lovely YA edition titled EONA: Return of the Dragoneye will also be available in the UK in August. You can see all of the great covers down the right side of this page. An author friend recently told me that she has serious cover envy, and I've got to say, I've been so lucky with all of my covers. Every one of them, for both EON and EONA, has been brilliant. So my sincere thanks to all the wonderful artists who have worked on them.

Cheers,
Alison

 

 

Great Review of EON and EONA
(also known as The Two Pearls of Wisdom and The Necklace of the Gods)
and Indonesian deal
26th March, 2011

Hi All,

EON and EONA have just been reviewed in the April edition of Goodreading Magazine and it is the kind of review that an author dreams about! I've posted it below although, for the sake of space, I have cut out two paragraphs that give a brief description of each book's storyline (if you do want to read the entire review, I have posted it on the EONA page):

In some ways it's difficult to write a proper, thoughtful review of these two novels. That's because, from the first page, I became like Bastian opening the covers of The Neverending Story - or perhaps even like a 10-year-old reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for the first time. Everything material in my life ceased to exist while I was immersed in Goodman's world of dragons and power and pearls. To say it was engrossing would be an understatement. The kids were hurried off to school, my work was put to one side, washing piled up, the beds went unmade.
The books are set in an imagined land that is something like medieval China or Japan, and Goodman created the magic from the folklore and history of both of these countries. In the first novel, she introduces Eona, a teenage girl disguised as a young boy and known to all as 'Eon'...The tension surrounding Eona's disguise is woven into the bigger story of greed and an impending war over claims to the throne, and many questions about loyalty, power, morality, and corruption are asked as the book progresses. The second novel
sees Eona come into her power and face a dilemma about whether she should be using it for war.
The wonderful thing about these books is the way in which Goodman creates her world while you read her story. There are no long passages of information or explanation; I learned the rules of dragon lore and the customs of the land almost subconsciously, as I hurriedly turned the pages to find out what would happen next.
These books are marketed to older teenagers in some markets and as fantasy novels in others. If the thought of a story about teenagers and dragons puts you off, ask yourself if you made an exception about children's fantasy books in order to read the '
Harry Potter' series. If you did, I strongly recommend The Two Pearls of Wisdom (published in some parts of the world as Eon) and Eona. They are cracking good stories.
Reviewed by Sarah Minns.

As you can imagine, I am thrilled with that! If you would like to read the start of EONA, you can download the Preface and Chapter 1 from the EONA page. Just look for the download link under the Chapter 1 icon. And remember, in Australia the first book of the duology used to be titled The Two Pearls of Wisdom, but it has now been re-released as EON (and at half the price!).

In other good news, EON and EONA will soon be published in Indonesia! Hikmah Publishing House has negotiated translation rights, and as soon as I have the release dates I will post them on this page.

Cheers,
Alison

 

EONA (aka The Necklace of the Gods)
3rd March, 2011

Hi All,

In April, my new novel EONA, the sequel to EON (aka The Two Pearls of Wisdom), will be released. If you would like to read a preview of EONA, you can download the Preface and Chapter 1 from the EONA page under Books. Just look for the download link under the Chapter 1 icon. For those who prefer to wait, EONA will be out in bookstores early to mid April 2011, depending on where you are.

I've also recently learned that the Junior Library Guild has chosen EONA as one of their 2011 books! Of the nearly 200,000 books published each year, the Guild chooses 3,000 to review and only around 350 make it on to their list, so I am very honoured that EONA has been chosen.

And another bit of great news - EONA has also been chosen as one of the top 50 Spring release books on the 2011Indie Next List Preview. Here is the review that accompanied the listing:

When you’ve been anticipating a book as much as I have this one, there’s a good chance that you will be disappointed. Happily, Goodman’s sequel to the stellar Eon definitely does not disappoint! Facing the ultimate battle for control of the land she calls home, Eona finds herself waging an internal battle every bit as devastating as the war threatening to break out across the kingdom. Goodman’s characters and her world-building talents are exceptionally strong, and I was very sorry to see this saga end. —Billie Bloebaum, Powell’s Books at PDX, Portland, OR

 

Gotta love that!

 

Cheers,
Alison

P.S. In Australia, EON was previously published as The Two Pearls of Wisdom. The sequel will no longer be titled The Necklace of the Gods as advertised at the end of that earlier edition. It will be published as EONA.

 

Happy Chinese New Year and EONA (aka TheNecklace of the Gods)
4th February, 2011

Hi All,

Happy Chinese New Year; may the Year of the Rabbit bring you good fortune and happiness.

I am looking forward to a very exciting 2011. In April, my new novel EONA, the sequel to EON (aka The Two Pearls of Wisdom) will be released. If you would like to read a preview of EONA, you can download the Preface and Chapter 1 from the EONA page under Books. Just look for the download link under the Chapter 1 icon (SPOILER ALERT: be aware that the Preface and Chapter 1 download contains spoilers for those who may be about to read EON for the first time).

For those who prefer to wait, EONA will be out in bookstores mid April 2011.

Cheers,
Alison

P.S. In Australia, EON was previously published as The Two Pearls of Wisdom. The sequel will no longer be titled The Necklace of the Gods as advertised at the end of that earlier edition. It will be published as EONA.

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