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):
Colonel 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)