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Patterns in the Dark (Dragon Blood Book 4) Available Everywhere

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I know some of you are waiting for more updates on the pen name, or just more on self-publishing in general, and I’ll be posting some more articles in the new year (in the meantime, check out the new marketing/publishing podcasts I’m a part of: Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing and The Writing Podcast). For today, I’m announcing that the fourth book in my Dragon Blood series, is available everywhere now.

DB4-Web-CoverYou can grab Patterns in the Dark at Amazon, iBooks, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

Everyone knows dragons have been extinct for over a thousand years. Everyone is wrong. At least one dragon remains, and military scientists from the Cofah Empire are experimenting with its blood, using the magical substance to power deadly new weapons that could be used to bring the world to its knees.

That’s a concern for Zirkander, Cas, and the rest of the Iskandians, but all Tolemek wants is to find his missing sister. The last time he saw her, their father had locked her in an asylum because of a mental illness with no cure. Now the military has taken her. What use the Cofah have for her, Tolemek can only guess, but he is certain she is in danger. He must save her before it’s too late. But her fate is inexplicably tied to the dragon’s, and he must find it to find her.

If you haven’t checked out this series yet, the first book, Balanced on the Blade’s Edge, is available for free for the holidays in most stores.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Grab 14 Epic Fantasy Novels by Best-Selling Indie Authors for 99 Cents

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I’ll have a new Dragon Blood book out in a couple of weeks (and, for those who are interested, I’ll be sharing the pen name so you can check out those titles, too), but if you’re looking for something to read in the meantime, I’m a part of a new bundle that should be a great deal for those who enjoy epic fantasy and swords and sorcery.

It’s another 99-center, this time with fourteen authors participating, several of whom are indie bestsellers. My Encrypted is in there, as well as thirteen other titles. Encrypted is usually $4 or $5, so if you haven’t read that one yet, this is your chance to get it for 99 cents (or about 8.5 cents, depending on how you look at these things).

The bundle releases on December 10th, but you can pre-order it now from:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Apple

Here’s a closer look at the stories inside:

epic-fantasy-bundle-webTerah Edun – Blades Of Magic

As an unstoppable war breaks out, a young girl enlists to find out the secrets that everyone is trying to hide.

Daniel Arenson – A Legacy of Light

War rages in Requiem, an ancient kingdom whose people can grow wings, breathe fire, and rise as dragons.

Megg Jensen – Anathema

A young slave girl discovers a world of magic she never knew existed and must face her enemies as prophecy unravels.

Jeff Gunzel – Land Of Shadows

A young blacksmith, born into a simple life, watches helplessly as the world he knew crumbles before his eyes.

C. Greenwood – Mistress of Masks

When an ancient evil stirs in Earth Realm, a group of unlikely heroes must find a way to stop the wave of darkness that is devouring their land.

Dima Zales & Anna Zaires – The Sorcery Code

Blaise’s magical creation is not an object of sorcery, but rather a beautiful woman who’s unlike anything their world has ever seen.

Annie Bellet – Witch Hunt

A cursed elven archer and her ragtag group of adventuring friends battle witches to stop a deadly plague and save a small village.

David Adams – Ren Of Atikala

Humanity is found in the inhuman when a “monster” is forced out of her home and into the world of elves, humans, and dragons.

Joseph Lallo – Jade

A little girl, selected as a sacrifice to end a mighty dragon’s reign of terror, instead finds both the protection and the family she so badly needs.

K.J. Colt – Concealed Power

Adenine has been quarantined for being the last carrier of a plague that killed thousands, but when trouble strikes, she is forced to leave her sanctuary and enter a world full of secrets, enemies, and plots.

Lindsay Buroker – Encrypted

After being kidnapped, linguist and code-cracker Tikaya Komitopis must work with her people’s greatest enemy to stop an ancient evil that threatens the entire world.

Mande Matthews – Bonded

Two children–one a born leader and the other a born servant–are bonded across worlds as Soul Warriors, but they must discover the secrets of their past if they hope to overcome the darkness that threatens their future.

Brian Anderson – Starfinder

Lee Starfinder embarks on his first adventure with a sword at his side and confidence in his heart, but he will soon discover that the perils of the world are far stranger than he had ever imagined.

Ed Robertson – White Tree

A young man is obsessed with mastering death magic, but his studies make him the key to resisting a powerful god–as well as the intended prey of the god’s dark acolytes.

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Pick up the collection for 99 cents at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or Apple.

How to Snag Free Review Copies of Republic & Balanced on the Blade’s Edge

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If you’ve been following my updates on Twitter or Facebook or keeping up with the newsletter, then you know I’ve been working on a follow-up novel to The Emperor’s Edge series: Republic. This 200,000+ word, six-point-of-view-character epic adventure has been many months in the making, and now it’s almost ready to go (I’m turning the manuscript in to my editor today, and it should be ready to publish in a couple of weeks).

Republic picks up the adventure a few months after Forged in Blood II ends, with Amaranthe, Sicarius, Maldynado, Sespian, Tikaya and her daughter all having stories to tell. Akstyr is off studying on the Kyatt Islands (look for a cameo from him in the Nuria trilogy I’ll be starting later this year), but Basilard will be back in this one too.

Questions to be answered:

Will Amaranthe and Sicarius manage to return the new president’s submarine without getting it blown up? Will the city fall to a threat so great that even the legendary Fleet Admiral Starcrest has no idea how to stop it? Will a new power step in to take advantage of the chaos? Will Sespian be able to find a new career now that he’s not emperor, or is his cat destined to live on alley scraps? Will Basilard finally find a woman who isn’t daunted by his scars? Will Maldynado get a new hat? (Okay, that one is a no-brainer.)

All this and more in the new adventure…

But wait–there’s more (as someone who watched way too many infomercials as a kid, I always wanted to use that line…):

While you’re waiting for Republic, I have an all new steampunk romance to unleash on the unsuspecting world. Balanced on the Blade’s Edge. This is the novel I wrote in two weeks while my beta readers were going over Republic. It took a couple more weeks to get feedback and to do some edits, but it’s ready to go this weekend. In fact, I have review copies ready to hand out right now. (If I sound really excited as I compose this post, it’s because the Starbucks barista accidentally put caffeinated espresso shots in my customary decaf latte *boing, boing*)

Here’s the blurb and cover art (thank you to everyone who voted and helped pick out the winning cover design on Facebook):

Steampunk Romance Cover Art -- Balanced on the Blade's EdgeColonel Ridge Zirkander isn’t the model of military professionalism—he has a tendency to say exactly what’s on his mind, and his record has enough demerits to wallpaper the hull of an airship—but as the best fighter pilot in the Iskandian army, he’s used to a little leniency from his superiors. Until he punches the wrong diplomat in the nose and finds himself issued new orders: take command of a remote prison mine in the inhospitable Ice Blades Mountains. Ridge has never been in charge of anything larger than a flier squadron—what’s he supposed to do with a frozen fortress full of murderers and rapists? Not to mention the strange woman who shows up right before he arrives…

Sardelle Terushan wakes from three hundred years in a mage stasis shelter, only to realize that she is the last of the Referatu, the sorcerers who once helped protect Iskandia from conquerors. Their subterranean mountain community was blown up in a treacherous sneak attack by soldiers who feared their power. Everyone Sardelle ever knew is dead, and the sentient soulblade she has been bonded to since her youth is buried in the core of the mountain. Further, what remains of her home has been infested by bloodthirsty miners commanded by the descendants of the very soldiers who destroyed her people.

Sardelle needs help to reach her soulblade—her only link to her past and her last friend in the world. Her only hope is to pretend she’s one of the prisoners while trying to gain the commander’s trust. But lying isn’t her specialty, especially when the world has changed so much in the intervening centuries, and if Colonel Zirkander figures out who she truly is, he’ll be duty-bound to sentence her to the only acceptable punishment for sorcerers: death.

Excerpt: read the first three chapters here.

How to Get Your Free Review Copies 

So, how do you get free review copies of these books? Basically, show me you’ve reviewed something else of mine.

If you read the blurb for BotBE, and it sounds like your cup of tea, all you have to do to get a review copy is to have reviewed one of my other novels (you could do it right now, or it could be a review you posted two years ago).

Email me the link at BurokerL AT Comcast DOT net (or use the contact form here, but make sure you don’t make a typo when you fill out your own address — that happens more often than you would think, and I’m not able to email people back), and I’ll send you a free copy of BotBE.

If you read and review BotBE before Republic comes out, send me the link for that review, and I’ll put you on the list for a free copy of Republic as well (you should have about two weeks, but I know folks are waiting, so I’ll publish that puppy as soon as my editor sends it back to me!). I’ll send the review copies right before I upload the ebooks to the various stores, so you won’t have to wait.

So basically, a review posted for BotBE in the first week or two it’s out gets you a free copy of Republic. :)

And just to be clear, these should be honest reviews — I hope you guys will enjoy the new novel, but you certainly don’t have to post a 5-star review to get a copy of Republic.

If you’ve read the BotBE blurb, and it doesn’t sound like a story you would care to read, stay tuned. I’ll post another opportunity to snag some review copies before Republic is ready to go.

Valid review spots: Amazon, Goodreads, Kobo, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, iTunes (it always takes a while for books to make their way to iTunes from the distributor, so email me if you’re trying to post a review, but BotBE hasn’t appeared there yet), your blog, or a blog where you’ve been invited to guest post.

Not interested in reviews, and just want to read?

You can grab BotBE for $2.99 at Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon (iTunes coming soon)

Quick Update and What’s Coming Next

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It’s been a while since the last blog post, and I’m sure you’re wondering, “What’s going on in Lindsay’s world?” You weren’t? Well, humor me anyway.

First off, Wounded is now available at iTunes which means you can get it just about everywhere (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords), if you’re game to try a modern mystery story. Thank you to everyone who has already grabbed a copy. Some people have asked if there will be more stories with the characters, and I probably will do a couple more at some point. As I’ll point out if I get around to writing my post on genre-hopping (it’s on the to-do list), it’s a lot easier to get something new off the ground if you have a series.

But next up, we have more fantasy.

I’m almost done with the first editing pass of Republic, the monster follow-up to the Forged in Blood novels. You knew the new government couldn’t get off the ground without a few snafus, right? And, even more obvious, Amaranthe and Sicarius couldn’t go on a tropical vacation without getting into trouble.

Last month, I was debating whether to split Republic into two books, but I’ve decided there’s not really a good breaking point, so I’m going to leave it as one. It’s currently sitting at 212,000 words (just over twice the length of the first Emperor’s Edge book). Why so big? We’ve got six point-of-view characters in this one (Amaranthe, Sicarius, Tikaya, Mahliki, Sespian, and Maldynado), and there’s a lot going on. With all of those POV characters, this is a departure from the usual format, but I hope fans of the series will enjoy spending time in these guys’ heads.

I’m not sure on the release date for Republic yet, but it should be early spring. It will take my beta readers a while to plow through this beast, and while they’re working on that, I’m going to be finishing the fourth Flash Gold novella. I started on it last summer, but got distracted by all of my other projects. I’ve been invited to a steampunk convention in Tucson in a couple of weeks, though, so I thought I should write a little more actual steampunk! It would be nice to finish it up and have it ready to go by then, but I don’t know if that will happen, because I have a ski vacation coming up next week (bad author, slacker author, I know!). I’ll try though.

After FG4 and Republic, I’ll be working on the second Rust & Relics book as well as the first novel in Yanko’s series (if you haven’t checked out the prequel novellas yet, they’re available everywhere now too). For those who have already read the novellas, the first one in particular, you’ll get to find out who “Dak” is in Republic.

That’s about it for writing updates. For those who are authors or who are interested in that side of the business, I was interviewed on the Self Publishing Podcast last week. Check it out if you need something to listen to during your commute.

Any thoughts? Questions? Let me know! :)

Author Update: What’s Coming This Summer?

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Hi folks,

Just a quick update here for those who are still grinding their teeth over the ending of Forged in Blood I. As some of you already know, I was well into the second half when I released the first half. Now, I’m working on the epilogue and should finish the rough draft this weekend. FiB2 will indeed end the story, so we’ll finally have all the resolution stuff (and, as I’ve teased on Facebook and Twitter, a haircut for a certain someone — no, not Akstyr again). I’ll be doing my own edits in June and have a slot reserved with my editor in July. The cover art is already done (thanks, Glendon!), so I’m hoping everything will be ready to go by early August.

After that?

Lots of folks have asked about a new Flash Gold story, and I’m planning to make that the next project. I’ve also been sitting on an idea for a contemporary fantasy series (no vampires, werewolves, or zombies, but… maybe some motorcycle riding elves :D) and might have the first book ready to go around Christmas.

For those who are wondering if there might be more stories with the Emperor’s Edge gang, I am leaving things open for new story arcs over there. At the end of FiB2, I’m planning to ask people which characters they’d like to see more of in the future. I also have an idea for a trilogy set in Nuria that it’d be fun to do, and maybe a science fiction adventure too. Author minds are busy places!

Now that you know what’s coming, I better get back to work so I can get it out there. Thanks for reading!