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The Vinciolo Journal Reviews Gateways

Just over a week to the big day, and there’s a new review of Gateways out, this time by Matthew Rettino of The Vinciolo Journal. Matthew is a Montrealer who studies historical fantasy literature, with a special interest in the work of Guy Gavriel Kay, perhaps the greatest Canadian writer in the genre. So needless to say, I was a little bit nervous wondering what Matthew would think of my novel, but I’m gratified that he chose to compliment many of the things that were most important to me: the world building, the “cost” of the magic, and the novel’s antagonist … which is the war itself.

Read the full review here!

And check out other reviews on the Goodreads page.


Gateways on To Be Read podcast!

Gateways is discussed on the To Be Read podcast! Check it out here (starts around 1:19).

“Really neat things that he’s done with the magic. It very much feels like historical fiction set in that period. But it’s got some really neat characters, some really neat plot twists.”

The Gateway Fort and the Place with the Columns

Have you been wondering what the cover of Gateways is all about? This week’s sample chapter takes us to the two places that the cover depicts: the Gateway Fort, where much of the action of the novel takes place, and the “place with the columns,” those spiralling columns of light that you’ve been wondering about.

In next week’s chapter we will actually meet General Freed, whom we’ve heard a lot about, and there will be a big reveal at the end, so be sure to stay tuned for that.

If you want to get caught up on the earlier chapters, go to the Sample Chapters main page, where I’ll be posting everything up to Chapter Six in the coming weeks. As always, if you enjoy the sample chapters, please consider pre-ordering the novel!



Amazon Kindle Readers: You can pre-order Gateways!

Less than a month ago, Amazon started supporting pre-orders for self-published Kindle books! If you are a Kindle user, you can now pre-order Gateways, the new historical fantasy novel inspired by the World War I and surrounding politics, and combining diplomacy with plots, counterplots and magic.

You can check out sample chapters of Gateways here, and if you like them, pre-order Gateways for your Kindle (or for other devices). The October 20 release date is only a few weeks away!

The Pre-Order Frenzy: First Free Chapter is Up

Gateways is starting, very slowly, to enter the real world.

Every Monday evening from now until the release date (October 20), I will be releasing a chapter or half-chapter at the Sample Chapters page of this site. All told, you can read the first six chapters free, right here.

I am pleased to announce that Chapter 1, Part A has been posted! It’s one of the most important pieces of the entire novel (aren’t introductions always like that?) Read it here.

And now for another special request for my friends and supporters:

Pre-orders are very important, and this release of chapters is going to be the major push. My goal is to have people coming back week after week to read these chapters, hopefully building anticipation for the actual release. But I can’t do that alone. Please tell your friends to check out the sample chapters and share a link to Chapter 1, Part A on your Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. I don’t ask you to try to convince anyone to actually buy the book — I’m confident enough in Gateways to believe the chapters themselves will do that — but if you have a moment, please do point your friends in my direction. With all of your support, this launch can become something truly incredible.

Thank you so much, with all my heart.


New Release Date and Sample Chapters

A column of shimmering white light burst from the ground inches from where Jayla was standing, and she jumped backward, startled. She heard Brenner let out a whoop of joy, and then she saw him, bathed in another column of purple light. New columns started bursting up all around them, red and green and orange and silver. He passed through two of the columns and they seemed to explode into fountains, streams of coloured light cascading down like the tails of fireworks. It was the most beautiful sight Jayla had ever seen.

northern lights

Friends, gather round.  You seek adventure. You seek light. You seek magic. You have come to the right place.

Two pieces of big news today. First, that which you seek can be yours three weeks earlier than originally planned. The new release date for Gateways will be October 20, 2014 — up from the original date of November 10, 2014.

Second, to help you make up your mind on whether Gateways is the book for you (hint: it is), I am going to be releasing sample chapters or half-chapters every Monday from now until then. Go to the new Sample Chapters page to see the release schedule!

And if you like the sample chapters, please consider pre-ordering your copy of the full novel.

Thank you so much, once again, for all of your support. I am so excited that Gateways is that much closer to being released into the world.

Nook Pre-Orders are Up!

We’re at 3 for 3! Click here to pre-order Gateways for your Nook.

Full pre-order information can be found here.

I’ll be in Chicago for the long weekend for a very good friend’s wedding. At some point next week I hope to announce a decision on whether or not to move forward the November 10 release date (i.e., I hope to have actually made a decision by then!).

Kobo has Pre-Orders Up!

Pre-order Gateways for your Kobo here, or just go to the Kobo Store and search “brian gottheil”.

Click here for full pre-order information.  2 out of the 3 retailers that support pre-orders have Gateways on their sites now, and the Barnes & Noble Nook store will be coming soon. And once it does, I may have a new release date announcement 🙂

Gateways Pre-Orders are OPEN — at the Apple iBookstore

This is getting more and more real, people.

Pre-orders have officially gone up — more than a month ahead of schedule! — at the Apple iBookstore.

If you have an iPad, a Mac, or really strong glasses and an iPhone/iPod, click here to pre-order your very own copy of Gateways! Or, just go onto iTunes and search “brian gottheil”.

If you have a Kobo or a Nook, pre-orders for those e-readers should be going up within the next week. A Kindle, a Sony device, or other e-readers? They, unfortunately, don’t support pre-orders, but you’ll be able to get Gateways there too on the release date. And if you don’t have an e-reader at all? There are lots of ways to read Gateways on your computer — check out the (brand new) purchase/pre-order page for details.

Speaking of the release date … it’s scheduled for November 10, 2014, but that was when I thought pre-orders wouldn’t go up until Labour Day. Now that pre-orders have started in July, it may make sense to move the release date up a little bit … I wonder …

This is a Map

Matthias steadied himself, grasped her hand tighter, and started to squeeze in the code: “Because I can teach you.” And then: “This is a map.”

In the world of Gatewaysthis is a map (click to enlarge):



Designed by the amazing Fiona Jayde — who also created my beautiful cover — I am thrilled to release the official map of the Continent, the world in which Gateways takes place. I am so happy to see the magic Fiona has done with my hand-drawn scribbles of Deugan, Brealand and all the rest.

Pay attention to the little pathway between the mountains toward the top of the map, where the “Gateway Fort” and “Gateway Well” lie, and you may see a hint of the origins of the title 🙂

Folks, what’s even more exciting is that with the map, the cover, and all of the text and editing I’ve already done, I now have a totally complete manuscript. It’s going to start getting uploaded and screened and stuff within days. Labour Day is still the target date for pre-orders to open, but if things happen to work out a little sooner, well … I won’t complain.