Saturday, January 22, 2022

Mark Your Calendar - Farilane Kickstarter Launches 2/15!

Our 10th Kickstarter has been approved, and it will launch 2/15 at noon EDT.  You can preview the Kickstarter now from this link, and even read the pre-copyedited first chapter of the book. Or, you can use this link to sign up to be notified once the Kickstarter launches.  


Being an unwanted twin in the imperial line of succession, Farilane became a scholar, adventurer, and in a time when reading was once more forbidden - a book hunter. Her singular obsession is finding the mythical Book of Brin, a tome not just lost but intentionally buried. Respected and beloved by the Teshlor Knights, not even their legendary skills can protect her for what she finds is more dangerous than what she sought.

Like the Nolyn Kickstarter, we will be creating a faux-leather limited edition version with
  • Hubbed spine
  • Full-cover foil stamp designed by Sarah Sullivan
  • 4-color end sheets with art by Marc Simonetti
  • Limited print run
  • Signed by the author (numbered and dated)
  • Built-in ribbon bookmark
This is what the Nolyn book looks like. Farilane will be similar but probably with navy blue faux leather and silver foil stamp.
We are offering a wide variety of reward levels and most of them come bundled with the ebook which you will receive several months before the retail release date of June 7, 2022.  Here is a breakdown of the reward levels.

If you missed getting a copy of Nolyn, you can add that to your order by choosing the DOUBLE DIGITAL DELIGHT or the DOUBLE TROUBLE reward levels (and we've provided a discount for multi-book purchases).

This Kickstarter will also provide discounted add-ons for the other books in my series including:

Calculating overseas shipping (especially if add-ons are selected), can be quite tricky, so we've setup the shipping of physical books ONLY in the United States. But non-US residents can still participate through a "manual add" process where we will calculate shipping to your location based on total product weight. If you are outside the US, you can use this form to have the postage calculated for the rewards you are interested in.

And last but not least, our son James is going to be stepping in to manage the Kickstarter and work with our daughter Sarah for the shipping process. This will free up Robin from having so much on her shoulders.

So, go take a look, and if you have any questions, you can provide feedback or pose queries right on the Kickstarter site.  And don't forget to mark your calendar so you can be there on day #1. It's usually a pretty exciting launch. We hope you'll join us!

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Winter Sale - Save 15% - 50% off


It's that time of year again when we deeply discount our books.  Just a reminder, all physical books are signed and all ebooks are DRM free (and come in .mobi (kindle), .epub (nook), and .pdf (phones and tablets without readers. Here is what's on sale:

  • ebooks: 50% off
  • Nolyn hardcover - 25% off
  • Individual hardcovers - 15% off
  • Individual trade paperbacks - 15% off
  • Riyria Revelations 3-book set - 20% off
  • Riyria Chronicles 4-book set - 25% off
  • Legends of the First Empire 6-book set - 25% off
We also have done a second printing of slipcases for the Legends of the First Empire hardcovers and while these usually cost $40, you can get them for just $31 when buying the books as well. 

We also have a bunch of ebook short stories for just a penny including:
  • The Jester (a Riyria short and comic editions)
  • Pile of Bone (a Legends of the First Empire short)
  • Little Wren and the Big Forest (a Legends of the First Empire short)
  • The Game - a LitRPG short
  • Burning Alexandria - a homage to Ray Bradbury
  • Autumn Mists - an homage to one of my favorite songs from my youth

The sale is running now through January 21st!

Friday, December 31, 2021

#1 Bestselling Audiobook - Nolyn!

 Thank you everyone for your enthusiastic support of Nolyn's Audiobook. It just hit #1 in the entire store! To be honest I can't remember if I ever had a #1 title before - I know I've come close on a few times but I'm pretty sure this is a first for me.

If you haven't picked up your copy you still have about 10 hours to get it while on sale for just $4.95.

Save 77% - Daily Deal - Nolyn Audio $4.95

One of the biggest promotions available to audio listeners is the Audible Daily Deal.  For only 24 hours, one title is deeply discounted. Well for today only, that book will be Nolyn (Book #1 in the Rise and Fall Series). What's even better is it's narrated by the amazing Tim Gerard Reynolds. Seriously, if you've never heard Tim spin a tale, it's worth $4.95, just for that reason alone!

Want some more incentive? How about these details about the book:

About the Book (The description or "back of book" information:

After more than five hundred years of exile, the heir to the empyre is wary about his sudden reassignment to active duty on the Goblin War’s front lines. His mission to rescue an outpost leads to a dead-end canyon deep inside enemy territory, and his suspicion turns to dread when he discovers the stronghold doesn't exist. But whoever went to the trouble of planning his death to look like a casualty of war didn't know he would be assigned to the Seventh Sikaria Auxiliary Squadron. In the depths of an unforgiving jungle, a legend is about to be born, and the world of Elan will never be the same.

From Michael J. Sullivan, The New York Times, USA Today, and Washington Post best-selling author, a new adventure begins with the first book in The Rise and Fall trilogy. Although this series is set in the same world as the Riyria novels and the Legends of the First Empire books, it is a standalone tale. As such, no prior knowledge of the other works is required to enjoy this tale to its fullest.

And the best news of all, I JUST finished writing Esrahaddon (the last book in the Rise and Fall series). So if you are tired of waiting for titles by fantasy authors who still haven't finished their series (and you know who I'm talking about), you won't have to worry about that with this series. Book #2  (Farilane) is in beta right now (and you can even pre-order it as well):

I hope you'll pick up a copy - and please hurry because this sale will last for 24 hours only (and ends at 11:59 PM PT).

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Farilane Audiobook Available for pre-ordering!


The release date has been set and the audio book page is live.  So, if you read Nolyn and are excited about the next book in the series, place your pre-order now. Here's a bit about the book.

Some truths are dangerous, certain secrets best concealed, and one story never should have been written at all.

Being an unwanted twin in the Imperial line of succession, Farilane became a scholar, adventurer, and in a time when reading was once more forbidden - a book hunter. Her singular obsession is finding the mythical Book of Brin, a tome not just lost but intentionally buried. Respected and beloved by the Teshlor Knights, not even their legendary skills can protect her for what she finds is more dangerous than what she sought.

From the three-time New York Times best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan, Farilane is the second novel in the Rise and Fall Trilogy. This latest set of stories sits snugly between Legends of the First Empire and the Riyria books (Revelations and Chronicles). With this tale, Michael continues his tradition of unlikely heroes who must rise to the call when history knocks, demanding to be let in. This series will conclude in the summer of 2023 with the release of Esrahaddon, the final piece in a narrative that began in 2008 and contains 19 full-length novels spread across four series.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Gone but never forgotten

I often receive extremely touching emails from my readers. Especially during these many long months as the pandemic continues to keep us from our "normal lives." I'm honored that so many people have found comfort through the escape of my stories. That I receive emails from readers is not all that odd, after all I do encourage people to write, but to hear that my "little scribblings" have brought joy, or comfort, or a release from pain is something I never expected when I started down this windy road of writing.

Some of the letters tear at my heart. People tell me of the anguish they have experienced, and while I've spent decades penning my tales, I often find myself at a loss for words--not knowing how to express my appreciation for them reaching out and how inadequate I feel to respond. 

A recent email came to me from Leslie, who shared the sad news that her younger sister will soon lose her beloved companion Haddy (named after Hadrian Blackwater). And she requested a short memorial for Haddy. Hence the purpose of this post.

Our family has suffered this pain many times, but no one experiences it quite so acutely as my loving wife Robin, who upon each passing laments the injustice of a life so short. With each passing, Robin vows to never get another dog because the pain is too great...and yet, before long she opens her heart once more, knowing the scales are more than balanced: the joy of even a short time together will far outweigh the crushing agony she experiences with each loss.

So this post is for Teresa & Elizabeth, in the hope that this tribute can bring you some comfort. I'm sharing with my readers some pictures that Leslie sent of Haddy. What a fine boy he was, I'm sure!

As I mentioned, words often fail me at such times, and in these cases, I turn to those who are wiser than myself. I don't know who first said it, but I think this sentiment is in the heart of every dog lover when their friend has departed.

“I loved you your whole life. I’ll miss you for the rest of mine”

In closing, I'll turn to George Graham Vest (December 6, 1830 – August 9, 1904). An odd person for me to tip my hat to because there is much that he stood for that I stand against. But as with most people, there is almost always common ground to be found, and I find that we share the belief that a dog truly is man's best friend.  George was, among other things, a lawyer, and in the closing arguments of a trial in October 1869 (while arguing a case seeking damages for the killing of a dog) he said the following:

"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog. A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer. He will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings, and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens."

So, although I never met this particular Haddy, I bid you safe travels to wherever your soul will travel. Here's hoping for rich green fields and rabbits to chase until you and your loved ones can be reunited. I know you'll be dutifully waiting for that day.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Out of Print: The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter

The fourth book in the Riyria Chronicles is now officially out of print.  As such, the marketplace retailers are price gouging their few remaining copies (currently new copies run from $43 - $60.99, and used copies are priced at $59.99). That is completely ridiculous!  

The good news is we still have copies available directly from us (and they come signed and with a matching bookmark).  And the better news is we aren't marking them up at all, so you can still get them for just $17.00.

If you want to buy an entire set of the chronicles before our copies run out, then we'll offer all four books at a 25% savings ($51 rather than $68 a savings of $17).  That's four books for the price of three!

Once our supply runs out, we'll probably shift this over to a print-on-demand version and the books will be available through retailers once more. The only problem is it will be slightly taller than the other books which were produced by Orbit. The first two books of the series are 8.25" in height and the print-on-demand version (once printed) will be 8.5".  So if you are someone who wants all your books in a series to "line up" - buy directly from us now while supplies last.