Penrith signing

Autumn is setting in and writing work begins in earnest, but first a quick reminder that this Saturday, 19th September, I’ll be signing books at The New Hedgehog Bookshop, 19 Little Dockray, Penrith, from noon onwards. Do drop in and say hello if you’re passing by.

In other news, I’m delighted to say Adrian Magson has kindly featured me in the New Author profile in the October issue of Writing Magazine.

Now it’s nose to the grindstone until Fantasycon. I’ve been working on the outline of my third novel and it’s time to find out how much that helps – or hinders – the drafting process.

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The Waterborne Blade: release week

Release week for The Waterborne Blade is upon us! I’m still struggling to get my head round the fact the book is really out there at last, but here’s a brief roundup of reactions so far:

“This is a well-paced, enjoyable read with characters that feel rounded and real, changing and evolving as the book goes on. […] it’s in the scheming of courts and cousins, childhood spats and splintering marriages that the writing shines.”
Rhian Drinkwater, SFX Magazine

“I have to hand it to Murray, she certainly knows when to kick in the exciting developments in plot and character to keep you on the edge of your seat. Just when you think you’ve reached the right place to set it down, you end up reading right through the night to find out where exactly the plot is about to take you. It pretty much blind sighted me and I read a lot of fantasy! […] Fast paced, enjoyable, not too heavy, not too light, just right fantasy!”
Book Frivolity

“An exciting new fantasy series with an awesome female protagonist that is compulsively readable. […] I almost missed my MAX stop on my way home because of this book. It’s totally engrossing, which makes this book go by pretty quickly, and leaves you wanting more.”
Roberta’s Literary Ramblings

TheWaterborneBlade-144dpi“This thrilling tale of sword and sorcery thrusts us right into the action.  When we meet the protagonists, we are given no background on them, or on the situation they find themselves in.  We are told they need to flee, now, and we follow.”
Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Corner

“The Waterborne Blade is an intriguing and compelling fantasy woven from a fascinating story set in a vibrant world inhabited by vivid characters. Susan Murray is a consummate storyteller who fulfills everything you could desire of a book and leaves you wanting more.”
Graeme K. Talboys, author of Stealing into Winter

“This is a wonderful thing, a sweeping fantasy which somehow manages to pull off the trick of being intimate and very human at the same time. It begins with a realm in peril, and then puts its shoulders back and strides confidently towards a horizon packed with magic and love and abandoned palaces and a huge and very real evil. Susan Murray has written a debut novel of great skill and depth, and I loved it.”
Dave Hutchinson, author of Europe in Autumn

Available here:

UK:
Amazon.co.uk | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith

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First sightings in the wild

Release date for The Waterborne Blade is edging closer, and this week the first copies were sighted in the wild – or, more precisely, in a backroom at a top secret location. The first reviews are trickling through, and this whole thing is starting to look real.

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