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John Gwynne

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Malice is my debut novel. Goldsboro Books of London, specialists in signed first-editions, have made Malice their 'Book of the Month' for December 2012.

I was born in Singapore while my dad was stationed there in the RAF. Up until he retired that meant a lot of traveling around, generally a move every three years or so.

I live with my wife and four wonderful (and demanding) children in East Sussex. Also three dogs, two of which will chew anything that stands still. I have had many strange and wonderful jobs, including packing soap in a soap factory, waitering in a french restaurant in Canada, playing double bass in a rock n roll band, and lecturing at Brighton University.

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message 45: by John

John Gwynne Mogsy (MMOGC) wrote: "Thank you for the friend request, John. I read your nice note and just wanted to say it was my pleasure! :)"

Ah, thanks so much :)

Happy Reading

John


Mogsy (MMOGC) Thank you for the friend request, John. I read your nice note and just wanted to say it was my pleasure! :)


message 43: by John

John Gwynne Erich wrote: "Thanks for the friend request! It's always good to see active authors on Goodreads. I really enjoyed Malice and can't wait for the rest of the series to be available on audiobook format in the U.S...."
Hi Erich, it's great to be Goodreads friends. I have a bit of bad news for you, though. At present Audible.com have no plans to record the rest of the series. Audible.uk have recorded all four, but I'm not sure if regional restrictions will be a problem for. Sorry I can't be of more help.


message 42: by John

John Gwynne Craig wrote: "Thanks for the request Mr. Gwynne! Was a shock to me haha after just finishing and reviewing Malice. I didn't fully appreciate that actual authors would see them.....then again it should be so obvi..."

You're more than welcome, Craig, and thank you for accepting, it's great to be Goodreads friends. Yes, authors do lurk on here :) As well as being like-minded book-people it's a great way of interacting with readers. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed Malice and hope that you enjoy the rest of the series. Best, John


message 41: by Erich

Erich Thanks for the friend request! It's always good to see active authors on Goodreads. I really enjoyed Malice and can't wait for the rest of the series to be available on audiobook format in the U.S. If it isn't soon I may have to take drastic measures and get a physical copy.


message 40: by John

John Gwynne Justyna wrote: "Thank you for the friend invite! I really enjoyed the first two books, and I will soon read the final two. I have no doubt that I will like them too:)"
You're more than welcome, Justyna, it's great to be Goodreads friends. I'm so pleased that you're enjoying the series so far.
Best,
John


message 39: by Justyna

Justyna Thank you for the friend invite! I really enjoyed the first two books, and I will soon read the final two. I have no doubt that I will like them too:)


message 38: by Cillian

Cillian Thank you for being my friend. Can't wait for Wrath to be out so I can reread Malice and the other three BACK TO BACK.
(The way it should be.)


message 37: by John

John Gwynne Stephen wrote: "Thank you for the friend request. I just wanted to say (as have many others) just how much I enjoyed Malice. Looking forwarding to getting stuck in to the next in the series!"

Hi Stephen. You're most welcome, it's great to be Goodreads Friends :) I'm so glad that you enjoyed Malice, and hope that you enjoy the rest of the series just as much.

Just to let you know, I'm going through the edit of Wrath today, the fourth and final book in the series. It's due for publication this coming November.

All the best,

John


message 36: by Stephen

Stephen Reed Thank you for the friend request. I just wanted to say (as have many others) just how much I enjoyed Malice. Looking forwarding to getting stuck in to the next in the series!


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John Gwynne Redeagl wrote: "Happy birthday!"

Thanks, Redeagle :)


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Redeagl Happy birthday!


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John Gwynne Zak wrote: "Hi John, just wanted to say that i very much enjoyed the books so far. Heard about them a couple weeks ago and now just finished with Valor, eagerly waiting for Ruin and all the best for the rest o..."
Hi Zak, I'm so pleased to hear that you're enjoying the series so far, and thanks for taking the time to let me know, I really appreciate that. Not too long to wait now for Ruin :)


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John Gwynne Felix wrote: "Epic! I have just ordered the limited edition of "Ruin" from Goldsboro books! Across the pond they only come out in Trade paperback.... This makes 2 limited editions:" Malice & Ruin," I only have a..."
Glad you're enjoying the series so much, Felix :) Goldsboro do make beautiful editions. I know they did do a run on Valour, but I'm not sure whether it was a limited edition or not.
Hope you enjoy Ruin as much as you have the first two.


message 31: by Felix

Felix Epic! I have just ordered the limited edition of "Ruin" from Goldsboro books! Across the pond they only come out in Trade paperback.... This makes 2 limited editions:" Malice & Ruin," I only have a signed one for" valor" - I guess they didn't do one for it?


message 30: by Zak

Zak Hi John, just wanted to say that i very much enjoyed the books so far. Heard about them a couple weeks ago and now just finished with Valor, eagerly waiting for Ruin and all the best for the rest of the series and beyond...


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John Gwynne Anna wrote: "hi, I just wanted to wish you good luck with your writing ;)"

Thanks Anna :)


message 28: by Anna

Anna hi, I just wanted to wish you good luck with your writing ;)


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John Gwynne Yostman1759 wrote: "John - loved both books so much. My daughter (high school senior) asked me for a recommendation over winter break, and I gave her Malice. She read Malice and Valor over the next three days, hard..."

Hi Yostman - thanks for the message, and also for the kind words. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed Malice and Valor, and to hear that you're recommending them has made my day. And to your daughter - it's really lovely to hear that Malice and Valor have become a fun way of connecting for you both. The books have had a similar effect in my family - as I was writing them I'd often tell parts to my boys and the following conversations would always be great fun. When I caught them re-enacting scenes (usually fight scenes involving Conall!) it would always put a smile on my face.
Glad to hear that you're looking forward to Ruin, hopefully you'll enjoy it just as much as the first two.
Thanks again for getting in touch.
All the best,

John


Yostman1759 John - loved both books so much. My daughter (high school senior) asked me for a recommendation over winter break, and I gave her Malice. She read Malice and Valor over the next three days, hardly able to stop. We both enjoyed the characters and stories and it has been fun to connect through your books. Thanks, and we are very much looking forward to Ruin this year!


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John Gwynne Evan wrote: "Mr. Gwynne, I'd like to say that your book Malice has had a pretty significant check-out rate at my library. I can't say how often I've checked it out to patrons, in the same stack as Martin, Jorda..."

Evan wrote: "Mr. Gwynne, I'd like to say that your book Malice has had a pretty significant check-out rate at my library. I can't say how often I've checked it out to patrons, in the same stack as Martin, Jorda..."

Hi Evan, thanks for getting in touch, and that is great news - shocking, as well. I'm still getting used to being published, so when I hear things like this, well, it makes me shake my head and grin. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know, I really appreciate it.
And I hope you enjoy Malice :)


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John Gwynne Scott wrote: "Just finished Valor. Loved it. Can't wait for book 3."

Thanks Scott - glad you enjoyed Valor. Book 3 is written, titled Ruin and going through edits at the moment. I'm not sure when it's out in the US yet, but I'll post that info as soon as I hear it.


message 23: by Evan

Evan Clark Mr. Gwynne, I'd like to say that your book Malice has had a pretty significant check-out rate at my library. I can't say how often I've checked it out to patrons, in the same stack as Martin, Jordan, and Tolkien. Recently, I picked up a copy myself and will begin reading shortly. I simply wished to say congratulations on your trilogy, and your initiation into the larger fantasy canon.


message 22: by Scott

Scott Scher Just finished Valor. Loved it. Can't wait for book 3.


message 21: by John

John Gwynne Hi Mark,

Thanks for the message - you're welcome regards the friend invite. Very glad to hear that you enjoyed Malice. Thanks for the kind words, and also for the encouragement about book 3. I do appreciate that, and agree with you.

I hope that you enjoy Valor.

All the best,

John


message 20: by Mark

Mark Thanks for the friend invite John. I love your work and just picked up Valor, and I can't wait to start it. Don't ever worry about delays, quality writing takes time and I for one would rather wait to get a quality product then a hurried mess. Keep up the good work

Mark


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John Gwynne Cody wrote: "Well thank you for the add I don't really ever do book reviews just rate them as I finish them, I read malice on my kindle and finished it immediately looked for the second. Low and behold it wasn'..."
You're welcome Cody. Really pleased that you enjoyed Malice and Valour - sorry about the frequent POV changes :)
Take care and Happy Reading,
John


message 18: by John

John Gwynne David wrote: "Hey John, I really enjoyed Malice and Valour, they are truly fantastic reads. Do you have a rough idea on when the 3rd book will be out?"

Hi David - thanks for the message - I'm really pleased that you enjoyed Malice and Valour, and thanks for taking the time to let me know.
As far as book 3 goes (there are 4 planned in the series) I'm still writing it at the moment, nearly finished though. My publishers haven't told me a release date yet, but I'd guesstimate summer/autumn 2015. Don't quote me on that, though. I will be giving updates on my blog as and when I have solid information.
Hope that helps,
All the best,

John


message 17: by Cody

Cody Well thank you for the add I don't really ever do book reviews just rate them as I finish them, I read malice on my kindle and finished it immediately looked for the second. Low and behold it wasn't out in the US yet so I ordered it from amazon uk and a week later I devoured it in about 7 hours and proceeded to have withdrawals since the story ended in such a good spot that the 3rd book is sure to be marvelous. All and all I am impressed by your series so far if not slightly peeved at the maddening pov changes as it gets good


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John Gwynne Tracey wrote: "My copy of Valour just arrived! Can't wait to return to the Banished Lands!"
Hope you enjoy it Tracey :)


Tracey the Lizard Queen My copy of Valour just arrived! Can't wait to return to the Banished Lands!


message 14: by Michael

Michael got to get me over to amazon and get me a copy asap


message 13: by J

J Hey John. Thanks for the add. I was a huge fan of Malice. Easily one of the better books I have read in recent years. Just out of curiosity, if you could recommend a few books to read for someone that's a fan of your work, what would they be?


message 12: by Ricky (last edited Mar 04, 2014 06:35AM)

Ricky Shorter Thanks for the add John, recently read Malice and was blown away! Very much looking forward to Valour. Also very pleased to see you say it is released in March - hadn't checked for myself, and the link above seems to be for the Paperback version, which says July


message 11: by John

John Gwynne Bentley wrote: "Wow, thanks so much for the add John! You have no idea how much that made my day! I'm so glad I came across your book in the bookstore and decided to blind-buy it. It really spoke to me - the chara..."

Hi Bentley, thanks for the message and no worries about the friend-add. I'm really pleased that you enjoyed Malice, and thanks for taking the time to let me know. All the best with the writing,
John


Bentley ★ Bookbastion.net Wow, thanks so much for the add John! You have no idea how much that made my day! I'm so glad I came across your book in the bookstore and decided to blind-buy it. It really spoke to me - the characters, the world, etc. It's a dream of mine to become a published author someday, and I only hope I can craft has as engaging story as you have in the Faithful and the Fallen series.

Can't wait for the next book!


Wieteke Hello John,
Thank you for your friend request. This was a pleasant surprise to see. I soon hope to be able to read the second book of your series, as the end left me wanting for more.

Kind regards,
Wieteke


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John Gwynne Michelle wrote: "Hi John, thank you for adding me, it was an awesome beginning to my work day (even if my workmates giggled at my enthusiasm). Loved Malice and am looking forward to reading Avatar.
Cheers."


No problem Michelle - great to be Goodreads friends. So glad that you enjoyed Malice, and thanks for taking the time to let me know. Book 2, Valour, is out in March, so not too long to wait.
Best,
John


Michelle Travaille Hi John, thank you for adding me, it was an awesome beginning to my work day (even if my workmates giggled at my enthusiasm). Loved Malice and am looking forward to reading Avatar.
Cheers.


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John Gwynne Hi Michael - thanks for the interest in Valour. I haven't been told a definite date yet. Amazon uk have it down as March 27th, but they are not the most reliable. I'll chase up my publishers, see if I can get some concrete info and let you know.
Thanks again for the interest, and happy New Year to you.
Best,
John


Michael Roll on March
have you a definitive date for Valour yet Mr Gwynne?
in time for my birthday on the 14th would be good


message 4: by John

John Gwynne Johannes wrote: "Hey John! Thanks for adding me. Loved your book, though i wish i had found it at a later time. Hate waiting for sequels :-)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"


Hi Johannes - glad to be friends on goodreads, and I'm really pleased that you enjoyed Malice. Sorry about the delay for book 2 - Valour, it's out in March 2014, so not too long to wait, I hope.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

All the best,
John


message 3: by Johannes (last edited Dec 28, 2013 06:51PM)

Johannes Hey John! Thanks for adding me. Loved your book, though i wish i had found it at a later time. Hate waiting for sequels :-)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


message 2: by John

John Gwynne No problem Paul. All the best with the book giveaway.

Best,
John


message 1: by Paul

Paul Thanks for the friend add, John.
Wish me luck on your goodreads giveaway :-)
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