Thursday, April 20, 2017

Two Legends of the First Empire Giveaways


Hey all, tax day is over, July is on it's way, and I feel the excitement growing for the Age of Swords release. So let's giveaway some books, shall we?


Robin just launched two Goodreads Giveaways (and opened them up to people from all countries). You can find them here:


Even if you've already read the first book, go ahead and enter (you can always give a copy to a friend).  For those that are champing at the bit to read Age of Swords, the ARC will get into the winner's hands three months before the release date!

Oh, and I should mention that if you've already pre-ordered Age of Swords, there are a bunch of goodies you can get.  What kind of stuff?  Well, things like:

  • First 5 chapters of Age of Swords to read early
  • Online high-resolution map for the series
  • Screen savers featuring Marc Simonetti's Artwork for Age of Myth 
  • Online (searchable) Age of Myth glossary
  • Online (searchable) Age of Swords glossary
  • Recap of Age of Myth to refresh your memory
  • Bonus ebook: Inside Age of Myth - a behind the scenes look at Legends of the First Empire
  • Bonus ebook: Making of Age of Swords
  • Bonus Legends short story: Little Wren and the Big Forest
  • Bonus Riyria short story: Professional Integrity

To get the freebies, it doesn't matter where you buy the books from or what format they are in (ebook, hardcover, and audio are all eligible).  Just email me a copy of your receipt (please have Age of Sword Pre-order as the subject line so I can see them easily, and we'll get the bonus stuff to you. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Amazon's First ARC Review of Age of Swords


I'm starting to see ARC's (Advanced Reading Copies) in the wild (sent from Del Rey). John Scalzi had a whole stack of early copies and Age of Swords was in it, and I know Amazon Vine reviewers are getting their copies as the first review has come in.

The review starts with:
Wow! And I thought Book One was good. I just turned the last page on this second book of the “Legends of the First Empire” series and feel blown away! It’s the best feeling I’ve had when finishing an epic fantasy novel in quite some time.

And ends thusly:
The ending of this book was emotional and extremely satisfying and certainly sets a high mark for the following novels in the series still to come. Highest recommendation! 

I know that by posting I'm almost guaranteeing the fickle finger of fate will make the second review a bad one, but I couldn't contain my excitement. So far only the beta readers, my agent, my publisher, and my editors have seen the book that I wrote in 2013, so as you might imagine, I'm anxious to see what people think.

Very excited! July will be here before we know it.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Audible's 5-star favorites for March 2016

It's always great to find an amazing audio book, and even better when Audible.com chooses one of my titles to feature in their "5-star favorites for Sci-fi and Fantasy" I've been so busy that I didn't have a chance to post about the earlier. If you are looking for a good audio listen, You might want to try one of these:



Title
Author
Narrator
Book #
Release Date
Rating
# Ratings
1
08/06/13
  4.70    
7,438
N/A
03/28/08
4.10
2,847
1
09/02/14
4.30
4,313
  Carol Berg    
1
08/05/14
4.40
172
1
03/09/10
4.20
571
1
01/28/14
4.40
5,152
N/A
10/11/06
4.40
5,452
N/A
06/15/12
4.10
640
1
09/28/10
4.10
1,330
2
08/07/12
4.50
1,251

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Age of Myth: Kindle Deal of the Day on sale for $1.99


Today, Amazon has selected a number of best-selling books to put on sale, and Agee of Myth is one of them. It's just $1.99 rather than $9.99 so that's a savings of 80%!  This is the first time this book has been discounted and with Age of Swords coming out in just a few months, it's a great time to get started with the series. If you already own Age of Swords, please consider telling a friend about the sale, it's a great deal.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Unbound World's Cage Match: And then there were eight


Thanks to all who voted for Suri in Round 2, I'm pleased to say she's moved on to Round 3. Here's how the brackets have been progressing (click on the image below to get a higher resolution version:


In the next round Suri and Minna will be facing Mira Grant's (AKA Seanan McQuire) Georgia Mason from Feed (Newsflesh Series).  Voting won't open for a few days, and we'll keep you posted!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Unbound Worlds Cage Match Round 2: Suri Vs. Miriam Black


I'm so pleased that Suri and Minna made it to round 2 of Unbound World's Cage Match 2017.  After a come-from-behind victory over Alix Nico, Suri and Minna will now face off against Miriam Black. Its a wolf verses bird match! For this matchup Unbound Worlds asked me to write a short story with how I think this encounter would play out.  You can read it here, and don't forget to vote!


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Unbound Worlds Cage Match: Suri Vs Alix Nico


I've been so busy reviewing the final proofs for Age of Swords that I totally forgot Suri and Minna are in a fight for their lives against a heavily armed assassin!  Yes, it's my first cage match and it's going to be a nail biter. When last I looked, Suri was down but not yet out:


Have no idea what I'm talking about?  Well, each year there is a match up between various fictional characters held in a kind of Final Four bracket where they go head to head and the winner advances to the next round.  None of my characters have ever been in a cage match before, and I'm hoping Suri isn't over her head.  Here's the match up.



You can read G.T. Almasi's account to see how he thinks things will play out. If Suri advances to the next round, I'll be able to do a write up for her against her next opponent.  But as I said, right now it's still too close to call!

There are just 2 days left to vote, and you can do so here.  Let's hope the mystic and her wolf makes it out alive!