Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Crisis Among Rebel Leaders in Audiobook Excerpt from The Goddess Queen



One great way to add tension in the middle of an epic fantasy is to have leaders squabble at a crucial point in a war. Internal strife is the worst enemy of all.

In this excerpt from The Goddess Queen audiobook, the powerful rys Shan who is leading the rebellion against the Goddess Onja enters into a bitter dispute with his closest friend and ally King Taischek.

It's been many years since I wrote this novel, but I still feel the power in Chapter 14 from The Goddess Queen. This was the moment when things went from bad to worse. And trust me, overthrowing a powerful rys queen who has ruled for over two thousand years is difficult to begin with.

So far I've produced two novels of The Rys Chronicles as audiobooks. Union of Renegades and The Goddess Queen are available worldwide from Brave Luck Books, Audible, and iTunes. Ebooks and paperbacks also available.

About The Rys Chronicles:

Grandiose ambitions and desperation drive this fantasy epic of colliding civilizations. The Rys Chronicles is a fantasy quartet spanning seven years and revealing the tragedies, challenges, and triumphs of a diverse cast of characters.

Packed with personal duels, epic battles, magic, romance, and the corrupting influence of great power,
this fantasy series introduces the rys, a rare super race whose most powerful members can kill across great distances, read minds, influence actions, and even enslave the souls of the dead.
Follow the journey of Shan, a good-hearted rys whose struggle against evil begins to warp his morality. Victories only bring greater challenges when hidden enemies seek vengeance for an ancient genocide and rise to punish the
rys for their ancestors' crimes.


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Monday, September 22, 2014

Two Free Kobo Fantasy Books

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

Is Union of Renegades a romantic epic fantasy?

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

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

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



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

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

About the novel:



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

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

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

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

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

About Journey of the Hunted: Werewolves in the Renaissance 2



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Who Is On The Cover of This Fantasy Book?


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

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



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

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

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

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

Authors feelings about the character

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

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

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

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

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


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

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

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

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

About Union of Renegades:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Grab A Free Fantasy Ebook at iBooks When You Upgrade to iOS8 or Get the iPhone 6





Apple is calling the new iOS8 operating system upgrade its biggest release ever. Becoming available to the public on September 17, the iOS8 upgrade is hitting the scene the same week as the release of the shiny new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 19.

Apple can explain the features of iOS8 better than me, but what excites me most as an author and a reader is that the new operating system preloads the iBooks app.

What is the iBooks app?

You may not be aware that Apple has been running a global ebook store for four years. To access it prior to iOS8 you needed to hunt down the iBooks app yourself in the app store and then load it. Most people probably did not even know it was there.

Now with a single touch to the screen, people who love to read will be able to discover hundreds of thousands of titles and read them on their iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer.

Publishers and authors offer lots of free ebooks at the iBooks store too. I’ll admit we’re clamoring for attention. The benefit to you is you get to sample new authors, especially indie talent, for free.

I invite you to try out one of my titles that is free in the iBooks store. It’s Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I. For four years people around the world have been reading my ebooks at Apple’s store. In the U.S. Union of Renegades has a 4.5 star rating from 24 readers and a full 5 stars from 7 readers in Great Britain.

About Union of Renegades, a free read at Apple iBooks

In this opening novel of The Rys Chronicles you'll meet a man scarred by bad deeds who answers the call of a heroic cause. An unconventional heroine will tug at your sympathies as she bravely faces adversity with all the strengths and vulnerabilities of her womanhood. And overarching it all are the rys. Their magic makes them superior to humans, but they are not above employing humans in their deadly schemes.

As a free ebook, Union of Renegades gives you an easy way to try out reading iBooks after you upgrade your device to iOS8 or get the precious new iPhone 6.

If you enjoy Union of Renegades, I hope you go on to read more of my novels. I’ve been writing them since 1997, and I started publishing them in 2006. The Apple company has been inclusive of indie authors like me since it started the iBooks store in 2010. The Rys Chronicles was in there on day one. People in countries all over the world like the U.S., Australia, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, and others have been discovering my fiction there for four years. Hopefully you’ll take a look at my novels too and like what you experience.

My fantasy ebooks at iBooks





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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Book Review - The Murder of Maggie Hume: Cold Case in Battle Creek



This week while at the Willard Library I picked up a copy of The Murder of Maggie Hume: Cold Case in Battle Creek by Blaine Pardoe and Victoria Hester. Like many people I enjoy reading a true crime book sometimes, and this was an excellent one.

Battle Creek, Michigan is not my hometown, but I have lived here five years, and I thought I would learn some interesting history about the city where I now live.

On August 16, 1982 Maggie Hume at age 20 was raped and strangled to death in her apartment in the middle of the night. The tragic death of this daughter of a well-known football coach at Saint Philip High School appalled the city.

An intense investigation took place but was plagued by mistakes and missed opportunities as a detective with minimal homicide experience likely tried his best.

To this day, no one has been charged with the murder of Maggie Hume. Such a tragedy is difficult to ponder because it shows that brutal killers sometimes get away with their crimes.

The authors did an excellent job of treating this subject with respect while presenting the technical details. Extremely well written, the book presents a gripping read with the evidence and numerous interviews. Although the bureaucratic labyrinth of details was overwhelming at times for me as a reader, I still devoured the book because it was so interesting. I knew I wasn't going to get a definitive answer at the end, but I wanted to consume all the evidence myself and come to my own conclusion.

The prime suspect was Maggie's boyfriend. The book piled on the evidence that included some extraordinary events. And when I was convinced he was the killer, the authors introduced another suspect: a man who was convicted of killing another young woman who happened to be staying in the apartment below Maggie's the night of her murder. This was a shocking coincidence, and for a few pages made me think that the boyfriend actually was innocent.

The second suspect even confessed, but the courts threw out his confession because of numerous conflicts with the physical evidence and his ulterior motive of seeking permanent transfer to a prison in Michigan.

The local prosecutor never brought a case against the boyfriend because the evidence was not a slam dunk. With such a shocking high-profile murder there would be too much political fallout for failing to convict.

As I read the book I came to the realization that's it's ridiculous for prosecutors to be political positions. This introduces variables that the prosecutors have to deal with beyond the job of delivering justice.

A long and twisted tale of turf wars, egos, and petty politics is detailed within the book that shows how a murder investigation can go no where despite the erratic and disturbing behavior of the main suspect.

As a local reader I enjoyed reading a true crime story that included places that I've been around town. This really drew me into the story, but this cold case is sufficiently fascinating for someone to enjoy no matter where he or she lives. The authors did a fantastic job of organizing a tremendous amount of material and imbuing it with emotion.

What struck me most about the story was how much I could relate to Maggie. Her story made me think about when I was 20. I lived in an apartment with a roommate. I had a job and spent my time partying with what little money I had. And I had a lame boyfriend who added stupid drama to my life. I felt like I could have been Maggie if not for the luck of the draw.

That her vicious boyfriend got away with the crime and will likely live free all his days are extremely disturbing realitites. Not all killers are brought to justice.

My condolences to the Hume family.

I highly recommend The Murder of Maggie Hume. The authors created a compelling tale that kept me turning the pages.



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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Scribd Giveaway - Enter to Win 1 Month Subscription


Enter to Win a 1 Month Subscription to Scribd and read all your eyeballs can hold. 

Winner will be chosen on Oct. 1, 2014.

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Are you curious about ebook subscriptions?

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Either way you can enter my giveaway drawing for a 1 month subscripton to Scribd, a $10 value. 

The winner will have access to approximately 500,000 titles from big publishers, small publishers, and indie authors like me. The Scribd ebook subscription gives you unlimited access to titles in its ebook catalog. You can read all you want for a low monthly rate, about the price of 1 or 2 ebooks at retailers. It's a mobile library system for your tablet.

I feel good about recommending the Scribd subscription service. I've been enjoying mine for nine months. As a book lover who can't resist at least skimming a nonfiction title that catches my eye, Scribd is a wonderland of discovery. In addition to fiction in all genres, the nonfiction selection at Scribd is great. I could probably read gardening and DYI books for years in there.

Another good thing about offering a Scribd giveaway prize is that I don't feel like I'm excluding anyone. You don't need a certain type of device or have to live in a certain country to redeem a Scribd subscription. The apps for the ebook subscription work on Android, iOS iPhone or iPad, and desktop and laptop computers.

  • If you already have a Scribd subscription, you can still enter this giveaway. Just redeem the prize and it will be credited to your account. This will save you the fee for one month. 

  • If you don't have a subscription, redeem your prize and browse and read the catalog for one month. After it expires, you can even then sign up for the free 30-day trial and keep reading before making a final decision about staying or leaving. 

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1. I am personally happy with the service.
2. I am author with numerous titles available at Scribd and want to promote my titles to readers. I've been writing fantasy fiction since 1997 and am about to release my 10th novel. I also publish nonfiction titles sometimes to share my knowledge.

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List of titles by Tracy Falbe at Scribd

Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale
Beginnings Box Set: Three Fantasy Series Starters
Rys Rising
Savage Storm
New Religion
Love Lost
Union of Renegades
The Goddess Queen
Judgment Rising
The Borderlands of Power
Get Dicey: Play Craps and Have Fun
The Home Canning Guide for Everyone Who Eats
My Grandma's Vintage Recipes: Old Standards for a New Age
Bear Dog Dog Bear
Effective Use of Press Releases for Authors

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How Dangerous Are Wolves and Do They Attack People?



Short answer: Of course wolves are dangerous, but in general only pose a threat to children wandering alone in fields and woods and then only rarely.

Read on...

I am one of those people with a natural fascination with wolves. I like wolf art. Judging from the amount of wolf pictures, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, figurines, and apparel out there, I am not alone in finding them appealing.

The attraction between humans and wolves began in prehistory. Our beloved dogs are descended from the wolf friends of our prehistoric ancestors around the world. The traits of the wolf are fundamentally appealing because of their similarities to human families and societies. The wolves rely on cooperation to raise their families. Loyalty and love define their interactions. Their physical beauty and cunning minds invite our respect. I admire the species for its powerful spirit.

And I fear wolves as well. Their lethal power cannot be ignored. I saw a captive wolf once. He was larger than I had imagined a wolf to be, although their sizes vary around the world.

To look upon him was a rare privilege, and he was terrifying to behold. Even in his cage, an ancient power lurked inside him, and I could feel it.

Not everyone likes wolves. Many people want wolves dead. They have a natural hatred for them. Historically wolves have been hunted down and exterminated. They were almost wiped out from North America. Efforts to reestablish packs in recent decades have met with success. Marked improvements in the ecosystem in Yellowstone National Park have been attributed to the return of wolves to that wilderness.


In the remote regions of my own state of Michigan, wolves have been returning to lost ranges in the Upper Peninsula. I liked knowing that my state that has abundant wildlife had welcomed back its old brothers and sisters of the forest.

Hunting for food and sport hunting are also big in Michigan. Most of this activity is appropriate. Deer especially are an important food source for many people, and because predators were wiped out from the ecosystem, people need to hunt them.

After 50 years as a protected endangered species the Michigan wolves have regained lost ground. Their population in the state is estimated at over 600.

Then two years ago the Michigan legislature and Governor Rick Snyder moved to establish wolves as a game species so they could be hunted. Michiganders responded with petitions to stop the hunting. In a series of convulated shenanigans detailed by Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, the public was prevented from halting the wolf hunt in 2013. Wolf hunting can involve cruel steel traps. Biologists have also identified hunting as especially deletirious to wolf packs in the book Among Wolves: Gordon Haber's Insights Into Alaska's Most Misunderstood Animal. When mature and experienced pack members are lost, the rest of the pack struggles. Sometimes juveniles do not survive without the support and leadership of their elders. According to the Department of Natural Resources, 23 wolves were killed during the 2013 hunt in Michigan.

On Nov. 4 this year, Michigan voters will have an opportunity to vote on two proposals that will establish a legal wolf hunt in three areas of the western Upper Peninsula. If the proposals are rejected, then wolf hunting will be temporarily stopped.

As I learned about the controversy surrounding Michigan wolves I wondered what was pushing the state government to so strongly support wolf hunting. Landowners in the Upper Peninsula already had the legal right to kill animals that threatened their livestock.

In the media I've only seen vague references to "special interests" that supported wolf hunting. I'm not sure what they are or how they make my government that so blithely ignores other major concerns scramble to legalize sport wolf hunting despite sizable public opposition.

Could it be because of an ingrained historical fear of wolves that persists among people even though it's been generations since most of us little piggies have had to flee our straw houses?

I decided to research how dangerous are wolves to people.

An illuminating study that asked if the fear of wolves was justified looked at records for the past 300 years in Scandinavia. The researchers sought valid reports of people being killed by wolves in predatory non-rabid situations. Southern Scandinavia is also a region where wolves are returning and people are concerned about it.

All confirmed deaths in this study took place prior to 1882. One death occurred in Norway, 16 in Sweden, and 77 in Finland. The abstract stated:

"The vast majority of victims were children under the age of 12. All the attacks were predatory in nature, as opposed to those done by rabid wolves. The incidents tended to cluster in space and time indicating that only certain wolves developed the habit of killing people."

The study went on to specify that in 85 percent of the child deaths, no adult was present and the victims were often alone. Personally I always wondered why Little Red Riding Hood was sent alone through the woods to grandma's house. Her mother must not have cared about her.



In the late 1990s an outburst of wolf attacks on children in India took place. Concentrated in Uttar Pradesh, the attacks inspired a series of lurid headlines at CNN, the New York Times, and other media outlets. Once again most of the children that died were unsupervised. This area of India also has a large human population overlapping wolf territories. Food scarcity likely drove some wolves to eat children.

Most wolf studies conclude that the thousands of historic human deaths and attacks attributed to wolves through the centuries were often caused by rabies and not typical wolf behavior.

Personally I am willing to live with wolves. They are an intelligent species. When we kill rogue ones that attack us, it will reinforce with the others to steer clear of humans. And by not hunting trophies, mature pack members will stay alive long enough to teach their young proper hunting practices instead of leaving them leaderless and desperate.

At WesternWolves.org non-lethal countermeasures to protect livestock from wolves are discussed. An emerging attitude among some enlightened ranchers views livestock predation by wolves as "a problem and not a zero tolerance catastrophe."

I believe that coexistence can be achieved with a minimum of wolf killing if ranchers are willing to try. The old knee-jerk attitude of kill all the wolves is antiquated and cruel. The Earth would be a poorer place indeed if this majestic species that shares many of our social traits were lost from Creation.

And if you're afraid of wolves, I advise not walking alone in wolf territory, especially after dark. Don't let your children move about alone either in places predators might prowl. I consider this sound advice in any situation. I worry much more about people hurting me than wolves.

Large coyotes live around me, and I know they run in packs. I heard them when camping at a recreation area just a few miles from my house. I wouldn't want to meet them when they're hungry, but I certainly feel no need to have them hunted into oblivion.

The old view of exterminating all predators as held by the majority of my state government is based on a desire to violently dominate Nature. No good can come of that.

Since I've began writing werewolf novels, I've been studying a great deal about wolves. It helps me develop my werewolf hero Thal in  Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale and Journey of the Hunted. In these novels I explore the good and bad within both wolves and humans. Because these adventures are set in the Renaissance, a time of widespread torture and general human cruelty, people don't come across as the kinder species.   

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.

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. 

Available at:

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

The 10 Best Things About Being in a Fantasy Book



1. I would get to solve problems with swords, usually magic swords. Might would make right, and irritating time sucks like compromise and diplomacy could be avoided.  

2. Conan could be my baby daddy. I know I'll probably never see him again, but those are some fine genetics. I could stand to skip the being rescued from a demon-summoning sorcerer first, but you have to do interesting things to meet interesting people.

3. Short people matter! I'd save the world and get a mithril shirt. 

4. I just might make that relationship with a foreplay-ignorant horse lord barbarian work. At least I'll get a nice white horse and baby dragons to keep me company.

5. Having a friend who is a thief is actually a good thing. I can outsource the dirty work of stealing and still get credit for saving him from prison.
 

6. I could ride pretty horses all the time.

7. I could be really really good at archery, as in making Robin Hood's jaw drop I'm so good at archery. Of course this ability would be obtained through special elf training that was given to me in secret because the knowledge is too good for a lowly human.

And speaking of elves...

8. I would actually get to see elves. I would be hanging out with them, but it would be awkward because they're so much better than me. They have nice things that are magic. My stuff is worn out and made of cow dung. The elves are just trying to be polite until I go away.



9. At some point I might find myself alone with a gruff and mighty warrior. Hopefully after a little exploratory flirting, I will find out that his amazing elf girlfriend just dumped him. I'll help him get over her.

10. I could take to the road with a group of close friends and go on a quest. We'd laugh. We'd sing. We'd take wrong turns and have to fight goblins and wild boars. But eventually we'd win the treasure and end up at the banquet of some elf princess. And maybe if everything wraps up nicely at the end, I'll go home with a magic ring that I won't tell anybody about for a very long time.

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Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I - Free Ebook for any device at Brave Luck Books.

Rys Rising: Book I - Free Ebook for any device at Brave Luck Books.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Releasing This Week for Kindle, iBooks, Nook - Beginnings Box Set: Three Fantasy Series Starters

Until September 6th, the Beginnings Box Set: Three Fantasy Series Starters by Tracy Falbe is available for only $0.99 as a preorder at Kindle, iBooks & Nook. Order today and get 3 full length fantasy ebooks sent to your reading device this Saturday.
Since 1997 I've been writing fantasy novels. I'm about to release my tenth. Readers who enjoy characters that feel real, adventure and magic can now delve into all three of my series in the Beginnings Box Set. This collection of fantasy ebooks totals over 500,000 words. Each novel in it starts a series. You can enjoy Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale as a stand-alone story even though it's now the basis for my newest series Werewolves in the Renaissance that will continue in November with the release of Journey of the Hunted.

In Rys Rising: Book I you'll enter the world of the rys, the magical race I developed for eight of my fantasy novels.

Then in Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I you'll re-enter the rys world over two thousand years after the events in the Rys Rising series.

Here's more about the 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.
How does preordering work?

On release day this Saturday, you will be charged the $0.99 for the box set and then it will be available on your ebook reader. Just follow the link to the retailer of your choice and preorder the box set. For such a low price there's almost no risk and you just might fall in love with my fiction. I've got many more stories if you like my style.

Order now for only $0.99 and enjoy reading some epic fantasy this weekend. 

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Why would I preorder this box set?

Because other readers have found my novels enormously entertaining AND I'm going to have to raise the price after the official release. I can't keep giving this away for only $0.99. That's why the preorder deal is so good.







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