Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

All New Assassin Releases Are Free!

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I'm kicking my Assassin Without a Name series into high gear, with the third and longest story yet, Night of Zealotry, set to come out in the next couple of weeks. Also, I've got three more stories all in various stages planned for release thereafter.

Right now, you can get the first two stories in the series, Fine Wine and Killing the Dead, for free at Amazon and other select online retailers.

With those on your eReader, wouldn't you want the next story too? Here's how to get it for free:

Sign-up to my mailing list. It's that simple. In exchange for allowing me to notify you of all of my new releases as they're available, I'll not only send you the next, unreleased story in the Assassin Without a Name series, but I'll also send you each and every story thereafter.

What that means is this: Sign-up today and I'll send you Night of Zealotry in a couple of weeks when it's released. Because it's a longer story than either of the first two, it's going to retail for $2.99. But you'll get it for free. Then, when the next story comes out, I'll send you that one too. And so on.

Why would I do this? Because I like having readers. I also like having ratings and reviews. There's not really any obligation to leave either, but it's a nice gesture and something which I'm willing to play the numbers on. If I give away 1,000 copies of the next story, chances are 5-10% of them will leave reviews. Maybe some others will help spread the word in some other way. It all helps.

One last question to answer: What's the frequency of Assassin releases? In an ideal world, I'd like to do one per month. But, because I'm a realist with a day job, I'm willing to commit to one new release every 1-2 months. I'm will to commit to that if you're willing to show your interest by signing up today. You have my thanks in advance.

July Summer Sale at Smashwords

100% off!

100% off!

50% off!

Every year Smashwords has a big, site-wide eBook sale with percentages off ranging from 25 to 100 percent. This time around, I enrolled all three of my titles in the sale. Prices are good throughout July, but why wait? Two of them are free and the third comes out to about $2.50 after the 50% discount. Formats include EPUB, MOBI/Kindle, and more.

Here's the links:

Fine Wine

Killing the Dead

The Five Elements

Here's one way to get free copies of my eBooks

There's an easy way to get one of my eBooks for free that's perfectly legit in literary circles. This method also does not violate retailers' review guidelines. How you accomplish this is by agreeing to write and post a review.

Exchanging a free book for a review is really the only legitimate manner in which an author can obtain a review (beyond a person just buying the book and leaving a review themselves, of course). There are other means being employed, though, including some that are outright wrong and others that maybe are a bit borderline. On one hand you have authors who pay people, who in some cases don't even read the book, to leave a review. That's wrong. On the other, you have authors running various promotions including giveaways of, for example, Kindle Fires or Amazon gift cards. This violates the 'free book for a review' guideline of which Amazon explicitly condemns under their "What's not allowed" section:

Reviews written for any form of compensation other than a free copy of the product

I personally don't condemn this practice. I've thought about using it myself. Getting reviews is tough, so you do what you have to.

Further, Amazon has been cracking down on the "author exchange" of reviews recently and I'd guess they would also crack down on the giveaways for reviews crowd as well if there were some easy way for them to establish that link. Too bad Amazon doesn't crack down on idiots leaving reviews.

I should mention that I'm not real big on the whole free thing. In too many cases it doesn't work in terms of return on investment. I'm not in this to get rich, but I wouldn't complain if I could support myself and therefore have more time to write.

All that aside, if you want to give one of my books a read AND agree to leave a review somewhere (your blog or web site, Amazon, B&N, Smashwords, Goodreads, or somewhere else) then I've got free copies waiting for you. I can do Kindle/MOBI, EPUB, PDF, or just about anything else.

If you would like a free copy of either The Five Elements or The Hall of the Wood, contact me with your format preference and I'd be happy to send you a copy.

On the other hand, if you want to avoid having the overwhelming pressure of having to write a review hanging over your head, you can obtain either book (or both) at any of the retailers listed on my site or, for a limited time, for $0.99 at Smashwords using a couple of handy coupon codes.

As for the review, the only obligation is to actually leave it. The content is entirely up to you. 5 stars, 3 stars, good, bad, like, dislike, critical, or full of praise, all up to you, my friend.

Contact me and let's make a deal.

Free Today: The Hall of the Wood

The Hall of the Wood is free today on Amazon.

The novel is straightforward, classic fantasy: goblins, witches, rangers, sorcerers, knights, and murky woods. It's a bit of a mystery story with elements of suspense and plenty of action and adventure. There's some magic, too. Readers have complemented me on the development of the characters, which is more than they expect given the nature of the story.

Here's the "official" blurb:

All is not right in the Simarron Woods.

The King's Patrol has vanished. Their Hall stands empty. Goblins prowl the fringes of the forest and folk whisper of a sitheri witch brewing evil from the darkest hollows.

Once a patroller of the Hall, 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.

If you've been on the fence on this one, now you can get it for free. Hard to argue with free.

And, while you're over on Amazon, why not pick up a copy of The Five Elements? It's an unrelated story that begins the tale of the alchemancer, a character I plan on taking through a story arc of 4-5 books when all is said and done. This first novel is a self-contained story, though, and many readers have said some very nice things about the characters, writing, and the story.

The Five Elements is FREE 3/21-3/22

Starting tomorrow (or today depending on when you're reading this), The Five Elements, my fantasy/pseudoscience novel that has been described by one reader as "an enveloping story that drags you in and doesn't let go" will be free on Amazon in Kindle format.

The promotion runs for two days—from 3/21 to 3/22. I would greatly appreciate it if everyone and anyone would download the eBook on one of those dates. I'm really curious to see how the novel does in the rankings this time around. This will be the second free promotion I've run. The first went great. But I'd really like to do better. That's why I'm bought some ad space here and there. That's why I've given advanced notice to my Twitter followers. This post will hit Goodreads—where almost 1,000 people entered to win a print copy of The Five Elements—and Amazon either tonight or tomorrow; plenty of time for everyone to find out about this promotion and take advantage of it.

Last but not least, I'm giving YOU, dear blog reader, advanced notice, too. You see, free rankings translate over into paid rankings; last time I achieved some very good free rankings that wound up giving me a real good paid run thereafter. My goal is to at least do that again.

We'll see how it goes. Meanwhile, get ready to download!