Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Goodread's Hottest Books of the Summer




Less than two weeks before Age of War's release and I'm honored and thrilled that it was picked by Goodreads as one of the Hottest Sci-fi and Fantasy reads of the summer.  Here are all five selections:


I've also pulled some of the information about each book from Goodreads.

Title
Author
Shelved by
 Rating 
 # Ratings 
 Spinning Silver
Naomi Novik
21,604
4.47
271
 Age of War (Legends of the First Empire #3) 
 Michael J. Sullivan 
12,196
4.46
259
Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10)
Ilona Andrews
18,319
4.58
588
Thrawn (Star Wars: Thrawn #1)
Timothy Zahn
30,330
4.28
12,555
Record of a Spaceborn Few (Wayfarers #3)
Becky Chambers
13,008
4.54
146

I know I'm looking forward to Spinning Silver (also from Del Rey) because I enjoyed her latest book, Uprooted, so much. It looks like it's going to be a great summer for reading.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Barnes and Noble's favorite 12 Fantasy Heist Novels


I'm thrilled that when Barnes and Nobel's Sci-fi and Fantasy Blog went looking for "rogues [who] are witty, engaging, and will rob you blind with a rakish wink and a smile" that Royce and Hadrian made their list of twelve favorite heist books with a fantasy twist.  What's even better is the amazing company it's been included with. Here are all of B&N's picks:


Here's a bit about each book and review/rating information from Goodreads. Note: books marked with an * indicate omnibus editions and the review data is a compilation including the individual titles.

Title
Author
Series
 Rating 
 # Ratings 
 The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser*  
Fritz Leiber
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser
3.97
18,852
Artemis Fowl
Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl
3.83
422,994
Bridge of Birds
Barry Hughart
Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox
4.29
8,679
Clockwork Boys
T. Kingfisher
Clocktaur War
4.31
1,170
Darker Shade of Magic
VE Schwab
Shades of Magic
4.09
106,284
Holver Alley Crew
Marshall Ryan Maresca
The Streets of Maradaine
3.99
175
The Legend of Eli Monpress*
Rachel Aaron
Legend of Eli Monpress
4.00
20,309
Lies of Locke Lamora
Scott Lynch
Gentleman Bastard
4.30
157,502
Mistborn
Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn
4.44
271,729
Steal the Sky
Megan O’Keefe
Scorched Continent
3.53
434
Theft of Swords*
Michael J. Sullivan
The Riyria Revelations
4.22
64,918
Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn
Tyler Whitesides
Ardor Benn
4.13
39

I know I found some books that weren't on my radar due to this list. I hope you find some new great reads as well.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Age of War goes into its second printing!



We've been fighting a battle with flood waters here on the land, so I've not been online much. But I did get some good news today about how well Age of War is pre-selling. A second printing has been ordered, a good sign indeed especially given we are still more than 2 weeks out from the release date. For those who love first editions, you better get your pre-orders in fast ;-).  I also have some books ordered for direct selling once the book goes live, so I should have some of the first editions as well.  

And thanks, everyone for early support of the work. I'm so glad people are as excited as I am. July 3rd can't come soon enough from where I sit!  Now, if you excuse me I have to go use an excavator to install a huge culvert between the garden and the pool so we don't flood out for a third time !

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Last day for Goodreads Giveaway of Age of War ARC

There are just a few hours left for your last chance to get an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) of Age of War. More than 12,000 people have added the book to their Goodreads shelves and the 94% of the 285+ early rating/reviews have liked the book. All this, and the fact that the vast majority of the reviewers have given it 5 stars makes me cautiously optimistic the book will continue the legacy of Legends series by providing an entertaining read.


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Age of War by Michael J. Sullivan

Age of War

by Michael J. Sullivan

Giveaway ends May 31, 2018.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway
So, if you want to read the book a month before everyone else, sign up for the giveaway and keep your fingers crossed!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Age of War is available on NetGalley


We are just 40 days away from the release of Age of War...that's less than six weeks! And I was just notified that the book has gone live on NetGalley.


Access depends on what type of reviewer you are here's the schedule:
  • Available Now: Booksellers, Librarian, and people in the Media
  • Available 06/04: Bloogers, YouTubers, and  Book Reviewers
If you've not read the first two books, or have and want some refreshers, recaps are posted.
I can't wait to hear what people think!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Summer Listening 2-For-1 Sale: Get the first Riyria Chronicle at 1/2 off!

I'm pleased to announce that The Crown Tower (The Riyria Chronicle #1) is now on sale as part of Audible's 2-For-1 Summer Listening Sale.


There are a ton of great titles in the sale including 8 terrific epic fantasy tales by the likes of Brandon Sanderson, Robin Hobb, Naomi Novik, Anthony Ryan, and many more.


Here's the full list of epic fantasy (sorted by rating and # of reviews). But there are a lot more titles on the sale, so if you only see one epic fantasy you are interested in, I'm sure you can find another book to round out your selection.

Title
Author
Series
#
Narrator Rating
# Reviews
Dawn of Wonder Jonathan Renshaw  The Wakening
1
Tim Gerard Reynolds
4.7
28,834
The Crown Tower Michael J. Sullivan  Riyria Chronicles
1
Tim Gerard Reynolds
4.7
9,961
The Red Sea Edward W. Robertson  Cycle of Galand
1
Tim Gerard Reynolds
4.6
7,912
Elantris Brandon Sanderson  N/AN/A Jack Garrett
4.6
5,812
Spellmonger Terry Mancour  Spellmonger
1
John Lee
4.4
5,212
Fool's Assassin Robin Hobb  Fitz and the Fool
1
Elliot Hill
4.4
2,757
The Waking Fire Anthony Ryan  Draconis Memoria
1
Steven Brand
4.4
1,507
Uprooted Naomi Novik  N/AN/A Julia Emelin
4.3
3,239

The sale is only running for a few days so you'll have to hurry. I hope you find something great to listen to.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Creative Writing Career Podcast


Recently I had a lot of fun as a guest on the Creative Writing Career Podcast. Justin Sloan (a prolific writer in his own right) was the host, and we talked on all kinds of subjects that may be of interest to both writers and readers.

So if you want a peek inside my brain (and I can't imagine why you would want that), come on over and check it out.

And thanks to Justin for taking the time to have me on the show.