Saturday, October 29, 2011

Thank you to everyone who entered the Rys Rising Goodreads giveaway

Over the past week I ran a giveaway at Goodreads.com 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 Avatarart.com 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 http://www.braveluck.com/, 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

Goodreads.com 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
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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 SFSignal.com

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

Web: http://josephrobertlewis.wordpress.com/books/the-dragon-and-the-lotus/

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:

MAD GODS - REVELATION: CANCELLED ? by Athanasios


THE CURSE GIRL by Kate Avery Ellison


THE COMPANY OF FELLOWS by Dan Holloway


THE HERO ALWAYS WINS by Robert Eaton


ISABEAU by N. Gemini Sasson


ANOMALY by Thea Atkinson


IMPEDING JUSTICE by Mel Comley


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.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Chapter 7. Partnership added to fantasy audiobook podcast

Have a long commute? Stuck in a body cast? Enjoy knitting? There are many reasons people choose audiobooks for entertainment. They get the ages old pleasure of listening to a story while being able to occupy their hands with other tasks. Some people even like to relax and just listen while going to sleep although I hope that my fantasy novel Union of Renegades won't put you to sleep.

I recently launched the serial podcast of the epic fantasy Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I at Podiobooks.com. This week the 7th chapter Partnership was published. New chapters will be added every week until all FORTY chapters have been made available to listeners.

Please subscribe to the Union of Renegades podcast at:

Podiobooks

or

iTunes

About the novel:

Dreibrand Veta has killed for his country. At the frontlines of imperial expansion, he seeks to rebuild the fortune of his noble family. In his daring travels he encounters the rys, a race far more powerful than the human empire that bred him. Dreibrand cannot defy the rys Queen Onja nor defend his companion, Miranda, and her children from the wicked tyrant Queen.

Desperate for help, Dreibrand and Miranda join Shan, a rys with emerging powers who plans to challenge Onja. In Shan’s pursuit of the rys throne, he exerts his magical powers, gathers his allies, and incites rebellion among Onja’s human subjects.

Great wealth and power will reward the kings, warriors, and spies that align themselves with the rys pretender, but defeat could mean worse than death. Onja can imprison souls and her genocidal rage is legendary. Everything is at risk for Shan’s union of renegades.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Progress update - Savage Storm: Rys Rising Book II

The desperately anticipated second novel of my new fantasy series Rys Rising remains on track for publication by the end of October. I am laboring daily over the final editing and proofreading of the manuscript, and the cover art being provided by Avatar Art is expected this month as well.

At this point I am exceedingly pleased with Savage Storm. Although I continue to weed out wordiness, cross check countless details, and correct tiny typos and technical errors, I am truly eager to bring the story to readers. I feel I have really learned not to hold back with my writing, and I am happy with the dramatic and epic scale of the novel.

Although I love the business of selling my fiction to readers, I truly do all this writing to entertain myself and process the thoughts and feelings that continually bombard my consciousness.
 
If you're waiting for the release of second novel, please go to the page I started for Savage Storm: Rys Rising Book II and use the form to join my readers' list. Then you'll get an email as soon as it's available as an ebook.

Friday, October 7, 2011

How to add Epub ebooks to Apple devices like iPhone & iPad

If you use Apple devices you may have already noticed how easy it is to shop and download samples within its ebook store iBooks. However, you may also be interested in knowing how to directly add epub format ebooks to your iPhone or iPad because not everything is in the Apple iBooks store. This information will also come in handy if someone wants to share an ebook with you that may or not be available within the Apple system.


1. Choose an ebook in the Epub format. It cannot have digital rights management encryption.

2. Open iTunes on your PC or Mac and put the epub ebooks into your Books Library. Do this by choosing File > Add File to Library. Dragging and dropping the files into the Books Library will work too.

3. Connect your iPad or other device to your PC or Mac with the USB cable. In iTunes, your iPad should now appear in the source list under devices.

4. To sync books to your device, click on iPad or iPhone under Devices and then click the Books tab at the top of the window. You can now choose to sync all books or selected books. After making your selections, click Apply to sync to your iPad.

The process will be the same for syncing to iPhone or iPod Touch using iOS 4.

If you would like to download free samples of two of my fantasy novels, you can add them to any of your Apple devices by going through iTunes on your computer.

Go to these pages at my website to download free fantasy ebooks.
















Apple iBookstore increases exposure for my fantasy novels in Europe and Scandinavia

Today I am passing along the news from my distributor Smashwords.com that Apple's ebook retail store known as iBooks has expanded to 26 more countries in Europe and Scandinavia. I know that my fantasy novels have been included in the Apple catalogs for the UK, Germany, and France for a while, but now readers who use Apple devices can now easily find my works in:

Austria

Belgium

Bulgaria

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

Greece

Hungary

Ireland

Italy

Latvia

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Of course people in the majority of these countries have been able to sample and purchase my ebooks for years through my website using PayPal, but some people thrive on the convenience of easily shopping within the Apple system. Fantasy fans throughout these new regions being targeted for domination by the sleek and stylish gadget troops of Apple are invited to search for the works of Tracy Falbe.

My fantasy titles are:

Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I
The Goddess Queen: The Rys Chronicles Book II
Judgment Rising: The Rys Chronicles Book III
The Borderlands of Power: The Rys Chronicles Book IV

Rys Rising: Book I

Please see more about each title in the sidebar on the left.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Chapter 6. Captured added to Union of Renegades podcast

Last week the first wave of fantasy podcasts from my novel Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I launched at Podiobooks. This week sees the addition of Chapter 6. Captured.

In this chapter my hero Dreibrand Veta meets the heroine Miranda. They both discover that the unspoiled forest at the fringe of the Wilderness truly deserves its dreadful reputation. The vicious beast called the fenthakrabi appears and definitely gets itself a good dinner.

Although it was about 14 years ago that I wrote this chapter I can still recall the pleasure of writing it. I enjoyed the interplay among Dreibrand and the two Atrophaney scouts who captured him. Then of course this was one of my first forays into writing frightening action, and I tell you it was fun to do. I hope it's fun to read, or listen to.

Visit the Union of Renegades fantasy podcast and start listening. Six chapters are up and new ones will be arriving every week until the novel is completely available, so please subscribe.

Additionally, I'd like to offer a big thank you to blogger friend Albert Robbins III for helping get the word out about my fantasy novel podcast at his indie book review site.

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