Thursday, December 24, 2015

50 Percent Off Fantasy Box Set at Kobo


My Kobo readers are important to me, and I'm offering an excellent 50 percent off sale on The Rys Chronicles Complete Series Box Set now through New Year's Day. This bundle will give you an entire 4-book epic fantasy series that spans a 7-year saga in the lives of the characters.

Along with a human hero and heroine, you'll enter the world of the rys, a powerful magical race that has ruled over the people of the western tribal kingdoms for over two thousand years. The status quo is upset when travelers from a distant eastern empire come into the realm of Onja, the rys queen who requires all people to worship her as their Goddess.

Her rival, Shan, jumps on the opportunity to make allies and raise a rebellion that will bring two civilizations into conflict.

The box set is 50 percent off worldwide at Kobo through January 1st.

Here's what some of my fans have had to say about The Rys Chronicles. 

“You have just passed George R. R. Martin and Anne McCaffrey as my favorite writer.”

“I cannot put your books down once I've started. Some of the greatest writers that I have read include Raymond E Feist, Lee Child, Clive Custler and Jenifer Fallon to name a few and to which I now add your name.”

“This series is one of the best that I have ever read! Your character creation is fantastic.”

“I am on the last novel in the The Rys Chronicles fantasy series. I have read the series non-stop since I purchased it.”

“I love your books! The human characters are so real, my heart really goes out to them. In good times and bad. The Rys are unlike any characters in any other fantasy books I've ever read, and believe me, I've read a few!”

The box set is 50 percent off worldwide at Kobo through January 1st.



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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dracula Untold presents excellent vampire movie with historical details



Director Gary Shore has provided us with a truly decent new Dracula movie. Dracula Untold, starring Luke Evans, delves into the back story of Dracula. We meet him before he is actually a supernatural monster although he has a monstrous reputation. He's known as the impaler for a gory battle against the Turks.

The movie opens from the perspective of his young son, who begins this story of how and why Dracula took on his eternal blood hunger and damnation. It's the 15th century, and Dracula's little corner of Transylvania is ruled by the Ottoman Turks. He pays tribute to the Sultan, but when the Sultan demands a tribute of 1,000 boys to join his Janissary soldiers, Dracula balks. Then, the Sultan demands Dracula's son as part of the tribute, and Dracula refuses. Such demands of boys for the Janissaries is a historically accurate detail in the movie. The vast army of the Ottomans was supplemented for years by taking boys from conquered territories and sending them to be raised as Muslims and trained as soldiers.

Because Draculas has no Earthly way to battle back the vengeful Turks, he goes into a mountain where he knows a terrible creature dwells. He makes a pact with the creature that is imprisoned there. He drinks of the creature's blood to gain supernatural abilities, but with this act comes the thirst for blood. If he can go three days without giving in to his desire for blood, the spell will end, and his mortal state will return. If he drinks blood, however, he'll become a vampire and the creature in the mountain will be freed of the curse binding him in his cave.

As you can well imagine, a crisis provokes Dracula to drink blood because he needs to retain his powers during a prolonged battle with the Sultan.

Overall, Dracula Untold was well paced and exciting. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I knocked off a star for some unbelievable elements, like the Sultan getting an army of 100,000 men into Transylvania overnight. Something not even a modern army could achieve.

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If you'd like to discover another historical fantasy set in the 16th century Holy Roman Empire, I recommend the first book of my series-in-progress, 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.

Download a copy today


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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Get Free Ebooks for Holiday Reading During Cyber Week

While you're shopping for gift specials online during Cyber Week, it's easy to treat yourself to free ebooks at many online retailers. 

If you're at Amazon, go to the Kindle store and get my free fantasy books. I have three of them free in the United States. My free reads are also available worldwide at Google Play, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Nook, and Smashwords.

Get to know a little more about the three fantasy novels I offer as free downloads.

Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale



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. Although wanted for Devil worship and shape shifting, he 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. 

Google Play
Kindle
Kobo
Smashwords
iBooks
Nook

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.

Google Play
Kindle
Kobo
Smashwords
iBooks
Nook

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.

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Kindle
Kobo
Smashwords
iBooks
Nook


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Weekend Fantasy Box Set Giveaway




If you need a reason to avoid your relatives this holiday season, I suggest you sneak away and read books.

This Thanksgiving weekend I'm running an ebook giveaway. One lucky winner will win The Rys Chronicles Box Set. It's a complete epic fantasy series containing four full-length novels, and the box set sells regularly for $8.99. The winner will be get access to a free digital copy at Smashwords, which provides any ebook format you need.

Entries closed November 29th. If you're interested in the box set, see it at Smashwords.




About the Box Set

This value bundle brings together all four novels of The Rys Chronicles – Union of Renegades, The Goddess Queen, Judgment Rising, and the stunning conclusion The Borderlands of Power.

The sprawling epic covers seven years in the lives of the main characters, whose charms and exploits have won Falbe fans around the world.

The story begins in Union of Renegades, when Dreibrand Veta, a disgruntled and disgraced officer in the Atrophane Horde, strikes out on his own into a mythic Wilderness. He partners with Miranda, an escaped slave, and they’re compelled to enter an empty land guarded by the ghosts of an ancient genocide.

Here, they enter the world of the rys, a magical race whose all-powerful Queen Onja subjugates a whole civilization. For thousands of years, she has reigned, but, when Miranda dares to defy her, the status quo disintegrates.

Through ambition and desperation, Dreibrand and Miranda trigger events that will change the world. One empire will be tested to its limits. Another civilization will erupt into rebellion and civil war. And ultimately the Wilderness will be reclaimed, and new visions will shine on the horizon.

For terror, triumph, and true feelings, The Rys Chronicles delivers on all fronts.

Readers of books by Tracy Falbe have counted her among their favorite authors, like Orson Scott Card, George R.R. Martin, J.K. Rowling, Terry Goodkind, Raymond E. Feist, Lee Child, Anne McCaffery, and Robin Hobb.

At the fan feedback page at her website, readers have declared:

“You have just passed George R. R. Martin and Anne McCaffrey as my favorite writer.”

“I cannot put your books down once I've started. Some of the greatest writers that I have read include Raymond E Feist, Lee Child, Clive Custler and Jenifer Fallon to name a few and to which I now add your name.”

“This series is one of the best that I have ever read! Your character creation is fantastic.”

“I am on the last novel in the The Rys Chronicles fantasy series. I have read the series non-stop since I purchased it.”

“I love your books! The human characters are so real, my heart really goes out to them. In good times and bad. The Rys are unlike any characters in any other fantasy books I've ever read, and believe me, I've read a few!”



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Black Friday Kindle sale for readers of Celtic historical fantasy



One of my author friends, Juli D. Revezzo, alerted me to her Black Friday sale for Passion's Sacred Dance, the first book of the Celtic Steward Chronicles. From now through November 28th, it's only $0.99 at Amazon Kindle.



Passion's Sacred Dance is available in paperback too.

If one book of magical Celtic romance and action is not going to be enough for you, then rejoice in the fact that the sequel, Druid Warrior's Heart, is also published in print and digital formats. 



About Druid Warrior's Heart

As the latest in her family’s long line of Stewards, Ruth Macken awaits the arrival of a warrior sworn to the Tuatha dé Danaan, the Celtic gods her family has served since the beginning of time. For on that day, a magical battle will erupt. A war between druids and an evil that will decide the fate of mankind.
Isaac Connel knows the battle is imminent, and is ready to fight, once again but from the moment he sees Ruth flitting around the sacred ground, he’s captivated by her fiery charms and a need to protect her.
Despite Isaac’s assurances and the dreams that guide her, what can Ruth and her lover do to drive off this evil? Despite everything, will the world end at the hands of an evil god?


Excerpt

from Chapter One

Ruth shivered and continued winding the green yarn she worked into a ball. The fiber slipped easily through her fingers. Skeins of newly dyed yarn hung drying on racks near the back door. The sweet scent of baking chicken filled the room as Mother stood in the kitchen ladling savory gallentyne sauce over their dinner. She hissed and paused to pull a stool closer.

“Are you not well, Mother?” Ruth said.

“My gout vexes me,” Mother said. Resting on a stool, she retrieved her ladle.

Cows mooed in the distance. Horse’s hooves clopped against new cobblestones. Ruth glanced out the window and narrowed her eyes at the fields. Four men paused before her fence, shading their eyes from the sun as they peered at her farm, first the field to this side of the road, then the half on the other.

Ruth set her yarn aside and opened the door to peek out.

“Good day, Lord Macken,” one man called.

In the road ahead, her father nudged his horse around to stand between the men and his gate as he spoke with them. “Good day.”

“Might we have a word with you?” the man asked. He wore a plaid cloak over a fine yellow surcoat and wool shirt. His companion was well-dressed in a dark coat hemmed with gold thread, a frilly shirt, fine pants, and tooled-leather boots. He kept his shoulder-length red hair away from his face by means of a strip of suede. He must be rich enough to buy the whole town, Ruth thought, to afford all that finery.

Ruth stepped onto the porch to see and hear better.

Why were they here?

Her father repositioned his grip on the horse’s reins. “What can I do for you?”

“Know you the date?” the stranger asked.

Ruth’s father nodded. “Aye. What of it?”

“We need to speak of your land,” said the fine man’s companion. “What’s to be done with it in the immediate future.”

“The land belongs to my family,” her father said. “And we have plans for it. None that concern strangers.”

His answer rang in Ruth’s ears. Her family had held the land as far back as their oldest stories recalled. Her father oversaw it now and it would go to her brother—or her, if Mother had her way.

Yet, she knew what her father referred to: the sacred battle. On some days, she expected it. On others, she hoped it was no more than a fairy tale.

“We are hardly strangers, sir.” The man curled his palm around the hilt of the blade hanging from his belt. “Father Ciaran sent us. Said yours is the ideal spot for our—” He paused, glancing at his companion. “—venture.”

“What venture would that be?” her father asked.

The man’s companion hooked a thumb into his belt. His money pouch twitched, drawing her father’s attention.

Father would never be so stupid to turn over their land for mere money, would he? Though the travelers they put up sometimes tendered payment, and the income from Lonan’s shop provided, her family would never refuse more. Depending on who offered. But if these men had come from Father Ciaran perhaps they were worthy?

Yet, something tickled along her nerves. Something dark.

Ruth narrowed her eyes at the two men. Something struck her as off about them. The mere fact that they asked for her land wasn’t enough to account for her wariness. Something else was…wrong.

Ruth peered toward the hearth to see Mother basting the succulent fowl that roasted over the fire. “Mother, I’m going out. You should stay here.”

Mother blinked her green eyes. “What’s wrong?”

“Nothing,” Ruth lied, securing the door latches. Before she asked more questions Ruth ran to the back door and, outside, made her way to the barn. A roan mare waited there and Ruth saddled her and led her quietly from her stall.

In the distance she heard Mother now speaking to the strangers.

No. Go back inside! she mentally warned her mother and hoped the gods sent her words to her.

“Come on, girl,” Ruth muttered and angled the mare into the thorn grove. She brushed against the vines as she entered and they parted silently, opening a pathway. Even the ducks along her river dipped under the water, as if fearing a foe.

Through the thorn grove’s rough vines, Ruth spied the men still talking, and she hoped she could keep out of sight. The men kept their attention on her parents; even her horse’s steps went unnoticed, and Ruth wondered. Perhaps the stories about the protective power of their grove were true, after all.

She hoped she was wrong about the strangers. Maybe they weren’t here to use her land for anything more than an extension of the marketplace or whatever such venture they had in mind. Maybe they were telling the truth. Maybe the priest had sent them.

No. Her gut said otherwise. She always had a sense about people, good or bad. Why would it fail her now? She bit the inside of her mouth. Best not to tell anyone about that sense. No matter how much her family tithed to the church every week the priest would never understand.

Witchcraft was something of which she would never be absolved.

Even if it saved the world.

She took in little of the town as her horse raced along, but the warm stone façade of the town church soon loomed before her. Some brown-clad student priests milled in the yard feeding chickens and shivering in the chill breeze. Ruth dismounted and one priest offered to take the horse’s reins. “I seek Father Ciaran,” she said.

He directed her inside and she moved through the grounds, avoiding poultry, and any slippery spot. She didn’t need to break her neck now. Not before she told someone what bothered her. Father Ciaran would know what to do. Even if she didn’t tell him exactly what frightened her about the men, the fact remained he would notice the signs, wouldn’t he?

People didn’t usually ask to use their land. Not even Father Ciaran.

She pushed open the heavy oak doors and ran through the tiny church, ignoring the marble baptismal font, the stern and staring statues of Jesus. There was only one man she sought here. “Father Ciaran!” Where was he?

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Google Play Books sale - Get Savage Storm for only 99 cents



I just realized it's been over 2 months since I ran a sale at the Google Play Store.

If you're a fan of epic fantasy, or want to try something new and exciting, this 80 percent off sale is a great opportunity to dive into the Rys Rising series. Savage Storm is the second book in the series. It's normally $4.99, but you can buy it for $0.99 or the foreign currency equivalent now through November 22. The first part, Rys Rising: Book I, is always a free ebook at the Play store.

Get Savage Storm for $0.99 and save 80 percent off list price.

(You can download 60 pages of it free to check out the story first if you want.)

About the novel:

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.


Get Savage Storm for $0.99 and save 80 percent off list price.


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Friday, October 30, 2015

Book Review: Carrie by Stephen King an awesome first novel


1st Edition cover image from Carrie by Stephen King



Like many readers, I’ve admired Stephen King for years. His talent inspires me, and I really consider him a Titan of modern American literature.

As a teenager and young adult, I read many of his novels, including the biggies It and The Stand. However, I had never read his first novel, Carrie.

I had seen the original movie, which blew me away. The viciousness of the girls struck me as so true to life.

Upon reading the novel, I discovered that Carrie was a masterpiece of a first novel. It is SO deep. The novel strikes at the heart of so many big issues.

One of the most obvious is how extreme Christianity makes Carrie’s mother hate all sexuality. Indeed, she hates womanhood entirely. Her fervor reflects the well-known attribute of Christianity that glorifies the denial of the flesh. Sexuality, particularly female sexuality, is sinful. This warped belief is at the heart of the novel, and the story bears the message that this misguided hatred is deeply destructive.

Another theme in Carrie is more conventional. It’s the link between puberty and the unlocking of power. It’s not just demonstrated through the supernatural telekinetic ability of Carrie. This concept is also shown in the character of Christine who motivates her boyfriend through sex to kill pigs and gather their blood for the awful attack on Carrie at the school dance. Furthermore, another character, Sue, also convinces her boyfriend to ask Carrie to the dance. He does it to be nice, but there is the undercurrent of sex as reward. He will do things to make Sue happy because he loves her but also because she has sex with him.

As for the writing in the novel, it is daring, especially for a first novel. Segments within the novel have an inner stream of consciousness voice overlapping with the outer narrative. Sometimes it’s a bit challenging to follow, but when it clicks, it’s quite brilliant.

This showed the power of King’s writing skill. He made me experience the contradictions between inner thoughts and spoken words. It made me reflect on how this must go on with all of us almost all the time.

The design of the novel is also intriguing. Although it is a horror story, there is very little suspense or surprise. The story weaves a documentary with the live-action story narrative that lets the reader see what really happened. The novel literally contains constant spoilers that tell you what will happen and who will die. The horror arises from knowing what will happen and wishing it won’t but still being compelled to see it through to its completion.

Carrie is a great novel, and especially impressive as a first novel. It is pure Stephen King – a vivid, thought-provoking page-turner.






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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

More Kobo Coupons - Save 50 percent



My new release at Kobo qualifies for the retailer's 50 percent off promotion currently in progress in select territories. The Rys Chronicles Complete Series by Tracy Falbe is an epic fantasy box set containing Union of Renegades, The Goddess Queen, Judgment Rising, and The Borderlands of Power. This highly rated series has earned me many fans over the years, and it's now available in one value bundle.

In addition to The Rys Chronicles, the following coupon codes apply to thousands of titles listed here.
  
Use the coupon codes to get your 50 percent off discount when you checkout. Make sure you copy the right code for your country. 


Canada
October 28th – October 31st
Promo Code: CA50SALE

United States - Australia - New Zealand
October 27th – October 30th
Promo Code: GET50SALE

United Kingdom
October 30th – November 2nd
Promo Code: UK50SALE

About The Rys Chronicles

An epic fantasy series of ambitious heroes and warring empires

"The world is a beautiful place where people do ugly things."

Dreibrand Veta spoke truly when he said these words. He loves the great land that he would claim and he's willing to fight for it.

The Rys Chronicles fantasy series by Tracy Falbe

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.

Available worldwide at Kobo. 
 

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Legacy 99 cents Fantasy Box Set for Kindle - 10 ebooks

Legacy (Fantasy Box Set Vol. 2): 10 Complete Novels & Novellas from your favorite fantasy authors on Kindle

Are you a voracious reader with a tight budget?

Then, you'll want to dig change out of your couch for this one. It's a 10-book fantasy box set on Kindle for only $0.99.

My novel Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale is part of this monster anthology. I'm thrilled to be a contributor to this production from Paper Gold Publishing, and I'm very excited about it's upcoming release on November 12.

Kindle users can preorder it right now. 

Kindle US
Kindle UK
Kindle Canada
Kindle Australia

This box set contains:

WHITE HART — Sarah Dalton
DESTINY'S WINGS — D.S. Schmeckpeper
WANDERING TO BELONG — Jess Mountifield
WHEN SHADOWS FALL — Bruce Blake
PARADOX: THE ANGELS ARE HERE — Patti Roberts
WERELORD THAL: A RENAISSANCE WEREWOLF TALE — Tracy Falbe
THE DRAGIL: BROKEN MAGIC — Holly Barbo
THE AVALON TRILOGY I: THE STAR REALM — Julie Elizabeth Powell
THE AVALON TRILOGY II: INVASION — Julie Elizabeth Powell
THE AVALON TRILOGY III: SECRETS OF THE ICE — Julie Elizabeth Powell


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30% off Promo Code for Kobo Books




If you get your ebooks from Kobo, I can share a coupon code with you that will give you 30 percent off at checkout.

It's OCT30

The code is valid until October 26. You can use it on any ebooks at the Kobo Store

This coupon is a great opportunity to pick up one of my novels.

If you come across this blog post after the code expires, I still offer some free reads at Kobo.

Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale

Rys Rising: Book I

Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I

Beginnings Box Set: Three Fantasy Series Starters

 

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Free fantasy reads at Google Play Books


When you're hunting for that next great series to read, free ebooks make it easy to sample stories that catch your eye. As a series author, I make the first parts of all my series free to download. If you want to read on an Android tablet or phone, getting books from Google Play is easy. 

I have three full-length novels available worldwide in the Play store right now. Each one is a gateway to my series. 


 

Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale

historical fantasy


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.

Although wanted for Devil worship and shape shifting, he 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.


Rys Rising: Book I

epic fantasy


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.

Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I

epic fantasy


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.





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Monday, October 12, 2015

Good News! My Paperbacks are coming to Amazon in Canada



The baffling exclusion of Canada from distribution through Amazon by Createspace is coming to an end. I just received an email that my paperback books that are sold through Amazon in the US, UK, Germany, Italy, France, and Spain will now be available to Canadian book readers at Amazon.ca.

It might take as long as 30 days for the paperback listings to appear, but I just checked and some of my novels are appearing in print at the Canadian Amazon store.

The first two books of the Werewolves in the Renaissance series are there.

This exciting historical fantasy begins in Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale and continues in Journey of the Hunted. I'm currently in the process of writing the third part of the trilogy, Werewolf Castle.

About Werelord Thal

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.

Although wanted for Devil worship and shape shifting, he 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.

Paperback at Amazon Canada.



About Journey of the Hunted

The folklore beliefs of the 16th century Renaissance come wildly to life in the werewolf hero Thal. Created by the infamous sorcerer Sarputeen, Thal now battles the dark servants of Tekax, wizard to the Turks and nemesis of Sarputeen. While escaping the Holy Roman Empire, Thal discovers more about his werewolf powers as he struggles to reach a refuge shrouded in mystery.

Paperback at Amazon Canada.

These novels are also available for Kindle owners in Canada. In addition to Kindle, I've read that Kobo is a popular retailer of ebooks in Canada. All of my titles are in the Kobo store too. You can even read Werelord Thal for free there





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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The first book I wrote in Michigan



As a novelist deeply inspired by the natural world, the places I have lived contribute to the foundation of my writing. I grew up in Michigan and now live here again after 14 years in Nevada and California.

After publishing 10 fantasy novels over the years, I got to thinking about where I lived when writing them. Four of them were authored while I lived in Michigan.

The first one was New Religion. I began writing this third part of the Rys Rising series in 2009, the year I moved back to my home state after my sojourn. Moving across the country with a young family was a terribly stressful situation. Moving is always a pain in the ass, but add preschoolers, a house on the market in California in the midst of a real estate collapse, and unreliable internet access to the mix, and I was having above-average mental health issues.

As usual, writing was my best solace. After much turbulence, I set aside time each day to write New Religion. This novel was at the heart of my epic tragedy, the Rys Rising series. Considering the dark, violent, and desperate action that drives this novel, writing it immediately made me feel like I was back on track, at least for those hours when its necessary composition gripped me.

Taking time to do something that gives you creative release and lets you achieve a mental state of flow is priceless. Whatever that activity is for you, I suggest you take time for it. And if you don't know what it is, start trying new things.

New Religion - ebook or paperback

Other places to buyGoogle Play

Kindle


Nook US


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Saturday, September 26, 2015

New Box Set at Google Play Books for Epic Fantasy Fans



Ebooks have greatly enabled authors' ability to produce box sets of their works without having to haul around phone-book like masses of paper. I'm pleased to announce that the first series I wrote, The Rys Chronicles, is now a value bundle ebook box set available in the Google Play Books store.

The Rys Chronicles Box Set combines Union of Renegades, The Goddess Queen, Judgment Rising, and The Borderlands of Power into one ebook. 

This is a big, fat complete series of over 680,000 words of entertainment.

The fantasy novels within in it have consistently earned praise from many readers.


Book I: Union of Renegades has a solid 4-star rating out of 60 ratings.


Book II: The Goddess Queen maintains a 4.7-star rating out of 9 ratings.


Book III: Judgment Rising has a 3.8-star rating out of 6 ratings.


Book IV: The Borderlands of Power has a 4-star rating out of 4 ratings.

How to Find the Books from Google

It's easy to read ebooks from the Play Store. It's not just apps, games, and videos. If you've got a tablet, phone, laptop, or even a desktop computer, you can access the play store. There's even a store app for iPad or iPhone. Your Android device likely has an icon on the home screen that takes you right there. Then you just select the books area. You'll find tons of titles from publishing companies and indie authors like me.

Many Free Ebooks at the Play Store

Usually any fiction category at Google Play Books will have many free ebooks to offer. If you go to the Top Charts area, there will be a top free ebooks section. You'll find mostly classic novels here, but if you dig deeper into the categories, you'll start to see free titles mixed in with paid titles. On my desktop version of the Play Store, once I get into a category, there's a menu filter at the top that will let me sort by free or paid. You can access many categories via the "Additional Information" area on the page for any particular book. Perhaps you could click on a book you've already enjoyed and then start exploring its categories to find other titles you might like.

Because Google allows content producers to price ebooks at free, you'll be able to find a good supply of free reading at the Play Store. Sometimes these freebies are quite good and will tempt you to buy more titles by the author. It's how many of my fans discovered me.

So, if you try Union of Renegades for free and get hooked, remember there is a value bundle for the whole series now. Epic fantasy readers should definitely try my fiction. I'm a lover of the genre and have spent most of my adult life writing within in it.

The Rys Chronicles Box Set.


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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Special Smashwords Coupon for 99 cents Fantasy Box Set

To celebrate the release of The Rys Chronicles Complete Series Box Set, I'm offering a special coupon deal through Smashwords. With the coupon code you'll be able to purchase this value bundle ebook for only $0.99. 


This is a huge savings on the box set that contains four full-length fantasy novels: Union of Renegades, The Goddess Queen, Judgment Rising, and The Borderlands of Power. This is a complete epic series totaling over 680,000 words. Whether that amount of magical adventure excites you or intimidates you, I don't know, but that's a lot of entertainment for a buck.

Smashwords sells ebooks worldwide in all formats. To get this ebook box set deal simply visit the page for The Rys Chronicles Box Set and check out. You'll need to copy and paste the following promo code into the proper place during checkout to get the sale price:

TC84F


(Coupon valid through October 31st)



If you'd like to sample my writing first, you can always pick up the complete first book of the series Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I for free.





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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Rys Chronicles value bundle fantasy box set by Tracy Falbe


I'm very pleased to announce the publication of The Rys Chronicles complete series box set. The value ebook bundle contains all four novels of this series: Union of Renegades, The Goddess Queen, Judgment Rising, and The Borderlands of Power. 

This was the first series I wrote, and many people around the world have enjoyed the fantasy world of the rys. It's hard to believe how many years have gone by since I wrote these novels. They were created between the years 1997 through 2003. Although I believe that I have improved technically as a writer over the years, my first novels remain compelling. They've also earned some glowing reviews. New readers are discovering them every day and becoming engaged by the characters and caught up in the adventures.

My personal favorite is the third novel Judgment Rising, but there are many great moments in the first novel Union of Renegades that I remember writing. As that novel came together, I could really feel that I was a novelist and that my vision was taking form.

The Rys Chronicles inspired my next 4-book fantasy series Rys Rising, which is a prequel series that has also gone on to entertain people and earn good reviews.

At this point, I'm now in the midst of creating a new series Werewolves in the Renaissance. I spent some quality time writing its third part today. It will be my 11th novel when it's done.

Today, The Rys Chronicles Box Set went on sale at ebook retailers worldwide.

You can visit your preferred retailer and buy a copy. If you'd like to sample my writing first, you can get the first part Union of Renegades free at the same retailers as well. 

Smashwords

Google Play Books

Kobo

iBooks

Nook

Kindle US

Kindle UK

Kindle Canada

Kindle Australia




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Friday, September 11, 2015

My thoughts about historical fantasy on The Magic Happens podcast



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Today I had the privilege of being interviewed by Annette Rochelle Aben from The Magic Happens. Our conversation was recorded live on the Tell Me a Story podcast. We spoke about my historical fiction and why people like scary, dark fantasy stories.

I related my adventure in Great Basin National Park when I toured Lehman Caves. That inspiring experience finally emerged in my latest novel Journey of the Hunted: Werewolves in the Renaissance 2 when a group of characters had to hide in a cave from a werewolf and an undying fext.

Excerpt from the novel:



With every step deeper into the mountain she became very aware of each breath as if air would cease to be available. The immensity of the mountain all around her bore down on her spirit. Her awareness of her miniscule body within the vastness of the world provoked anxieties. She imagined the cave collapsing and trapping her, never to see the sky again. To die in the hideous hard dark stoked her terror. The memory of the closing door of the iron maiden bit into her, and she struggled against her paralyzing thoughts.
Her hand was on her chest when she caught up to the musicians. They were only dim shuffling figures following the single light with plodding desperation.
When Altea gasped, Carlo looked back. “We’ll make it through,” he encouraged.
She felt herself nod and tried to take a deep breath, but the fear constricting her body resisted the effort. The world of the surface was utterly foreign to this hard slumbering interior. The darkness was beyond any night with eyes shut tight. Hammerlith’s meager lantern slipped through the black everything like a spider in the house of giants.
Altea put a hand on Carlo’s back because she needed the connection. He surely understood when her fingers clasped his shirt.
They reached a door of metal bars. Hammerlith unlocked it and led them through and then locked it behind them. They were secure in his mine, and Altea tried not to think of it as locked inside.
 

See more about the novel Journey of the Hunted.


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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Smashwords 80% off sale on excellent dark fantasy series


If you're a reader craving an exciting dark fantasy series with lots of characters and themes of personal ambition, religion, and politics, then the Rys Rising series is going to thrill you.

It's easy to start reading. Rys Rising: Book I is a free ebook. 

And right now, the subsequent novels Savage Storm, New Religion, and Love Lost are only $0.99 (or the equivalent in your currency). This is a savings of 80 percent over the regular $4.99 prices, which people often gladly pay by the way.

Sale prices good through September 7th.

This sale is going on at all my retail outlets, but today I'm highlighting availability at Smashwords. This is my favorite place to buy ebooks. The company sells worldwide and makes all ebook formats available to you, so you can get the ebooks no matter what tablet or device you're reading on. You can even read their ebooks online in a browser without downloading anything, if that works for you. Plus the founder of the company, Mark Coker, is a nice guy whose business efforts have connected me with many readers over the years.









See a list of other retailers in the Super Series Summer Sale.


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Extended - Super Series Summer Sale on Google Play Books, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Smashwords, iBooks



Because the sale is going so well (and I've hardly had a chance to market it to all you wonderful readers) I've extended the Super Series Summer Sale until Labor Day. 

This means that you'll be able to get the complete Rys Rising dark fantasy series for a mere $2.97 USD. The first book is free, and the subsequent titles are $0.99 each. This is an 80 percent discount and the best price of the year for these novels.

This is an across the board sale with discounts available at:

Brave Luck Books
Google Play
Kindle
Nook
Kobo
iBooks
Smashwords


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Monday, August 24, 2015

Amazon does not have to be hard on people to succeed



Over the past week, the web has been lit up with commentary about the New York Times article that detailed the harsh work environment for white-collar employees of the company. My reaction to the expose was to shake my head. I don't believe that people need to be treated poorly in order to produce good results. Judging from the Times' article, motivation at Amazon appears to consist of all stick and no reward. The article mentioned that employees often pay their own travel expenses. I can hope that people are compensated well, but money is a poor reward for psychological abuse.

I don't think Jeff Bezos, the grand wizard of internet commerce, needs to conduct endless Zimbardo-esque experiments upon his staff in order to innovate and crush competitors. 

The article detailed a workplace culture defined by competition and a relentless demand to work constantly.

At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are “unreasonably high.”

Bo Olson was one of them. He lasted less than two years in a book marketing role and said that his enduring image was watching people weep in the office, a sight other workers described as well. “You walk out of a conference room and you’ll see a grown man covering his face,” he said. “Nearly every person I worked with, I saw cry at their desk.”

But in its offices, Amazon uses a self-reinforcing set of management, data and psychological tools to spur its tens of thousands of white-collar employees to do more and more. “The company is running a continual performance improvement algorithm on its staff,” said Amy Michaels, a former Kindle marketer.
Amazon employees are held accountable for a staggering array of metrics, a process that unfolds in what can be anxiety-provoking sessions called business reviews, held weekly or monthly among various teams. A day or two before the meetings, employees receive printouts, sometimes up to 50 or 60 pages long, several workers said. At the reviews, employees are cold-called and pop-quizzed on any one of those thousands of numbers.

The company insists that its constant culling of its employee herd allows them to keep top talent and bring the best out of people. I understand that people can be motivated by the chance to succeed in a demanding environment. They want to succeed where others failed and be part of something big.

And Amazon is big.  

But it's not big because office workers are living in a cross between Office Space and the Hunger Games.

Amazon is a big company with a pandemic-like market share of online shoppers because it's a company that treats customers well (always has) and offers a tremendous selection of goods at very competitive prices. It allows someone to conveniently acquire what they need without going around to stores. They can usually find what the need and order it from the comfort of home. It's also a goldmine for product reviews when you're trying to figure out what you'd like to buy.

I've been a customer of Amazon since the 1990s when I discovered I could find any book I wanted there.

These core values that the company gives customers have been in place since the 1990s and early Naughties. I've not really noticed any incredible innovations or features that make it worth inflicting 50-page reviews on a worker.

Its Kindle does not possess the greatest market share among ebook readers because it's so much more awesome than other tablets. It has tremendous market penetration among readers because it was on the Amazon home page for YEARS. It was put under the noses of the largest audience of online-shopping book readers in the country. No one needs to work 80 hours a week to achieve that. You just needed to build a huge online book store at the beginning of the internet and be smart about it. Did it take 80-hour weeks to achieve that? I suppose it did, but it probably was not necessary. Work studies show that longer hours lead to more mistakes and time spent fixing mistakes. 

I'll admit that Amazon is honest about its aggressive work place. In reality Amazon reflects the ethos guiding most companies, which is to treat employees like garbage. They're just meat to squeeze juice from and if they don't like it, they'll bring in some new fish to shoot in a barrel.

Will this make me stop shopping at Amazon?

I've been asking myself this question since learning about the depredations inflicted on its warehouse workers. I'd like to take the high road and eschew Amazon shopping, but the truth is I don't know of any retailer companies that can meet my diverse needs that actually treat people well. I don't really have any conscientious options for shopping.

So, I'll buy things through Amazon when I need to.

I sell lots of things at Amazon too. My books, ebooks, and audiobooks have been selling there for years, and Amazon is one of my sources of income. Thankfully I don't actually have to work for them, but I have no delusions about them treating their suppliers any better. Cuts to my share of sales will likely be inevitable in the future. Bezos, after all, is famous for saying "Your margin is my opportunity."

The company already punishes my products with reduced visibility because I do not make my novels exclusive to Amazon. I choose to sell my creations at other retailers too. I believe in making my novels available to everyone regardless of where they shop. And some of my readers live in countries not directly serviced by Amazon, so that's another reason not to pledge my allegiance. If I was exclusive to Amazon, I'd be in shoes much too similar to those employees sobbing after an evaluation.

I can't agree with this "bruising workplace" as the Times called it. Think of all the good ideas that got crushed by some posturing asshole who was trying to make his stats? Think of all the talent that avoids that place precisely because it is the opposite of nurturing.

Unfortunately Amazon's extreme example only reflects the work culture in the United States. Most people hate their jobs. They're overburdened, underpaid, and in perpetual fear of being laid off.

Due to its size, Amazon enhances the legitimacy of the Scrooge-model of employment. Competitors will think "We need to be more like Amazon" and impose more pressure upon their own workers.

I'm glad I'm self employed.

Source: Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace


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Thursday, August 20, 2015

An example of horror within the fantasy novel Savage Storm



My husband and I were talking about my fiction recently, and he pointed out that my stories contain aspects worthy of the horror genre. I had never really considered this label for my fiction, but I will admit that I'm terrible at categorizing my novels. I see them as epic fantasy, but some of the situations I put the characters through are absolutely terrifying. Some events leave scars, physical and psychological.

To illustrate this point, I've selected an excerpt from Savage Storm: Rys Rising Book II. It's from Chapter 14. The Shaman's Dance. Writing it was a powerful experience for me, and I hope it moves some readers too.

Until August 26, 2015, Savage Storm is on sale at an 80 percent discount for only $0.99 at all ebook retailers.

Excerpt

Vrostan was thrown to the ground where three more savages pounced on him. His armor and most of his clothes were stripped away. The man who took his boots beat him over the head with them. Then they rolled him over and a leather strap was wound around his neck and then around a thick wooden pole. They tied his wrists to the pole, and then they stood him up. His bare feet against the cool wet ground enhanced his awareness of total vulnerability. With a savage at each end of his pole, they paraded him around. Men punched him and kicked him. Every time he went down to his knees, they took more delight in his suffering.

His tormentors finally relented and backed away, and Vrostan saw that he was in an open ring surrounded by onlookers holding torches. The relief from beating brought him no comfort because he was sure that something worse was about to happen.

Then Vrostan saw Drumond, tied up just like him, dumped into the ring. Drumond had suffered a bad wound. His leg was gashed and bleeding heavily and a bloody hole had replaced his left eye. Drumond seemed only partially conscious and two savages held up his pole and shook him to bring him out of his fainting.

The shrill yells and hoots of the savages switched to a moaning song that surely summoned a greater wickedness than themselves. Across from Vrostan the crowd parted and a monstrosity emerged into the firelight. He was bald with an overlarge head. Bird track-like tattoos covered his face, and his eyes were so pale that they almost looked white. Bare from the waist up, his grotesque body attested to some horrible birth. One arm was stunted with only two fingers and a thumb while the other arm hung huge and muscular from a humped back. His legs were short but powerful within leather wrappings.

The shaman rolled his eyes back into his head and raised his stunted arm to the crowd. He joined in their moaning song and began to stagger closer to the captives in a parody of dance.

He stopped in front of Drumond and unslung a large bag that hung from his shoulder. Stooping, he untied the long pouch and flipped it open. Upon the darkly stained leather mat, two finely crafted stone knives were tucked into loops. He took out his knives and brandished them to the crowd that howled with ominous approval.

The watery weakness of all consuming fear slackened Vrostan’s body. Lost upon a land empty of pity, he realized he was going to be cut up and so was Drumond.

The shaman began dancing with his knives. He performed an intricate display with delicate jabs of his knives, and his hulking body moved now with unexpected nimbleness. The other savages switched to a chant that increased in speed and the shaman kept pace.

The wild display from the dark hard heart of an intelligent predator mesmerized Vrostan, detaching him briefly from the violent danger that swallowed his fate in a whole chunk. This savage ritual brought his own culture into sharp relief. Vrostan was looking upon a cruel, rising frenzy and he could not imagine how the supposed men around him could approve of it.

The shaman’s dance slowed but the chanting remained feverish and demanding. With an elaborate stagger the shaman approached Drumond with his knives pointed purposefully at Drumond’s exposed abdomen.

On behalf of his half conscious comrade, Vrostan screamed in protest. He shouted for them to leave them alone. He begged mercy but his words were lost in the snarling noise of chanting. The shaman brought his blades together and thrust both points into the top of Drumond’s stomach. The poor militiaman awoke fully and shrieked with terrible pain and horror.

A great unfolding obesity of terror crushed Vrostan, and he screamed curses at the savages until he was hoarse. Tears poured from his face and he thrashed desperately in his bonds.

The shaman cut Drumond’s torso open and began to pull out his entrails and spill them across his leather mat to augur some unknown future. Half dead, Drumond dangled from the pole that savages still held up.

Vrostan sobbed. He turned away, unable to bear looking upon the torture of Drumond. His body shuddered from the absolute horror. Knowing that soon the same would happen to him, Vrostan experienced a totality of empathy for his fading comrade.

As he silently prayed to the Great Divinity to claim Drumond now, Vrostan puked. He felt tormented enough physically and mentally to drop dead, but he lingered on his pole. The savages holding him laughed and one came in front of him and started tickling his belly and pantomiming the knives of the shaman that would soon defile his flesh.


Right now the Super Series Summer Sale is going on through August 26th. As well as getting Rys Rising: Book I for free, you can save 80 percent on Savage Storm, New Religion, and Love Lost, which are $0.99 each instead of $4.99 right now. 

This is an across the board sale with discounts available at:

Brave Luck Books
Google Play
Kindle
Nook
Kobo
iBooks
Smashwords


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