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Characters You Envy

On the last day of my most recent visit to Gros Morne National Park, I went to Trout River. This is turning into something of a tradition; I love the ocean, and after ten days in the paradise of western Newfoundland, it’s important to spend a little time at the shore, collecting my thoughts and […]

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Painting Her Nails

We’re just a week away from the release of Mandarins, and an excerpt from the novella is now online. On the eve of a dangerous mission to Hong Kong, we join our indefatigable hero Stephanie Shylock as she prepares for battle… by painting her nails. No, seriously. Nails are important. She moisturizes too. At last, […]

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Location Scout – Victoria

When plans for the Champions of 1941 were first being developed, the year’s fourth novella was supposed to see Alex, Stephanie and Strong travel to Turkey, where they would explore the ailing Ottoman Empire. From the point of view of a historian, this would have been quite an interesting adventure; in our real history, the […]

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Champions in Hong Kong

The release date for the penultimate installment of the Champions of 1941 has been confirmed: Mandarins launches on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Here’s the teaser: Three months have passed since chaos descended over Scotland, and a clue has finally emerged which might lead to the villains behind the attacks. While Jimmy Devlin is trapped in […]

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Shooting To Live

This month we’ll be launching the fourth installment of the Champions of 1941, Mandarins. Teasers and excerpts for that novella are still to come, but for now I want to highlight one element vital to the story: we’re going to spend extra time with Stephanie Shylock, and learn more about her particular skills. By now […]

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Best Friends

When it comes to author notes, I’ve been silent for the past couple of weeks. I caught a cold coming back from the awards ceremony in New York, which took me off my feet for a while, and have since been focused on editing and drafting –– two duties which, this year, have been particularly […]

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Creative Award Wins

This week at Iceberg, it’s all about awards. Jacqui Tam and I are bound for New York tomorrow, so that she can receive her IPPY Silver Medal for the Tenth Anniversary Edition of A Daughter’s Gift. Expect me to gush rather extensively about that occasion in my note on Thursday… and expect my mother to […]

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Meet Lord Duncan

Next week sees the launch of Elspeth, and yesterday the excerpt from that novella went online. Now’s your chance to meet Lord Duncan, the Champion of Edinburgh, with whom Alex, Stephanie and Strong must work as they attempt to find the missing Champion of London, Lady Elspeth Cornish. But where our three protagonists seem to […]

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How Cool is This?

This time last year we were getting ready for a photo shoot for the Champions alternative history series. The exact date was Sunday, May 6th on location at the Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society venue in St. Jacob’s, Ontario. The number of people involved, including models, photographer and assistant, make-up and hair, props, Iceberg team, […]

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Seeing A Lady In Halifax

It’s an exciting couple of weeks for Iceberg Publishing. I can’t get into all the details of why –– certain announcements won’t be official until next week –– but by way of a hint, the beginning of May is usually when certain book awards are announced. It’s a time for publishers like us to crowd […]

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Elspeth Release Date

The date is now set: Elspeth, the third Champions novella for 1941, will be released exclusively as an ebook on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 (print edition to follow next November, as part of the omnibus War Footing). Look for an excerpt in the weeks ahead; for now, just a teaser: The trail should have been cold […]

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Bader Rules

Some decades ago, I expect everyone knew who Douglas Bader was. The prickly RAF pilot made a name for himself during the Battle of Britain, and the broader Second World War, as an uncompromising squadron leader who set upon the Luftwaffe with ruthless efficiency. He helped pioneer new fighter tactics, was a skilled dogfighter, and […]

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Smith’s Rifle

It’s probably clear by now that I’m a big believer in trying to get the details right, particularly when it comes to alternate history. I don’t always succeed –– I lately confessed to making up Hood’s compartment layout –– but as someone who spent six years studying the past, I figure I’m duty-bound to try […]

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Tactics of Defiance

On Monday night, I watched the debut of a new series called Defiance –– and I must say, I had fun. The show comes with an intriguing concept, some very enjoyable characters, a number of familiar themes, and a robust framework. I’ve heard people liken it (favorably or unfavorably) to everything from Firefly to Babylon 5, and […]

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Special Service Squadron

Now that we’re nearly two weeks past the launch of Grand Banks, it’s time for some historical commentaries. If you’ve yet to read the second installment in the Champions of 1941, I’d suggest you not continue with this note until you have –– spoilers to come. And for this note, those spoilers are very much […]

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New World, New Look

Readers who have joined His Majesty’s New World in the past few months might not realize, but the books they’re reading represent something of a visual departure from the original editions. Back in October, as part of the launch of Champions, we decided it was time for the series to get a makeover –– to […]

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Royal Navy Preview

With Grand Banks launching next Tuesday, it’s time for another pre-launch historical preview (not quite as in-depth as the one about American hegemony –– or lack thereof). Our target on this occasion: the Royal Navy. As we’ve seen in the excerpt, Alex is slightly in awe of this fleet, and she’s not alone. I can’t […]

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Excerpt from Grand Banks

We’re less than two weeks away from the release of Grand Banks, the second novella for the Champions of 1941, and in anticipation of the release, an excerpt is now online. Visit the page for Grand Banks to get a preview of how Alex is coping with the events of Firebox –– and to find […]

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The Drifter

Last week, Jacqui and I were breaking down the problems with a speculative draft I’ve been working on –– not Black Sun, but something else entirely. Without getting into too much boring detail, we zeroed in on the characters, and how they weren’t strong enough to carry a book. Fortunately, the solution wasn’t difficult (it […]

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Through Whose Eyes?

Whether the cosmos is gripped by war, a new world is being settled, or Champions are shifting the balance of politics in 1940, the way a story is written depends entirely on the characters you choose to follow. I know that’s probably the most obvious observation I could make, but I think it’s important for […]

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