Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Unfettered on sale for just $2.99


Cover Art by Todd Lockwood

One of the anthologies I'm most proud of participating in is Unfettered. For those who don't know, it's a work where none of the authors made a dime even though it has sold incredibly well.  It wasn't meant to make us any money...its sole purpose was to help pay off the medical bills of Shawn Speakman who amassed hundreds of thousands during his fight (and win) against cancer. We met our goal, Shawn is medical debt free, has put aside a nice nest egg for future insurance, and now is using the excess to help other authors who have medical bills that are overwhelming them.

I got an email from Shawn that he has put the US version of Unfettered on sale (the UK version is licensed to Orbit and Shawn doesn't control that price...but he is working with the publisher to try and get it reduced as well) Unfettered was a no-brainer at $9.99, at $2.99 it's a steal.  Just look at who has contributed stories:

  • Terry Brooks
  • Patrick Rothfuss
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Michael J. Sullivan
  • Kevin Hearne
  • Mark Lawrence
  • Lev Grossman
  • Tad Williams
  • Jacqueline Carey
  • Daniel Abraham
  • Peter V. Brett
  • Robert VS Redick
  • Peter Orullian
  • RA Salvatore
  • Naomi Novik
  • Todd Lockwood
  • Carrie Vaughn
  • Blake Charlton
  • David Anthony Durham
  • Jennifer Bosworth
  • Eldon Thompson
  • Shawn Speakman
For my own part, I submitted The Jester, a Royce and Hadrian short story. Here's a bit about it:

WHO WILL HAVE THE LAST LAUGH?
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. A thief, a candlemaker, an ex-mercenary, and a pig farmer walk into a trap…and what happens is no joke. When Riyria is hired to retrieve a jester’s treasure, Royce and Hadrian must match wits with a dwarf who proves to be anything but a fool. Difficult choices will need to be made, and in the end those who laugh last do so because they are the only ones to survive.

This is a standalone short story of 7,200 words. No prior knowledge of The Riyria Revelations or The Riyria Chronicles is required to enjoy it to its fullest, making this a perfect introduction for new readers or a chance for Riyria veterans to spend a little more time with old friends. The Jester is a story of adventure, bonds of friendship, and a recognition that the choices we make dictates the future we find.
I hope you'll get your hands on Unfettered during the sale, even if you've read my story (I've given away quite a few copies for free) you'll certainly find others to enjoy. Here are some links to help you buy: Amazon Kindle •  Barnes & Noble Nook  •  Kobo

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