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Monday, September 22, 2014

Two Free Kobo Fantasy Books

Over the weekend Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I continued to maintain its place in the top 100 epic fantasy category at Kobo Books at #80. I also noticed it made a healthy gain into the romance charts as well, peaking at #175 on Sunday.

Is Union of Renegades a romantic epic fantasy?

Union of Renegades introduces a 4-part series. The relationship between the hero and the heroine is important to their character development, but the novel is not a pure romance in the sense that the relationship drives the plot of the story. The Rys Chronicles is an epic fantasy with rebellions and wars between magical beings (the rys) with romantic relationships mixed in. When I create characters, their romantic desires sometimes become part of the story because that is a normal part of most people's lives. And when you create a big saga that spans seven years, it's hard for me to imagine none of the characters indulging their emotional or sexual needs.

Readers have often told me how real my characters feel to them. When I'm writing I can feel the characters inside me as distinct personalities. They are not necessarily people like me. They are people who serve roles in the epic adventures I create. 

Union of Renegades is currently a free ebook at Kobo worldwide.



Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale just became a free ebook at Kobo. I've put it on a free promotion because the next book in the Werewolves in the Renaissance series is coming out on November 8th. You can even preorder Journey of the Hunted: Werewolves in the Renaissance 2 for the promotional price of only $0.99 right now.

Werelord Thal is a historical fantasy set in 1561 Bohemia during the time of the Holy Roman Empire.

About the novel:



Thal is wanted for Devil worship and shape shifting but still boldly walks the streets of 16th century Prague. Jesuits hunt him. Mercenaries fear him. Musicians sing his praise, and women are captivated by his alpha swagger.

Born of a witch and a sorcerer, he is summoned when his desperate mother casts the werewolf spell before facing torture and execution. Burdened with her magical call for vengeance Thal seeks the men that killed her. His hunt is complicated when the Magistrate’s stepdaughter Altea Kardas crosses his path. Horrified that her community is burning women to death, she can confide her doubt and fear only to Thal.

He desires her greatly but knows he will bring ruin upon her. Across Bohemia and beyond people who are different are labeled heretics in a restless world hobbled by tyrannical ignorance. The Renaissance has thrown the Holy Roman Empire into turmoil. Printed books are spreading radical ideas. Firearms are triggering a new age of warfare. And the human spirit is shaking off obedience.

Thal embodies the ancient magic of the pagan past. He challenges a world conquered by a spiritual system that denies the flesh and forgets the Earth. And he awakens within Altea recognition of these truths. She believes any risk is worth loving him until she becomes the bait in a trap set by Thal’s enemies.

If you're ready for historical fiction that makes the superstitions and folklore beliefs of Renaissance Europe real magic, then try Werelord Thal for free at Kobo. Although it's been described as a different and unique type of werewolf book, its fast pace and historical detail should offer you a new reading experience. 

About Journey of the Hunted: Werewolves in the Renaissance 2



Facing uncertain destinies, Thal and Altea must escape Bohemia. The Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand himself has signed the warrant for Thal’s capture on charges of shape shifting and the killing of Jesuits.

A hefty reward attracts countless bounty hunters into the heart of this 16th century Christian empire. Thal emerges from hiding with his young wife Altea who is barely recovered from torture at the hands of witch hunters. With his werewolf powers, he battles the bounty hunters and begins a daring journey across the Holy Roman Empire.

But more than men stalk him. Servants of Tekax, sorcerer to the Turks, have been unleashed upon his trail.

The werewolf Rotfeng covets the enchanted fur that lets Thal change form at will, regardless of the phase of the moon.

Worse yet comes Janfelter, an undying fext created in the dark fortress of Tekax.

These heartless killers are tasked with stopping Thal from reaching his father Sarputeen, the arch nemesis of Tekax. Thal’s only refuge awaits him in what is left of the Kingdom of Hungary after a Turkish conquest. In the remote castle Vlkbohveza the ancient sorcerer Sarputeen lives untouched despite widespread persecution of magic users and pagans.   

Although Thal longs to be with his own kind, he worries about the reunion with his father. It was Sarputeen’s magic that made Thal a werelord, a master of wolves. But what shall the sorcerer require of his creation now that Tekax aims to settle an old score?

Available for preorder at Kobo for only $0.99.You will receive the ebook automatically on November 8.



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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Who Is On The Cover of This Fantasy Book?


The Rys Rising fantasy series has many characters. For the four books of the series, I gave a lot of thought to who got featured on the covers. Although some beloved characters didn't make it into the cover art, I always knew that I wanted to have Loxane on one of the covers. Here she is on the cover of New Religion: Rys Rising Book III

Despite her beauty, she is a dangerous woman. She is not civilized, but will gladly plunder the riches of those she helps to conquer.



About her:
 
Age: Mid to late 20s
Physical appearance: Light skin, red hair, blue eyes, curvy athletic dancer’s body, numerous tattoos of an elk, eagles, snakes, etc.
Special skills: Leading shamanic rituals, trancing, dancing, authoritative, and in tune with the universe
Magical items: warding crystal and enchanted sword

Loxane belongs to the Kelsur Tribe, a vast nation of northern nomads that look down on agricultural civilization. She is descended from the special “blood of the sun” that denotes a small group of people that immigrated to the Kelsur region from the east. They are racially different than the original Kelsurs, but this adds to her distinctiveness. Loxane is a powerful Shamaness and possesses a very high status, equal but separate from the tribal elders.

Once a year, Loxane attends the Thievesmeet where her people interact with criminal elements from the fringe of the civilized world. After performing her very popular dance rituals, she takes the Overlord of the Kez, a notorious outlaw brotherhood, as a lover until the festival ends.

When Amar becomes the Overlord, he certainly enjoys his role in the Thievesmeet ritual, but he seeks a larger relationship with Loxane. He wants to use her influence with her tribe to entice the Kelsurs into joining his holy war in the service of his rys mistress Onja. Loxane is ultimately seduced by the magic of Onja and becomes her High Priestess. She leads men in battle and kills unbelievers without remorse.

Authors feelings about the character

Loxane springs from my contemplations of the primitive. She is not a civilized person. She looks down on civilized people because she thinks they are mostly ignorant slaves lacking in spiritual awareness. Her dispassionate attitude about life and death spring from her primal acceptance of the facts of life. We are born. We live. We die. Joy and grief weave the same cloth.

The talents of Loxane are mysterious. It’s hard to know if she is using some aromatic potion to influence people or the sheer psychological force of her personality. Perhaps it’s a combination. She is a woman that no man will even think of defying. All women feel inferior in her presence. She dominates because of her sexual potency and imposing physical presence. And Loxane loves power. She devotes herself to Onja even though she believes in her bones that the magical rys is truly perilous. But Loxane serves this power to enhance her own. The temptation cannot be resisted.

Although I’ve given much thought to Loxane as I wrote her, she remains remote to me. As a Kelsur would say I am “born under a roof” and part of civilization. I can never truly understand the Shamaness. 

To meet her and many other characters, begin reading the Rys Rising series for free. Rys Rising: Book I is a free ebook at Brave Luck Books, or $0.99 at your favorite retailer. 

For those who have to hold the real thing in their hands, Rys Rising paperbacks are also available. 


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Looking For A Free Kobo Fantasy Book? Try Union of Renegades

Currently in the top 100 epic fantasy at Kobo Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I jumped to #87 today. It also just slipped into the top 200 in the fantasy romance category. 

As a free ebook at Kobo, Union of Renegades offers you an effortless way to try out a new series. If you like it, there are three more novels in The Rys Chronicles series. 

About Union of Renegades:

At the front lines of imperial expansion, Dreibrand Veta hoped to rebuild the fortune of his noble family, but he will have to go farther. In his daring travels he encounters the rys, a race far more powerful than the human empire that bred him.

On his journey he will meet Miranda, an unconventional heroine who will tug at your sympathies as she bravely faces adversity with all the strengths and vulnerabilities of her womanhood.

Together they will ally with the rys Shan and launch a rebellion against the Onja, the queen of the rys and Goddess to the tribal kingdoms who has ruled for over 2,000 years. 

You can see fan feedback about my novels right here at this blog. 

Union of Renegades spent most of the summer in the top 100 epic fantasy at Kobo. This is my first novel I published. I started writing it in 1997. I've written 9 more novels over the years, but people are still enjoying Union of Renegades and getting hooked on The Rys Chronicles to this day. 

I've always loved the fantasy genre, but when I decided to be an author I wanted to play with beloved themes in my own way. Dreibrand Veta the hero of The Rys Chronicles is in his early 20s, a little older than the usual teen who stars in most fantasy novels. His story is not so much a "coming of age" story. It is about a man realizing that he will never get what he wants in life by doing what he's told. 

I share the independent spirit of my hero and many of my other characters. I'm an indie author. That means I self publish my novels. It's hard to get a publisher when you don't exactly copy what is already out on the market. I made the huge mistake of not putting dragons in my fantasy series. I like dragons as much as the next person, but so far I'm not a writer of dragon stories. Then I didn't make my hero a teenager raised by his uncle on a remote farm who discovers he has magical powers and a great destiny. Oops.

In The Rys Chronicles magic is reserved for the magical rys race. That's another mistake I made. My magical race is not elves. My bad for trying to be creative. 

If you can stomach a lover of the genre who writes novels that go off the reservation a bit, then definitely try Union of Renegades for free at Kobo or download it from Brave Luck Books. Thousands of people over the years have fallen in love with my fiction and paid real money for the rest of the series. 

 


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.


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