Thursday, May 15, 2014

First Review of Frostborn!

The first review of Frostborn (Thrones and Bones).
The review is from Kirkus and I couldn't be happier.

KIRKUS REVIEW


An obsessive gamer and a sassy half-giant affirm that power lies in being underestimated.
As the heir apparent to a powerful farm in Norr√łngard (think a fictional Norway), 12-year-old Karn is expected to comprehend bartering techniques (six ewes + six lambs = one cow). His predilection for Thrones and Bones (a traditional Norr√łnir board game) and disdain for a bucolic existence don’t invite any confidence from his father. Thianna is a 12-year-old half-giant and half-human (by way of her deceased mother). At 7 feet tall, she’s considered diminutive by giant standards and would “cut her human half out in an instant if she could.” When their fathers meet for several days of trading goods, Thianna and Karn strike up an unexpected friendship. Their need for an alliance is accelerated when nemeses from Thianna’s mother’s past surface, and Karn’s life is designated an obstacle by his Machiavellian uncle. Enter: wyverns, a seemingly silent horn, undead assailants, flatulent trolls and one massive dragon. A merging of comedy, action and suspense maintains a promising pace. As present as the lurking danger are two important messages: Focus your energy toward accentuating your strengths rather than regretting weaknesses, and always stand downwind from a troll.
Future fans of Tolkien and George R.R. Martin can happily cut their serial-fantasy teeth on this first book of an eventual series. (map, illustrated guide to the Thrones and Bones game) (Fantasy. 10-14)
That last line especially, huh?
Meanwhile, keep watching www.thronesandbones.com for developments. And any activity on the Goodreads page is always appreciated.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Big Week for Thrones and Bones

This is a big week for my novel Frostborn (Thrones and Bones book one). First, yesterday I did my first ever school visit in support of the book. I regularly speak at conventions, writing workshops, colleges, and libraries throughout the year, but this was the first time I've ever spoken about my forthcoming book to the age range its intended for!

Second, today in Los Angeles, the marvelous Fabio Tassone begins recording the audiobook narration!

The team building the Thrones and Bones website also took a very exciting step this week.

And finally an arc mailing went out last week, which should be arriving in folk's hands this week.

(There's one bit of news that I have to sit on for a few more days, but which also breaks later this week.)

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

BEA and AST

I came home this evening to two pieces of very good news.

One, my novel Frostborn (Thrones and Bones book one) has made Publishers Weekly's BEA 2014: Children's Galleys to Grab list. They do get the title wrong, but the rest is on point: "Firstborn by debut novelist Lou Anders, a middle-grade tale of trolls, giants, and dragons."

And second, Russian language rights to Frostborn have been sold to AST, one of the largest publishers in Russia.