Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Limited Edition Early Copies of Age of Swords

Do you want to read Age of Swords two months before it's official release date? Do you want to be one of just a handful of people to receive a limited edition copy? Well then, you'll want to sign up for the Goodreads Giveaway!

Now that the book is "locked down" (all the copy edits have been made), Robin is printing up 15 Limited Edition Advanced Reading Copies to be given out to a lucky few. As these are Limited Editions, they'll have a different cover than those printed and distributed for the official release. Also, since they are advanced copies there may be some slight variations from the final version (if proofreaders find errors), but that makes them even more valuable.

We'll be doing several promotions to give these few limited edition versions away and the first one starts  today!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Age of Swords (The Legends of the First Empire, #2) - ARC by Michael J. Sullivan
Enter Giveaway

Here are a few specifics about the giveaway.

  • It's open to people from all countries
  • Winners will be drawn at random by the folks at Goodreads
  • Copies will be shipped March 16th - two months before the official release
  • Three copies are available to win
Not a member of Goodreads? No problem. It's free to join, and a great site for book lovers. Just sign up and enter to win.

One last thing to mention...while you are entering the contest, be sure to add the book to your to be read shelf. It's one of the metrics that gets books nominated for the Goodread Choice Awards. Age of Myth was a nominee in 2016, and we are hoping for Age of Swords to get selected for 2017.

As always, thanks for your support, and good luck on being one of the lucky few!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Home Alone

It's official. I'm now a 100% certified hermit. Today at breakfast, Robin asked me if she could schedule some afternoon time this week to go to the "bee store." Apparently the queens will be ready in a few weeks, and she wanted to pick out various supporting "stuff." She thought it would be a "nice drive." I kept trying to convince her to do  all that online. I think she's now planning on going by herself...or maybe our dog, Tobi, will go with her.

This weekend, Robin had left the cabin and went back to civilization (Washington DC) because she was doing a few free lectures for aspiring authors: one on audiobooks the other on agents. While she was gone I cranked up the music, had a bit of Irish whiskey, and spent several days talking to myself as I paced around the cabin. I was trying to brainstorm the rest of the outline for my current novel The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter (Riyria Chronicle #4). It worked beautifully. Not only did I get past the minor roadblock that was stumping me, but I have a whole new outline and the book should come together in no time.

When the cabin was made, it was intended to be a little getaway, but now I don't want to leave it at all. Heck, even going to the grocery store seems uncomfortable. Why can't I just stay here?  Well, I guess I can.  Now, that's not to say I don't enjoy people's company, and the two extra bedrooms were made for people to come visit. But I must say I'm enjoying being locked away and writing the book. Here's hoping to get a lot done before the weather gets warm in which case I'll want to be out in the garden.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Theft of Swords on Sale for $2.99

I find it odd that I often don't hear about a price reduction on my books until after it happens, but I'm always glad when I do find out. It means a lot of people might be giving my books a try who wouldn't normally do so.  Well, now is one of those times.

Thanks to the folks at reddit's /r/fantasy sub I found out that Theft of Swords is on sale for $2.99. I did a bit of digging and it looks like that price is good for all the US ebook retail sites (I didn't check overseas). Here are some links to help you get to your favorite:

Barnes and Noble
Google Play

It's a well-loved book (based on ratings/reviews) on sites such as Amazon (738), Goodreads (33,772), Audible (13,552). It has just shy of 24,000 5-star and 17,000 4-star so I think that bodes pretty well for it.

A long time ago someone asked me to "pitch them" on why they should read Riyria...and my response was:

  •  I really don't want to try to sell you - check out the book for yourself and if looks interesting read the free sample. If that looks good, then pick up a copy of the book. I think that advice still holds true.
  • But if I "were" going to pitch it - I'd throw together a "Top 10" reason to buy Riyria and so I did. Here goes.
  1.  A traditional fantasy that’s not a Tolkien clone, but also isn’t morbid to the point of having to down a pair of Prozac to get through.
  2. All six books were written before the first was ever published, enabling the weaving of threads and planting of clues about ongoing mysteries, allowing readers the added pleasure of trying to unravel the plot twists.
  3. Unforgettable characters that provide scenes both heartwarming and heart-wrenching that will make you cry in the end—not because they die a horrible deaths (although some do), but because you don’t want to leave them.
  4. A story that is gritty to the point of killing off half the cast, and yet always leaves the reader feeling people are basically good and heroes can and do exist.
  5. A finished series with a designed arc that ties up all loose ends and as such provides a truly satisfying conclusion.
  6. Written for adults, but without gruesome violence, sex, or profanity so that it can be read by people of all ages and shared with the whole family.
  7. Lacking the overly grim portrayal of some fantasy worlds, it is infused with humor including witty banter and laugh-out-loud moments even during dire and serious moments.
  8. Designed such that each book is better than the one that came before, so if you like the first, you won’t be disappointed with the last.
  9. Written to be an “easy read” it lacks the intimidating wall-of-world-building-information, utilizes modern dialog rather than archaic speech, and is paced like a thriller to keep the pages turning.
  10. Written with an emphasis on character and plot it packs an emotional punch focusing on reading entertainment rather than intellectual allegory.
So, there you have it - and today I'd add an #11 which is It's under $3 so what do you really risk by giving it a try. Certainly cheaper than a Mocha at your favorite coffee shop.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

German Edition of Age of Myth: Rebellion

I'm pretty heads-down with writing The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter (Riyria Chronicle #4), but Robin just shot me an email with the cover of the German edition of Age of Myth. It's called Rebellion and it releases April 3, 2017.  Just thought I would share.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Age of Sword Audio Book Pre-order

I've had a lot of people inquiring when the audio book for Age of Swords is going to be released. I think there is some concern that it'll follow the hardcover and ebook release by some amount of time. I can certainly see why people might think that. After all, the Riyria Revelation audio books weren't on the market until 4 months after their initial release.

The plan has always been to do a simultaneous release for the audiobook, but with no pre-order up, I can see why people would have some concerns.  Well, it's now official.  The pre-order for Age of Swords is posted on Audible.com, and yes it will be released on June 20th...the same day as the hardcover and print editions. And the good news, is that even though it's only now being officially announced, we are already seeing orders coming in. Currently Age of Swords is the third most popular Recorded Books release in the "coming soon" category (and in the top 150 of all pre-releases!

Anyway, if you are as excited as I am for book #2 in this series, stop over and spend your next credit on it. June will be here before we know it!  And as always, thank you for your support.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Age of Myth paperback release day

Today the premium mass market paperback version of Age of Myth is released.

This means two things:
  1. The ebook price has come down. It's now under $10, which is important for those who have the "never above $10 for an ebook" rule.
  2. The print copy is much cheaper. Instead of paying $26 for the hardcover you can get the book in print for less than $10.  
The book is available for sale at bookstores everywhere, and of course you can pick up a copy from my site to get one signed. I also still have hardcovers, which will be going out or print soonish. So you can choose either one. 

This is the first time I'm released in the mass market paperback. Originally Del Rey wanted to do the trade paperbacks (like my Orbit books) and those tend to run $16 - $17 a pop. For myself, I preferred to have the smaller/less expensive size in the hopes that it will make it affordable for more people. I'm hoping this will help to spread the word on a debut book I'm already very happy with the sales. 

If you like paperbacks rather than hardcovers - now is the time to get your copy. And as always, thanks for your support.

Monday, January 30, 2017

"On The Clock" with Age of Swords

I'm rarely under "deadline" pressure, mostly because I write all the books of a series before publishing the first. Still, even with that process, there are times when I'm "on the clock."

That's a picture of my new clock, custom made for the cabin. I needed to "white out" the address, because I'd have a thousand people camping out on the deck waiting for the next book. Well, okay, maybe not, but it doesn't seem to be a great idea to post one's address online. Anyway, that picture, and the one that follows are the first public glimpses of the cabin that Robin has spent so much time on. My writing oasis.

But I digress. We were talking about deadlines. Anyway, I have four more days until my new desk arrives, and when it does, I'll be locking myself away. You see, recently I've been building stairs, installing door knobs, building furniture, hanging mirrors and doing all manner of final work on the cabin. This means I've not been writing, and I can already feel my skin crawl and the DT's are hitting hard.

Anyway, while I've been working on the cabin, Robin has been busy going over the copy edits that have come in for Age of Swords. She's done a great job of pulling together my changes and edits from Linda (our favorite freelance copy editor) and Laura (Del Rey).  Yesterday, I finished addressing the things she needed me to implement, so it's time for the "final read." That's what I was doing last night, and what I was working on until I started making this post. Really I was!  And here is my proof.

Yes, that's a selfie, and no the look on my face doesn't indicate displeasure. I'm just concentrating.  I'm finding very little that has to be changed, and every now and then I shoot a question up to Robin, who's currently sitting in the loft above me doing her own final read. Come Monday, the book returns to Del Rey for layout and there will be no more changes. That means everything has to be perfect.  Well, it's my book so maybe "good enough" is a better description.  Still, I'm really pleased with how the book has come out and I hope you will be too.  Pre-orders are up.  Release date is 6/20/2017!