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

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