Mirror Worlds bundle open for pre-order


All my short fantasy works are now available in one neat bundle for pre-order on Amazon. This edition contains also another, never released before short story, “Favnirsbane”.

Dragons' FallDragons’ Fall: Tales from the Mirror Worlds

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Two novellas and two short stories from the Mirror Worlds epic fantasy universe.

DRAGONBONE CHEST

Duke Ayaris is a dragon slayer. He’s the only one left in the world, and he is hunting after the last of the dragons. He is about to fulfil his life’s destiny.
A dying old man asks him to take care of his beautiful young daughter. But the girl has a secret – one that will cause him to set sail where no man has willingly sailed before: to the Dragon North, in search of the fabled city of Eden.

DRAGONSBANE

Ennaki’s Master is also a dragon slayer. But not just any dragon slayer: each beast he slays is greater and more powerful than the previous one, and each fight brings more woe and damage to the innocents around. As the knight proceeds with his murderous scheme, Ennaki begins to doubt and wonder. Is his Master’s secret plan really worth the slaughter? And is this really the best way to win the everlasting War against the Shadow that threatens to engulf all Mirror Worlds?

Also includes short stories “Crown of the Abyss” and “Favnirsbane

Promoting a stand-alone novella: Dragonsbane #free #kindle

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Dragonsbane

The hardest task of a self-published author is promotion; the hardest books to promote succesfully are stand-alone ones, and out of these, the most notorious must be novellas.

A stand-alone book cannot be used as a loss-leader. It can’t be offered free or cheap, in an effort to guide the readers to your other work. A novella, especially a new one, without reviews or ratings, is a terrible thing to promote: most of the big sites will not accept a work like that, or if they do, it will cost you more than you can usually hope to get back from sales.

It’s a conundrum. It helps if you’re an established author, with large following, and plenty of fans that will buy anything you release; but even they may not be willing to spend money on a short work with completely new characters in a completely new world.

So what is there to do? Well, bugger me if I know! Today, I’m doing a one-day free promo on my latest novella, Dragonsbane. It’s not quite a stand-alone, as in, it’s set in the same Mirror Worlds multiverse as Dragonbone Chest; but that is meaningless, as the multiverse is vast, and the only thing the two works have in common are dragons.

I’ve used my list of book promo sites to find the ones that accept freebies without reviews on short notice (this, incidentally, is why it’s important for readers to leave reviews – any reviews – on Amazon books: we need those stars to get advertising space). There aren’t that many, and most of them don’t have much following. I’ve scheduled a few tweets, and a reddit post. This blog can hopefully bring in a few downloads, too. It would certainly help to have a big mailing list that I could now bomb with the promo information – but despite my best efforts, I could never get more than a couple followers (it’s here, by the way). So yeah, I did all I can think of. Will any of that work? And what will be the effects of the free promo on what matters – ie. sales? We’ll just have to wait and see…

For now, click the cover above, or go here, for a free download of Dragonsbane, the second Mirror Worlds novella! It’s short, it’s fast, and it’s more action-packed than anything I’ve written so far :)

Ennaki’s Master is a dragon slayer. But not just any dragon slayer: each beast he slays is greater and more powerful than the previous one, and each fight brings more woe and damage to the innocents around. As the knight proceeds with his murderous scheme, Ennaki begins to doubt and wonder. Is his Master’s secret plan really worth the slaughter? And is this really the best way to win the everlasting War against the Shadow that threatens to engulf all Mirror Worlds?

New Release: Dragonsbane

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DragonsbaneDragonsbane: a Mirror Worlds novella

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Ennaki’s Master is a dragon slayer. But not just any dragon slayer: each beast he slays is greater and more powerful than the previous one, and each fight brings more woe and damage to the innocents around. As the knight proceeds with his murderous scheme, Ennaki begins to doubt and wonder. Is his Master’s secret plan really worth the slaughter? And is this really the best way to win the everlasting War against the Shadow that threatens to engulf all Mirror Worlds?

A new novella from the world of Dragonbone Chest brings new heroes and more detailed backstory of the war-torn universe.

 

Make sure you also try “Dragonbone Chest”, the first of Mirror Worlds novellas: dbc

February News

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First: “The Shadow of Black Wings” is FREE until February 6th. If you know somebody who still didn’t get a copy, now is the time!

The epic fantasy novella “Dragonbone Chest” is now available on KOBO, as well as AMAZON, and now has not only a new EPIC cover, but also contains a short story set in the same fantasy universe, “The Crown of Abyss”.
In other news, my short story collection “Transmission” (new edition, three more stories) is available on a number of devices:
That’s about it from the publishing front. “The Rising Tide”, volume 4 of The Year of the Dragon, is still being edited, and I hope to have it out in April!
In yet other news, in February I will be working hard on getting the audiobook of “The Shadow of Black Wings” ready. It will be FREE for download from Podiobooks.com!
One of my posts was recently chosen as the best self-publishing advice of January by Jane Friedman!
That’s all the news for February, cheers all :)

Yaldā Advent Calendar 2012 – Countdown to End of Days, Day 1

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On December 21st, the Winter Solstice, the Zoroastrians and Mithraists celebrate Yalda, the Birth of the Sun/Mithras.

Yalda is the main winter holiday celebrated in the world of my “Year of the Dragon” novels, rather than Christmas, therefore this year’s Advent Calendar counts down only to December 21st. The world ends after that, anyway, so there’s no point going further :)

 

Dragonbone ChestAs the first treat of the month, I offer you a fantasy novella: the Dragonbone Chest is FREE all day to day for Kindle Owners.

We do not know where the Forgetting had come from, what causes it and how exactly does it work… all we know is that nobody is safe from its dark touch, nobody knows where and when it will strike. A prince, a pauper, a wizard, a child… it can happen to anybody and there is no way to prevent it.

Duke Ayaris is a dragon slayer. He’s the only one left in the world, and he is hunting after the last of the dragons. He is about to fulfil his life’s destiny.

A dying old man asks him to take care of his beautiful daughter. But the girl has a secret – a secret that will cause him to set sail where no man has willingly sailed before: to the Dragon North, in search of the fabled city of Eden.

Kindle Edition:
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“Transmission” revamp; Diwali Free Promotion

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A lot of things to cover today!

First off: my short story collection, “Transmission”, has just DOUBLED in size! That’s right, there are now SIX stories, not three! Three new stories are: The Twitching, O Lucky Man! and Teophany.

To celebrate the relaunch, the collection is FREE all day today on Amazon. If you bought the book earlier, a free update is coming your way.

Oh and by the way – “Transmission” got honourable mention in this month’s On The Premises magazine, so be sure to check them out.

And Transmission is not the only thing FREE today! In a ONE DAY HAPPY DIWALI PROMO, two more of my books are FREE right now: Dragonbone Chest (fantasy novella) and The Shadow of Black Wings (1st volume of “The Year of the Dragon“)

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY DIWALI!

The Ancient Art of World-building

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I’m slowly gathering a substantial collection of reviews for my “Year of the Dragon” books. The variety of opinion is sometimes difficult to cope with, ranging from “couldn’t put it down” to “trite and mediocre” (as is, I suppose, a case with any book) – but one thing a majority of my readers seems to appreciate is the world-building in the novels. With few exceptions, the world-building is mentioned in superlative terms and pointed to as the main strength of the story.

This is, of course, on one hand very flattering. I’m glad there are easily definable strengths to my writing, I’m happy to see somebody appreciates all the effort I put into the world of “The Year…”.

But, on the other hand, I find it symptomatic of a greater problem with fantasy books in general.

I was always a bit worried with the increasing prevalence of praise for “world-building” in reviews of fantasy novels. I guess I’m old fashioned, but, to me, praising a fantasy writer for world-building is a bit like praising the builder for putting up scaffolding. Creating a rich enough setting is a given; the most basic starting point. This is what separates fantasy (and science fiction, to an extent) from other literary genres. Otherwise, why would you even bother writing fantasy? Why not set your story simply in medieval Europe, or renaissance China, or modern London?

Whether I start writing with plot, characters or (as in the case of “The Shadow of Black Wings”) setting, building the world is the crucial part of creation. I agree that sometimes it can get… excessive. The picture attached to this post is one of the TWO maps for the Dragonbone Chest novella. That’s right, a stand-alone 30k work required a world rich enough to get two maps (there was a third map, actually, but I omitted it as only 10% of it actually showed in the novella). But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Call it obsessive, but I need to know that the Moon phases in “The Islands in the Mist” match the original Moon phases in May 1854, or that the way the mistfire engine works is consistent with what I’ve written about elementals twenty chapters earlier – even if none of my readers will ever notice that sort of detail. I need to have two thousand years of the world’s history written down, and detailed maps of the entire planet made before I even start the first chapter. Personally, I blame Tolkien; Lord of the Rings was one of the first books I remember reading, and the first book I read in English, and is still the most important book in my life, by far. Cutting corners when creating the world would feel like betraying Tolkien’s legacy.

And maybe this is why I find it difficult to read a lot of modern fantasy. Yes, there are great builders out there, and they are rightly among the most popular fantasy authors. Obviously a rich and detailed world is something that’s still appreciated by the majority of readers. But the fact that they are becoming rare, that proper world-building is something worth pointing out and exceptional praise, is what worries me.

Or maybe I’m just too old school.

Halloween Surprise – Dragonbone Chest FREE on Kindle

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We do not know where the Forgetting had come from, what causes it and how exactly does it work… all we know is that nobody is safe from its dark touch, nobody knows where and when it will strike. A prince, a pauper, a wizard, a child… it can happen to anybody and there is no way to prevent it.

Duke Ayaris is a dragon slayer. He’s the only one left in the world, and he is hunting after the last of the dragons. He is about to fulfil his life’s destiny.
A dying old man asks him to take care of his beautiful young daughter. But the girl has a secret – one that will cause him to set sail where no man has willingly sailed before: to the Dragon North, in search of the fabled city of Eden.

“Dragonbone Chest” is a stand-alone fantasy novella and it is now FREE on Amazon Kindle up until November 2nd:

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New Release – Dragonbone Chest

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Hot on the heels of a successful KDP Select campaign (although how successful, I may never know – more on that next week), I bring you a new release: DRAGONBONE CHEST

We do not know where the Forgetting had come from, what causes it and how exactly does it work… all we know is that nobody is safe from its dark touch, nobody knows where and when it will strike. A prince, a pauper, a wizard, a child… it can happen to anybody and there is no way to prevent it.

Duke Ayaris is a dragon slayer. He’s the only one left in the world, and he is hunting after the last of the dragons. He is about to fulfil his life’s destiny.
A dying old man asks him to take care of his beautiful young daughter. But the girl has a secret – one that will cause him to set sail where no man has willingly sailed before: to the Dragon North, in search of the fabled city of Eden.

DRAGONBONE CHEST is an epic fantasy novella of love, destiny and dragons. It’s a standalone work  unrelated to “The Year of the Dragon“. The theme is much darker and more adult than most of the things I’v been writing recently. Ironically, I wrote it when I was much younger.

It was originally written in Polish, and takes place in a setting I started developing years ago – a complex fantasy multiverse, similar to that present in Roger Zelazny’s Amber, and populated with equally twisted characters. The “Chest” is just a small glimpse into this world, where a tiny shrapnel of a great inter-planetary war had caused untold damage. I have a few more pieces and half of a novel written in this setting, and I might revisit it at some point when I’m finished with “The Year…”

“Dragonbone Chest” was my longest completed work before I started writing “The Shadow of Black Wings”, and one that was probably most mature piece from that period. It needed some polishing and rewriting, of course, to be eligible for this release.

Keen readers might notice some tropes I had developed and used in my later work. One thing I have to note: despite some geographical similarities, the novella was written long before I started playing World of Warcraft. I suppose great minds think alike ;)

Please enjoy responsibly!