Pics from Saturday’s Signing and a Look Into the Book!
I wasn’t sure this was going to happen.
There were a few things working against it.
First, the storm. In case you haven’t been following the news, there has been a major storm hitting the Great Lakes Region. It’s pummeling the area around Lake Erie (Niagara, New York) and Lake Huron/Georgian Bay (the Bruce Peninsula) the hardest. Lake effect snow is so unpredictable, and Highway 401 threads a line between these two lakes. Don’t get me wrong — I absolutely love snow storms and winter weather. LOVE IT. I’m Canadian, through and through. However, if snow disrupts a signing and I end up in a ditch, or anyone gets hurt, I’m not so thrilled. Luckily, the weather held off along my travel path, and the ninety minutes of driving on clear roads was wonderful.
Second, the books. Fitzhenry hasn’t actually had the official print run for The Shadow of War. That’s coming in early December. They did print some advance copies, however, and shipped them to Guelph for the signing. (They’ve shipped some to Indigo Cambridge as well, for my signing there this coming Saturday.) A big thanks to Fitzhenry & Whiteside and Holly Doll for doing this!
I had not yet seen the printed book. Usually the publisher sends “Author Copies” after the printing. Because this small number of books was printed for the signings, I have not yet held one in my hands. So, when I walked into the store … it was the first thing I saw. The Shadow of War is my eighth book, but seeing my work on a shelf remains, and always will remain, mind-blowing. It took my breath away.
The color pops. The book fits perfectly into the series. And the interior design is stunning:
Ken Geniza at Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Ltd. created the cover. The process with him is so easy and seamless, and the end result of each book has been beyond expectations.
Here’s a look at the first chapter:
And some other graphics through the book, below. I am not showing the new images that artist Cheyney Steadman created, however, for they are spoilerish. The Shadow of War contains the most images/graphics/schematics of any book in The Rise of Oceania.
And here’s a look at the spine and back:
The signing at Indigo Guelph was fantastic. It was a bitter cold day but the store was packed with happy customers. I had a great time chatting technothrillers and giving out swag. Thanks to all the readers who came to pick up the book, and to all the people who bought the book who had never heard of me. (Most people have no idea who I am, to be fair lol.) I hope that I have made a new fan of everyone who bought the book yesterday.
Thanks to everyone who made this happen, to Mac at Indigo Guelph for arranging the signing, to the entire team at Fitzhenry & Whiteside, and to everyone who came to the signing and, regardless of whether you purchased a book, for chatting with me about technothrillers and how important escapist entertainment is today. Of any time in our shared history, escapist entertainment in all forms is more important now than ever before. You’ll hear more of this message from me in the next few days.
Here are some more pics, below. Thanks to my good friend, Tara, who also made the trek to Guelph. You’ll see her, below. And to those in the Cambridge region … I hope to see you there this Saturday the 26th! Enjoy the pics!
— Timothy S. Johnston, 20 November 2022
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THE WAR BENEATH: FIRST PLACE 2018 GLOBAL THRILLER Action / Adventure Category Winner, 2019 Silver Falchion Award Finalist, 2018 CLUE Award Semi-Finalist, 2019 Kindle Book Awards Semi-Finalist, & 2019 CYGNUS Award Shortlister
THE SAVAGE DEEPS: FIRST PLACE 2020 CYGNUS Award Winner, 2019 GLOBAL THRILLER Awards Finalist, 2022 Kindle Book Awards Semi-Finalist; 2019 CLUE Award Shortlister
FATAL DEPTH: FIRST PLACE 2021 GLOBAL THRILLER Award Winner, 2022 Silver Falchion Award Finalist (Best Action Adventure), 2021 CYGNUS Award Semi-Finalist
Praise for THE WAR BENEATH
“If you’re looking for a techno-thriller combining Ian Fleming, Tom Clancy and John Le Carré, The War Beneath will satisfy … a ripping good yarn, a genuine page-turner.” — Amazing Stories
“One very riveting, intelligent read!” — Readers’ Favorite
“If you like novels like The Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising,
you will certainly enjoy The War Beneath.” — A Thrill A Week
“If you’re here for thrills, the book will deliver.” — The Cambridge Geek
“… an engaging world that is highly believable …” — The Future Fire
“This is a tense, gripping science fiction/thriller of which Tom Clancy might well be proud . . . When I say it is gripping, that is the simple truth.” — Ardath Mayhar
“… a thrill ride from beginning to end …” — SFcrowsnest
“… if you like Clancy and le Carré with a hint of Forsyth thrown in,
you’ll love The War Beneath.” — Colonel Jonathan P. Brazee (RET),
2017 Nebula Award & 2018 Dragon Award Finalist
“Fast-paced, good old-fashioned Cold War espionage … a great escape!” — The Minerva Reader