Friday, December 30, 2011

Best of the Quest 2011

The end of the year brings all those articles where people reflect on the year gone by. Then there are all those best of and worst of lists. Mostly what it's all about is not having to actually think or do much in the final days of the year and just slopping together some old content.

So here's my effort at not being particularly productive.


Interview with Lindsay Buroker

She was just starting out then on her first blog tour. I've noticed she's gone on to be a hit.


I was blogging a lot that month, and I have two posts that deserve repeat attention.

My glowing review of Demon Lord by T.C. Southwell

Review of Wallstreet: Money Never Sleeps

I liked this movie and it's message that Gordon is hardly the bad guy anymore in these hard times.


I'll be selfish and highlight my character profile of Dreibrand Veta.


This month I pondered real world matters in my post Real life more epic than any fantasy novel. I wrote about an article I read about Doma in the Democratic Republic of Congo that is thronged with war refugees and apparently destined to be destroyed by its nearby volcano.


I just have give a second shot to my review of Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie. The Cold War atomic bomb video in this documentary is jaw dropping to behold and to think about. And for the kicker, it's narrated by William Shatner.


Once again I want to mention two posts from this month.

Reflections on the Battle Creek tornado

I inspired somebody

Taken together, these posts remind me that I never know what will happen and sometimes people are actually noticing what I do.


Author W. Brondt Kamffer posed the question Can good fantasy be good literature? in his guest post. This post actually proved to be a popular one and drew traffic for months.


If you like music, romance, history, and epic action, I suggest you read my review of Jodhaa Akbar. Awesome movie.


It was a long time in the making, but the audiobook podcast of Union of Renegades started in this month. Chapters are still being added. It's an epic.


I lost my beloved dog Sasha on the 22nd. This is my tribute to her. It's been over two months, and I've only begun to emerge from my grief-stricken fog. Her absence is a constant sorrow.


Reviewer Meagan Morin of the Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community lavished a five raven rating on my novel Rys Rising: Book I. Thank you!

Throughout 2011 I met many great and supportive people online.

Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Looting the temple flash excerpt at Indie Snippets

Today a small excerpt from Union of Renegades appeared at Indie Snippets, the blog that shows off indie fiction in bite-sized flavors. Every ebook featured has a 200 word or shorter excerpt published at the site. I like this concept. As you go through the posts at Indie Snippets, it is quick and easy to assess each writer's style and get a feel for each story.

From "Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I" by Tracy Falbe

Thank you for publishing the little scene I submitted where Dreibrand sees the inside of a temple to Onja for the first time.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Rys Rising: Book I now listed at Super E-Reads

What's cool about Super

I think this ebook promotion site will develop into a popular destination for people who read ebooks. So many ebook sites focus on one retailer, almost always Amazon Kindle. But many people read on devices other than Kindle and rather enjoy their Nook, Sony, Kobo, iPad, etc. When a person peruses new titles at Super E-Reads, he or she can find fiction available on many platforms, and all listings link to any place the ebook is available.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Introducing Tracy Falbe Etsy

Vintage findings and original fiction at Tracy Falbe's Etsy store Perfect Pages
Since the end of summer I have been gradually building a store at I'm doing this because I adore, I appreciate its purpose, and I want to be part of its marketplace.

What is Etsy?

Etsy is an online marketplace where artisans and vintage and antique lovers can sell their items. All manner of fine artists and crafters sell on Etsy. You can get original works of art, jewelry, home decor, clothing, garden decor, fancy baked goods, flower seeds, floral arrangements, and so forth on Etsy. You can also find vintage books, dishes, clothing, and thousands of other items. Another interesting segment of the Etsy scene is the upcyclers. These people take old or salvaged items and make new things. There really is no limit on the variety of items you'll see people make to sell on Etsy.

Why do I like Etsy?

I support Etsy's purpose to provide real people with a place to sell goods to other people. It is about allowing people a place to make an income from doing what they love. It's a place where handmade creativity can pay off. Many people make a full time living at Etsy. Others make an income on the side.

Shoppers at Etsy get to know that the money they spend is going to support actual individuals, instead of some corporation that sends jobs overseas. Etsy shoppers appreciate the opportunity to buy something besides goods made in foreign sweatshops and sold in box stores. It's a nice way to encourage the consumer paradigm to shift from exploitation (cheap goods and inhumane wages) to nurturing a nicer economy (paying for value and supporting the people who make the goods). As an independent creative businessperson, I am completely on board with what I see going on at Etsy.

What do I sell on Etsy?

Because I am a written word artist, it may seem difficult for me to participate in Etsy. Even so, I have listed my fantasy fiction ebooks there as well as my audiobook. See my original fiction section.

But wait. I'm an estate sale junkie.

Going shopping at a store seems so boring to me now. I like the mystery and excitement of going through someone's house and garage. I never know what I will find.

My husband and I buy all kinds of things at estate and garage sales. He's begun dabbling in the auction scene too. We buy everything from furniture to art prints to kitchen utensils to toys to electronics. It saves us a lot of money and vintage items are often of better quality than goods produced today.

While shopping I keep an eye out for interesting vintage books. Some of them I sell as whole books, but others I take apart to sell the illustrations and pictures inside them. These I list in the vintage supplies category at Etsy for people to use in scrapbooks, collages, or to scan and use in new works of art.

I've also developed a few pieces of upcycled wall decor by framing vintage book pages. I've been rather pleased with the results. The wall decor is hanging in my house. I almost hope they don't sell because I like them so much.

Right now I am in the process of listing vintage art prints recovered from the 12 volume 1958 Metropolitan Seminars in Art. These vintage prints are of famous or interesting works of art from various periods in art history. So far I've sold a lovely Renoir print. I expect more will sell as time goes by. There's a couple prints from this collection that I think I will keep for myself.

Going forward, I'll be showcasing some of my vintage finds here at Her Ladyship's Quest.

I recommend that people add to their online shopping venues. It really is one of the best places to find unique gifts. And artisans and vintage addicts can find an endless supply of interesting objects to stimulate their imaginations. 
Vintage findings and original fiction at Tracy Falbe's Etsy store.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Blog dedicated to Nook readers launches ebook deals for $4.99 or less

Bargain Books for Your Nook - blog dedicated to helping Nook readers find ebook deals
A new book blog catering specifically to users of the Barnes & Noble Nook ebook reader has launched. Along with monthly giveaways, the purpose of Bargain Books for Your Nook is to present ebooks from the Nook store that are $4.99 or less, including free. Published by Rose Gordon with contributions from Ruth Ann Nordin and Melanie Nilles, this new Nook blog includes a rating system to help readers select works that suit their tastes.

This blog fills the very underserved niche of Nook reading, and I suspect it will enjoy much success because many people enjoy reading on their Nooks and would likely appreciate a website that helps them peruse the Nook ebook catalog.

My ebooks have been in the Barnes & Noble Nook store for close to two years now, and Nook users comprise a substantial part of my readership. Thank you!

If you have a Nook or get one soon (I know of you are crossing your fingers for Santa), please do two things:

1. Subscribe to Bargain Books for Your Nook.
2. Download my free fantasy ebook Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I for your Nook.

I also invite my growing group of author colleagues to leave a comment here with a link to your Nook books.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Devil's Lair by David Wisehart free on Amazon today and tomorrow

I received an email this morning from author David Wisehart alerting me to his promotion for Kindle. He's the author of the well-received epic fantasy Devil's Lair. The story is set in Dante's inferno and a medieval knight quests through Hell in search of the Holy Grail.

Readers can get it for free on December 21st and the 22nd.

Devil's Lair for free on Kindle.

Merry Solstice to all!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Movie Review: The Devil's Double

Interview with actor Dominic Cooper from The Devil's Double

I love it when a story makes me care about the main character and makes my mouth hang open with breathless anticipation for what will happen next. The Devil's Double based on Latif Yahia's autobiographical novel that recounts Latif's enslavement as the body double of Uday Hussein is one of those movies.

Uday Hussein was the eldest son of Saddam Hussein. Although Saddam was an iron fisted tyrant of Iraq, his spoiled son Uday was a completely vicious psychopath with free rein to abuse the Iraqi people in any way that suited him. For example, one of Uday's favorite diversions was abducting school girls off the street, drugging them, raping them, and killing them.

As you may recall, Saddam was famous for having one or more body doubles that made public appearances while Saddam stayed safely out of the action of his wars. In The Devil's Double, Uday decides that he needs a double.

After an exhaustive search for likely candidates to serve as Uday's double, Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia is selected. He is intelligent and looks enough like Uday to make a convincing double.

Uday is smitten with Latif and delights in his possession of him. Latif refuses to serve as the double because it means giving up his own life and identity. Latif endures imprisonment and beatings but remains firm in his refusal until Uday threatens to commit wholesale slaughter of Latif's entire family. Beaten and miserable, Latif surrenders.

He is groomed and trained as Uday's double and must live as part of Uday's entourage. Uday calls him his brother Latif and lavishes attention on him and makes him accompany him while he commits atrocity after atrocity. Latif's life soon becomes unendurable because he is a good person and hates Uday's ceaseless cruelties. As I watched the movie I was utterly wrapped up in Latif's misery and constant challenges.

Uday is the most reprehensible character. Even Saddan comes across in the story as a reasonable person. In one scene Saddam declares that he should have strangled Uday at birth. Despite his paternal disappointment he continues to let Uday use Iraq as his sadistic playground.

I never knew what was going to happen next in this movie. At all times I was terribly concerned about Latif. The story is set in the late 80s and early 90s, so I had no idea what would happen. Because of Latif's circumstances I could not imagine anything but torture and death as his fate.

I won't give away the ending. Please watch it for yourself. The Devil's Double is a top shelf production. The filming is slick. The acting is wonderful, especially Dominic Cooper in the dual role of Latif and Uday. The movie is sexy, violent, desperate, and thrilling. Latif is a true hero. He is strong and smart and his courage under the worst circumstances is inspirational.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Online appearances and web activities

On Monday December 12th I will be a Highlighted Author at Beyond Worlds, a blog dedicated to fantasy and sci fi authors. I submitted my guest post for this feature a couple months ago, so I had to look at my records to see what I had written. I wrote an essay featuring Amar from Rys Rising: Book I and talked about the pleasures of writing a novel that embraces the bad guy.

I titled the guest post Fantasy Isn't Just About Good Guys. Visit Beyond Worlds on Monday to read what I have to say. Or find out what I'm talking about right now and download Rys Rising: Book I for free and spend some time with Amar.

I'm participating in the Good Tidings & Trimmings ebook giveaway organized by the Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community. This is a massive giveaway drawing with dozens of prizes, among them ebook copies of Rys Rising: Book I and Savage Storm: Rys Rising Book II. See the giant list of prizes and enter.

In case you missed it earlier...

One of my favorite ways to promote my novels is to offer excerpts for publication at other blogs. It's the classic free taste, like those little cubes of cheese on toothpicks at the farmers' market. My most recent excerpts around the web can be found at these places:

Over at Indie Snippets - the best little blog for discovering indie ebooks - I snipped a scene from Rys Rising: Book I from the climax of Amar and Urlen's initiation into an outlaw brotherhood.

The book blog To Read or Not To Read published a flash excerpt from Savage Storm in which the rys seize a tower from their overlords.

Paranormal romance author J.R. Pearse Nelson kindly published this flash excerpt from Savage Storm that reveals a quiet moment of conversation between Cruce and Rayden as they prepare for a siege.

Union of Renegades audiobook review

Thank you to W. Brondt Kamffer author of the Ossian Chronicles for listening to the entire audiobook Union of Renegades and writing a very thoughtful review. (Read the full review of the fantasy audiobook.)

Kamffer found the story in Union of Renegades quite engaging and he wrote that he "hungrily devoured each chapter." It's always great to hear that.

Kamffer did have some issues of dislike for some of the main characters, but he did find them to be very real and genuine people, which for me means I succeeded in crafting characters. However, Kamffer often finds them irritating (just like real people). He disliked the heroine Miranda the most. Although I find his opinion that she brought all her problems on herself and self inflicted her wounds rather mystifying, I will admit that she is a character that invites the most criticism. Personally I like and admire her. She's born into a horrible life in a world that is literally against her and she decides ultimately to fight for her freedom. Of course in real life people tend to revile most a woman who rejects her oppression and chooses to stand up for herself. I suspect this is why Miranda gains the least sympathy among readers. I accept that maybe I could have written her better, but she is one of the very first characters I ever created. Her first fictional steps started in 1997. If I had done a better job creating her, then perhaps more people would be able to appreciate her.

My character the rys Shan, however, did appeal to Kamffer, who really liked Shan. Kamffer wrote:
"Of all the characters in the story, it is really Shan, the non-human Rys lord, who gave me someone to cheer. His cause is right. His heart is noble. His manner is gentle."
Although it was many years ago now that I wrote Shan, I was very much in love with him when I created him. He needs to be someone worth cheering. In Union of Renegades he inspires a rebellion in which his adherents risk their lives and very souls.

Thank you to W. Brondt Kamffer for taking the time to review Union of Renegades. He even managed to enjoy it and recommend it despite its gritty similarities to blockbuster fantasy author George R.R. Martin. Kamffer dislikes Martin's saga because of its lack of good noble-hearted characters. That's a fair enough criticism, but I actually enjoy Martin's writing quite a bit. For the record I wrote the entirety of The Rys Chronicles before ever reading the Song of Ice and Fire, but I am a great admirer of Martin. My fantasy fiction isn't quite as harsh as his, but we do share a realistic view of how people think and act.

If you like fantasy audiobooks, please consider giving Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I a try. Visit Brave Luck Books (TM) to download a free 3-chapter sample or purchase the whole 19 hour audiobook.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

You know it's winter when you decide to watch Canadian movies

I happened upon the title FUBAR: Balls to the Wall while browsing my Netflix service. A movie with the tag line Spinal Tap meets the Trailer Park Boys simply demands my attention. Although any nice lady would disavow ever selecting such a title for viewing, I watched the whole thing in one sitting while my kids were at school. (Yes, I watch horribly inappropriate non-family content while my glorious offspring are safely ensconced in a government institution.)

This movie will delight people who enjoy losers with a disdain for sobriety, have ever been to an eviction party, consider workers' comp fraud a worthy goal, and are horrified by the abomination known as the Alberta tar sands.

My review:

I extend my happiest compliments to a story that can find a silver lining in testicular cancer and manage to be a heartwarming Christmas tale.

FUBAR: Balls to the Wall is a Canadian comedy that I rate NOT SAFE FOR YOUR CHILDREN OR YOUR PARENTS.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Fiction appreciation – The transformative moment of a character

When I read fiction I like to be swept away by the dramatic difficulties faced by the characters. I want to empathize with them and understand them. I want to be hit by the full force of the changes sweeping their lives.

Good fiction is full of transformative moments for one or more characters. In such transitions, a character realizes something new. Perhaps a cherished belief is swept away. Maybe the character realizes that he or she has lost something precious forever. Betrayal, loss, accomplishment, physical challenge, and other creative events trigger these transformations within characters when they begin to understand and believe new things and act in new ways.

A well known example of a transformative moment occurs in the 1930s blockbuster novel Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. The heroine Scarlett O’Hara after a great struggle reaches her family’s plantation after General Sherman’s army has laid waste to Georgia, and Scarlett fully realizes that her wealth, privilege, and prestige have been eradicated. As she scrounges for root vegetables in the garden with hunger stabbing at her stomach, she vows that she will do whatever it takes, even lying and stealing, to regain what she has lost. The time when Scarlett can bat her eyelashes and be a charming Southern Bell and get what she wants has ended. It’s time for her to get a lot tougher with the world, regardless of how others might judge her.

As a novelist, I work to build such moments into the lives of my main characters. These are the dramatic highs in which the story becomes intense and hopefully readers are completely wrapped up in the feelings of the character.

To illustrate a transformative moment, I am presenting a short excerpt from one of my fantasy novels Rys Rising: Book I. In this scene, the rys Dacian who has always valued obedience to the ruling order is confronted by the reality that the tabre who lord over the rys will use brutality to keep them in their place.

Breymer said, “Long centuries ago, before tabre had fully come to master and appreciate the orderly joys of civilization, harsh methods were employed to teach us discipline. I have decided that the use of the phlia-mel has become necessary again because the rys are a young breed and, as this female has shown, have need of discipline.”

No one among the hundreds of rys said anything, but Dacian could feel the collective protest caged all around him. He felt he should say something. Ask for mercy at least, but so many things held him back. Was he wrong to question his elders? Did he want to jeopardize his future as a Nebakarz? Did he have any reason to risk himself on account of this female who ignored the law?

“Begin,” was all the Daykash said, and the two priests who had escorted Onja earlier swiftly grabbed her again and pushed her to her knees. Angpar walked around the trio and regarded his subject. He shook the phlia-mel once so that all could see the spring in the rod, and then he reached down and yanked off her cloak and whipped it aside. He seemed eager to have at her.

Onja’s clothing was meager. She wore only a small vest and shorts and her lower back was already properly exposed. Dacian could see the muscles in her back tense in anticipation of the abuse, but she did not look over her shoulder at her punisher.

Angpar raised the phlia-mel, but his eagerness faded for a moment, and he contemplated his next action as if he suddenly realized that the world would change when he lowered his arm. Then his self righteousness returned and he swung at the rys female hard. The crystal barbs flashed with white light when they struck Onja’s blue skin and her cry mixed with the meaty thwap of the rod hitting her. She lunged forward automatically but her handlers yanked her back in place.

Many rys cried out or gasped, and some turned away, and before anyone could recover from their disgust, Angpar hit her again. The Daykash fixed an emotionless gaze on Onja. Dacian could not see her face but he imagined her grimace.

Dacian looked at Halor urgently. His lips trembled with outrage. “Stop this,” he begged.

“It will be over soon,” Halor said woodenly. His eyes insisted on obedience.

When the third blow fell, Onja’s cry was louder. Dacian heard her take a deep breath to brace herself for the next stroke. As she filled her lungs with this painful gasp, Dacian felt all his rational reasons for standing by collapse like a hillside soaked by torrential rain. He looked at the tabre priests and acolytes lined up on both sides of him. They watched the punishment raptly. Where was their compassion for her suffering? They were all civilized creatures, but Dacian realized that their values did not entirely extend to their much-maligned rys cousins. They would watch Onja endure eight strokes from the phlia-mel and agree with the Daykash that it was necessary and proper. Civilization required order but was brutality the only path to that end?

Angpar gave Onja her fourth stroke. Her sentence was half complete.

“Stop!” Dacian shouted. He rushed forward and felt Halor grab him but he shook him off and moved toward Angpar.
This scene illustrates the transformation when Dacian decided to cast away his comfortable life of obedience and save another rys from harm. He does not know what the consequences will be, but his life henceforward will be very different from the life he had planned to live.

I invite readers to join in the dramatic journeys of the many characters I create in the epic fantasies I write. You can download the free ebook version of Rys Rising: Book I. Formats for Kindle, Nook, iPad, Sony, and most any computer or reading device are available. Rys Rising is a hard-hitting fantasy epic told from many angles.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Meet Amar from the Rys Rising fantasy series

Character Profile: Amar
Amar is a complex man. At times he can be supremely confident, but deep down he is tormented by his great failure to defend his tiny tribe. But there is no fixing the great devastation that swept away the life he was born to, and he focuses on serving Onja, the magical rys that fortuitously appeared at the moment he should have died. Her magic saved him and will influence him for the rest of his life.

Amar loves serving Onja. Her greatness soothes all his sorrows. Joining her glorious quest for power sets him on the path to becoming a warrior wrapped in mystery and fear. When she tells him to seek power and be as great as he can be, he defies outlaws and kings alike to achieve her goals. And Amar leverages his extraordinary relationship with Onja to attract loyal men.

Through a combination of shocking deeds and magical help, Amar quickly earns a reputation as a fearsome figure in the tribal kingdoms of Gyhwen. The peasants of the Sabar'Uto Domain whisper that he is the dro-shalum, which means curse demon.

Amar likes the name.

Famous quotes:

“You have a great sense of possession over she who dances naked before so many."

“My Lord must agree that this head is sufficient evidence that your enemy is dead.”

“I’m not going to touch you nor let any other man touch you. Lax Ar Fu wants your ransom. I’m not going to throw away that gold just for the pleasure of breaking you in.”

To join Amar on his adventures, download a free copy of Rys Rising: Book I. No matter what he does, serving Onja makes it right.

Want your character to appear on Her Ladyship's Quest?

Read how to submit your character profile. I'd love to meet the incarnations of your Muses.

Monday, November 28, 2011

I'm participating in the Good Tidings & Trimmings ebook giveaway

Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community is doing a giveaway as big as Santa's belly.
U.S. based readers are invited to enter the drawing for a prize package of books and ebooks from numerous genres at Great Minds Think Aloud. There are dozens of novels in this huge end of year holiday giveaway. I'd enter if I wasn't already a sponsor. I'm donating ebook copies of Rys Rising: Book I and Savage Storm: Rys Rising Book II to the prize package.

Good luck.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Surviving initiation - Flash excerpt from Rys Rising at Indie Snippets

A few weeks ago I discovered Indie Snippets, an entertaining blog that promotes author-produced fiction by featuring very short excerpts of about 200 words.

On Wednesday my submission from Rys Rising: Book I was featured. I sent in the scene from the climax of Amar and Urlen's initiation into the Kez outlaw society.

Read the excerpt from Rys Rising at Indie Snippets.

Thank you to blog owner Bryan R. Dennis for publishing this blog. I think I better submit some more snippets from my other novels.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Save 25% on Rys Rising: Book I hardcover or paperback through Dec. 14th

Rys Rising: Book I by Tracy Falbe available in hardcover and paperback
As I've mentioned before I have arranged for print editions of Rys Rising: Book I through the print-on-demand service

For anyone interested in obtaining a print copy of this novel, you can save 25 percent off the regular price through December 14th by entering the coupon code BUYMYBOOK305 at checkout. There will be a box specifically asking for coupon codes when checking out with the Lulu shopping cart.

Please consider giving Rys Rising: Book I as a unique independently-produced gift to a fantasy fan on your list.

You can go directly to Lulu's checkout with the buy buttons below.

Rys Rising: Book I

Hardcover, normally $24, now $18 with the coupon code BUYMYBOOK305
Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

Paperback, normally $15, now $11.25 with the coupon code BUYMYBOOK305
Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

Discount will not apply to shipping charges.

Related posts:

Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community awards 5 ravens to Rys Rising
Fantasy novel Rys Rising: Book I now available in hardcover

Monday, November 21, 2011

Ebay holiday shopping with flash auctions

Bidding is fun - Falbe Publishing on ebay
I’ve been an ebay seller for years. I routinely sell paperbacks to ebay shoppers. Usually I run standard one-week auctions, but I have decided to run flash auctions as the holiday shopping season kicks off. By flash auction I mean that each auction will last one day and then close. This way bidders will know very quickly whether they won the item. I understand that a person looking for a gift may not want to wait a week to find out if he or she won. So, with one day auctions a person can feel comfortable bidding because there will not be a long wait involved. I’ll also enable instant purchases with the buy it now button for people willing to spend more to skip the bidding process.

I’ll be running the flash auctions from Tuesday November 22nd through Wednesday November 30th. This way I know everything will ship by the first week of December and I can guarantee delivery before December 25th.

After I end the flash auctions, I’ll go back to my regular weekly listings and add a notice that I can’t promise a Christmas delivery.

Find my current listings at:

Products that will be available during the flash auctions are:
Get Dicey: Play Craps and Have Fun – This is my nonfiction how to play craps guide. I used to work as a Las Vegas craps dealer a long time ago in a galaxy far away, so I actually am an expert at explaining this popular casino game. Get Dicey was the first book I self published and it has been steadily selling for years.

The Rys Chronicles complete series in paperback. This bundle includes four books: Union of Renegades, The Goddess Queen, Judgment Rising, and The Borderlands of Power.

If my readers who enjoyed my ebooks would like to get The Rys Chronicles in print, especially as a gift, my ebay listings provide a great way to get the novels at a low price.

Enter the Cyber Monday Union of Renegades fantasy audiobook giveaway drawing

Prize drawing for one copy of the Union of Renegades audiobook starts today

To promote the launch of the Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I fantasy audiobook, I have decided to do a giveaway drawing.

I am running the giveaway from the Union of Renegades web novel blog.

To enter, go to the post How to win the Union of Renegades audiobook and leave a comment.

It’s that simple. The giveaway will be open to entries through November 28th, also known as Cyber Monday. I’ll randomly select a winner on Tuesday the 29th.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community awards 5 ravens to Rys Rising

Rys Rising: Book I received a positive review at Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community.
Reviewer Maegan Morin of the Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community unveiled her review of Rys Rising: Book I on Friday.

Her opening remarks
"Upon first starting this novel I was a little skeptical. I have literally read hundreds of fantasy novels but never any by an indie author and I was worried that I would be dissappointed. Luckily my worried thoughts were in vain."

After giving her opinions on my writing and characters, Morin added:

"I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy."
So would I! Thank you for the great review! Contrary to popular belief, writers need more than rejection and verbal abuse to thrive. We need readers who like our work to mention it to others.

Morin's remarks also reminded me about readers who are honestly leery of giving a self published title a try. I'm glad she overcame her worries and ended up having a great read. To disregard indie fiction is like imposing on yourself a rule that you will never eat a home cooked meal and only eat at restaurants.

Morin's complete review can be read at the GMTA Community.

Friday, November 18, 2011

New Release! Complete epic fantasy audiobook Union of Renegades

Union of Renegades is now available in as audiobook. All 40 chapters of this epic fantasy are now for sale in mp3 format. I have set up a page for the Union of Renegades fantasy audiobook at Brave Luck Books or you can sample or purchase it right here too.

The audiobook provides approximately 19 hours of listening, including the entire novel Union of Renegades plus an excerpt from The Goddess Queen.

Visit the Fantasy Audiobooks page at this blog to download a sample or purchase the entire audiobook.

Some of you might be aware that Union of Renegades is currently being serialized as a podcast at Podiobooks that also syndicates into iTunes. It's going to be several more months before all the chapters are up there, so hopefully you've become hooked enough on the story to buy the audiobook.

Or some of my readers may like to purchase it as a gift for an audiobook enthusiast. And my most hardcore fans may just want to relive the adventures while commuting.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Indie writer news -- Cover art and Pre-order discount

Cover art and a deleted scene

Paranormal romance author J.R. Pearse Nelson revealed at her blog on Saturday the cover art for her upcoming novel Vessel. In the post announcing the arrival of cover art, Nelson includes a scene cut from the final version of a previous novel titled Tribute. Read the scene that the author loves but chose not to include.

I like this deleted scenes concept for writers. I enjoy watching them in the extras on DVDs so I think it will transfer nicely to the medium of novels. Of course I never have any deleted scenes to share from my novels. If I cut it out believe me it needed to be cut out. And if I love it, then I will find a way to make it work. However, I fully understand that not everyone is like me (a fact painfully apparent every day of my life), so I recommend reading Nelson's deleted scene. Her reason for removing it makes sense. It was a point of view issue and not a quality issue.

Daniel L. Carter announces sequel to The Unwanted

Almost one year ago I reviewed The Unwanted positively, and the author emailed me recently to announce the upcoming release of the next book in the series The Children of Anak. It's the second book in Carter's sci fi G-6 Chronicles, and he's hoping to release it by December 9th. Carter is offer a Christmas promotion on pre-orders through his website. Readers will get 20 percent off an autographed copy.

Please go his website G-6 Chronicles: The Unwanted Trilogy to order The Children of Anak and see more about Carter's science fiction.

Character selected to appear on my next novel New Religion

I have paid the deposit to commission artwork for the cover of my upcoming fantasy novel New Religion: Rys Rising Book III. In about two to three months I will have the art and hopefully I will also have the manuscript polished and presentable to readers.

The character that will be featured on the cover of New Religion is Loxane, the Shamaness of the Kelsurs, and, if you have already read Book II Savage Storm, you know she is also now the High Priestess of Onja.

My readers will know that Loxane tends to dance naked before the heathen masses, but alas I will not be depicting her nude on the cover. (This would automatically get the novel rejected for inclusion in the Apple iBooks store. Weirdoes!) So the cover art won't be able to reveal her best tattoos, but I'm hoping to receive a stunning portrait of Loxane in her new armored vest that Amar looted from the armory of the Temulanka Tribe and with her preferred weapon the sickle. Maybe someday I will be able to commission a nude portrait of her for my websites, and then we could see all her tattoos.

If you have not had the pleasure of meeting Loxane yet, here's a link to the chapter she first appears in the first novel Rys Rising: Chapter 6. The Thievesmeet

To get started with my new epic fantasy series Rys Rising, please download the first novel for free. Rys Rising: Book I.

You can read it and the next book and be ready when New Religion comes out in hopefully February.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

4.5 stars for Union of Renegades at To Read or Not to Read

I was pleasantly surprised yesterday to discover a good review for Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I at the blog To Read or Not to Read.

Of the many glowing observations the reviewer shared here's one to tickle my ego:

"There are and have been many great fantasy writers and Tracy Falbe is well on her way to having her name mentioned with all of them."
Read the full Union of Renegades review and thank you to Steve for taking the time to read my fantasy novel. I'm glad you were able to appreciate it.

Getting a copy of Union of Renegades is easy. Download it for free right here at this blog or scroll down to find the links to it at various ebook retailers where it is also free.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Review: Two Moons of Sera engaging read full of mystery and emotion

Two Moons of Sera by Pavarti K. Tyler
With the publication of the novella Two Moons of Sera author Pavarti K. Tyler has launched a creative new series. Two advanced species live in the world of Two Moons of Sera. The Sualwet are a water people who live and breathe underwater but are capable of coming onto land. The Erdlanders are the people that live on the land. They are at war with each other, and the story opens with the Sualwet female Nilafay fleeing from her Erdlander captors. She does not escape.

Then the story advances about 16 years and Nilafay is living in an isolated coastal cove with her daughter Serafay, or Sera. Nilafay has finally escaped the Erdlanders but she is rejected by her Sualwet people because Sera is an Erdlander-Sualwet hybrid. The pregnancy was forced upon Nilafay by cruel experiments. Unwilling to abandon her daughter, Nilafay lives in hiding and Sera grows up with only her mother for company.

The unrelenting isolation has begun to weigh on Sera, who longs for new experiences. While Nilafay is away on one of her frequent forays to scavenge supplies, a seemingly wild young male Erdlander enters Sera's refuge. Unbearably curious and needy for company, Sera seeks contact with this strange new arrival. He has apparently been hiding in the wilderness for a long time because he has forgotten how to talk, but he quickly learns again with Sera's help. His name is Torkek and he possesses unexpected powers that suggest he is the product of experiments as well.

The story in Two Moons of Sera has an overall good pace and guided me from scene to scene almost effortlessly. A new and startling event was always popping up to keep me reading. It only got a little slow during the initial scenes between Sera and Torkek because of the need to help him reacquire language.

Throughout the story Sera comes through as a sympathetic and believeable character. Her normal adolescent longings for friends and new experiences are easy to identify with. Sera embodies the recognizable teenage need for companionship along with the realization that she will need an existence beyond the protective zone her mother has created for her.

Tyler's writing is concise yet still filled with feeling and imagery. I felt Sera's webbed toes digging in the sand. I felt how her body slid into the gentle sea waters of her cove. I felt her alarm when she had to flee the coast and enter the foreign inland areas. Tyler has obviously poured a lot of love and imagination into her fantasy world. I anticipate that future installments of the story will further reveal the opposing societies of Sualwet and Erdlander from the point of view of two rejected outsiders. Even in the short space of a novella, these two characters came through strongly. The author has carefully created her characters and revealed gracefully the awkwardness of two young people getting to know each other under difficult circumstances.

Two Moons of Sera leaves me intrigued about how the story will develop. This initial novella that tells the story of Sera's origins and how she met Torkek was fascinating, disturbing, yet a little hopeful because it shows two outcasts finding each other.

Thank you to Pavarti K. Tyler for sending me an advanced reading copy. You can use the links below to purchase Two Moons of Sera. Also be sure to visit Tyler's website and enter her November giveaway.

Order Your Copy Now

As a thank you to all of my amazing readers and supporters, I am hosting a month long rafflecopter giveaway on my blog!  Enter for your chance to win:

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Music from my fantasy audiobook podcast

A little bit of music to set the mood is essential at the opening of an audiobook. At the start and end of each podcast chapter of my fantasy novel Union of Renegades, there is music in the background. It's a piece called Morpheus Calls composed by Pierre Gerwig Langer that I licensed from

Unfortunately only a few seconds of this epic music are included in the podcasts, so I thought I would share the whole composition here. It's only a little over a minute long, but it driving aggressive beat and choral elements really bring to mind adventure and danger.

To listen to the audiobook that this sets the mood for, please go to the free fantasy podcast page.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Blog tour giveaways - iTunes gift card, ebook basket, and free criticism!

Coming up on Wednesday November 9th, I will be a stop on the blog tour of Pavarti K. Tyler, author of Two Moons of Sera. I was gifted with an advanced copy of this novella, and I will publish my review on Wednesday.

Pavarti has been a guest blogger here in which she explained the mythology of her name. (I love it when I get to talk about myself too.)

Right now to promote her publication of Two Moons of Sera, she has organized a giveaway that is lasting through the whole month of November. The details of her many prizes are listed below along with the link to enter the giveaway at her blog. My personal favorite is a 10,000 word critique of a manuscript. I'm sure everyone is drooling over that one. I assure you I am too emotionally fragile to endure such a thing, but I guess other people like lengthy critiques of their precious creations.

Please enter the giveaway and come back on Wednesday to read my review of Two Moons of Sera.

Order Your Copy Now

As a thank you to all of my amazing readers and supporters, I am hosting a month long rafflecopter giveaway on my blog!  Enter for your chance to win:

Friday, November 4, 2011

Kindle edition Savage Storm: Rys Rising Book II US UK Germany France

A few days after publishing Savage Storm: Rys Rising Book II I added it to the Amazon Kindle store. Kindle users represent a big market and I'm glad to be a part of it. If you are looking for Savage Storm to put on your Kindle, please use the links below to access the store for your country.

Kindle US 

Kindle UK

Kindle Germany

Kindle France 

For those readers who buy my novels through the Amazon Kindle site, please remember to give my novel a rating and a review. These actions help others readers notice my work.

Thank you to everyone for reading and to those who have already purchased Savage Storm.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Flash excerpts from Savage Storm around the web

As part of my recent release of Savage Storm: Rys Rising Book II, select bloggers were contacted by me and offered a flash excerpt to publish at their blogs. So far two bloggers have taken me up on the offer.


To Read or Not to Read is an active book blog that features reviews and giveaways. Thank you to Marcie for helping me promote my new release.

The scene published at Marcie's blog shows when the rebelling rys enter a tower that they have taken from their tabre masters. Go to flash excerpt.

You can read another flash excerpt at the blog of Paranormal Romance author J.R. Pearse Nelson. Doesn't she have the best profile picture ever? I contacted her because she has a soft spot for epic fantasy, and she graciously shared one my flash excerpts from Savage Storm.

Read the scene at her blog where Cruce and Rayden prepare for a seige.

If you want to read my newest novel, go to this page to purchase Savage Storm.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Thank you to everyone who entered the Rys Rising Goodreads giveaway

Over the past week I ran a giveaway at for a hardcover copy of Rys Rising: Book I. A winner was selected yesterday and I ordered the book for her. To the 530 other entrants who were not selected, thank you for your participation. You can still read Rys Rising: Book I for free if you like ebooks. Just click the link for it on the left sidebar and select your ebook format.

Overall I was very pleased with the attention I got by participating in a Goodreads giveaway. During the week-long entry period over 500 people looked at my fantasy novel, and 72 of them marked it as to-read, which would have triggered extra attention throughout the Goodreads site.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Union of Renegades podcast receives good review

Experienced podcaster and fantasy author W. Brondt Kamffer recently decided to try audiobooks during his commute to work. I was flattered to learn that he chose to listen to the available chapters of the Union of Renegades fantasy podcast that recently started at Podiobooks.

So far he is intrigued with my story and he had some very nice things to say about the voice performance of the reader Chris Snelgrove.

Please visit Kamffer's site, read his reviews, download his podcasts, and of course look at his novels.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Savage Storm: Rys Rising Book II is PUBLISHED

The attack has begun! Savage Storm: Rys Rising Book II by Tracy Falbe is now available.
With much pleasure I announce the publication of Savage Storm: Rys Rising Book II the sequel to my recent release Rys Rising: Book I.

About the novel:

Filled with righteous rage, Dacian and Onja spread violent chaos across two realms. In the tribal kingdoms of the west Onja sees a whole civilization that she must harness if the rys are ever to destroy the hated tabre of Nufal. No longer hobbled by dreams of rys and tabre unity, Dacian crafts enchanted weapons and trains the rys to fight. Onja commands Amar to raise an army. She ambitiously decides to abolish the religions of the western tribes and to install herself as their new Goddess. Aided by her magic, Amar daringly overthrows monarchies and celebrates with his outlaws in the palaces of the vanquished. The servants of the rys revel in Onja’s grandiose vision, but the Nufalese humans and their tabre masters have barely begun to realize their danger. When Onja enthralls the savage Chatapaka people of the remote north and unleashes their brutal hordes upon vulnerable Nufalese settlements, the militia is overwhelmed. Cruce Chenomet and his comrades struggle to save the fleeing settlers. Cruce quickly loses hope but keeps his courage as he confronts the savage storm.

In the coming days and weeks my newest fantasy novel will be distributed to major online retailers like Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iBooks, and Smashwords.

Until then it is for sale at Brave Luck Books. Savage Storm: Rys Rising Book II

Thank you to everyone who has already bought this novel after receiving my email last night or today. I am grateful that you enjoy my fiction enough to choose me. I am very proud to release this novel today, and to be honest I absolutely love it. I hope others do too.

Please let your friends know about my fiction.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Savage Storm update - Cover art

Savage Storm: Rys Rising Book II
We have cover art! Thank you to the team at for developing this image of Cruce Chenomet of Nufal defending a frontier fortress.

I can now safely say that the ebook version of Savage Storm will be available for sale this week. I'm only days away. I'm putting the finishing touches on formatting the novel. I'm admittedly behind in this process because my dog died over the weekend and I have been severely distracted and grief stricken over the past week, which makes it difficult for me to concentrate.

I will apply myself diligently to completing these final tasks. I'm terribly anxious to publish this novel. I personally love this novel and am thoroughly proud to bring it to readers.

Please join my readers' list at, subscribe to this blog, or follow me at Twitter so you won't miss the announcement of publication.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

My dog died yesterday

Sasha on vacation in Sonoma County, California, July 2007
Over the past week I endured the time that all pet owners dread. My beloved German Shepherd mix Sasha died on October 22, 2011 of heart failure after 10 years of life. The past days have been grim for me. Her rapid decline and death tore me up badly. Sasha was truly my best friend. After her passing yesterday, I reflected on how I spent more time with her over the past 10 years than anyone, even my husband. If I was home, she was with me. If I was on vacation, she was with me. I used to sit at my desk at work and wish she was with me. Then I started working from home, and we were truly always together.

She always helped me feel safer. Although she looks friendly and cuddly in the picture above, she was quite the intimidater in her day. When the hair went up on her back, she looked vicious. And her bark could rattle your spine.

Sasha lived most of her life in California. She made sure all the homeless people and wanna be gangbangers know that coming into my yard was not a plan. (And she always got a special treat for harassing missionaries.) Before I went to bed every night, I would put her out to do a patrol and then she would come in for her bedtime biscuit. Admittedly getting pizzas delivered was a bit of a hassle. Skateboarders especially offended her, and she taught them to carry their boards and walk by my yard. She had a vendetta with UPS.

I walked her almost every day, and everyone in our neighborhood knew us. I never got panhandled when she was with me. I called her "Mama's Big Bitch" and she was. When I shopped in the neighborhood, I would take her with me. I parked her outside the pizza place. I parked her in front of the hardware store. The people at the bank gave her biscuits.

Even in her old age, she still helped me feel safe. Just this summer when shady creeps were banging on doors in my neighborhood trying to sell cleaning supplies, Sasha went right into guard dog mode. She wanted to eat that guy, and damn her weakening heart she was going to try. Oh how that poor bastard made her feel young again.

I could go on and on with stories about her. She was endearing and sweet. She made herself at home everywhere she went. She assumed everyone loved her. She loved kitties, especially chasing them. That bitch ate my birthday cake and didn't regret it a bit. I never saw her put her tail between her legs. Never. She was an alpha female.

My home is so empty without her. My yard is so empty without her. I work in the garden and she's not there. I work in the kitchen and she's not there. I got up this morning, and she wasn't there. I'm a lone wolf again and have to walk the trail without my partner. I miss her so much. All I can do is be sad.
Sasha - Summer 2001 to October 22, 2011. Loved, Spoiled, and now Missed.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Enter the HARDCOVER Rys Rising: Book I giveaway on Goodreads members living in the United States can enter my giveaway for 1 copy of the Hardcover version of Rys Rising: Book I. The giveaway opened today October 21st and will close October 28th, next Friday. I'm not sure why the book cover won't show for the giveaway listing, but there's always something going wrong with my marketing. Anyway, click the "Enter to win" button below and in a week, Goodreads will select the winner and notify me. Because of shipping costs, the hardcover giveaway is only available to people with a U.S. address. The winner will receive the book directly from Lulu that is my print-on-demand manufacturer. I really like this version. It's a casewrap hardcover meaning that the art is printed directly on the cover and there is no book jacket. This hardcover is 407 pages and a $24 value.

Also note on the giveaway page there will be a link that says "read on Goodreads". I have enabled the ebook version to be a free read right at Goodreads, so add it to your to-read list and start sampling it right in your browser. You can download it too if you want.

Good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Rys Rising by Tracy Falbe

Rys Rising

by Tracy Falbe

Giveaway ends October 28, 2011.
See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Thank you Heidi Ruby Miller for the interview

Heidi Ruby Miller author of Ambasadora introduced me to her readers today at her blog. I picked six of her interview questions to answer. Go read the interview to find out about the crush I have on the bad guy in Rys Rising: Book I and also what food I can happily eat every day.

Heidi Ruby Miller: HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Tracy Falbe

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Upcoming blog appearances

Tomorrow I'm expecting an interview to appear at the Just A Girl blog of author Heidi Ruby Miller. She kindly agreed to interview me as I promote my newest novel Rys Rising: Book I in little dribs and drabs. Honestly I've been too busy working on getting the sequel Savage Storm presentable that I haven't come up with any brilliant marketing schemes for my new series. I guess I have the rest of my life to promote my novels. That's the great thing about being an indie writer. I get to keep my work available to the public for as long as I want. No one is going to decide my chance is over and kick me to the curb.

Heidi Ruby Miller describes herself as someone who loves "science fiction, high-heeled shoes, action movies, Chanel, loud music, and of course, romance."

She is the author of: Ambasadora

I also received an email today that fantasy author W. Brondt Kamffer who will soon be posting a mini review of the Union of Renegades podcast. Eight chapters are live so far and new chapters will be added every week. If you'd like to know Kamffer's opinions on the audiobook thus far, please go subscribe to updates at his website.

Kamffer is the author of The Ossian Chronicles:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

An indie author talks about book marketing

I've been publishing my fantasy novels for close to six years now. I'll be releasing another one soon, so one might think that I've learned a thing or two about book marketing. The truth is that I can't honestly claim to know what works and what doesn't. I probably do most everything wrong.

Here's a list of my many failings as a book marketer:

1. I don't have some amazing aspect of my life that makes me intriguing. I'm not twelve years old or the survivor of pirate abduction. I've never been to prison and I wasn't raised by wolves. I'm not missing my hands and forced to type with my feet. I haven't given birth to quintuplets. I'm not the favored pupil of a martial arts master. I'm not married to a wizard. So you get the idea. I don't have any detail about my life to hook people and make them think, "Oh, wow, I want to look at her book."

2. I don't blather away with controversial opinions about publishing. Some indie authors are quite militant about their indie publishing, and I think that's great but it's just not my style. I don't feel much need to continually trash the publishing industry because it could not be bothered to look at my work. I get it. I'm not wanted, so I'll just go sell my novels myself. That's really what I want to do anyway. Readers care about good stories way more than my inability to fit in with corporate America.

3. I'm not very active at forums. Participating in forums is always listed as one of those things to do to get your novels noticed, but I'm just not very good at it. I dabble in it, but I mostly don't have much to say. Also as far as I can tell all forums related to reading have become populated almost entirely by authors engaged in book marketing.

4. I have a terrible suspicion that I suck at social media. I use Twitter the most and actually enjoy that venue. I've met some cool people and had them guest post at my blog. I even have a few of my readers following me. That's great. But in general I'm clueless about social media. Everything I read on the subject says it's all about building a relationship. But the way I see things, there really isn't a relationship until someone actually samples my work. Then the relationship starts and I have to prove myself. Social media advice from all quarters also always insists that I not constantly talk about my products. Um, but I'm using social media to market my products. And no one is going to talk about my products unless I do it first. So, as I said, I'm a little lost here.

What I have been doing to market myself is known as content marketing. I give people content. Those who enjoy it might come back for more. I have free ebooks that lead into series. (See the left sidebar.) I recently launched the free serial podcast of Union of Renegades. I've added little quotes from my novels to my tweets as a micro form of content marketing. My marketing boils down to "Hey, come read or listen to my fiction for free. If you like it, buy more." This actually works, and I think it would work even better if more people knew about me, so I guess I'll just keep talking about myself and my fiction because that's book marketing as far as I can tell.

If you'd like to help me out, tell someone about my novels.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Thank you to

The long running science fiction and fantasy blog SFSignal kindly mentioned the ongoing podcast of my fantasy novel Union of Renegades.

Please see today's sci fi and fantasy tidbits. This site is great at spotting all kinds of genre entertainment in many mediums.

If you're interested in listening to Union of Renegades, please visit the fantasy podcast page and subscribe.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Indie Writer News -- Dragons and Rockstars

Joseph Robert Lewis is getting to be downright prolific.

This week he sent me an announcement for his latest work The Dragon and the Lotus.

About the book:

As a child in Kathmandu, Asha was bitten by a dragon and gained the ability to hear the souls of all living things. Years later in India, she uses her strange gift and her training as an herbalist to save people possessed by ghosts, poisoned by legendary beasts, and tortured by the cruel doctors of Ming. And to fight the occasional bear or tiger, of course.

With the help of a beautiful blind nun and a sleepy little mongoose, Asha confronts both victims and predators, including the man who stole her childhood and killed her lover. But when she journeys into the west, Asha discovers that there are fates worse than death and there are human monsters that can only be defeated by a woman with the strength of a dragon.

Series: The Dragon and the Lotus is a part of The Other Earth series. This story spans several years and ends shortly after the conclusion of the Halcyon Trilogy.

Genre: historical fantasy, mystery, adventure, India, Persia

Length: 80,000 words


Go backstage at Indie Author Rockstar

Every month the Indie Author Rockstar blog randomly chooses 5 titles from its growing list of approved submissions and tries to bring them some extra love and attention from readers.

After the blog members vote, a "rockstar" will be selected from this month's batch of nominees and that esteemed title will continue to receive extra promotion.

October's rockstar nominees are:


THE CURSE GIRL by Kate Avery Ellison



ISABEAU by N. Gemini Sasson

ANOMALY by Thea Atkinson


See full descriptions of these novels at Indie Author Rockstar and good luck to the nominees.

I'd also like to add that I submitted my latest novel Rys Rising: Book I to the Rockstar program. My novel made it into the contestant pool from which random nominees are drawn, so I'm hoping I'll get picked someday. Until then I will languish in obscurity as usual.