I am pleased to report that FROSTBORN: THE UNDYING WIZARD sold 821 copies in its first month. Thanks, everyone! This is especially nice because FROSTBORN: THE GRAY KNIGHT sold 421 its first month (August 2013) and FROSTBORN: THE UNDYING WIZARD sold 628 in its first month (November 2013). Launching a new series is always tricky business for a writer, so I’m delighted that people have been enjoying the books.
In related news, I have now started the rough draft for FROSTBORN: THE MASTER THIEF. If all goes well, I think it will be available sometime in the first part of May.
I am pleased to report that GHOST IN THE COWL, the tenth book in THE GHOSTS, is now available on Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon Germany, Amazon Australia, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play, and Smashwords. (iTunes should be in about two weeks.)
GHOST IN THE COWL had a crazy amazing first day. 108 copies in under 24 hours, which is the strongest first day for one my books yet (and three reviews on Amazon UK already, no less). On the first day it was in the top 20 for its category in both Amazon US and Amazon UK, and in the top 1,000 in Barnes & Noble. Thanks, everyone!
Aside from the obvious, this is good news for another reason, since I knew there was a chance that the ending of the previous book, GHOST IN THE SURGE, would alienate some readers. Ending GHOST IN THE SURGE like that was a risk, but I nonetheless thought it was necessary to keep the series growing. I am glad that it appears my concerns were unfounded.
Anyway, thank you all again!
You might recall that in February we had a poll to pick the protagonist of the next THE GHOSTS short story. That short story will soon be available, and subscribers to my newsletter get it for free. So now is an excellent time to sign up for my new-release newsletter!
Kyra Halland says some nice things about GHOST IN THE STORM and THE GHOSTS here. I’m glad she enjoyed them!
She also mentions THE WOLVES OF PARIS by Michael Wallace, which I actually read a few months ago. It’s about werewolves terrorizing Paris around 1450 AD or so, and was quite good. But these aren’t TWILIGHT style werewolves who walk around shirtless and pouting, oh no. These are the sort of werewolves with hideously bad breath because they don’t see the point of cleaning their teeth after eating someone’s innards. So it was quite a good supernatural thriller.
FROSTBORN: THE FIRST QUEST had a good day today – this is the highest any of my novels has ever gotten on Amazon US. Thanks, everyone!
Needless to say, this gets me excited to start FROSTBORN: THE MASTER THIEF in a few days.
BAU writes to ask:
I liked FROSTBORN: THE GRAY KNIGHT, but one issue I had with the book was all the noble titles. I don’t know if you made up the titles of the nobles or if they’re archaic words, but they are confusing.
I think BAU is referring to the titles “Dux” and “Comes”, which various nobles in FROSTBORN hold.
They’re real titles. Or they were a long time ago. The premise of FROSTBORN is that the survivors of King Arthur’s realm go through a magical gate to a new world with elves and orcs and magic and dangerous creatures, and found their own civilization. If a historical King Arthur did exist, he would have been part of what’s called “sub-Roman Britain“, the stretch of time after the decaying Roman Empire abandoned Britain in the early 400s ADs to the time when the Saxons overwhelmed the Romano-British culture sometime in the mid-500s. So I took the titles of the nobility of FROSTBORN from the names of various offices in the late Roman Empire.
“Dux” is one of those titles, Latin for “leader”. In the late Roman Empire, it was an actual military rank. The rank outlasted the Empire, and the word “dux” became the root word for the titles of Duke and Doge and Duc and so forth.
“Comes” is another one of those titles, the Latin word for “companion.” Originally, this meant a companion of the Emperor, and the concept predated the Roman Empire. Alexander the Great had his Companions, his elite cavalrymen and bodyguards. In the Late Roman Empire, “comes” became another formal government office. And like dux, “comes” outlasted the Empire, and became the root word for “count”.
So that is where I got the noble titles in FROSTBORN. In Andomhaim, the Duxi are the high noblemen, the most powerful and from the oldest families, some of whom can trace their lineage back to Old Earth. The Comites are the mid-ranking noblemen, like barons or counts.
Let’s have the first chapter from GHOST IN THE COWL! Follow the link to read!
Making good progress on GHOST IN THE COWL. I had planned to hold off on releasing the book until April, to give me time to get started on FROSTBORN: THE MASTER THIEF, but I’ve had so many emails asking about GHOST IN THE COWL that I’ve decided to release it as soon as it’s done. So, mid-March.
(Don’t forget to subscribe to my new release newsletter to get a free copy of GHOST SWORD, the short story that won last month’s poll!)
Meanwhile, let’s have the table of contents!
Chapter 1- Istarinmul
Chapter 2- The House of Agabyzus
Chapter 3 – The Poet
Chapter 4 – Breaking
Chapter 5 – Writ of Servitude
Chapter 6 – The Circus Master
Chapter 7 – The Master Slaver
Chapter 8 – The Master Alchemist
Chapter 9 – The Locksmith
Chapter 10 – Nightfighter
Chapter 11 – The Slaver’s Brand
Chapter 12 -Liberator
Chapter 13 – A Master Thief
Chapter 14 – Bounties
Chapter 15 – The Widow’s Tower
Chapter 16 – The Desert Maiden
Chapter 17 – Keys
Chapter 18 – Smokeless Flame
Chapter 19 – The Last of the Circle
Chapter 20 – The Mirror of Worlds
Chapter 21 – Hellfire
Chapter 22 – New Circle
Now editing Chapter 11 of GHOST IN THE SURGE.
A couple years back, I was surfing the web, and found a web page detailing the dangers of grease fires upon a stove. Apparently, some people occasionally try to put out stove fires by dumping flour upon them, the way you can put out a fire with sand. Except, of course, this is a extraordinarily terrible idea, because flour is quite flammable, and if enough of it disperses into the air it can in fact explode.
I can’t imagine why that memory would pop into my head when editing GHOST IN THE SURGE.
I am now editing GHOST IN THE COWL. That means it’s time for another excerpt!
Damla gave her a sharp look. “Why would you say that?”
Caina could not tell her the truth about the faint sorcerous aura, so she picked another comparison. “The eyes of the Immortals are almost the same color, that same ghostly blue. And the Immortals are violent and vicious as well.”
“I had not thought of it like that, I confess,” said Damla. “You…have seen Immortals?”
Caina had, in fact, killed several of them during the battle of Marsis. The Immortals were the elite soldiers of Istarinmul, assigned as the personal guards of the Padishah, the high emirs, and the Alchemists. The Alchemists fed them sorcerous elixirs to enhance their speed and strength, though at the cost of murderous rage. Caina had barely escaped from them with her life.
“Once or twice,” said Caina.