Tuesday, June 18, 2019

So exciting to see this!


Just look at the joy in those faces!  This is just one of the many messages (and images) we've been receiving from people whose Age of Legend books have arrived.

Many of these were received because of Kickstarter pre-orders. And if you want to be notified when the Age of Death Kickstarter starts up, you can sign up here.

But we have also opened up orders directly from our website (which provides us with a higher income because we get to keep the retailer's cut.  You can receive either hardcovers (which match the Age of Myth, Age of Swords, and Age of War versions from Del Rey), or DRM-free ebooks (including formats for all devices, tablets, and computers) by going to our online store.

Thanks all for the amazing support. We still have another 3 weeks before the official release, and I'm thrilled people are so pleased with getting early copies.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

4-book Giveaway for Age of Legends



Grim Oak Press (the distributor for Age of Legend) is running a giveaway for signed copies of all 4 books of the Legends of the First empire series. You can enter to win here.

Even if you have all the books, this would be a great opportunity to introduce the series to a loved one. Plus, there's another reason to enter. Shawn and Jeff (who run Grim Oak) are also going to be giving away 3 copies of Terry Brook's Street Freaks and one copy of the exclusive Emerald City Comic Con edition of Unfettered III.


Oh, and while we are speaking of giveaways...don't forget we still have two other giveaways for Age of Legend.  

Good luck on the drawings!!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Did you miss the Kickstarter but want Age of Legend Early?



Many people have reached out to me indicating they were sad to miss the Age of Legend Kickstarter, and they wanted to get their hands on the book as soon as possible.  Well, I'm here to say there is a way to get it right now!

The books have come off the presses, the warehouse has signed copies, and I've updated my online store to offer ebooks and signed hardcovers.  So, if you missed the Kickstarter you can buy the book directly from me and get the book right now -- a month early.

Buying direct has a number of advantages:
  • More of your money goes directly to me since I get to keep the retailer's cut.
  • You get signed printed editions.
  • You get the books early - the retail chain copies start shipping 7/9/19.
  • ebooks are DRM free, and you get multiple formats so you can read the book on whatever device you desire.
  • You help rural Virginias earn a living - we use a fulfillment company that is in a part of the country where jobs are hard to come by and the more books we send through there, the more people they can hire.
I hope you'll consider picking up an early copy...and no matter how you get the book - I hope you enjoy the read!


Friday, June 7, 2019

Today Only: Kindle Daily Deal (Theft of Swords)


What a surprise to get my Amazon Daily Deals email and find that Theft of Swords is on sale!  Today, and today only you can get it for $2.99 and save 70% off the $9.99 regular price. And since this is an omnibus edition (with two full-length novels inside including The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha) it's an even better deal.

Pick up a copy for yourself or a friend today!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Audible's Biggest Titles of the Summer



First, it was Goodreads, and now Audible is featuring Age of Legend as one of this summer's biggest releases. Here is a full list of some of the other fantasy picks:


I see some great titles coming out, and I'm especially excited for Evan Winter's release, Anthony Ryan's Wolf Call, and Duncan Hamilton's Dragonslayer. All of these books are available for pre-ordering, so pick up your copies now!

TitleAuthorNarrator Series  Release Date 
Age of Legend  Michael J. Sullivan  Tim Gerard Reynolds  Legends of the First Empire 07/09/19 
Way of GodsRhett C. Bruno &
Jaime Castle
Luke Daniels Buried Goddess Saga 07/30/19
The Rage of DragonsEvan WinterTBA The Burning07/16/19
Take a ThiefMercedes LackeyPaul Woodson Heralds of Valdemar  06/12/19
The Final Days of MagicJ. D. HornSophie Amoss Witches of New Orleans  6/18/19
The Wolf's CallAnthony RyanSteven Brand Raven's Blade 07/23/19
Empire of GrassTad WilliamsAndrew Wincott Last King of
Osten Ard
 
07/02/19 
DragonslayerDuncan M. HamiltonSimon Vance Dragonslayer 07/02/19
Knife ChildrenLois McMaster BujoldTim CampbellSharing Knife06/25/19
Elven QueenBernhard Hennen & Edwin MilesMichael PageSaga of the Elven 06/11/19
Spine of the DragonKevin J. AndersonFleet Cooper Wake the Dragon  06/04/19 
Hateful ThingsTerry GoodkindTBA Children of D’Hara  08/08/19
The Spirit RingLois McMaster BujoldGrover Gardner N/A  07/16/19 
Turning Darkness into LightMarie BrennanBarrie Kreinik & Raphael Corkhill Series  08/20/19
The Silver GryphonMercedes Lackey & Larry DixonGary Furlong Mage Wars 06/04/19

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Age of Legend Giveaways


Age of Legend
books will be coming off the presses any day now, so it's time to do some giveaways!  We'll have three ways for you to win.
  • Goodreads (only open to US and Canada residents). I'm not sure why Goodreads limited the giveaway to just these two countries, but they did, which is one of the reasons why I've got two other ways to enter. There are 3 books being drawn on June 30th at 11:59 PM EDT.
  • Reddit's /r/Fantasy sub (open to all countries). Reddit can be a divisive site filled with people with very strong opinions from all facets of the spectrum, but the fantasy sub is an oasis of civility among the chaos. If you've not visited it before, this would be a good time to check it out. I'm sure you'll find reasons to stay.  To enter, you just have to add a comment to the thread and I'll send you a message via the Reddit site. I'll be drawing 2 books on June 5th at 11:59 PM EDT. This drawing is open to people from all countries.
  • Private giveaway (open to all countries). In today's publishing environment, there is always some "big entity" between the author and the reader (Amazon, Barnes and Noble or the publishers). I like having a direct relationship with readers such that if these other people ever get "wonky." I can still reach out to my readers and tell them about sales, giveaways, and Kickstarters. Entering here will require an email address (so I can notify the winner), but you can opt out of being added to my email list. I don't use it often (I think 6 times in the last 3 years), so don't worry about being bombarded. But I like having the safety net of being able to reach people if the "big boys" are getting in the way. There are 2 books being drawn on June 30th at 11:59 PM EDT.
All books will be signed (and can be dedicated if you wish). If you haven't read the other three books there are spoiler-filled recaps available on this site.
I hope you are as excited about the next release as I am, and good luck on the drawings!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Goodread's Hottest Books of the Summer



So, with all that's going on, I'm terribly late about this post (which was originally announced on May 5th), but I couldn't be happier that Age of Legend was picked by Goodreads as one of the Hottest Fantasy Books of the summer!

Here are all five of their picks:


I'm thrilled that so many people are anxiously awaiting the release. I'm also pleased to see Evan Winter's book make the list...I know Evan just a bit, and I'm anxiously awaiting his re-release of a previously self-published book.  I've heard that whole self-publishing thing works out well for authors...and I have my finger's crossed for huge success for him.
Here are links (and data from Goodreads if you want to check out the full list of titles.

TitleAuthorSeries Rating  # Ratings  Shelved by 
Magic for LiarsSarah GaileyN/A4.0525420,337
Age of LegendMichael J. SullivanLegend of the First Empire #44.4238910,705
Rage of DragonsEvan WinterThe Burning #14.432,43012,964
Gods of Jade and ShadowSilvia Moreno-Garcia N/A4.2112513,384
Dragon RepublicR.F. KuangThe Poppy War #24.3018714,929

Goodreads also did a post on various fantasy author's picks for summer reading, and I was included!  I'll post on that soon.