News from fantasy author Tracy Falbe

Monday, September 15, 2014

Grab A Free Fantasy Ebook at iBooks When You Upgrade to iOS8 or Get the iPhone 6

Apple is calling the new iOS8 operating system upgrade its biggest release ever. Becoming available to the public on September 17, the iOS8 upgrade is hitting the scene the same week as the release of the shiny new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 19.

Apple can explain the features of iOS8 better than me, but what excites me most as an author and a reader is that the new operating system preloads the iBooks app.

What is the iBooks app?

You may not be aware that Apple has been running a global ebook store for four years. To access it prior to iOS8 you needed to hunt down the iBooks app yourself in the app store and then load it. Most people probably did not even know it was there.

Now with a single touch to the screen, people who love to read will be able to discover hundreds of thousands of titles and read them on their iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer.

Publishers and authors offer lots of free ebooks at the iBooks store too. I’ll admit we’re clamoring for attention. The benefit to you is you get to sample new authors, especially indie talent, for free.

I invite you to try out one of my titles that is free in the iBooks store. It’s Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I. For four years people around the world have been reading my ebooks at Apple’s store. In the U.S. Union of Renegades has a 4.5 star rating from 24 readers and a full 5 stars from 7 readers in Great Britain.

About Union of Renegades, a free read at Apple iBooks

In this opening novel of The Rys Chronicles you'll meet a man scarred by bad deeds who answers the call of a heroic cause. An unconventional heroine will tug at your sympathies as she bravely faces adversity with all the strengths and vulnerabilities of her womanhood. And overarching it all are the rys. Their magic makes them superior to humans, but they are not above employing humans in their deadly schemes.

As a free ebook, Union of Renegades gives you an easy way to try out reading iBooks after you upgrade your device to iOS8 or get the precious new iPhone 6.

If you enjoy Union of Renegades, I hope you go on to read more of my novels. I’ve been writing them since 1997, and I started publishing them in 2006. The Apple company has been inclusive of indie authors like me since it started the iBooks store in 2010. The Rys Chronicles was in there on day one. People in countries all over the world like the U.S., Australia, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, and others have been discovering my fiction there for four years. Hopefully you’ll take a look at my novels too and like what you experience.

My fantasy ebooks at iBooks

Book lovers – Be sure to enter my blog giveaway this month. The prize is a free month of access to the Scribd premium ebook catalog. If you win, you’ll be able to use that on your new iPhone too.

A note from Tracy Falbe: Be the first to know about my new releases and special sales at Brave Luck Books. Join the Readers' List. Ebooks and audiobooks available worldwide. Print in select countries.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Book Review - The Murder of Maggie Hume: Cold Case in Battle Creek

This week while at the Willard Library I picked up a copy of The Murder of Maggie Hume: Cold Case in Battle Creek by Blaine Pardoe and Victoria Hester. Like many people I enjoy reading a true crime book sometimes, and this was an excellent one.

Battle Creek, Michigan is not my hometown, but I have lived here five years, and I thought I would learn some interesting history about the city where I now live.

On August 16, 1982 Maggie Hume at age 20 was raped and strangled to death in her apartment in the middle of the night. The tragic death of this daughter of a well-known football coach at Saint Philip High School appalled the city.

An intense investigation took place but was plagued by mistakes and missed opportunities as a detective with minimal homicide experience likely tried his best.

To this day, no one has been charged with the murder of Maggie Hume. Such a tragedy is difficult to ponder because it shows that brutal killers sometimes get away with their crimes.

The authors did an excellent job of treating this subject with respect while presenting the technical details. Extremely well written, the book presents a gripping read with the evidence and numerous interviews. Although the bureaucratic labyrinth of details was overwhelming at times for me as a reader, I still devoured the book because it was so interesting. I knew I wasn't going to get a definitive answer at the end, but I wanted to consume all the evidence myself and come to my own conclusion.

The prime suspect was Maggie's boyfriend. The book piled on the evidence that included some extraordinary events. And when I was convinced he was the killer, the authors introduced another suspect: a man who was convicted of killing another young woman who happened to be staying in the apartment below Maggie's the night of her murder. This was a shocking coincidence, and for a few pages made me think that the boyfriend actually was innocent.

The second suspect even confessed, but the courts threw out his confession because of numerous conflicts with the physical evidence and his ulterior motive of seeking permanent transfer to a prison in Michigan.

The local prosecutor never brought a case against the boyfriend because the evidence was not a slam dunk. With such a shocking high-profile murder there would be too much political fallout for failing to convict.

As I read the book I came to the realization that's it's ridiculous for prosecutors to be political positions. This introduces variables that the prosecutors have to deal with beyond the job of delivering justice.

A long and twisted tale of turf wars, egos, and petty politics is detailed within the book that shows how a murder investigation can go no where despite the erratic and disturbing behavior of the main suspect.

As a local reader I enjoyed reading a true crime story that included places that I've been around town. This really drew me into the story, but this cold case is sufficiently fascinating for someone to enjoy no matter where he or she lives. The authors did a fantastic job of organizing a tremendous amount of material and imbuing it with emotion.

What struck me most about the story was how much I could relate to Maggie. Her story made me think about when I was 20. I lived in an apartment with a roommate. I had a job and spent my time partying with what little money I had. And I had a lame boyfriend who added stupid drama to my life. I felt like I could have been Maggie if not for the luck of the draw.

That her vicious boyfriend got away with the crime and will likely live free all his days are extremely disturbing realitites. Not all killers are brought to justice.

My condolences to the Hume family.

I highly recommend The Murder of Maggie Hume. The authors created a compelling tale that kept me turning the pages.

Book lovers - Please enter my blog giveaway this month. The lucky winner will receive a free month of access to the Scribd ebook premium catalog. See more here.

A note from Tracy Falbe: Be the first to know about my new releases and special sales at Brave Luck Books. Join the Readers' List. Ebooks and audiobooks available worldwide. Print in select countries.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Scribd Giveaway - Enter to Win 1 Month Subscription

Enter to Win a 1 Month Subscription to Scribd and read all your eyeballs can hold. 

Winner will be chosen on Oct. 1, 2014.

International entries welcome. 

Are you curious about ebook subscriptions?

Do you already have a subscription to Scribd? 

Either way you can enter my giveaway drawing for a 1 month subscripton to Scribd, a $10 value. 

The winner will have access to approximately 500,000 titles from big publishers, small publishers, and indie authors like me. The Scribd ebook subscription gives you unlimited access to titles in its ebook catalog. You can read all you want for a low monthly rate, about the price of 1 or 2 ebooks at retailers. It's a mobile library system for your tablet.

I feel good about recommending the Scribd subscription service. I've been enjoying mine for nine months. As a book lover who can't resist at least skimming a nonfiction title that catches my eye, Scribd is a wonderland of discovery. In addition to fiction in all genres, the nonfiction selection at Scribd is great. I could probably read gardening and DYI books for years in there.

Another good thing about offering a Scribd giveaway prize is that I don't feel like I'm excluding anyone. You don't need a certain type of device or have to live in a certain country to redeem a Scribd subscription. The apps for the ebook subscription work on Android, iOS iPhone or iPad, and desktop and laptop computers.

  • If you already have a Scribd subscription, you can still enter this giveaway. Just redeem the prize and it will be credited to your account. This will save you the fee for one month. 

  • If you don't have a subscription, redeem your prize and browse and read the catalog for one month. After it expires, you can even then sign up for the free 30-day trial and keep reading before making a final decision about staying or leaving. 

The Scribd gift card will be awarded by email notification.

How To Enter The Scribd Giveaway

Simply enter your name and email address here and then stay on the list at least until I announce the winner on Oct. 1, 2014. After that, you can stay on my readers' list to find out about my special sales, promotions and new releases, or unsubscribe.

Why Am I Offering A Scribd Giveaway Prize?

1. I am personally happy with the service.
2. I am author with numerous titles available at Scribd and want to promote my titles to readers. I've been writing fantasy fiction since 1997 and am about to release my 10th novel. I also publish nonfiction titles sometimes to share my knowledge.

Visit my Scribd profile to browse my portfolio

List of titles by Tracy Falbe at Scribd

Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale
Beginnings Box Set: Three Fantasy Series Starters
Rys Rising
Savage Storm
New Religion
Love Lost
Union of Renegades
The Goddess Queen
Judgment Rising
The Borderlands of Power
Get Dicey: Play Craps and Have Fun
The Home Canning Guide for Everyone Who Eats
My Grandma's Vintage Recipes: Old Standards for a New Age
Bear Dog Dog Bear
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Take a look! Preview Rys Rising: Book I an epic fantasy at Scribd.

A note from Tracy Falbe: Be the first to know about my new releases and special sales at Brave Luck Books. Join the Readers' List. Ebooks and audiobooks available worldwide. Print in select countries.

Sample the fantasy fiction of Tracy Falbe

Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I

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Rys Rising: Book I

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