We may be approaching the end of 2013, but we're still in the middle of the Holiday season. What better way to end the year than with a couple of eBook sales?
The Hall of the Wood and the first book in The Alchemancer series, The Five Elements, are each priced at 99 cents from now until the end of the year at Amazon.com.
The Hall of the Wood is a standalone fantasy novel that leans toward the traditional side, with strong Tolkien overtones. It's a tale of mystery and suspense, with plenty of adventure, magic, alien races, and dark witchcraft. More than a few readers have commented on the "strong female characters" and the "interesting, fast-paced plot."
The Five Elements is steamfantasy, which is a mix of fantasy and steampunk. Think fantasy without elves and steampunk without the Victorian slant. It features infernal machines, demons, sorcery, sword fights, and a pair of main characters who grow in opposite directions until, at the last, they find themselves with opposing goals instead of a common one. The Five Elements was chosen as a self-published gem of 2013 by Fantasy Review Barn and is fairly well regarded by readers.
Click on the images above to get each novel for 99 cents from now until the end of the year.
Carrying on the tradition of listing out my favorites reads of the year (here are my favorite reads of 2010 and 2011; apparently I skipped 2013—some tradition, huh?), I give you the books I found most enjoyable in 2013.
You can see all of the books I read in 2013 on Goodreads.
Other "Best Of" Lists
One of the challenges of selling any product is making consumers aware of it. eBooks are no exception to this. As an author, there are myriad ways to get my books in front of people. One of the best ways is to let someone else do it. Even better if this middleman (or, in this case, middlewoman) 'sells' to people who requested a pitch. In this case, the request takes the form of a reader signing up to receive an email containing information about books to buy.
The key to success here, though, is for the sender of the email to provide a curated, filtered list of eBooks based on reader preference and selection. Enter The Fussy Librarian.
They're a new outfit in town, still growing their list and extending generous advertising terms to authors such as myself, but they're doing everything right so far, which is a pretty good first step.
Not only am I using their service as an author, but I also use it as a reader. When signing up to receive an email from them, I like that I can specify which sub-genre (Steampunk and Epic Fantasy for me, of course) from which to pull books for me to see. They also let you specify what level of language you're comfortable with in your books, as well as violence and sexual content. It's another way to narrow down the books you'll see each day.
I'd like to see The Fussy Librarian do well, both as an author and a reader. We need more services like this. Not ones that will hurl a barrage of titles at you each day, but ones that curate what they're sending so we can avoid some of the you know what.
The other side of this is that without more services like this certain ones (Bookbub) gain a stranglehold on the "good" advertising venues.
So do us all a favor and go check out The Fussy Librarian.
Last time I revealed the regional map which goes along with my new steamfantasy novel, The Nullification Engine. Now, it's time to take a look at the second map.
I give you, the city of Brighton.
Brighton is a city where three rivers—the Silvercross, Whitecrest, and Highbrook—converge. Its residents took full advantage of this by re-routing the rivers into waterways which flow throughout the city. It should come as no surprise that Brighton contains a great number of bridges and, much like our own real world Venice, finding your way around its streets and alleys, when you have the additional obstacles in the form of rivers and waterways, can make for a difficult time getting around, especially for newcomers.
Aaron, Serena, and Ensel Rhe arrive at Brighton's gates fresh from their ordeal in The Five Elements. As one might expect from my writing, right away things go south for them. I'll say no more, other than that you can pick up a copy of The Nullification Engine at all major online retailers. I hope you'll give it a read.
I've gone on before about how important maps are to fantasy novels. So important, I commissioned a regional map for my first novel, The Hall of the Wood, and again for the first book in The Alchemancer series, The Five Elements.
The Nullification Engine, which was just released a couple of days ago, is no exception. In fact, this new book has not one map, but two!
Here is the first one (with the second to follow in a near future post). I give you the Earldom of Kettering.
For those who read The Five Elements, you'll no doubt notice the presence of Norwynne Keep, which is where the story in that novel begins. Much of the rest of the places from The Five Elements are 'off the map' (see the map for the Barony of Fallmere), because now our players are heading north. Where, you ask? All the way up to Brighton, which is a city that sits at the intersection of three rivers (The Nullification Engine actually begins with our heroes already having made the journey). There are a lot of hamlets, other cities, and geographical features called out in this map. Not all are touched on in The Nullification Engine, but will become more relevant as the series progresses.
Next post I will reveal the second map, which is of the city of Brighton itself.
You can purchase The Nullification Engine at all major online retailers.