Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Breaking Chains

Hey all, Robin here. For those that don't know, I'm Michael's wife and I do some of the administrative tasks related to the work. Presently, I'm doing a proofing of the audiobook by reviewing "the dailies" as Tim Gerard Reynolds records each day.  I listen to Tim as I follow along in the book.

Anyway, for those who have read Legends of the First Empire, you know that each chapter starts with an entry from the famed "Book of Brin." I just hit Chapter 9, and it made me reflect on our current situation -- even though Michael wrote this years ago, and it has nothing to do with what is going on these days. We've not said much about Covid-19 -- what more is there to say that hasn't been said? But I thought I would share this with all of you.

Extended trips are the most frightening to begin, sheer cliffs the most difficult to climb, long falls the most painful to endure, but it is invisible chains that are the hardest to break.
— The Book of Brin

A few days ago, our governor extended the Stay-At-Home restrictions in Virginia until June 10th. I can't even begin to imagine what hardships that will cause to people in our state, but I also know that desperate times call for desperate measure.  So, I have faith that we, too, can break the invisible chains that Covid-19 has shackled us to. Stay safe. Stay strong. We'll get through this together.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Theft of Swords on sale for $2.99

I didn't know this was happening, and I'm not sure how long it will be this way but I found out that Theft of Swords (a 2-book omnibus that includes The Crown Conspiracy and Avemparta) is on sale for $2.99.

In other news, the recording has started for Age of Empyre (the last book in the Legends of the First Empire series). Obviously, we aren't able to be in New York (which we normally are during recording) but we are getting the "dailies" and finding ways to "work around." More on this as the work continues.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Audible pre-orders for Age of Empyre

Well, it won't be long now.   We are set to start the recording of the LAST BOOK in the Legends of the First Empire!  And, yes, Tim Gerard Reynolds will, of course, be the narrator. For those who are waiting for the final installment and the ending of this six-book series, the time is almost here.  The title will start recording soon and the release date is May 5th.

Audible is featuring the title on their homepage:

Both Age of War and Age of Legend made the New York Times Bestseller list, and if pre-orders are strong enough, Age of Empyre has a good shot at making it as well. So, if you are thinking of finishing up the series, but haven't placed your pre-order yet, please do so today!

As always, Robin and I thank you for your support.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Audible's Stellar Storyteller Sale

I'm honored to have not just one, but two books in Audible's amazing 2-for-1 sale for storytellers they feel are at the top of the game. And with Age of Empyre coming out on Audible in May,  that means you can can get the six-book series for the price of 5 books since both Age of Myth and Age of Legend are in the sale. But, if you've already gotten these books, check out the sale anyway.  There are plenty of other great books from the likes of: Stephen King, Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence, N. K. Jemisin, V.E. Schawb, Andrzej Sapkowski, Brian McClellan, Paolo Bacigalupi, Andy Weir, James Islington, Mary Robinette Kowal, Johnathan Renshaw, Rachel Aaron, Neal Stephenson, Andrew Rowe, Jack Campbell, William Gibson, James S.A. Corey, and dozens more!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Final Day!

It's been a fun 17 days but we are down to our last few hours on the Age of Empyre Kickstarter (will end today at 7:00 EDT).  While several days shorter than the others, it has been the most successful to date. Some details:
  • More than 3,500 backers
  • More than $132,000 raised
  • 3rd most-backed and 4th most-funded fiction Kickstarter of all time
  • Fully funded in just 48 minutes
  • 3 stretch goals met
People who pre-order through the Kickstarter will receive the following:
  • Receive the ebook in March rather than May
  • Signed (and discounted) hardcovers
  • Name added to the acknowledgments (in print and ebook)
  • DRM-free ebooks for multi-device reading
  • Screensavers of Marc Simonetti's Artwork
  • Matching signed bookmark for all physical orders
  • Discounted overseas shipping
  • 12 bonus short stories
  • A behind-the-scenes ebook about the series as a whole
  • Add-on tote bag (2 different designs: Montemorcey and Sullifan Crest
If you miss the Kickstarter, there will be a "back door" to be added, but that may mean you'll miss the window for certain rewards.  The good news is if you back the project in the next 9 hours and 30 minutes you'll get all the perks!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Non-US Book Sale

As most of you are probably already aware of, we are currently running a Kickstarter for the print edition of Age of Emypre (the last book in the Legends of the First Empire series). It's been doing really well (fully funded in just 48 minutes and currently the 3rd most-backed and 7th most-funded Fiction Kickstarter of all time). It is poised to surpass my previous all-time-best Kickstarter if it can raise just $69 in the next four days. If you are interested in learning more, you can click the following button:
But my reason for today's post isn't about the Kickstarter (except tangentially). One of the benefits of doing a project through crowdfunding is we'll have a large number of orders all at once. This allows us to ship pallets of books to fulfillment partners in Canada and the UK and have them handle the local shipping. Doing this is SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper than mailing books through the USPS, and we want to pass on those savings to the readers. Having a sale for non-US customers means we'll be able to get signed physical copies to parts of the world that we can't do when orders come in in dribs and drabs.

Not only will readers save 10% - 50% off the book's cover price, but the shipping can be as little as $7 (for one book) and $16 for five books (in most countries). Of course, the shipping for your part of the world will vary based on the weight of the package and where it's going, but we can calculate a price for you before you decide.
We hope you'll take advantage of this opportunity if you are outside the US and have been wanting to receive signed copies. Full details may be found by clicking the button below.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Age of Death Bestseller List

I'm thrilled to find that Age of Death made the Top 10 Bestselling US Audiobook list for the week of February 7th.  And what's even nicer is it's the only fantasy title to do so. Thanks to all my audio readers who pre-ordered or bought the book in the first week!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Age of Empyre's Kickstarter clears six-figures

Well, it's official. The latest Kickstarter joins the group of 7 fiction projects that raised more than $100,000. And it did so in just 6 days!

When it comes to book-related projects, Age of Empyre broke that barrier faster than all the others .
  • 6 days - Age of Empyre
  • 10 days - Change is Good
  • 15 days - Age of Death
  • 19 days - Frozen Hell
  • 20 days - Age of Legend
We still have 10 days to go. Will it surpass my other Kickstarters?  We'll see! We've now hit the first stretch goal so everyone who backs the project will receive 12 of my short stories.  Plus the next stretch goal has been set.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Age of Empyre's Fresh and Taking Off!

I'm not sure if this happened for any of my other Kickstarters, but I was thrilled to learn that the latest project is being featured in Kickstarter's Fresh Favorites area.

It's also in the Taking off Section. My thanks go to Superbacker Sylvia for letting me know about the project being featured.

We aren't even at the 48-hour mark and a number of other milestones have been reached:
  • Picked as a "Project we Love" by the Kickstarter staff
  • Surpassed two of my other projects in both total money raised and number of backers
  • Currently #5 most-backed Fiction Kickstarters of all time
  • Currently #8 most-funded Fiction Kickstarters of all time
  • More than $84,000 raised from more than 2,300 backers 
Now, this Kickstarter is much shorter than some of my others (we are already at the 2-week until it's over milestone), but it just might be our biggest Kickstarter to date...something I didn't think would be possible with such a short run.

Oh well, time will tell, and even if it doesn't reach that goal, we've already achieved a great deal together. So thank you for your support, and please help to spread the word.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

King for a Day

Ya gotta love book release days. A combination of pre-order sales and people jumping in on day one can really propel an author's visibility. My release of Age of Legend moved me from #81 to #14 in the "Most Popular Authors in Fantasy Books" list on Amazon. Yesterday's launch of Age of Death took me higher (from 46 to 11).  But the best thing seeing my name alongside Tolkien's. He not only gave me a love of reading but made me want to write as well.

The inevitable decline has already started (slipped down to #13), but it was fun to bask in the sunshine, even for that brief moment.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Tomorrow will be a very "Big Day"

Tomorrow is February 4th, and that will be a very big day in the Sullivan household. Why? Well, first off it's the official retail release day for Age of Death, the 5th (and next to last) book in the Legends of the First Empire series.

This means anyone who has pre-ordered the ebook or the audio version will have the files magically appear on their phones, Kindles, Nooks, Kobo readers, and in their iBooks libraries. As for the print copies, there was a small kerfluffle related to the dust jackets, and that meant the release date for the hardcover was pushed back by a week. By now I'm sure the books have been moving from warehouse to warehouse and from warehouse to stores, so if you don't see them on the shelves now, you will be soon.

Now in some ways, the availability of Age of Death is "old news" because thousands of people (more than 3,700) have been reading the book since October of last year (because they pre-ordered directly from my store or participated in the Kickstarter). Still, if past performance can be counted on, thousands more will start getting their hands on the book starting tomorrow, and that's pretty exciting!

That alone would be enough to make tomorrow a "big day" but that's not the only happening we have going on.  You see, we will also be launching the Kickstarter for Age of Empyre, the LAST book in the series. You can check out a preview of the project is now available from this link, and it will magically morph into a live project tomorrow at noon (EDT). 

People who pre-order this book through the Kickstarter will benefit from the following:
  • 20% off for a limited number of early-bird backers
  • Receive the story in March rather than waiting until May.
  • Receive signed hardcovers and matching signed bookmarks.
  • Have their names included in the book (both print and ebook).
  • Receive discounts on all hardcovers purchased.
  • Receive deeply discounted shipping for overseas orders.
  • Will ensure a much higher % of your hard-earned cash goes to the story creator rather than middlemen.
  • Provide job-security for rural Virginians who will be doing the shipping
I can't tell you how exciting it is to be close to having this series out to you all. For the past 7 years, only Robin and I knew the full tale, but now everyone can see how it all plays out. We are thrilled that you all will know what we do, and at last, we can start talking to people about the series without walking on eggshells so we wouldn't give something important away.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Multi-author Winter Fantasy Sale

I and five of my fantasy author friends have banded together to put some of our books on sale. What would normally cost more than $32 is now less than $8, which is lower than the non-sale price for just my book!

Each is the first in a series, except for Winter's Daughter, but that book was written as a standalone, and you can read it even if you've never read any of my other books.

These are all highly rated stories with more than 18,000 ratings on Goodreads, 80% of which are 4- or 5-star and they have an overall average of 4.2.

The sale is going on until January 27th.  I hope you'll check it out!

Friday, January 17, 2020


As you might recall from my post "The Great Bird Trip of 2019 - Part Three"  back on May 2nd of 2019, we got a lime tree:

“Stop!” Robin shouted, her eyes fixed on the side of the road.

Assuming a small child was in hot pursuit of a bouncy ball rolling into my lane, or more importantly, she had spotted a new bird, I politely asked the Prowler Jarvis to come to a stop.

“Look! Look! The sign!”

On the side of the road, there was a propped up, hand-painted wooden board marked with the words: Key Lime Trees 4 Sale!

“Really?” I asked.

“I could make Key lime pies at home!”

“It’s snowing at home.”

“Josh can stay inside until spring.”


She nodded. “That’s his name.”

“Whose name?”

“My Key lime tree. Josh Lyman.”

Seven minutes later I had a two-foot lime tree in the back seat. 

It is now nearly a year later.


It's the middle of January. Great pie.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Pile of Bones Reaches #1

I've had several books hit "#1" in some sub-category:  #1 in Epic Fantasy, #1 in Sword and Sorcery, I've even had a few #1 for the audiobook edition in fantasy, but I think this is the first time I've hit #1 on the "big fantasy" list that includes all formats (audio, kindle, and printed books) without any sub-classifications. Interestingly, my title is the only one that doesn't have a media tie in like a movie or series on streaming sites like Hulu or Netflix. The fact that is free is certainly helping ;-).  But still, you take your victories where you find them.

Keep in mind that the Suri and Minna short story will not be free forever. In fact, the audiobook is only free until March 7th, so pick it up now.  Even if you don't' have an audible account, you can still download free content. Or, if you prefer your stories in the ebook format, you can get a copy here.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Audible's 50 Most Anticipated Winter Releaess

So Audible picked it's top 50 titles for the winter, and I'm thrilled that Age of Death made the list!  Age of Death's release day is just 17 days away.  If you've not pre-ordered your copy please consider hit the New York Times Bestseller List. Here's hoping the next book in the series will do so as well.

Here are the other titles in the fantasy genre.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Pile of Bones Now Free For Your Listening Enjoyment

Hey all. We got the bugs worked out, and Pile of Bones is now available for free on Audilbe.com. What's more, it's racing up the bestseller chart. It's #2 in Sci-Fi & Fantasy and #7 for ALL audiobooks. You can pick up your copy here.

If you already got the audiobook before it switched over to free, Audible.com will be refunding your payment. Thank you Audible! 

If you've not started on The Legends of the First Empire books yet, this little free short will provide you with a good introduction into the series, plus the first chapter of Age of Myth is also included in the free short.

And last but not least, if you aren't into audiobooks, you can get a free ebook from us at this link.

I really love this short story and I hope you will as well. It'll only be free on Audible for a limited amount of time - so grab your copy now!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Don't get Pile of Bones...yet.

Hey all, well the good news is that the audio version of the new Suri and Minna short story "Pile of Bones" launched on schedule today. The bad news is it's not currently free (even though it is supposed to be).  So, please don't pick up your copies yet. I'll let you know as soon as it changes over to the freebie status.  Here's a bit about the story:

When a storm reveals a mysterious cave behind a waterfall, the young mystic’s apprentice and her wolf investigate. Inside, she discovers a secret place containing a pile of human bones and the young girl makes what could be a fatal mistake. In this Legends of the First Empire short story, we witness the events that helped shape the woman who would one day become Suri the Mystic, the first Rhune Artist, and a hero to a generation.