For those of you who like to feel the book in your hands, feel the paper between your fingers as you turn the pages, and get that satisfaction from closing the cover and setting the book down after you’ve devoured its contents…
(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.)
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!
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.
As I mentioned in my last post, where I talked about the open call for submissions to the fathers’ words to their children charitable project (which you still have time to be a part of), that crazy awesome little publishing company, Silver Star Labs, is also going to be doing two more anthologies for charity.
We (the wonderful blogging authors and authoring bloggers at SSL) are now also accepting submissions for a Letters of Loss anthology. We’ve all experienced loss and we’ve all learned that there is no one right way to say goodbye, move on, hang on, mourn, remember, cherish, … all of it. 100% of the proceeds from the book will go to a charity that focuses on helping people with their grief. For full details and to submit, CLICK HERE.
And, we are now also accepting submissions for a Letters from Pets anthology. We fully expect this one to have a lighter spirit than the other two anthologies, but that certainly doesn’t mean your poem, prose, or other art can’t be serious. What would your pet say to you? You know you’ve thought about it before and now is your chance to write it out and have it included in a published work. All proceeds from this book will go to a charity that works on the care and safety of animals. For full details and to submit, CLICK HERE.
That’s three different chances to get your name associated with a published book. That’s three different chances to help get some money to a worthy charity, to help with a good cause. That’s three different projects you can do. There’s no limit. Do one, two, or all three. We’d love to see your words and include them in the final publication.
As always, I’m (and we are) here to help. Questions, comments, concerns? Let me know. Let’s do this thing! Let’s make some great books!
Here is the start to the story Ivella, co-written by Revis and myself:
Ivella placed her hands in the warm soil and rejoiced in the abundance of nutrients that would help her crops grow strong and bountiful. Clumps of earth separated between her fingers to fall back to the ground, and she smiled as the heavy aroma of life reached her nose. There was much work to be done, but she believed in her land, in the traditions that had been passed down to her, and in her god.
Faith had always come easy to her, though. She’d been raised with large doses of realism in the hardships of being a farmer and even larger doses of worship of Hebon, the God of Plants and Earth. Ivella’s family never wavered in their trust of their god even when things stacked up to make it seem like they had been abandoned. They always carried on, with songs on their lips and the sun warming their backs, and got their hands back in the dirt to start over. Since it was all she had ever known, Ivella never had reason to question their way of life.
Even the Day of Chaos didn’t change that. The chaos beasts, twisted monstrosities of Accura’s imagination, crossed her family’s farm and destroyed everything in their path: crops, fences, the house, and her family. Ivella missed the massacre and carnage because she’d been on an errand to a neighboring farm that was spared. Some said it was luck, but Ivella felt it must have been divine intervention that had kept her alive when the rest of her family had perished. It was the only explanation.
When she returned home to the destruction, saw what was left, and then pieced together what had happened, Ivella went to work even as she shed her tears. Between sobs, she whispered prayers that her family would find peace on a wide open land with endless rows of golden crops ready for harvesting. Graves were dug in the family plot behind the house, and her mother, father, and younger brother were wrapped with care and placed gently into the earth they had all loved. Then Ivella sang prayers of praise to Hebon that she had been saved and she still had land to work as she cleared the rent and tattered crops to let the ground heal. She managed to salvage some here and there and set them aside to barter with neighbors for what she would need to continue on as she knew her family would want.
Over the days that followed, the fences were mended, and the buildings were patched up as best she could. She was a farmer, though, and would eventually need help from others to get them situated correctly before the winter storms sent temperatures plummeting. The crops she was sure Hebon had saved from the wrath of the beasts would be used in trade for those purposes. In every spare moment, when she wasn’t working, eating, or resting up to continue on with the hardships of putting the farm back together, she sent her prayers on with clear voice and a true heart.
Oh, if you wonder what I’m talking about… this is, of course, from my newest publication, an anthology, The Seven Sceptres (available now via Amazon: Paperback: CLICK HERE and Kindle: CLICK HERE):
And here are my own answers to the silly author interview questions I asked:
Q: What did you enjoy most about the story(stories) you wrote for this anthology?
A: There is a theme, regarding power, that I got to begin to explore in both of the stories I was a part of. Do we give power to the right people? Would the meek or the learned really be better with it than others? It was interesting to me to see what these characters did with it.
Q: What else have you written that fans of your story (stories) can read?
A: The Erratic Sun, co-authored by Revis, but you already knew that. You’ve been paying attention. I also have a story in another anthology, Fauxpocalypse.
Q: What is your quest?
A: Life? Adventure? All that jazz? Though, not actually jazz. I’m more of a classic rock kind of guy. I guess, adventure is the right answer. I seek it. It seeks me. Round and round we go.
Q: What is your favorite color?
A: Blue. Which shade depends on the time of day.
Q: And what else are you currently working on that you hope to publish?
A: Ack. So many things. I have two very different fantasy novels in the works. One is about a family that goes on an adventure, surprise surprise, and the other is about a magician who sort of loses his way. One is in editing. The other is still a few thousand words shy of being done. I also have submitted work for a couple other projects that are outstanding but may be coming this year… And, I have another story I wrote a couple years ago that needs a minor rewrite and some editing and then it should be good to go as well. So, lots? I don’t know. There are days when it seems like a lot.
I know I keep teasing that there will be details about ordering signed copies of the new book… and, well, you are just going to keep having to be patient. I’ve ordered some, and I want to have them in hand so I can ship them out to you as soon as your orders for them come in. So… soon? Yes, soon. You can continue to be patient, right? Perfect. I knew I could count on you.
And to wrap up this post, go give these people a look, a read, a follow:
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 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…
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.