…not the title they went with. ‘Das Heer des Weißen Drachen’ (The Army of the White Dragon), Draconis Memoria Buch 2 is released today by Hobbit Presse Klett-Cotta. Many thanks to my German translators Sara Riffel and Maria Pfaffinger for all their hard work on yet another lengthy book from me.
This week I carried out a long overdue review of my sales figures and it turns out that, thanks to The Empire of Ashes, I’ve now sold over one million books in English worldwide. It all feels a bit surreal given that it doesn’t seem that long ago when I wrote this post about reaching the what I once thought to be the impossibly out of reach goal of surpassing ten thousand sales, but I guess six years is a long time in publishing.
As a thank you to all my readers for making this happen I’m running a mailing list giveaway for a rare signed US first edition hardcover of the book that started it all – Blood Song. The giveaway is open to all existing mailing list subscribers and anyone who joins the list before midnight GMT on July 31st. The winner will be chosen at random and notified on August 1st.
To celebrate the imminent release of The Empire of Ashes I’m holding a mailing list signed books giveaway. Existing subscribers to my mailing list and anyone who subscribes between now and midnight GMT July 1st are automatically entered.
One first place winner will receive a UK hardcover.
Two second place winners will receive a US hardcover.
Three third place winners will receive UK trade paperbacks.
All books will be signed, lined and dated (with a personalised dedication if requested). The winners will be chosen and notified on July 2nd.
The Empire of Ashes is released in ebook, audio, and hardcover in the US on July 3rd and in the UK on July 5th. Pre-order links are on the book page.
In other news, in addition to the free short stories, anyone who subscribes to my mailing list will now receive a free download ebook compilation of all my non-fiction as a thank you for signing up. Contents:
1. ‘The Neophyte’s Guide to World-building’ or ‘How I Wrote Blood Song’
2. ‘Kicking over the Sandbox’, or ‘How I Wrote Tower Lord’
3. ‘We Will Make an Ending’ or ‘How I Wrote Queen of Fire’
4. Inspiration for Fantasy Authors
5. David Gemmell and the Depiction of the Hero
6. How to Write an Effective Battle Scene
7. How I Edit a Novel
8. The Influence of History on Epic Fantasy
9. Writing and Naming Fantasy Characters
10. Tips on Writing Dialogue
11. Happy Being Sad – Four Great Books with Unhappy Endings
12. ‘The Long Overnight’ or ‘How I Became a Published Author’
The US paperback edition of The Legion of Flame (Book 2 of the Draconis Memoria) is released today. To celebrate I’m doing a quickie giveaway for ten signed copies of the paperback. The giveaway is open to existing mailing list subscribers and anyone who joins the list between now and midnight GMT on 6th June. The giveaway is open to all subscribers, not just readers in the US. Join the list by clicking here.
The winners will be chosen at random and notified on 7th June.
For any signed book collectors out there, Goldsboro Books are offering 250 signed, stamped and numbered copies of the UK hardcover first edition of The Empire of Ashes. Available on 12th July but you can pre-order here:
I have three advance review copies of The Empire of Ashes, Book 3 of The Draconis Memoria, which I’m giving away to existing mailing list subscribers and anyone who joins the list between now and midnight GMT on 30th April. The giveaway is open to all subscribers, not just readers in the US or UK. Join the list by clicking here.
The winners will be chosen at random and notified on 1st May.
It’s my great pleasure to unveil the UK cover for The Empire of Ashes – Draconis Memoria Book 3. Thanks to Jeff Read for the terrific illustration and everyone at Orbit UK who made this happen. Check out Jeff’s website for more fantasy /SF eye-candy: http://www.jeffread.com/illustration.