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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