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.

 # Ratings 
 The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser*  
Fritz Leiber
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser
Artemis Fowl
Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl
Bridge of Birds
Barry Hughart
Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox
Clockwork Boys
T. Kingfisher
Clocktaur War
Darker Shade of Magic
VE Schwab
Shades of Magic
Holver Alley Crew
Marshall Ryan Maresca
The Streets of Maradaine
The Legend of Eli Monpress*
Rachel Aaron
Legend of Eli Monpress
Lies of Locke Lamora
Scott Lynch
Gentleman Bastard
Brandon Sanderson
Steal the Sky
Megan O’Keefe
Scorched Continent
Theft of Swords*
Michael J. Sullivan
The Riyria Revelations
Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn
Tyler Whitesides
Ardor Benn

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.
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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.

Narrator Rating
# Reviews
Dawn of Wonder Jonathan Renshaw  The Wakening
Tim Gerard Reynolds
The Crown Tower Michael J. Sullivan  Riyria Chronicles
Tim Gerard Reynolds
The Red Sea Edward W. Robertson  Cycle of Galand
Tim Gerard Reynolds
Elantris Brandon Sanderson  N/AN/A Jack Garrett
Spellmonger Terry Mancour  Spellmonger
John Lee
Fool's Assassin Robin Hobb  Fitz and the Fool
Elliot Hill
The Waking Fire Anthony Ryan  Draconis Memoria
Steven Brand
Uprooted Naomi Novik  N/AN/A Julia Emelin

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.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

5 Days and less than $3,000...let's hit this Kickstarter stretch goal!

I love Kickstarters, Shark Tank, and all things entrepreneurial. I have a ton of products from them, and I've never regretted a single purchase. Some have made their goals, others have fallen short, but I always feel good about supporting people who are working hard to make their dreams become a reality.

Recently, an author friend of mine launched his first Kickstarter (in no small part because I dragged him to do it).

He has a following...more than 160,000 books sold to date, is a great story teller (this Kickstarter is for his third major fantasy series), and I believe he'll definitely be in the "writing business" for many years to come. He's one of what I call the professional self-published. Those that release books with the same commitment to quality that the big publishers are putting out.

So, Phil funded almost immediately, and has reached a number of stretch goals, but his most recent goal is one I'm particularly interested in. Phil has rallied some of his self-published friends and for everyone  that backs at the $10 or more level, they'll receive the first book in some really great indie  series.


So what books are coming if Phil reaches the next stretch goal?
  • Dyrk Ashton's Paternus  
  • Davis Ashura's William Wilde and the Necrosed  
  • AC Cobble's Benjamin Ashwood  
  • David Estes' Fatemarked  
  • Ben Galley's Blood Rush  
  • Jeramy Goble's Coven Queen 
Like Phil, these authors are absolutely killing it in the self-published space. One of the things that most people outside the business of publishing (and inside it for that matter) is just how successful these authors are -- even though you may have never heard their names. And again, I attribute their success to producing high quality books that stand toe-to-toe with books put out by the big name publishers.

I'd love for Phil to hit this next stretch goal. It has the potential to expose these amazing authors to a larger audience, and I think you'll find some new series to love. Not to mention. It's an amazing deal! For just $10 you can receive 7 ebooks (a $35 value) and if you prefer print or audio versions you can get those at the $25 and $35 levels.

But don't take my recommendation of this Kickstarter on blind faith. Phil has an excerpt of the book (which is fully written, edited, and ready to ship after the Kickstarter closes), posted and you can read the first few chapters now. That way you can "try before you buy."

So, take a look, and if you like what you see, please back Phil's project. Like I said, it's already funded (and written) so the risk factor has been eliminated. But if we reach the next stretch goal you'll be introduced to a bunch of the new indie elite and I'm sure it'll open the door to some great new series for you to dive into.