Painted by the supernaturally skilled Micah Epstein, the new covers for the Elder Empire series are now live on Amazon!
The newly re-covered paperbacks are not available yet (but will be up in the next few days), and the interior of the ebooks is no different. I will be cleaning up the first four books before the release of Kings / Killers, but that hasn't happened yet.
But I couldn't wait any longer to share ALL the art with you, so here we go!
Posters will soon be available from the Merch store, and prints from the artist (who is, once again, Micah Epstein) will be available for purchase soon as well!
And now, for your viewing pleasure, all six covers for the Elder Empire series!
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I'm turning 29 today!
To celebrate crossing half a million total sales (which happened a few months ago), we're doing something special for my birthday: I'm taking my family out to Victoria & Albert's restaurant tonight!
Also, for a truly classy celebratory experience, we went to see The Meg. No spoilers, but I went into it wanting to see Jason Statham in hand-to-hand combat with a giant shark, and my birthday wish was granted.
Thanks for reading Ghostwater!
I've spent last week and this week holed up in a cabin doing nothing but writing. That always makes it hard for me to say anything on the site, because the update "I'm writing" doesn't seem complete enough.
That's all I'm doing: plugging away. Hitting keys with my fingers while watching pictures in my head.
There's been major progress made on the Unsouled audiobook and minor progress on the City of Light audiobook, but I can't say anything more specific than that right now because neither is ready to be uploaded yet (although Unsouled will be soon).
The Elder Empire covers have been done for a few months now, but I'm waiting to reveal them all so that I can change out the current ebook and paperback covers at the same time as the full reveal, and that's taking a while.
The books are slowly taking shape on my laptop and in my brain. I have no update to the progress meter because quite honestly I don't know if I'm making forward progress or lateral progress.
However, here's a cool and random thing: I continue to learn how to outline better. Usually I spend way too much time outlining, because when I start writing I'm just going to deviate from the outline anyway. This time, I've locked down more points so that I can't deviate as much.
And, uh...that's it. I feel bad, because I want to share more with you, but I've been 100% submerged in writing since I got back from St. Louis. I figured a "Hey, I'm writing" update was better than nothing, so at the very least you all could know where my head is.
You all are great, thanks for reading, and I'll share more as soon as I emerge from my writing-pod.
First of all, the observant among you have already noticed that the site has changed! It's still a work-in-progress, but the current version should run a little better on phones, and my designer is going to try out a few more tweaks in the near future. Send him your energy DBZ-style.
And now for the briefest of updates:
--I just returned from St. Louis, where I taught a brief session at the Realm Makers conference! It's a writer's conference that I knew practically nothing about before I went, which is why I didn't mention it ahead of time; other than the fact that I was going to be there, I knew almost nothing. But I'm pleased to say that I had fun, and hopefully the people who attended my session on The Pitfalls of Self-Publishing (And How to Avoid Them) didn't hate me too much afterwards.
--Speaking of conventions, I will be attending DragonCon in Atlanta again this year! Last year a few fans and I got together and chatted for an hour or two, which I'm more than happy to repeat if any of you are attending the con this year. Specific time and location TBA!
--The covers for all the Elder Empire books are complete, and soon they will be released on the blog and replaced on the ebooks! I'll let you know when that goes live so you know when to beg Amazon for an update.
--I can't think of anything anyone else could possibly want to know from me. Book updates? What are those? I can't hear you, la la la la...
(For real, though, I don't have any release dates for you yet, but I'll let you know when I do! Progress marches steadily onward!)
It’s been about a month since Ghostwater came out, so I thought it was time for me to check in! I took about a week off and then got back to work, but I haven’t been very communicative in the last few weeks. I needed some time in my hole. Sorry especially to the people who have emailed me recently; I let that get away from me during the Ghostwater process.
Speaking of which, Ghostwater sold about twenty thousand units in June! That counts ebook sales, paperback sales, and Kindle Unlimited reads. I know the number doesn’t mean a whole lot out of context, so here’s some context: that’s a lot of books.
Thanks so much, everybody! These books are a joy to work on!
Speaking of which, I’ll be revealing the rest of the Elder Empire covers soon! All six paintings are complete, all by the talented Micah Epstein, and they’re just waiting to cover some books!
Thanks for reading, as always, and I’ll be back soon!
In an attempt to cater to those who still read paperbacks--like book-burners, grandmothers, and witches--we released Ghostwater's paperback edition a little earlier this time! It's available now!
Also, today through the 23rd, the Unsouled ebook is free! Of course, if you have Kindle Unlimited, it's free all the time. But uh...now you can keep it!
For those of you who haven't heard from me since the Ghostwater release, let me fill you in: Ghostwater is selling very well. We've sold over fifteen thousand copies, which is quite fast, and there are over 290 reviews on Amazon. Which is blazing fast. That's much quicker than any of my other titles have ever collected reviews.
Plus, it's currently rated a 4.9/5. Which is pretty great.
So thanks for all your support! It's been a very exciting book release for me, and I'm already hard at work on my next project: a historical romance in which Victorian-era London itself has been murdered, and only an ex-detective prostitute can solve the crime.
(Jk, it's Kings and Killers.)
EDIT 2: Finally, two and a half days later, the book is up in the UK, India, France, and Brazil! Just now! I have no idea why it took Amazon so long, nor why those domains all went up at the same time, but the book is available at last!
EDIT: I know it still isn't available in the UK, India, Brazil, or France. I have no idea why. Amazon often uploads to different regions at different times, but never before so staggered or so late. I've been calling and submitting support tickets, but I'll let you know when the book finally goes live in those regions.
It's been available in other regions for a while now, but finally it is available in the US! Get it now!
(Still not up in the UK as far as I can tell.)
Shout out to the fans on Discord, who stayed up all night with me waiting. I was getting loopy there by the end; never thought it would take this long.
I have just submitted the Ghostwater manuscript to Amazon.
Finally, I can comment again! Some people got comment capability back early, but now it should be working for everyone! Hooray!
And with that small interruption, the news continues!
To celebrate our fifth anniversary of House of Blades, we're now giving away some free wallpapers!
We've got them for your computer or your phone, and technically they're also available for sale as posters if you literally want them to paper your wall at home. Or you can just take the thing that's free.
(By the way, Ghostwater is ready for upload, and I'll be sending it to Amazon tomorrow night. When tomorrow night? That depends...)
"...table dropped and smashed to kindling on the ground."
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