Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Pax Britannia Lego

Anyone considering entering the Anno Frankenstein competition I'm currently running should check these out.

Congratulations to Sparshott and Son! Ladies and gentlemen, the gauntlet has been well and truly thrown down! They're going to be a tough act to follow!

Good luck!

Pax Britannia: Dark Side

Pre-order your copy today!

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Dark Side - the movie trailer

With the pressure of actually having to finish the book off me, I've had time to indulge in a little movie magic and have come up with this...

You can order your copy of Pax Britannia: Dark Side right here!

Saturday, 25 September 2010

The Clockwork Angel

Came across this the other day and thought you might like to see it too...

Magic is dangerous - but love is more dangerous still... When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by - and torn between - two best friends, and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Pax Britannia: Dark Side

Coming soon...


The world of Pax Britannia has a new website! Well, it's this website to be honest, but you can now access it by entering the much more straightforward:


So, set it as one of your favourites, along with the new www.JonathanGreenAuthor.com - the new official way to reach my official author's blog.

See you round!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Pax Britannia - feelin' the love

Pax Britannia fan Edi has been bigging up my latest PB competition over at his Edi's Book Lighthouse blog. Kudos to Edi and you can read his latest post here.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Feel better with Feelgood's!

Coming soon from the world of Pax Britannia...

... watch this space!

Lego Frankenstein

Looking for inspiration for your entry in my brand new Anno Frankenstein competition? Then you should check this out...

24 hours in Nottingham - or - How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Metal

So, last Friday lunchtime (with still some way to go on my latest Pax Britannia novella Proteus Unbound*) I packed in work for the day and headed up to Nottingham for FantasyCon 2010. Due to other commitments I would have to hit the motorway again at 2pm Saturday so arriving in Robin Hood's hood at 2pm on the Friday, I had 24 hours in which to experience all that FantasyCon had to offer.

Friday 17 September 2010

2pm - Arrived in Nottingham in need of a comfort break and so stopped at GW HQ and popped into Bugman's Bar... Where who should I run into but Christian Dunn and Alex Davis from Black Library editorial. Chris is holding a handful of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks and was about to sit down with Alex to discuss... I wish I could tell you more, but I can't. Not yet, anyway. Suffice to say it was a very exciting moment!
Relaxed and ready to take on the world again, I had a good nose around the Warhammer World miniatures hall which gave me a few ideas for... But again, alas my lips are sealed for the time being.
3pm - Checked in to my hotel where I discovered that complimentary Wi-Fi in all rooms didn't actually mean free. Settled down to do some more work on Proteus Unbound.
8pm - Headed into the city, to The Salutation Inn, semi-ready for a night of Abaddon Books-sponsored metal karaoke. The first fifty to the bar received a complimentary** copy of Al Ewing's I, Zombie while David Moore judged the metal karaoke-ists, the winner receiving a complete set of his chosen Abaddon series!

10pm - David took the mike himself and I wondered why I don't do this sort of thing more often. David's hat gets passed round, photos are taken, and reputations are ruined, all at the click of a shutter lens.
Just for the record, I am not in any way metal - as this photograph proves most effectively.

11pm - Tinnitus kicks in and I realise why I don't do this sort of thing anymore.
12am - Head back to my hotel while the hardcore (a.k.a. Jon and David) rock into the wee small hours of the morning.

Saturday 18 September 2010

8am - Stumble out of bed, ears still ringing. Swear never to go to another metal karaoke as long as live (or until the same time next year, whichever is sooner).

9am - Back to the laptop. Proteus Unbound is starting to come together quite nicely now.

10am - Head off to the Britannia Hotel to experience FantasyCon for myself for the first time. Conclusion: It's basically a load of mates (who happen to be writers, artists and editors) all getting together for a pint*** and a chat.

Barely through the door when I'm met by Mark and Liz of My Favourite Books (go check it out!) and Mark Charan Newton of Nights of Villjamur fame. Then run into Jonathan Oliver, who's looking a lot worse than I am (see above).

Head off into the dealers' room and meet Lee Harris of Angry Robot Books and pick up Guy Adams' The World House along with Lavie Tidhar's The Bookman while I'm about it.

Check out the Art Show upstairs and display incredible self-control and great restraint in managing not to purchase a print of Les Edwards' cover for Creature of Havoc or a piece of original Bryan Talbot comic artwork.

Go back downstairs to the bar where I run into Marc Gascoigne (Angry Robot overlord, former BL publisher, my first FF editor and former flatmate) followed by Bryan Talbot. I even get to shake the great man's hand****.

1pm - The End of the Line book launch. Twelve authors arrayed to sign Solaris Books' latest horror anthology. Take pity on Jon Oliver and David Moore (who are both looking worse than me) and buy them a re-hydrating Coke each. Manage to pick up the last copy and get it signed by all present, in the process meeting such luminaries as Simon Bestwick and Stephen Volk in the flesh for the first time.

2pm - Leave FantasyCon with a bag full of books, Doctor Who toys for the kids and safe in the knowledge that I'll earn a few Brownie points for leaving on time!

Here are the books I picked up at FantasyCon. Some were freebies, some I parted with my hard-earned cash for.

Nice one, FantasyCon. See you next year down in Brighton.

* I can say that now that it's finished and in with my editor. ;-)

** Complimentary here does mean free.

*** The definition of 'a pint' that I'm using here is 'Anywhere between 2 and 10 pints, but most definitely not just the one'.

**** Bryan Talbot's, that is.

Steampunk or Not Steampunk

Just because Abraham Lincoln's in it, doesnt' necessarily make it steampunk...
Abraham 'Steampunk' Lincoln.

Hell, yeah!

Could be...

Er... no.

'Nuff said.

A little Steampunk love for a Wednesday morning

Nature - all wet and slippery and with a tendency to ultimately decompose.
Machines - iron, steel, brass, clanking, oily, clockwork, powerful, noisy... what's not to like?

So a steampunk engineer's dream would obviously be to improve one by utilising the other, and come up with something like this...

(This one is particularly pertinent to a story I've just finished!)

You can see more of Nature Steampunk'd here.

Things that are not remotely steampunk

I have been asked on occasion what 'steampunk' is, by the uninitiated, and of course there are a number of potential answers to that question. However, one way to define something is to start by saying what it is not. So, I give you 'Things That Are Not Remotely Steampunk'.

I love the cat, but the 1989 transfer patterns are just downright freaky! Someone's obviously heard, or read, the term somewhere and has decided to target desperate wannabe Victorian cosplayers. Just check out the lime green wig and neon pink and green tight thingummies!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Win a walk-on part in Anno Frankenstein!

I love Lego and I love steampunk, so I'm a sucker for this sort of stuff...

... which got me thinking...

It's not long before I commence work on my next Pax Britannia novel Anno Frankenstein. And it could feature YOU!

The Prize
A walk on part in the next Ulysses Quicksilver Pax Britannia novel Anno Frankenstein, due to be published by Abaddon Books in 2011. It will be up to me how you appear in the book and whether you're a hero, a villain or a name on a tombstone, but your name will appear somewhere within the book.

How to Enter
All you have to do to qualify is create your own Pax Britannia scene - out of Lego! It can be from any of the already published Pax Britannia novels (mine or Al Ewing's) or the forthcoming Dark Side (which is out soon). It could even be from the as yet unwritten Anno Frankenstein, using Mark Harrison's stunning cover for inspiration.

So, if you're up to the challenge here's what you need to do:

1) Create your Lego model.
2) Take a photograph of it.
3) Email your photograph, along with your name, to paxbritannia@hotmail.co.uk.
4) Do all of this by 31 October 2010.

Good Luck!

Normal service will resume shortly

I always swore I'd never do this, but I find myself having to apologise for the general lack of posts, Facebook updates and Tweets of late. The thing is, this summer the Green family moved house while I was busy trying to write my twelfth novel.

Well, the good news is that the novel - Pax Britannia: Dark Side - is now finished (I'm just waiting on my editor's comments on the short story that's accompanying it). Plenty more tasks lie ahead and Phase 2 of the Big Move awaits, but you can expect a flurry of updates over the next few days, specifically regarding the Pax Britannia books and a couple of short story anthologies I'm appearing in.

So, until next time...

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

FantasyCon 2010

I didn't think I was going to be able to make it (what with work commitments and the rest) but it turns out that I am going to be at FantasyCon after all this year. I'm actually going to be there for less than 24 hours but I will be attending the Abaddon-sponsored Metal Karaoke Night at The Salutation Inn on Friday and I'll be hanging out in the vicinity of the Abaddon stand on the Saturday morning (and hopefully not going before The End of the Line book launch).

So if you're going too why not drop by the Abaddon stand and say "Hi!" I might even sign something for you. ;-)

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Lincoln invaded by Steampunks!

This weekend, hundreds of science fiction decked out in their finest Victorian attire are set to descend on Lincoln.

The second UK Steampunk Festival, which has 900 ticket-carrying guests, begins today and continues until Sunday.

To find out more click here or here.

If any PB fans are attending, why not drop me a line?

Dark Side cometh

Good news! As of 12.30am this morning Pax Britannia: Dark Side is finished! My editor likes what he's seen so far (which is always a good sign) so I'm hoping he'll like the rest of it too. I now just need to write the accompanying short story that's going to be published exclusively with it.