Monday, December 26, 2016

Discover Ebook Reading with Your New Android Tablet




For those who received a new Android tablet as a gift, you're now in possession of a perfectly good ebook reader. Like me, you'll use your tablet to do other things like research the web, waste life energy on social media, and watch movies, but I also enjoy reading ebooks on my tablet.

Every Android device comes with access to the Google Play store. This store sells apps, music, television shows, movies, and ebooks to a global audience. You can also easily add apps for other online media retailers and services like Kindle, Kobo, and Netflix to your tablet.

Today I'm going to focus on reading ebooks from Google Play and independent sources on your tablet with an emphasis on finding free ebooks.

  • You'll open the Google Play store by tapping its icon on your tablet. It might already be on your home screen. If not, you'll find it in the Apps area.
  • Unsurprisingly, the ebooks section of the store won't be particularly obvious when you enter the online store. Touch the little horizontal bars near the top of the page to open the store menu. Then you'll see Books as a choice.
  • Once you're in the Books section, you'll be able to search and sort for whatever you desire to read. Lots of free ebooks are available on the Google Play platform, but the retailer does not make them particularly obvious or easy to find.
  • To dig into the free offerings, you'll want to do a store search with "free" as a keyword. For example, free historical fiction or free Arthurian books. This will produce substantial results for you to consider.
  • You will also be able to sort ebooks by Deals. Discounts on all sorts of titles are typically available at this retailer. Browsing by deals, you'll start to find titles for $0.99 or even smaller amounts like $0.79 and $0.19.



As you become familiar with your tablet, you could also download ebooks from independent sources outside the retail giants. 

  • You might find free ebooks given away by expert authors hoping to provide how-to, self-help, or fitness advice. An abundant supply of free fiction can be accessed by doing searches for favorite authors or simply "indie authors" who frequently give away ebooks. There really is no limit to the amount of free nonfiction or fiction ebooks online.
  • When you download ebooks from independent sources, you'll likely choose a file in PDF or Epub format.
  • Your tablet will open any PDF files that you store on the device. When you tap on a PDF file, you'll be presented with options for opening it. Unless you have other appropriate types of PDF viewers installed, you'll choose between Drive PDF viewer or an Office application. Either work fine.
  • To read Epub files on your tablet, you'll need to install an Epub reader application. There are many to choose from. The easiest way to load one on your tablet, is to go to the Play store and search Apps for "free epub reader." You could also do an internet search and download Epub viewers from other sources that you might find. There will be paid versions of these applications as well if you want more features.
  • Once you have an Epub reader on your tablet, you can select Epub files whenever you want to download an ebook. These files are typically smaller in size than PDF files, and they reflow content for digital viewing.

This is the process that you would use if you chose to download a free ebook directly from my website. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

How to find Free Ebooks at Nook


The Nook ebook store presents readers with a steady supply of free reads. The merchandising system does not make it easy to find them, but if you do a search with the word free, such as "free romance," the results will come back with a bunch of free titles.

Try this search with any type of genre or topic after the "free" like "free fantasy" or "free shifter fiction."

You can then sort search results by the menu options for "newest to oldest," "bestsellers," and so forth.

As you browse the results for free ebooks, you're likely to find titles by many indie authors. Indie authors frequently offer free reads to people to attract new readers. People don't have to pay anything to try these new authors.

Because I'm a series writer, I giveaway the first books in my series and then earn money when people pay for sequels. 

See my fiction at Nook. 


Although headlines have been consistently bad for the Barnes & Noble bookstore company, I continue to connect with readers who shop at the Nook store. 


Despite loss of market share and an inability to commit to foreign reading markets, the Nook store remains a viable source of fiction by indie authors in the United States. Authors like me have the freedom to offer free samples. My ebook giveaways aren't restricted to a small number of days like authors that only publish on Kindle. Readers can access my free ebooks at Nook any day of the year.

Many of my ebooks are free on Kindle as well, but this is only enabled by Amazon's willingness to price match my free ebooks at other retail sources. And Amazon does not always price match. If I'm participating in a marketing event that drives readers to my Kindle freebies and a free title gets a bunch of downloads, Amazon always snatches away price matching and makes what should be a free ebook cost $0.99. I assume this is triggered by a system that does not want me to give away ebooks even though it WILL LEAD TO SALES.

My ebook giveaways are classic loss leaders. I satisfy curiosity for free and then gain a few sales from that portion of readers who enjoyed the free read.

I hope that Barnes & Noble continues to operate its online ebook store. It would be silly for a struggling company to ignore online revenue potential, and customers of Nook have been good to me for six years now.



See my fiction at Nook. 



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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Free this weekend at Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, Nook, Google Play, and Smashwords


It's the first weekend of the month, and that means author Patty Jansen has put together a massive list of free ebooks for fans of science fiction and fantasy.

At her website, all the titles have been organized according to retailers. Readers worldwide will be able to find a free read. This is a great way to discover new authors that might not be presented to you when you're browsing at a retail site. There's so many hidden gems, and promotions like these uncover them for you. Lists made by Jansen offer you one of the few venues for discovering free ebooks at Google Play or Smashwords.

This month, I have a title available in the promotion. It's the historical fantasy Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale.

See Werelord Thal and many other fine novels during this promotion. All listed titles will be free on December 3rd and 4th. Many of them are free all of the time.

Free on Kindle

Free at Kobo

Free for Nook

Free at iBooks

Free at Google Play

Free at Smashwords

Did you miss the free promotion days?

You can still read Werelord Thal for free.


http://falbepublishing.com/free2/



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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Take a break from shopping on your iPad with iBooks

You've been browsing for gift ideas and comparing prices on your iPad or tablet until you don't know what to choose. When you get to that point, it's good to shift internet gears and move into entertainment mode. The relaxing pleasure of reading novels is another use for your tablet. As always, reading offers an alternative when you're not in the mood for the passive consumption of video content.

Taking a break to pick up a wee goodie for yourself might break the ice of gift shopping. The jealous spots in the reptilian relics of your brains might need a little soothing before you slog through decisions about gifts for kids, spouses, and the office secret Santa program.

If you're chilling on an iPad, you have access to a huge catalog of ebooks at iBooks. It's the book-reading platform within the Apple operating system and it's part of the iTunes ecosystem.

Some of my free titles that might interest you there are:










For foodie willing to explore the simplicity of vintage recipes, I'll suggest:




In it, I present over 60 recipes salvaged from my grandmother's handwritten cookbook started in the 1920s. With the holidays on the horizon, you might be interested in the chapter about fruitcakes. (They're marvelous and mood altering!).

 




Friday, November 25, 2016

A career author becomes a hybrid author



I recently joined a writers' group in my community. I've never had an opportunity to do this before, and it's been great being exposed to other writers and their career paths.

One member is Maris Soule, who has enjoyed a long career as a romance and thriller author. (See a list of her books.) Her works have been read by 100,000s of thousands of people over the years. She has a new book coming out this spring from a publisher, but today I'm going to talk about her release of a title on Kindle. She's done this as an indie author after regaining her rights to Heiress Seeking Perfect Husband, which Silhouette had originally published in 1997.

At the time, the novel had been produced as a paperback. Fast forward to 2016, and Soule was able to prepare the novel for digital publication because she still had the manuscript on a computer disc.

Although Soule still publishes traditionally, she also takes advantage of the publishing opportunities available to anyone. By self producing her works that she has rights to, she can keep her creations in front of potential audiences and sustain her career.

I'm eager to learn more about her experiences as an author.

Heiress Seeking Perfect Husband is $2.99 in the Kindle Store and available to Kindle Unlimited readers. 




Shannon Powell thinks the interview is over when she mentions that her late husband never wrote her love letters. She isn’t prepared for a headline that says, “Heiress Wants Love Letters.” When the letters start arriving, she decides to answer a few...to even meet some of the men. Clint Dawson isn’t sure what to do. His title is chauffeur, but Shannon’s late husband actually hired Clint to be her bodyguard. She’s said she doesn’t need a bodyguard and has threatened to fire him if that’s his job, which means he must keep Shannon from seeing him as he follows her on her dates. What’s worse, Clint ends up writing letters for one of the would-be suitors. It’s Cyrano de Bergerac all over again as Clint writes the words he’d love to tell her in person, if he only felt worthy.




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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Big Weekend Blast of Ebook Savings for Fantasy and Sci Fi Readers


It's the first weekend of the month and that means a big list of $0.99 ebook deals at PattyJansen.com. I don't have any of my titles in the promotion this month, but I'm sure many of my blog readers would like to see the great reads on sale. Some of the titles in this Science Fiction and Fantasy promotion will only be $0.99 for the weekend. Others might be at that low price for longer periods. Sale prices are valid for November 5th and 6th.

This ebook list is for everyone. It features over 100 titles at all major ebook retailers.

Go to the page at Patty Jansen's site and click on the retailer where you get your ebooks.

If you're coming across this page after the weekend, consider reading Outcast Journeys: Fantasy and Sci Fi Box Set by Eight Great Authors.

It's always $0.99!

Get any format you need at Smashwords.




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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Enter to win $15 Amazon gift card



The Silver Dagger Scriptorium has launched the promotional blog tour for The Rys Chronicles.

This is the first epic series that I wrote and published, and it's time to drum up new publicity for it. Thousands of readers all over the world have enjoyed this series since I completed its publication in 2007.

If you're looking for a new epic fantasy full of interesting characters and magical challenges, you can read the first book, Union of Renegades, for free. After downloading a copy, go over to the Silver Dagger Scriptorium and enter the giveaway drawing for a $15 Amazon gift card.






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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fantasy readers get tons of free content at Google Play store



Through Friday, October 21st, you can read Lessons Learned: A Rys World Short Story for free. This short dark fantasy reveals an important episode of back story alluded to in the epic series The Rys Chronicles. If you enjoy short reads or want to check out a new fantasy world, read Lessons Learned.

It's free worldwide this week at Google Play.

My Ebooks that are free all of the time. 

I also have many novels available in Google's store. Each series starts with a free ebook. I write much beefier stories than little Lessons Learned. To join in the adventures of characters struggling in magical worlds, look for my free ebooks at Google Play.


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. 

Union of Renegades

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.


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.


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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Return to Mech City creates 5-star launch of Robot Horizon Series




Return to Mech City by Brian Bakos gets my vote as the best free read at Smashwords. This first book of the Robot Horizon Series presents a modest book cover and a mere two-sentence description that managed to immediately snag my attention.

The story is a post-apocalyptic dystopia. Humanity has succumbed to plague and environmental devastation. Only the robots remain.

Before the apocalypse, many types of robots had been integrated into human society, and robot engineers in Mech City developed new ones right up to the very end.

This is the place where Dr. Anna Horvath tells her blue humanite model robot Winston to go with her dying words. She has filled his data reservoir with all the knowledge of humankind and gives him the task of preserving this legacy. Her orders give Winston a reason not to jump from a window and kill himself.

In Mech City, he finds robots adrift without purpose. No humans remain to give them tasks, and many hurl themselves from upper stories. Most of the robots are worker robots. They are built for manual functions and differ from a humanite like Winston, who lacks physical strength.

Winston begins saving robots by giving them new purpose. He has them renovate buildings. Grateful for the direction he offers, they quickly start calling him "Boss" and he likes it.

Winston meets Star. She was built to look like a perfect woman and be desirous of giving and receiving sexual pleasure. I admired how Bakos made the sex slave robot fresh again. Star is a complex character, curious, kind, and inherently good.

But not all robots are awaiting orders or good in their hard drives. Fascista Ultimo, F.U. to his friends, has plotted a takeover of Mech City and plans to rule all of robot kind. Aided by robots of sinister and destructive design, he forcefully enlists Winston to his inner circle because of his influence over the worker robots. Winston complies because he does not want to be destroyed. As a scholarly robot, however, he possesses the data and programming to recognize the dangerous insanity of F.U.

For example, F.U. says, "It's all about the natural hierarchy. We Humanites were created to be the Master Race, the successors of the founding humans."

And from his Manifesto:

"The true Fascist leader must give his followers the sense that their rotten little prejudices are something exalted and pure."

This novel is both complex and easy to read. The prose flows, and the skill with which Bakos treats the development of robot characters impressed me.

The post-apocalyptic turmoil drives Winston to experience sensations increasingly close to emotions. His programming sometimes literally crashes as he copes with terrible problems and tragedies. The adoration of the worker robots immediately builds his ego, and he likes the power. But when he see the evil of F.U. he recognizes how corrupting the love of power can be.

For me, the novel created an amazing fictional study about what the world of robots might be like. We live in a time of Big Data, robotics, and artificial intelligence. Against this real-world backdrop, Bakos imagined an artificial culture in its infancy as it struggled with chaos, oppression, and revolution.

The actions of the robots, while staying genuinely within the realm of their digital souls, reminded me strongly of the beauty and ugliness within humanity.

In Return to Mech City, I joined with characters who showed that artificial intelligence finds the great problems of the ages no easier to deal with than my organic brain.

You'll see that I'm not alone in my appreciation of this novel because many others have given it 5 stars at Smashwords.

I eagerly plan to read the next book Expedition Westward.




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Your Vote Will Count in Author Cover Wars

This week Rys Rising: Book I goes to war. 


I entered its cover in the Cover Wars competition at Author Shout.

To show your support for my stunning epic fantasy cover that features Amar and his magical mistress Onja, please visit the cover wars page and cast your vote. It only takes a wee bit of time. Your vote will actually count toward something, and you won't have to hold your nose while you do it.

Vote for Rys Rising here October 16 through 22. 

If my cover gets the most votes, I'll have a chance to gain extra exposure at the Author Shout website. As any author knows, connecting with readers is all about exposure. The huge number of books on the market coupled with many barriers to visibility online make invisibility the number one problem of authors trying to promote their books.

Just think of all of the good reads that you never even know about!

Places like Author Shout provide venues of discoverability where readers can serendipitously run across new stories.

Rys Rising: Book I is also a free ebook. It provides you with a zero-risk way to sample my fiction and find out if the Rys Rising series could be your next reading addiction.

Get the free ebook at:

Brave Luck Books
Smashwords
Google Play Store
Kobo
Amazon Kindle
Nook
Apple iBooks

Excerpt from Rys Rising:

Amar drew his good sword and approached the altar. Onja followed him, captivated by everything she beheld. Cybar trailed them, stalling fearfully. Amar waved the birds away from the altar with his sword. The tormented man squinted into the sun. Amar, silhouetted by the brightness, was fuzzy to his bloodshot eyes. He tried to speak, but his dry thirsty throat barely made a sound better than the coarse crows.
Cybar called to Amar, “His life is for Preem. You must not interfere.”
Amar studied the man on the altar. His brown skin glowed red from the burning sun. His lips were cracked and darkly clotted. His chin length black hair with a deep widow’s peak was dirty and stringy, and blisters mottled his forehead, nose and cheeks. He had only been left clothed in a linen tunic and loin cloth and his bare legs showed the wounds of many probing pecks.
Upon hearing voices, the condemned tried again to speak. “Mercy,” he groaned. “Mercy. I do not deserve this.”
“Amar, we must go,” Cybar insisted. “Do not give him swift death.”
Amar had initially thought to end the man’s suffering with a merciful blow, but now that he looked at him, he changed his mind.
“I would free him,” he said.
“Preem will punish you,” Cybar warned.
Amar dismissed the threat of Preem’s ire. “I seek no forgiveness for anything that I have done. One more thing will not matter,” he said and then looked to Onja, seeking her opinion.
She came beside the altar. “Free him,” she concurred.
The bronze chains that draped the altar were old and corroded, but still firm enough to restrain a tortured man. Amar found a particularly weak link and smacked it with his sword. Three strokes and the link broke. Amar pried the link apart and then pulled the chains off the loop set into the stone.
The condemned man watched Amar with amazement. The young wanderer bore no resemblance to anyone he knew and he certainly lacked the appearance of a Nurati. With the chains loose from the rock, Amar looked at the manacles on the man’s wrists and ankles.
“I can get those off him,” Onja said.
The condemned man turned his head toward her lovely voice. “Sweet lady….” he started to say in a voice as rough as split logs but then he stopped. He did not understand what he saw. He fainted when her eyes began to glow with blue fire.
The bolts of the manacles softened as Onja precisely heated them. Amar pulled the manacles open and freed the man’s limbs. Amar gathered the limp man into his arms. He was slight of build, and Amar was able to place him over a shoulder. The man smelled terribly, and Amar turned his face away from his wretched body.
Cybar had retreated outside the ring of stones. From the shade of an oak he watched Amar approach with the unconscious man. Cybar shook his head insistently. “Put him back,” he advised urgently.
Onja tugged on Amar’s sleeve to stop him. “He truly fears what you have done,” she commented.
“He will get over it,” Amar said, unconcerned about Cybar’s opinion.
“The others truly fear this sky temple,” she said.
“The Gods are to be feared, Onja,” Amar replied matter-of-factly. “You are born. You die. The Gods are always there.”
She contemplated his simple words and then asked, “But you do not fear your Gods, Amar?”
Amar would have shrugged if he had not been burdened with a stinking half-dead man. “I do not care,” he said and continued toward Cybar.
Onja lingered in the sky temple and studied the faces carved in the stones. Their blank eyes now looked at her invitingly, welcoming her into their mysterious club.
So simple, she thought.
She set a hand on a monolith. The stone had been cut from the Rysamand and somehow the humans had dragged it up this butte. The effort that must have taken astounded her. So very strange that the humans would work so hard for something that benefited them not at all. Most of them lived in little huts and enjoyed no luxuries. Why did they not put their efforts toward making better shelters for everyone?
Onja looked at the men under the oak tree. Amar had set the man down in the shade and was dripping water onto the man’s ragged lips. Cybar frowned over them with worry.
There is power in fear, Onja realized.
A crow flapped over her head and landed on the nearest monolith. He squawked at Onja irritably, apparently blaming her for the removal of the sacrifice. She looked up at the impertinent bird. He turned his head and regarded her closely with a perfect black eye that glistened with intelligence. Onja shifted her attention entirely to the sentience radiating from the shiny black bird. Her wondrous mind that knew no bounds connected with the bird’s alien awareness.
“Yes, I took your prize. Forgive me this once, and I will make it up to you,” she told him mentally.
Utterly surprised by the communication, the crow tucked his dark beak against his feathery chest and peeked at her shyly. Onja lifted a blue hand and invited him gently with a twitch of her white-nailed fingers.
The crow looked back at his mates that were strutting across the altar stone, complaining among each other. Tentatively the crow on the monolith opened his wings, and, after one more encouraging gesture from Onja, flapped down to her hand. His feet dug into her skin but did not pierce her flesh. She stroked his neck and purred to him lovingly.
“You shall have to tell me your name someday,” she told him.
He squawked and took to the air. He landed in the oak tree over the men tending the victim plucked from Preem’s justice. Onja watched the indentations left in the skin of her hand fade before she joined her companions.
Amar made Cybar help him carry the man down the steep steps of the butte. The other men were distressed at Amar’s audacious theft from Preem.
But Amar scolded them, “We claim to be brother outlaws yet you would leave one to the judgment of the law-abiding. Whatever this man did, he is one of us now.”
Delirious, the man moaned and turned his head from side to side on the ground. He was grizzled, sunburned, and filthy. His body was thin and his hands were soft. Clearly he was no laborer.
Amar said, “I think this man has some quality.”
They took him to the little stream in the canyon and washed him. The cool water roused him from his burning torment, and he drank greedily, which made him retch. Amar rolled him away from the bank so that he could no longer slurp like a mad animal.
Clearly the group was not going to travel more that day, and Vame gathered firewood. While Amar nursed the man, Cybar answered questions from Kym and Vame about the sky temple. His Kez brothers often glanced warily at the quiet butte. The circling vultures were drifting away. Preem’s servants would go unpaid today. A debt perhaps that would not be forgotten.
Onja sat apart from everyone, cross-legged upon a boulder at the edge of the stream. She stared toward her mountains, lost in intense thought.
Kym eventually stood over Amar and the man that had been rescued.
“Amar, the priests of Preem might notice that the vultures disappeared when they should have thickened in the sky,” Kym said.
“Priests are slow. We’ll move on in the morning. Do not worry, Kym,” Amar said.
“Your accursed pet will not be able to travel so soon,” Kym said.
Amar’s dark eyes flashed up at the Kez warrior. “I do not fear Nurati priests who chain people and leave them for animals,” Amar said. “This man will ride with me.”
Kym shook his head because Amar puzzled him continually. “Why do you want this man? He’ll certainly make no warrior for Vu. I don’t think he could steal a bowl of porridge to save his life.”
Amar wetted a rag and wiped the man’s forehead. “He might have knowledge and rare skills. Warriors aren’t everything,” he said.
Kym scratched the back of his head, where his stubble was starting to grow in. “I suppose the Nurati are known for scholarship,” Kym granted. He squatted next to the thin wretched man and studied him. “Yes, yes, definitely a Nurati nose. What’s your name, Nurati criminal?” Kym asked.
The man’s eyes were half closed. His lips moved as if he might answer, but the effort to speak seemed to be too much. Amar dribbled at little more water into his mouth and said, “I am Amar. Who are you?”
“Amar,” the man whispered back and his long black lashes lifted. His crusty eyes were craters in a skull covered by tight skin. “I am Urlen.”
“Urlen,” Amar repeated. He liked the name. “What was your crime?”
Urlen shut his eyes as if the answer was difficult to recall. “No crime,” he said. “I did what was right.”
Kym chuckled. “Maybe he is a proper criminal.”


Get the free ebook at:

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Google Play Store
Kobo
Amazon Kindle
Nook
Apple iBooks



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Friday, October 14, 2016

Free prequel ebook ties into Outcast Journeys box set



Australian writer, poet, and teacher Ashley Capes has released a new novella.

Never (Prequel to the Amber Isle) is a free ebook at Smashwords. 

Adventure? Check. Magic? Check. Sarcasm? You bet.

Roguish Never is sure he has hunted down every relic and every clue possible on his quest to finally lift the curse on his blood and hopefully learn his true name. However, convincing the wealthy Lord Firmita to part with a map to the sunken city proves to be far more dangerous than he first imagined.

Prequel story to The Amber Isle - see how Never meets his enemy Harstas!

The Amber Isle and its sequel A Forest of Eyes are part of the Outcast Journeys box set that is only $0.99 for nine works by eight fantasy and sci fi authors. 

Join in the adventures of heroes and heroines created by an international group of eight talented authors. Outcast Journeys brings together nine novels and novellas set in fascinating realms of the imagination. From dragons to space ships, experience the trials and battles of memorable characters as they navigate magical worlds.







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Thursday, October 13, 2016

First 7 people to use this audiobook coupon get the discount





Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I is also an audiobook, which means fans of epic fantasy who don't have time to read can listen to a great story.

Union of Renegades is normally $8.95 in audio format, but this special coupon code for my website will let you buy the mp3 files for only $2.99.

But the coupon code only works for the first 7 people to use it at checkout. 

Visit the audiobooks page at Brave Luck Books and add Union of Renegades to your cart. 

At checkout, enter lucky7 in the discount code box and proceed with payment. You'll then get the .zip folder with the mp3 files. 


Please note that Union of Renegades is also available at iTunes and Audible, but I don't control pricing there and this coupon code does not work at other retailers.

About Union of Renegades


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.

Listen to an audio excerpt at Brave Luck Books


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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Free this week at Kobo Books for fantasy readers



For a limited time only, the week of October 6th to October 12th, get Lessons Learned: A Rys World Short Story for free at Kobo Books.

This dark story of disillusionment and rebellion lets readers glimpse a crucial episode of back story from two main characters in the Rys World books by Tracy Falbe.

In Lessons Learned, you'll see the moment four hundred years prior to the novel Union of Renegades when Shan first challenges Onja, the great queen of the rys and the divine tyrant of many human kingdoms.

Get Lesson Learned right now while it's free. If you're reading this after the promotion ends, the short story is only $0.99, and I have tons of free fantasy ebooks available. The full-length novels, Werelord Thal, Union of Renegades, and Rys Rising are always free at Kobo.



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. 

Union of Renegdes



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.

 

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 note from Tracy Falbe: Be the first to know about my new releases and special sales at Brave Luck Books. Join the Readers' List. Ebooks and audiobooks available worldwide. Print in select countries.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Over 100 Free Ebooks for Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans


This weekend is your big chance to find something new to read and not have to pay anything. That way you'll be able to buy something pumpkin spicy to enjoy while you curl up with a new fantasy or sci fi ebook.

Author Patty Jansen prepares a big list of free ebooks every month. Her current collection features ebooks that will be free on October 1st and 2nd. Some, like Rys Rising, are free all of the time, but others aren't, so you'll want to make your download decisions this weekend.

The free ebooks can be found at all retailers.

Amazon
Kobo
Nook
Google Play
Apple iBooks
Smashwords

Happy Reading!



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Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Impact of the Internet on Today’s New Authors


I’m pleased today to publish a guest post by Cassie, a blogger from Culture Coverage. She’s also published articles at sites like Lifehack.org and Digitalmusicnews.com. Today, at Her Ladyship’s Quest, she examines the technological impact of computers and the internet on authors.


I remember hearing the internet was going to make books obsolete in the mid-2000s. Now that E.L. James has thrown that idea to the wind, all the would-be authors of tomorrow can breathe a sigh of relief because books are here to stay, even if they’re getting a technological upgrade.

From the chance to go viral to the ability to edit with ease, the impact of the internet on today’s authors is profound.

1.    More people get published.

With the rise of free e-books, especially with commerce sites like Amazon, writers have the opportunity not only to reach audiences they couldn’t before, but they can also self-publish with much less money on the front end. This means more people can be writers, and more books get written. By going paperless with e-books and advancing technologies like Virtual Private Networks that get around any geo-blocking restrictions, writers have a global audience, and they don’t have to worry about press, just about delivering a great story.

2.    Authors connect with readers.

If you’re a voracious online reader, you already know the internet has opened up great opportunities for authors and readers to connect where once they wouldn’t have been able to. Now, authors can get feedback instantly, and readers can shape the future narratives. Take J.K. Rowling’s online Harry Potter world, for instance. Pottermore was created for Harry Potter readers who weren’t satisfied with the end of the series (which they expressed in online forums like Twitter and Tumblr), and Rowling did what any great author would: she supplied more material. Before the internet, fans wrote letters and attended book tours, but the connection between author and reader as it is in the modern world is something completely fresh.

3.    Editing is more flexible.

With word processors as the main tool of writers, from Microsoft Word to Google Docs, writing and editing have shifted dramatically. Now writers can move around paragraphs with ease and change storylines and flow with just a few clicks. While some writers would say this doesn’t affect their writing very much, in my mind’s eye, it makes our writing cleverer, more concise and produces ideas that are complete and well formed. What it doesn’t necessarily do is make them shorter (I’m talking to you, George R.R. Martin), but then again, no one ever wanted a great story to end.

4.    The chance to go viral is huge.

I’m going to bring up E.L. James again and also Stephenie Meyer and Hugh Howey. These writers all have a piece of their author pie out on the internet and, in many cases, wouldn’t be the authors they are today without them. Meyer and James reached the masses with their work when their daydreams made it onto the web and then exploded in popularity. Howey did something a little different and had his readers help transform the pages as they were being written, but all of them are resolutely authors of the digital age.

While it’s true that writing has changed dramatically and some of it not for the better, the absolute truth is that the internet has been a boon for today’s author. Now more than ever, it’s easier to write, easier to read and easier to spread your story to the world.

About the author
Cassie is a pop culture junkie and avid reader who loves to write about technology and books.  

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Outcast Journeys bundles 8 fantasy authors for $0.99 on iBooks





Maybe a lot of indie authors focus only on Kindle publishing, but many others make their works available in over 50 countries in the Apple iBooks store.

I've partnered with 7 other authors and produced an ebook for fantasy and sci fi fans that brings together 9 novels and novellas for only $0.99.  If you love fantasy or want to try a new genre, the value price on Outcast Journeys will give you an opportunity to read 8 authors new to you.

See Outcast Journeys: Fantasy and Sci Fi Box Set by Eight Great Authors at iBooks




From dragons to space ships, experience the trials and battles of memorable characters as they navigate magical worlds.

Box set written by Nathan Anton, Tiffany Cherney, Tara Maya, Scarlett Van Dijk, Tracy Falbe, Ashley Capes, Alex James & James T Kelly.

This box set brings together fiction by authors who have all received 4 and 5 star reviews at ebook retailers worldwide. 

In addition to being sold at Apple iBooks, you can also find Outcast Journeys at:

Kindle

Google Play

Barnes & Noble Nook

Kobo Books

Smashwords

Avid readers who like to stimulate their minds and feelings with fiction can also find other box sets at iBooks. 

I have a free one for you that combines the first book of the three series I've written. 

Enjoy the Beginnings Box Set - It's free at iBooks.

When you're ready to dive into a whole series, read The Rys Chronicles Complete Series. This saga covers seven years in the lives of characters who betray an empire, battle a tyrant, and struggle to form a new kingdom of their own. 

Read The Rys Chronicles at iBooks.



I'm planning more box set projects in the near future. If you're an author interested in collaborating with me on a box set, visit Falbe Publishing. I just added a post about my experience with box set publishing.



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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Oliver Stone creates powerful film about Snowden



I went to see Snowden at the theater last night. I wanted to see it right away because I worried that it might not be in theaters for long and that it will get bad reviews because of its subject matter that is controversial to my government. I wanted to support one of my favorite filmmakers, and I was not disappointed.

Oliver Stone crafted a gripping and thought-provoking docudrama that informed me about the moral crisis experienced by Snowden and his progression toward it as he matured from a young genius to an adult who had to change his life in order to feel comfortable with his actions.

I highly recommend watching this movie. The intensity of drama when the journalists are meeting with him in Hong Kong still has me on edge from last night. The stakes are high for all involved. They are in possession of stolen top secret material and literally facing assassination at any moment. They're only hope is to get approval from their publications to go public with Snowden's evidence and whistleblowing. International media coverage could potentially save the journalists.

This is a complex movie but the pace moves along very well. Because I'm only in the initial stages of processing what I viewed last night, I'll make some points about what stood out for me.

  • The CIA instructor, Corbin, who acted as Snowden's mentor and admitted him to the program was clearly trying to indoctrinate the young man to a certain worldview. He wanted to groom Snowden as a cyber warrior and convince him of how essential it was for him to apply his talents to this endeavor. Snowden was an idealist who very much believed in the value of his country and wanted to take action to defend it. This relationship between the older and younger man illustrated the vulnerability of youth to the leadership of an elder who was willing to cultivate talent for purposes that were not pure of heart.
  • The movie also did an excellent job of educating me about the vast scope of surveillance capabilities. I probably should not even write this movie review! All information on cell phones, social media, email, chat, and the internet along with the constant collection of face imagery from omnipresent cameras can be accessed and searched by intelligence agencies. Anyone can be manipulated based on information collected about one's self, relatives, friends, or colleagues. If anyone believes they have nothing to hide, they are hopelessly naive. You have no idea what might be considered an offense now or in the future.
  • I also appreciated the footage integrated into the movie that showed the protesters worldwide expressing their complaints in the street about mass surveillance. I had not been exposed to any of these images before. Mostly because I don't consume much propaganda and because this type of material is not distributed by U.S. mainstream media.
  • Although the movie did not harp upon the subject of drone warfare, it did make clear that blowing up targets in remote countries had nothing to do with the mass surveillance of U.S. citizens. How could it? The whole proposition is utterly ludicrous. 

I went to this movie because I admire Edward Snowden. When the news about what he did broke, I immediately recognized him as a true patriot for American freedom and ideals. Although I always knew that any of my online activities were never private, I now know how careful I must be. In a techno tyranny no one is safe ever.


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Saturday, September 10, 2016

English Language Ebooks available for Readers in South Africa



The rise of the internet and digital publishing has expanded choices for readers. Several years ago I had the pleasure of coming across author TC Southwell on Smashwords. She's a talented fantasy writer from South Africa who has developed quite a fan following worldwide with her numerous novels.

And, it appears, my own works of fantasy have been catching the eye of South African readers. Over the summer, I've noticed an uptick in free downloads of my novels at the Google Play store, particularly the epic fantasy Union of Renegades.

Google Play has been an important retail outlet for developing my global audience. People all over the world can download free items there and shop there. The store is accessible on desktop computers and any Android mobile devices. In addition to more people reading my free ebooks there, I've been getting sales in South Africa, usually of The Rys Chronicles box set, which bundles the complete series that starts with Union of Renegades at a value price.

For readers in South Africa looking to discover new authors, the Google Play store and Smashwords offer them access to an international selection of authors. Many fantasy authors, like me and Southwell, offer the first books in their series free. People who get hooked, go on to buy more titles. This income allows me to pay many of bills and buy my kids school clothes and other supplies.

See more about all of my ebooks at Google Play.









































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Friday, September 2, 2016

Fantasy and Science Fiction Ebooks for only $0.99 this weekend



This Labor Day weekend you have a chance to stock up on exciting science fiction and fantasy ebooks at low prices. Thanks to the lists created by Patty Jansen, you can browse $0.99 ebooks at your favorite online retailers. All of the ebooks will be $0.99 during the weekend of September 3rd and 4th.

Some of the ebooks like the multi-author box set that I produced, Outcast Journeys, are always $0.99. To find Outcast Journeys, look at the bottom of the listings under Box Sets & Collections.

Patty has kindly sorted everything by to retailer. Follow these links to see titles on sale where you like to shop.

Amazon
Google Play
Smashwords
iBooks
Kobo
Nook

I'm sure you'll find something excellent to read.



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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

2 Amazon Gift Card giveaways that I found today

I've hunted down two more Amazon gift card giveaways for my blog readers to enter. The first one is a promotion for a new fantasy book by Alan Black. There will be multiple winners for prizes that include gift cards, books, ebooks, and a Kindle Fire tablet. Entries will be taken through September 15th.



Visit the Tome Tender book blog for details about how to enter Alan Black's QUEST FOR THE WHITE WIND Blast & Giveaway


Up next is a giveaway presented by the Archeolibrarian Reviewers. The prizes are part of the promotional effort for a new paranormal romance by Amy McKinley. Drawing is open through September 12th, and winners have a choice of Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift cards.



Go here to see the review of Taken and enter the giveaway drawing.


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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Big Amazon Gift Card giveaway drawing plus 2 Goodreads Book giveaways



I've tracked down some giveaways online that I'm sure lots of people would be interested in. At the Online Book Club, I found an extra nice Amazon Gift Card giveaway drawing for $250! Entries close at the end of August. If you don't win the shopping spree at Amazon, you can try your chances at picking up a new book at two different book giveaways going on at Goodreads. See the details and the links to enter the drawings below. 

Goodreads Book Giveaways


No Cage for a Crow, Part One: Into the Storm

Giveaway dates:
Aug 20 - Sep 03, 2016

Countries:
US

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/199850-no-cage-for-a-crow-part-one-into-the-storm

The Man Who Loved Too Much - Book 1: Archipelago


Giveaway dates:
Aug 23 - Sep 25, 2016

Countries available:
US, CA, and GB more

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/200220-the-man-who-loved-too-much---book-1-archipelago



Amazon Gift Card Drawing


$250 Amazon gift card giveaway

Online Book Club

Entry will subscribe you to their email list of free and discounted Amazon books. Must enter by the end of August.

http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelves/250-giveaway.php?r=asifaali18

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Google Play India - Fantasy Box Set only 67.00 Rupees


Outcast Journeys: Fantasy and Sci Fi Box Set by Eight Great Authors bundles 9 novels from an international group of authors. This ebook offers fantasy fans over 600,000 words of English-language content, and it's available internationally, including India.

People in India with an Android phone or tablet have access to the Google Play store where Outcast Journeys is included along with all of my other ebooks.

For Google Play's ebook store in India, I priced the box set at 67.00 INR. 

This multi-author fantasy and sci fi box set presents:

Leros of the Underworld: The Tournament by Nathan Anton

Describing himself as a connoisseur of Japanese anime, Nathan Anton is an author from the United Kingdom. In this novel, he introduces Leros and his sinister alter ego, Demiro. His adventures in Earth Alpha pit him against a tyrannical queen.

Forgotten Relics by Tiffany Cherney

Michigan author Tiffany Cherney takes readers into outer space in Forgotten Relics. In this sci fi adventure, Rei leads a crew of thieves as the Captain of the starship Kathya. While trying to escape her enemies, she chooses to help a friend find ancient relics. What she sees as an opportunity to strike back against her foes could actually change her life forever.

The Unfinished Song: Book 1 Initiate by Tara Maya

U.S. author Tara Maya has traveled the world, and her inspirations have poured out in many works of fiction. In The Unfinished Song, she creates a world of pixies, roving cannibals, hexers, warriors, and dancers. This story introduces an ambitious girl, Dindi, and an exiled warrior, Kavio. Dindi faces an initiation that no one in her clan has ever survived. Kavio searches for a new life after being exiled for a crime he did not commit. When he crosses Dindi’s path, a dangerous plot engulfs him. 

Sky Stone by Scarlett Van Dijk

This young adult fantasy novel from an Australian author introduces Skyla. In her 21st century life, Skyla is a social outcast. When a magical journey transfers her to a magical Medieval land at war, she steps into a destiny made for her by the gods.

Rys Rising by Tracy Falbe

In this epic fantasy by a Michigan author, the conflict between the magical tabre and rys will bring an entire age of the world to an end. In an attempt to enhance the magic of their species, the tabre created the rys, but then reviled them as unworthy failures. They hid them away in a remote mountain valley but could not contain them. When the rys challenge their masters, they will drag two human civilizations into a war that tests the faith of all involved.

The Amber Isle by Ashley Capes

In this story by an Australian novelist and poet, a rogue named Never is on a quest to learn his true name and lift a curse on his blood. When he joins a group of treasure hunters, he’ll uncover world-altering secrets that were dormant within the Amber Isle.

A Forest of Eyes by Ashley Capes (Special bonus sequel to the Amber Isle)

Poisoned and furious, Never must add a desperate quest for a cure to his existing search for truth. His path takes him deep into the White Wood where he faces vengeful spirits, giant leeches, and Commander Harstas, whose lust for revenge is an ever-present threat.

Roc Isle: The Descent by Alex James

In this heroic fantasy from a UK author, a titanic clash between rival clans releases monstrous sorcery. With magic and swords, Lord Azure of the Azure-Cloud Clan pursues revenge against those who assassinated his parents. Azure will struggle to raise an army among warriors of the North to fight the infidels in the South.

The Fey Man by James T Kelly

The final part of the box set presents a stunning story by a UK author that Brian Sibley described as “powerful.” The story includes elves, an enslaved army of dragons, a legendary blade, and mortal and fay realms. At the center of the saga is Thomas Rymour, a prophet who cannot lie. His friends beg him to join the battle to free the dragons, but can he overcome the magical forces that are arrayed against him?

Get your copy of Outcast Journeys at Google Play today.

Some U.S. based authors might think that it would be impossible to sell an ebook in India due to the differences in what everything costs. However, because Outcast Journeys is a low-priced box set meant to promote the contributing authors, its price represents an affordable purchase because it contains 9 novels and novellas by 8 authors. At 67.00 rupees, this box set could give an avid reader a lot of entertainment.

Visit Google Play to read Outcast Journeys or sample other ebooks by Tracy Falbe.




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