Monday, August 13, 2018

Fantasy for Freedom Fighters



Outside of Robin, there is one thing that I cherish above all else: Freedom. I've been fortunate to be born in a country that values this ideal, and I know that I enjoy that privilege because of men and women that serve in our armed forces. Recently, I received a great letter from Daniel D. stationed in Afghanistan, who was writing to tell me that he and some of his friends were really enjoying The Riyria Revelations and The Crown Tower (books he found he found at the USO/MWR).  

Robin came up with the great idea to send Daniel the rest of my work (and a spare set of Revelations in case multiple people want to read at the same time), so we put together a box of books and sent it out.


This got us thinking.  Why not do this on a larger scale? And hence FFFF (Fantasy for Freedom Fighters was born).  Here's how it's going to work. 

1. I earn extra money when you buy directly from me (it cuts out the retailer middlemen), so I'm going to set aside 10% of all my profit from direct sales to buy copies of my books from my publishers and pay for shipping. 

2. If you are a service person stationed overseas (I'm focusing on those overseas rather than domestically because entertainment choices are harder to come by), or have a loved one overseas, and you want them to get a book care package, you can fill out this form to request books. If I don't get enough requests, I'll utilize Books for Soldiers and Operation Paperback and look for people who are requesting fantasy books.

3. If you already have my books, but want to participate in FFFF, you can send a donation and that'll get more packages out to more service people.


4. I'll keep track of the donations, money raised by book purchases, and packages sent. I'll keep people updated so we can all see how this program is working, and how many service people we are aiding.

And that's pretty much it. I'm excited to see where this whole thing goes.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

July Book Cover of the Month


Last night I discovered that Age of War is in a "March Madness" type competition where there are brackets where covers go against one another in rounds. I dedicated my latest book to Marc Simonetti (the cover artist whose amazing work has graced the covers of my last 5 books) and I'd love it if he ended up winning the competition. That said, I want you to vote for the covers that you honestly think are the best ones. So, why don't you head here and vote. I'll keep people posted as the competition continues.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

How to get out-of-print Age of Swords hardcovers


I've received a number of emails from people looking for Age of Swords in hardcover.  Well, with the release of Age of War, and because the paperback is now available for this title, Del Rey won't be doing another printing of the larger version, so this book is now officially out of print. As with many books that reach this stage, the resellers are selling their copies at premium pricing (and I receive nothing for copies bought from them).


There were some remaining copies in the warehouse which I'm in the process of procuring. It may take a bit as I have to make some arrangements and have them shipped to me, but Robin is taking orders now on a first come first serve basis, and we should have copies available in about a week. These are not "used" copies the are brand new and we'll be selling them at list price $28.00. So, if you failed to get a copy of Age of Swords in hardcover when they were first released, you can still get them for a short time. Buying from me also means you can have the books signed and dedicated plus we'll throw in an autographed bookmark. You can pre-order your copies here.



Friday, July 27, 2018

Writing Fantasy Podcast: Dead Robot's Society #503



The Dead Robot's Society is a podcast that I've been on several times in the past, and I've enjoyed each visit. They recently had me back again and you can listen in here:


I'm joined by Terry and Paul to discuss what "fantasy" is and how to write it. This is episode 503, so a big congrats to DPS for breaking the 500 barrier. Here's to the next 500 episodes!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Historical Fantasy Bestselling List


Today's Daily Deal for Theft of Swords got that book to the spot of Amazon's  Historical Fantasy Bestseller list. When Robin told me this, I was of course thrilled. What I didn't expect was to find out that I actually have 10 titles on that list of 100!  These include:

  • #  1 Theft of Swords (Kindle)
  • #  5 Age of War (Audio)
  • #10 Age of Myth (Audio)
  • #13 Age of Swords (Audio)
  • #22 Age of War (Kindle)
  • #54 Age of Myth (Kindle)
  • #61 Rise of Empire (Audio)
  • #76 Age of Swords (Kindle)
  • #83 Rise of Empire (Kindle)
  • #87 Heir of Novron (Kindle)
So a big thank you from Robin and I for all the support of both Riyria and Legends of the First Empire. We're thrilled that so many people are picking up the books...and if the ratings are reflective of public opinion, it looks like you are enjoying them!

Theft of Swords Daily Deal - save 66% just $2.99 today only


It's happened again! Theft of Swords is a Kindle Daily deal and discounted to $2.99. That's a savings of 66% off the regular $9.99 price.  If you haven't started the series yet, now is a good time to start! And if you have read the book, consider gifting it to a friend you've been trying to get hooked on Riyria.

Need some convincing?  Well,  its sold several hundred thousand copies, is liked by 96% of the Goodreads readers (of which 42,000+ have given it a 4.2 rating with more than 34,800 4- and 5-star reviews). Plus there are 845 Amazon reviews and an overall rating of 4.4 over there.

So, grab a copy and enjoy the savings, and as always, we thank you for your support.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Age of War hits bestseller list

It's always nice to find yourself in the New York Times on a Bestseller list. No, it's not THAT list (this one lists the top audiobooks for the week), but, hey, I'll take it! Age of War hit #3 and shares the list with the likes of James Patterson, Bill Clinton, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and J. K. Rowlings.

Here's the full list along with some information about their authors, narrators, release dates, ratings, and # of ratings/reviews.

Title
Author
Release Date
Narrator
 Rating 
#
Something in the Water
 Catherine Steadman 
  06-05-18
Catherine Steadman
4.4
8,086
Neverwhere
 Neil Gaiman
 04-11-17
 Neil Gaiman
4.4
 22,514 
Age of War
Michael J. Sullivan
 07-03-18
 Tim Gerard Reynolds 
4.8
708
The President is Missing
 Bill Clinton &
James Patterson
 06-04-18
Dennis Quaid
4.1
3,846
The Outsider
Stephen King
 05-22-18
Will Patton
4.6
15,411
Super Powereds:
Year 4
Drew Hayes
 07-03-18
Kyle McCarley 
4.9
466
Spymaster
Brad Thor
  07-03-18
Armand Schultz 
4.6
378

The Testament
of Mary
Colm Toibin
 09-10-13
Meryl Streep
4.1
1,061
The Troop
Nick Cutter
 02-25-14
Corey Brill
4.1
2,272

Harry Potter and
the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K. Rowling
11-20-15
Jim Dale
4.9
58,518