Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Scribd Co-Founder Envisions Better Book Discovery



I've been following the news for Scribd more closely since my books entered its subscription service. This summer I started earning money from Scribd, and I believe that ebook subscription services are going to be a substantial part of the reading future.

In the recent article Scribd overhauls its ebook subscription service to help you find interesting reads the co-founder and CTO Jared Friedman said, “With subscription services, I think there’s a real opportunity to drive a lot more exposure to the backlist. That’s why we feel there’s such a great opportunity at the combination of services and better book discovery.”

Scribd says it uses a combination of personalization algorithms based on an individual's reading history to create recommendations mixing human judgment and data-driven choices.

But what's most crucial to the subscription experience, in my opinion, is that no single reading choice involves money. The person pays the same whether he or she samples 12 books in an evening or 1. As a Scribd user I can confirm how this increases my likelihood of reading something. At the slightest whim I slip something into my library if I fancy it at all. This does not happen when I'm shopping in a normal retail environment and must pay each time I pick something out.

This makes Scribd an exciting experience for a book lover. Yes, there's a monthly cost, but it's nothing like buying individual items. In general I like subscription services. Ever since I started Netflix, I've ceased buying DVDs or Blurays. I don't want them cluttering up my home until the format changes again and they become useless.

As an author I'm hoping to sustain a steady steam of income from Scribd. I realize as an obscure artist it is difficult for someone to choose my novels over a favorite author. Readers are fussy about what they want and shy of unknowns. But in Scribd, there's nothing to lose when you look at one of my books. And much to gain. Some people love my fiction and buy every novel in my series.

You can view a sample of Rys Rising: Book I right here within the Scribd system.





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Monday, August 25, 2014

Kindle Box Sets - Selection of Collections by My Facebook Friends

 

Because I am releasing a fantasy box set soon, I asked some of my author friends on Facebook about theirs today. To help get some great reads under the noses of more readers, I'm listing our kindle box sets below. There is a good selection: epic fantasy, political thrillers, romance, paranormal, and true crime. (Please confirm prices before buying. Our box set deals can be ephemeral.)

Box sets are popular because they deliver so much value. And unlike that sale on bananas you don't have to worry about stocking up on good books. Winter is coming...


Beginnings Box Set: Three Fantasy Series Starters by Tracy Falbe


Two Epic fantasy and  one Historical fantasy for $0.99
(Preorder price good until Sept. 6 release)

Contains the novels Rys Rising: Book I, Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I, and Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale




Enter Tracy Falbe’s fantasy worlds through three different doors. She brings the folklore of Renaissance Bohemia to life in Werelord Thal that can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. Then Rys Rising and Union of Renegades begin two series Rys Rising and The Rys Chronicles that she spent 15 years creating. At over half a million words, the Beginnings Box Set offers epic entertainment at a tremendous value.

 

Collection One by Dale Amidei


Four Political Thrillers for $5.99

Contains the novels The Anvil of the Craftsman, The Britteridge Heresy, Killing Doctor Jon, and Operation Naji. I personally read and enjoyed The Anvil of the Craftsman and reviewed it here last year. Amidei is a skilled writer with diverse characters. I find his action and pacing immaculate and the religious themes he works with thought-provoking.





Sugar and Sin Bundle by Stacey Joy Netzel, Kristine Cayne, L.C. Giroux, Liz Matis, C.C. Mackenzie, and Nana Malone


Six Romances for $5.99

Contains the novels Chasin' Mason, Deadly Addiction, His Lady Godiva, Love By Design, Run Rosie Run, and Sexy in Stilettos.




Joe Bruno's Mobsters - Six Volume Set by Joe Bruno


Six True Crime Stories for $4.97

This boxed set contains Mobsters, Gangs, Crooks and Other Creeps – Volumes 1, 2, and 3 – New York City, The Wrong Man: Who Ordered the Murder of Gambler Herman Rosenthal and Why, Murder and Mayhem in the Big Apple, and Mob Wives – Fuhgeddaboudit!





Addictive Paranormal Reads: 10-author/1,000 page Paranormal Box Set by Nana Malone, Natalie G. Owens, Gregory Carrico, Stacey Joy Netzel, Lizzie Starr, Rhonda Hopkins, C.C. MacKenzie, Meredith Bond, Sheila Seabrook, and Anna Erishkigal


Ten Paranormal Stories for $0.99

This box set contains Rising Above, Something to Live For, King of Rats: A Short Story, Reluctant Protector, Dead Lily Blooms: A Short Story, The Consuming: A Short Story, Storm on the Horizon, Big Trouble in China, The Valentine Grinch, and Angel of Death: A Love Story.





Read more about the Beginnings Box Set: Three Fantasy Series Starters with excerpts at this blog.


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

Sunday, August 24, 2014

New Fantasy Ebook Box Set for Kindle and iBooks 99cents Preorder Sale


I’ve put together one of those ebook box sets that have become so popular. I can see why readers like them. Authors bundle a bunch of good reading together and then run a promotion at a ridiculously low price.

As someone with nine fantasy novels published and a tenth on the way, I have enough content to put together an epic deal.

The Beginnings Box Set: Three Fantasy Series Starters by Tracy Falbe contains these novels:

 


Rys Rising: Book I 
Indulge yourself and read this sumptuous epic told from many angles. A young warrior ruined and near death is saved by Onja a mysterious rys female. Forsaking all that he was, he will take the name Amar and serve his new magical mistress. A lord among outlaws he will become, feared by kings and called the dro-shalum or curse demon by the common folk.


Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I
The epic begins as Dreibrand Veta and the conquering Horde of the Atrophane Empire reach a mythic Wilderness that beckons with a magical call to glory. But Onja, Queen of the rys, a race far more powerful than the greatest human state, guards this land. She has the power to imprison souls and her genocidal rage is legendary. Everything is at risk for her desperate enemies, the union of renegades.



Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale
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.

Together they total over 500,000 words.

The fantasy box set will release at retail outlets on Saturday, Sept. 6.

Currently it is available as a preorder for only $0.99 at:

Apple iBooks (over 50 countries have access to ibooks)
Kindle US
Kindle UK
Kindle Canada
Kindle Australia
Kindle Germany
Kindle France


I will be raising the price to something less humiliating after the preorder period, so snap it up now.

Below you can read excerpts from the fantasy novels in the Beginnings Box Set that I share through Slideshare.net.







The fantasy box set will release at retail outlets on Saturday, Sept. 6.

Currently it is available as a preorder for only $0.99 at:

Apple iBooks (over 50 countries have access to ibooks)
Kindle US
Kindle UK
Kindle Canada
Kindle Australia
Kindle Germany
Kindle France


I will be raising the price to something less humiliating after the preorder period, so snap it up now.


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

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fantasy Ebooks in the UK for Less Than a Quid

Rys Rising: Book I - On sale for a limited time £0.99 at UK Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, Nook UK, and Free at Brave Luck Books.

As an American I've always been flattered when people in the UK like my books.


It's validating to be appreciated as a writer by people in the homeland of my language. I know my American slang and usage are different, but my love of my language is innate.

Maybe I don't have many reviews, but Rys Rising: Book I that launches a complete epic fantasy series only has 5-star ratings right now in the UK Kindle store.
By watching British television over the years I've become familiar with the term quid. I don't know its origin, but I understand that it is slang for a monetary pound.

I'm running a sale on all four novels of the Rys Rising series right now. Normally they sell for about three quid, but right now they are £0.99 or less at Kindle UK, Nook UK, iBooks, Kobo, and Brave Luck Books.

Savage Storm: Rys Rising Book II - On sale for a limited time £0.99 at UK Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, Nook UK, and Brave Luck Books.
New Religion: Rys Rising Book III - On sale for a limited time £0.99 at UK Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, Nook UK, and Brave Luck Books.
Screenshot of reader review from UK Kindle store for the novel New Religion: Rys Rising Book I

Love Lost: Rys Rising Book IV - On sale for a limited time £0.99 at UK Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, Nook UK, and Brave Luck Books.

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

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pros and Cons of Ebook Subscription Platforms



The monthly subscription model has come to reading. Digital content is well-suited to this model that offers people easy access to content from almost anywhere for a low monthly price. Scribd, Oyster, and Kindle Unlimited are the big players in this ebook market.

But what are the benefits of these services for readers? And what might they be giving up?

Pros of Ebook Subscription Services

1. Ability for readers to budget. A diverse library of reading material is on demand for a specific monthly fee. If you read a lot and have to watch how much you spend, subscriptions could be exactly what you need.

2. Big libraries. All three services boast catalogs well into the hundreds of thousands.

3. Forget format. Ebooks have been plagued by incompatible formats across retailers. Often libraries become hard to access if you switch devices. Some people like to create their own private catalogs and store their ebooks on private computers. They'll strip DRM and convert formats as needed. This is fine but definitely not something everybody has time for or the inclination to do. With a subscription, your content is there when you log into your account, presumably well into the future. Scribd already works on numerous platforms. Oyster started out as only for Apple, but it has expanded to more devices. Kindle Unlimited works on any device as well.

4. Monetary decisions are removed from reading choices. When browsing for something to read in an ebook subscription system, you might start reading anything that strikes your fancy. You don't have to put it through the filter of whether you want to buy it or not.

Cons of Ebook Subscription Services

1. If you're looking for a specific title, it might not be there. Content must be licensed for subscription distribution by its creators, and this does not happen every time. 

2. You might still buy ebooks elsewhere because hey you're a book addict. This is probably not a huge negative. Readers often access books in all kinds of ways. We need text!

3. Maybe you don't read often enough to justify the monthly cost. A subscription service gives value when it is used. If you're a sporadic reader, then these services may not be for you. However, a subscription might cause you to read more because the content is handy.

In my personal opinion the ebook subscription model is great. I received a complimentary one-year subscription to Scribd because my ebooks are distributed there by Smashwords. I've already read several great how-to books and find it a handy resource for looking up information too. For home and garden enthusiasts like me there is an endless supply of gardening, craft, DIY, and cookbooks there. I'm seriously considering buying my own plan when my gift subscription expires.

Fantasy fans will find all nine of my novels on Scribd along with thousands of other titles by other fantasy authors. You can view a sample of one of my novels Rys Rising: Book I on Scribd right here:



If you use Oyster Books, my fantasy novels are there too, but that service doesn't give me a handy way to share a preview like at Scribd. But definitely search for "Tracy Falbe" if you want a good fantasy read.

As for Kindle Unlimited, alas, I am not welcome there. Amazon only allows indie authors who have agreed to exclusive terms with the company to be included in Kindle Unlimited. Because I am unwilling to forgo every other means of selling my ebooks in the world in order to participate, my novels will not be in Kindle Unlimited until Amazon stops limiting the content there. All my ebooks are for sale in the Kindle store however, and I welcome you to get them there. 

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

Monday, August 18, 2014

Complete Fantasy Series On Sale at iBooks Worldwide


Fantasy readers in the over 50 countries served by the Apple iBooks store have a great opportunity this month to get every part of the Rys Rising fantasy series for $0.99 each.

I write hard-hitting epics with many characters. As the saga progresses I weave together the various storylines into a stunning conclusion in the final book Love Lost.

Rys Rising: Book I in the U.S. iBooks store currently has six 5-star ratings out of six ratings.

In the Rys Rising series you'll enter a fantasy world...
- Encompassing two human civilizations.

- Where magical beings dominate human societies.

- Divided by intense rivalries.

- Where a hero endures all challenges no matter how they
darken his soul.

- Where lust and passion add to the sweetness of life.

- Driven by family loyalties.


Please see more about my novels by accessing the iBooks store below. 





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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Indie Book Bargains UK Featured My Fantasy Book Rys Rising


Indie Book Bargains is a site that features ebook deals in the UK Kindle Store. Right now Rys Rising is only £0.77 for Kindle in the United Kingdom as are the rest of the novels in the Rys Rising series Savage Storm, New Religion, and Love Lost. UK readers have in general been very positive about my fiction, as can been seen by the 5-star reviews at the retailer.

For British book lovers who don't have a kindle, my fantasy ebooks are also on sale at Kobo, iBooks, and Nook UK. And of course anyone can visit my web store Brave Luck Books and choose any format. I sell to readers directly worldwide.

To get a sense of my writing style, here's an excerpt from Rys Rising between the two characters shown on the cover:

With polite humility, he asked her only to remove the remainder of his tattoos. He said nothing as Onja worked on his skin. Gendahl paid attention to the sensation of having her magic touch him. She was blocking the pain as she burned the pigments bit by bit from his flesh, and then healed the skin as she went. The stags with their blue antlers gradually disappeared, and Gendahl forced himself to accept the end of his old life. It was the only way he could even attempt to go on. Gendahl could not be forgiven.
A breeze stirred and it was cool against his sweaty skin. He stared at his hands. The absence of his tattoos made him feel different. When his skin was tattooed, he had been only a small boy, and the painful task was one of his earliest memories.
This is my earliest memory of my new life, he thought.
With Onja’s firm slender fingers massaging his hands, Gendahl wondered if it had been the will of Jayshem, the God and creator of Gyhwen, that he experience a life other than being Lord of the Lin Tohs.
“Does it comfort you to think that your God willed your suffering and loss?” she asked.
Taken aback by her knowledge of his thoughts, Gendahl pulled his hands away. “What else can I think?” he asked back.
She lifted her eyebrows thoughtfully. The slight stretching of her eyelids sharpened the beauty of her features. His answer intrigued her greatly.
To change the subject, Gendahl examined his hands and thanked her. “I could not go on with my lord-born markings. I am lord-born no more,” he announced.
“You are still what you were, Gendahl,” Onja contradicted. “Tattoos did not make you a lord.”
“But they showed others what I was. I am something new now, but I know not what,” he said.
“You are Gendahl, my friend,” Onja said, and she smiled.
Her smile seemed to reveal a vulnerability that he would not have expected from her. She was alone as well.
“Your friend,” he said although he had no smile to give. “But call me Gendahl no more. I am Amar.”
“Amar,” she said and liked the name.
“I must go,” he said. He scanned the trees, rocks, waters, and mountains around him. Onja’s presence enchanted the landscape and made it more beautiful. It was a good place to die and to be born. “Back to the world of men,” he added.
Onja nodded with understanding. The time would come when she would go back to her kind as well. “If you want my help before I go back to Jingten, I will be here until the day equals the night,” she said, still hoping that he would make a request of her.
“Thank you, Onja,” he said and stood up.
Onja reached into his pile of gear and pulled forth his weapon. Proffering it, she said, “Your sword, Amar.”
Receiving the weapon from her opened a door in his mind, but he did not yet dare to look inside. He was not ready to receive any knowledge from this awesome being. As he took the sword from Onja and strapped it over his shoulder, he looked into her eyes that sparkled with powers to which no man could aspire. He would miss her.
Amar said, “I start a new life today. It is not a life I want, but perhaps if I keep living, the path to vengeance will present itself.” He decided that he needed this goal to keep going. He would view his smashed domain and take to the bandit life, and he would look for a way someday to hurt the Patharki and Ginjor Rib.
He parted from Onja without any more words. Planning to follow the stream through the hills, Amar walked away along the bank. When he turned back, Onja lifted a hand in farewell and he waved back to her. Onja sensed among his many harsh emotions his sadness at leaving her. It was good to have a friend.
You shall have your vengeance, she thought.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Rys Rising Complete Fantasy Series 99-cents Sale Expands to Nook, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords, and Brave Luck Books


The 99-cents sale on all titles of the Rys Rising fantasy series that I started last weekend for Kindle stores is now available at all ebook retailers. 

At all my retail outlets Rys Rising, Savage Storm, New Religion, and Love Lost are all $0.99 cents each. This is a great chance to pick up a complete epic fantasy series for an astonishing price.

The sale is going on at Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, iBooks, Smashwords, Nook US, Nook UK, and Kobo as well as Brave Luck Books.

Get the best price on the whole series at my website because that's where Rys Rising: Book I is free. So you get the whole series for only $2.97 worldwide.
 

Read this fine excerpt from Savage Storm: Rys Rising Book II to see what you could be enjoying:

Burbin said, “If it is the will of your Onja that the Kelsurs should fight for her, why does she not come to us herself?”
“Because she has sent me as her messenger,” Amar answered readily. “Do you make all your requests in person? Is it wise to ignore the messengers of the powerful?”
Burbin groped for a come back to Amar’s facetious answer, but Moto interrupted, “Enough of this. Our tongues go in circles. If your rys is so powerful and you are her messenger, then her power will let you pass a test that I would put to you. If you pass, I will grant my hunters leave to volunteer for you if they wish.”
Amar listened carefully to the translation, and his eyes lit up. This was progress.
“Will you face my test?” Moto goaded.
Amar naturally wanted to ask what the test was, but such quibbling hesitation would show weakness.
“Of course,” he answered.
Moto looked over his shoulder at the hunters seated behind him. A tall man rose like a bear out of a berry patch. The thick muscles upon his long frame looked as hard and smooth as the granite upon which he stood.
“Only the spirits can help you against Bifolomo,” Moto said gleefully as his magnificent hunter moved forward. He looked like he could wrestle an elk to the ground. His eyes sparkled with wolfish intensity as he eyed the outlaw born under a roof.

The sale is going on at Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia, Amazon Germany, Amazon France, iBooks, Smashwords, Nook US, Nook UK, and Kobo as well as Brave Luck Books.

Get the best price on the whole series at my website because that's where Rys Rising: Book I is free. So you get the whole series for only $2.97 worldwide.

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

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Finish Your Summer with a Fantasy Series - Kindle Ebook Sale



Yesterday I announced the start of my huge kindle sale on all the titles from the Rys Rising fantasy series. Each of the four books in the series is only 99-cents for a limited time. These titles normally sell at $2.99 to $4.99.

Sale prices on Rys Rising, Savage Storm, New Religion, and Love Lost are available at Amazon US - Amazon Canada - Amazon UK - Amazon Germany - Amazon France - Amazon Australia - Amazon India

About Rys Rising: Book I



A young warrior ruined and near death is saved by Onja a mysterious rys female. Forsaking all that he was, he will take the name Amar and serve his new magical mistress. A lord among outlaws he will become, feared by kings and called the dro-shalum or curse demon by the common folk. Indulge yourself and read this sumptuous epic told from many angles.

Today I offer an excerpt from Rys Rising: Book I so you can see if it suits your style.

Amar drew his good sword and approached the altar. Onja followed him, captivated by everything she beheld. Cybar trailed them, stalling fearfully. Amar waved the birds away from the altar with his sword. The tormented man squinted into the sun. Amar, silhouetted by the brightness, was fuzzy to his bloodshot eyes. He tried to speak, but his dry thirsty throat barely made a sound better than the coarse crows.
Cybar called to Amar, “His life is for Preem. You must not interfere.”
Amar studied the man on the altar. His brown skin glowed red from the burning sun. His lips were cracked and darkly clotted. His chin length black hair with a deep widow’s peak was dirty and stringy, and blisters mottled his forehead, nose and cheeks. He had only been left clothed in a linen tunic and loin cloth and his bare legs showed the wounds of many probing pecks.
Upon hearing voices, the condemned tried again to speak. “Mercy,” he groaned. “Mercy. I do not deserve this.”
“Amar, we must go,” Cybar insisted. “Do not give him swift death.”
Amar had initially thought to end the man’s suffering with a merciful blow, but now that he looked at him, he changed his mind.
“I would free him,” he said.
“Preem will punish you,” Cybar warned.
Amar dismissed the threat of Preem’s ire. “I seek no forgiveness for anything that I have done. One more thing will not matter,” he said and then looked to Onja, seeking her opinion.
She came beside the altar. “Free him,” she concurred.
The bronze chains that draped the altar were old and corroded, but still firm enough to restrain a tortured man. Amar found a particularly weak link and smacked it with his sword. Three strokes and the link broke. Amar pried the link apart and then pulled the chains off the loop set into the stone.
The condemned man watched Amar with amazement. The young wanderer bore no resemblance to anyone he knew and he certainly lacked the appearance of a Nurati. With the chains loose from the rock, Amar looked at the manacles on the man’s wrists and ankles.
“I can get those off him,” Onja said.
The condemned man turned his head toward her lovely voice. “Sweet lady….” he started to say in a voice as rough as split logs but then he stopped. He did not understand what he saw. He fainted when her eyes began to glow with blue fire.
The bolts of the manacles softened as Onja precisely heated them. Amar pulled the manacles open and freed the man’s limbs. Amar gathered the limp man into his arms. He was slight of build, and Amar was able to place him over a shoulder. The man smelled terribly, and Amar turned his face away from his wretched body.
Cybar had retreated outside the ring of stones. From the shade of an oak he watched Amar approach with the unconscious man. Cybar shook his head insistently. “Put him back,” he advised urgently.
Onja tugged on Amar’s sleeve to stop him. “He truly fears what you have done,” she commented.
“He will get over it,” Amar said, unconcerned about Cybar’s opinion.
“The others truly fear this sky temple,” she said.
“The Gods are to be feared, Onja,” Amar replied matter-of-factly. “You are born. You die. The Gods are always there.”
She contemplated his simple words and then asked, “But you do not fear your Gods, Amar?”
Amar would have shrugged if he had not been burdened with a stinking half-dead man. “I do not care,” he said and continued toward Cybar.
Onja lingered in the sky temple and studied the faces carved in the stones. Their blank eyes now looked at her invitingly, welcoming her into their mysterious club.
So simple, she thought.
She set a hand on a monolith. The stone had been cut from the Rysamand and somehow the humans had dragged it up this butte. The effort that must have taken astounded her. So very strange that the humans would work so hard for something that benefited them not at all. Most of them lived in little huts and enjoyed no luxuries. Why did they not put their efforts toward making better shelters for everyone?
Onja looked at the men under the oak tree. Amar had set the man down in the shade and was dripping water onto the man’s ragged lips. Cybar frowned over them with worry.
There is power in fear, Onja realized.
A crow flapped over her head and landed on the nearest monolith. He squawked at Onja irritably, apparently blaming her for the removal of the sacrifice. She looked up at the impertinent bird. He turned his head and regarded her closely with a perfect black eye that glistened with intelligence. Onja shifted her attention entirely to the sentience radiating from the shiny black bird. Her wondrous mind that knew no bounds connected with the bird’s alien awareness.
“Yes, I took your prize. Forgive me this once, and I will make it up to you,” she told him mentally.
Utterly surprised by the communication, the crow tucked his dark beak against his feathery chest and peeked at her shyly. Onja lifted a blue hand and invited him gently with a twitch of her white-nailed fingers.
The crow looked back at his mates that were strutting across the altar stone, complaining among each other. Tentatively the crow on the monolith opened his wings, and, after one more encouraging gesture from Onja, flapped down to her hand. His feet dug into her skin but did not pierce her flesh. She stroked his neck and purred to him lovingly.
“You shall have to tell me your name someday,” she told him.
He squawked and took to the air. He landed in the oak tree over the men tending the victim plucked from Preem’s justice. Onja watched the indentations left in the skin of her hand fade before she joined her companions.
Amar made Cybar help him carry the man down the steep steps of the butte. The other men were distressed at Amar’s audacious theft from Preem.
But Amar scolded them, “We claim to be brother outlaws yet you would leave one to the judgment of the law-abiding. Whatever this man did, he is one of us now.”
Delirious, the man moaned and turned his head from side to side on the ground. He was grizzled, sunburned, and filthy. His body was thin and his hands were soft. Clearly he was no laborer.
Amar said, “I think this man has some quality.”
They took him to the little stream in the canyon and washed him. The cool water roused him from his burning torment, and he drank greedily, which made him retch. Amar rolled him away from the bank so that he could no longer slurp like a mad animal.
Clearly the group was not going to travel more that day, and Vame gathered firewood. While Amar nursed the man, Cybar answered questions from Kym and Vame about the sky temple. His Kez brothers often glanced warily at the quiet butte. The circling vultures were drifting away. Preem’s servants would go unpaid today. A debt perhaps that would not be forgotten.
Onja sat apart from everyone, cross-legged upon a boulder at the edge of the stream. She stared toward her mountains, lost in intense thought.
Kym eventually stood over Amar and the man that had been rescued.
“Amar, the priests of Preem might notice that the vultures disappeared when they should have thickened in the sky,” Kym said.
“Priests are slow. We’ll move on in the morning. Do not worry, Kym,” Amar said.
“Your accursed pet will not be able to travel so soon,” Kym said.
Amar’s dark eyes flashed up at the Kez warrior. “I do not fear Nurati priests who chain people and leave them for animals,” Amar said. “This man will ride with me.”
Kym shook his head because Amar puzzled him continually. “Why do you want this man? He’ll certainly make no warrior for Vu. I don’t think he could steal a bowl of porridge to save his life.”
Amar wetted a rag and wiped the man’s forehead. “He might have knowledge and rare skills. Warriors aren’t everything,” he said.
Kym scratched the back of his head, where his stubble was starting to grow in. “I suppose the Nurati are known for scholarship,” Kym granted. He squatted next to the thin wretched man and studied him. “Yes, yes, definitely a Nurati nose. What’s your name, Nurati criminal?” Kym asked.
The man’s eyes were half closed. His lips moved as if he might answer, but the effort to speak seemed to be too much. Amar dribbled at little more water into his mouth and said, “I am Amar. Who are you?”
“Amar,” the man whispered back and his long black lashes lifted. His crusty eyes were craters in a skull covered by tight skin. “I am Urlen.”
“Urlen,” Amar repeated. He liked the name. “What was your crime?”
Urlen shut his eyes as if the answer was difficult to recall. “No crime,” he said. “I did what was right.”
Kym chuckled. “Maybe he is a proper criminal.”




Sale prices on Rys Rising, Savage Storm, New Religion, and Love Lost are available at Amazon US - Amazon Canada - Amazon UK - Amazon Germany - Amazon France - Amazon Australia - Amazon India

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

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Kindle Fantasy Series Sale - All Rys Rising Ebooks 99-Cents Each at Amazon This Week

Finish the lazy days of summer with an unforgettable epic fantasy series. 

It's time to fill your Kindle with a take-no-prisoners fantasy series. All titles of the Rys Rising series are $0.99 each for a limited time in Kindle stores. These titles normally sell for $2.99 to $4.99. Rys Rising delivers a full-size saga. Three years in the lives of a big cast of characters unfold as the Age of Onja begins.

Sale prices available at Amazon US - Amazon Canada - Amazon UK - Amazon Germany - Amazon France - Amazon Australia - Amazon India


Rys Rising: Book I by Tracy Falbe


A young warrior ruined and near death is saved by Onja a mysterious rys female. Forsaking all that he was, he will take the name Amar and serve his new magical mistress. A lord among outlaws he will become, feared by kings and called the dro-shalum or curse demon by the common folk. Indulge yourself and read this sumptuous epic told from many angles.



Savage Storm (Rys Rising Book 2) by Tracy Falbe

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.



New Religion (Rys Rising Book 3) by Tracy Falbe

Onja opens a two front campaign meant to expand her dominion over the western tribal kingdoms and bring misery and ruin to Nufal. She commands Amar to lead marauders into Nufal. Excited to be set loose upon new and foreign lands, he attacks without mercy and even dares to fight magical tabre. In the west, Onja’s holy war rages as she continues to crush old idols and remake society.



Love Lost (Rys Rising Book 4) by Tracy Falbe


In this breathtaking conclusion to the series, unleashed monsters born of cruel spells test the mettle of the sturdiest warriors. Soul wrenching chaos consumes the faith of thousands. Torn between his need to protect his secret lover and son and his legitimate family, Cruce struggles through ever worsening battles until he finally wagers his life against the most favored warlord of Onja.




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Friday, August 8, 2014

Budget-Friendly Fantasy Ebook Choices from Overdrive for Libraries


After many years of being denied access to library ebook distribution, I'm very happy to now have my full fiction catalog available through Overdrive to over 20,000 libraries.

I've heard that large publishing companies charge high prices to license their digital content to libraries. If that's the case, then I have great value to offer libraries. In general my titles are discounted for libraries by at least 20 percent off the retail list price. Overdrive, however, requires a minimum price of $1.99.

Now that Overdrive is stocking self published indie authors like me you can give your patrons better access to the full breadth of the fiction marketplace as represented by ebooks. 

Indie authors enjoy a significant share of the ebook reader retail market according to data analysis published by Hugh Howey. The July 2014 Author Earnings Report shows that 25 percent of the Amazon Kindle bestsellers are published by indie authors. Furthermore, on the same report analyzing Kindle ebook sales, indie authors represented 31 percent of daily unit sales volume.

Now through Overdrive you can choose from many fine independent authors from around the world.

My humble contributions to this thriving literary scene are priced at Overdrive as follows:

Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I
$1.99

The Goddess Queen: The Rys Chronicles Book II
$3.99

Judgment Rising: The Rys Chronicles Book III
$3.99

The Borderlands of Power: The Rys Chronicles Book IV
$3.99

Rys Rising: Book I
$1.99

Savage Storm: Rys Rising Book II
$3.99

New Religion: Rys Rising Book III
$3.99

Love Lost: Rys Rising Book IV
$3.99

Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale
$1.99

View the titles in your Overdrive Marketplace account.

Librarians can find these titles by searching within the self publishing section of their Marketplace accounts at Overdrive for "Tracy Falbe" or individual book titles. All titles will be shown as published by Smashwords.

Your patrons who rely on the library to indulge their love of fantasy series will enjoy this fantasy collection.

My novels have received 5-star reviews at several retail outlets including Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Apple iBooks.

Here's an example of a 5-star review for Rys Rising: Book I


 And here's another one for the same novel from the Nook store:

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

See My Interview at Heroic Fantasy Writers

Walter Rhein author of The Reader of Acheron was kind enough to interview me at his Heroic Fantasy Writers blog.

He asked some great questions and encouraged me to talk about the Rys Rising series.

Here's a snippet of what I had to say:
"Rys Rising isn’t a series for readers who like to only follow one or two characters. I deck out vast ensembles led by major characters. As two civilizations clash, I weave together their stories into an unforgettable ending of mythological scope."
Read the entire interview: Heroic Fantasy Writers: Words with Tracy Falbe, author of "Rys Rising"

Thank you for featuring me at Heroic Fantasy Writers. I encourage people to look at Rhein's novel. It has some great reviews at the Kindle Store.



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Monday, August 4, 2014

How to Read Ebooks on Your iPhone or iPad



You're stuck in a waiting room or mass transit delay. Your iPhone or iPad thankfully gives you a way to pass  the time. If you want something more than the graffiti-babble of social media, you can enjoy a novel or study a subject that interests you by reading ebooks.

Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch have free access to the iBooks store with the iBooks app. The app is also now available for Mac desktops too for us old-fashioned types that actually do work on computers that requires more than the swiping of fingers. This ebook store is active in over 50 countries and even has plenty of free titles to offer.

Once you have access to the iBooks store you can read free samples, buy ebooks, and organize them in your iBooks library. Ebooks from the iBooks store are viewable on any iOS devices.

Access to iBooks through iTunes has also improved lately. I used to not be able to find my titles in iTunes but now I can.

I currently have 9 fantasy novels, 3 audiobooks, and my nonfiction titles at iTunes and iBooks. 


By the way, if you like epic fantasy Rys Rising: Book I has only 5-star reviews from iBooks readers. It's a great value for only $2.99. Or check out Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I at iBooks. It has 4.5 stars after 24 ratings. Union of Renegades is even free. But be warned: You might get hooked.


For reasons unknown Apple has not made the iBooks store very visible. As I mentioned iTunes was not showing iBooks until recently and the iBooks store cannot be accessed with a web browser. Despite this, it sells millions of units and even little old me makes money from there year in and year out.

Hopefully it will become a more popular and prevalent source of ebooks around the world when the new iOS 8 comes out this fall. It's going to have iBooks preloaded so it will be easy for iPhone and iPad users to browse ebooks and enjoy reading actual literature instead of rants and text messages. It's good for the brain you know.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Guest Post: Assassins Build on Warrior Theme in Fantasy Fiction


Today I welcome guest author Anna Kashina. She's promoting her new novel The Guild of Assassins. Obviously assassins are major characters in her saga that began in The First Sword and Blades of the Old Empire that I have reviewed previously on Her Ladyship's Quest.

In her guest post she explains why assassins are such a popular theme in fiction. 

Assassins in Fiction


by Anna Kashina

Thanks for hosting my post. I can never get tired of talking about assassins--or rather their romanticized version that drives some of my favorite fantasy books.

I know that my fascination with assassins is shared by many authors and readers. At a first glance it seems odd, to romanticize people whose profession is to kill others. I believe, however, that this tendency goes back to one of the most primal human qualities: to worship the strong, to follow someone who stands out because of his/her warrior qualities. After all, no one finds it surprising that we romanticize great military leaders, like Alexander the Great or Napoleon. These people are, in essence, killers, and they made their names by supervising mass killings on a grand scale, yet many find them romantic and attractive.

Earlier fantasy books often continued these trends. A standard hero was usually a warrior, either a born leader or one who achieves leadership through being the best at weaponry--which, almost always, include killing as many enemies as possible. This theme fascinated generations of readers, and still succeeds if exceptionally well done. However, over time, with emergence of thousands of new fantasy novels that explore this theme in increasing numbers of variations, it is also beginning to lose its spice.

Assassins represent a new twist on this traditional theme, one that does add the spice--and the depth--to the warrior type. To be an assassin you have to be the best with weapons, no question. You also need to be a loner, mysterious and feared by most people. Just these two things already stimulate imagination. But there is more. An assassin who lives to tell the tale must be good enough to defeat any opponent he/she is hired to kill, as well as to outsmart anyone who might want to come after them. On top of that, there is the notoriety of walking at the edge of the law, or rather, not caring about the law when it comes to killing. The possibilities that come with these qualities, the depths that open just by thinking along these lines, can be vast.

In my “Majat Code” series, which started this year with “Blades of the Old Empire” and now continues with “The Guild of Assassins”, I could not resist exploring this theme to the full. The Majat warriors featured in these books are top-ranked assassins. In the Majat Guilds, they go by ranks, identified by gems, and the best of the best have the Diamond rank. Two Diamond-ranked warriors, Kara and Mai, stand at the heart of the series. Their skills, their pursuits, and the often unexpected ways they act when driven to the extremes, form the core of what has made these books so fun to write.

“Blades of the Old Empire” centers around Kara and a difficult moral dilemma she faces, when her assignment from the Majat Guild conflicts with her sense of honor and righteousness. This triggers a whole chain of events that are partially resolved in book I and are followed through in book II in the series. When I wrote the Blades, I took care to stay out of Kara’s head, to maintain the enigma around her, and the romantic shroud an assassin in her rank is bound to have. In “The Guild of Assassins” I had to drop this shroud and give her a point of view, only to erect another shroud around Mai, her counterpart, a man who had been specially trained to be able to kill her.

These books have been very special for me, and I can’t wait to return to the “Majat Code” world in book 3, which I am now working on.



“Blades of the Old Empire” publisher’s description:



Kara is a mercenary - a Diamond warrior, the best of the best, part of the Majat Guild. When her tenure to Prince Kythar comes to an end, he wishes to retain her services, but must accompany her back to her Guild to negotiate her continued protection.

When they arrive they discover that the prince's sworn enemy, the Kaddim, have already paid the Guild to engage her services - to capture and hand over the prince (who she has grown very fond of).

A warrior brought up to respect both duty and honour, what happens when her sworn duty proves dishonourable?

“The Guild of Assassins” publisher’s description:




Kara has achieved something that no Majat has ever managed – freedom from the Guild!

But the Black Diamond assassin Mai has been called back to face his punishment for sparing her life. Determined to join his fight or share his punishment, Kara finds herself falling for Mai.

But is their relationship – and the force that makes their union all-powerful – a tool to defeat the overpowering forces of the Kaddim armies, or a distraction sure to cause the downfall of the Majat?

Links:

www.annakashina.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anna-Kashina/215289654593
https://twitter.com/annakashina

Bio:

Anna Kashina grew up in Russia and moved to the United States in 1994 after receiving her Ph.D. in cell biology from the Russian Academy of Sciences. She works as a biomedical researcher and combines career in science with her passion for writing. Anna's interests in ballroom dancing, world mythologies and folklore feed her high-level interest in martial arts of the Majat warriors.

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