Now past 80,000 words on the GHOST IN THE HUNT rough draft. Let’s have another excerpt!
“Look at you. You’re not even breathing hard. How do you stay fit?”
“I spend a lot of time,” said Caina, “running from men who are trying to kill me.”
Laertes barked a laugh. “A fine motivator.”
11 chapters of GHOST IN THE HUNT down, 11 to go. Halfway there!
I think it’s finally time for a short excerpt:
“But if it is a trap,” said Caina, “even a trap has its uses. Especially when turned back upon the man who set it.”
“You will be careful?” said Damla.
“Of course,” said Caina.
Damla shook her head. “Lies. You are never careful.”
“True,” said Caina.
FROSTBORN: THE IRON TOWER, I am told, had a few plot twists, so people have asked for a discussion thread. If you have questions or comments, feel free to post them here. Naturally, this comment thread will have !!!SPOILERS!!! for the entire FROSTBORN series to date.
I am pleased to report that as of this writing FROSTBORN: THE IRON TOWER has gotten to #75 on the iTunes US Epic Fantasy list, #15 on the iTunes UK list, #32 on the iTunes Australia list, and #17 on the iTunes Canada list.
This is particularly satisfying because I have worked in various forms of technical support for years, which means that I remember the first version of iTunes for the PC came out in 2003. Since then I may not have dealt with every conceivable iTunes malfunction, but by God I certainly have come close. Lost libraries, lost authorizations, corrupted upgrades, upgrades that wiped out music libraries, doubled files, stuttering playback, misplaced DLL files (the endless misplaced DLL files!), accidentally wiped iPods, I have seen it all.
(Also, if you are a repair technician and someone brings in their computer for service and tells you that they backed up their music library, they are lying.)
So, after eleven years of an adversarial relationship with iTunes, I am pleased and amused that it is finally working to my benefit!
Though come to think of it, most people who read iBooks likely order off their iPads or iPhones, not the iTunes desktop application. But the thought still counts.
So thanks to Bookbub I gave away around 14,000 copies of CHILD OF THE GHOSTS in two days. Because of that, GHOST IN THE FLAMES had a nice little boost as well, and got up to #2,500 on Amazon US. Thanks, everyone!
This is particularly satisfying because I wrote GHOST IN THE FLAMES in 2008, and I tried for years to sell it to a traditional publisher and got precisely nowhere, save for a spreadsheet of rejection notices. But as I have discovered, the last laugh is indeed the best laugh.
I am pleased to report that FROSTBORN: THE IRON TOWER is now available at Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia,Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, and Smashwords. (I’m told it’s currently up at iTunes, but I can’t find the link at the moment. I will post it as soon as I locate it.)
Click here to read the first chapter.
RIDMARK ARBAN is the Gray Knight, questing to stop the return of the terrible Frostborn to the High King’s realm. Yet the soulstone, the instrument of the return of the Frostborn, has been stolen by a ruthless cult and secured within the grim fortress of the Iron Tower.
And Ridmark must risk everything to retrieve it.
MARA wishes only to live peacefully. Yet her father was a dark elven wizard of power, and his shadow-tainted blood flows through her veins, threatening to transform her into a monster.
Yet that is not the greatest danger she faces.
For the Iron Tower was once home to an ancient evil, an evil that desires to claim the power in her blood…
CHILD OF THE GHOSTS, the first book in THE GHOSTS series, is getting featured on BookBub today. Because of that, we’re having a limited-time sale for the weekend. Get CHILD OF THE GHOSTS for free, and get the second book, GHOST IN THE FLAMES for $0.99, and the third book, GHOST IN THE BLOOD, also for $0.99. Links below!
CHILD OF THE GHOSTS
GHOST IN THE FLAMES
GHOST IN THE BLOOD
I did some math yesterday, and it turns out that in June I sold my 175,000th ebook.
That’s…rather more than I expected. Thanks everyone!
Just about one week out from FROSTBORN: THE IRON TOWER if all goes well. Until then, here’s the Table of Contents.
The brief prologue is told from the perspective of the Warden of Urd Morlemoch.
A brief prologue
Chapter 1 – The Soulstone
Chapter 2- Fire and Stealth
Chapter 3 – The Assassin
Chapter 4 – Unyielding
Chapter 5 – Half-Blooded
Chapter 6 – A Dark Seed
Chapter 7 – A Jade Bracelet
Chapter 8 – The Artificer
Chapter 9 – Purpose
Chapter 10 – It Would Be A Mercy
Chapter 11 – Ascension
Chapter 12 – Persuasion
Chapter 13 – Haggling
Chapter 14 – A Branched Path
Chapter 15 – Shadows
Chapter 16 – Water Gate
Chapter 17 – Assault
Chapter 18 – Shadows’ Fury
Chapter 19 – Reborn
Chapter 20 – Metamorphosis
Chapter 21 – I Am You
Chapter 22 – Fire and Iron
Chapter 23 – The Assassin and the Thief
Chapter 24 – The Choice
A reader asked a good question about how “halfling servants” work in the FROSTBORN books, so I thought I’d post the answer here as well:
The “halflings” of FROSTBORN are basically hobbits – smaller and quicker and more agile than humans or orcs, but physically weaker. Because of that, they were originally the slaves of the dark elves and the orcs, and then when the urdmordar conquered the dark elves they basically used the halflings as food and herd animals. So when the humans arrived and defeated the urdmordar, the halflings swore eternal loyalty to the High King and his nobles. By the time the FROSTBORN books start, many noble houses have families of halfling servants that go back for generations, and newer nobles and richer commoners will try to hire halfling servants as a “prestige” thing, like an 19th century English industrialist hiring a butler, a housekeeper, and footmen in imitation of the old aristocracy.
There are human servants (one can’t always hire a halfling) and halflings that don’t work as servants. But in the culture the halfings have developed within Andomhaim, devoted service to their liberators (or the descendants of their liberators, at any rate) is seen as the highest and most honorable calling.
Of course, not all halflings agree with that.
The halflings don’t turn up much in the first few books, but they’re a major plot point in THE MASTER THIEF and THE IRON TOWER, and a halfling is one of the main viewpoint characters in THE MASTER THIEF.