So, Rebel Queen had my best launch yet…THANK YOU! If you got your copy, make sure you take a few seconds and leave a review on Amazon.
There are a couple house cleaning items I’m including in this update, first is the removal of MailChimp from the website. If you’re following me on Facebook and Twitter, you’re getting everything anyway and frankly…I already suck so horribly at social media promotions.
Speaking of which, I’ve commissioned a plushie of Cassandra from Rebel Queen. Later this month I’ll be using a service called “RaffleCopter” to give that, a signed copy of the book and other stuff away, so stay tuned for that. Otherwise, I’ve got stuff to do…later!
Rebel Queen officially launched this morning!
Cassandra has a problem, and it’s only the first of many. Being raised as the youngest child in a family of great heroes would be a challenge for anyone.
Until a few days ago, Cassandra was content with her role as a child of greatness. She was studious, spent most of her waking hours with her mother and other heads of state and at her father’s insistence, learned how to duel. As her siblings had before her, Cassandra knew she would likely be matched with a partner for political reasons and had long since accepted her role in the world.
That was, of course, before her mother died, and before her…transformation. Overnight, her soft pale skin sprouted gorgeous golden dragon scales.
Presented with a future she no longer recognizes, as the first of her kind, she must overcome a whole new set of challenges if she hopes to survive the unknown threat that comes from across the Careless Sea.
The Sakwa dragonkin are a dying race, fueled by a tribal system that failed them centuries ago but yet unable to adapt to a new way of life. In a desperate bid to keep the people focused on outside conflict, Jenya of the Toho has declared war on Cassandra’s country. An ocean may separate the two cultures, but the Sakwa see the Seven Kingdoms as their opportunity for a new start; a new start they will willingly kill and die for.
If there are two things synonymous with fantasy literature they are maps and character lists. It just seems to be those constants and everyone enjoys using.
Now, a map is for obvious reasons; a whole world has been created and it would be easier to navigate that world with a map. Some are extravagantly detailed while others are bare and simplistic, but they tend to be as common as stew is for a meal.
Character lists tend to come and go. I’ve always included them because I tend to use them as I’m writing. What you guys get is very basic, while mine tend to be short stories in an effort to keep everyone’s personalities intact as I’m working on the story.
Rebel Queen – characters
Many moon ago, I wrote a short blurb for a reviewer who wanted more clarification on the way my dragons are organized. So, I put on my most sarcastic hat and wrote it from the point of view of one of those dragons…and my personal favorite…Socolis.
We’re a little less than a week away from launch and both of the map and character sheet are, of course, in the book. This is merely an aperitif and part of my thanks for all of your support over the last year and more.
Halloween is right around the corner and Christmas is on the horizon. Between them though are two pretty big deals for me.
The first is the Extra Life Childrens’ Hospital fundraiser. All of your donations can be directed right to your local childrens’ hospital, so please support their efforts to make kids lives a little less painful when they have to pay a hospital a visit. The premise of this event is for me to not only stay awake for 24 hours gaming, but to not make a horses ass out of myself too badly while doing it. Around the 16 hour mark, I’ll be doing my usual Sunday thing and hosting Loaded Dice Radio for 2 hours of Derick and I talking about social issues, comic books, games and whatever else crosses our fragile little minds.
For the entirety of the Extra Life event, I will be airing my gaming over the Loaded Dice Radio ustream feed and taking Skype calls on our hotline. So feel free to drop in from time to time and make sure I’m awake, not yelling at someone who just killed me for the thousandth time, or just rambling incoherently. My kid loves to come see what Dad is up to, so you’ll probably see and hear a lot from her as well. I might even play a game of Candy Land and then rage quit when she destroys me as she always does.
Now, the other thing that I’m up to in November and December is the launch of my latest novel; Rebel Queen. I created an IndieGoGo campaign for the release for a few reasons, first to get the word out and second to know just how many physical copies I should be ordering. That winds up in mid-November so if you want a signed copy that the only way you’re going to guarantee yourself one. All of the funds raised there are being used to bring in copies and mail them out at no extra charge.
I spent the better part of a year working on Rebel Queen and I’m pretty proud of where the story took me. It’s definitely my best work so far, so if you know anyone that likes to read, or likes to read fantasy novels, please share the campaign with them. In the interim you can always check out my other books over on Amazon where I have paperback and Kindle copies available of my current books.
Alright. Enough self-promotion. Everyone enjoy your Halloween, make sure you observe Remembrance Day and then get started on that whole crazy Christmas roller coaster.
This year I’ll be participating in Extra Life. Now, some of you know about this fund raising effort for Childrens’ Hospitals and some don’t. So please have a read through their literature. The nub of it is that Childrens’ Hospitals need funds to continue doing their great work.
So for 24 hours beginning November 7th at 11pm EST, I’ll be gaming to raise funds for kids. I’ll personally be donating funds to the Saskatchewan Childrens’ Hospital in Saskatoon. My wife and I have been very fortunate to have had no complications with our little girls, but my twin nephews had to spend some time in the NICU. Kids are pretty cool, so toss a couple bucks in the pail would ya?
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