Category: The Books

Read the first two chapters of Door into Faerie!

We’re just two months from the May 15 release of Door into Faerie, and I’ve got the page proofs in hand right now. Which means it’s time to give you a sneak peek. Normally I only post the opening chapter of the books, but for the finale, I’m giving you two. Click here to read …

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CM: Canadian Review of Materials recommends Cave Beneath the Sea

CM: Canadian Review of Materials gives Cave Beneath the Sea a nice review “The author has created interesting characters as the villain and the heroes all have occasional uncertainties about their actions…Cave Beneath the Sea will appeal to young readers in search of adventure as well as adults who enjoy another version of the timeless …

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Two great reviews at CanLit for Little Canadians

Starting off 2016 right, Twist of the Blade and Lake in the Clouds both picked up excellent reviews, one after the other, at the excellent CanLit for Little Canadians site. Of Twist of the Blade, Helen Kubiw writes: “While Edward Willett continues to weave the Arthurian legend into a Saskatchewan setting, he builds on the Merlin, …

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Another nice Lake in the Clouds review

This one is from Resource Links, and is posted to Coteau Books‘ website: “The overlay of the Arthurian legend on a modern Canadian context works surprisingly well. Merlin’s magical powers are invested in Rex Major’s spyware embedded in the internet. Wally’s loyalty and courage accurately reflect both Arthur’s strength and his fatal flaw. Ariane’s coolly …

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Glowing review in Canadian Children’s Book News

Twist of the Blade and Lake in the Clouds were among the recommended books reviewed in the Summer 2015 issue of Canadian Children’s Book News. Reviewer Matthew Johnstone writes, in part: “The strengths of Willett’s series really shine in these two recent books. Throughout both, the plot moves with enthralling velocity as Willett heightens the tension for …

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Cover art reveal: Door into Faerie!

Here’s the cover art for Door into Faerie, Book 5 in my Shards of Excalibur YA fantasy series, due out in May from Coteau Books. And here’s the description: In the climactic fifth book of The Shards of Excalibur, Ariane, Wally, Flish, and Rex Major are on a collision course, converging on the resting place of the final piece of …

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Song of the Sword long-listed for Sunburst Award

I’m excited to announce that Song of the Sword has been long-listed in the young adult category for The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, an annual award celebrating the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year. The winners receive a cash prize of $1,000 as well as …

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Twist of the Blade nominated for Aurora Award!

The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association has announced the ballot for the 2015 Aurora Awards, recognizing the best in Canadian science fiction and fantasy, and I’m pleased and proud to announce that Twist of the Blade is on the ballot in the Best Young Adult Novel Category. Others nominated in that category: Lockstep by Karl Schroeder, Tor …

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Read the first chapter of Lake in the Clouds!

Lake in the Clouds, Book 3 in The Shards of Excalibur, comes out in May from Coteau Books–which means it’s time for a little teaser. Here you go: Chapter 1 for your reading pleasure, just to whet your appetite. Sharp-eyed observers may also note that the title has changed slightly, from The Lake in the Clouds to just Lake in …

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Cover art for Book 4, The Cave Beneath the Sea, revealed

Book 3 of The Shards of Excalibur, The Lake in the Clouds, won’t be out until May 1, but Book 4, The Cave Beneath the Sea, won’t be far behind, coming out this fall…and here’s the cover art! Pretty, isn’t it?

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