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!
I will use this information to destroy you.
For this week only (today through Friday), you can order prints of the new Elder Empire art from the artist: Micah Epstein!
Each print is individually signed and numbered by the artist, so you know you're getting something special!
These prints are only available from noon today to noon on Saturday (EST), so get them while you can and support this awesome artist!
Order now, or be forever cursed by the ghost of artwork past!
EDIT: The winners have been selected! And we had so many responses that I gave out five extra codes!
Congrats to the following winners, who have been arranged here in order of remaining lifespan:
2.) Darren Hultberg
6.) Elijah farmer
8.) Amber W
13.) Manuel Estavillo
15.) Julie Christie
The winners should have heard from me by now. If you haven't, hit me up at <email@example.com> and let me know! (Because it probably means I got your email wrong.)
Good news! This morning, Audible sent me some codes for free audiobooks, so I'm going to be giving away some copies of Unsouled on audio!
Here's the deal: comment on this post (here on the blog) and tell me about your favorite character in any book ever. When you comment, make sure to use an email address you check, because TONIGHT I'm going to pick 10 random comments and email you each a promo code to download Unsouled 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!
I'll be picking winners when I wake up tomorrow morning, so you only have tonight! Go nuts!
I know I said the Unsouled audiobook was coming soon, and it turns out it was coming very soon, because the audiobook for the first book in the Cradle series is available now on Audible!
I'm really excited about this one, because unlike my Traveler's Gate audiobooks, this one is narrated by an actual professional! Travis Baldree was my first choice for a narrator, he was a pleasure to work with, and IMHO he did a fantastic job.
You should check out his previous work...though I especially recommend his most recent work.
The audio production process was quick and painless this time, and we're already in the early stages of Soulsmith. If you buy book one now, book two will not be a long wait.
Sorry I couldn't say that for Traveler's Gate fans, but that narrator was far less reliable than Travis is.
So, if you're into audiobooks or you know someone who is, check it out! Enjoy! And let me know what you think!
(P.S. I've shared in the past that it's better for me and my rankings if you buy the book ASAP. That is still true on ACX, however, I know that Audible is weird and sometimes it's better to wait a month for a new credit. If you can buy it now and you want to, great! If you can't now or don't want an audiobook at all, nbd! You're still my favorite.)
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!
(Click Read More to view)
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.)
"...table dropped and smashed to kindling on the ground."
56% of draft
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