Thursday, April 19, 2018

From the Mail Bag: An Exceptional Art Project


Many are familiar with the fact that I enjoy receiving letters from readers. Some of my favorites are  the ones where two people in the same family are sharing the tale. Usually it's spouses, but I've also had dozens of letters from estranged siblings who have reunited over the books.  I've also had a lot of letters where three generations (child, parent, and grandparent) are reading the books together. I must say these letters were never something I expected to receive, but I treasure each one.

I'd like to take a moment to share something from a recent letter (with the author's permission, of course). Andrew Pendergrast (who mentioned he and his son Jacob have been bonding over the books) wrote to show off this amazing artwork that his son made.


Jacob had an art project due (he's a senior in high school) and he created this amazing piece showing Royce's and Hadrian's trip to Percepliquis. I'm honored that Jacob chose to use my work as inspiration for his assignment . . . and I don't think it could have come out any better than it did. Jacob used an exacto knife to carve poster board with delicate detail and used a light to eliminate the layers.

In a subsequent email, I learned Jacob is about to enter the Army after high school. I wish him well in his new career and thank him for his service. I'll also treasure this picture, and I'd like him to know how much I enjoyed finding out about it.




Sunday, April 15, 2018

Unbound World's 50 Page Friday: Age of Myth


How did I miss this? Oh, I know, I've been so busy finishing up the edits on the last book of this series. In any case, Del Rey has featured Age of Myth for it's 50 Page Friday segment. So, if you've not started the Legends of the First Empire yet, here is an easy and free way to take a look at the first three chapters of the first book. Age of War will be coming out soon, so it's an excellent reason to give it a look.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Age of War a Featured Pre-order


Right now there sure 1,616 titles on Audible that are waiting to be released and available for pre-order. I can't even imagine how difficult it is to decide what books to feature out so many. So I was thrilled when Robin mentioned that Age of War is getting top billing.  This shows that Audible has a good degree of faith in this book's release....kinda like being picked to be featured in the "hot new releases" section of a bookstore (but without the publisher paying a co-op fee). 

I think the exposure is helping. I also checked the best-selling pre-orders in Epic Fantasy and Age of War is #1.  So, thank you all for picking up the book early.  Robin is in the process of putting together some "pre-order goodies" for people who have the book orders already. We'll announce how to get them on Monday, and all formats will be eligible for the freebies (audio, hardcover and ebook).

It's starting to feel real! Won't be long now before Age of War is officially on the streets.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Book Giveaways!



Hey all, Age of War is coming, and as such I have a few giveaways to tell you about.

  • First, there is a drawing for first edition copies of all three Legends of the First Empire books.   This is open to people from all countries and we'll do the drawing at the end of June and ship the books in early July. There have been several printings of Age of Myth (and I think Age of Swords has also gone into at least one reprint) so this is an excellent chance to get books that might not be available anywhere else.
For people who are pre-ordering the book, I hope to have a pre-order promotion posted soon where you can receive some initial chapters of the new book as well as some bonus material. Stay tuned for that!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hardcover editions of Riyria are going to be a reality


For those who don't know, all my recent books (those published since 2015) have had hardcover editions, but the original 5 books of Riyria were only produced in trade paperbacks. There were a few hardcovers produced as a book club edition, but they (a) sold out years ago and (b) weren't the best quality.  We've finally received agreement from Orbit to buy the rights to do a hardcover edition on our own (yeah, it's odd to pay someone for the right to publish books I wrote, but that's the nature of traditional publishing).

Now, there is a catch...we had to limit the print run (Orbit wouldn't let us base the number on demand). When we get all our ducks in a row, we'll be launching a Kickstarter, and since the numbers are limited, it'll be one of those first come first served things. So, we are have a sign-up form and all people on it will be told ahead of time the day and time of the Kickstarter's launch.  So, if you want copies, please sign up now.

Okay, a few things to note:

  • The books will have new covers, and I'm sure Marc Simonetti will be the designer for them (although I've not yet commissioned him for them, but he's always done any covers I've asked him to).
  • There will be two versions (a) a Rare edition (which should match the rare editions of The Death of Dulgath and The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter) and (b) a limited edition.
  • As for the covers of limited edition versions, they'll match the limited editions of the other books (full graphic rather than a small graphic with a color block). But, I'm also going to get pricing to see if we can offer a dust jacket that matches the hardcover edition, that way you can have a "match a set" even though we don't have three versions of the books like we do the other ones. No promises until I find out the printing costs, but that's my plan.
  • If you plan on getting a matched set of the limited editions, and don't already have the other two books, you'll have to hurry. We have about 50 copies left of Winter's Daughter, and about 75 copies of the Death of Dulgath. You can buy those limited editions here.
  • If you don't have a hardcover edition of The Death of Dulgath, there are 2 copies left at Amazon, but, we do have about 300 copies here and once those are gone, there will be no more of them. You can buy those limited editions here.
Well, that's about it. Robin's been working on this contract for over 2 years, and while the ink is not yet dry, it is being "written up" so we feel confident in making the announcement now. Hope you are as excited as we are.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Age of War Pre-ordering



Hey all, sorry I meant to make a "page" and I instead created a "blog post."  Doh!  For those who want to pre-order Age of War directly from me, I can send you a link where we are offering a limited number of signed copies.  I'm keeping the link to just members of the "Dark Room" at the moment (our secret/private Goodreads Group). If you want an invite to it, send me an email with the subject "Dark Room Invite"

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Last of the First Edition & First Printing



Age of Swords
Hardcover First Printing 
$28.00
Signature Options:
Dedication Name:

Hey all, Robin and Sarah spent the weekend organizing our new shipping department in the carriage house we built out in the valley.  In doing so, we now have all our books organized and categorized. For those who have been asking about first printing and first edition copies...no, we don't have any Age of Myth left. The only copies we have here are 4th printing ;-(.

But...we do have 22 copies of Age of Swords 1st printing. Since there are just a few of them, we have set them aside and you can only get them from this page.  All future shipment of those books will be the most recent printing (which I think is on it's third printing)

We also have a VERY few copies of the original paperback editions of Riyria self-published books (including 8 "full sets" and a few extras here and there. If you are interested in getting any of those books, send us an email and we'll coordinate with you.