Rowankind’s publication date has been shunted forward to 27th November which means it’s out NOW. Today, in fact! Happy Book Day to me.
You can buy it from that big store named after a South American river, or (depending on which side of the Atlantic you are on) from Barnes and Noble, or (in the UK) from specialist SF bookstores like Forbidden Planet. Due to contracts etc., it’s only available in electronic formats in North American territories, but the rest of the world can get the paperback as an American import.
Yes, I know, confusing isn’t it? I’m a Brit, living in Britain, but published by DAW, an American company. I can’t even buy a Kindle copy for myself. (Hey, six books published now, and I’m still learning about the publishing world as I stumble along its twisty pathways.)
Rowankind is the third and final book in the Rowankind trilogy which began with Winterwood and continued with Silverwolf.
Rowankind’s cover copy says:
The third book of the swashbuckling Rowankind trilogy follows privateer and witch Ross Tremayne as she navigates the magical world of alternate 19th-century Britain.
What do you do with a feral wolf shapechanger who won’t face up to his responsibilities? How do you contain magical creatures accidentally loosed into Britain’s countryside? How do you convince a crew of barely-reformed pirates to go straight when there’s smuggling to be done? How do you find a lost notebook full of deadly spells while keeping out of the clutches of its former owner? How do you mediate between a mad king and the seven lords of the Fae?
Ross and Corwen, she a witch and he a shapechanger, have several problems to solve but they all add up to the same thing. How do you make Britain safe for magic users?
I’ve really enjoyed writing the Rowankind trilogy. Ross and Corwen have become personal friends. It seems such a long time since I wrote the first draft of the opening chapter of Winterwood, which was then called (provisionally) The Elf Oak Box. Thankfully, my Milford critiquers talked me out of the original title. (I’m nototiously bad at titles.)
As edits and rewrites progress, books tend to morph from what’s in the first draft, but strangely enough, the opening chapter of Winterwood, changed very little from the opening that popped into my head. You can read the opening chapter of the trilogy here.
I checked back. It’s a decade ago since I first put Ross on the page and took her to Milford for the first time. I didn’t have a publisher then, so I wrote the first book as a stand-alone with the idea that I could write a sequel or sequels if I ever got the opportunity. At the end of Winterwood Ross and Corwen rode off into the sunset for their happy-ever-after, but I had an idea for the second book if I ever got the chance to write it. Sheila Gilbert, my editor at DAW, gave me that opportunity. (Thanks, Sheila!) So I followed the happy couple to their cosy cottage and stomped all over their happy-ever-after by giving them wider problems. I gave them the task of making Britain safe (or safer, at least) for all magic users. Though told from Ross’ point of view, Silverwolf was largely Corwen’s book. We got to meet his family and learned about his unhappy twin brother, Freddie, and his delightful sister, Lily. Rowankind brings the whole story together and answers the big questions. Hopefully it delivers a satisfactory conclusion.
So that’s another trilogy completed, so I’d better get on with the next book—apply my backside to the office chair and my fingers to the keyboard. Ready… steady… go!
Jacey Bedford is a British author published by DAW in the USA, and agented by Donald Maass of the Donald Maass Literary Agency. She writes science fiction and fantasy. Her Psi-Tech SF trilogy began with Empire of Dust and Crossways and concluded with Nimbus. You can find out more from her website at http://www.jaceybedford.co.uk, or her blog, Tales from the Typeface.
In another life she sang with a cappella trio Artisan from 1985 to 2005, playing gigs and festivals all over the UK, Canada, the USA (thirty-one North American tours) parts of Europe, Australia and even (once, briefly) Hong Kong. Along with her song-mates, Hilary Spencer and Brian Bedford, she’s made twelve CDs and a DVD, done reunion tours in 2010 and 2015/16. She keeps her connections to the music world by running a booking agency for folk and ‘world’ musicians.