Monday, July 9, 2018

This is probably the geekiest thing I've ever done


So I'm a geek, which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone (after all I do write fantasy books for a living). But when Robin and I were editing Age of War we would sometimes get into arguments about the placement of various aspects of the layout of Alon Rhist. Now part of that was because the city change a bit during the writing and some earlier sections of the book weren't updated. So, it was good that Robin challenged me on these things and it allowed us to fix any continuity errors that had crept in.

But after all was said and done I started thinking about whether I could build Alon Rhist in 3-dimensions. You know, a kind of Lego Land model if you will. Well, I don't possess the number of Lego blocks to make that possible but luckily there is a Minecraft map builder that allows for unlimited blocks. So, yeah, I built Alon Rhist in Minecraft and made a video as I walked around the area. Geeky, sure. Fun? Well, I thought so. And because there may be a few people who are interested I'm posting the video here for your amusement.



Monday, July 2, 2018

Age of Myth on Sale, Age of War releases tomorrow!

I'm pleased to announce that Age of Myth has been included in Audible's July 4th Sale. Great timing considering Age of War (Book #3 of the series) goes live tomorrow!  And if you are getting ready to read Age of War, and want recaps for the previous two books, don't forget you can get them here.


All books are just $5.95 and I've gone through the sci-fi and fantasy category to show you some other books that are available.



Here's some information about each title from Audible to help you decide what to pickup for the great price of $5.95 each.
Title
Author
Narrator
 Rating  # Reviews 
 Neil Gaiman 
 Neil Gaiman 
4.4
 22,137
  Michael J. Sullivan  
 Tim Gerard Reynolds  
4.6
 9,285
  Laini Taylor  
 Steve West  
4.5
 2,140
  Alice Hoffman  
 Christina Moore  
4.2
 1,247
  Joe Abercrombie  
 Steven Pacey  
4.x
 2,810
  Nnedi Okoafor
 Robin Miles  
4.x
 1,355
  Harry Connolly
 Christian Rummel 
4.x
 410
  Dakota Krout  
 Vikas Adam  
4.x
 7,028
Fated  
Benedict Jacka
Gildart Jackson 
4.x
 5,143
Marked  
  P.C. Cast &
 Kristin Cast  
Caitlin Davies  
4.x
 372
  Jay Kristoff
 Holter Graham  
4.x
 1,518
  Ian C. Esslemont  
 John Banks  
4.x
 241
  Drew Hayes  
 Kyle McCarley  
4.x
 6,419
  Stephen R. Lawhead  
 Simon Bubb 
4.x
 164
  N.K. Jemisin  
  Robin Miles    
4.x
 7,021
   Stephen R. Lawhead 
 Tim Gerard Reynolds  
4.x
 9,285
  Richard A. Knaak 
 Scott Brick  
4.x
 1,198
Andrzej Sapkowski 
Peter Kenny
4.x
7,057

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

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!