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Shawn Speakman grew up in the beautiful wilds of Washington State near a volcano and surrounded by old-growth forests filled with magic. After moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, he befriended New York Times best-selling fantasy author Terry Brooks and became his webmaster, leading to an enchanted life surrounded by words.

He was a manager at one of the largest Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the country for many years and now owns the online bookstore The Signed Page, manages the websites for several authors, and is a freelance writer for Random House.

He also contributed the annotations for The Annotated Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks, published in 2012.

Shawn is a cancer survivor, knows angel fire east, and lives...more


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Blackguards edited by J.M. Martin is coming!

What is Blackguards? It is an anthology featuring some of the best writers in the fantasy genre, all coming together under one cover. Click HERE to see the whole author lineup. The theme of the anthology? All stories about thieves, rogues, mercenaries, and the like.


My contribution to the anthology, The White Rose Thief, takes place after...

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Shawn Speakman is on page 135 of 806 of Rogues: Finished the story by Matthew Hughes. A fun story about a thief, gods, betrayal, luck and revenge. And all the goodness that comes with it all.
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“Unfettered is an anthology filled with magic, wonderment, and hope. It is more than it's combined stories, though. It is the power of friendship. Of giving. Of a science-fiction and fantasy community that protects its own. Of humanity escaping the ugliness that often plagues it to instead create a testament to the goodness found in every heart.”
Shawn Speakman, Unfettered

“Can I be honest here? I don’t read forewords. Can I be painfully honest? I don’t even know what forewords are for. Am I supposed to somehow convince you to buy this book? Are you, even now, standing in a bookstore, reading this, your gut roiling with indecision? That doesn’t seem to make sense to me. For one thing, you can see the folks in this anthology. You’ve read their names on the cover. It couldn’t be more impressive if it included Lord Vishnu and Optimus Prime.”
Shawn Speakman, Unfettered: Tales by Masters of Fantasy

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