San Diego Comic Con



Not long to go now!

Here is my schedule for SAN DIEGO COMIC CON for the 18th to the 21st of July 2013 

Panel: Urban Fantasy

July 20th, 10-11am; Room 7AB
1. Kevin Hearne, THE IRON DRUID CHRONICLES (Random House/Del Rey)
2. Marlene Perez, STRANGE FATES (Hachette Book Group/Orbit Books)
3. Max Gladston, THREE PARTS DEAD (Tor)
4. Richard Kadrey, KILL CITY BLUES (HarperCollins/Harper Voyager)
5. Liesel Schwarz, A CONSPIRACY OF ALCHEMISTS (Random House/Del Rey)
6. Jim Butcher, THE DRESDEN FILES (Ace/Roc)
MODERATOR: Colleen Lindsay

11:30am-12:30 noon SIGNING with the panel group – – Autograph Area Table 9

I have also been scheduled for a SIGNING on 

Sunday, July 21 11:00am – 12:00noon Random House booth #1515

(Please note that this might change so keep checking this space for details)


I will be at the conference for the whole week, so keep and eye out for me and don’t be shy to say hello. 

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Not long now till publication.



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Announcing the Big TLC Blog Tour – March 2013

In celebration of publication of A Conspiracy of Alchemists in the United States, I am going on tour, courtesy of the lovely TLC Book ToursCoverUS.

These are the stops:

Monday, March 4th: Booked on a Feeling
Tuesday, March 5th: Great Imaginations
Wednesday, March 6th: The Written World
Thursday, March 7th: Books a la Mode guest post/spotlight
Friday, March 8th: Booktalk & More
Monday, March 11th: Speaking of Books
Tuesday, March 12th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Wednesday, March 13th: Luxury Reading
Thursday, March 14th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, March 18th: Unabridged Chick
Tuesday, March 19th: Bookish Whimsy
Wednesday, March 20th: Literally Jen
Thursday, March 21st: Fiction State of Mind
Monday, March 25th: Books Without Any Pictures
Wednesday, March 27th: Oh! Paper Pages
Monday, April 1st: Nerds in Babeland
Tuesday, April 2nd: A Bookish Way of Life
Wednesday, April 3rd: Ageless Pages Reviews
Thursday, April 4th: Quirky Bookworm
Monday, April 8th: Fiction State of Mind
Wednesday, April 10th: A Chick Who Reads

Thank you all for hosting me. I look forward to meeting you all.

LS xx


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My Top Steampunk Tunes

Photo by Sylvia Serwin – click for source link

The other day I was listening to my mp3 player, as one does, when I suddenly realised that I had amassed a surprising collection of steampunk music. Now this was not something I had set out to do deliberately, but I am always on the lookout for a good bit of steampunk sound and so the list had grown organically over time. With tentacles. Steampunk artists never cease to amaze me with their style and ingenuity.  There is some amazing steampunk music out there, but because these artists don’t necessarily get the same exposure mainstream musicians have, it takes a bit of digging about to find the good stuff.

So, for your listening delectation, here are ten of my favourites:

(YouTube Links enclosed)

  1.  Fighting Trousers by Professor Elemental
  2. 1816, The Year Without a Summer by Rasputina
  3. This Sea by Voltaire
  4. Sleep Isabella by Abney Park
  5. Sweet Cold Collation by Professor Elemental
  6. The Ballad of Mona Lisa by Panic at the Disco
  7. The Theme to the Sherlock Holmes film by Hans Zimmer
  8. Ants Under Glass by Unextraordinary Gentlemen
  9. The Last Express by Vernian Process
  10. Castle Down by Emilie Autumn 

Support these guys, you won’t be sorry!  LS


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The Big Day is Almost Here

The 7th of February 2013 is the big day. It’s the day A CONSPIRACY OF ALCHEMISTS will be launched in the UK.

And to celebrate, Forbidden Planet is hosting a bash on the 8th of Feb 2013 in their West End Store. Do stop by and say hello if you are in the area. I will be there along with the lovely E.J. Swift who will be launching her novel, Osiris at the same event, so it will be a double treat.

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Friday 08 February 2013 18:00 –   19:00

London Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London,WC2H 8JR

Forbidden Planet are delighted to bring you a double signing with two of this year’s most exciting new talents! Liesel Schwarz and E. J. Swift will be at the London Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8JR, on Friday 8th February 2013.


Liesel’s ‘Conspiracy of Alchemists’ brings us a Golden Age where spark reactors power the airways, and creatures of Light and Shadow walk openly – and a deadly game of Alchemists and Warlocks has begun. When an unusual cargo drags airship-pilot Elle Chance into the affairs of the mysterious Mr Marsh, she must confront her destiny and do everything in her power to stop the Alchemists from unleashing a magical apocalypse.


In ‘Osiris’, E. J. Swift brings us Adelaide Rechnov, wealthy socialite and granddaughter of the Architect, who spends her spends time in pointless luxury, rebelling against her family. In the impoverished Western Quarter lives Vikram Bai, poor descendant of storm refugees and effectively quarantined from the wealthy elite. His people live with cold and starvation, but the coming brutal winter promises civil unrest, and a return to the riots of previous years. As tensions rise in the city, can Adelaide and Vikram bridge the divide at the heart of Osiris before conspiracies bring them to the edge of disaster?

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2013 looks to be a hugely exciting year for me. Keep watching this space for details and updates.

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December 28, 2012 · 8:49 am



Ladies and Gentlemen!

Step Right up. This way please to the amazing! The Phantasmagoric! The One and Only NEXT BIG THING Blog Tour. A big thank you to the dashing and debonair Guy Adams , the lovely Julia Stagg and last but not least,  Sharon Jones for the tags.

Given my current publication schedule, I rarely leave me little writing cave for more than a few hours at a time, so in an act of supreme laziness efficiency I will do a special buy-one-get-one-free post.

1) What is the working title of your next book?

I am currently editing A CONSPIRACY OF ALCHEMISTS (DelRey) which will be out on the 7th of Feb 2013 in the UK and the 5th of March 2013 in the US. I am also busy working on Book 2 in the series. It had an awesome title. In fact it was so awesome that no less than four other books to be launched in 2013 will have the same name. *sigh*

I am offering a (slightly opened) bottle of absinthe to the person who can come up with a new title.

 2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

I was on the London Underground passing through Baker Street one Tuesday afternoon, when two characters in the book started having a massive row in my head. So I started jotting down what they were saying (as one does) and the story grew from there. ALCHEMISTS eventually ended up becoming my MA dissertation and later my debut novel, which is rather a rather excellent outcome, I think.

 3) What genre does your book fall under?

 It’s Steampunk, so you can categorise it as Speculative Fiction, SciFi, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Historical Fantasy, Horror … whatever floats your boat, man.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

 Ooh, tough one: Elle is Isla Fischer meets Jane Levy meets Audrey Tatou. Marsh is a younger Richard Armitage meets Johnny Depp meets Jamie Bamber. I think about this often… you can tell.

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A sweeping steampunk tale* set in the Belle Epoch featuring the adventures of Eleanor Chance, dirigible pilot.

*with added absinthe fairies

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I am represented by the supremely awesome Oliver Munson and the book will be published by DelRey(UK) here in the UK on the 7th of February 2013, and by DelRey in the US on the 5th of March 2013 with Heine in Germany at some stage after that. Books 2 and 3 in the series will follow later in 2013 and early 2014.

 7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

 I write quite fast, so it took me about four months to complete the first draft, but I had no idea what I was doing at the time, so it took a lot of polishing and reworking afterwards to get the final manuscript done.

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

 Any of the steampunk works du jour, I suppose. Gail Carriger, Cherie Priest and others spring to mind. I drew heavily from the 19th Century Literature so there’s that too.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

 As I said, the story sort of wrote itself, so it was a confluence of things that randomly connected. Each book is born from the alchemy of a series of cosmic events.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

 I’m told that the descriptions of the food in the book are quite fun. My characters are Edwardian, so they all like to eat. A lot.

That’s all from me. But here are the next victims NEXT BIG THINGS,

~ do be sure click repeatedly on their blog links and tell to tell all your friends to buy their books. You won’t be sorry – I promise.

Django Wexler’s super cool epic SHINIGAMI set in the Japanese underworld has everything you would want from a novel and I am a huge fan. A devotee of the cat-herding cult of writers, he lives in Seattle, where I believe it rains a lot and they have nice coffee. When not writing full-time, Django watches anime, reads and games. I am also reliably informed that he could be persuaded to live in a cave, but it has to be a nice cave though.

Aleksandr Voinov has been published for decades and when not engaged in the super-paced Financial Sector in London, he writes, runs his own publishing empire, helps other writers and and quietly plots world domination. He is also a super nice guy who likes bonsais and is not afraid to destroy the kitchen in order to bake the perfect gingerbread man. His critically acclaimed mafia series DARK SOUL , has been available since June 2012.

Mari Hannah The wonderfully warm and funny Mari lives in a small village in Northumbria and writes edgy crime novels that garner rave reviews. Her latest book, SETTLED BLOOD is out now. I’ve also head rumours of television series, but shh.. don’t tell anyone. 

Carol McGrath Historian and PhD scholar, Carol is soon to be published. Her book, set around 1066, is a sumptuous and meticulously researched Medieval treat. I know this because I was privileged enough to have been given a sneak peak.

Claire McGowan In the space between being president of the Crime Writers’ association and entertaining people on Twitter with her astute and incredibly funny tweets, Claire writes crime novels. Her awesome debut novel, THE FALL is out now. 


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October Contemplations


This is my favourite time of year. The world is shrouded in mist and rust colours.The pumpkins are out. My cats come into the house smelling like autumn leaves. I was born around All Hallows Eve and so its hardly surprising that I have a penchant for the Gothic. And so I have my Halloween birthday to look forward to. Book 2 in the Chronicles of Shadow and Light is nearing its completion and so it’s almost time to kick back, pour myself a cup of hot mulled cider and reflect on the year that’s been. Bliss 


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October 21, 2012 · 7:27 am

Appearance: 6 October 2012

This Saturday, I will be speaking at a Guardian Masterclass about how I got published. It should be fun and I look forward to meeting everyone.


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DelRey UK launch

DelRey UK had its launch at Fantasy Con in Brighton over the weekend of the 29th of September. And what a lovely time we had. Here is a picture of my proof copies. Aren’t they lovely?

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