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Welcome to the website of Jonathan Moeller!

I am the author of THE GHOSTS, DEMONSOULED, FROSTBORN, THE TOWER OF ENDLESS WORLDS, and THE THIRD SOUL series of fantasy novels.

Check out my free booksCHILD OF THE GHOSTS, DEMONSOULED, THE TOWER OF ENDLESS WORLDS, FROSTBORN: THE FIRST QUEST, and THE TESTING.

You can email me at jmcontact at jonathanmoeller.com, and follow me at Facebook and also at Twitter. Be sure to sign up for my new release newsletter to receive free bonus stories!

If you are looking for the reading order of my series, keep scrolling down!

THE GHOSTS SERIES:

  1. CHILD OF THE GHOSTS
  2. GHOST IN THE FLAMES
  3. GHOST IN THE BLOOD
  4. GHOST IN THE STORM
  5. GHOST IN THE STONE
  6. GHOST IN THE FORGE
  7. GHOST IN THE ASHES
  8. GHOST IN THE MASK
  9. GHOST IN THE SURGE

THE GHOST EXILE SERIES

  1. GHOST IN THE COWL
  2. GHOST IN THE MAZE
  3. GHOST IN THE HUNT

THE DEMONSOULED SERIES

  1. DEMONSOULED
  2. SOUL OF TYRANTS
  3. SOUL OF SERPENTS
  4. SOUL OF DRAGONS
  5. SOUL OF SORCERY
  6. SOUL OF SKULLS
  7. SOUL OF SWORDS

THE FROSTBORN SERIES

  1. FROSTBORN: THE GRAY KNIGHT
  2. FROSTBORN: THE EIGHTFOLD KNIFE
  3. FROSTBORN: THE UNDYING WIZARD
  4. FROSTBORN: THE MASTER THIEF
  5. FROSTBORN: THE IRON TOWER
  6. FROSTBORN: THE DARK WARDEN

THE THIRD SOUL SERIES

  1. THE TESTING
  2. THE ASSASSINS
  3. THE BLOOD SHAMAN
  4. THE HIGH DEMON
  5. THE BURNING CHILD
  6. THE OUTLAW ADEPT
  7. THE BLACK PALADIN
  8. THE TOMB OF BALIGANT

THE TOWER OF ENDLESS WORLDS SERIES

  1. THE TOWER OF ENDLESS WORLDS
  2. A KNIGHT OF THE SACRED BLADE
  3. A WIZARD OF THE WHITE COUNCIL
  4. THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS

Happy Sextilis

Speaking of ancient Roman history, I wonder how many people know that the month of August was named for Caesar Augustus, the first Roman emperor?

Of course, August was originally named Sextilis, because it used to be the 6th month of the Roman year before Julius Caesar reformed the calendar while he was dictator.

Just as well it was renamed. Saying that school starts in Sextilis just sounds weird.

-JM

FROSTBORN and Roman history

Working on THE SOLDIER’S TALE, the short story set in the world of the FROSTBORN I’ll give away for free to newsletter subscribers when FROSTBORN: THE WORLD GATE comes out in September. Since all the humans of Andomhaim are descended from the Romans of Britannia on Old Earth, the main character in THE SOLDIER’S TALE quotes a guy named Vegetius repeatedly.

It’s always fun when I can work a little real-world history in FROSTBORN.

If you’ve never heard of Vegetius, a good thumbnail summary is at this link.

-JM

rough draft of FROSTBORN: THE WORLD GATE now finished

I am pleased to report that the rough draft of FROSTBORN: THE WORLD GATE is done! 102,000 words in 30 days.

This weekend I’ll be writing THE SOLDIER’S TALE, a short story set in the world of the Frostborn. When FROSTBORN: THE WORLD GATE comes out towards the end of September, I’ll give away free copies of THE SOLDIER’S TALE (via Smashwords coupon code) to subscribers of my new-release newsletter.

If you haven’t subscribed to my new-release newsletter yet, you can do so here!

-JM

what am I writing next?

Lately I’ve gotten some questions about what book I will write next, so I thought I’d share my schedule here.

Right now I’m working on FROSTBORN: THE WORLD GATE and CLOAK GAMES: FROST FEVER. If all goes well, I hope FROSTBORN: THE WORLD GATE will come out toward the end of September, and CLOAK GAMES: FROST FEVER sometime in October.

After that comes GHOST IN THE THRONE, which is GHOST EXILE #7, and a (so-far) unnamed third CLOAK GAMES novel. If all goes according to plan, GHOST IN THE THRONE will come out in late November/early December, and CLOAK GAMES #3 either in December or January of 2016.

Then I will start on MASK OF DRAGONS, the second MASK OF THE DEMONSOULED book (at last!), which will be my first book of 2016.

I’m also working on a short book called WINDOWS 10: 101 TIPS & TRICKS, and I want to have it done in time for Christmas. That should be doable, since I’m about 25% of the way through it. I want to have it done by Christmas because a lot of people will be getting shiny new Windows 10 tablets and laptops and will be confused by the shiny new operating system, and I want one of my books to be there to aid them in their bewilderment. :) My book on Windows 8.1 was the #1 Operating Systems book on Amazon US and Amazon UK for a while, and that is a feat I hope to duplicate.

Anyway, those are my writing plans for the rest of 2015, subject to intervention by God, fate, illness, or just plain bad luck. :)

-JM

 

progress update on FROSTBORN: THE WORLD GATE

Now on chapter 14 of 24 in FROSTBORN: THE WORLD GATE, so I think it’s time to share a short excerpt.

“I must say, Gray Knight,” said Jager. “That was impressively insulting.”

“Thank you,” said Ridmark.

“Clearly you have learned a thing or two from me,” said Jager.

“Yes,” said Morigna. “If one wished to learn to be offensive, one could do worse than to watch you.”

-JM

Kindle Unlimited 1.0 vs Kindle Unlimited 2.0

Today Amazon released the payment rate for July under the new terms of the Kindle Unlimited program, $0.0058 per page. Previously, the writer got paid when the reader borrowed a book and reached the 10% mark, and the writer was typically paid about $1.30 per borrow. Under the new terms, which began in July, the writer was paid per page actually read. As you can imagine, this disadvantages writers of short stories, while advantaging writers of longer works. (One suspects Amazon wanted to get longer books into Kindle Unlimited.)

So how does this work in practice? My DEMONSOULED series is currently in Kindle Unlimited, which meant I could compare the results in June, the last month of the old terms, to the first month of the new terms in July.

In June, the DEMONSOULED books were borrowed 183 times, which meant I got paid about $237.90.

In July, under the new page-read system, 139, 255 pages of DEMONSOULED were read. (If my math is right, that would have been about 136 borrows under the old system, assuming that all the books were read in the entirety.) That means I got paid about $807.

Needless to say, I consider July’s Kindle Unlimited experiment to be a success. :)

It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the future. Right now, SOUL OF SWORDS costs $3.99, which gets me about $2.79 a sale. SOUL OF SWORDS counts as 1,144 Kindle Unlimited pages, so if someone borrows it through KU and reads the entire book, I get $6.63! That doesn’t seem sustainable in the long term, so I expect Amazon will change either the payment per page, or more likely, how it calculates page count for a book.

-JM

Caina & cars

I was going over the notes for GHOST IN THE THRONE today, and it occurred to me that if Caina lived in the 21st century, she would go through a lot of cars very quickly. Like, if she was in a fight, she would decide the best way to deal with a group of (for example) Kindred assassins would be to run them over, or to hit them while driving at high speeds.

That doesn’t even discuss the potential for setting things on fire via automotive mayhem.

It is probably just as well that Caina lives in a world that doesn’t have the internal combustion engine. The insurance costs alone would be staggering. :)

-JM

CLOAK GAMES: THIEF TRAP now available!

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I am pleased to report that CLOAK GAMES: THIEF TRAP is now available at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon Germany, Amazon Australia, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, iTunes, and Smashwords.

Click here to read the first chapter of CLOAK GAMES: THIEF TRAP.

Here is a nice review of CLOAK GAMES: THIEF TRAP. 

What’s the book about, you ask?

In 2013, a gate to another world opened, and Elves used their magic to conquer Earth, crushing all resistance before them. 

Three hundred years after the Conquest, the exiled Elven High Queen rules an orderly but stagnant Earth, with humanity forced to fight in the High Queen’s war against the traitors on the Elven homeworld. 

Nadia Moran doesn’t care about that. She doesn’t care about the High Queen, or the Rebels seeking to overthrow her. All she cares about is getting her baby brother the treatments he needs to recover from his potentially fatal disease…and those treatments have a steep price.

Fortunately, Nadia has magic of her own, and she’s a very, very good thief.

Unfortunately, the powerful Elven lord Morvilind has a hold on Nadia. If she doesn’t follow his commands, her brother is going to die.

Of course, given how dangerous Morvilind’s missions are, Nadia might not live long enough to see her brother’s death…

-JM