March Blog Tour Summary


tour_FIThe FMB blog tour is over. It lasted for 30 days straight, and it’s time to sum up the results.

It’s impossible to quantify the effect of the tour in terms of sales – at the same time I was running several promos which boosted the sales much more. But the tour was never about sales: it was about getting exposure, reviews, followers. And in that, I’m quite happy with how it worked out.

416 people took part in the giveaway (if you’re one of them – I’m still waiting for the ballot results). My FB page and this blog received a few dozen new followers – which may not sound like a lot, but is a considerable increase over my average numbers 🙂 I got a lot of positive reviews, more importantly, ones that feel authentic rather than the store-bought “couldn’t put it down!”. A couple of bloggers did not put up a review, which I suppose means the books weren’t up their alley, which I don’t mind. All in all – money well-spent 🙂

One unexpected result of the blog tour was discovering the world of Host Blogs – that is, blog sites that thrive, and indeed exist, only to serve as hosts for blog tours. Some of them post several different blog tour stops a day. Looks like a lot of hard work, so I wonder what the incentive to operate something like that is. I can only assume it’s worth it 🙂

Here’s the list of all the tour stops, by category:

REVIEWS:

March 2nd- Deal Sharing Aunt
March 6th- Happy Tails and Tales 
March 8th- Sweet n’ Sassi
March 15th- I am, Indeed
March 17th- A Book Lover’s Library
March 27th- HDWPbooks

GUEST POSTS:
March 4th- KMN Books – “How to write historical fantasy”
March 12th- Buffy’s Ramblings – “Great women of Japanese History”
March 16th- Paranormal Romance Fans for Life – “Ghosts and Ghouls of Japan”
March 18th- C.S. Jameson – “Building the World”

March 28th- Mightier Than the Sword – “What does it take to publish a book”

March 29th- Book Addict – “The Dragon King’s Blessing”

INTERVIEWS:

March 1st- Love in a Book
March 11th- Simply Infatuated
March 13th- Tamara’s One Stop Indie Shop
March 22nd- The Avid Reader
March 24th- Waiting on Sunday to Drown 

SPOTLIGHT POSTS: 

March 3rd- Musings of a Writing Reader
March 10th- Free eBooks Daily
March 14th- A Bibliophiles Thoughts on Books
March 20th- Books and their Wordly Realm
March 26th- Froggarita’s Bookcase

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Yaldā Advent Calendar 2012 – The End – Goodreads Giveaway


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The world has survived, and the new sun dawned after the longest night of the year. Happy Yalda! 🙂

To those who got here, here’s the last present of the year: a Goodreads Giveaway of “The Shadow of Black Wings” paperback. Follow the link below to enter:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Shadow of Black Wings by James Calbraith

The Shadow of Black Wings

by James Calbraith

Giveaway ends January 06, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

And now I’m logging off for the rest of the year. See you in January!

Yaldā Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 20 – summary


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Mithras10’twas the day before Yalda, and all through the night
there were sacred bonfires burning happy and bright
watermelons were sliced, and persimmons hung high
out of joy that lord Mithras will come to save light.

😉

 

It’s time to summarize the 20 days of the Advent Calendar before tomorrow: the last day of the long Mayan cycle.

Here’s what you have missed, or still have one last chance to take part in:

Day 1 – Dragonbone Chest novella free (expired)
Day 2 – Transmission short stories free (expired)
Day 3 – Shadow of Black Wings free on Kobo (expired)
Day 4 – Half-price Bundle (expired)
Day 5 – Lands of Orient Map and Royal Marines
Day 6 – Born in Flames GIVEAWAY
Day 7 – Islands in the Mist Paperback
(weekend break)
Day 10- Written GIVEAWAY
Day 11- Gallery: A Visit to Kiyo
Day 12- Excerpt from Volume 4: The Rising Tide
Day 13- The Hobbit GIVEAWAY
Day 14- Shadow of Black Wings Free on Amazon (expired)
(weekend break)
Day 17- The Shadows of the Apt GIVEAWAY
Day 18- Gallery: A Visit to Chinzei
Day 19- Something Nice GIVEAWAY

One day left, tomorrow. I’ll have one last something for you then, too – if there IS a tomorrow 🙂

Oh, and here’s the last chance form to take part in any of the still-ongoing giveaways:

Yaldā Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 19 – “Something Nice” Gift-away


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The Advent Calendar is nearing the end. One more book left to give away, and a friend to talk about.

Andrew Lawston is a good bloke. He’s one of my first critics, and he supported  me in my first steps as a new writer. He’s also an author himself, of funny and witty short stories.

Today I’m sponsoring a gift-away of his short story collection: “Something Nice”

You need to have an Amazon account and be able to receive gifts. The gift-away will run for a week, and then I will choose the winner at random. All you need to do is fill out this form:

This is the last gift-away. I will be sending out all the books to the lucky victors over the next weekend.


A collection of dark and quirky tales.

“Write a Short Story About Growing Up. Include Three Apples and a Suitcase.” Two students grapple with fiction and the end of childhood on a summer’s afternoon.

“Throwing Up With the Joneses”
What is making Bob’s neighbours so very ill, so very often?

“Too Much Love Can Kill You”
A nursery webcam offers a chilling insight for a working Mum.

“Jake the Pig”
A little boy is born a little bit different – to the dismay of his parents only.

“The Hero Function”
Captain Sharp Johnson is the galaxy’s ultimate hero, for now. But the stakes keep rising to maintain his ridiculously inflated reputation. He can save the Universe, but can he save himself?

“Tempaghost”
The photocopier’s possessed, and phantom coffee cups are moving round the office. What does this mean for David Swinner’s business?

“Gluttony”
You are what you eat, they say. Humphrey Marten is about to discover just how literally that statement can be taken.

“The Late Romantics”
Do you remember your unrequited teenage crush? One man’s walk down memory lane.

“Cyberstalking”
Flash fiction.

“The Longest Walk”
Evian wanders a post-apocalyptic landscape in search of a career that doesn’t involve a headset and an IKEA desk.

Ten short stories by Andrew K Lawston. A blend of science-fiction, fantasy, philosophy and the supernatural. Whatever else these stories achieve, they all made his Mum ask the same question. “Why don’t you write something nice?”

Yaldā Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 17 – “The Shadows of the Apt” Gift-away


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It’s the last week of the Advent Calendar, and it’s time for another gift of giving 🙂

Adrian Czajkowski (or Tchaikovsky, as his publishers insists) is an all-around great guy. He’s also a prolific fantasy writer. I reached out to him when I was looking for a cover blurb on the Shadow of Black Wings, and he was kind enough to agree! It did help that we share the same Polish roots, but still, it was quite unexpected 🙂

I’m sponsoring a gift-away of one of his books today: the first volume of his fantasy saga, Empire in Black and Gold.

You need to have an Amazon account and be able to receive gifts. The gift-away will run for a week, and then I will choose the winner at random. All you need to do is fill out this form:


The first volume in a dramatic and colourful new fantasy series, ‘Shadows of the Apt’, concerns the fight for survival against a menacingly regimented empire. Seventeen years ago Stenwold witnessed the Wasp Empire storming the city of Myna in a brutal war of conquest. Since then he has preached vainly against this threat in his home city of Collegium, but now the Empire is on the march, with its spies and its armies everywhere, and the Lowlands lie directly in its path. All the while, Stenwold has been training youthful agents to fight the Wasp advance, and the latest recruits include his niece, Che, and his mysterious ward, Tynisa. When his home is violently attacked, he is forced to send them ahead of him and, hotly pursued, they fly by airship to Helleron, the first city in line for the latest Wasp invasion. Stenwold and Che are Beetle-kinden, one of many human races that take their powers and inspiration each from a totem insect, but he also has allies of many breeds: Mantis, Spider, Ant, with their own particular skills. Foremost is the deadly Mantis-kinden warrior, Tisamon, but other very unlikely allies also join the cause. As things go from bad to worse amid escalating dangers, Stenwold learns that the Wasps intend to use the newly completed railroad between Helleron and Collegium to launch a lightning strike into the heart of the Lowlands. Then he gathers all of his agents to force a final showdown in the engine yard . . .

Yaldā Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 14 – Shadow of Black Wings FREE


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Today, last Friday before Yalda, I have the most straight-forward gift to give so far:

A free copy of “The Shadow of Black Wings” – FOR EVERYONE!

That’s right, I’m on the KDP Select bandwagon again. For a while. And there are so many new market opportunities! You can now get my books on Kindle if you’re in Canada, or Brazil, or Japan, or – soon – China. Amazon is almost everywhere these days.

So click on any of the links below, to get the free copy, if you haven’t read it yet – or gift it to someone you know who’d like it 🙂

The Shadow of Black Wings
(The Year of the Dragon #1)

Top 10 Bestseller in Alternate History Amazon US

ebook ISBN: 978-83-935529-0-0 ASIN: B008FS5RPC
Published: June 2012 by Flying Squid
paperback ISBN-13: 978-83-935529-1-7
ISBN-10: 8393552915
Published: July 2012 by Flying Squid

It is the sixteenth year of Queen Victoria’s enlightened rule and the world trembles before the might of her ironclad navy and the dreaded Dragon Corps. The largest ship ever built sails from the Brigstow Harbour on a journey to the mysterious lands of Orient. Its load – a regiment of the Royal Marines and one Bran ap Dylan – freshly graduate in Dracology at the Llambed Academy of Mystic Arts.

In the empire of Yamato, sealed from the rest of the world for the last two centuries, a wizard’s daughter Sato witnesses her father joining an anti-government conspiracy. Her friend Nagomi, training to be a priestess, is haunted by dark visions that she must keep secret. Neither of them is aware that a change is coming to Yamato… on the wings of a dragon.

A detailed and fast-paced historical fantasy based around the turbulent opening of Japan to the West in the middle of the 19th century, “The Shadow of the Black Wings” is the first volume in “The Year of the Dragon” saga.

Kindle Edition:
Amazon US |Amazon UK | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Amazon ES | Amazon JP | Amazon CA | Amazon BR
Paperback:
Amazon US | Amazon UK | ペーパーバック | Barnes&Nnoble Junglee.com

 

Yaldā Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 13 – “The Hobbit” Gift-away


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Tonight is Lussinatta. Tomorrow is Hobbit Premiere Day. To celebrate these two important holidays 🙂 I’m doing my biggest Yalda Giveaway yet:

I’ll be giving the gift of Hobbit.

There are, apparently, people who haven’t read The Hobbit. I often find that hard to believe. The Hobbit was the first proper book I remember reading. It was the beginning of everything that’s good in my life – it’s the reason why I’m here, writing these books and this blog.

So let me share the greatness that is The Hobbit with you. All you need to do is have an Amazon account and fill out the form below. I’ll choose a person at random (or through a contest, if there’s too many of you 🙂 and send the e-copy of the Hobbit as Kindle gift.

(PS: make sure to check the other remaining giveaways of the Yalda Advent Calendar)

(PPS: if you’re feeling generous, donate to the Worldbuilders charity over at Pat Rothfuss’s blog and get a chance to win one of many fun signed books, including my own!)

Yaldā Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 10 – “The Written” Gift-away


roman-letters_6The weekend over, it’s time to go back to the advent calendar. Today is another gift of giving 🙂

I have already mentioned the few people who helped me early on in my career. Ben Galley is another one of those; a relentless pursuer of rights of self-published authors, a fantasy writer himself, Ben was kind enough to give me cover blurbs for two of the books, and host one of my first guest blog posts ever.

I’m sponsoring a gift-away of one of his books today: his debut fantasy novel, The Written.

You need to have an Amazon account and be able to receive gifts. The gift-away will run for a week, and then I will choose the winner at random. All you need to do is fill out this form:


thewritten2_2His name is Farden.

They whisper that he’s dangerous.

Dangerous is only the half of it.

Something has gone missing from the libraries of Arfell. Something very old, and something very powerful. Five scholars are now dead, a country is once again on the brink of war, and the magick council is running out of time and options.

Entangled in a web of lies and politics and dragged halfway across icy Emaneska and back, Farden must unearth a secret even he doesn’t want to know, a secret that will shake the foundations of his world. Dragons, drugs, magick, death, and the deepest of betrayals await.

Breathtakingly vast, chillingly dark, brooding and dangerous, The Written will leave you impatiently waiting for the next adventure…

Yaldā Advent Calendar 2012 – Day 6 – “Born in Flames” Gift-away


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Today is the gift of giving, in the spirit of Yalda 🙂

There have been a few people who helped me early on in my career. Candace Knoebel was one of them – I did one of my first interviews for her blog – you can read it here – and she was one of the first to review The Shadow of Black Wings.

She is now a published author in her own right, and her first book, “Born in Flames” is doing great; it’s being nominated to literary awards left and right, and it’s one of the most popular Young Adult books on Goodreads. So to repay the favor given me all those months ago, I’m going to sponsor a copy of “Born in Flames” today.

You need to have an Amazon account and be able to receive gifts. The gift-away will run for a week, and then I will choose the winner at random. All you need to do is fill out this form:


Red mirrored scales race up my arms as the haze of pain blurs my vision. My bones crack, breaking to realign. I scream. It is then that the realization of my unavoidable fate sinks in; I am of a dying race. I am dragon.

Aurora Megalos, orphaned and teetering on the edge of adulthood, thought finding her past would curb the sting of being an outcast. Having no memories of the time before she awoke on her foster mother’s doorstep, she yearns for the emptiness inside her to be filled. With her fellow orphaned best friend, Fenn, by her side, she has nothing to lose and everything to gain. But something powerful stirred within her that she couldn’t explain. Something wanted out.

In the dark of night, a crazed Seer, dubbed Mr.Creepy, erases everything she’s ever known with an impending prophecy. She now faces two paths. Return to her true home to protect a dying race against a growing evil, or stay hidden in the safety of our realm with a shot at a true love. With a vengeful Arch Enemy stopping at nothing to see her dead, she’s running out of time; a decision must be made. What would you choose?

Kindle giveaway, Oct 1-2


 “Fast paced and full of energy”
–Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Shadows of the Apt

“This manuscript is full of highly crafted detail that will make readers shiver at times with fear and delight … a familiar yet highly original fantasy that is a worthwhile read.”
— Publishers Weekly

“The real-world cultures are incredibly well-researched and truthful, and yet well-balanced with the fantasy elements. An intriguing and impressive series.”
— Ben Galley, author of the Emaneska Series

I’m running another Kindle giveaway today, to see what the results are the second time around.

Here are the links, just click, download and read on!

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon DE
Amazon IT
Amazon FR
Amazon ES