Well, it’s finally finished. Book 2 is officially available on Amazon for the Kindle, and it is called “An Adept’s Duty“. It took a lot longer than the first one, but there was more going on in the story and I had to make sure it all meshed. I feel that it turned out well, and I hope everyone reading it feels the same. The cover is temporary, and there will eventually be a paperback version available, but for now I hope you enjoy it. I’m going to take a short break from the series, and then dive right back in. Maybe I can get book 3 out in a more timely fashion.
This is the new cover for the first book in the series. The art work is by my cousin, Mack Beasley, and I love the way it turned out. He has already agreed to create a cover for book two, as soon as I provide him with what he needs. I am still working (really, I am!) on book two, but I hope everyone waiting can be patient. It is taking longer than the first, but I feel that is because this book has a little more going on and I want to do it right, rather than fast. The new cover is currently only for the Kindle, but we will be working on the paperback version soon.
Available for download on the Kindle: The Bandits of Pratt’s Refuge. This complete novella is a prequel to A Soldier’s Honor, and is now on Amazon for $0.99 on the Kindle. While it is not necessary to read this story before “Honor”, I do think it adds a bit more depth to the characters and world. I hope you will check it out, and if you like it please spread the word.
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As you may, or may not know… I have been writing a short story to go along with “The Scepter of Maris” series. It is a prequel novella that takes place about two years before “A Soldier’s Honor” and features some of the characters from that book. The story mainly focuses on Meric, Malina, and James, but there are a few other minor characters from Book One, as well as some new ones being introduced. It is certainly not necessary to read this before you read “Honor”, but if you are interested in how James first meets Meric and Malina, you will find it there. I will be putting it up on Amazon as a $0.99 download on the Kindle, so there is really no reason not to grab it and enjoy. Below is the cover and a brief synopsis of the novella.
Horrible crimes have been committed on the road to Yost, a lakeside traders town in the Kingdom of Glendon. Already set to hunt down the ones responsible for the first set of murders, the Yost garrison commander Captain James Bridgewater discovers two more instances to lay at the feet of these bandits. The most recent crime is the worst of all, and it has James and his men more determined than ever to put a stop to it. With the help of two new allies, he will show these bandits the meaning of justice.
It should be up soon, but for right now it is being checked over by my amazing editor (also read sister) Leslie Dupree. Once I get it back and go through all of the revisions and any polishing I might deem necessary, I will put it up on Amazon. The cover is from Author Marketing Club (a very helpful site for aspiring authors), and will probably be temporary, just like the one for “Honor”. The new cover for “A Soldier’s Honor” is being done by an amazing artist (also read cousin) named Mack Beasley, and I hope to talk to him about doing one for this book as well. One of the hardest parts about self-publishing is not have the resources or money for things like editing and book covers. I am very fortunate to have people helping me along the way.
I will put up another post when the book is available for download, but for now… back to Book Two.
Today is the last day of the FREE promotion for ‘A Soldier’s Honor’ on Kindle. The promo has been going on since Thursday, and it seems to be doing well. If you have downloaded the book, I hope you enjoy it. If not, head over there and get it right now. Today is your last chance to get it free. After you download your copy, I would ask that you let a friend know; every copy downloaded is one more person that might like the book and recommend it to another friend. Spread the word! Once again, thanks to all of you for helping. Now… back to book two.
Who doesn’t like free? Starting today, and ending on Saturday, March 1st my book will be available for FREE on the Kindle. It’s a three day promo through the Kindle Select program to help get the book out there and into more hands. If you already have a copy of the book, and you liked it, please spread the word. Every little bit helps, and I definitely am thankful for all of the help I can get.
Getting the word out is how you sell more books. I have already seen this in the short amount of time I have had the book available. Recommendations by family and friends has basically been my most successful form of advertising, and I thank you all. If you would like to help even more, and have a free minute here or there: a review on Amazon would be greatly appreciated. Reviews are the life’s blood of writing, and favorable ones help sell books.
If you are more about the hard copy when you read, then there is still a giveaway going on Goodreads until March 17th. You could win 1 of 5 copies of the trade paperback version of the book.
Thanks again for your help, and wish me luck!
Now that the book is out there in both versions, I just wanted to take a moment to post a quick update. It is a pretty great feeling to have the book actually selling, and I want to throw out a quick thanks to everyone who bought a copy; I really hope you enjoyed it. I am hard at work on book two, but writing is what I do in my spare time, not how I make a living, so please be patient with me. That is not to say it will take forever; it seems to be rolling right along, and I like how it is turning out so far.
For those of you that are still on the fence about buying the Kindle edition of the book, you are in luck. Next week the book will be available for a three day free promo through the Kindle Select program. Starting Thursday, Feb. 27th through Saturday, Mar. 1st ‘A Soldier’s Honor’ will be available for FREE on the Kindle. Get your free copy and enjoy!
If you do not want to wait, and you have an Amazon Prime account, you can always borrow the book from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and read it on your Kindle device.
From the Amazon website:
“The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library is available to Amazon Prime members—paid Amazon Prime, paid Amazon Student, 30-day free trial, and customers receiving a free month of Prime benefits with a Kindle Fire device—who own a Kindle device. The Lending Library features over 500,000 titles, including many New York Times bestsellers. Books borrowed from the Lending Library have no due date and can be delivered to other Kindle devices registered to your Amazon account.
Note: Books that are borrowed from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library can be read only on Kindle devices.”
For those of you that do not have a Kindle, but would still like the digital version of the book, a Kindle app is available for most smart phones, tablets and your PC. You will still need to have an Amazon account, but you can read via the app on any of those devices.
Digital books not your thing? There is always the paperback version. The price is a bit more, but you do get the tactile feel of having a ‘real’ book in hand. If you need to keep your book purchases to a minimum (like I do), you can always enter for a chance to win a copy on Goodreads.
If you love to read, and do not have a Goodreads account, you are really missing out. It is a great social site for readers and authors to find new books and old, connect with other readers who enjoy the same books, and find many of your favorite authors to keep tabs on. You can rate the books you add to your library, put them on shelves you can label whatever you like, or review the books you like to help others decide. There are tons of different communities to join, or even make your own.
Again, thanks to all of you for your support.