Magician In Battle, the fourth and final installment of the Power of Poses series debuted on June 24, 2016 and is currently available on Amazon and other e-book retailers.
It’s always a bit sad to say goodbye to the characters I’ve created, but, as usual, my folks have left their worlds in a better place than how they found them.
I will take a hiatus from writing fantasy over the summer and will return with a new series, yet to be titled, in the fall.
Unfortunately, the Anoria of Valir series did not stir my reading public. It probably was slotted in the wrong place to get any action. I have decided to rewrite the series as a sword and sorcery fantasy instead of aliens in 1905.
Bloodstone will be released on Amazon on March 2nd. It’s available for pre-order right now. The cover is about the same as the one I posted below. I will change the pink tinge of the title slightly in the next few weeks. Too pink for me.
Darkstone | An Evil Reborn is still scheduled for release during the first week of April.
After hundreds of Moonstone | Magic That Binds sales in six weeks, it has gotten a 4.4 rating out of 5.0 stars on Goodreads. A couple of one-star reviews have dragged down the Amazon rating a bit. I’ll not comment on those…
Sunstone | Dishonor’s Bane is also selling at a good clip.
What I’m somewhat gratified to see is that readers are picking up my other books. Not as many are buying the others, but I’m grateful that the other stories are getting a read.
Thanks if you’ve picked up any of my books.
So I had problems getting Quest of the Wizardess turned into an epub. It turns out that the recommended method for creating an acceptable document for Smashwords doesn’t work with simple epub conversion tools. The primary problem is creating a table of contents using bookmarks and hyperlinks.
I ended up buying a epub creation and editing tool called Jutoh. It was recommended at a writers conference I attended last fall (IndieReconLive). I had to pick apart all of the bookmarks and blast through all of the hyperlinking. Along the way, I eliminated drop caps, which also got in the way. After I did all of that work, I was rewarded with a clean epub file which I was able to upload to iBooks.
Since I do my own publishing through CasiePress, I’ve had to learn to create job streams to accommodate various input engines. So now, I create in Scrivener. I export that to MS Word and use their spelling and grammar checker. Then I export that into InDesign for the creation of my print file for Createspace.
For ebook distribution, I’ll now export back to MS Word (Jutoh likes .docx files) and reformat for ebooks. That becomes my gold standard for input into Jutoh. For Smashwords and Amazon, I’ll create a separate file that has the bookmark/hyperlink table of contents and input .doc files. For Kobo, Barnes & Noble and iBook, I’ll create an epub in Jutoh and submit that.
Lots of work, but I do that to have better control over my distribution.
Sorry I didn’t mention about the free promotion for The Purple Flames. It went free for about a week. The next free promotion will be in June. Angel in Bronze will be free on Amazon for one week. It’s scheduled for June 4th through June 10th. It’s a good time to see what the three anthologies are like before you buy the other two.
I’m still looking for contest participants.
CasiePress has just announced the publishing of Warrior Mage. It’s available on Amazon as an e-book or in print. Here is the blurb:
A SWORD OF SPELLS novel, at last!
The world of Kellar has only one warrior mage. That’s okay, since there really aren’t any wars. So Brull, our warrior mage, makes his living hunting down evil magicians as a bounty hunter. But as his personal life begins to change, and not to Brull’s liking, the world begins to crumble as his evil nemesis, Heron, assembles all of the magicians to help him bring a god down to Kellar to rule the earth with Heron by his side.
What makes matters worse is that Brull’s sister has been called to serve as Abbess at the Healer’s Temple in the very city that Heron will perform his evil deed. The good gods are on Brull’s side, but he finds that there is little they can do. It’s up to him and a select band of others to save the day.
It is in the process of coming up at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple iBook store and other outlets.
The Three anthologies are in the final proof stages and will start their releases in May.