Sure, it's House of Blades' birthday, but it's also Ghostwater's. So on June 1st, the Cradle: Foundations bundle will also be available for free!
Cradle: Foundations includes Unsouled, Soulsmith, and Blackflame in ebook form. Never heard of these books? Read them on Kindle Unlimited but want to own a copy? Then pick them up on June 1st for free!
And the news keeps coming! More news coming soon!
Now through Friday, the Unsouled ebook is free on Amazon!
I don't know if this counts as news, but it's definitely true! If you're on the fence about Cradle and yet are still reading this blog for some reason, you can download Unsouled free right now!
P.S. I know it's free on Amazon.com and it's supposed to be free on Amazon.co.uk and all other domains, but there have been problems in that regard before that I can't do much about.
The news doesn't stop! At last, I can finally provide the product that people request more than anything (other than the next book): Traveler's Gate T-shirts!
Available now, in these colors and in many others!
For the day of June 1st only, the whole Traveler's Gate Trilogy collection will be free on Amazon.com!
I wanted to do something cool for the five-year anniversary of House of Blades, but I wanted to do something that was actually cool. Not, like, "To celebrate this event, here's 5% off your next purchase (excluding sales items)!"
But giveaways can be a little hard, because I have to ship any physical items with my own two hands. So let's give the ebook away!
I know that for most of you (and for me!), the real prize is that Ghostwater is coming out on June 1st. But hey, if you were on the fence about Traveler's Gate before now, you can give it a shot on its fifth birthday! And if you read the books on Kindle Unlimited but want to keep them forever, pick up the complete bundle on June 1st!
Why not? It's free!
That's not all! Further news coming soon!
I'm excited and relieved that I can finally announce the release date for the fifth book in the Cradle series, Ghostwater: it's coming June 1st!
That's a little more than two weeks away. Never let it be said I don't give you adequate warning.
Now, I know I owe you Elder Empire people an explanation. Fortunately, it's pretty simple: I did a bunch of work on Ghostwater about eight months ago, shortly after finishing Skysworn, and then kept it secret. I was planning on completing Kings / Killers by June 1st and thus hitting the five-year anniversary, but I...didn't. There's a lot of story there. On the bright side, at least those books will probably be longer than usual.
After releasing OKAK on June 1st, I was going to surprise everyone by having Cradle up only a few weeks later! Bam, it's like a magic trick!
Except I didn't finish OKAK, and I still want to release something on the five-year mark. Fortunately, I have something ready to go!
This is the big news, but it isn't the only news. Brace yourselves for more in just a couple of days!
The five-year anniversary of House of Blades' release is coming on June 1st, which also means it's the five-year anniversary of Hidden Gnome Publishing*!
I know we've been pretty dry on news over the last few weeks while I've been in my traditional writing seclusion, but now that spell is coming to an end! Keep an eye on this space over the next few days, because news is coming!
So much news that you will choke on it. News that will blacken the sky and ravage your crops, until you turn tear-stained eyes to the heavens and beg "Please...no more news." But the skies are deaf to your pleas, and the news continues to fall.
The deluge begins soon! Gird thyself!
*"Hidden Gnome Publishing" = me writing and a handful of other people whipping me to write faster.
Boy, April ended faster than I thought.
Instead of sending a story out through the mailing list, I'll be copying-and-pasting a scene from Ghostwater here on the blog! Both so that people who haven't signed up for the mailing list can enjoy it and so that I don't have to think of something else to blog today.
It's a win-win.
Next, I'd like to write a slice-of-life story with Lindon and Yerin dealing with some everyday chore that's not at all life-threatening. Like groceries or laundry.
But that depends on me not getting devoured by a sea of unwritten words.
(Scene after the jump.)
P.S. Disclaimer: this excerpt is unedited, and no scenes are final until they are published. I reserve the right to change any or all of this content during the editing process. Or if I just want to mess with you.
"Will, are you dead?"
As many of you know, I sometimes lock myself in a pod and blast off to orbit Mars, where there are no distractions and I may write in pure, sweet isolation. That can mean that I don't answer emails or blog comments for like three weeks (cough, cough) at a time, but I will catch up when I return to Earth, I promise.
This is my equivalent of crunch time, so I've been getting a ton of writing done this past few weeks. Write, write, write, all day long.
When I return, I'll have more to say! Once my eyes are dim and my hands are withered claws from the uninterrupted marathon of keyboard-smashing.
EDIT: Also, looking at the votes for short stories, Cradle has clearly won!
So...actual short story, or would you prefer a deleted scene / excerpt from Ghostwater? Let me know in the comments!
(Don't judge me, EE fans. I wrote some GW scenes way back when I was working on Skysworn.)
I know I should be sharing Of Kings and Killers updates here. Soon, my children, soon. But instead of that, I'll be writing another short story this month!
In the comments, let me know if you think it should be Elder Empire, Cradle, or something new. I have relatively more Traveler's Gate stories out there, plus the last story was a Simon story, so I want to switch it up.
Let me know which you'd prefer!
EDIT: After three weeks of isolation (that still haven't ended yet, btw, because writing is never over), I glance down at this comment section to find...that Cradle is the clear winner! Raise your hand if you're surprised!
"...table dropped and smashed to kindling on the ground."
56% of draft
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