Thursday, October 23, 2014

Union of Renegades Ranking Next to J.R.R. Tolkien and R.A. Salvatore at Kobo Today



On and off for the last three months Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I has been in the top 100 epic fantasy titles at Kobo Books. Recently it has moved up quite a bit and was ranked at #33 this morning. I clicked through to the epic fantasy category and had the distinct pleasure of seeing my novel next to some of my greatest inspirations: J.R.R. Tolkien and R.A. Salvatore.

In the screenshot above you can clearly see The Lord of the Rings ranking right next to Union of Renegades at Kobo. I had a little trouble getting a complete screenshot, but you can see right above my novel the title The Crystal Shard: The Legend of Drizzt Book IV. That is one of R.A. Salvatore's titles that probably all of his fans are familiar with. I read many of the Drizzt books years ago.

I'm glad that Kobo readers are discovering my indie fantasy too. I've been writing for years and am about to publish my 10th novel. Union of Renegades is a free Kobo fantasy book for anyone who would like to sample my writing. If you like it, I have a lot more for you to enjoy.



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Friday, October 17, 2014

Production Notes from Journey of the Hunted: Werewolves in the Renaissance 2


The release of my tenth novel is approaching. I'm preparing the final formatted ebook versions of Journey of the Hunted: Werewolves in the Renaissance 2 right now. Every time I produce a novel I select a short quote from the story to place in the front matter. The quote is meant to tantalize, intrigue, and set the mood. Last night I chose the quote that will go in the front matter of Journey of the Hunted and am sharing it here:

“What the people love has little to do with what comes to pass,” Mileko argued. “Don’t fancy yourself some folk hero. You’re the monster in the night and they will always fear you.”


Over the next weeks, I'll be sharing more about the novel . Journey of the Hunted will release as an ebook on November 8. The paperback will be available at about the same time too.

Preordering of the ebook is currently available at the following retailers for only $0.99. 

iBooks
Kindle US
Kindle UK
Nook US
Kobo

Do you need to read the first part of the series Werelord Thal to enjoy Journey of the Hunted?

Not necessarily. With the Werewolves in the Renaissance series I am designing each book as a stand alone novel. Of course they will all string together into one complete saga, but each title will tell a story and be understandable and enjoyable on its own.

The back story for the characters in Journey of the Hunted comes from events in the first novel, but they are presented so that you will know what's going on. You may become curious about what happened in Werelord Thal, but reading it is not essential to understanding and enjoying what is going on in Journey of the Hunted.

For those who would like to read Book 1 first, Werelord Thal is currently a free ebook!

Please visit the Werelord Thal page at my website to get a free download or link to the retailers that offer it for free.



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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Portrait Artist of Famous Movie Villains Seeking Commissions



I met a talented artist recently on Twitter. Mari Trini of Spain is a tremendous portrait artist. Watch her video so you can appreciate the thought and care she puts into each work of art.The video is in Spanish, but it has English subtitles.

The collection she is discussing with the interviewer is based upon 14 villains in movies. I agree with her when she says that her portrait of Salma Hayek in her role as real life villain Martha Beck is one of her most powerful pieces. Working with her lover, Martha Beck became notorious for luring her victims to their deaths with personal ads. They were called the Lonely Hearts Killers.

Mari Trini is actively seeking fine art commissions. Those in need of realistic portraits with emotional depth should contact her to discuss their projects. Contact her by email at her blog.

From Mari Trini's blog I'm sharing a portrait of David Dastmalchian. 






Here is a nice Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson digital painting. 







Mari Trini is deeply inspired by many classic films. 

Here is a painting of James Stewart as Colorado Jim. 






Mari Trini is a true artist. I can see that art is part of her soul and lifestyle. It's always good to see someone honoring their talents.


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Ancient Spells for Luck, Truth Detection and Wealth



3 Ancient Irish Spells & Charms

Guest post by Vanessa Finaughty

Just for fun and to celebrate the Wizard of Ends virtual book tour, here are five spells/charms I believe are ancient Irish.



1. To attract good luck

You will need:
A candle
String
A trinket

Method:
Light the candle. Tie the string to the trinket and pass it above the flame. While doing this, say three times: “A candle flickers. This trinket I pass. Good energy and fortune come to me. Wealth, knowledge, influence, energy, by good means come to me. Wealth, knowledge, influence, energy, this trinket I pass into power, to attract to me wealth, knowledge, influence, energy – come to me.” Wear the necklace.

Results:
The attainment of vast amounts of wealth, knowledge, influence and energy.



2. To ascertain someone’s innocence or guilt in thievery

You will need:
Two keys
A sieve
Three casters
A suspect

Method:
Place two keys across each other in ‘x’ formation in a sieve. Two casters hold the sieve, and the third makes the sign of the cross on the suspected thief’s forehead, loudly saying the suspect’s name three times.

Result:
The keys will remain still if the suspect is innocent, but will begin to revolve if he/she is the thief.



3. To always have money

You will need:
A black cock’s feather
A gold coin

Method:
Go to where three fairy paths cross, hold the feather and coin, and call out the goddess Áine’s name three times.

Result:
Eternal wealth.

I hope you’ve found these spells and charms entertaining, and, if anyone tries one, I’d love to know the results. I don’t necessarily believe these will work, but you never know!

Images courtesy of Pixabay.
 


All about the Wizard of Ends novella series
 
Wizard of Ends is a fantasy ebook series filled to the brim with magic, dark creatures and other exciting elements. In Book 1, the wizard Lashlor Leaflin encounters two Guards of Ends attempting to kidnap their queen. He comes to her aid, only to be pulled into a magical adventure that ends in a battle with a powerful sorceress who believes rulership over the Land of Ends to be rightfully hers.
Releasing October 9, Wizard of Ends Book I will be a permanently free series starter at Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks.
In Book 2, Dark Creature, Lashlor is trapped in the Mountains of Eclador, from which no one has ever returned. If he cannot find a way out, he will be unable to remove the curse on the Queen of Ends. To add to the problem, believing that Lashlor won’t make it back, King Lanaran Dragonsbane tries to undo the curse on his wife despite Lashlor’s warning not to meddle with what he does not understand.
Get Dark Creature: Wizard of Ends Book 2 on release October 23 for only $0.99. The special is for release day only. After that it's $2.99.
Wizard of Ends Books 1 and 2 will be published on 9 and 23 October at Smashwords, after which they will soon be available from other retailers like Barnes & Noble and iBooks. Book 1 will be permanently free and, on the day of publication only, Book 2, Dark Creature, will be only 99c, after which it will be $2.99.
About Dark Creature:

Escorted by soldiers of Ends, Lashlor sets out to find an old flame, Rune Arcana, the only person who can help to remove the curse placed on the Queen of Ends. Lashlor believes that Rune currently resides in the Mountains of Eclador – a place from which no one has returned in all of recorded history. She could refuse his request. She could be dead. Lashlor and his companions could meet the same fate.
If they do not brave the mountains, however, Queen Narraki will remain in the form of a rabid creature of darkness… forever.
Forever is a long time, and King Lanaran fears the Wizard of Ends will not return. Ignoring Lashlor’s advice not to meddle with the curse, the king employs other magic users to attempt to undo the dark magic.

How many books this series will total is not yet known, but readers can expect a lot more books in the coming years. The author says the story tends to write itself and, as long as there is an adventure to be had, it will continue be written.
The Wizard of Ends virtual book tour is running from 1 – 31 October, during which readers can find out more about the series, its characters and the author. Expect plenty of giveaways and special offers, extracts, posts about magic in the real world and even a recipe for a fantasy castle cake!

Make sure you don’t miss the discounted price on the day of publication by following the author’s blog to receive a notification in your inbox.


Wizard of Ends GIVEAWAY & DISCOUNT DATES
All coupons below offer a 100% discount.
11 – 13 October
Smashwords coupon code: ZU52B
Valid: 11 – 13 October
16 October
Sorcery & Subterfuge by Vanessa Finaughty
Smashwords coupon code: HA38K
Valid: 16 October
18 – 20 October
The Angel’s Voice, Books 1 & 2 by Michelle Louring
Smashwords coupon code for Book 1: FH27E
Smashwords coupon code for Book 2: EN84L
Valid: 18 – 20 October
21 October
Royal Wizard by Alianne Donnelly
Smashwords coupon code: XV26R 
Valid: 21 October
24 October
Legends of Origin, Books 1 – 3 by Vanessa Finaughty
Book 1 is permanently free.
Smashwords coupon code for Book 2: BP37Q
Smashwords coupon code for Book 3: YC54A
Valid: 24 October
27 October
The Accidental Wizard by Simon Ludgate
Smashwords coupon code: FM47Z
Valid: 27 October

 Author biography





Vanessa Finaughty is an author of many genres who now focuses on fantasy and science fiction. She’s published 15 books, of which 6 are fantasy. Vanessa grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, and still lives there with her husband of fifteen years, her baby daughter and plenty of furry, four-legged ‘children’.

Vanessa has always been passionate about books, and knew from a young age that she wanted to write them one day. She loves animals, coffee and the smell of wet grass, and hates liars, sweltering weather and long queues. Her interests include reading, photography, the supernatural, mythology, aliens and outer space, ancient history, life’s mysteries and martial arts, of which she has five years’ experience.
Links
Publication dates
Wizard of Ends, Book 1: 9 October 2014
Wizard of Ends, Book 2: Dark Creature: 23 October 2014


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wizard of Ends Blog Tour with Free Smashwords Books and Coupons on Multiple Fantasy Titles





All about the Wizard of Ends novella series
 
Wizard of Ends is a fantasy ebook series filled to the brim with magic, dark creatures and other exciting elements. In Book 1, the wizard Lashlor Leaflin encounters two Guards of Ends attempting to kidnap their queen. He comes to her aid, only to be pulled into a magical adventure that ends in a battle with a powerful sorceress who believes rulership over the Land of Ends to be rightfully hers.

Releasing October 9, Wizard of Ends Book I will be a permanently free series starter at Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks.
In Book 2, Dark Creature, Lashlor is trapped in the Mountains of Eclador, from which no one has ever returned. If he cannot find a way out, he will be unable to remove the curse on the Queen of Ends. To add to the problem, believing that Lashlor won’t make it back, King Lanaran Dragonsbane tries to undo the curse on his wife despite Lashlor’s warning not to meddle with what he does not understand.

Get Dark Creature: Wizard of Ends Book 2 on release October 23 for only $0.99. The special is for release day only. After that it's $2.99.
Wizard of Ends Books 1 and 2 will be published on 9 and 23 October at Smashwords, after which they will soon be available from other retailers like Barnes & Noble and iBooks. Book 1 will be permanently free and, on the day of publication only, Book 2, Dark Creature, will be only 99c, after which it will be $2.99.

About Dark Creature:


Escorted by soldiers of Ends, Lashlor sets out to find an old flame, Rune Arcana, the only person who can help to remove the curse placed on the Queen of Ends. Lashlor believes that Rune currently resides in the Mountains of Eclador – a place from which no one has returned in all of recorded history. She could refuse his request. She could be dead. Lashlor and his companions could meet the same fate.

If they do not brave the mountains, however, Queen Narraki will remain in the form of a rabid creature of darkness… forever.

Forever is a long time, and King Lanaran fears the Wizard of Ends will not return. Ignoring Lashlor’s advice not to meddle with the curse, the king employs other magic users to attempt to undo the dark magic.

How many books this series will total is not yet known, but readers can expect a lot more books in the coming years. The author says the story tends to write itself and, as long as there is an adventure to be had, it will continue be written.

The Wizard of Ends virtual book tour is running from 1 – 31 October, during which readers can find out more about the series, its characters and the author. Expect plenty of giveaways and special offers, extracts, posts about magic in the real world and even a recipe for a fantasy castle cake!


Make sure you don’t miss the discounted price on the day of publication by following the author’s blog to receive a notification in your inbox.



Wizard of Ends GIVEAWAY & DISCOUNT DATES
All coupons below offer a 100% discount.


11 – 13 October
Smashwords coupon code: ZU52B
Valid: 11 – 13 October

16 October
Sorcery & Subterfuge by Vanessa Finaughty
Smashwords coupon code: HA38K
Valid: 16 October

18 – 20 October
The Angel’s Voice, Books 1 & 2 by Michelle Louring
Smashwords coupon code for Book 1: FH27E
Smashwords coupon code for Book 2: EN84L
Valid: 18 – 20 October

21 October
Royal Wizard by Alianne Donnelly
Smashwords coupon code: XV26R 
Valid: 21 October

24 October
Legends of Origin, Books 1 – 3 by Vanessa Finaughty
Book 1 is permanently free.
Smashwords coupon code for Book 2: BP37Q
Smashwords coupon code for Book 3: YC54A
Valid: 24 October

27 October
The Accidental Wizard by Simon Ludgate
Smashwords coupon code: FM47Z
Valid: 27 October

 Author biography






Vanessa Finaughty is an author of many genres who now focuses on fantasy and science fiction. She’s published 15 books, of which 6 are fantasy. Vanessa grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, and still lives there with her husband of fifteen years, her baby daughter and plenty of furry, four-legged ‘children’.

Vanessa has always been passionate about books, and knew from a young age that she wanted to write them one day. She loves animals, coffee and the smell of wet grass, and hates liars, sweltering weather and long queues. Her interests include reading, photography, the supernatural, mythology, aliens and outer space, ancient history, life’s mysteries and martial arts, of which she has five years’ experience.

Links


Publication dates

Wizard of Ends, Book 1: 9 October 2014
Wizard of Ends, Book 2: Dark Creature: 23 October 2014




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Monday, October 6, 2014

A Real Historical Case of a Werewolf Dying on Halloween?


Today I had the pleasure of being a guest writer at the blog of fantasy author C.L. Schneider.

Because I'm promoting my Werewolves in the Renaissance series, I wrote an article about Peter Stubbe, a famous real-life werewolf who was executed on October 31, 1589 in the German town of Bedburg.

He confessed under torture to using black magic and committing savage crimes while transformed into a werewolf. Of course torture makes me people say anything, and this era is infamous for torturing people into agreeing with whatever their torturers accused them of doing.

If Peter Stubbe was a vicious serial killer or an innocent victim, I can't be sure. But the gruesome historical account of his demise (that also included the execution of his mistress and daughter by the way) offered details that inspired my newest fictional endeavors.

Please read all the gory details in my article about him at C.L. Schneider's blog




Journey of the Hunted
Releasing November 8, 2014
Preorder only $0.99 at iBooks, Nook, Kobo, and Kindle.


 
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Free Kobo Fantasy Book Union of Renegades Breaks Into Top 50

This week Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I entered the top 50 epic fantasy books at Kobo.


Here are some screen shots of the free kobo book at #45 and #49 this week.

On Thursday, Union of Renegades hit #45 in epic fantasy. The novel is doing well in the fantasy romance category as well at #120. It's been staying well withing the top 200 in fantasy romance lately. 



This morning Union of Renegades was holding onto the top 50 epic fantasy at Kobo at #49. This first book of The Rys Chronicles series had even inched up to #119 in fantasy romance.

If you like epic fantasy or are looking for something fresh and different to read, many people before you have found Union of Renegades to be fascinating.

Here are two reader comments from my fan feedback page

Brian J.

This series is one of the best that I have ever read!
Your character creation is fantastic. I feel like I know
these people personally and will certainly miss hearing
about the rest of their lives. Well done!!!!


Chris J.

I started reading Union of Renegades at the beginning
of the new year. I read all the books of that series
thinking Tempet and Alloi were evil. I just finished the
final book of Rys Rising and I see they were the good
guys. Both series were awesome. You have just
passed George R. R. Martin and Anne McCaffrey as
my favorite writer.
Union of Renegades is currently among the free Kobo fantasy books for download worldwide. You can also it find it for free at other popular retailers, including Brave Luck Books.

Read the first three chapters right here. This excerpt is easy to share on your social networks too.




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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Free iBooks for Fantasy Lovers


Do you like fantasy fiction but crave something a little different?

For greater variety, check out indie fiction at the Apple iBooks store. There are thousands of authors like me who write good books that don't quite hang on the marketing hooks of big publishing companies.

Ebook technology has made it possible for authors to directly publish their works for readers. Now we have a literary marketplace that better represents the creative talents of humanity.

And because indie authors like me don't have a big company to buy shelf space at Barnes & Noble so you can notice me, I have to give away some of my fantasy books so you might get curious and give me a whirl.

My obscurity is your gain. You get some free ibooks that are great reads. 

In fact one of my free ibooks Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale just earned a 5-star review that called it a "great read."

Werelord Thal is the first part of the Werewolves in the Renaissance series. It's like a Renaissance faire with paranmoral creatures. The only down side is that people actually get burned to death.

Werelord Thal is properly labeled historical fantasy. I carefully crafted the setting of 1561 Bohemia around historical themes and realities based on my research.

The Renaissance or Early Modern history of Europe has always been one of my favorites. The period fascinates me and terrifies me. The worst part is knowing that it is the rootstock from which my current civilization is grown.



About Werelord Thal:

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.

My other free ibook is Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I. It's the first novel I ever published, and it has earned me a lot praise and a little hate. 

Union of Renegades is epic fantasy. It has no historical references from the real world although history in general deeply inspires my fantasy writing.

Union of Renegades is set in the world of the rys. They are a magical race with a tendency to rule over humans. They often inspire fanatical devotion from their human champions who serve them in wars against their magical enemies.



About Union of Renegades:

Have you ever looked at the facts of your life and realized your dreams won't come true? Have you ever looked into the unknown and seen opportunity? For Dreibrand Veta, a young officer in the Horde of the Atrophane Empire, these questions explode from his spirit in a fit of rage and launch him into an epic struggle. After he encounters a rare super race, the rys, he is forced to choose sides between passionate rivals and navigate his way through a foreign culture all while plotting to seize his own wealth and glory.

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.

Right now I have two free iBooks available in over 50 countries at the Apple iBooks store. If you've updated your iPhone or iPad to iOS8, then the iBooks app is preloaded. You're just one touch away from an endless supply of reading material.

My novels are also available at numerous other retailers including my website Brave Luck Books
 


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