Sunday, February 21, 2016

Author D. Allen Rutherford praises Rys Rising in a Podcast interview

I received some positive word of mouth on an episode of the Speculative Fiction Cantina. The guest was D. Allen Rutherford, author of Wargs: Curse of Misty Hollow. At 58:43 minutes into the interview, when talking about authors that he enjoyed, he mentioned me. He said that he liked Rys Rising and loves the way I write the fantasy series.

I'm very flattered to receive such praise out of the blue. It reminds me that my stories reach people all the time.

I listened to Rutherford's entire interview and his Wargs Trilogy sound tremendously interesting and exciting.

He develops these stories upon existing genetic engineering technologies that make hybrid plants and animals. For his purposes, human and wolf hybrids have been created.

About the Wargs Trilogy from his website:

The Wargs Trilogy is a SciFi Thriller that follow the exploits of Dr. Mathew Kershaw, a college professor on a quest to find and document a new species of wolf.  While investigating an attack on a forest ranger by what is described as strange or unusual wolves he becomes an unwitting player in a battle between transgenic wolves and therianthropes which takes place in an isolated village nestled deep within the American Northwest Wilderness.

As well as being sold at Nook and iBooks, Wargs: Curse of Misty Hollow has earned glowing 5-star reviews at Amazon.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Seeking Like-Minded Authors For Multi-Author Promotional Box Set Publication

If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to participate in a promotional ebook box set, then I’m interested in making that happen for you, myself, and others.

To introduce myself, I’m Tracy Falbe, and I’ve been an indie author for years. I have 10 novels published right now – 8 epic fantasies and 2 historical fantasies. They sell modestly at all retail channels and I’ve earned good reviews.

I’ve recently been lucky enough to participate in a box set produced by Paper Gold Publishing. The results have encouraged me, and I’d like to use this marketing tactic again.

So, I’m prepared to take on the publishing duties and seek authors interested in collaborating on a box set. Realistically, you can expect to gain a few new readers, recoup your small investment, and pocket some money. Best case, we’ll do better than that, but I can’t promise much.

Because this box set obviously is intended as a promotional tool across multiple retail channels, it won’t have access to the promotional opportunities given those who participate in Kindle Select. Eventually, I’d like to develop a different box set to place in Select in the future. 

Box Set Goals

1. To increase discoverability at the following retail channels:

- Amazon Kindle

- Smashwords and its distribution partners Nook, iBooks, and Kobo.

- Google Play Store

- I will also sell the box set at my websites.

2. To create a box set featuring 5 to 10 authors including myself.

3. To market the collection as a $0.99 bargain ebook. This price point seems to get a lot of attention and can generate good sales. However, I am open to the discussion of higher price points. We’re worth it!

4. Create a theme for the box set. Because of the genres I write in, the project will need to have a fantasy focus. Possible theme ideas for this first project are assassins, warriors, magical races, etc.

5. This box set will continue indefinitely and serve as a promotional vehicle for participants and a source of revenue. That said, I’m open to the idea of having a set term, like one year, for the box set if participants want to do that.

Project Details

1. Participating authors will pay for production costs. I’m planning to keep the individual contribution in the $20 to $30 range. This will help pay for cover design. If anything is left over, I’ll put it toward promoting the box set.

2. Once a cover is developed, I’ll enter the box set into the assetless preorder system at Smashwords for distribution to its retail partners.

3. I’ll format the box set interior and upload the file to all retail sites. I’ll establish a preorder at Kindle and Google Play as soon as possible.

4. I’ll help coordinate the group efforts of participating authors to enable promotional efforts. This could be managed as a private Facebook group. Our combined efforts on social media and our individual marketing channels should create greater visibility for the box set and drive sales.

5. After the release, I’ll keep records of sales at all channels. Proceeds will be split equally among all participants, including myself. I’d prefer to pay everyone via PayPal. I’ll pay monthly once the sales at Kindle and Google Play get rolling. Payments to me for this box set from Smashwords will occur quarterly and those proceeds will be paid out the month they arrive in.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Google Play Expands Distribution of My Fantasy Ebooks to Saudi Arabia, and other Arab countries

I noticed in the news that nine countries have been added to the global distribution of my fantasy novels through Google Play Books. People in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, and Bahrain  now have easy access to my fiction, especially on Android phones and tablets that probably have a link to the Play Store on their home screens.

I appreciate the international reach that I'm able to achieve as an author on Google Play. Although most of my sales come from English-speaking countries like the United States, Canada, and Australia, sometimes sales pop up in places like Switzerland or France or Spain. Now, maybe a few people in Middle Eastern countries might read my stories.

My works at Google Play are mostly fantasy fiction titles. I've authored three different series and all of them start with free ebooks. See more about them below and pick one out to read.

Rys Rising: Book I

Serving Onja makes it right.

In this passionate epic told from many angles, the young outlaw Amar becomes a dreaded warlord, the terror of kings. His ambitions blind him to the trivial diversions of mere female company until he must block a treaty marriage between two powerful tribes. Confronted by the desperate Princess Demeda, he feels temptation again, but the longings of his ruined heart cannot overcome his pure love for Onja. She is a mysterious outcast from the magical rys race that is oppressed by the tabre of Nufal. Onja has commanded Amar to dominate the humans of Gyhwen while she plots to overthrow her tabre masters. To support her cause, she aims to seduce Dacian, a prodigy among rys whose powers have been hobbled by his loyalty to the ruling tabre order. Will he endure more dark abuses for the sake of peace or reach out to Onja?

While a rys rebellion secretly brews, the human minions of the tabre battle pillaging savages. The young estate lord Cruce Chenomet joins the fight. Violent trials and sensual surprises break the trail on his journey to manhood. Packed with primitive energy and complex motivations, the intertwining stories and rising stakes of this fantasy world will indulge your cravings for intrigue, bravery, desire, and freedom.

Read it for free

Union of Renegades: The Rys Chronicles Book I

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

In this opening novel of The Rys Chronicles you'll meet a man scarred by bad deeds who answers the call of a heroic cause. An unconventional heroine will tug at your sympathies as she bravely faces adversity with all the strengths and vulnerabilities of her womanhood. And overarching it all are the rys. Their magic makes them superior to humans, but they are not above employing humans in their deadly schemes.

Read it for free

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.

Read it for free


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Friday, February 5, 2016

Kobo Books Offers $10,000 prizes to Canadian Authors

Kobo Books, an international ebook retailer that distributes my titles, has announced a writing prize for Canadian authors that debuted a novel in 2015. Qualifying titles must be for sale at the Kobo site. Both publishers and self publishers may submit entries in the categories of Romance, Nonfiction, and Literary Fiction.

The winner in each category will receive $10,000 and merchandising love in the Kobo store. 

Authors or publishers that wish to enter a title have until March 11, 2016 to apply at

I thought I'd spread the word about this although I can't enter because my books aren't in the right categories and I don't live in Canada. My novels are epic fantasy or historical fantasy. They've earned some good ratings from readers.

All my series start with a free ebook, so there's no risk in picking one up to read. See my novels at Kobo.

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.