Friday, December 13, 2019

Audiobook Giveaway

We LOVE audiobooks, and since it's the gift-giving season, Robin and I want to give away three of our audiobooks to some lucky person. But because of the format, you may have some questions, so I have some answers for you.
  • Which books are being given away? You can select up to three titles. They can be the first of each series (Theft of Swords, The Crown Tower,  and Age of Myth). Or you could get the first three books in a single series, or you can mix and match - it's totally up to you.
  • What if I already own all your audiobooks?  No problem! You can either gift them to someone else or choose 2 non-MJS books.
  • What if I'm not an audible member? Not a problem, you can sign up at (and receive a free book just for doing that.  Then, after we send you your free copies, you can cancel your membership (a full month before the first charge is made to your card).  Even when you aren't a member any books you have will stay with you.
  • What if I'm not interested in your books? Not a problem, as you can see from bullet #2, you can get three of my books or 2 of any other book. So go ahead and enter anyway!
  • When will I receive my audiobooks? The last day to enter is December 15 at midnight EDT. Winner will be drawn on December 16 and the audiobooks will be sent within 24 hours of the winner selecting the titles they want to receive.
  • How do I enter? Just hit the button below!

Friday, December 6, 2019

Free Heroes Wanted Anthology

Hey all, earlier today I sent on an email about a free copy of a new anthology that I have a Royce and Hadrian story in. At the time I sent the email, it was free on Amazon (and many other stores).  Well, the other stores are still free, but for some reason, Amazon has switched over to $0.99. That wasn't the intention of myself or any of the authors.  It would appear it's something Amazon did. 

We (the authors) still stand by making this anthology free, so if you are in a situation where you are seeing it for $0.99 (lowest price Amazon usually lets an author set), then drop me an email at with the subject: Send me a free Heroes Wanted. And I'll email you DRM-free copies.  In the meantime, the author who has this book listed on their account will be working with Amazon to get it back to free. We apologize for the inconvenience. I assure you it wasn't our doing.

12/8/2019 - UPDATE - The book is back to free again on Amazon. We apologize for the interruption in the free promotion, but as I mentioned it wasn't our doing.  You can still get the ebook from me here, but you can also get it from Amazon again.

Audible Giveaway

It's the gift-giving season, and Robin and I want to give away three of our audiobooks to some lucky person. And if you already own all my books, no problem there are several options available:
  • You can opt to give any three titles of mine to someone you want to introduce to my writing
  • You can pick any two books in the store and we'll gift those instead.
But what if you aren't an Audible member? No problem. You can join Audible (and get a free audiobook, collect your three freebie titles, and then cancel your membership. You'll still have access to all your audiobooks and you won't be charged anything!

We'll do the drawing on December 16th, to give us plenty of time to find out what titles the winner wants. All you need to do is click below and provide your email so we can notify the winner.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Holiday Book Sale

Okay, so I must admit I get a bit annoyed that the holiday sales season starts earlier and earlier. This year, I saw a number of promotions before Halloween! Well, since we have officially crossed into December, Robin feels it's time to launch our Holiday Sale.  So, whether you want to give the gift of Riyria or see why The Legends of the First Empire books have hit the New York Times Bestseller Lists, this is a great time to pick up some of my books.

What's on sale? Well, everything.  For ebooks, we are providing a 50% discount. For multi-book sets, we are offering 25% to more than 32% off.  For titles that we have to buy from our publishers, we have 20% off, and for books that we self-produced, we'll increase our discounts to 30% off the list price.  Here's the complete list of savings.

And remember - all books are signed! So, whether you are looking to dive into one of my titles that you've been putting off for a while, or you're looking to introduce a friend to my stories, now is a great time to buy. Oh, but you need to hurry. The sale prices are only good through December 15th.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Riyria on Sale @

Are you a fan of Royce and Hadrian? Or maybe you've not read any of the Riyria books but you're curious about giving them a try? Well, if either of those shoes fit and you enjoy audiobooks, I  have good news for you.  The latest book in the Riyria Chronicles series, The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter is on sale at right now. You can pick up a copy for just $7. This book normally would run you $25 in cash or the price of a credit (about $15 if you go that route).

And don't be afraid because this is the 4th in a series. This book (as well as The Death of Dulgath) is written to be a standalone, and no prior knowledge of any of the Riyria novels is necessary to enjoy it to the fullest. But don't take my word for it, here's what one of the editors at Audible had to say when they made it an Editor's Pick.

"This was the first Michael J. Sullivan book I've ever experienced. That fact might aggravate some of his more dedicated fans, seeing as it's the fourth book in the series ("you have to start at the beginning!"). But I heard that it could be enjoyed as a standalone work, and it definitely can because I was obsessed immediately. Sullivan's characters really take on a life of their own, especially with Tim Gerard Reynolds giving them such a dynamic performance. Sullivan's sense of pacing is akin to a thriller writer's; each chapter is succinct and compelling, with frequent cliff-hangers that make it impossible to stop listening. Most crucial, perhaps, is the quality and subtle detail of Sullivan's world-building - and his synergy with Reynolds - making it easy to dive headlong into this book."

So, if you've not yet picked up a copy. Now would be a great time. And thanks, Audible, for including the book in the sale.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Read Age of Death Now

Yes, the official release date for Age of Death is February 4, 2020, but more than 3,300 people are already reading it now. How is that possible? Well, they either (a) were backers of the Kickstarter that ended on September 10 (b) pre-ordered an ebook through BackerKit or (c) asked for a "manual add."

We just finished implementing all the gamma reader feedback and the presses will start rolling as soon as we get dates from the printer. The nearly 2,000 people who pre-order the hardcover through us will receive their copies within days of them coming off the press. So how do you get your ebook now and the hardcover on the earliest day possible? Well, you, too, can do a "manual add."  The process is quite easy.  

  1. Take a look at the above reward levels and select which one you want.
  2. Send an email to with the subject: AoD Manual Add
  3. In the email tell us (a) your name and (b) the level you want to pledge at
We'll take things from there and do the following:
  1. My wife, Robin, will add you to Backerkit at the desired level
  2. She'll send you a BackerKit invitation where you can (a) provide payment information (b) input a shipping address (if you are ordering a physical copy) and (c) specify if you want your name included in the acknowledgments. NOTE: It's too late to add your name to the print edition, but it will be included in the final ebook.
  3. Once we see that you have filled out the information, we'll lock your order and you'll have access to the Age of Death ebook in your Digital Download area of BackerKit. In addition, you'll receive all the digital rewards that came as part of the Kickstarter. (See the list below)
Almost 300 people have come in through the "manual add" process, and it'll only be available until we receive printed copies. At that time, it'll be in our standard online store.  Here is a list of the bonus material that you'll miss out on once the manual add window closes:
  • Bonus Short Story: Burning Alexandria
  • Bonus Short Story: Autumn Mists
  • Bonus Short Story: The Game
  • Bonus Short Story: Pile of Bones
  • Bonus Short Story: Little Wren and the Big Forest
  • 10 Original Musical Compositions
  • 192 Screensavers of Marc Simonetti's Artwork (8 Designs at 24 different sizes)
  • 15 bonus graphics for DIY printing of posters, puzzles, and t-shirts
  • Access to a Behind the Scenes Video
  • Access to an Author Q&A Video
In addition, if you sign up for a reward level that includes a physical copy of one or more books, you will also receive:
  • Signed Hardcovers
  • $3 - $4 off the retail price of each book
  • Pack of 5 custom bookmarks (1 signed)
  • Deep discounts on non-US shipping
By buying directly from me, you (a) receive a ton of extra material (b) you pay the same prices as the retail ebook but get it months earlier (c) if you get a physical copy you'll receive an 11% discount.

But you are not the only one who benefits. I receive a significantly higher share of your hard-earned dollars because the retailer's cut is much higher than the BackerKit processing fees. For example:
  • ebook sales: retailer cut is 30% (US orders) or 70% (all other countries)
  • physical book sales: retailer and distribution fees are 75%
  • BackerKit fee is just 5% + 3% for credit card processing.
If you've ever wondered how you can best benefit the author for their stories, buying direct is definitely the way to go. So, take a look, and if you want to start reading now, drop me an email, Robin will get you set up and reading in no time.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The final 10: Goodreads Choice Awards in Fantasy

Well, we are down to the final 10 in this year's best book in fantasy voting. Final round of voting is open until Dec 2, so pick your favorite and cast your vote: