Today’s news is brought to you, gentle reader, by the powers of coffee and over-excitement. I should apologize in advance.
As of 5am, my first fantasy ebook Hand of the Storm went live over on Amazon. To say that I was nervous, biting nails and knocking on wood would be an understatement. Just checking in later, then – to see that we’re #1 in our category!
Admittedly; it is a very niche category, for lovers of fantasy pirates, but still. That is what the book is all about, and a victory that I am happy to take. Or a good omen, at least. I’m sure it won’t last long on the top shelf, so at least that will keep my blood pressure down! I am super-humbled by this, as it has been a labor of love for me, and some of those other books in the category are truly great, with some outrageously good covers.
So thank you once again, dear reader.
In Other News:
This blog is to be hosting guest posts! I have tentatively called it an ‘Indy Fantasy Writer’s Guild’ although that might be subject to change over the coming weeks and months. Thanks to the generosity of some great indy authors, I will be showcasing a series of other fantasy worlds and works by my online friends. Every ‘season’ we will feature guest posts on particular aspects of their work – Characters, Inspiration, Covers, Setting etc., and you, dear reader, will be able to see some of the different approaches and techniques that us strange breed of authors have!
To kick us off we will first be discussing Covers, and in no particular order, we have:
- Richard Ankers, author of the Eternals series.
- Alice Gristle, author of The Blood Cup of Clairmont.
- Allan Walsh, author of Making Magic.
- Richie Billing, author of The Last Magpie series.
Many thanks to the above authors getting involved. If you would like to take part in this series (all free, of course) then please send me a carrier pigeon.
A Fortuitous Find
As a small way of me saying thank you for my present good omen, I want to share with you one of my image-finds that helped inspire The Airship Wars. This amazing bit of artwork by the talented Elsa Kroese is close in feel to Breaker’s Reach, the Air Docks where all of the world’s airships go to die. But Breaker’s Reach is much, much bigger – a wooden fortress rearing over hot plains, with multiple dock-platforms and jetties, rather than just the one we have here.
Hand over hand on the rope, Tal climbed the hull of the half-demolished clipper, and as he did so the platforms and buildings of the Eastern Docks came into view, and beyond them, the rest of the wooden fastness that made up Breaker’s Reach.
It was a collection of wooden towers, of sorts, if someone had decided to mount them onto the sides of sheer cliffs, and still wasn’t happy with how low it was. The levels, platforms, jetties and walkways soared hundreds of feet into the air above the cliffs and scrubby plains, constantly keening with the hot winds, and at which the dotted shapes of half-dismantled hulls were shackled.
That’s all for now peeps – more updates and ramblings from me to follow; and stay tuned for some excellent chat with other indy fantasy authors!