a signed book up for grabs

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Hear ye, hear ye…

(Or, is it here ye, here ye?  I can never remember.  Really, as Jester of the Kingdom I should know these things… but, it’s not like they hand out a owner’s manual when you find yourself running a kingdom.  I’m having to make all this up as I go along.)

Anyway…

The time has come, once again, for a contest… an official Matticus Kingdom contest… the kind where you all compete in some sort of game and the winner gets a book… a signed book…  a signed book delivered to their mailbox or front door, and all I ask in return is you leave a fair and accurate review of the book on Amazon once you’ve read it.  That seems straightforward, right?  And well worth it when you get the fun of playing the game, the book delivered for free, and the emotional rollercoaster of reading the stories within…  Right?  Right!

Okay!

Here we go.

The book in question is none other than The Seven Sceptres… the recently published fantasy anthology that includes stories from myself, Revis, Arden and Ethan, good authors all.

The prize in question is none other than a signed (by myself) copy of The Seven Sceptres delivered free of charge to the winner of the game.

The game in question:  Link Party!!  Share this post across any and all platforms, linking to it as you can or leaving a comment here on where it was shared so I can go and find it, and whoever shares it the most times over the next three days is the winner!  (I will friend or like or follow or whatever anyone who plays along on any of the platforms I already use as another thank you for playing and sharing.)

Then get the book.  Read the book.  Review the book!

Simple, yes?  Fun, yes?  What are you waiting for!!

This is likely the first of a couple of these types of games.  I have several books that I’m hoping to exchange for reviews.  So, don’t fret if you play along and don’t win this one.  Play along now and then play along again.

 Thank you, as always, for the support!

okay, one last time… at least for now

Hey there….

Have you seen this around the kingdom a bit lately?  This brilliant cover?  These wonderful authors?  Have you purchased a copy for yourself?  For your loves?  For your neighbors?  For you old roommate’s, third cousin’s, ex-mother-in-law’s, retired hairdresser?

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Image shows the cover of the completely captivating new anthology, The Seven Sceptres, written by the talented quartet of authors: Michael Hansen, Matthew Blashill, Arden Ruth and Ethan Stein.

Good.  Glad to hear it.  I knew I could count on you, my wonderful, faithful kingdomites.

Making the rounds in the author interviews, Arden has submitted her answers to my silly questions:

Q: What did you enjoy most about the story(stories) you wrote for this anthology?
A: Surprisingly, I loved the challenge of it the most. Having to go off an idea that was not my own from the start was very difficult at first, but I found it exciting to jump into a world that had already been built, and I found I was still able to bend and shape it into my own vision. Also, knowing all these stories had to weave together as seamlessly as possible was a scary undertaking, but I must say that I’m pretty proud at how well we pulled it off. It was a lot of fun to work with these guys!
Q: What else have you written that fans of your story (stories) can read?
A: You can find my digital portfolio at my website, though it tends to collect dust nowadays as I work on a bigger project behind the scenes (more on that below!). I was also a finalist in Fiction War’s spring edition in 2017. My story will be published in Issue #3 later this year.
Q: What is your quest?
A: Honestly, if I’m able to sit down and put some words to the page each day, then I consider my personal quest fulfilled. Life tries very hard to get in the way, but I make sure my butt is in the chair at least thirty minutes of every day. No excuses.
Q: What is your favorite color?
A: Purple!
Q: And what else are you currently working on that you hope to publish?
A: Currently, I am working on the first novel of my Hybrid trilogy, where I am neck-deep in edits and the killing of darlings. If all goes to plan, I’ll have it cleaned up and out for queries later this year.
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And now, without further teasing or adieu, here is what some of you have patiently be waiting for! I’m going to have a handful of the books available to purchase a signed copy…  All you have to do is clink on this link:
then send me $20, who you want the signature made out to, and the address to send the book to, and I will ship it as quickly as I can.  (As I don’t actually have the book to sign and ship yet, that may take a little bit, but what’s a few days here and there among friends, am I right?!)

author interview and book excerpt

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Image shows the cover of The Seven Sceptres, the greatest book ever written by Michael Hansen, Matthew Blashil, Arden Ruth and Ethan Stein.  (Yes, the comma was left out intentionally.)

But, not in that order…

Here is an excerpt from The Seven Sceptres (available now (sort of) via Amazon: Paperback: CLICK HERE and Kindle: CLICK HERE), as promised:

“Hebon,” he prayed to the god of plants and earth, “thank you for this soil and this seed. Please bless them both so the resultant crop can nourish my body.”

Though completely devoted to Sarturn, the god of magic, Allent understood and appreciated the works of the other gods as well. They all had important roles in the smooth functioning of the world, and he honored them when necessary. With the first steps towards the seed’s life completed, Allent sat back on his haunches and waited for the warmth of the sun to seep through the heavy cloak.

A shadow, however, broke him from his reverie, and the magician scanned for the source. It stood only a few feet away but was directly in line with the sun and therefore all Allent could decipher was that the creature was very large. A bit of fear crept into the magician’s morning solace as the creature took a step forward. Allent saw brown shading in the beast’s fur. Normally, a bear wouldn’t wander this high up the mountain because there was no food for it, and that likely meant the creature slowly approaching him wasn’t going to behave like a normal bear.

Without any other recourse, Allent rose to his feet and raised his arms above his head to make himself appear larger than he was. He shouted as he stood, “Get out of here!” These actions would have frightened most creatures away but had no effect on the one advancing closer. Allent opened his mouth to yell again, while simultaneously hoping he had refilled his magical reserves enough to successfully cast a spell if it became necessary, but before he said anything further the monster stepped forward enough to be seen clearly beneath the glare of the sun.

It was enormous. He had been correct in assuming it was a bear, but hadn’t factored in that he was only seeing a small part of the massive creature. Huge paws with razor sharp claws tore into the hard mountain soil, and then the beast pounded the ground in a territorial show of rage and dominance. An unnatural growl echoed off the steep mountain walls, and that is when Allent noticed the creature’s head. It had the body of a bear, but its head was dwarven.

The beast didn’t give Allent any additional time to process what he was seeing as it rushed forward. The magician held his calm and focused solely on the intricate hand symbols and words of the sleep spell he had in mind. He felt the magic pulse within his blood, and he was relieved that the spell was going to work. He thrust his hands forward and pointed at the beast.

Great stuff, right?  That’s from the story I wrote: Allent’s Quest.  I also co-wrote another of the seven stories in the anthology with Revis.  Perhaps I’ll share a segment from that story next time.

Speaking of Revis, I asked the other authors some silly questions and here are his replies:

Q: What did you enjoy most about the story(stories) you wrote for this anthology?
A: Exploring the new characters. There’s one in particular in this anthology that I really enjoyed writing. I’ll leave it up to you to guess which one it is.
Q: What else have you written that fans of your story (stories) can read?
A: The Erratic Sun, co-authored by the same man who is pestering me with these questions. 
Q: What is your quest?
A: I’m striving to find the elusive creature known as “full-night’s sleep”.
Q: What is your favorite color?
A: Scarlet and gray.
Q: And what else are you currently working on that you hope to publish?
A: I have a solo novel that is in the editing stages. I also have a short story that I’m currently writing that I hope to put out there.
Okay, be truthful, how many of you expect that final question to be something different?  Something about a swallow and their average airspeed, perhaps?
That’s it for this time.  Next time?  Yes, there will be a next time!  And what should you expect?  More silliness of course.  And maybe another set of answers to the interview questions.  And maybe another excerpt from the book.  And maybe that elusive info on ordering a signed (by me) copy of the new book.
As always, thank you for reading!

The Seven Sceptres

It’s been a busy and weird kind of week, and isn’t it interesting how those go together as often as they do.

So far this week, I’ve learned that in some circles “3 – 5 business days” can actually mean less than 8 hours… and, I’ve learned that “3 – 5 business days” can also actually mean more than a month.  See, being a fan of words and definitions, I have a problem with that…  But, when enough people accept something for the way it is, I know I have to cool my frustration and just let it be…  Don’t I?

And, during this weird and busy week, I’ve also learned that I can survive on far less sleep than I normally do – and, let’s face it, I don’t usually get that much sleep to begin with – as I pushed my bed time back each night to work, work, work… on a certain book, book, book.

A new one…

This one:

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Image shows the cover for the anthology “The Seven Sceptres” by Michael Hansen, Matthew Blashill, Arden Ruth, and Ethan Stein.  The cover was done by CardCastles and depicts seven spheres that represent the various gods within the stories.

This beautiful book, that has been compiled with all the guile, wit and love of Revis, Arden, Ethan, myself and CardCastles too, was supposed to become available on Tuesday, February 20th…  This is the part where we get back to the various definitions of “3 – 5 days” and how the book has actually already been released and is ready to purchase…

So, just to be silly, you could wait to order it until Tuesday, or you could be even sillier and order it now…

Paperback: CLICK HERE

Kindle: CLICK HERE

For those of you who actually want to know what the book is about before purchasing it and supporting several wonderful and deserving writers, here is the synopsis:

Accura, the goddess of chaos, has begun to unleash her newest plot to send Cetros spiraling into turmoil. Once her brother and sister gods and goddesses learn of her scheme, most bring forth their champions to try and restore order while the others attempt to take advantage of the situation for their own purposes. Will their lack of a cohesive plan only serve to further Accura’s cause and doom Cetros to be forever ruled by chaos? Or will the champions succeed in their quests and allow their world to regain some semblance of normalcy?

This anthology includes seven stories, one for each of the gods and goddesses of Cetros: Chaos, Magic, Death, Plants and Earth, Animals, the Seas, and Weather.

Sounds amazing right?  I can tell you with 100% certainty that it is amazing.  And, while you may think I’m biased, and you may be right about that, please do not let that influence your purchasing decision.  Thank you, in advance, for your support.  You faithful kingdomites surely do know how to make a Jester feel special.

I will continue to plug the new book over the coming days.  There will be info on purchasing signed copies.  There will be snippets from my contributions to the anthology.  There will be links and shenanigans.  So, stick around.  Leave a comment.  Buy a book.  And we’ll all have a grand time.

*cough cough*

So… it’s been a while since I’ve been here with any sort of regularity.  I guess I should get a broom out and take care of some cobwebs (safely transporting the spiders outside first, of course) and maybe do some dusting.

Ugh.  Dusting.  Really?  It’s the worst.

You might be seeing a bit more of me this year…  I don’t want to promise and than not deliver, hence the “might,” but I should have a lot of good news to share throughout the year.

And that starts now.

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This is a picture of fireworks, which has nothing to do with this post but fireworks!

Revis, Arden, Ethan and I have a book coming out soon… very soon…  Tuesday of next week or so…  Yes, I’m just teasing you for now, no specifics, no details, just an anthology of fantasy stories related to a world you may or may not be familiar with already.

So, there’s that bit of awesome…

What?  You want more?

Okay, okay… here’s some words for you:

New book!  New book!  New book!!

What?!  Not the words you were hoping for?  Be patient my faithful kingdomites, and you shall be rewarded…  A cover reveal?  Some tantalizing quotes from the various stories?  An author interview?  Okay, maybe not that one, but we shall see.  Indeed, we shall see!