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Grand Banks release date

The release date for the next Champions novella is set: Grand Banks, the second installment for 1941, will be released exclusively as an ebook on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Look for an except in a few weeks; for now, here’s the teaser: In the face of an unprecedented threat to their Champions, the governments of […]

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Ask the Right People

Many characters I’ve spent time with over the years have been closely related to people I know, or people I feel like I know. I’ve based major protagonists on friends (Wes Pellew and Rufus Chang, for instance), and drawn others from real history (Sir Julian Byng and Sir Andrew Skeen, to name two). Obviously the […]

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Music For Champions

After being so severe about historical accuracy on Monday, I figured I better lighten up today, and speak about something more upbeat… Wait, sorry, that’s dangerously close to being a pun (upbeat –– about music). I am ashamed of myself. Constructing the alternate world of Champions has been an interesting exercise. From equipment to politics […]

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The Accuracy Requirement

A very interesting story emerged last week, when a Democratic Congressman from the state of Connecticut took issue with the recent Spielberg film Lincoln (which I’ve yet to see). His problem: in the film, two Connecticut Congressmen apparently voted against ending slavery, whereas in reality, all of Connecticut’s representatives supported the Thirteenth Amendment to the […]

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Soldiers By Reputation

Now that Firebox has been out for a week, some additional historical notes seem in order. But be suitably warned: these notes may contain spoilers about the story, so I’d advise against reading them until you’ve finished the novella. We last spent time with Colonel Robert Adams, Sergeant Eric Turner, and the storied 25th United […]

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Bearcats and Mustangs

Historical notes were featured at the end of every novel in the His Majesty’s New World series, so naturally I’ve been asked whether we’ll be doing them for Champions. Short answer: yes, but instead of including them with the books/ebooks, I’ll do them here as author notes… and this is the first. Some mild possible […]

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12:01 a.m.

At 12:01 this morning –– January 29th, 2013 –– Iceberg released Firebox, the second installment in the Champions series. It’s an exciting milestone for our company. It marks the first release of a title in ebook-only format –– Firebox is not scheduled to be a stand-alone print book. It’s also our first stand-alone novella release, […]

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Cold Snap

This week in Waterloo, Ontario, we’re in the midst of a cold snap, with wind chills dropping to –26 degrees Celsius (that’s around –8 Fahrenheit to our non-metric friends). It’s pretty brisk, reminding me of the weather from my years in Lethbridge, Alberta… a very dry and sharp cold can cut through to your bones, […]

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Location Scout – Cape Spear

I’ve already explained that the opening scene from Whitecoat was inspired by a place called Green Gardens, in Gros Morne National Park. However, given Lady Alex’s penchant for taking long swims around the island of Newfoundland, it seems appropriate to highlight a stretch of coast with particular significance: Cape Spear is the eastern-most point in […]

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Before U.S. Hegemony

Looking to the release of Firebox, I want to revive another discussion I first began in the historical notes for The Frontier –– in this case, a conversation about historic U.S. military power… or lack thereof. For many of us alive today, the military strength of the United States has been a consistent truism. As […]

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What A Difference A Decade Makes

I’ve come to terms with the fact that, when developing a series, not every idea will necessarily fit. Trying to create a plot that accommodates everything is usually a recipe for disaster –– you need to have discipline, understand the story you’re trying to tell, and then trim away some of the distractions… without gutting […]

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Races And Empire

Ahead of the release of Firebox, I think it’s wise for me to revive a discussion that I first began in the historical notes of The Frontier. As we grappled with questions of race in that book, I felt it important to set my own context when it came to ethnic ‘authenticity’… and indeed, to […]

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Firebox Excerpt Online

With just over three weeks to go until the release of Firebox, the first installment of the Champions of 1941, an excerpt from the novella is now online. Visit the Firebox page to learn how this tactic for containing a rogue Champion got its name, and to see Alex, Stephanie and Strong attempt to teach […]

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National Post: Rise of the Independent Publishers

In yesterday’s National Post, Barbara Kay wrote on the future of publishing, and spoke with Kenneth Tam about Iceberg and Champions. Here’s a peek: “Tam’s decade-long pioneering experience in this new, no-rules publishing world shows that small presses can invent themselves as they evolve. Iceberg just launched a new series, The Champions, which will release […]

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Two Female Leads?

I was recently asked why the lead characters in Champions are “Alex and Stephanie”. I misinterpreted the question with my first response; the person actually wanted to know why the series has two female leads. Still, my first answer stands, even if it might make me sound insane… Lady Alex Smith and Second Lieutenant Stephanie […]

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Location Scout – Green Gardens

The opening scene from Whitecoat sees soon-to-be Lady Alex Smith swimming around the island of Newfoundland. She ends up floating under a cliff, contemplating her future… and possibly misinterpreting a seagull’s intentions (she is, by her own estimation, somewhat awkward). Though the book doesn’t specify where around Newfoundland this takes place, the inspiration was a […]

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Firebox release date

It’s official: the first installment of the Champions of 1941, Firebox, will be released exclusively as an ebook on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. An excerpt from the novella will go online early in January; here’s the teaser from the back of the book: When confronting a rogue Champion, an ordinary soldier’s best hope of survival […]

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Meet the Champions

A new adventure series debuts October 23, 2012, featuring international intrigue, other-worldly influence, and intense action –– all converging in Newfoundland. Whitecoat, the first novel in author Kenneth Tam’s new series, The Champions, is now available in print and ebook, and it brings the story of His Majesty’s New World home to Earth. “Champions is […]

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Our Story: Iceberg Celebrates Ten Years

On September 7, 2012, Iceberg Publishing hosted a very special Tenth Anniversary Gala reception at the Tannery Event Centre, in Kitchener, Ontario. Joined by approximately 80 of the company’s closest friends, Iceberg’s partners took the opportunity to reflect on the journey that had taken them to the start of their second decade of storytelling. When […]

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A New World – With Champions

This summer will mark the end of the six-book His Majesty’s New World series, but readers curious about the fate of Earth and its colonized planet won’t have long to wait to find out what comes next. Iceberg Publishing will be launching the next series set in that universe this fall, and preparations are already […]

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