Once I find my book on “How to Even for Dummies” I’ll be able to move forward. Last night I was going to release volume one of ALRDW. Unfortunately an unforeseen work disaster interfered and I probably won’t be able to release it till the start of October now. I just don’t have the time over the next week. Sorry for the delay. It was completely unavoidable.
That said, I will share the new sales blurb. Feel free to share your thoughts.
Reimar’s world is turned upside down when his farmhold is attacked by the Skaerslinger. To save their village from starvation, Reimar and six other children are sold to the Kyrkja. Now, Brother Finn will take them to Saint Martin’s Academy where they will become servants of God.
This little band must travel through the untamed wilds and the storm-plagued lakes of Akiniwazi: a battleground not only of nature but also between two peoples and the armies of Heaven and Hell. They confront powerful enemies that want Brother Finn dead no matter the cost and face an ancient evil that has discovered the dim but growing light in Reimar.
Together, they must survive this odyssey with only wits, faith, Brother Finn, and his dog standing between them and that which could take their lives and souls.
Last night was a great night. Got to go visit my parents while they were camping, meet some of their friends who I found out were reading my book and talk about it and pass on interesting stuff, and see how they’re reacting to it. And then went to the drive in with my parents to watch Wonder Woman on a glorious summer’s night. A good night was had.
But the reason the long night is really over is that I finally got all the obstacles out of the way, and “A Light Rises in a Dark World” is available as an ebook, Paperback and Hardcover. BTW, don’t trust amazon when it says something is temporarily out of stock. It’s a flaw on THEIR end. The book is POD, and you can get it sent probably far faster than they’ll claim. Been seeing that with other products too, and some of my fellow members at ALLI have been reporting the same problem for books not published by an Amazon imprint. Just… come on guys. Don’t be petty.
Anyway, as I mentioned and added to the site, I’m a member of ALLI. Great resource for those who are published or just about to publish. Great people over there too.
As an added bonus, I had an epiphany about the global story going on… and it has the potential to really REALLY change the direction of the entire series moving forward. Them big picture storylines can really shake up your thoughts on what the world was supposed to be. What it helped the most with is that it gave me solid motivations and plans on the “How” will be accomplished. It also spiked the drama way up for what’s going to happen with poor ole’ Brother Finn and Reimar when the time comes. We’re thinking big picture, mind you. Book 4…? Book 5? Ummm… not sure when. Maybe some moves will start happening earlier or the seeds will be laid. I dunno yet. Still working on the fun stuff and conceptualizing. You know, the fun part of writing.
So that’s the update. I’m focusing more on Book 2 now that I’ve got the wreckage of Book 1’s crashed launch off the runway, I can go back to getting Book 2 ready to fly.
Yep! As of this morning, I have a hardcover of my book available to purchase! Hooray! Now available on Amazon. I was under the impression it would be a month. How little I understood!
I has a happy place
Get your copy today! Read it to pieces and leave a review! Seriously now… I want to know what you think and don’t be shy. 🙂
It’s official… “A Light Rises in a Dark World: Book One of the Akiniwazi Saga” is now in paperback on Amazon.
The book should be available for purchase in the next 12 hours, but I was so excited (see attached pick for how I feel) I couldn’t help but let you all know right away.
The goal is still to release the hardcover on Kobo (and possibly Smashwords, and by extension Barnes & Noble among many other places) by the end of the week. I hope it won’t be quite as hard to set up THAT final formatting too.
Oh! And as a final bonus, you are getting an extra map of the land in the Paperback.
Just a little sumpthin’ sumpthin’ for all those that buy the physical copy. 😉
Thank you all for your support!
That day has finally arrived. “A Light Rises in a Dark World” is now available for immediate purchase and download on Amazon, Kobo and Smashwords, so pick your poison and get your copy today!
Now, I know that it’s just been released, and nobody’s pounding down the door yet, but I want to thank my friend David Lawrence for reminding me that I shouldn’t be to anxious in one of the best lines I heard in a while. Thank you for that line my friend:
“Hang in their Michael. Just because people haven’t seen your baby yet, it doesn’t mean they are calling her ugly.“
Leave it to ol’ Flip and Johnny Carson to lighten the mood.
So the next 24 hours are important. If you have a review, now’s the time to leave it. If you have a rating to give, same deal holds true, and thank you all so much for your support through this adventure.
Book 2 BTW, has reached 9 chapters and 17,191 words with more to come tonight.
Book one of the Akiniwazi Saga is now available for pre-order purchase as an ebook through Amazon and Smashwords!
If you’ve been a reviewer, now’s the time and the place to put your review up of what you saw here:
It’s now available worldwide and I can put the full cover up here because my behind is covered… ummm yeah…. about that language thing… :::rolleyes:::
Here is the preview of what to expect for the print cover which will be released around April/May.
Don’t forget you can find the first 10 chapters free on Wattpad.com as well.
So this is why I’ve been running silent lately. That and a really rough weekend at work.. Oy… you don’t even wanna… ahem… but I digress.
Book 2 News
The first two chapters have a strong start, and some interesting thoughts have come to mind which will REALLY make things a little crazy. A new subplot is coming to the surface as the new characters are asserting themselves. This is why I’m a ‘plantser’. I plot the main points and events, and then let the characters tell me their story. Makes it exciting for me, that’s for sure.
Anyway, I best get writing if I’m going to get this book out by my appointed deadline. Now that I know what I’m doing more, this should go so much smoother.
So I wanted to do a grand reveal of the cover, but unfortunately, WordPress takes liberties with the rights to the image if it appears on my blog, and I don’t feel like giving that to them yet. Therefore, I have it posted elsewhere, but can’t get the link to work publicly in a way that won’t auto-post to here. Sigh… so here’s a small copy of the cover on my Wattpad sample. Once the book is released I won’t care so much. 🙂
So go ahead, read, enjoy the new small sample and get ready for the book’s release in a few days (couple of weeks at the worst).
Chapter 7 of the sample is available now, here.
If all goes well, I may be able to put out the pre-order for the ebook by the end of the week. (Still scheduled to have it up by the 12th though… the 1 year anniversary.
The rough draft is moving forward nicely. I had fun with the first scene of the first chapter. It sure is rough, but it’s enjoyable. I took a gamble with it too, but I think it’s going to pay off in the end.
Oh… and it looks like I might have the cover finalized inside the next 2 days which would be fantastic because then I can have the pre-order up even EARLIER! WOOT WOOT! That also means I will be sharing the book cover as soon as I can get it up for you all to enjoy. At least I’m going to link to where it is located so WordPress won’t take it for their own uses. Sorry. Watch for Wattpad (BTW, we’re up to chapter 6 there now)
So, get ready reviewers, Amazon will be ready to take the reviews shortly… and any place else you want to talk about the book. Consider this the final lap flag.
Also, if you want to help support me and my book by a purchase, buying the book any time during the pre-order or on the day of release is the most helpful. It’s very much like opening weekend for a movie. That opening weekend sets the tone for all weeks that follow. Very few movies end up like Titanic where it started okay and built into a phenomenon for weeks and weeks like a top 40 song.
So keep that in mind if you’re thinking about it.
Anyway, 3300 words in to C1B2.
I am a happy boy.
That’s right. We have an official release date.
“A Light Rises in a Dark World” will be available for purchase on:
February 17th, 2017
I am going to be setting up pre-orders soon. I cannot have it set yet, since I am still waiting on the cover. It should be done on or before the 12th, allowing at least one week for pre order through Amazon and other sites like Kobo and Smashwords. This is only for the e-book release. The print book release is going to be done in May. (And if God smiles down, Book 2 will be coming out shortly after that for summer reading at the beach/cabin/pool). So hopefully this will be a full, fun year!
To clarify, there is an importance to pre-orders, just so you know. In fact, this is where all the importance of reviews and purchases matters. Your decision to purchase my book over the first 24 hours can make the difference of entering the water like an Olympic diver (no splash) or your big Uncle Carl doing a belly flop off the high dive (refill the pool). Therefore, your best support is three fold:
- Order/buy your book during the pre-order period, or in the first 24 hours. This is of course the best way to support me.
- Leave a Review if you have been given a review copy.
- Tell everyone! Spread the word on social media or if you know someone this book would be good for, let them know it’s out there.
Once I have the cover nailed down and things in place for setting the pre-order, I will know more and will continue to provide details of what’s happening.
Till then, we’re up to Chapter 4 on Wattpad for those looking for a free sample. More chapters coming every 2-4 days till release, so keep checking!
Oh… and thank you all for your support!
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