Friday, September 30, 2011

The Viscount and the Witch, short story

Hello all,
This is Robin (Michael's wife for those that don't know). I'm commandeering his blog to announce: The Viscount and the Witch.  This is a little short story Michael wrote at my urging because...well as some may know I'm in love with Royce and Hadrian (sorry hun, but you know it's true) and I just can't get enough of them.

This is a strange time...the Ridan books are out-of-print and the Orbit books (although available for pre-order) won't be available for reading until Thanksgiving so, after three years, we have no books for sale ;-(

As we've both said, there will be no seventh book to the Riyria Revelations.  That particular story wraps up completely in Percepliquis and to "tack on" another just isn't going to work (and no amount of needling will get Michael to do -- trust me on this).

But...Royce and Hadrian spent many years together before the event that happened starting in The Crown Conspiracy so I begged, pleaded, and offered "favors" to get a tale of the "early years" and hence The Viscount and the Witch was born.  Here's a bit about the book:

Eleven years before they were framed for the murder of a king, before even assuming the title of Riyria, Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater were practically strangers. Unlikely associates, this cynical thief and idealist swordsman, were just learning how to work together as a team. In this standalone first installment of The Riyria Chronicles, Royce is determined to teach his naive partner a lesson about good deeds. Join Royce and Hadrian in this short story (5,400 words) about one of their earliest adventures.

It just went live late yesterday on Amazon and already is on the Hottest New Releases for Historical Fantasy (#7) and Short Stories (#14).  And while I hope people continue to buy it at the paltry $0.99 (as it will get Michael some Amazon visibility and possible recommendations for his Orbit books)  we are not releasing this to make money.

Why are we releasing it?
  • To say thank you for all Michael's fans who has gotten him to this next stage in his writing career
  • To have "something out there" that people can read while they wait
  • To hopefully give an "easy to digest" intro to new people to the series
The best way to say thanks is to make the book for free, but Amazon doesn't allow us to do this ($0.99 is the cheapest that we can list a book).  But...hopefully they will "make it free" as they will price match other sites where the book is free (such as Smashwords).  Usually a book has to have some "following" for them to do this so my hope is we'll get a few sales, get on Amazon's radar, then will price match to free.

This short is being released through Ridan Publishing (not Orbit) so we CAN make it free when bought direct. Here is a link where you can get your very own free copy.

I loved being reunited with my two favorite rogues. I hope you'll feel the same.  Enjoy!


  1. Oh, I'm going to go find this one when I get home and get it. :) Thank you Robin for helping get Michael to write of these two great men again. :)

    Thank you Michael for writing about them. I, too, enjoy them.

  2. I bought it for Kindle! Thanks so much for bringing Royce and Hadrian back into my life! :-)

  3. I bought it for Nook. Thanks for adding the link. Not sure what happened to my original comment though. :)

  4. Thank you, bought a copy on Amazon (UK) :)

  5. Robin, that post is wonderfully devious. Royce and Hadrian would be proud of you!

    Downloading to read now.


  6. I bought it on Amazon, though I may not get to it right away as I have a bunch of books to read that I bought when Borders was closing.

  7. @BigZ7337 - no problem but it is a "short story" - can be read in 30 mins to a hour I suspect.