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Pre-Order: “Rogue Skies”

The Skies Have Gone Rogue…

Hey everyone, I have an awesome opportunity for you to get an EXCLUSIVE novel of mine from an amazing boxed-set of science fiction and fantasy novels.


RogueSkies2Transport yourself to new worlds where dark magic clashes with witty witches, diabolic demons, feisty fae, and sexy shifters. Or travel through time and space with cosmic spies, space thieves, and telepathic pirates. Add in a dash of Victorian heroes and inhuman soldiers, and you have a one-of-a-kind science fiction and fantasy collection of intoxicating proportions.

Fans of Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, Anne McCaffrey, John Scalzi or Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo, Tamora Pierce, Lois Lowry, and Maria V. Snyder will find themselves transported to weird realms and epic otherworlds in this reality-optional boxset.

Rogues and Rebels, Magic and Mayhem, Futures and Fantasy—there’s no limit to the excitement that awaits when you turn the pages of this collection of spellbinding adventures from some of today’s best-selling Science Fiction and Fantasy authors.

 


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This collection will feature a prequel novel to my latest Curse of the Drakku fantasy series available nowhere else but here! Not only will you get this exclusive novel, but you get 24 additional science fiction and fantasy novels all for only .99!

Even if you don’t intend on reading all the books, this will be the only way to get my prequel novel for the discounted price of .99.

Sound like a deal? Please consider pre-ordering Rogue Skies on Amazon, Apple Books, or Nook today!

Still not convinced to give it a try? We’re offering a FREE GIFT of 19 stories if you pre-order Rogue Skies. All you need to do is follow this link to get the info.

25 novels. 19 stories. All for .99? Get yours today!

 

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Lily Luchesi: “Stake-Out”

If you’re looking for a new paranormal series, check out Stake-Out: Paranormal Detective Series Book 1 from USA Today Bestselling author Lily Luchesi.


StaekOutIn a city overrun with the undead, an ex-cop is given a chance to get revenge…

Danny Mancini is on a case, following a murder suspect. When he catches him, he finds out that the perp isn’t even human: he’s a 200 year old rogue vampire!
The department doesn’t believe him, and puts him on early retirement, despite his many years of service to the Chicago Police Department, which sends him into a downward spiral.
Two years later, Danny gets an invitation from the beautiful, young and very attractive Detective Angelica Cross to join a secret branch of the FBI to help her track down Vincent, the wayward vamp.
But renegade werewolves, meddling immortal witches and Danny’s strange visions of a life lived a century ago with Angelica make things more difficult than it should be.


Buy Stake-Out: Paranormal Detective Series Book 1 today!

C.S.Vass: “Resonance”

Author CS Vass has a new fantasy novel now available. Resonance (Songs of the Eternal Past Book 1) is the first in a new trilogy.


CSVassShe’s an orphan, abused…and deadly.

Years of training have tempered her abilities like goddess-blessed steel.

But what good will it do when she can’t tell friend from foe?

Fiona’s city is in turmoil. Nobles vanish without a trace, and Haygarden’s people can’t agree which shadowy force is to blame.

Each night the assaults grow bolder. That’s why the Duke sends in Fiona’s brother—if the leader of an elite group of assassins can’t solve this problem, then nobody can.

That is, until Rodrick is kidnapped as well.

Can Fiona muster up the strength to save him? The city seems determined to stop her, but she’s never been one to listen to rules. Or fear banging swords with the underworld’s most fearsome villains.

She’ll need more than just raw grit to succeed after discovering the terrible secret of Haygarden’s origins.

You’ll love the first book in this punchy fantasy trilogy, because everyone needs a badass to look up to.


Buy Resonance (Songs of the Eternal Past Book 1) today!

Dora Blume: “The Enchanted Crossroads”

Dora Blume’s new novel The Enchanted Crossroads: The Enchanted by the Craft series Book 1 is now available!


DoraBlumeKaira lived an ordinary life until the night she was attacked. Leif, the mysterious man she met in the bar, saved her. He won’t leave her side as she grapples with being a Mage, who is hunted by Morrigans.

Born a descendent of the Goddess, Hecate, she discovered she is key to ending the God Morrigan’s destruction of Mages. The descendents are the world’s only hope for killing the God Morrigan.

Will she chose to be hunted for the rest of her life for being a Mage, or give up the man she loves to go back to her normal life?

Read the gripping first installment of the Enchanted by the Craft series.


Buy The Enchanted Crossroads: The Enchanted by the Craft series Book 1 today!

Aaron Hodges: “Daughter of Fate”

The new fantasy novel from New York Times bestselling author Aaron Hodges is now available. Daughter of Fate: The Knights of Alana Book One is a thrilling epic fantasy.


AaronHodgesWhen Knights attack the temple of Skystead, seventeen-year-old Pela is the only one to escape. Her mother and the other villagers are taken, accused of worshiping the False Gods. They will pay the ultimate price – unless Pela can rescue them.

Pela has never left the safety of her town, let alone touched a sword. What chance does she have against the ruthless Knights of Alana? She’s not a hero.

But she knows one.

Her uncle Devon was a mighty warrior once, in times when magic filled the world. Age has withered his strength and he retired long ago, but maybe he will answer the call of family.

Can Pela convince him to stand against the darkness one last time?


Buy Daughter of Fate: The Knights of Alana Book One today!

 

Free Books!

Hey everyone, I wanted to alert you to a couple promos I’m participating in where you can get FREE books!

The first is the Summer Speculative Fiction Promo, which I’m hosting. There are over 140 free science-fiction, fantasy, and horror novels to choose from. There are short stories, sample chapters, and full-length novels. Want something new to read? Check it out! Click the image for more info.

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The other promo I’m participating in is the Summer is Coming Fantasy promo. This is all fantasy, all the time! There are a ton of great books available. Find out more by clicking the image.

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That’s it for today. Please check out the promos and share this post so others can learn of the free goodness available. Thanks!

 

New Release: The Blood Stone

He slays dragons for a living. Now he’s on a mission to wipe them from existence.

 I’m thrilled to announce that my new novel The Blood Stone: Curse of the Drakku Book One is now live! You can experience a new adventure fantasy with this fast-paced tale.


The Blood Stone: Curse of the Drakku Book One

Lailoken longs to slit the throat of the beasts who abducted his wife. And with the winged monsters raining havoc on the northern lands, the vengeful dragonslayer’s bloody skills have never been in higher demand. Finally granted the chance to rescue his long-lost love in exchange for a dangerous, magical gem, he sharpens his sword for the quest of his life.

BloodStoneKindleImageVenturing deep into enemy territory to collect the dragon-killing artifact for his fanatical leader, Lailoken prays that he’ll have one more chance to hold his beautiful bride. But as his single-minded hunt for revenge reveals a darker truth, he fears he may be fighting on the side of evil.

Will Lailoken reunite with his love and slay dragonkind, or has he unwittingly triggered the realm’s destruction?

The Blood Stone is the first book in the fast-paced Curse of the Drakku fantasy series. If you like intriguing magic, powerful dragons, and honorable heroes, then you’ll love Jason J. Nugent’s epic adventure.

Buy The Blood Stone to watch a dragonslayer get his revenge today!


Thank you all for your continued support. I hope you enjoy the new book as much as I did writing it!

I’m Going To…

Today’s pet peeve is brought to you by “Middle Aged Grouchiness: The Only Thing Worse Than Teenaged Angst.

A couple phrases I absolutely hate hearing are “I will ___ when I get a chance” or “I’m going to do ___ when I have time.” They grate on me like nothing else. (And to be fair, I’ve uttered those words and regretted it every time.)

When someone tells me “I will do this or that when I get a chance,” it’s more like a brush-off. It’s as though they’re telling me “I can’t be bothered. Let me tell you something to get you off my back.” It’s frustrating. Just do whatever it is you need to do! Why wait? Why imply a promise of action when you could be doing the action instead?

do-it-now-1432945_640The same goes with “I’m going to do this or that when I have the time.” Ugh!! Do it now. Take care of it now. You know what needs to be done!

These phrases have irked me for some time. Yes, I’ve used them before and I’ve not felt good about them.

What brought this to my attention was a recent interview I heard on NPR with an author whose new memoir contained egregious plagiarism. The author (sorry, I don’t remember her name) replied to the accusations by saying “I will get to them soon.” She knew there were problems, pointed out several of them herself, and carried on like it was nothing. If I recall correctly, I think many of her citations to other books were wrong or led to the incorrect pages of her cited works.

No! Do them now! You know the problems are there and you know the solutions. Fix it now! Why wait? What do you have to gain from postponing the action?

It sounded more like she was deflecting away from the errors and giving an answer she thought would satisfy her critics while doing nothing about it. She promised future action as a means of quelling the immediate problem.

Can we all stop this? Can we be people of action and not deflection? I include myself in this. I’m just as guilty as the next person. The sooner we can take ownership of the problem, the sooner it will be fixed. Responsibility folks: it’s a beautiful thing.

Rant over. Thanks for dropping by.


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Give A Little, Would Ya?

Lately I’ve found myself sharing my experiences with other writers as though I’m some sort of “Johnny Appleseed” of indie authors, planting my advice wherever I can. Let’s get that idea debunked now: I’m not an expert.

But what I am is a person willing and eager to share my experiences with the hope they will help someone else. My experiences might not be the most relevant or the most powerful, but they are mine not to keep to myself, but to share with others.

germ-2871773_640I belong to several indie author Facebook groups where new and experienced writers can exchange their stories and learn from one another. I’ve taken it upon myself to answer a lot of questions from the newer authors because if I were in their shoes, I’d want someone doing that for me.

It’s paying it forward and we need more of that.

Navigating the often difficult path to indie writing and publishing can be daunting without the proper guidance. I’m not going to say I know it all or I’m an expert by any means. My mistakes and low sales are evidence to that. But I do have experiences that if shared, can help others after me grow faster and possibly sell way more than me. And I’m cool with that.

I don’t see indie writing and publishing as a cut-throat scenario where I’m gonna keep my successes (and failures) to myself so others will be at a disadvantage. I want us all to rise up and be better. As fellow writer and all around good-guy Brian K. Morris says, “A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats.” If I succeed, I want other writers there with me.

There are always unscrupulous people out there in every facet of life; indie publishing is no different. Sometimes the advice or experience I share might benefit them too. It’s a price to pay for being willing to open up with others.

I hope you’d consider sharing your experiences, good and bad, with other writers and people in your life when you can. We should all be learning and growing. Our advice and recommendations may make it easier for others and might help them surpass our own efforts.

Cool, bring it on. Let’s all grow better together!


ForgottentrilogyCoverLast week I posted about reviews. This week, I’d like to ask for them.

My boxed set of The Forgotten Chronicles: The Complete Trilogy is chilling on the various ebook retailers all alone without a review to accompany it. Would you be willing to leave an honest review? If you bought the boxed set or read the trilogy on its own, you can leave a review for it on Amazon. For the other retailers, you’d have to actually buy the trilogy. So…if you could help a brother out, that would rock. I plan on running promos in the near future and as I posted about last week, many services need to see a certain number of reviews before they’ll promote your book.

Thank you!

 

All Those Reviews…All of Them!

Book reviews are like gold for authors. We all want them. They’re the “social proof” our books are being read by readers. But…how important are they? How many do you really need? What’s their point? What do we do with them?

how-to-post-a-book-review-memeEarning reviews on books helps potential readers decide if the book is for them or not. I worked hard to earn 50 reviews on my book The Selection. I joined groups for reviews.

I started a Facebook group called The Review Circle where a bunch of authors would agree to read and review the book of another author while also being read and reviewed by a third author. It works like this: Author A reviews Author B. Author B reviews Author C. Author C then reviews Author A. I didn’t want review exchanges, but the freedom of the author to read and honestly review a different book knowing they were not being reviewed by that same author. The concept works and we’ve done many “review circles,” but it was difficult to keep up with, especially when the same authors signed up and we avoided (as best we could) having people review authors who have already read them.

With all that work, how important are reviews? It depends on what your goals are.write-a-review

Many book promotion sites require a certain number of reviews before they’ll accept your book. Many need to see at least 10 reviews, others less. It’s funny because the largest and most effective book promo site, BookBub, does not have such rigid requirements. I understand why some of the services do. They want their readers to know the books they’re promoting aren’t hack pieces and have some legitimacy to them.

How many do you need? I guess this depends on what you need them for. If your book sells even though you have few reviews, maybe you don’t need that many. Or, maybe you could use more to increase those daily sales. If you want to schedule an email blast promo, you’ll need as many as they require for you to sign-up.

Why do we crave reviews, what do they do for us? The easy answer is that they let us know we’ve somehow touched the reader with our book in a way that compelled them to leave a review. It’s one of the most gratifying experiences to read a positive review of your work. At the same time, it’s crushing to read a negative one, though if taken as a learning tool, it can help sharpen the writer’s skill for future works.

I welcome any and all reviews, as long as they’re honest. If you’ve spent your money on my books or picked them up for free during a promo, I fully expect that your time will not be wasted in my words and my hope is that you’ll leave an honest review of my work. If you don’t, that’s cool too. It’s your call.

I’ve retrained myself to always leave a review of the books I’ve read, especially if it’s a fellow indie author. My hope is that it will encourage them to continue or maybe give them just enough to book a promo they’ve wanted to do. And the great thing is, it doesn’t have to be a long in-depth review. Just a few words saying “I really liked this book” or something like that works too.

What’s your take on reviews? Do you think they carry more weight than I’ve described above? Do you leave them? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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