Tag Archives: A. M. Tuomala
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Drakon Inspiration: The Villain

Athena’s note: A.M. Tuomala and I had a blast imagining the cast and music of the film version of Drakon. But the foundations of this immersive work are deep, and as fascinating as the part that’s above ground.  Below is a repost of the author’s reflections about the story’s non-obvious villain.  It’s interesting that the […]

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A Valentine: A.M. Tuomala’s Luminous Erekos

Love, unconquerable in battle, Even immortals can’t escape you, And mortals, in their one day’s dusk, Tremble before your glory. Sophocles’ Antigone   English is notoriously poor in words of affection, including nuances of “love”.  When used without qualifiers, the term exclusively signifies romantic/sexual emotions.  But love (and, for that matter, hate) among blood kin […]

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Release Day: Drakon by A. M. Tuomala

Here’s wishing a dragon’s long and remarkable life to Drakon, A. M. Tuomala’s stunning sophomore novel after her acclaimed debut Erekos! Drakon can be summarized as “Game of Thrones meets War and Peace.” Drakon is as immersive and vividly drawn as Erekos and its characters (some of whom are dragons) are unforgettable. Deeply embedded in […]

Candlemark & Gleam Works Get Starred Reviews in Publishers Weekly

Everyone talks about “the sophomore slump” but Candlemark & Gleam contributors apparently didn’t receive this particular memo.   Two sophomore Candlemark works received starred Publishers Weekly reviews in 2016: Drakon (A. M. Tuomala’s second standalone novel after her highly acclaimed Erekos, the first work to be published by Candlemark), and To Shape the Dark (Athena […]

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Drakon, the Movie!

Those who’ve read A. M. Tuomala’s Drakon outline or synopsis have undoubtedly sussed out that, in addition to its remarkable novelistic attributes, it would also make a rousing movie: dragons who carve poetry on glazed tiles; war, espionage, political intrigue; divided loyalties and hidden agendas; familial love and strife; thwarted or thorny love paths – […]

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Benjamin Franklin Awards

Big news, everyone! The IBPA has announced the finalists for the Ben Franklin Awards…and Erekos and Candlemark & Gleam are among them! We’re finalists for Best First Book (Fiction) – which is decided based on writing, editorial, design work…the whole package. It’s a huge honour to be in the finals, particularly for this very coveted, […]

Great reviews

Candlemark & Gleam books have been getting some great reviews in some pretty prestigious journals lately! First up, we have (re)Visions: Alice! In its December 2011 edition, Midwest Book Review says: The story of Alice in Wonderland is viewed by many in different ways. “(re) Visions: Alice” is a retelling of the tales of Alice […]

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Erekos handbound edition

As part of our commitment to going “back to the future of publishing,” and based on the Mastermind’s obsession with bookbinding, Candlemark & Gleam has been offering handbound editions through our print pre-orders; now, you can get a handbound copy through the website, too! Unlike the pre-ordered editions, these will not be signed, limited-edition copies. […]