Starting tomorrow morning, I'm going on a cruise. A writing cruise.
...which only means that I've booked a cruise ticket with the sole intention of staying on the boat writing. Where am I cruising? I don't know, and I don't care, but I know I'm going to get a chunk of prose done on the way.
I'll be gone for about a week. In the meantime, Blackflame is supposed to be released from Audible's imprisonment any day now. We're also planning a pre-Christmas sale on books that I'll have details for when I return!
And speaking of Christmas, DID YOU KNOW THAT I SELL A BUNCH OF MERCHANDISE? WELL, I DO!
We've got hats, mugs, shirts, cursed antiques*, posters, and forgotten souls*! If you have a friend, family member, or hated enemy that could use some materials goods with a simple emblem on it, then look no further!
More when I return!
*(subject to supply; curses and forgetfulness not guaranteed)
I know I've been talking about this a lot lately, but uh...we've had a lot of audiobooks coming out lately.
Both City of Light and Blackflame are to be released very soon! The Cradle narrator, Travis Baldree, has been a joy to work with, and the audiobooks are coming out way faster than I could have hoped.
In the meantime, I hope you all had a great Brown Thursday, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, and that you're all hyped up for Lavender Tuesday tomorrow. I went camping and fried a bunch of turkey, then I went back to writing.
I'll be doing a short story for Christmas in a few weeks, too. I was thinking Traveler's Gate, but I know there are few Elder Empire or Cradle short stories (although it's been a while since I released a short story of any kind). Last year I did Santa's list, so I could do another cross-universe holiday thing again. I haven't decided. Always in motion is the future.
Let me know in the comments what sort of short story you'd prefer, and tell me how your Thanksgiving went!
(...and I am working on books still, I swear.)
Never let it be said that I don't keep my word...eventually.
For those of you with an Audible.co.uk account, now's your chance to get a free copy of Unsouled on Audible! We're giving away twenty-five copies of Unsouled on audio...which as far as I know may be more than I have fans in the UK, so maybe everybody will get one! Who knows?
And we'll be doing another UK giveaway for Soulsmith soon (though we may not give out so many copies that time), so look out for that!
Comment below on this post and tell me which superpower you would most want and why.
My hidden gnomes will then pick their ten favorite responses and give those people a code for a free Unsouled audiobook!
When you comment, make sure to use an email address you check, because on Wednesday we're going to pick those 25 comments and email you each a promo code to download Unsouled for free!
(You can use it yourself or give it to someone else with an Audible.co.uk account!)
DISCLAIMER: The code only works on Audible.co.uk, NOT Audible.com. If you don't have an Audible.co.uk account associated with your email, please either don't comment or make it clear that we shouldn't pick you as a winner (let's save the code for someone who can actually do something with it).
If you get your audiobooks from Audible.co.uk, these codes are for you! So let's see your comments below!
Here are the winners of the free copies of Soulsmith on audio (in the US) that my team of elite hidden gnomes selected. I've included their words and the reason they were selected.
Ashley: "Stelliferous." Not only is this a nice, obscure, cool-sounding word, but everybody likes stars!
Jeff: "Fred." They thought picking a name was clever, and this was a funny name to pick. Well played.
Eric: "Wightboi." We saw what you did there, Eric.
Gavin: "Aspirant." They didn't give me a reason for this one, Gavin, so I think they just liked the cut of your jib.
Darren: "Defenestration." Because this is how I punish my hidden gnomes when they fail me.
Ann R: "Defenestration." It's still a good word.
Jeff2: "Word." Nicely done, Jeff the Second.
Meng: "Daydream." Because of the way you phrased your reasoning: "Isn't this how books begin? A little daydream that dared to try."
Dave: "Syllepsis." That's a cool word.
John Herring: "Chork." For the funniest word on this list.
Jack: "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." We all know why.
Mark: "Methylchloroisothiazolinone." Because we couldn't pronounce it, so we figured we might as well give it a prize.
Matt: "Monosyllabic." Because it's not.
The Last Reader: "Imperitum." Wins the "most likely to be used in a mystic incantation" award.
sophie: "Hangry." Because we all get that way sometimes.
As you may or may not know, the Soulsmith audiobook is available now on Audible and Amazon!
As a matter of fact, the narrator--Travis Baldree--is so awesome that he's already done recording Blackflame! It's headed off to editing already. I don't know how he keeps up with these.
Now that Soulsmith is out, I have to do a giveaway. As is tradition.
Comment below and tell me your favorite word and its definition. Any word, real or made up. My hidden gnomes will then pick their ten favorite responses and give those people a code for a free Soulsmith audiobook!
Here's the deal: comment on this post (here on the blog) and tell me about your favorite character word. When you comment, make sure to use an email address you check, because TOMORROW NIGHT we're going to pick those 10 comments and email you each a promo code to download Soulsmith for free!
(You can use it yourself or give it away!)
DISCLAIMER: The code only works on Audible.com, NOT Audible.co.uk. I'm going to have a separate giveaway for U.K. codes, so if you're in the U.K., save your comments for next time!
As for people who are in neither the US nor UK...I think it depends on whether you use Audible.com or Audible.co.uk.
If you get your audiobooks from Audible.com, these codes are for you! So let's see your comments below!
P.S. If you are in the UK: Yes, I forgot about you last time. That happened. Therefore, I'm going to be doing a giveaway for the Unsouled audiobook in the UK on Monday. And instead of giving out ten codes, as an apology, we'll be giving out twenty-five UK codes, which may be more than we have responses. After that, we'll do the Soulsmith giveaway as well.
...sorry about that. I won't forget you this time, I promise.
I know this isn't the release announcement most of you were hoping for, but good news! The Soulsmith audiobook will be available any day now, the City of Light audiobook is completely finished recording and is now in editing, and the Blackflame audiobook is almost done recording as well!
It's an audiobook bonanza!
Check this space (and all of my other spaces) for an official announcement when Soulsmith goes live!
Last week, I promised that I’d update you on the state of my various projects! Here are those updates, in the form of cryptic but accurate statements.
Some of them are less cryptic than others.
Elder Empire: A man on a long journey may take many twists and turns, until even he cannot tell when he will arrive at his destination, but his journey continues regardless.
City of Light audio: The city’s gates groan as they prepare to open.
Soulsmith audio: In one turning of the moon, the world may change.
Underlord: The boy shifted in his chair, sweating. “I know I said I would stop crying wolf. I meant it, I swear. But it just rolls off the tongue so easily.” He straightened suddenly, stabbing his finger at the door. “LOOK OUT, A WOLF!” No one turned, and he shrank back. “Last time, I promise.”
Sorry it's been so long! As most of you guessed, I've spent the last couple of weeks locked in a cabin writing.
Also, apparently my assistant asked you on Facebook which questions you'd like to see me answer on here, so I'll do that!
(I have some content updates. They're coming. Next week, I swear I'll give you some information about the books. But I just got back, and I'm still getting organized, so in the meantime...)
A: Who is your favorite Disney character and why?
Disney owns too many characters now. I can't be certain my own characters aren't owned by Disney somehow. But my real answer: Carl Fredricksen from Up. I aspire to be him when I am older, but with an even more tragic backstory.
B: If you could only have one app on your phone, what would it be?
I don't know, Safari? I'm not very good at these social media-type questions. If www.WuxiaWorld.com had an iOS app, it would be my most-used app and the one I would keep above all others. I spend most of my time on Safari reading web novels.
C: What five things could you not live without?
1.) The four elemental crystals that keep nature in balance, without which all of humanity would be scoured from the face of the planet by constant natural disasters.
2.) The ring I inherited from my great-grandfather that tells me what every child wants for Christmas.
3.) My artificial heart.
4.) The collar that keeps me from transforming into a werewolf every night.
5.) Terraria on PC.
D: What is your favorite knock knock joke?
E: When will Underlord be released?
This was by far the most common fan-submitted question.
The time approaches when ravens cry with the voices of men. I see a day when lakes and rivers reverse their flow, when dogs and cats merge into the perfect pets, and when the moon cackles and stares at the people below while blood leaks from the corner of its mouth. Ia! Ia! These are the signs that the time of Underlord is nigh!
Right now, all of Traveler's Gate and Cradle are on sale!
Unsouled and House of Blades are both free!
Traveler's Gate 2 and 3 (The Crimson Vault and City of Light) are both $0.99! And Cradle 2-5 are all $0.99 as well!
The free sales only last for five days, and the others last for a week! Get them while they're hot! And before they hatch!
Micah's Elder Empire print sale is over, so I needed to replace the last blog post with something. But this is kind of last-minute, and I'm not sure what to say, so instead I'm going to make one of the most random posts I ever have and tell you about the Great Oreo Taste Test.
It was the birthday of one of my good friends this past weekend, and in lieu of a birthday cake, we bought every flavor of Oreo they had at the grocery store and tasted them all. With milk.
I know you guys burn to know my Oreo opinions, so here are my rankings (leaving out original and Double Stuf, which are obviously classics):
7.) Mint. Why would you ruin Oreos with mint? What is wrong with you?
6.) Mega Stuf. I never thought I would say this, but there was actually too much creme in these. I feel like a heretic for typing those words. Double Stuf is the perfect amount.
5.) Red Velvet. Not enough cream cheese flavor. This is like a regular Oreo that glimpsed a red velvet cake through a window one time.
4.) Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. Everyone else rated this higher and the Cinnamon Bun lower, but what can I say? I just really liked the top three.
3.) Cinnamon Bun. Really gives the impression of biting into a tiny Cinnabon. This and #2 are basically a tie for me.
2.) Strawberry Shortcake. It's flavored after strawberry shortcake ice cream pops, not actual strawberry shortcake, and it's a flavor that translates well to cookie form. My friend put the cookies in the freezer for a few minutes, and I recommend it.
1.) Birthday Cake. Still the best alternate Oreo flavor. It's the only one I'd actually choose over classic Double Stuf. Sometimes.
And thus ended the Great Oreo Taste Test. Let me know your favorite Oreo flavors in the comments!
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