Scott Marlowe
Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Goodreads Giveaway of The Five Elements

The Five Elements

I’m running a giveaway for 2 print copies of The Five Elements over on Goodreads. The giveaway started yesterday (2/17) and runs until March 17. So far, a couple of hundred people have entered to win. Head on over and throw your name in the hat. Good luck!

Here’s a graphic with more info on the book:

TFE Giveaway Tall Banner

Indie Fantasy StoryBundle is here!

I’m happy to announce the immediate availability of StoryBundle’s Indie Fantasy Bundle!

StoryBundle Indie Fantasy Bundle

I’m especially excited about this latest offering from StoryBundle because The Five Elements is included in it!

As you can see, though, there are a number of great titles all around. StoryBundle works a little bit differently from any ol’ compilation because the books are hand-selected by a curator. This bundle’s curator is Blair MacGregor. She went into a lot of detail and provided a much better explanation of the bundle than I ever could, so I’ve included her post below for you to peruse.

Remember, the bundle is only available for three weeks, so if you’re on the fence, don’t wait too long. I don’t think you can go wrong with the above selections, and part of the money goes to charity, so what’s not to like?

Here’s more from Blair…


THE INDIE FANTASY BUNDLE

Curated by Blair MacGregor

A couple years ago, StoryBundle included my first novel in the Indie Fantasy Bundle. This time, StoryBundle offered me the opportunity to curate a bundle of my own, and I jumped to accept. I couldn't pass up the chance to share some of my own favorite writers with you.

This Indie Fantasy Bundle includes some names you'll recognize, and some that might be new. The novels give fantasy readers who love the genre a diverse feast of great reads: epics where the fate of dynasties depend on the strength of a few dedicated men and women, adventure tales that never slow down, gods who intervene on behalf of their chosen servants, cultures in upheaval when its people dare to question ancient boundaries, political intrigues fueled by magic, and characters young and old who face challenges of faith, honor, and survival. It includes a World Fantasy award winner, Gemmell and Spectrum award finalists, Nebula finalists, and Writers of the Future award winners.

The bundle includes Bradley Beaulieu's epic debut novel The Winds of Khalakovo, where dynasties and personal desires collide in secret chambers below and the wind-filled skies above, and Scott Marlowe's action-packed The Five Elements, filled with adventure and alchemy and powerful elemental magic. You'll meet a talented and clever outlaw in Sherwood Smith's Lhind the Thief, a soldier who must rediscover his own purpose in C.J. Brightley's The King's Sword, and an alien race facing challenges and discoveries that could destroy their society in M.C.A. Hogarth's The Worth of A Shell. Francesca Forrest's Pen Pal joins a child watched over by the spirits of the ocean with a woman who discovers the awakening power of the earth's fire. Judith Tarr's Arrows of the Sun sets an empire a mere century old on the brink of breaking apart. My own dark fantasy Sand of Bone casts one outcast ruler into the wilds to discover the desert's magic before her kin hunts her down.

StoryBundle lets you choose your own price, so you decide how much you'd like to support the writers. For $3—or more, if you'd like—you'll receive the basic bundle of four novels in DRM-free ebook format. For the bonus price of at least $12, you'll receive all eight novels. If you choose, a portion of your payment will go toward supporting different charities such as Girls Write Now and Mighty Writers. Over the years, StoryBundle and its participating writers have donated thousands to support awesome charities doing great work.

The Indie Fantasy Bundle is available for only three weeks. It's a great opportunity to pick up eight wonderful novels for winter reading, support independent writers who want to take you on an fantastic journey, and discover new writers with great stories along the way. – Blair McGregor

The initial titles in the bundle (minimum $3 to purchase) are:

  • The Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley P. Beaulieu
  • Pen Pal by Francesca Forrest
  • The Five Elements by Scott Marlowe
  • Lhind the Thief by Sherwood Smith

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $12, you'll get another four books:

  • Sand of Bone by Blair MacGregor
  • The King's Sword by C.J. Brightley
  • Arrows of the Sun by Judith Tarr
  • The Worth of a Shell by M.C.A. Hogarth

The bundle is available for a very limited time only, via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

It's also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

  • Get quality reads: We've chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $3): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that's fine! You'll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there's nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. We're currently featuring Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now.
  • Receive extra books: If you beat our bonus price, you're you're getting eight total books!

StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.

For more information, visit our website at storybundle.com, Tweet us at @storybundle, Like us on Facebook, and Plus us on Google Plus. For press inquiries, please email press@storybundle.com.

The Five Elements: Indie Mega-Bundle on DriveThruFiction

Bards & Sages Publishing has put together a bundle of speculative fiction and I’m happy to report that The Five Elements is part of it!

As you can see from the covers below, this is truly a mix of speculative titles spanning multiple genres, including science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, humor, military fiction, and more. Speculative, by definition, means fiction that pushes boundaries. I don’t think the books in this bundle are any exception.

The best part is that readers get to experience a wide array of indie authors at a greatly discounted bundle price of $21.99 (regularly $58.84 if bought separately).

The bundle is exclusively sold through DriveThruFiction.

 

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Thief’s Gambit, the fifth Assassin Without a Name story, is now available as a pre-order at Amazon!

The Five Elements: StoryBundle Bound

The Five Elements & StoryBundle

I have some fantastic news to share to start the new year (Happy New Year, by the way). A couple of months ago, I was approached by someone associated with StoryBundle who wanted to include The Five Elements in one of their upcoming fantasy bundles. Of course I agreed. The legal end of things has been wrapped up at this point, so I’m free to make this announcement. I won’t go into the other titles that will be part of the bundle just yet, other than to say I have seen the list and it’s a good one. I can’t wait for the bundle to go ‘live,’ which should happen in about a month.

Not familiar with StoryBundle?

Basically, they’re a site that bundles like novels by different authors and sells them as a single unit. One of the special things about StoryBundle is their pricing scheme, which is set by the reader on a sliding scale based on what he or she thinks is a fair price. If a reader is willing to pay more, bonus material (additional books) are included. Also, readers get to choose how much goes to the authors and how much to the publisher (in this case, StoryBundle). You can also donate 5% of the price paid to charity.

Another cool thing about StoryBundle is that the books are curated. Let’s face it: many self-published authors have not done anyone any favors by releasing material that is not ready for prime time. StoryBundle’s curation process guarantees readers a minimum level of quality; StoryBundle cares about their reputation, so they have to care about the product they put in front of consumers. The result of their curation process is a win-win for everyone.

I’ll have more details about StoryBundle’s fantasy bundle including The Five Elements soon.

The Five Elements survives the #ImmerseOrDie challenge!

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#ImmerseOrDie strapped on The Five Elements, by Scott Marlowe, and got rocketed across the finish line

Jefferson Smith of the Creativity Hacker web site threw down the gauntlet for indie books: Submit a novel to him and he’ll attempt to take it through a 40 minute reading session on his tread mill. Each entry is allowed three immersion breaking occurrences. Break immersion for the reader more than that, and Jefferson stops reading, the final time is recorded, and it’s time to write up a fair, brutally honest critique highlighting the good, the bad, and the ugly.

I took Jefferson’s challenge, submitting The Five Elements. As you can see from the graphic above, The Five Elements survived! I encourage you to see what Jefferson has to say about the book.

I encourage every independent author to seek out these sorts of opportunities. There’s no better feedback than the unbiased opinion of others. There’s always a moment of fear or nervousness, but you have to lay it on the line in this business. Putting stuff out there that you’ve written is what separates a writer from an author. If you decide to accept the challenge, good luck!