Shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award! Eeeek!

It’s taken a couple of weeks to sink in, hence the delay, but I’m thrilled to say that I’ve been shortlisted for the 2018 British Fantasy Awards in the Best Artist category!!! Yay!!!!

Can’t quite believe it but seeing my name listed as a shortlist nominee is surreal and a little overwhelming, but in a good way! 馃檪 I’ve been nominated in the Best Artist category for the two hand drawn pen & ink maps I created for HarperCollins last year, for Anna Smith-Spark’s brilliant ‘The Court of Broken Knives’ and Anna Stephen’s wonderful ‘Godblind’!

It’s been a lovely surprise especially given that this has been a tough year for me personally, health problems, one of my beloved wolfies (Tolly) has been very unwell, massive financial worries (colossal vet bills!) and the latest gut punch – my wonderful Godmother (who I’ve known and loved my whole life and has been there for us through some pretty traumatic times) is desperately ill with ovarian cancer. It fact she’s having her operation tomorrow to try and cut all the cancer out. We’re all very worried and fighting back tears at the moment, so having something lovely like this happen聽has definitely been a much needed ray of sunshine in amongst a sea of crap.

I won’t find out if I’ve won until the swanky awards ceremony (October 21st). So in a mad dash, despite the fact that I’m totally skint, I booked up the hotel and tickets for FantasyCon 2018 up at Chester聽(October 19th – 21st) and will be sitting there during the awards ceremony with fingers and toes crossed while practising my ‘I’m not really disappointed’ face when someone else wins it! 馃榾

A聽massive THANK YOU to the British Fantasy Society聽and to everyone who voted for me. Amazing to see the other artists I’m nominated with:

Best Artist
路 Ben Baldwin
路 Jeffrey Alan Love
路 Victo Ngai
路 Daniele Sera
路 Sophie E Tallis
路 Sana Takeda

I also want to shout out my other friends who have been nominated too. Firstly a massive congrats to the lovely Joanne Hall聽who has been nominated in the Best Short Story category for her story ‘Illumination’ taken from the anthology ‘The Book of Dragons’ by AJ Dalton published by my publishers, Kristell Ink聽(an聽imprint聽of聽Grimbold聽Books). Congrats to Joshua Cornah another fellow Grimmie from Kristell Ink, who has been nominated for Best Comic/Graphic Novel聽for his hilarious Grim聽& Bold cartoons. Grimbold Books themselves (worthy winner of the Best Independent Press at last year’s BFS awards) are also again nominated this year as well! Woo hoo! xxx

I also want to make a huge shout out to Anna Smith-Spark who has been nominated for Best Fantasy Novel and Best Newcomer聽for ‘The Court of Broken Knives’! Way to go Anna! 馃榾 xxx

Yay!!! So stupidly excited and very honoured and humbled by the whole thing.

To check out more of my work, pop by my website: Sophie E Tallis Illustrations or if you want to BUY any artwork, check out my new Etsy shop: Sophie’s Artisan Arts!

Thank you folks! 鉂 鉂 鉂 xxxxx

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“Illumination” Shortlisted for Best Short Story at BFS Awards!

SO thrilled for the gorgeous and wildly talented Joanne Hall, a fellow British Fantasy Award shortlisted nominee. VERY well deserved for her excellent short story, ‘Illumination’. If you haven’t read it yet…what are you waiting for!!! 馃檪

Joanne Hall

Great news this week (and a long overdue blog post, I鈥檓 sorry鈥). My short story 鈥淚llumination鈥, which appeared in The Book Of Dragons, edited by A J Dalton and published by Kristell Ink, has been shortlisted for Best Short Story at this years British Fantasy Society Awards, which will be presented at FantasyCon in October.

The-Book-of-Dragons-by-AJ-DaltonI鈥檓 thrilled to bits about this; I almost never write short stories and, I鈥檒l level, I鈥檇 completely forgotten that I had promised Adam a story for Book of Dragons until he emailed me about ten days before the deadline to remind me about if and I totally told him I was working on it which was A Bit Of A Fib (ok, a complete fib) and then had to flounder to get it written at the last minute*. So to be shortlisted for a major award for it is just brilliant 馃榾

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A big thank you, welcome and New Year’s resolutions

Lol, well I’m starting the New Year with a re-blog, but what a great blog to show everyone. If you haven’t already come across Morgen Bailey, then what are you waiting for? Huge thanks to Morgen herself for very kindly name checking me, thank you sweetie…all that’s left to say is check out her blog and her essential writing advice. Happy New Year everyone!!! 馃榾 xxx

MorgEn Bailey - Editor, Comp Columnist/Judge, Tutor & Writing Guru

Hello everyone. It鈥檚 not often that I put a general post up but this is the perfect time to say a big 鈥淭HANK YOU鈥 to those of you who have visited, whether occasionally and regularly. I鈥檇 especially like to thank (in alphabetical order)聽Chris F, Chong, Della B, Deb B,聽Euphonos, Graham S, Jane R, Joy S, Marcoujor, Mark K, Maxima, Nanny C, Sal B, Sophie T, and Yvonne H, to name just a few. There are many, many others who have supported me since I created this blog on 31st March 2011 and are to thank for the 281,183 hits and 1,074 subscribers to-date. Thank you. 馃檪

Morgen Oct 2014A very warm welcome to those who have visited recently (or now) for the first time. Hopefully this blog is easy enough to navigate but if not, do let me know how it could be improved. The general idea is that there is new鈥

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2014 in review

Can’t believe it’s this time of the year again! The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. 馃榾

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Books for Christmas

An AWESOME list of Christmas books to fill your stockings and guarantee a great time over the festive season. For the perfect Christmas gift, check these out…oh, and they have my book too! 馃榾 xxx

The Nerdy Paige

T-minus sixteen days until the big 鈥楥鈥! Christmas that is. We鈥檙e quickly approaching full-on-panic mode time, but don鈥檛 despair I have some Christmas ideas for you. Books! Yes, books, for less than the price of a double venti vanilla soy hot mocha with a shot of raspberry and spritz of whip cream you can be hurled away into far away lands with dragons, be thrust in the middle of a tangled murder mystery, or ride the high seas with pirates and pterodactyls. That sounds like a pretty awesome gift if you ask me. I have a few suggestion of Indie Books, you know, some great authors who aren鈥檛 signed to major labels, but are still pretty stinkin鈥 talented. My goal is to give a little air time to authors who you may鈥檝e never heard of. I鈥檓 going to try my best to categorize these books into themes you might be鈥

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BristolCon and other loveliness

Another great blog post about BristolCon (I really will shift my arse and write my own tomorrow!). This time, it’s awesome fantasy writer and fellow Grimboldian, Robyn Jane Fulton aka, the awesome Ellen Croshain! Enjoy! 馃榾 xx

Ellen Crosh谩in Author's Blog

BristolCon can be summed up in four words. Ten buckets of awesome. It was so much fun. 聽Joanne Hall did an amazing job as Chair (as she has done since it started) I was really nervous going on my own because usually I go with hubster or Nakama. Sadly, I missed the first talk because my bus was late but I was kept busy by my goody bag and the stalls. I even bought a few Christmas presents. I鈥檒l start off with the stalls. There was a room full of the usual stuff you get at cons, crafts and jewellery, stuff from Forbidden Planet and a comic book shop, as well as few authors and artists selling their own stuff. The FP stand had Grimbold Books, stuff by Emma Newman, Anna Lyle, Snorri Kristianson, Mark Lawrence and a dozen other authors and artists I have admired for years, including Jim鈥

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Summer Reads Blog Tour – Sophie Tallis

Summer Reads Blog Tour – Week Eleven
Sophie Tallis

I’m beginning to wonder where all the time has gone, I mean eleven weeks have already slipped by in this Summer Reads Blog Tour. Where has the summer gone?

I sure hope you’ve been enjoying the Summer Reads Blog as much as I have with meeting all these new faces and new reads. We’ve just got two more weeks left and I’ve saved the best for last. Let’s welcome Sophie Tallis and her books along with her recommended reads.

A Bristol born gal, I grew up in a sleepy village, dreaming of dragons and wild adventures. I haven’t grown up much and sincerely hope I never do. I live in the Cotswolds with my family, two enormous white wolves, two even bigger Alaskan Malamutes and a load of wild ducks who basically run the place! I was a full-time teacher, dulling young minds…ahem…I mean inspiring young children for the past 16 years and am now a librarian, a dream job being surrounded by books all day!

Although I primarily write epic fantasy, I enjoy most genres and love science-fiction, classics and contemporary literary fiction. Basically I’m a sucker for any good story.

I’m a painter, artist and illustrator and have a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art, photography and sculpture and a Post-Grad in Education. But, my first passion has always been for writing stories and poetry, which I’ve done since I was a child.

Apart from writing, reading, drawing and painting, I am an avid film buff, love stargazing, playing chess and traveling (when I get the chance) and am passionate about nature and conservation. I’d describe myself as a lover of wild places and the written word.

I have a passion for ancient history, anthropology, African and Asian mythology, natural history, archaeology, astronomy, geology, world geography, Paleolithic civilization, art history, photography and of course fantasy and science-fiction! Did I mention that I鈥檓 a huge nerd?

White Mountain – Book 1 of the Darkling Chronicles
Amongst our modern world lies another, an archaic and hidden world of tradition, sorcery and magic. As dark demons awaken from our past, the last remaining wizards are being hunted and murdered by a changeling of terrifying strength. Attacked and drained of most of his powers, a dying sorcerer must race against time to save himself and the fate of all, from an enemy intent on cleansing the plant and destroying humanity…
















Links:

Facebook Book Page: http://facebook.com/FantasyEpic


Publisher’s Websites: http://kristell-ink.com/ and http://www.grimboldbooks.com/

Sophie’s Goodread list in no particular order:

1) Behind the Hood by Marita Hensen – Having spent 4 glorious months in beautiful New Zealand, this broody and compelling book by fellow Authonomy writer, Marita Hensen, really hooked me in. It centers around a group of disillusioned Maori youths and you realize the power of broken dreams.

2) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – I loved this book to my core. It reminded me of the wonderful melancholic sci-fi books of my youth like when I read Philip K. Dick’s ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’, Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’ and tones of Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. Mesmeric and stays with you for weeks after.

3) The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – A gut-wrenching story, beautiful, scary and tragic. You really feel every dangerous step the young protagonist finds herself on. MUCH better than the film!

4) The Last Mask by Stephen Winterflood – Wickedly and unreservedly dark. This puts the bitter in bitter chocolate! A truly unique book that twists its readers with every turn of its decadent theatrical blade!

5) In Search of Gods and Heroes by Sammy HK Smith – although I’ve not finished reading this yet, I just HAD to include this (lol, and not because she is my publisher – it’s just very VERY good!).

6) Vortex by Lindsey J Parsons – I LOVED this book and I’m not a big reader of the paranormal genre, but this was a delight from beginning to end. I found myself wishing I was Sam, the main protagonist as she begins to uncover another world within our own and her own part in it, and finds love in the most unexpected place.



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