99-Cent Ebooks from Best-Selling Indie Authors + Giveway

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For those of you looking for something to read this week, Encrypted and several other popular novels by independent authors (many of whom have been best-sellers) are available for 99 cents through December 3rd as part of the “Love, Murder, and Everything Else” sale. In addition to the great prices on the books, there are some giveaways for Amazon gift certificates that you might want to check out.

In other news, I’ve plotted out a new Amaranthe & Sicarius short story (when you guys voted for what you wanted to see in an Emperor’s Edge Christmas, er, “Solstice Day” story, those two came out on top) and plan to post that right here on my blog by Christmas.

Thanks for reading, everyone!

Vote for an Emperor’s Edge Christmas Story + Forged in Blood I in the Goodreads Award Finals

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All right, guys and gals, thanks to your help, Forged in Blood I is a finalist in this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards. As promised, I’ll write a new EE short story for Christmas and post it here for everyone to enjoy free of charge. In a moment, I’m going to give you a chance to vote for the subject matter of that story, but first, if I may implore you…

Could you please vote one final time for FiB? We’ve made it through the nominations and the semi-finals, and now it’s down to the final round. I appreciate all of your votes and your ongoing support!

Okay, now for the fun stuff…

What Shall the EE Christmas Story Be About?

  • Amaranthe and Sicarius's not-entirely-relaxing submarine vacation in the tropics (56%, 400 Votes)
  • Go back in time -- the whole team sharing Solstice Fest together (shortly after EE1) (15%, 108 Votes)
  • Basilard returns to his homeland (12%, 88 Votes)
  • Sespian figures out how he's going to spend Solstice Fest and what he's going to do with his life now (9%, 64 Votes)
  • Maldynado goes gift-shopping for Yara (hats may be involved) (6%, 42 Votes)
  • Something else? Write it in down in the comments (1%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 709

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Latest Story News + a Bribe :)

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For those who are curious about such things, I thought I’d post an update (and a bribe — more on that below). I have several projects in the works and will have something new out in December (and probably January and February as well!).

Next up will be a series of three prequel novellas for the Nuria trilogy I’ve been talking about. The first one will be free, though it may be via a coupon code, so make sure you’re signed up to my newsletter to get it. After that, I’m planning to finish the half-written Flash Gold 4 and my contemporary mystery/romance. While all of this is going on, I’m working on Republic (working title), a novel that takes place a few months after the last book in the Emperor’s Edge series.

In other news, Forged in Blood I has made it to the semifinals over in the Goodreads Choice Award Contest. If you’d like to vote for it, you can do so here.

I know it doesn’t have a shot at winning, but if it makes it to the finals, I’ll write a new Emperor’s Edge short story for Christmas and post it here for everyone to enjoy. I’ll do a quickie vote to see if you guys want the story to focus on Amaranthe & Sicarius (a tropical island Solstice Fest?) or someone else in the gang.


Forged in Blood I Nominated for 2013 Goodreads Choice Award — Thanks!

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Screen Shot 2013-11-04 at 10.48.52 AMForged in Blood I has been nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award this year.

I confess, I don’t spend a lot of time on Goodreads, but it’s my understanding that the books are chosen based on reader ratings, so I want to give a big thank you to all of you who have followed along with the series and who haven’t been shy to let others know that you’re enjoying the books. I believe FiB1 is the only self-published novel in the fantasy category, so I’m doubly honored to be nominated.

If you’d like to vote for Forged in Blood I (or, you know, one of those others guys :D), you can do so here.

Thanks for reading and sharing the love!

A New Novel for NaNoWriMo and Other Upcoming Projects

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I’m back from my European vacation (my celebration for finishing up the Emperor’s Edge series this summer, and the first time I’ve taken more than a few days away from writing in the last three years!), and I’m excited to get rolling again. I might have even started something new during the bus and plane rides of the last week….

So, for those who are curious, here’s what the writing schedule is looking like for the next few months:

  • Finish a contemporary romance/mystery/adventure story set on the Olympic Peninsula (it may very well be the first love story involving a nefarious mushroom plot :D).
  • Write 3 or 4 short story/novellas set in Nuria (I wrote most of the first one on my trip). I’m planning to do a trilogy that takes place over there, and I’m thinking of these as prequels. I’m testing the water with some new characters (we’ll have cameos from familiar EE-verse figures, and someone’s relative will be a major character in the trilogy — nobody you’ve seen yet, but you’re welcome to make guesses!)
  • Finish the half-written Claimed, the fourth Flash Gold novella.
  • On November 1st, for National Novel Writing Month, start Republic. This one should (I hope!) make EE fans happy. I’ve plotted most of it out, and it’ll be set in the capital, a few months after the events of the Forged in Blood books. I’m going to break the mold here and have several point-of-view characters. I don’t think Akstyr and Basilard will be in town for this one (though I’ll figure out a way to work in updates for them) but Amaranthe, Sicarius, Maldynado, Sespian, and Mahliki (the eldest Starcrest daughter) will all have stories to tell. I’m still deciding whether the last POV slot will go to Tikaya or Yara. I’m not sure how long the novel will end up being, because there’s going to be quite a bit going on, so I’m not going to throw out a publication month yet, but I’ll keep you updated.

Future projects (later in 2014) will include a second R&R book and the aforementioned Nurian trilogy.

Also, for those who enjoy writing and are thinking of participating in NaNoWriMo this year, stick around, because I’m going to give away some prizes to help encourage people to stick with it!

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