Friday, February 27, 2015

New 5-star review at iBooks for Werelord Thal


It is always a pleasure to get feedback from a happy reader. I saw that Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale recently received another 5-star review at the iBooks U.S. store.

The reader called it a "great adventure" and added that "The love story between Thal and Altea was good although it was a bit short"

I thought I would comment about the love story being short. It's a fair comment. As a writer I've been trying to make my novels a little shorter. Werelord Thal was my 9th novel and came it at around 160,000 words. Not a little one, but certainly shorter than my other 8 epic fantasies that I wrote before it.

The love story between Thal and Altea was only one part of the story I was telling. Although my stories have romantic elements for sure, romance is not the only aspect of my storytelling. I had so much I wanted to accomplish in Werelord Thal. I had to research its 16th century setting in Bohemia and craft a historically authentic narrative. I also explored witch hunting, academia, the Jesuits, Gypsies, nobles fomenting for Protestantism, traveling musicians, and a Condottiere leader of mercenaries.

Perhaps I could have given Thal and Altea a little more time for the romance to build, but they were caught up in hectic and dangerous circumstances that thrust them into each other's arms.

The new review at iBooks mentioned a desire to "see their relationship grow in book two." Now that the sequel Journey of the Hunted is published, I can say that their relationship does develop, and I have some shocking things planned for their third adventure if I can get my life under control enough so I can sit down and write it.

Until then, there are 2 complete novels now in the Werewolves in the Renaissance series.

Werelord Thal is free at numerous outlets as ebook. 

Brave Luck Books
Google Play 
Kindle - 99 cents Amazon won't price match 
Nook US -  
Nook UK
iBooks 
Smashwords 
Kobo
 
There is also a paperback








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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Excerpt - A love scene from Journey of the Hunted


Journey of the Hunted, as the second book in the Werewolves in the Renaissance series, shows a romance in progress. The hero and heroine Thal and Altea fell in love in the first book and are now starting an adventure as a couple. Thal must protect her as they try to reach his father's stronghold in the distant Tantras Mountains. And she begins to adjust to life as the wife of a werewolf.

In the following excerpt embedded here from Slideshare, I present a love scene. The happy couple are freshening up before dinner at an old inn where they intend to celebrate their recent marriage and hopefully avoid bounty hunters.



A love scene from the werewolf novel Journey of the Hunted from Tracy Falbe

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. 


I'm designing the Werewolves in the Renaissance series to function as individual books. Journey of the Hunted can be understood and enjoyed on its own.




Paperback $12.99 at Createspace or Amazon


If you'd like to read the first part Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale, it's currently a free ebook!



 

iBooks 

Paperback $12.99 at Createspace of Amazon

 

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Free books rule top fantasy books at Google Play



It's not surprising that the top "selling" fantasy books at the Google Play Store are dominated by free offerings. Many authors like myself use free ebooks to attract readers. It's an effective strategy more or less.

The screenshot shows the top four titles right now. The first two are box sets.
 
The Girl in the Box Series, Books 1-3: Alone, Untouched and Soulless by Robert J. Crane

The Paranormal 13 (13 free books featuring witches, vampires, werewolves, mermaids, psychics, Loki, time travel and more!) (+1 Bonus!): Boxed Set Including a 14th free novel! by Christine Pope

Next comes a deserving title from the public domain. H.G. Wells I suppose is far past fretting about his career and attracting readers, but he still provides good reading. 

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

At number four is:


I only had to scroll down three rows on the top fantasy books to find paid titles, so readers at the Play store do spend money too. I offer three free series starters at that store and can report that they do generate sales of subsequent titles.

Hopefully some day one or all my fantasy books will be appearing on the top selling list. I added all my fiction to Google Play at the end of November, so I'm only starting to get some traction in that marketplace. Thus far, my free books have been well received and are maintaining ratings above four stars.

If you have an Android device, the icon for the Google Play store might be on the start screen by default. You're a tap away from discovering my fiction. Read more about my free fantasy books and find something good to read.


Want some exciting historical fantasy to read on Google Play? 


Then try Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale. It's free on Google Play so readers can discover my newest fantasy series Werewolves in the Renaissance.

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.

Start reading this werewolf book on Google Play. The store's app works on Android devices, computers, and iPad and iPhone.


Up next is the free fantasy on Google Play Rys Rising: Book I. This novel begins the Rys Rising fantasy series that continues in Savage Storm, New Religion, and Love Lost.

About Rys Rising:

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.

Be swept away by epic adventure in a magical world and read Rys Rising for free on Google Play.


Year in and year out my first novel Union of Renegades entices people to enter the world of the rys alongside Dreibrand Veta.

As elsewhere, Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I is a free Google Play fantasy book. After it comes The Goddess Queen, Judgment Rising, and the conclusion The Borderlands of Power.

In Union of Renegades you'll meet Dreibrand Veta, an officer with the Atrophane Horde. And yes it's a big deal to be part of the horde conquering the known world. Dreibrand is young and ambitious. He's out to rebuild his family's fortune. But at a critical moment, he realizes he's just never going to get what he wants working for his boss, the Hordemaster Kwan Chenomet.

Dreibrand does something rash. He ends up wanted and in the company of an escaped slave, Miranda. With her two young children, she is fleeing the brutal onslaught of the Atrophane. Together they enter the Wilderness. No one ever comes back from this place.

And so Dreibrand and Miranda are ensnared by magic and pass into the world of the rys where the Goddess Onja has ruled the western tribal kingdoms for over two thousand years. She sits upon the greatest treasure. Every year it grows as warring tribes deliver their tribute. Her rival Shan lives at her side, waiting for something to change so he can destroy her.

See where this epic series takes you.

Union of Renegades is free on:

Google Play
iBooks
Nook
Kindle
Kobo
Smashwords
Brave Luck Books




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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

On Sale Everywhere Love Lost: Rys Rising Book IV ebook for $2.99


I thought it appropriate to put Love Lost: Rys Rising Book IV on sale this week of Valentine's Day. This novel is the conclusion of the series, and all the characters' story lines come together in an unforgettable finale.

The ebook of Love Lost is normally $4.99. Through February 16th, you can get it for $2.99 at all my ebook outlets worldwide.

When I was confirming sale prices at retailers, I noticed a splendid 5-star review for Love Lost at Kobo

The reader wrote of the series...

"These are by far the most entertaining and in depth stories I have ever read.. Truly a joy and privilege to be able to become part of this world. Thank you Tracy Falbe"

You're welcome!

There is nothing so validating as hearing from readers who truly enjoyed the fantasy world I created. Love Lost was the 8th novel I wrote within the two series of the Rys World. It was a culmination 15 years of effort. I felt that a great weight lifted off me when I finished writing Love Lost. It was a novel that had been inside me for a long time.

About the novel

In this breathtaking conclusion to the series, unleashed monsters born of cruel spells test the mettle of the sturdiest warriors. Soul wrenching chaos consumes the faith of thousands, and Nufal meets an awesome assault ignited by the raging power of love lost.

Dacian embraces Onja’s dark inspirations and helps twist the flesh of captives into powerful new beasts. While building a larger human army for his Goddess, Amar shrugs off an assassination attempt but then must lash out viciously after a vengeful attack against his lover the rogue Princess Demeda. His magnificent fortress continues to rise while he gathers all tribes to his supremacy. With his armies ready, he awaits Onja’s call to war and dreams of feasting upon the spoils of wealthy Nufal.

Threatened with a rys invasion, Cruce Chenomet hardens his body for brutal combat and labors to prepare his society to survive the onslaught of terrible enemies. The new fenthakrabi beasts magically conceived by his tabre allies disturb him with their unholy presence, but he remains devoted to Alloi, who has pledged to defend his people. Torn between his need to protect his secret lover and son on the frontier and his family in Kwellstan, Cruce struggles through ever worsening battles until he finally wagers his life against the most favored warlord of Onja.

You can buy the ebook for $2.99 USD through 2/16. If you've been planning on finishing the Rys Rising series, now is the time.

Brave Luck Books (worldwide service, 3 ebook formats)
Google Play
iBooks
Kindle
Kindle UK
Kindle Canada
Kindle Australia
Smashwords
Kobo
Nook

If you are interested in starting the Rys Rising series, you can get the first book Rys Rising: Book I for free.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Union of Renegades Hits No. 1 in Fantasy Romance at Kobo


Last night I noticed that Union of Renegades had made a big jump in the epic fantasy and fantasy romance charts at Kobo Books. My novel had been doing well since summer, first entering the top 50 and then staying around the top 20 in recent months. And then this morning it showed up at number 1 in the fantasy romance category!




It's always a thrill for an author to see a novel hit number one in anything. I hope the people reading Union of Renegades are enjoying it. The story has strong elements of epic adventure and magic along with a romance between the hero and heroine. He's a disgruntled military officer and she's a slave trying to escape the onslaught of the brutal empire he serves.

I suspect it has gotten some extra love because publishers are waiting until closer to Valentine's Day to release new titles, especially in the romance category. This is only speculation. Whatever the reason Union of Renegades is doing so well, it deserves to be there. Over the years thousands of people of enjoyed it along with the rest of the books in the series.

Interested?

Download Union of Renegades at:

Kobo Google Play Nook Smashwords Brave Luck Books Kindle iBooks

You can read a sample right here:




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Monday, February 2, 2015

Union of Renegades No. 3 Epic Fantasy at Kobo Free to Download


I'm pleased to see today that Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I has finally broken into the top 10 epic fantasy and fantasy romance at Kobo. This fantasy book has been hovering around the top 20 for months now.

Union of Renegades is free at Kobo. 

It introduces a complete series The Rys Chronicles. This series is packed with personal duels, epic battles, magic, and romance. The world is ruled by the rys, a rare super race whose most powerful members can kill across great distances, read minds, influence actions, and even enslave souls. 

The Rys Chronicles is a true epic. The story spans years and is told from multiple points of view. At the heart of it is the journey of Shan, a good-hearted rys who feels the temptations of evil powers as he fights terrible enemies. His victories only bring greater challenges. Hidden enemies will seek vengeance for ancient genocide. 

To begin this series that has both human and magical characters, get Union of Renegades for free at:

Kobo
Google Play
Nook
Smashwords
Brave Luck Books
Kindle
iBooks
A screenshot of Union of Renegades in the top 3 epic fantasy at Kobo. My novel is in good company next to The Queen's Blade by T.C. Southwell, a popular South African author who I admire.
 




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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Harry Potter books added to Oyster



The ebook app Oyster just gave fantasy fans a new reason to pay for their reading with a monthly subscription. The Verge reported that all the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling would be added to the catalog.

In addition to this inclusion of the popular fantasy books, the Oyster catalog is now up to one million titles thanks in part to a new deal with MacMillan that licensed much of its backlist for distribution through the app.

My own titles are also available at Oyster. I have not mentioned them here very often because I can't figure out a way to link to my titles within the app in order to promote them on the Internet. (If Oyster is listening, it would be brilliant of you to provide author tools so we can market our work within your system to readers.)

For those Oyster subscribers interested in discovering all the hot indie fantasy available in the catalog, I imagine you can find my titles by searching for "Tracy Falbe" within the app. 

I have collected some royalty payments from Oyster since it began, so I know that people do occassionally find my books there.

When you get done reading the Harry Potter series, you can look for my books. 

My fantasy titles are:

Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale
Journey of the Hunted: Werewolves in the Renaissance 2
Union of Renegades
The Goddess Queen
Judgment Rising
The Borderlands of Power
Rys Rising
Savage Storm
New Religion
Love Lost

Happy Reading at Oyster Books!





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