Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

A Direct Purchase Offer–50% off Alchemancer bundle

I’m selling some of my titles direct now.

To help kick off this new initiative, I’m offering the first two Alchemancer novels, The Five Elements and The Nullification Engine, as a bundle which you can get for 50% off the direct bundle price of $4.99. Fifty percent off brings the price down to $2.49.

If you would like to take advantage of this offer, take a look at my novels page, click on the “Buy Now” button under the Alchemancer bundle, then enter “50off” during checkout. It should show you the strikeout price of $4.99 marked down to $2.49 before you actually enter payment information.

Alchemancer Titles On Sale Now

Alchemancer Summer Sale

The first two Alchemancer books, The Five Elements and The Nullification Engine, are on sale for 99 cents. Regularly $4.99 each, that’s an 80% price reduction. The sale only lasts for a short time, so if you’ve been on the fence about starting the series or picking up book two, wait no longer!

This sale is across all online retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, the iBookstore, and more.

Writing in Spring and Unexpected Happenings

My mower of choice

My writing—both blogging and short story/novel writing—always slows down in the Spring. The weather is nicer, the grass needs mowing, trees and shrubs need trimming, farmer's markets are opening for business (my wife and I try to shop local and for organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible), and our two dogs plead for walks more often than usual. These are just some of the usual things which come up annually to distract me from writing.

Don't get me wrong, though!

I enjoy most of these activities. Even mowing the lawn! Life's too short to do nothing but work (and writing is most definitely work, though of the enjoyable variety). Besides, these things are expected and manageable. It's the unexpected events which lately have thrown a major wrench in my usual routine. The biggest of these is that my wife broke her leg during a mountain bike race. She's on the mend and all is well considering she had surgery and has been in a variety of splints, casts, and a boot for over two months now. Of course I've had to play caregiver for the duration, helping her with a variety of activities she couldn't easily do herself. This wound up taking away a lot of my time right when it was already at a minimum because, again, Spring is here and the grass grows like you wouldn't believe here in Texas.

But, we're getting back to a more normal schedule now as my wife likely heads back to work full-time next week. That means I'll get back to more writing.

Here's a few tidbits going on now or coming up along those lines.

Blogging

I've been working up a post on negative energy that I'm pretty excited about. Negative energy is a theme which fits into both The Alchemancer series and my Assassin Without a Name series. The latter has been building up to some bigger things involving this phenomenon. It's been fun writing about the different organizations each attempting to harness it for their own use. It plays a fairly large role in the next Alchemancer book as well, so hopefully this post when it's published will provide some nice background info and maybe some hints on where the next book is going.

The Nullification Engine (The Alchemancer: Book Two) On Sale Right Now!

The Nullification Engine is on sale as a Kindle Countdown Deal for 99 cents for the next day or so. Then the price goes up to $1.99 and then again to $2.99 before returning to its usual $3.99 price point. Kindle Countdown Deals are limited-time promotions where the price of a book starts at a deep discount and works its way back up to its usual, full price in increments. Readers get a good price on a book, maybe discover a new author at minimal risk, while authors gain new readers, sell some books, and make a little money. It's a win-win all around.

The next Assassin Without a Name story is almost here

The next short story in my Assassin Without a Name series goes to editing in a week, then it should make it out to retailers the week after that. If you're signed up to my email list, you'll get The Goddard Affair for free. This story is about 25% longer than the previous story, Night of Zealotry, putting it at around 19,000 words (76 pages). Based on some measures, this puts it in the category of a novella, which should affect pricing. That's something I'm still debating. Of course, price becomes a moot point if you're signed up for my email list since you'll get it and every Assassin story after that for free. Click-through for more details.

The Five Elements is 99 cents today only

imageThe Five Elements (The Alchemancer: Book One) is 99 cents on Amazon today only! Get it here.

I've been running a few promos lately for The Five Elements. I'm not big on sale prices without some sort of advertising behind it because it's near impossible to effectively get the word out without this outside help. Shouting it from the Twitter rooftops is not a good strategy, IMO, because it just adds to the noise and annoys people.

For this promotion, I chose eBookSoda. We're seeing more and more of these curated style email services where you get 1-2 featured books per email based on which genres you wish to receive info about. Bookbub pioneered this format and have had some success with it, so of course others are now attempting to emulate the model. Nothing wrong with that and, in fact, it's a great thing for authors and readers alike because it creates options.

So, eBookSoda today and then no more promotions for at least a couple of months (never say never, but that's my thinking for now).

However, another deal I have going is if you're interested in witty assassin stories, you can sign-up for my mailing list and get the next Assassin Without a Name story for free. The story is novelette length (14000 words) and I'm all but done with my end of things until it goes to my editor in about a week. The story is called Night of Zealotry and you can find out a little more about it here.

The Hall of the Wood–On sale until EOY

The Hall of the Wood, my standalone tribute to the likes of Tolkien and all the classic, epic fantasy out there, is on sale for 99 cents through the end of the year. It's a small way I hope to spread some Christmas cheer.

I've been toying with a new product description for the book. Check it out below. Of course, I'd appreciate any feedback.

Jerrick Bur returns to a home he does not recognize. The King's Patrol has vanished. Their Hall stands empty. An invading army encroaches upon the fringes of the forest and folk whisper of a sitheri witch brewing evil from the darkest hollows.

Once a patroller, always a patroller, and so Jerrick is duty-bound to investigate. He is joined by Kayra Weslin, knight errant, and her chronicler, Holly, who go to answer a plea for help from nearby Homewood. Along with Murik Alon Rin'kres, an eslar sorcerer who harbors a secret purpose all his own, the four attempt to unravel the mystery of the missing patrollers. They soon find tales of their disappearance frighteningly untrue as they are forced to ally themselves with an evil far more deadly than any of the other adversaries facing them.

If that doesn't sound like your thing and you think something more along the lines of steam fantasy might, be sure to check out the just released novel, The Nullification Engine.